Thursday, November 8, 2018

Book Review: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas (beware of SPOILERS)

Kingdom of Ash

 By: Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 4/5 Stars

 ** This review contains spoilers and I highly advise those who have yet to read this book/series to be  aware!** 

Summary: Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Aelin Galathynius’s journey from slave to king’s assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world. . .

Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.

As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.

Review: ok sooo y’all this book....

 Ok so I have a few thoughts here. First of all this book was great. The series... LOVE however I was a tad let down at certain parts in this book. I was literally like what the fudge SJM like this is not living up to my expectations here! and I like to think of myself as a person who doesn’t have completely high unrealistic expectations but alas.... the disappointment was painful.

 Ok first half of the book was complete FIRE. I loved every minute and there was a lot of oohing and awwing and OMG I missed them all SO much (bc I did it had been a few months of agonizing waiting here!) I  mean I missed Lorcan and Elide to death, Aedion is a fluffy snowball I cannot get enough of (his intense feelings for some reason were giving me total Sons of Anarchy vibes) also have major love for Lysandra, there was a lot of good things happening here!

“Aelin wiped her hands. “Well, that’s over and done with,” she announced, and strode to the desk and map. “Shall we discuss where you all plan to march once we beat the living shit out of this army?”

 The rescue scene was also a very heck yes moment!

  However for some reason my mutual respect and love for Aelin and Rowan kind of went out the window?!? For some reason I was getting major coward vibes from Aelin. Some of the things she said and did just screamed COWARD and idk it just did not sit well with me?? Plus omg Rowan was almost too doting on Aelin. Its like he put her up on a pedestal and worshipped her and not in the cute mutual respect sort of way that I adored from ACOMAF but more in the he was the annoying sidekick always panicking about his crazy mates schemes and I could feel his stress all the time! I just felt there relationship was unbalanced and as mates there supposed to be more equal? and I was just not getting that vibe.

“To whatever end?” she breathed. Rowan followed her, as he had his entire life, long before they had ever met, before their souls had sparked into existence. “To whatever end, Fireheart.” 

 However can we all just take a moment to appreciate the complete BEAST Dorian has become?? Its like I turn around and Dorian all the sudden becomes completely badass like what?!? I mean Dorians character growth is by far the most impressive of all the characters. He went from soft bookworm to a sad boy with unbelievable destructive powers and I AM HERE FOR IT! Plus him and Manon... love them! Their like two cold hearted souls who have lost there way and share and breath in each others pain like its icy wind. I love how tortured they are together!!

“Tell me where,” Dorian breathed. He had mere minutes until even Vesta came looking for him. “Tell me where the third key is.” “Your life will be forfeit, too. If you retrieve the keys and forge the Lock. Your soul will be claimed as well. Not one scrap of you will live on in the Afterworld.” 

 Chaol comes back into the picture and while he is not my fav character I must say I don't hate him. His character almost took the opposite spin than Dorian. I feel like Chaol ends up turning into a love sick puppy dog who says the cheesiest cheese when it comes to Yrene. While I admit the two are cute they are not soul crushing lying omg on the edge of my seat I think Im going to die type of love but I think it was almost better that way to have a couple that was in a sense... the normal couple of the book?

“I hope you found peace, my brother. And in the Afterworld, I hope you find her again.” 

 Ok but as far as disappointing moments... I was a bit hurt and let down when it came to Lorcan and Elide finally getting together?? Like what even was that less than two pages shame of a disappointment!! Ughh after all that time and all we get is a measly TWO pages I need a little more than that! Also I was expecting a little bit more romance vibes and instead was left lingering with a sense of thats it? Also same sort of vibes with Aedion and Lysandra (love them) I loved all the scenes with these two even if some were gut wrenchingly heartbreaking and hard to read I just felt like their ending was very not them.

“Did you mean it? What you said.” He held her stare. Let some inner wall within him come crumbling down. Only for her. For this sharp-eyed, cunning little liar who had slipped through every defense and ironclad rule he’d ever made for himself. He let her see that in his face. Let her see all of it, as no one had ever done before. “Yes.” Her mouth tightened, but not in displeasure. So Lorcan said softly, “I meant every word.” 

