Favourite Polarising Books

This was originally meant to be a Top 5 Wednesday post in two weeks time, but I just couldn’t wait to post this, and I also couldn’t narrow my list of 9 down to a mere 5.
Now down to business! I read a lot of polarising books, because that’s just usually how I hear about them. Everyone’s always on rants about how bad they are, or how ‘amazing and beautiful and deep and philosophical’ they are. And because of such mixed reviews, I of course have to pick the books up myself to form my own opinion!

Obviously this couldn’t be a post by me if I didn’t start with

  1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
    Everyone I know loves this book, and a few I’ve seen online really don’t like it, and they just don’t understand all the hype. I’ve yet to see for myself more than a handful of people who are so-so about these books.
  2. Anything Cassandra Clare
    The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments, The Bane Chronicles, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, The Dark Artifices, you name it. Clare has a never-ending list of books coming, and a lot of people think she’s milking the cow. Personally, I think she needs to keep milking the cow for a long time yet, because nothing beats sitting down with a good Cassie Clare book.
  3. The Selection by Kiera Cass
    Most people don’t like these books. They find our protagonist annoying and whiny, our prince indecisive, and our characters bland. If you think that, your opinion is wrong. Everyone is, of course, entitled to their own opinions, but in my opinion, your opinion is wrong. I will reread these books until the end of time.
  4. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
    I can’t even express how much I love these books. If you don’t like them, I don’t think I can ever look at you in the same way. Ever again. I am truly sorry, but these books have a strong hold on my heart.
  5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    Most people I know or have seen online love this book. There are a few though, who find Cath annoying and unrealistic. I think she’s my long lost twin. So sorry to inform Cath haters that I am indeed, almost exactly like her. Annoyances and unrealistic-ness and all.
  6. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
    A lot of people love this book, but an almost equal amount think it has a disgusting message about disabilities and life. I love this book. It’s touching, beautiful, realistic, and absolutely gut-wrenching.
  7. Looking for Alaska by John Green
    Apparently this book too, is ‘unrealistic’ and has ‘bland characters’. Yet again, I’m telling you that your opinion is wrong. This book has characters with depth and emotion, and this book broke my heart into teeny tiny irreplaceable shards with its beauty.
  8. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
    I think basically everyone loves this book. And if you don’t, you pretend you do, so the fans won’t murder you. This book is beautiful and just asdfghjkl. It has all the feels.
  9. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
    I feel as though this book is either a 5-star rating or a 1-star rating. No in-between. You either cry and scream and cry again, all the while going on and on about the beauty of the writing and the characters, or you scream in frustration, launch the book into a wall, and never pick it up again. I’m definitely the former.

    I hope you enjoyed this post! What are your favourite polarising books? Any the same as mine? Please comment your favourites! 🙂
    Byeeeeee ❤

5 Goals for 2017

Hey guys! So in terms of Top 5 Wednesday, I’ve been a bit AWOL lately, so I decided to do this week’s topic; my goals for 2017. This don’t necessarily have to be reading goals, and most of my 2017 goals aren’t. I hope you enjoy!

(This aren’t in any particular order).

  1. Goodreads Reading Challenge
    I’m starting senior school this year, so I’ve set a reading goal for only 40 books this year, even though I read 90 last year. It’s definitely time for me to focus on my studies.
  2. Be a better friend
    I wouldn’t call myself a bad friend, necessarily, but I need to hang out with my friends more, and not be so antisocial when they are with me. I started to feel really bad about a week ago when I realised how little I’ve been there for them all this past year.
  3. Be more active on my blog
    Yes, this goal is about you guys! Last year was my first year on this blog, and I wasn’t entirely sure what I was doing. And even once I had grasped the reigns, I still found pathetic excuses for not posting. This year, I’m aiming to be a much more active blogger.
  4. Focus on my studies
    As I stated in my first goal, this one really needs to happen. My report last year wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good either. I’m going to need much better grades to get into university.
  5. Get my driver’s licence  
    I’ve been able to get my Learner’s Licence ever since my birthday last July, but I have had the most dreadful excuses whenever my dad or my friend asked me why I hadn’t gotten it yet. “I’m busy with school at the moment”, “I’ll probably kill someone if I drive”… I need to woman up and get my goddamn licence already!There are my top 5 goals for 2017! What are your goals for 2017? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!
    Byeeeeee ❤

Anticipated January 2017 Releases

January 3 –

Wayfarer (Passenger #2) by Alexandra Bracken

January 10 –

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

January 17 –

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

January 31 –

Wires and Nerves Volume One by Marissa Meyer

By Your Side by Kasie West

These are all of my anticipated January 2017 releases! How about you? What books do you look forward to this month? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Byeeeeee ❤

Books of 2016

Hey guys!! In this post, I’ll be sharing with you all, the books I read in 2016, and talking about a few stats from this year. I hope you all had an amazing 2016, and read some fabulous books this year. If not, there’s always 2017!! (And if you need help finding some good books, comment and I’ll be more than happy to help, I’ve read some awesome books this year!!)

