Thursday, October 1, 2015

Shannon's September Reading Challenge Wrap-up

Goodreads challenge: 136/200

My goal is to read 15+ series enders and reach Level 4.  I will update here as I read them.

I read two this month.  

1. Unleashed by Sophie Jordan 
2. Fire Fall by Bethany Frenette
3. A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd
4. Dearest by Alethea Kontis
5. End of Days by Susan Ee
6. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
7. Death Sworn by Leah Cypress
8. In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis
9. Nightmare Charade by Mindee Arnett


This year Novel Heartbeat is co-hosting with Writer Grrrl Reads and they are assigning a point system based on whether you read a novella, a sequel or finish a whole series.  Here are some sequels I am hoping to get to this year.  I will update too as I discover new series or decide not to finish a series.

I read 4 this month, for a total of 24 sequels.

The Sweetest Dark Trilogy by Shana Abe - Untitled (#3)
Arkwell Academy Series by Mindee Arnett - SEPT: Nightmare Charade (#3)
The Midnight Thief Series by Livia Blackburne -  Daughter of Dusk (#2)
Goddess War Series by Kendare Blake - Ungodly (#2)
Prisoner of Night and Fog series by Anne Blankman -  Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (#2)
The Diviners Series by Libba Bray - SEPT: Lair of Dreams (#2)
Born of Illusion Series by Teri Brown -  Born of Deception (#2)
The Selection Series by Kiera Cass - JUNE: The Heir (#4)
Dualed Series by Elsie Chapman -  Divided (#2)
Nightshade Prequels by Andrea Cremer -  Rift (#1), Rise (#2)
Breath Series by Sarah Crossan - Resist (#2)
Death Sworn Series by Leah Cypress -  JUL: Death Marked (#2)
The Clann Series by Melissa Darnell -  Covet (#2), Consume (#3)
The Dark Divine Series by Bree Despain -  Lost Saint (#2), Savage Grace (#3)
The Chemical Garden by Lauren DeStephano -  Wither (#2), Sever (#3)
MILA 2.0 Series by Debra Driza - Renegade (#2)
Penryn and the End of Days Series by Susan Ee -  MAY: End of Days (#3)
Dark Star Series by Bethany Frenette - MAR: Firefall (#3)
To All the Boys I've Loved Before Series by Jenny Han -  JUN: PS I Still Love You (#2)
Seraphina Series by Rachel Hartman -  MAY: Shadowscale (#2)
Rebel Belle Series by Rachel Hawkins  - APR: Miss Mayhem (#2)
Magic Most Foul Series by Leanna Hieber - The Twisted Tragedy of Natalie Stewart (#2), The Double Life of Incorporate Things (#3)
Shades of London Series by Maureen Johnson - MAR: The Shadow Cabinet (#3)
Uninvited Series by Sophie Jordan -  MAR: Unleashed (#2) 
The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten by Julie Kagawa - The Forgotten Crown (#3)
Talon Series by Julie Kagawa - JUN: Rogue (#2)
The Starbound Series by Amy Kaufman: JAN: This Shattered World (#2), Untitled (#3)
Enchanted Series by Alethea Kontis: JAN: Hero (#2), MAR: Dearest (#3)
Gates of Thread and Stone Series by Lori Lee - MAR: The Infinite (#2)
In the After Series by Demitria Lunetta - In the End (#2)
Throne of Glass Series by Sarah Maas - SEPT: The Crown of Midnight (#4)
Not a Drop to Drink series by Mindy McGinnis -  SEPT: In a Handful of Dust (#2)
Dont Get Mad series by Gretchen McNeil - Get Dirty (#2)
Arclight Series by Josin McQuein - Meridian (#2)
Age of X by Richelle Mead - Immortal Crown (#2)
Lunar Chronicles Series by Melissa Meyer - FEB: Fairest (#0.5)Winter (#4)
Ruined Series by Paula Morris - Unbroken (#2)
Starglass Series by Phoebe North - Starbreak (#2)
The Dragon King Series by Ellen Oh - Warrior (#2), King (#3)
Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson  - AUG:Heart of Betrayal (#2)
Snow Like Ashes Series by Sarah Raasch - Ice Like Fire (#2)
The Winner's Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski - MAR: The Winner's Crime (#2)
The Bone Season Series by Samatha Shannon - MAR: Mime Order (#2)
The Mad Man's Daughter Series by Megan Shephard - FEB: Her Dark Curiosity (#2), MAR: A Cold Legacy (#3)
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater - Untitled (#4)
Reboot Series by Amy Tintera - Rebel (#2)
The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas - Untitled (#3)
The 5th Wave Series by Rick Yancy - Untitled (#3)
The Program Series by Suzanne Young - The Treatment (#2)
Bookish is running a TBR Pile Challenge to help clear out your pre-2015 books.  As you can see, I have a lot of books in my possession!  I won't get through all of these, but I'd like to make the highest level at least:
1-10 A Firm Handshake
11-20 A Friendly Hug
21-30 First Kiss
31-40 Sweet Summer Fling
41-50 Could This Be Love?
50+ Married with Children

