Top 5 Wednesday: Book Boys I’d Want as Brothers

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Welcome back to Top 5 Wednesday! This meme was created by gingerreadslainey and is hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes and you can check out the  Goodreads group here. This week’s theme is Characters You’d Want as Family. I’m going with awesome boy characters that I would love to have as my brothers, because they’re seriously awesome!


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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Character Names

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I’ve been meaning to do some kind of meme on wednesdays for awhile now, especially because T5W sometimes has some interesting themes. But this week the theme was just too good to pass, so here it is, my first ever Top 5 Wednesday! This meme was created by gingerreadslainey and is hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes and you can check out the  Goodreads group here. This week’s theme is Favorite Character Names.


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I love the name Aelin so so much, that I named my Kindle after her. Sarah J. Maas has some amazing names, for sure, but Aelin is 100% my favorite. And when she finally starts going by it in Heir of Fire, my heart soared!

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Aedion is the male counterpart to Aelin, and these cousins are glorious for sure. They’re also the perfect names for twins, right? Aelin and Aedion! I also happen to love Aedion in Queen of Shadows, so I think his name is special.

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I really enjoyed The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig, and the name is so imaginative and so HER. Nix is an amazing character and an awesome young girl and I can’t wait to see what she’s going and doing on the second book.


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I only read the first chapter of Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma yet, but I’m already in love with Lochan’s name, and my heart is already breaking for this boy.


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Penryn is one of my favorite women in YA. The Penryn and the End of Days trilogy by Susan Ee is amazing, she’s so sick ass!

Queen of Shadows (Sarah J. Maas)

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Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire — for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . . 

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return. 

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.


I don’t even know how to start this review. Each time I think about reviewing this book, I just look at it and think that maybe I should just read it again, to properly convey to you how awesome I thought this book was. But I have so many other good books to read, I can’t read this one over and over, right?

So, on we go. This will obviously have a lot of SPOILERS, for the four previous books in the series, but for this one as well. So, people, if you haven’t read Queen of Shadows, I love you, but go away! Also, be aware that I’ll probably throw some highly unpopular opinions onto this review – which will probably not even feel like a review anyway. You have been warned.

First off, let me tell you, this book was my favorite read of the year. The buddy read and crazy talks on twitter had a hand on it, but the book itself is fantastic! A LOT of action, a lot of plot twists, a lot of plot in general, some romance, a lot of bromance and awesomeness all around.

I’m gonna first of all address the highest criticism made to this book: “Celaena and Chaol are out of character”. I read this over and over again, everywhere, even from people who enjoyed this book a lot. Maybe I’m from a different planet, because I thought they were very much in character throughout the whole thing.

First of all, if you’re still referring to Aelin as Celaena, you probably will never be happy about this story or any other that follows. She has been Aelin since the moment that she forgave herself and accepted her true power and lineage, with all the burden that comes with it. Celaena is still there inside of Aelin, but Aelin is so much more! Celaena COULD rattle the stars, while Aelin DOES rattle the stars. See the difference?

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I found it so natural that she wouldn’t trust anyone implicitly, because Celaena didn’t either – or are we forgetting that she only told Chaol the truth about everything because she didn’t have much choice?

Now, about Chaol, this is a guy who is trying to displace the guilt he feels onto someone else… Aelin is an easy target. He’s also not a 100% wrong about what he says. The fact that she holds things from him, makes him doubt her, and the same the other way around, a lot of miscommunication, which by the way had already happened in Crown of Midnight. Chaol actually had a great development throughout this book. He had claimed his side on the end of Heir of Fire, but it was never Aelin’s side, it was always Dorian’s, so why would he side with her when she got back? He suffered a lot and the only thing I think him guilty of was not even trying to understand her side of the question, but guilt ridden as he was, I thought that was natural.

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Neither of them are perfect, so their reaction to each other, I found it so organic. Sorry if you guys don’t agree, it’s totally fine ;-).