Anyone who knows me will not be surprised in the least that fantasy makes up more than 50% of the books I read this year. 🙂 And so without further ado, here are my books of 2016!

Fantasy (52 books)

The Mortal Instruments City of Bones: The Little Book of Quotes by Cassandra Clare
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Breenan and Maureen Johnson
The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
The Bronze Key by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
Trylle: The Complete Trilogy by Amanda Hocking
Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking
Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
Ruined by Amy Tintera
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Hereafter by Tara Hudson
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Red’s Untold Tale by Wendy Toliver
Out of the Past by Kalinda Vazquez
The Siren by Kiera Cass
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (read twice)

Dystopian/Science Fiction (17 books)

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Requiem by Lauren Oliver
The Selection by Kiera Cass
The Elite by Kiera Cass
The One by Kiera Cass
The Heir by Kiera Cass
The Crown by Kiera Cass
Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass (read twice)
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Mind Games by Teri Terry
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
Nightfall by Jake Halpern

Contemporary (11 books)

Pan’s Whisper by Sue Lawson
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Room by Emma Donohue
All We Have Left by Wendy Mills
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachael Cohn and David Leviathan
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Mystery (7 books)

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The Private School Murders by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The Murder of an Angel by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Black by Fleur Ferris
Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
Book of Lies by Teri Terry

Autobiography (1 book)

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Classics (2 books)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

DNFs (5 books)

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
The Messenger by Markus Zusak
The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis
The Haters by Jesse Andrews
Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near

Stats (Note: these stats are from Goodreads)

Books Read: 90 completed and 5 DNFs (out of a goal of 80)
Shortest Book: Out of the Past by Kalinda Vasquez – 112 pages
Longest Book: Trylle: The Complete Trilogy by Amanda Hocking – 1,001 pages
Pages Read: 37, 155 pages
Average Length of Books: 404 pages
My Average Rating: 4.5
Highest Rated Book: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – 4.74 average rating
Most Popular Book: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – 4, 781, 668 people also read.
Least Popular Book: Black by Fleur Ferris – 384 people also read.
Most Read Authors: Cassandra Clare (11 books)
J.K. Rowling (9 books)
Sarah J. Maas and Kiera Cass (7 books)

I hope you have all had a fabulous year, and have an amazing 2017! I’ll be back early next year with some of my most anticipated 2017 releases! I hope you enjoyed this post, and I’ll see you all next time!

Byeeeeee ❤

My Bookish Christmas

I hope that you all had a VERY merry Christmas today! (Or a merry Christmas tomorrow).

In this post, I’ll be sharing with you the many gifts that made my day a book lovers dream.

I received many books this year. (In fact, I received almost nothing else! 🙂 )

I also reorganised all of my books (of course!) and now I have almost no space left. Twenty books tops would fit in the space I have left. (sad face). Oh well! Guess I’ll just have to get a nice big bookcase! 🙂

And now onto the books that I’ve gotten today!

Fantasy

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Kanin: The Complete Trilogy by Amanda Hocking

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Inkspell by Cornelia Funke

Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke

 

Dystopian/Science Fiction

Alienated by Melissa Landers

Invaded by Melissa Landers

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Winter by Marissa Meyer

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

 

Contemporary

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

After You by Jojo Moyes

The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

 

Autobiography

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

 

Other Things I Received That Weren’t Books

A Newt Scamander Notebook

Newt Scamander pop!vinyl

Ronald Weasley pop!vinyl

A box of Maltesers

$50 (that I will surely spend on books!)

 

Let me know if you’ve read some of the books I’ve gotten, and what you think of them. I’d love to hear your thoughts. And tell me how your Christmas has been!! I hope that your days have all been as fabulous as mine!! 🙂 (I’m also preparing a post on my books of 2016, which will be posted by January 2nd or 3rd at the latest, so keep your eyes out for that!)

Byeeeeee ❤

Between Shades of Gray Review: Spoilers!

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Rating: 5/5

Between Shades of Gray is an incredibly moving story that I devoured in mere hours, and I know Lina’s story will stay with me for a long time.