 Also the fact that both Lorcan and Elide tied the knot at the end just seemed very monogamous and I get that SJM wanted to tie up everything in a neat little bow considering it was the end of the series but I was really kind of bored with a wedding ending. Do not get me wrong I love a good wedding plot but both these just felt thrown in there to throw them in there. Like I would have almost preferred Lorcan and Elides ending being Lorcan following Elide to Perranath and then them having a romantic moment there promising a future and perhaps an informal marriage proposal? and I just felt like Aedion and Lysandra should have just promised each other forever or at least had a referral back to the moment when Aedion on the beach promised Lysandra that he was going to marry her!! Like come on both of those would have just been so much more romantic and spicy!!

 SJM world building and fight scenes remained AMAZING as always (ahem that fire wall scene) (ahem Elide going after u know who.. heart shredded!!) I also have endless love and respect for FENRYS because come on how could you not be obsessed with him after all that?!?

I am here, I am with you.

However I almost felt SJM took on too many POVS and that instead of each POV being a plot line of their own where interesting different things are happening I almost felt like I was reading the same exact story line just with different POV which was a tad boring at times especially when they were all together. Having so many POVS was just a lot to juggle and I feel that made some characters stories underdeveloped and lacking and is likely the cause for such abrupt ending between characters and the bow tying marriages.

“But just remember that this fear of yours? It means you have something worth fighting for - something you care so greatly for that losing it is the worst thing you can imagine.” 

 Overall SJMS Throne of Glass series is not one to miss! Although nothing can top the beautifulness that is her Court of Thornes and Roses series (rhysand my friends!!) This series was still a crazy ride with lots of moments I LOVED and characters I was completely heads over heels for! Overall this was an enjoyable read and I am probably going to fall into a reading slump because of all the FEELS in this book!

 “And far away, across the snow-covered mountains, on a barren plain before the ruins of a once-great city, a flower began to bloom” 

 What do you guys think? TOG or ACOTAR? Did you love Kingdom of Ash? Haven’t read it yet? LMK in the comments below!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Blogger Recognition Award

Hey guys! I know its been a minute since I last posted but can you believe its already November?!?! Like where did the time go? I mean Starbucks was already playing Christmas music and had in their chirstmas cups! I was like dang its only November 2nd but alright I guess where doing the Christmas thing already (BTW the black and white hot chocolate is to die for)!
(Like does this meme of Snoop Dogg not say it all?)

So recently I was nominated by the lovely The Artsy Reader and if you have not checked out her blog than I highly recommend because it is a lovely cup of sunshine in your mornings (or in my case tea because if college has taught me one thing its that this girl needs her caffeine in the am) 
The Rules
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Write a post to show your award
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them, and provide a link to the post you’ve created
How I started my blog: 

 Well I guess its been over a year since I've started this blog... like what?? And now looking back I clearly did not realize just how much work the whole blogging thing was?!?! Like I was just naive little me who thought blogging would be a fun easy way to rant about the books I loved but boy was I taken aback by the sheer intensity of some book blogging aspects! 

  I originally started my blog back in August 2017 because I found myself having a lot of opinions about what I was reading and wanting to document and share those opinions with those who also had read the same books/ and had similar reading tastes. Hence the birth of my blog, Bubbly Books! I think it was the Sweet Evil series by Wendy Higgins that really got me to wanting to share my thoughts and things. That and Obsidian by Jennifer L. Arementrout (so much hate to love teen angstyness ahh I miss that drama!!) 

2 Pieces of Advice:

 Piece numero uno: Blog hop. Blog hop and network. Don't be afraid to reach out and read others blogs, comment, comment regularly on blogs you normally visit. Trust me it will pay off and in turn you will get consistent readers who read and comment on your blog posts on a regular basis! 

 Piece numero dos: Do not be afraid to reach out to authors and publishers regarding ARC’s (advanced reader copies). Once you reach a consistent and steady amount of page views or followers on your blog dont be afraid to take your blog to the next level by requesting ARCS! You can do this online through platforms such as Netgalley or Edelweiss or you can directly email publishers regarding what book it is you re interested in reviewing and why! It can seem scary to put yourself out there especially if you are not a blog with thousands of followers but trust me even smaller blogs get approved for ARCS! 

My Nominations: 

I also nominate anyone reading this! Whats your story of how you started your blog? What are you reading rn? LMK in the comments below!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

TV Thursdays: All American is the Show to Watch!!

