The “While We Wait for Queen of Shadows” Book Tag!

Hey, welcome back for another Book Tag! Kelsey @Don’t Shush Me! created this one in honour of the released of the much awaited Queen of Shadows (Sarah J. Maas) tomorrow. Thank you Kelsey, for nominating me for the “While We Wait for Queen of Shadows” Book Tag.

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77493_originalFavorite book by Sarah J. Maas & why?

It’s so tough, I haven’t read a book by her that I didn’t like!

Although all of the Throne of Glass books have a higher rating, I think I’ll go for A Court of Thorns and Roses. I liked that it was a bit more adult, and a lot more explicit. Also, it was the first book I read by Sarah and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

Favorite character in Throne of Glass series & why?

Celaena/Aelin! It’s so refreshing that a girl can be a badass and girly, feminine and scared all at the same time.

 

Ok, which team are you on (Dorian, Chaol, or Rowan)?

Did you forget Aedion? Because he’s very much in play (at least in my head!). So, right now I’m Team Rowan and Team Dorian! I love them both, and I can see the advantages of her being with anyone of them. For Chaol, however, I don’t see it happening… he got his chance (sorry dude! I still like you!).

How long have you had to wait between reading Heir of Fire, & Queen of Shadows?

I don’t think it will come to a month. I finished Heir of Fire on August 9, and I’ll be receiving my Queen of Shadows on September 7…. 😀 It’s the advantage of being late to “these books are awesome” party!

 

What are your favorites out of the books that have helped you pass the time in between Sarah J. Maas book releases?

Probably The One Thing, by Marci Lyn Curtis and The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh.

When do you think you’ll get a chance to read Queen of Shadows?

Probably as soon as it gets here on Sept 7, though it’s a Monday, which means I will have little time during the week, and it will probably drag until the next weekend.

What would you say to recommend Sarah J. Maas books to someone who has never read them?

IT’S FREAKING AWESOME!!!! What the hell are you waiting for?! Lol! I would tell them that both stories are very worthwhile, and even if they’re not totally convinced, they should give it a go.


I tag everyone that it’s a fan of Sarah J Maas and is patiently awaiting for the arrival of QoS tomorrow.

August Wrap-Up

August has come to an end! It’s a sad ordeal… at least now the heat can stop, right? (please please please).

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I read quite a lot this month, I’m super proud of myself! but first, here’s what my TBR looked like:

1. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

2. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

4. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (I started it, I’m like 100 pages in!)

5. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

6. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

7. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

8. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

I ended up only starting Unravel Me a couple days ago, so I haven’t had time to finish that one or Ignite Me. I also didn’t get to The Assassin’s Blade, I guess subconsciously I want to have something from Celaena still unread… it will change this next week, because my Queen of Shadows it’s on its way!

I did read a lot more than I was expecting this month. So here we go:

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1. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

2. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

3. Dream the Impossible – Zen pencils: Volume Two by Gavin Aung Than

4. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

5. Tabatha by Neil Gibson

6. A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

7. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

8. Heartbreakers by Ali Novak

9. The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis

10. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

11. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

12. Armada by Ernest Cline

13. Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi


On another note, this month I participated in my first Read-a-thon, Bout of Books 14, and had a lot of fun.

I posted 99 posts this month (so far, it’ll probably reach 100), that’s an average of 3 posts per day! Wow… of course it also had to do with the Harry Potter 30 Days Challenge that I did…

I reached 500 followers!!! I’m so damn happy about that 😀 😀 😀 !!!

 

500 Followers!!! Wait… WHAT?!?!

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OMG!!!! 500?! I can’t believe I reached 500 followers! THANK YOU ALL so SO MUCH!

500WOW, I’m still in awe! It’s always good when WordPress notifies you of something, but this was beyond amazing. I wanted to thank you and I thought that maybe I could share some facts and stats about this blog, sounds good?

  • I started this blog in January 2013, and the mains focus of it was movies and Tv Shows, I added books more recently.
  • I maintained an awesome number of 200+ followers for months on end, the numbers skyrocketed when I entered the book blogging community.
  • This will be my 765th post!
  • This has been my second best month in views ever, with a total of (so far) 7,500! My best month ever was August last year, but I don’t count it as real because my main viewed article was about The Crazy Ones and coincided with Robin William’s death =( .
  • I have a total of 121,108 views, 4,292 likes (3,700+ this year alone), with 3,838 comments. This makes me very happy!
  • I have now 142 followers on Twitter, 100 of which I gain this past couple of months.
  • My most viewed post this month is: My Top 15 Movie Couples (on a random note, I really need to updated my Tv and movie lists and work on one for books)
  • I’m so very grateful to everyone who takes some time to check out this blog. Huge thanks!