Three this month.  Total: 31/179 (New reviews are in blue).  I need to step up my game!!

  1. The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfarer by MG Buehrlen 
  2. After the End by Amy Plum (REVIEW HERE)
  3. Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
  4. Another Little Piece by Kate Quinn
  5. Arclight by Josin McQuein
  6. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  7. The Bees by Laline Paul
  8. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
  9. Between Two Thorns by Emily Newman
  10. Between Two Worlds by Katherine Kirkpatrick (REVIEW HERE)
  11. Beware the Wild by Natalie Parker
  12. Blackbird by Anna Carey
  13. Blackbird by Chuck Wendig
  14. Blacksad by Jose Canales
  15. The Body Electric by Beth Revis (REVIEW HERE)
  16. Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
  17. Born of Deception by Teri Brown
  18. Born of Illusion by Teri Brown
  19. Breath by Sarah Crossan
  20. Carnival of Soul by Melissa Marr
  21. Clariel by Garth Nix
  22. Cold Legacy by Megan Shephard (REVIEW HERE)
  23. Constable and Toop by Gareth Jones
  24. Consume by Melissa Darnell
  25. Cormorant by Chuck Wendig
  26. Covet by Melissa Darnell
  27. Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan
  28. Crave by Melissa Darnell
  29. Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey
  30. Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas (REVIEW HERE)
  31. Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott
  32. Dark Divine by Bree Despain
  33. Darker Still by Leanna Hieber
  34. Death Sworn by Leah Cypress (REVIEW HERE)
  35. Dissonance by Erika O'Rouke
  36. Divided by Elsie Chapman 
  37. Dodger by Terry Pratchett
  38. Don't Touch by Rachel Wilson
  39. Don't You Forget of Me by Kate Quinn
  40. Double Life of Incorporate Things by Leanna Hieber
  41. Dualed by Elsie Chapman
  42. Elemental: The First by Alexandra May
  43. Enna Burning by Shannon Hale
  44. Entwined by Heather Dixon
  45. Even in Paradise by Chelsea Philpot
  46. Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  47. Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
  48. Fairy Tales from the Brother Grimm by Philip Pullman
  49. Faking It by Cara Carmack
  50. Faking Normal by Courtney Stevens (REVIEW HERE)
  51. The Falconer by Elizabeth May (REVIEW HERE)
  52. Falling into Place by Amy Zhang
  53. Fan Art by Sarah Tregay
  54. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  55. Finding it by Cara Carmack
  56. Frostbite by Richelle Mead
  57. Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead 
  58. Garden of Stones by Sophie Littlefield
  59. Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori Lee
  60. Get Even by Gretchen McNeil
  61. Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco (REVIEW HERE)
  62. Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
  63. Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper
  64. Green Rider by Kristen Britain
  65. Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno
  66. Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
  67. Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shephard (REVIEW HERE)
  68. History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerry Brotton
  69. House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple 
  70. How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky by Lydia Netzger 
  71. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  72. If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
  73. Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
  74. Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead
  75. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larsen
  76. In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis (REVIEW HERE)
  77. In the After by Demitiria Lunetta
  78. In the End by Demitiria Lunetta
  79. In the Woods by Tana French
  80. The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
  81. Intangible by J. Meyer
  82. Jewel of the Thames by Angela Misiri
  83. Kill Kiss Vanish by Jessica Martinez 
  84. Kingdom of Rarities by Eric Dinerstein 
  85. Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke
  86. Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
  87. Let's Get Lost by Ali Alsaid 
  88. Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker
  89. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
  90. Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu
  91. Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman
  92. Lost Saint by Bree Despain
  93. Madman's Daughter by Megan Shephard (REVIEW HERE)
  94. Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke
  95. Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch
  96. Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor (REVIEW HERE)
  97. Meridian by Josin McQuein
  98. MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza
  99. Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig
  100. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  101. Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
  102. More Than This by Patrick Ness
  103. Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
  104. A New Darkness by Joseph Delancy
  105. Night School by CJ Daugherty
  106. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis (REVIEW HERE)
  107. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  108. The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon
  109. One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington (REVIEW HERE
  110. The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
  111. Orphange of Miracles by Amy Neftzger
  112. Parallel by Lauren Miller
  113. Past Perfect by Leila Sales (REVIEW HERE)
  114. Paw and Order by Spencer Quinn (REVIEW HERE)
  115. Pretties by Scott Westerfield
  116. Pretty Girl 13 by Liz Coley
  117. Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay (REVIEW HERE)
  118. Prophecy by Ellen Oh
  119. Rebel by Amy Tintera
  120. Reboot by Amy Tintera
  121. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (REVIEW HERE)
  122. Renegade by Debra Driza
  123. Resist by Sarah Crossan
  124. Revived by Cat Patrick
  125. Rift by Andrea Cremer
  126. Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt
  127. Rise by Andrea Cremer
  128. Ruined by Paula Morris
  129. Salvage by Alexandra Duncan
  130. Saving Lucas Briggs by Maria de los Santos
  131. Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong (REVIEW HERE)
  132. The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis
  133. The Secrets of Lily Grave by Sarah Strohmeyer (REVIEW HERE
  134. The Secrets of Tree Taylor by Dandi Daely Mackall
  135. Sever by Lauren DeStephano 
  136. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
  137. Shadow Prince by Bree Despain (REVIEW HERE)
  138. Shakespeare on Toast by Ben Crystal
  139. Ship of Brides by Jojo Meyers
  140. Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James (REVIEW HERE)
  141. Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike
  142. Snakeroot by Andrea Cremer
  143. Speechless by Hannah Harrington
  144. Starbreak by Phoebe North
  145. Starglass by Phoebe North
  146. Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (REVIEW HERE)
  147. Struck by Jennifer Bosworth 
  148. Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
  149. Survive by Alex Morel
  150. Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner (REVIEW HERE)
  151. The Templeton Twins Make a Scene by Ellis Weiner (REVIEW HERE)
  152. Ten by Gretchen McNeil
  153. Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor 
  154. A Thousand Perfect Things by Kay Kenyon
  155. Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray (REVIEW HERE)
  156. The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart
  157. Transparent by Natalie Whipple (REVIEW HERE
  158. The Treatment by Suzanne Young
  159. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
  160. The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart by Leanna Hieber
  161. The Trouble with Flirting by Claire LeZebnick
  162. Uglies by Scott Westerfield
  163. Unbroken by Paula Morris
  164. Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig (REVIEW HERE)
  165. Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin
  166. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  167. Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  168. Wait for Me by Elizabeth Naughton
  169. The Ward by Jordana Frankel 
  170. Warrior by Ellen Oh
  171. The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian
  172. Wild by Alex Mallory
  173. The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
  174. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
  175. The Winterling by Sarah Prineas
  176. Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb
  177. Woodcutter by Kate Danley
  178. You Had Me at Hello by Mahairi McFarlane
  179. You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle

Popsugar Reading Challenge:
This has been making the rounds and thought it sounded so fun. Some of these will definitely push me out of my comfort zone.  Plus, I love Popsugar! (Especially their subscription boxes!!  Check them out here!)

  • Book with more than 500 pages Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (527 pages)
  • A classic romance Enchanted by Althea Kontis (Fairytales are classic romances, right?)
  • A book that became a movie Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (it's being made into a movie at least)
  • A book published this year Fairest by Marissa Meyers
  • A book with a number in the title One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington
  • A book written by someone under 30 Past Perfect by Leila Sales (she was 27 at the time she wrote it
  • A book with nonhuman characters The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
  • A funny book Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  • A book written by a female author A Thousand Perfect Things by Kay Kenyon
  • A mystery or thriller Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas
  • A book with a one word title Hero by Althea Kontis
  • A book of short stories My True Love Gave to Me
  • A book set in a different country A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (UK)
  • A nonfiction book
  • A popular author's first book
  • A book from an author you love but haven't read yet
  • A book a friend recommended
  • A Pulitzer Prize winner
  • A book based on a true story Between Two Worlds by Karen Kirkpartrick
  • A book at the bottom to your to read list 
  • A book your mom loves
  • A book that scares you
  • A book that is more than 100 years old
  • A book based entirely on its cover A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  • A book you were supposed to read in high school but didn't
  • A memoir As You Wish by Cary Elwes
  • A book you can finish in one day The Statistical Probability of Love by Jennifer E. Smith
  • A book with antonyms in the title
  • A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupecho (Japan)
  • A book that came out the year you were born
  • A book with bad reviews
  • A trilogy The Madman's Daughter series by Megan Shepherd
  • A book from your childhood Bunnicula by James Howe
  • A book with a love triangle Rogue by Julia Kagawa
  • A book set in the future This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meaghan Spooner
  • A book set in high school Faking Normal by Courtney Stevens
  • A book with a color in the title The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • A book that made you cry All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • A book with magic Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  • A graphic novel Phoebe and Her Unicorn
  • A book by an author you've never read before All Fall Down by Ally Carter
  • A book you own, but never read
  • A book that takes place in your hometown A List of Things That Didn't Kill Me by Jason Schmidt
  • A book originally written in a different language
  • A book set during Christmas
  • A book written by an author with your same initials
  • A play
  • A banned book
  • A book based on or turned into a TV show
  • A book you started by never finished



Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray [Review]

Lair of Dreams (The Diviners, #2)4.5 out of 5 Robots!

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Genre: YA Paranormal/Historical Fiction
Release: August 25, 2015
Hardcover: 624 Pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon

Book Summary:
The longing of dreams draws the dead, and this city holds many dreams.

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. With her uncanny ability to read people’s secrets, she’s become a media darling, earning the title “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” Everyone’s in love with the city’s newest It Girl…everyone except the other Diviners.

Piano-playing Henry DuBois and Chinatown resident Ling Chan are two Diviners struggling to keep their powers a secret—for they can walk in dreams. And while Evie is living the high life, victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness are turning up across New York City.

As Henry searches for a lost love and Ling strives to succeed in a world that shuns her, a malevolent force infects their dreams. And at the edges of it all lurks a man in a stovepipe hat who has plans that extend farther than anyone can guess…As the sickness spreads, can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld to save the city?

In this heart-stopping sequel to The Diviners, Printz Award-winning andNew York Times bestselling author Libba Bray takes readers deeper into the mystical underbelly of New York City.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
The Diviners was a surprised hit for me when I read it in 2013, especially given that I'm not the biggest Libba Bray fan.  But I relished it's creepiness and the time period.  It was a long wait until the sequel and it was worth the wait.  I'm not sure I enjoyed it quite as much the first book, but I still managed to rip through the 624 in a couple of days.

Here is what I liked:
**I was surprised by how easy it was to read.  Generally speaking, anything over 450 pages tends to drag for me.  But this book had a surprising zip to it.  I think I had an easier time getting through this book than The Diviners.

**I enjoyed the introduction of the new character, Ling Chan.  She is such a foil to all the other characters in her honest, blunt, no nonsense manners.  I loved how she and Henry discover they have the same ability to dreamwalk and team up together.  I liked how she and Henry bring out the best in each other and become friends.

**The creepiness is on point once again.  Libba Bray is a master at creating suspense and atmopshere.  Not only does she do a great job with her creepy ghost story, but she also really brings the "Roaring 20's" to life.  

**I also liked Theta's storyline.  It was small, but crucial, especially at the end.  I can't really say much more than that, but I'm really looking forward to learning more of her background and story in the next book.

Here is what I didn't like:
**Evie's personality suffers a bit in this book.  She was not the most altruistic person in the first book, but she takes her self absorption up a notch in this book.  Most of it is a defense mechanism to keep her from thinking about the horrible events of the first book, but it doesn't keep me from wanting to slap her. 

**Evie finds herself in a strange love triangle (square?).  I'm not sure how I feel about it.  I'm kind of willing to go along with it and see how it plays out, but it I don't really want to spend several books watching Evie try to figure out who she should be with.  This is not why I read these books.

**The main ghost story was creepy and interesting, but I guessed it WAY before the characters did.  It wasn't quite as compelling as the first, but on the other hand, I'm super intrigued by Sam's storyline and his quest to find his mother.  


A very good sequel!  It is slow building and intricate, just like the first, but the second half flows quickly.  If you were a fan of the first book, you should definitely read the sequel!

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas [Joint Review!]