This novel is a story of courage, of hope, and of never changing who you are or backing down.

“Was it harder to die, or harder to be the one who survived? I was sixteen, an orphan in Siberia, but I knew. It was the only thing I never questioned. I wanted to live. I wanted to see my brother grow up. I wanted to see Lithuania again. I wanted to see Joana. I wanted to smell the lily of the valley on the breeze beneath my window. I wanted to paint in the fields. I wanted to see Andrius with my drawings. There were only two possible outcomes in Siberia. Success meant survival. Failure meant death. I wanted life. I want to survive.”

I had so many questions throughout this book. Will they survive? Will they see their father again? Will they ever go home? Will anyone ever know what happened to them? This questions pinged back and forth around my mind for hours, but thankfully, most of my questions were answered.

“It couldn’t end like this. It couldn’t. What was life asking of me? How could I respond when I didn’t know the answer?”

Our protagonist Lina is a strong, individual, and oftentimes stubborn, character. She got into a few tight spots, but she always managed to squeeze her way out of them. She tried her hardest to care for her mother, Elena, and for her younger brother, Jonas.

Jonas was an incredibly strong character, and I often forgot he was a boy of merely eleven years of age. (Ten at the beginning of the novel). He worked so hard, and sometimes stole, so that his family would have food. This particular part made my heart melt:

“Sir,” said Jonas, leaning around me. He held out his little ruler from school. The old woman who had gasped at my nightgown began to cry.”

Andrius was a complicated character, and many people’s feelings about him were all jumbled about. Not mine. From the moment we met him on that little train car, Andrius held a place in my heart, there was just something about him. He was a friend to Jonas, a friend to Lina (in the end, after she stopped trying to hate him), and he tried so hard to help his mother.

“No, you have no idea. You have no idea how much I hate myself for putting my mother through this, how every day I think of ending my life so she can be free. But instead, my mother and I are using our misfortune to keep others alive. But you wouldn’t understand that, would you? You’re too selfish and self-centred. Poor you, digging all day long. You’re just a spoiled kid.” He turned and walked away.”

Kertzsky. From the minute he appeared in this novel, I have had nothing but sympathy for him. He was a child playing soldiers. He didn’t enjoy tormenting the prisoners as the other guards did, and when he could, he helped them get food or wood. Many would argue he’s a bad person, but I see him differently. He could refuse to be a soldier, and be unable to help anyone, or he can remain a soldier and help people were possible.

“” Dr Samodurov, how did you find us?” I asked. “Nikolai Kertzsky,” was all he said.”

The plot was intense. There was always something to keep me reading, something to make me think of the book when I couldn’t continue reading it, something to keep me awake at night imagining what could possibly happen next. And that ending. The ending was amazing. I loved it. I love that we know Lina survived, we know Jonas survived, we know how long they were trapped and we know Lina and Andrius found each other. I don’t like that we never found out the fate of Lina’s father, Kostas. However, I do understand that it was to make us keep thinking of the book even after it had ended. It definitely did its job well, as even now, an hour after I finished reading it, I am sitting here writing this review, and thinking of nothing but this book. I would have liked to have read of Lina and Adrius finally finding each other, as that would definitely have been a beautiful moment to capture.

Overall, this was such a beautiful and captivating story that will stay with me for years to come. I recommend this book to everyone, be you young or old, male or female, this book is sure to strike a chord within your soul.

 “Safe in the arms of hell.”

Find this review on my Goodreads

Byeeeeee ❤

 

 

Please Read!!!

Hey guys, so I have this English speech due in two days, but I really, really need help with it.
I need to identify two techniques per song (such as extended metaphor, etc) in two songs of my choosing. (I’ve chosen Because of You and Piece by Piece by Kelly Clarkson). The techniques also have to help communicate the personal story being told.
I already have one technique; a hyperbole in Piece by Piece, but that’s it.
If you can help, please comment below. I’d be eternally grateful.

Thank you all, and I’ll be back with a new post for you all in a few days.

5 Favourite Non-Canon Pairings

Here I am, with my first T5W of the month. Finally. Sorry for being so inactive these past few weeks. (SPOILER WARNING: SPOILERS FOR AGENTS OF SHIELD SEASON 1 AND AGENTS OF SHIELD SEASON 3)

So here are my top 5 non-canon pairings (including couples that are not together in the end of the series).