Wandering About: New York 2007

Welcome again, to another week of Wandering About. This time, I’ll tell you about my second time in the USA, and my first time in New York City in 2007 (I was there again a couple of years ago 🙂 ).

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Let me tell you, New York is in my top 3 cities in the World! You know when you arrive somewhere and realize “this is a place I could see myself living in”? I got that feeling with just a few cities so far, and my Top 3 is: London, New York and San Francisco.

I went there in 2007 for yet another of my mom’s work conferences. But this time it was an all girls kind of thing, with my sister and my “sister” coming with us. (by “sister” I mean one of my mom’s business associates that looks more like my mother than me and my real sister, and she’s kind of a big sister to us). This trip actually began in Miami, then Orlando, then Atlanta and finally New York, but I’ll share the places in different posts, otherwise it would be too much.

View from the Empire State Building

View from the Empire State Building

My sister fell ill as soon as we got there, she might have had a stomach flu (I had one while in Atlanta), but she was missing her husband pretty bad by then, and that certainly didn’t help. So while me, mom and big sis were touring around the city, my real sister spent most of her time in the hotel room… what a shame. She tried, poor thing, but then we had to disembark a double decker so she could throw up in Central Park… very glamorous.

We ended up having one of the worst plane rides ever on our way to Portugal, that was not so much fun.

I really love New York. I love that I could walk all over Manhattan, that there was a Starbucks in every corner. Fifth Avenue and Central Park. Broadway and oh, the shows!!! That time we saw Mary Poppins and Chicago, the first one is amazing, people flying and everything, but Chicago was a let down, and I have to say that I think that the movie works way better.

The city has a life of it’s own, like everyone there walks with a purpose… I don’t even know how to explain it…

New York City makes me happy! So tell me, have you been to NYC? Do you like it?

In preparation for Queen of Shadows: #ACOTARparty (infinitebooklist.tumblr.com)

–  My Queen of Shadows has left the building and won’t arrive until September 7! =/ –

I was searching for something the other day and came across this brilliant Tumblr post with a lot of facts and information about Sarah J. Maas, her books, her upcoming books, etc. This list is NOT MINE! I repeat, it is NOT MINE! I found it of HERE. But given that I can’t reblog Tumblr posts to WordPress, here it is. If you have Tumblr, make sure to visit the original post there, ok?

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I will warn you, there will obviously be some kind of SPOILERS, though not that many plotwise. You can just skip the topics you don’t want to know about! 😉 (I will be making some comments of a few lines and those will be in pink).