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Arobynn Hamel… Ok, so he’s totally the worst, right? I wanted him dead. No doubt about it. BUT… I felt his dynamic with Aelin super intriguing and I wanted more. I actually liked him better here than on The Assassin’s Blade, because now she knew what he wanted from her, and I honestly felt that was natural, even though repulsing at the same time. But come on, he was never a father figure to her, and if he had no problem with bedding Lysandra who is the same age as Aelin, why wouldn’t he want the same with her. And I do feel like he truly loved her, in his own twisted and sick way. What he had done to Sam, that was the work of a very jealous man… Truth is, I felt that Arobyn was such a well written villain, and I wanted to see more of him. I liked his death, though I wished that Lysandra had drugged him prior to sleeping with him and slitting his throat, because the risk of him waking up was so big, and I was so afraid for her.

Onto Lysandra… I had a hard time trusting her in The Assassin’s Blade, but I liked her then, I liked that she provoked Celaena. And Sam liked her, so how bad could she actually be, right? So, when she first appeared with Evangeline, I not only liked her, but my heart broke for her. Then she devolved this friendship with Aelin and it was such a majestic thing, how these two girls had each other’s backs, and they needed another girl in their lives so bad. I also likes Lysandra’s interactions with the rest of the gang, especially Aedion, oh, the Ghost Leopard thing was amazing.

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Before heading to the romance part, I’m going to mention the witches, who had a lot more to do in this book. For most of the time Manon was a bit frustrating, she was also in a very tough spot… I really felt for her, truly, but she spent way too much time in a state of indecision between what she felt was right and what was expected of her, and I was glad when Asterin finally broke her and made her see the truth. I liked Elide, she has potential, though I felt that she had a lot of page time in Queen of Shadows, and that maybe half of it could have been given to someone else.

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When Manon finally faces off Aelin it was EPIC! And the fact that she could summon Dorian back because the Valg Prince in him recoiled from her – AMZING! Let’s get something straight, I don’t think I’m non board with this crazy ship – Manon and Dorian – but I do think they’ll have an important role in each other’s lives and they will probably be the support they both need in the next book.

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Speaking of Dorian, oh, my dear Dorian… his chapters hurt. They physically hurt me! I had my heart clenched each time Dorian had a small amount of POV, because yes, they were all very small, but they had so many damn feelings in it, that my heart was breaking all the damn time. And yet, I felt that his chapters were perfect: short and painful. They showed exactly what was going on inside him and boy… it was not pretty. The only thing that bugged me a bit was his inability to fight the Valg inside him… Caltrain did it, although her Valg could have been less powerful, or maybe not… Dorian was also heartbroken when the Valg took over, and he probably wanted to give in a little, because he felt so responsible for Sorcha’s death.

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But that final battle… WOW!!!! Aelin and Dorian and the King and Chaol… WOW WOW WOW!!!! Aelin and Dorian, Fire and Ice, and all glorious! It was beyond perfect!!!

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Finally, onto the romance… I know a LOT of people had a problem with the romance in this book. Some didn’t like Aelin with Rowan, some said that their romance came out of nowhere, or that there was way too much focus on the romance, or a lot of other things. I don’t care. I thought it was perfect! To be honest, I’ve been shipping Aelin and Rowan since they met in Heir of Fire, and you might say “but they were only friends, the romance doesn’t make sense” and I say BULLSH*T!!!!

Yes, they were friends in Heir of Fire, but there was always something more there (at least for me). It was the way they understood each other completely, how they fought and pushed each other, the nights spent in the same bed and Aelin’s reiterations that she was attracted to him (cofcof). The way they were willing to die for each other when they hadn’t known each other for that long. They are each other’s best friends and the love they fell for one another was already pretty evident in book 3. About the sexual attraction, yep, I think it was there too, actually, I think it was there from the first time that Rowan bit her. Again, YES – HE BIT HER TO PROVOKE HER AND NOTHING MORE, BUT his reaction after (after the biting and then when he learned about her scars) told me that maybe he wasn’t totally being honest with himself. So, when they’re finally reunited on this book, I was giddy from happiness, and I loved every single torment that they gave each other, the hair washes, the nightgowns and the lack of underwear… they are equals in every single way.