Hey guys!! How’s your week going? While I’ve been a bit slow on the reading nowadays I must admit my TV show game is getting to be quite impressive (does this make me a cheater on books? Just thinking out loud here)

 I mean I have been watching shows left and right and it seems like every time I turn my head theres another great show that sucks me in. And whats with all these shows with super attractive peeps and amazing SHIPS?!?! Like do you not want me to sleep?? because so far its working out well.

 Soooo as you can tell from the title I discovered this amazing amazing new show (did I mention its pretty amazing?) after I wrapped up watching Riverdale on the CW this new show came on that I had never heard of and boy was I so happy I decided to give it a chance because damn that shit was good.

All American

 Ok so whats the show about?

  • This show has one of my all time fav tropes of poor boy from the wrong side of town has to move to play football and struggles to fit in with the rich kids who in this case live in Beverly Hills. 
  • The plot revolves around Spencer James who is a star football player at his school and ends up being asked to play for the team at Beverly Hills in the hopes of going pro after high school. 
  • Ok and let just say the boys in the this show.... H-O-T with all caps like I’m takin serious eye candy. And don't worry its not all male hotness theres also pretty girls but thats to be expected in order to keep the ring of pretty people consistent here.
  • Also can we take a moment to recognize how adorable Spencer little brother is?? Because he is completely and utterly adorable and sassy and everything a little bro should be.
  • So far this show has not only been incredibly engaging its not all surface level and even breaks into some tuff topics regarding life as a black man in a way that makes it impossible not to get emotionally invested in!
  • Plus I’m already getting CRAZY love triangle vibes (and yes of course I already have a fav but we’ll just have to see how that all plays out here) 
  • Plus theres also the familiar face of Danielle Campbell from The Originals as well as Cody Christian from Teen Wolf so so far loving the cast *heart eyes* 

   So far there has only been 3 episodes of All American but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t impressed. The acting was good right off the bat in the Pilot episode which I find can be difficult for some shows to pull off (even if the show ends up being amazing that doesn’t mean their Pilot episode wasn’t drier than burnt toast)!


So what do you guys think? This show on your to watch list? What do you guys think about me doing weekly recaps of shows? A good idea or no? Let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

WWW Wednesday

Hey everybody hows your Wednesday going?? As usual I’ve been swamped with school things I feel like I just have had no time to catch my breath lately. School is a damn marathon and don't let anyone tell you different.

 Anyways enough about me lets talk books. I’ve been a tad light on the reading lately but thats only because I’ve been so swamped and for some reason seem to be more motivated to watch TV shows rather than read?!?! (I know who even am I?) Well I’m missing reading like crazy but seem to be in a bit of a slump so any recommendations?

Recently finished:

  • Dirty Headlines by LJ Shen: loved her book will legit read anything she writes cannot wait for her next release. 
  • My Secret to Tell by Natalie D. Richards: A solid read with all my fav tropes

Currently reading:

  • A Winters Promise: The Mirror Visitor  by Christelle Dabos: A huge thanks to Europa for the advanced copy! Unfortunately I'm a bit behind on reading this but so far it sounds good!

Reading next:


  • AHHH SO EXCITED FOR THIS. SO EXCITED. DID I MENTION I’M EXCITED!! Kingdom of Ash by SJM comes out on the 23rd and I am prepared but also terrified. Hopefully this read helps me get out of my slump!

What about you guys? What are you currently reading? Any good book recs? Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

TV Thursdays: Whats I’m watching rn

Hey guys! I’m finally back from my hiatus!! *happy dance* I know it feels like forever since I’ve posted on my blog (I think its been a little over a month since my last post?) but things have been crazy between homework, and school, and overall just LIFE happening. So it feels good to take a breather and finally settle back into my blog.

  So since I’ve been so busy lately I haven’t had a whole lot of actual reading time but that being said my urge to binge Netflix has been tripled (especially since now I got Hulu) so I thought I’d update y’all on what I’m currently watching!

Greys Anatomy

Currently on Season 4 episode 7

Drake and Josh (thank you hulu)
Love, love, love this show! *heart eyes* 

Sex in the City

Currently on Season 1 (although I've seen many reruns on TV) 

Sons of Anarchy 

Currently on Season 7! Ugh truly amazing show highly recommend that last season ending killed me (please send help especially if you have watched the entire show) 

What about you guys? What are you currently watching? Let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Mini Hiatus Announcement

Hey fellow bloggers and lovers of books I’m posting this today because I will be starting college!!