  1. Daisy and Fitzsimmons (Agents of Shield) – BROTP
  2. Felicity and Fitzsimmons (Arrow + Agents of Shield) – BROTP
  3. Skye and Felicity [NOT DAISY!! Character development has me shipping Skye and Felicity, but not Daisy and Felicity. And Skye and Felicity are my two hacker babies.] (Agents of Shield + Arrow) – BROTP
  4. Skyeward (Agents of Shield) – OTP
  5. StaticQuake (Agents of Shield) – OTP

So there you have it! My 5 favourite non-canon pairings.

I would have also included WHY I loved all of them but I actually wanted to post this on a Wednesday for once. Not sure if I’ll be participating again next week. The topic is ‘favourite spooky settings’. I don’t read books or watch TV shows with creepy settings. 😄

I know this post is really short, but I’ll do my best to post again as soon as possible!!

Byeeeeee ❤

Happily Ever After Review: Spoilers!

Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

The Queen
 4.5/5
I love Amberly, but she is definitely blinded by her love in this story.
Clarkson said he chose her because what he asked for, she gave. Really, he chose her because he could control her, she did whatever he wanted. While he may have actually believed he loved her, it wasn’t so. He also may have chosen her because she was from the South, and her being Queen appeased them for a while.


The Prince

5/5
Wow. Daphne is weird.
I loved reading America and Maxon’s meeting from Maxon’s POV!! They’re so adorable!!
It was also great to be able to read about Maxon meeting all of the girls.
It was entertaining when the girls were being so dramatic about getting kicked out of the palace.
“Clarissa ran up to me and clutched my hand. “I can be better, I swear!”


The Guard

3/5
Aspen can be so incredibly annoying. He couldn’t seem to accept the fact that America was in the Selection, even though it was his idea for her to enter in the first place! Ughh. I think the real reason I can’t stop hating Aspen is because, for a while, he was the only thing that stood between America and Maxon and their happy ending. (And I LOVE America and Maxon’s relationship so much!)


The Favorite  

4.5/5
I love Marlee and Carter’s relationship, and I also love Marlee and America’s friendship. I love them all!! 


The Arrival

3/5
I hated Celeste reading this scene from America’s POV, but from Celeste’s POV, I like her. 😄

The Kiss
3/5
This is the scene that makes me really hate (more than I did before) Celeste because Maxon belongs with Americaaa.

The Departure
4/5
I love Celeste in this scene. Not to mention Maxon. Amazing.

The Maid
3.5/5
I love Lucy. Enough said.

After The One
5/5
I love Maxon and America SO MUCH.
It was so cute when Maxon found out that America was pregnant. It was definitely my favourite scene.
Also loved seeing May in there for a little while!! She’s so cute.
Also loved seeing Marlee, Carter and Aspen again, as well as getting a bit of a mention of America’s mum… 😄
“She danced in the fountain on New Year’s Eve, America,” he said, a childlike amusement in his eyes. “It was amazing, and I will never let it go.”

Where Are They Now?
4/5
I found this pretty interesting, but I would’ve liked it if more of the girls were including in this section, though we didn’t get to know them as well throughout the series. I also would’ve liked others (not Selected) to have been included in this. (i.e. America’s siblings, Aspen, Carter, Lucy, Mary and Anne).

I would still really like to be able to read America and Maxon’s wedding scene. Please Kiera? I just think it would be the cutest scene in recorded history. ❤

Also — I know I haven’t been doing the T5W for a few weeks, but I will be doing it again this week!! Sorry for not posting much!

Byeeeeee ❤

Empire of Storms: Mini Review + Quotes

Hey guys! I finished reading Empire of Storms last night, and so I’ll be posting my mini review here, in addition to quotes that I really liked. (by the way, I’ve been thinking maybe I could post quotes from books I like more often, what do you think? Tell me in comments please. 🙂 )

Mini Review
I think I speak for all of us, each and every SJM reader, when I say that this book should have been titled “A Book of Pain and Agony”. Alternatively, “Crusher of Souls, Hope and Everything Good in the World” may have worked too. Because that is exactly what reading this book does to you. It rips out your heart, and shreds it into tiny, tiny pieces.

Quotes (beware of spoilers)
“The world,” Aelin said, “will be saved and remade by the dreamers, Rolfe.”
“The world will be saved by the warriors, by the men and women who will spill their blood for it. Not for empty promises and gilded dreams.”

“The wind in the grasses died; the campfire far beyond their tent flickered, the people around it huddling closer together as the nighttime insects went silent and the small, furred creatures of the plains scampered into their burrows.”

“They could burn the entire world to ashes with it. He was hers and she was his, and they had found each other across centuries of bloodshed and loss, across oceans and kingdoms and war.”

“Despite herself, despite what she’d done, she decided she wanted Rowan to call her milady at least once every day.”

