Recent Reads: 23-29 September 2018

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It’s almost October!! Eek, who else is super excited?!

This past week I was able to DNF one book, finish another, and continue reading a third!

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Sunday (23rd September)

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas *currently reading*

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empire of storms.jpgThe long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.


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Published: 6 September 2016

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 693


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This is the sixth book in my Throne of Thoughts Read-a-thon! If you are following the reading schedule (see below) you would currently be reading Tower of Dawn, but since I am a wee bit behind, I’ll be using this next week to catch up. Don’t forget to check out my mini reading updates through my Instagram stories!

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Tuesday (25th September)

The Skylark’s Song (The Skylark’s Song #1) by J.M. Frey

This book was a DNF for me, and since I don’t review this rating, I’ll include a quick reasoning here.

I got about 60 pages in before I decided to call it quits with this one. I tried to get into the story, but the dialogue kept confusing me and the plot didn’t seem to pick up for me, so I made the decision to put it down and move onto another story that I knew was going to satisfy my reading taste buds.

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the skylarksA Saskwyan flight mechanic with uncanny luck, seventeen-year-old Robin Arianhod grew up in the shadow of a decade-long war. But the skies are stalked by the Coyote—a ruthless Klonn pilot who picks off crippled airships and retreating soldiers. And as the only person to have survived an aerial dance with Saskwya’s greatest scourge, Robin has earned his attention.

As a pilot, Robin is good. But the Coyote is better. When he shoots her down and takes her prisoner, Robin finds herself locked into a new kind of dance. The possibility of genuine affection from a man who should be her enemy has left her with a choice: accept the Coyote’s offer of freedom and romance in exchange for repairing a strange rocket pack that could spell Saskwya’s defeat, but become a traitor to her country. Or betray her own heart and escape. If she takes the rocket pack and flees, she could end the war from the inside.

All she has to do is fly.

Filled with intrigue, forbidden romance, and a touch of steampunk, The Skylark’s Song soars in this new duology from the award-winning author of The Accidental Turn Series.


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Published: 5 August 2018

Publisher: Reuts Publishing

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Pages: 284


*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are of my own and are not influenced in any way.*


Wednesday (26th September)

Dragon Redeemer (World of Aluvia #3) by Amy Bearce

This book was completed during my 24 hour Kat’s Pop-Up Read-a-thon!

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My goal was to read 1,000 pages and finish EOS along with this book, but after an afternoon of self-care pampering, I was only able to finish Dragon Redeemer and get a sliver of EOS started.

And man, do Sarah J. Maas books take me FOREVER to read! I swear I spent 2 hours reading and only got 60 pages finished. But ever word counts when it’s that good!

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dragon redeemerFour years have passed since a fairy swarm released the voice of prophecy in Nell Brennan. In that painful moment, a skilled warrior became a reluctant leader and defender of Aluvia’s magic. Now a new enemy threatens their still-fragile lands, one Nell feels powerless to stop even with help from the voice within her.

A mysterious dark alchemist from the Ice-Locked Lands is rising to power on the strength of his sword arm and an ice-breathing dragon obedient to his command. He promises unlimited magic to his followers and death to those who defy him. If he takes over the ports, his corrupt elixirs will disrupt the delicate balance of peace between Aluvia’s people and all magical creatures.

The voice of prophecy sends Nell and her friends to their enemy’s treacherous domain to find a sword of legend. Only the sword’s magic can prevent a return to a world of dying fairies and caged merfolk. But Nell’s up against the toughest foe she’s ever faced. In order to defeat him, she must master the unimaginable power of the sword―and the unwanted magic inside herself.


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Published: 23 May 2017

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 220

Click HERE for all of my thoughts!


*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are of my own and are not influenced in any way.*


Favorite Book of the Week: Empire of Storms

# of Pages Read: 348

Total # of Books Read: 1.5 with 1 DNF


For this next week, I hope to finish six full books! And with October right around the corner, expect to see a TON of HALLOWEEN-themed and SPOOKY stuff happening here starting after mignight!


What books did you read this week??

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Until next time..

Happy Reading,

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