EVERYTHING YOU MISSED AT THE #ACOTARPARTY

Throne of Glass

  • Chaol POV in QoS – wait, didn’t he have POV in all the books so far?! I’m confused!
  • HoF was hardest to write
  • Manon’s POV is easiest to get into
  • Aelin-Manon meeting in QOS !!! – YAY! Wonder how that’ll go down…
  • In regards to how mad Aelin will be when she returns to Adarlan: “Aelin will be mad enough when she returns that it’s a good thing her magic is stifled” – Will she get even madder when she finds out that her cousin is locked away and her Prince is wearing a collar?
  • “Definitely possible” for Fae to have more than one soul mate!!!My SHIP WILL SAIL! Just saying, I want Rowan and Aelin to happen!
  • Character Sarah is most excited for us to meet/re-meet in QoS = Lysandra
  • Asterin Blackbeak is wanted for murder – Not surprised! Still like her though.
  • Five year old Dorian would want 30 year old Dorian to be an “epic dragon-slayer” – He’s still very much on time for that! How awesome is Dorian, right?
  • If Sarah could bring back any character that she killed, it would be Nehemia
  • Sneak Peeks into QOS: “Violence, revenge, steamytimes, attitude problems, epic shenanigans… the usual” – Ok, steamytimes Sarah?! Who exactly will Aelin be having steamy times with?
  • Rowan’s cadre may “purrrrrrrhaps” show up again – YAY!!! I want to know all of them better.
  • On whether Aelin’s fae-ness makes her immortal: “you’ll find that out in future books” – My bet is on yes! It would make so much sense, and then she could be with Rowan… forever…
  • Influence for Rowan: “Rowan just walked into my head one day, and that was that” – Thank you for that, now he has walked into my head and he doesn’t want to leave!
  • QOS is just over 180k words
  • SJM knows how ToG will end but “still many, many stories to be told in that world afterwards”
  • Manon likes to have her hair brushed – by Asterin?! I’m still shipping it.
  • Yrene will be returning in future ToG books
  • Celaena’s weapon of choice = daggers
  • Fleetfoot is 100% confirmed to survive the series – Thank goodness for that!
  • Nox will return (as of right now ) but not is QoS
  • “Nox has been off on some VERY fun adventures since TOG” – I’m strangely curious about this.
  • Best thing about writing Celaena = her fire (figurative and literal)
  • Ending of ToG won’t be like fiction press draft which Sarah considers to be “an entirely different book” of which “everything has been thrown out”
  • Dorian stole a berry pie from castle kitchen when he was 11, ate the whole thing and was sick for a day (random fact) – yep, can totally see that!
  • Dorian is 6′0, Chaol is 6′1, Celaena is 5′7-5′8, Aedion is 6′3, Rowan is around 6′4
  • Ansel will return
  • “Perhaps” we will see the Silent Assassin’s again. “Perhaps” they will play a role in later books.
  • Rowan would win in a fight against Legolas… “Duh”! – Duh in deed!
  • Chaol gets his “fair share of page time” in QoS
  • Ironteeth “witches have slits high up in their gums where the iron teeth snap down/over their normal teeth”
  • Arobynn is mid-late 30s
  • Piano is only instrument Celaena can play
  • Chaol has “the NICEST buns” (lol)
  • It was always the plan for Sam to die
  • “Sam is 1000% dead and never coming back” – Sorry people, no Sam coming back from the dead!
  • Chaol had “a few” love interests before Celaena – Strangely, I would like to hear more about them.
  • Most important question asked (according to SJM): “who has the better bum, Chaol, Dorian or Rowan?” – SJM won’t answer except to say that Celaena definitely has an opinion on this – I bet Celaena’s opinion is that it’s Chaol, given that she saw them and all… in my head, it’s Rowan, or Aedion…
  • SJM knows who Celaena is going to end up with – Can she tells us before 2017?!

A Court of Thorns and Roses

  • Lots of romance and some sexytimes – YES! I need more Tamlin/Feyre sexytimes!
  • Working on last names for Tamlin and co.
  • Potential companion novels!
  • Book #2 is currently only Feyre’s POV
  • More Nesta and future ACOTAR books
  • (spoiler-y) Someone special for Lucien down the road – He so deserves it. My baby deserves all good things, he has been through enough.
  • Took 5 weeks to write first draft (”crazy fast”)
  • Book 2 is longer (as of right now)
  • Currently no time to write ACOTAR novellas but “maybe one day”
  • Rhys is favorite character to write in ACOTAR
  • Tamlin’s chest is so chiseled, “you could literally crack a nut on his chest” – 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀
  • Rest of ACOTAR will have fairy tale roots but any specifics would be “spoiler-y”

TOG + ACOTAR

  • Celaena was harder to write than Feyre because “I had to rip open old wounds and dark parts of myself to write HOF”
  • Lucien and Dorian would be “bffers” – I can totally see this, because they have kind of a similar sense of humour.
  • ACOTAR cover might be favorite
  • Chaol and Tamlin would be good friends (but tense at first)
  • If Celaena and Feyre met, “they would be like two cats meeting for the first time”
  • ACOTAR men would not know what to do with Celaena, she would eat them all alive – She would, and I would love to read about that. Is there some fanfiction anywhere about this?
  • Favorite villain to write = Manon’s grandmother
  • SJM’s advice to surviving SJM’s endings: “invest in tissues. and chocolate” – Buying chocolate on the next trip to the supermarket.
  • Cover color decisions are not up to SJM
  • “TOG and ACOTAR are in the same Megaverse. So you could technically open a Wyrdgate between their worlds.”
  • Working on sharing annotated playlists but “they’re all really realllllly long”

Character Personalities

  • Feyre would love Sophia Coppola films
  • Celaena would love Gone With the Wind
  • Dorian would love classics (films) – And he would pick some classy pick up lines from them, no doubt.
  • “Rhys wears black boxers… when he feels like wearing underwear at all.”
  • If Celaena were an animal, she would “10000%” be a velociraptor
  • Feyre’s sport is cross-country or swimming
  • Manon’s sport is ice-hockey (without pads preferable)
  • Celaena’s sport is soccer
  • Feyre’s most visited website = Pinterest
  • Celaena’s most visited website = Goodreads
  • Rhys’ theme song = “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred – LOL!
  • Celaena’s unofficial theme song = “Back in Black” by AC/DC
  • TOG characters who would have tattoos (if modern day): Aedion, Celaena, Rowan, Nehemia
  • TOG characters who would not have tattoos (if modern day): Manon, Dorian, Chaol
  • Celaena is a “double-shot-espresso-hold-the-bs” type of person (not tea) – Never a doubt in my mind about that.