4.5 out of 5 Robots!
Queen of Shadows By Sarah J Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release: September 1, 2015
Paperback:  648 Pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childs
My Copy: Library
Reviewer: Julia & Shannon

Book Summary:
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 has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. 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.
(Courtesy of Goodreads)

Julia & Shannon - Joint Review! 

1. Quick thoughts on the entirety of Queen of Shadows? 
Shannon:  This book, man.  First of all, it was long.  So long.  I just wanted everyone to get on with their business.  I was ready to give it 3 stars because I was just so annoyed with everything, but then the ending.  I should have trusted that Maas would pull it all together and leave me satisfied.  Even if I'm giving her a little side-eye for the rest of the book.

Julia: Long, heartbreaking.... LONG! The beginning is fascinating, the middle is exhausting and the end is breathtaking! The characters all talk in circles and I wanted to yell into the book, GET ON WITH IT. But, like Sarah Maas always does, she blew my mind and made all that terrible middle worth it.  

2. What did you think about Aelin's role in this one compared to the previous books? 
Shannon: Oh Aelin.  For most of the book I really preferred Celaena to Aelin.  This Aelin was cruel, self-righteous, angry, defiant and untrusting.  She was downright unfeeling towards Chaol and Dorian, two men who were her closest friends and allies in the previous books.  She was so into Rowan it was almost uncomfortable.  In the previous book, I felt like they were intimate, but in a friend way.  Well, this book changes everything because they spend a ridiculous amount of time oogling each other.  Like, guys, the world is about to end.  Let's prioritize, hmm?  But I will say that I felt Aelin starts to come around at the end.  After finishing this book, I'm ready to see more of Aelin's journey.

Julia: She isn't very likable in Queen of Shadows. On one hand, you see that she's growing up, but with the other hand you want to smack her. Stop trying to fool everyone! And I really don't understand why she is so frigid toward Chaol and Dorian at first. She also has a sick fascination with Rowan that wasn't as intimate, mysterious or romantic as I'd had hoped for after the last book. I do love that she doesn't depend on anyone, that she is badass and can take care of herself though. That hasn't changed.

3. Lysandra, Nesryn, Aelin, Manon... so many kick ass, strong females! Who is your favorite? 
Shannon: Well, we all know it wasn't Aelin for me.  But I loved the other females in their own way!  Lysandra was such a fun and interesting surprise.  I just adored her.  And her part in the end was just awesome.  Nesryn was also a cool addition.  I like the supportive role she plays for Chaol, who needs a shoulder.  Poor kid.  And then there is Manon.  Manon FREAKED me out in the previous book, but I also really liked her emotional journey here.  Manon's story may turn out to be the biggest one of all.

Julia: Manon, hands down. She's rotten, but she is coming around. She's realizing she doesn't HAVE to be evil. Her journey and witch culture is fascinating to me and I love how strong she is. I also love what Maas did with Lysandra, added a perfect twist with yet another courageous, tough female. 

4. The plot, did it do anything for you? 
Shannon:  I thought the plot could have been tighter, more concentrated.  I felt like the first part was all Aelin and Chaol at each other's throats and Aelin and Rowan panting with sexual frustration, with a slow moving Manon subplot.  But, it does all come together and the ending brings everything together. 

Julia: The plot is all over the place, I'm not even sure I knew what the end game was until the end. But, like I said before, the ending is well worth the wait and brings it all together.

5. That ending! 
Shannon:  GAH!  Maas can write an ending.  I should not be surprised, but damn, this was one was...explosive (ha!)  It kind of tilted everything on it's side, yet put everything back right after the conclusion.

Julia: I don't even know what to say. It is a roller coaster ride, I think I held my breath until the last page. Oh, the webs you weave, Sarah! It is unpredictable and just flat out awesome.

6. What did you rate it? Are you recommending it and continuing the series?
Shannon:  I was going to rate it 3 out of 5, but after finishing the book, I'm bumping it up to 4.5.  I do recommend it because I recommend this series wholeheartedly!

Julia: 4.5 out of 5. It was a solid three stars because of my frustration and its outrageous length until about chapter 58? I highly recommend Queen of Shadows to any Sarah J Maas fan and anyone who hasn't read this series yet needs to start!! 

Other books in this series:
1. Throne of Glass My Review & Amazon
2. Crown of Midnight My Review & Amazon
3. Heir of Fire - My Review & Amazon
4. Queen of Shadows Amazon
5. Untitled (2016)


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