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And boy, it’s GLORIOUS! And there’s something that Rowan thinks after they kiss for the first time, that made me wonder if had been wondering if not only could he find someone after Lyria, but also if Aelin is that someone… and I’m guessing (by his extremely positive reaction) that the answer is YES on both accounts.

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Another huge thing that I think people are still clinging to is Sam. Don’t get me wrong, I love Sam just as any other girl, but – don’t kill me please – I think that Sam is overrated! *okok, have you calmed down yet?*

Let me make my case, ok? Sam was amazing, sure, and he was in love with Celaena for a long time, but she was in love with him for a really SHORT one. And they were together for only one month before he died. And let’s not forget, it wasn’t a good month! They loved each other a lot, but they fought a lot too, and Aelin never got to the point of trusting him implicitly. So, while he was SUPER important in her life and for her growth, I don’t think she loved him MOST OF ALL, and I’m not sure that they would have had a future, had he lived… she wouldn’t be the person she is now, that’s for sure, and that would be a shame, because Celaena was great, but Aelin is freaking AWESOME!

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I LOVED the bromances in Queen of Shadows! There’s Chaol and Dorian, obviously, after the “I love you” in Heir of Fire, and Chaol doing everything he can to save Dorian and all. But Aedion and Rowan!!!! They have my heart, because those 2 freaking fae (half-fae) males are so damn AMAZING! 😀 😀 😀

And Aelin was beyond glorious!!!! The “Firebreathing bitchqueen” is freaking amazing!!!

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So, to sum it up, I loved this book – if that wasn’t clear so far. I loved the action, the plot, the characters and their development. I loved the amazing females in this book, the males, the men, the witches and the shapeshifter. I LOVED the plot twists, and I can’t wait to see where it will all go. I loved the friendships, and the fights, and the romance. I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK!!!

Now I apologise for my LONG (2000 words *cofcof*) “review” that is more of a fangirl and opinion dumping. I know most of you won’t agree with some of the things I said, but that’s totally fine ;-). Also, one of the reasons I loved reading this book so much was thanks to Josie, Anjie and Erika, so, thank you girls – even if Anjie will positively hate what I wrote here.

(I’m sorry, this was too cute not to share! Little Rowan – source)

AND NOW I REALIZE THAT I’LL PROBABLY END UP WRITING ANOTHER REVIEW FOR THIS BOOK ONCE I REREAD IT, BECAUSE I FEEL THAT I STILL HAVE A LOT MORE TO SAY ABOUT IT.

Top Ten Tuesday: Perfect Male Specimens 101

It’s Tuesday again! Where is the time going?! o_O … So it means, it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, and today’s theme is: Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

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I have to admit that I was a bit at a lost here, I had no idea what to write about, but luckily Kat @Life and Other Disasters, gave me a fantastic idea, she said “Or books that have the perfect fictional crush in them.” and I LOVED IT! With that in mind, welcome to my Top Ten Books with Perfect Male Specimens 101.

1. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

By now it comes to no surprise to anyone, but I have a huge crush on James Carstairs. But these books have multiple sources of perfect (or close to it) male specimens, being Will Herondale a perfect example of a man who makes most of the book community swoon (am I right?). Other perfectly good example, for me, of a swoon-worthy man in this series is Gideon Lightwood (the scones under the bed… wow). Between Jem, Will and Gideon, a lot of crushable guys here.

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Levi is as crush-worthy as they come. I couldn’t stop myself from loving the hell out of him in Fangirl, even when he kind of messes up, because his character feels so real and so absolutely perfect. He always sees the bright side of things and people, he’s always happy, and the poor guy can’t stay away from the girl he loves for one single day… wow.

