[A Candle Review] Frostbeard Studio’s Book Lovers’ Soy Candle

Blogging as it is, I also want to review other stuff than books. I promise that I will not go that far because this candle is book-related. This one is called “The Shire”. If you are all familiar with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, this will totally ring a bell.

Furthermore, reviewing a candle is totally a job of a character named Jennifer in the popular TV show Scream Queens. She has a vlog where she reviews every candle she buys or receives. Doing this reminds me of that, and it just makes me laugh.

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This candle is amazing. It smells heavenly, and it is addicting. To be honest, I have tried to open it once in a while just to smell it. The packaging is great. The candle itself is amazing. The people behind this shop is absolutely nice and awesome! Thank you so much, Rox and Tom from Frostbeard Studio, for giving me this beauty! Now, I can’t wait to fire it up and let everyone smell it.

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Don’t forget to check their shop because they have a wide variety of candles that are book-related that will make you buy them in a snap. You can also check them out here:

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[Review] Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) by Victoria Aveyard

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Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publication: February 9th 2015 by HarperTeen
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 448
Format: ARC

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

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My thoughts: (may contain a few spoilers)

This is not better than the first one. I like the first one better; it has more action, more dramatic tension, and more surprises. It seems to be that my problem on this book is the style of writing. I had a hard time reading it; however, it has become easier as I went on reading. The action started to appear, and the drama started to develop.

I definitely had a The Young Elites vibe while reading this one. Somehow, there are a lot of things that I could compare from the concept of this and The Young Elites. The ending of The Rose Society seems the same with the ending of this book (for me). Nevertheless, both of them have something unique and incomparable to each other.

If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.

I did not see much development from Mare Barrow as I have expected to happen. One thing just changed from her– her pride– and it totally gave her some advantage on this book. Also, lots of characters like Nix, Cameron, and Jon possess supernatural powers and they started to appear, helping Mare’s certain mission. Shade is now well-introduced in the book, showing what Mare’s brother is really capable of.

Glass Sword started to grab my attention as they commenced their hunt. Everything went better and better until the end which I didn’t happen to like (just kidding!), I love it! It made me release all my hate to the antagonist, and for ruining everyone’s lives again. I never anticipated this twist which I think is better than the first book.

I have always been shipping Mare to Cal, but why can’t I see it happening in this book? I demand more passion from them both. Cal has been helping Mare from the start, and I seriously demand more passion. On Red Queen, I was shipping Maven and Mare so hard, but now, I don’t think so.

To rise. And rise alone. I see you as you could become, no longer the lightning, but the storm. The storm that will swallow the world entire.

I put down this hefty book before because I didn’t feel like reading it yet. Now, I finished it and was glad that I did, because it is amazing. As soon as they start they adventure, everything starts to get exciting and heart-pounding. From Mare Barrow’s electrokinetic power to her team’s unbelievable supernatural powers to defeat everyone that has made the life of the Red-and-Silver blooded people horrible.

Moreover, the cover of this book is honestly beautiful like the first book. Hats-off to the cover designer! The cover is as good as the book. If you like Red Queen, read this and it will not disappoint.

4 swords4 swords for the twisted twist.

About the author:

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Victoria Aveyard was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She currently splits her time between the East and West Coasts. As an author and screenwriter, she uses her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies.

[Review] Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication: May 7th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 404
Format: Hardcover

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

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My thoughts:

This book, without a doubt, refreshed my soul. It is hard to please me when I’m reading fantasy books, but having read A Court of Thorns and Roses, I instantly know that Sarah J. Maas is an amazing author and I will keep reading her books. Even a lot of people say that. I heard lots of great things about this book, and it did not disappoint at all, well a little.

Forced by tons of people I know from Instagram, Twitter and blogs, I was intimidated and scared to start this series, for it was accounted as one of the best fantasy books that they have read. Finishing this, I completely agree. Sacrificing my time to finish this series with hefty books will definitely be worth it.

“I like music because when I hear it, I … I lose myself within myself, if that makes sense. I become empty and full all at once, and I can feel the whole earth roiling around me. When I play, I’m not … for once, I’m not destroying. I’m creating.