“Today her message would thunder across the realms.
She was not a rebel princess, shattering enemy castles and killing kings.
She was a force of nature. She was a calamity and a commander of immortal warriors of legend.”

“The core of his power yielded to her own, melted and became embers and wildfire. Became the molten heart of the earth, shaping the world and birthing new lands.”

“The pillar of flame began expanding, laced now with blue and turquoise. Flame that could melt bone, crack the earth.”

“The flame she would unleash would be so cold it burned, realized it was the cold of the stars, the cold of stolen light.
Not wildfire – but moonfire.”

“I love you. There is no limit to what I can give to you, no time to need. Even when this world is a forgotten whisper of dust between the stars, I will love you.”

“And he wondered if Aelin was somehow watching the archipelago, and the seas, and the skies, as if she might never see them again.”

“Death smelled like salt and blood and wood and rot.
And it hurt.
Darkness embrace her, it hurt like hell. The Ancient Ones had lied that it cured all ills, if the slice of pain across her abdomen was any indication. Not to mention the pounding headache, the sheer dryness of her mouth, the burning sting in the other cut on her arm.
Perhaps the Darkness was another world, another realm. Perhaps she’d gone to the hell-realm the humans so feared.
She hated Death.
And Death could go to hell, too –”

“The world began and ended in fire.
A sea of fire with no room for air, for sound beyond the cascading molten earth. The true heart of fire – the tool of creation and destruction.
And she was drowning in it.”

“The Queen of Flame and Shadow, the Heir of Fire, Aelin of the Wildfire, Fireheart…”

“A court that wouldn’t just change the world. It would start the world over.
A court that could conquer this world, and any other it wished.”

“Now the dark queen’s flag vanished entirely, as Fae ships bearing the sliver banner of the House of Whitethorn opened fire upon their own armada.”

“Rowan wished his Fireheart were there to see it as the House of Whitethorn slammed into Maeve’s fleet, and ice and wind exploded across the waves.”

“Rowan surveyed his brother’s wound.” (literally squealed at this – brothers!!)

“The Queen of the Fae was exactly as Aelin remembered. Swirling dark robes, a beautiful pale face beneath onyx hair, red lips set in a faint smile… No crown adorned her head, for all who breathed, even the dead who slumbered, would know her for what she was.
Dreams and nightmares given form; the dark face of the moon.”

“Flame slammed outward, red and golden – just as a wall of darkness lashed for Aelin.
The impact shook the world.”

“Maeve and Aelin struck again.
Light and darkness.”

“Darkness devoured flame.”

“Aelin’s body hurt.
Everything hurt. Her blood, her breath, her bones.
There was no magic left. Nothing left to save her.”

“Time – she was grateful Elena had given her that stolen time.
Grateful she had met them all, that she had seen some small part of the world, had heard such lovely music, had danced and laughed and known true friendship. Grateful that she had found Rowan.”

“So Aelin Galathynius dried her tears.”

“I am going to find the Crochans. And I am going to raise an army with them. For Aelin Galathynius. And her people. And for ours.”

“And the road that now sprawled away before him, curving into unknown, awaiting shadow… it did not frighten him.”

“And then the general-prince stepped forward and embraced the king.”

And now for the amazing Aelin/Rowan quotes that made tears come to my eyes (and in the first, may I say, that I think we were all Elide):

“Rowan hissed, “Where is my wife?”
(…)
“Oh, gods,” Elide sobbed as she overheard, the words carrying the sound of Lorcan’s own fractured heart. “Oh, gods…”

“Rowan had married Aelin before dawn barely two days ago.”

“His Fireheart.
His equal, his friend, his lover. His wife.
His mate.”

“And he would not accept that he had found her, and she had found him, and they had survived such sorrow and pain and despair together, only to be cleaved apart. He would not accept the fate that had been dealt to her, would not accept that her life was the asking price for saving this world.”

“He would not accept it for one heartbeat.”

“Rowan shifted and soared high on a fast, wicked wind of his own making, the glimmering sea sprawling to his right, the marshes a green-and-gray tangle to his left. Chaining the wind to him, swiftly catching up to his companions now flying down the coast, he committed her scent to memory, committed that flicker in the bond to memory.
That flicker he could have sworn he felt in answer, like the fluttering heart of an ember.”

“Unleashing a cry that set the world trembling, Prince Rowan Whitethorn Galathynius, Consort of the Queen of Terrasen, began the hunt to find his wife.”

Tell me what you thought of this post, did you like it? Want me to do it again? Comment below. (:

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Byeeeeee ❤