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

77493_originalWe (all of us who have read Sarah J. Maas books) can all agree that she’s a master at creating men, especially Fae hunks. Now, all the 3 main males from this book are pretty swoon-worthy, and I’m not even mentioning how gorgeous and hot they are, but I’m super partial to Tamlin…

Poor Tamlin, who has forgotten how to flirt, who thinks that “your hair is clean” is enough for… something… oh, but he learns! Soon it’s all “let’s go for a swim” “dance for me” and all those other stuff, so yeah, pretty crushable (especially from all of Feyre’s accounts of their intimate moments).

Then we have Lucien (the red hair kills me), who left his family and all he had for his love. WOW! And then Rhysand, the most beautiful man that Feyre has even seen – and she lives with Tamlin and Lucien. Rhys is kind of amazing and full of potential, I just want to see more of him.

4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Romance is never the main plot of this book, but the perfectness that is Elias is hard to ignore. This guy, who has trained to be a ruthless killer for years on end, has so much more to him… he’s kind, compassionate, he doesn’t want to kill, or fight, he just wants to be free. He’s attracted to his BFF but doesn’t act on it because he doesn’t want things to be weird and he doesn’t want to lose her. He helps a slave (and something more than help…)… The whole time I was reading about him, I couldn’t help but sigh and swoon.

5. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

It will be weird if you haven’t read this book before, so you really need to take this class seriously and read it, only then will you understand why a guy who has all his wives murdered at dawn can be so perfect and honestly, one of the most perfect male specimen that I found in any kind of books.

But trust me, Khalid is perfect, truly perfect! Again, once you ignore the fact that all his brides die. But the relationship he has with Shazi, and the kind of love he has for her, is seriously relationship goal.

6. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han

One name people, Peter K.! This guy is seriously swoon worthy – I feel kind of weird saying this because he’s definitely way too young for me. But he’s so sweet and he cares so much, that it’s impossible not to fall a bit in love with him while reading these books.

7. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Remember when I said in point 3 how amazing Sarah J. Maas is at creating fictional men? It doesn’t end there. Throne of Glass is full of amazing men, all of them are pretty hot and pretty great. I’m a bit more partial to Dorian (prince, fights for what he loves, etc) and Rowan (200 years suffering for a lost love), but you might like Chaol better and that’s totally ok, because he’s pretty amazing as well. Or maybe Aedion?! I know Aedion rocks my boat, but that’s just me… Not even going to mention Sam, because I haven’t read The Assassin’s Blade yet.

8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Come on, a list of books with perfect men, you couldn’t really expect that I wouldn’t include the one fictional character that has been driving women crazy for more than 100 years, right?! Oh Yeah, the one and only, Mr. Darcy! I don’t think I need to explain this one…

9. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

I just find Lincoln pretty perfect, because I relate so much to him. The way he loves is so full and complete…

And I think Christine and Beth say it best:

“Every woman wants a man who’ll fall in love with her soul as well as her body.”

“I didn’t know someone could love me like this,” she said. “Could love me and love me and love without…needing space.”

10. The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis

Mason Milton, people! Read this book, for real, as soon as it is out. It’s so worth it!

Heir of Fire (Sarah J. Maas)

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Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?

*** WARNING, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS – BECAUSE IT’S QUITE IMPOSSIBLE TO TALK ABOUT THIS THIRD BOOK IN THE SERIES WITHOUT SPOILING SOMETHING FROM THE PREVIOUS TWO BOOKS! ***


First off, this series just keeps getting better and better and I can’t wait to see what Queen of Shadows will bring.

I really loved that this book was about Celaena facing her past and come to grips with who she really is. Because, let’s face it, she’s magnificent! She grew so much in this book and we finally get to see what happened all those years ago, on the night that she woke up between her dead parents. I finally understood what stood in her way, and so did she, and I was so glad that she finally accepted all of her and was kind of happy about it. Although I spent a good portion of this book crying my eyes out…

Now let’s talk a bit about the guys, I’ll start with the “old” ones.