Although this one was an interesting read, the start did not really grab my attention. I was thinking of putting it down because it was not really exciting, but continuing on reading made me realize that I’m wrong. As I kept on reading, it started to bring me excitement one-by-one and that’s what I want from a book. I do not want inconsistency in a book because it just makes me not like it.

Also, this being recommended to me was not the only reason why I bought this series. I just thought that they actually look good in my book shelves, thus the loss of money for a good cause (hopefully). Well, not really a big loss of money because I won the series with A Court of Thorns and Roses on a giveaway on Instagram, and the second book is signed (lucky me, yay!). I just bought The Assassin’s Blade, Throne of Glass and Queen of Shadows

Now onto the characters, Celaena Sardothien is the epitome of complete badassery, kickassery and smartassery (?). This is the first book I’ve read that depict a villain in the story being a good one for once. She is shipped for multiple times to Dorian and Chaol, but at first, I shipped her with Nox. Am I really that weird? Although I like her having relationship with Dorian more than Chaol. But sometimes, I ship her with Chaol. Okay, brain, make up your mind!

Was there music playing? She’d forgotten. The world had shrunk into nothing, dissolved by the golden glow of candles. But there were her feet, and here was her arm, and her neck, and her mouth. She smiled and took his hand, still keeping one eye on the ball around them.

Celaena is a known assassin that has been selected to play by the Crown Prince, Dorian, in a game created by the king himself with the participation of all the authorities in Erilea with their own Champions. Winning this game means Celaena’s awaited freedom. As time goes by, her relationships with Chaol and Dorian started to attach more as they were helping her to win in this game.

This sounds like The Hunger Games and to me, it really feels like it but somehow, on some point, it isn’t. If you enjoy that series, you’ll definitely enjoy this one. Now, let’s hop onto the Throne of Glass bandwagon, and at the same time, enjoy raving how amazing this series is with people around the world.

4 swords4 swords for pure awesomeness!

About the author:

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Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

Am I On a Break?

To answer that question: no. If you haven’t seen my posts lately, it is because my brain is so loaded up that no inspiration has come inside at all. None. Period. For now, I’ve been drafting a lot of posts, but all of them are reviews. I don’t want to bombard my blog with just reviews; I want to be diverse too, so any suggestions will help me. (Please comment below. *puppy face*)

This post is not going to be long because I don’t know. I’m really weird.

[Review] November 9 by Colleen Hoover

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Title: November 9
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication: November 10th 2015 by Atria Books
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Pages: 307
Format: ARC

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

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My thoughts:

I thought Confess was incredibly good, but November 9 easily topped it. This book started off with a fun and romantic setting that you will really enjoy reading. Ben and Fallon are both funny on engaging conversations that made me laugh at some point. Their relationship will look unrealistic at the start, but it’s really not.

Colleen Hoover has really hit me in the feels. Never have I ever expected to read a New Adult book, but I already read 2 books from this genre and it’s both written by Colleen. She knows how to write that will make you love the characters and break your heart at the same time.

“You’ll never be able to find yourself if you’re lost in someone else.”

There are many times that I can relate to this book, especially on Ben’s passion for writing. Reading this book was absolutely a fun rollercoaster ride, from happiness to heartbreak, then to happiness again. The twist from this book was really shocking, having expected nothing at all. I thought this book was just going to be fun and fun and fun, but it turned out to have a teensy bit of misery that will make your eyes water, or worse, cry a river.

I now declare November 9 as my favorite romance novel. I wish it could be adapted to a movie because I really pictured it to be one while reading it. I bet it will be a tearjerker. This book is not simply what you expect, but it will definitely blow your mind.

Fallon is an actress whose father is an actor, and Ben is an aspiring writer who begins to have inspiration being with Fallon. November 9 is a date that they have planned to meet every year, torturing themselves for not meeting at all besides that day. However, something happened that totally challenged them.

“When you’re willing to give up the things that mean the most to you just to see someone else happy, that’s real love.”