Writing

  • SJM likes/prefers writing longer books
  • “Might have something up her sleeve” in terms of what book she will right after the current two series are done
  • “Every book is it’s own journey and has its own challenges– and it definitely doesn’t get any easier.”
  • “HATES” outlining but makes “extensive playlists” to “keep track of story structure”
  • Will “NEVER be done adding hot men to the line-up” – Yes Please! More Hot Men coming!
  • Needs to have a beginning and ending before committing to a story
  • Other fairy tales Sarah would consider adapting = Firebird Legends, Vasilisa the Brave/Beautiful (Russian folklore)
  • Can write male and female characters of equal awesomeness because she “sold her soul to a demon at the crossroads at midnight” – is she watching too much Supernatural?

Sarah J Maas

  • Best Book Sarah’s read in the last year = Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  • Favorite Anime (growing up) = Sailor Moon, Utena, Magic Knight, Rayearth, Gundam Wing, Fushigi Yuugi, and Ronin Warriors
  • Won’t answer which male character she would be with because people might read too much into it
  • Would take on Mydengaard Wyrm (from ACOTAR) and “be a BAMF”
  • Met Susan Dennard online via a group blog, “rest is history”
  • Favorite line from ToG = “Because hers was not a story of darkness.”
  • Preferred superpower = shape shifting
  • Would shape-shift into tiger or dragon or velociraptor
  • Would be best friends with Asterin Blackbeak in real life
  • If Celaena were to all of a sudden appear in real life, SJM would first and foremost introduce her to iTunes
  • Before writing, wanted to be a marine biologist living on a boat and studying great white sharks
  • “PROUD Feminist”
  • Has an entire shelf in her fridge dedicated to cheese

August Book Haul

How has August came to an end already?! o_O This month went by way too fast… WOW! So, once again, welcome back to my August Book Haul.

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This month I bought very few books. I was amazed at myself really! But I ended up hauling a lot of them, mostly e-books, given that this was my first month in NetGalley and Edelweiss… So, without further ado, I present the physical books I got this month.

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Funny haul, ah? I bought 3 traveling books for my upcoming trip to Seoul and Japan in October. The first two are for my mom’s collection – we always buy these and in truth, we just open them on the plane… Then I got A Geek in Japan, because I so fell in love with the concept of this book, and I’m a geek and I’ll be in Japan!

Then I got the amazing The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh and after reading Shatter Me, I couldn’t resist and bought the novellas, Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi, and I already read Destroy Me.

I also got the amazing audiobook of You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day.


Now the longer part… eBooks! I got my kindle on the first week of August, but I bought a few books even before I got it. The firsts (and so far only) books that I bought for my Kindle were: The Outlander Series 7-Book Bundle – Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes and An Echo in the Bone. I want to get to this series eventually, but honestly I bought it because the price was too good to pass up… a little over 2$ for 7 HUGE books! It was a true steal, and I’m super happy about this buy.

Then I accumulated a few books from NetGalley, Blogging for Books and Edelweiss:

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And that’s it for my August Book Haul! I’ll be doing my wrap-up tomorrow (probably) and my September TBR on Tuesday 😉 .

Destroy Me (Tahereh Mafi)

Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45. 

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . . 

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow. 

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me,Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.


After my review of Shatter Me the other day, Josie said I should totally read Destroy Me before moving on to Unravel Me, and I took her advice. It took me less than no time to finish this novella. And people, ok, I kind of get it! I’m still not “in love” with Warner, but I get him a whole lot better now, and I feel this weird sympathy for him… it is weird because he’s still a bit psycho!

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I liked that he felt shame and regret by the way he behaved towards her. I actually loved all his reactions to everything Juliette, such as the notebook… man, some of those entries shattered me completely… her parents were horrible people! And so is his father! Gods, I just wanted to reach into the book and shoot him myself!

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Oh, I hope his father rots in hell!!!! Despicable man!

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And then, there was this moment that I realized “holy crap, he’s a good guy!” (see quote below). So well deserved! But then his father ruined everything.

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I have a lot of feeling towards this book. I simply loved Warner’s voice, even if I’m still not entirely sold on him. I somehow wish I could see more moments from his perspective. And the entries on Juliette’s journal are so insightful and so disturbing at the same time.

I loved this one!

Rating: 4.7 Stars

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