Chaol Westfall, I have to tell you, my irritation with him at the end of Crown of Midnight eased a bit, but this guy had so much trouble choosing a side… please… I mean, MAN you are a grown man, you’re not even a boy like Dorian! I get it, really, I realize that his main concern was not picking a side but keeping everyone safe, but that just didn’t work for me. While I like Chaol a lot, I was screaming internally at him most of the time. I was glad when he FINALLY made up his mind – after a few lovely harsh words from Dorian – and chose the RIGHT side! I’m quite curious to see him reuniting with Celaena now…

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Dorian Havilliard, I keep loving him more and more each book that goes by. In this book he moved on from Celaena, while still clearly loving her as a friend. He started to learn how to control his power, and even fell in love. But poor guy, for a boy who’s supposed to be quite promiscuous, he manages to date the only 2 girls in his kingdom that only share his bed fully clothed… I hated when Chaol was not telling him the truth, but I loved his reaction when he finally learned it, he didn’t hesitate! He knew right there and then that the right side was Celaena’s and he would do whatever in his power to help her… against HIS OWN FATHER! I mean, this guy has balls!!! His lessons to Chaol?! EPIC! I’m really worried about that ending though, I don’t know how he’ll get away from that, I just hope he’s still himself by the time Celaena manages to get him.

Now on to some new guy, Aedion Ashryver, yes, Aelin’s cousin. Oh my! What a man! I mean… he’s the male version of Celaena, quite literally… HOT! As soon as he got his first POV, I liked him. This guy will move heavens and mountains to get his Queen back safe and sound. No hesitations. I also liked that after all those years, he was still jealous of Dorian.

But my favorite ever has to be Rowan Whitethorn… I LOVE HIM! He always saw Celaena for what she really is… Aelin. He saw the potential, the fear, he didn’t cuddle her, he pushed her so she would push back. And it worked, he helped her build herself up… Oh, he’s just the best!

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– Now, just to make it clear, here’s my standing on the ships. –  

1. Aelin and Rowan – Yeah yeah, I know they’re only friends, and I like that friendship a lot, but really, all those nights sleeping in the same bed, seeing each other naked, being carranam, … I don’t know, let’s just say that I wouldn’t mind it at all if their relationship evolved, because I think that out of all the guys in these books, Rowan is the one who understands her better, and who loves her the most just as she is.

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2. Aelin and Dorian – Yes, still up high on my list! I always loved them together, but now even more. They both grew up so much, that now I think Celaena would not only understand Dorian’s life, but they could embrace it together (seeing as they’re both heirs to their respective thrones). And he accepts her for who she is – granted, he actually hasn’t seen it yet, but he will… Also, theirs powers are complementary! That has to mean something, right? And Dorian trusts her implicitly and is letting Fleetfoot sleep with him, so there’s that!

3. Aelin and Aedion – Oh, before you kill me, I know they’re cousins, but they both say at least twice that they’re distant enough, that the conversation had actually occurred. And I think there might be something there, at least from Aedion’s side, though I do hope he gets to see her – I’m pretty sure Chaol will be able to get him out somehow.

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4. Celaena and Chaol – See how I didn’t use her real name there?! So, I think this ship has sunk! Again, I love Chaol, and I know he’s crazy about the girl, but he still wishes that she was just Celaena, who she’ll never be again, and I don’t think he would be able to manage her real self and all that that entails. Also, I think Celaena is done, she finally took off her ring 🙂 .

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I also enjoyed Manon Blackbeak and the witches. Actually, when her POV started, I wasn’t really into it, but then I just found myself rooting for her and Abraxos, and somehow (weirdly) I ship her with Asterin…

I’m so excited for book 4! I want to know how Aedion will be able to get out of his cell, how Chaol will stay hidden from the King and how he’ll fight, how that damn necklace is coming off of Dorian’s throat, how long will Rowan stay away from Adarlan, how Aelin will be able to trick everyone, … I want to know!!!

Also, I missed Elena, Gavin and Mort on this book, I was kind of hoping that Gavin would appear to Dorian and help him control his magic somehow, or at least that Mort would speak to him, like Celaena thought that he might… oh well…

Rating: 4.8 Stars

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