I did not want this book to end because it feels like a book that will give me a hangover, but I finished it anyway (so #yolo). My favorite part of this book that the story only revolves on the 9th of November, so basically it’s every year Colleen Hoover writes: 1st November 9, 2nd November 9, and so on. It’s so unique that I just want to hug this book all day long and fall in love with the characters.

To give you a hint, New Adult is something that I will look forward to, especially Colleen Hoover’s books since I can easily fall in love with her writing style and her characters. She has never failed me yet, and I hope she would not. Confess and November 9 are both fun reads that will definitely break or mend your heart.

5 swords5 swords for stabbing me in the heart. (get it?)

About the author:

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Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, and Maybe Not. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.

[Review] Blood and Salt (Blood and Salt, #1) by Kim Liggett

blood and saltTitle: Blood and Salt
Author: Kim Liggett
Publication: September 22nd 2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre: Horror, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcove

“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”

These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.

Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.

As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.

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My thoughts:

I am completely blown away. This book is so good, but in my opinion, it could have stayed as a fantasy book than a horror one because this did not give me the creeps at all. Nevertheless, I like the book. Wait, scratch that, I love the book! I wanted to read this book just to fulfill this month of spooky and creepy Halloween. I may be a tad disappointed, but I am not. At all.

The start piqued my interest, but it soon ended. As I kept reading the book, I was starting to gain interest again and made me finish it entirely at awe. The beginning and the ending of the book were both fantastic and I would love to have to see more action happening around. This book could have been a standalone and it would be fine for me, but I have just seen that it has a sequel, and I am quite disappointed.

“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart, and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in– blood and salt.”

The characters, for me, were great, despite the fact of not being liked by other reviewers/bloggers. I felt connected to them, especially with Ashlyn. I don’t know why, but it happened, once in a while. The writing style was easy to read and get into, and that’s what I like when reading books. Kim Liggett has good writing skills which I will definitely look forward to in the future with her upcoming books.

The pacing was also great. It was fast, and it did not feel dragging or such. It was simply alluring and will not let you put your book down until you finish it (probably what happened to me, being on the edge of my seat). The story itself is amazing, and sometimes confusing because of the dreams Ashlyn keeps getting, therefore, having a dual point-of-view from the reality and her dreams.

“It’s good to be afraid. It means you still have something to live for.”

Also, I like how Kim added a little humor to her book and some Backstreet Boys gig which I really enjoyed and found funny. Believe me, I seldom laugh, but that part just made me crack up. At some point, I was looking for the horror spark in this book because I want to be scared by reading a book for a change, but I found something different and something greater. This may not be a horror book to you, but this will definitely blow your mind, at least.

Kim created a world filled with darkness and it kind of reminds of the Young Elites but something incomparable. They are both awesome novels with both awesome worlds written by both awesome authors. I may not be creeped out by the little girl always lurking in the shadows, however, I was, a little. Kim Liggett may have not written the best horror novel, but she has made something better, a hormance (horror/romance) that will definitely give you the feels and the twin/siblings love from Ashlyn and Rhys who are both from the Larkins descent and who are both the epitome of great siblinghood.

5 swords5 swords for the amazing hormance.

About the author:

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At sixteen, Kim Liggett left her rural midwestern town for New York City to pursue a career in both music and acting. While attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kim sang backup for some of the biggest rock bands in the 80′s.
After settling down to have a family, she became an entrepreneur, creating a children’s art education program and a travel company specializing in tours for musicians. She’s married to jazz musician Ken Peplowski, has two beautiful teens, and a very neurotic dog that drags her through Riverside Park everyday on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

[Top Ten Tuesday] Cover Reveals!

Here I am going to show you the recent YA cover reveals! I’m pretty much excited to read all of them (even though I haven’t read the first book of some sequels) because their covers are so beautiful and the plots sound intriguing.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, Nil on Fire by Lynne Matson, Ruined by Amy Tintera

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Summer Days and Summer Nights by various authors (edited by Stephanie Perkins), The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye, This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh, The Last Star by Rick Yancey, The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

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And lastly, the latest cover reveal…

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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Aren’t they all glorious?! Staring at them makes me want to buy them all. Can’t wait to read them.

What are your favorite cover reveals?