 That being said I’m not sure how my schedule is going to be so I will be going on a brief hiatus (aka a break from my usual blogging). I hope I can keep posting somewhat regularly but for the next couple of weeks I will be settling in to a new place so I want to keep my blogging schedule flexible for those reasons!

 I will most likely be posting mainly reviews for a little while as I have a few ARCS that still need their reviews published on time but I do hope to mix in a few other posts somewhat soon. And lastly a huge thank you to all of my fellow readers that take the time to stop by Bubbly Books! I truly appreciate all your support and its so amazing that you stop by my blog to talk books :)

Till next time


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Book Review: Rule by Ellen Goodlett


By: Ellen Goodlett

Published on: September 11th 2018

Rating: 3/5 stars

Summary: Three girls with three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown.

The king is dying, his heir has just been murdered, and rebellion brews in the east. But the kingdom of Kolonya and the outer Reaches has one last option before it descends into leaderless chaos.

Or rather, three unexpected options.

Zofi has spent her entire life trekking through the outer Reaches with her band of Travelers. She would do anything to protect the band, her family. But no one can ever find out how far she's already gone.

Akeylah was raised in the Eastern Reach, surrounded by whispers of rebellion and abused by her father. Desperate to escape, she makes a decision that threatens the whole kingdom.

Ren grew up in Kolonya, serving as a lady's maid and scheming her way out of the servants' chambers. But one such plot could get her hung for treason if anyone ever discovers what she's done.

When the king summons the girls, they arrive expecting arrest or even execution. Instead they learn the truth: they are his illegitimate daughters, and one must become his new heir. But someone in Kolonya knows their secrets, and that someone will stop at nothing to keep the sisters from their destiny... to rule.

Magic, mystery, and blackmail abound in this sensational and striking fantasy debut.

   This wasn’t a bad book. In fact there was a lot of elements I definitely did enjoy, such as the fighting for the crown, the romances sprinkled in, as well as the mystery and deadly secrets. However I just felt this book fell a little flat when it came to the book overall.

Okay so Rule is a book that follows three sisters on their quest for the throne:

  • Florencia (aka Ren)- who has a bit of an upper hand growing up within the castles walls
  • Akeylah- The shy reserved Easterner with an eye for the Queen
  • and Zofi- The wild traveler who is ready to jump into a fight in a blink of an eye 

 Zofi was hands down my favorite and while she may be a tad cliche YA fantasy (especially with all her anti dress motives and kickassery in fights) I just felt like she was way more fun for me to read! Her daring impulses really just made me smile. Plus I really liked how Valrid and Zofi had a little thing going on... but than it was like he disappeared half way through the book and I was like no?!? Come back and then I only get one more dance between the two? I just felt like the romance could have been a little bit more spiced up?? Overall I was just feeling like I wanted more (it was very meh).

 Akeylah in the beginning was one of the characters chapters that I dreaded and every time I saw her name I couldn’t help groaning (theres always that one character when theres multiples POVS that you try to like but really at the end of the day they drive you mad) However I did end up liking her a bit more towards the end! That said overall I found her terribly boring and snooze worthy. Plus the f/f relationship with the Queen Rozalind was also very MEH!! What is with the romances in this book?!?! I need some more SPICE people because quite frankly these smooches were quite tasteless and made me feel nothing (which is quite hard to do considering I ship EVERYTHING).

 Florencia I didn’t love but I respected her. Plus Danton can go shove it because I thought they had a spicy secret rondavu and than I was like... nope Danton get out. You can just leave because I am so not cool with you right now. I also liked how they had history before we even met him... I thought that was interesting because so many books I read with love interests start from the two just meeting so that was cool. I also liked Florencia because she was tuff in a more calculating way unlike Zofi who just goes straight for her travelers knife Ren’s weapons were more court based tactics which I loved!

 I also like the bonds of sisterhood  I thought the author did a really good job of drawing out the sisters hatred for one another only to have them lean on each other. 

  Overall this book was an easy read and while the plot did move at a reasonable pace I just wasn’t as invested as I wanted to be? I felt like it was hard for me to connect with the characters because it seemed like there really wasn’t much for me to connect with! I needed more in depth relationships between characters, and I ached for more rich writing to really draw me into the suspenseful parts of this book! Because believe me when I say this book had all the right ingredients to be a total and complete five star read. In a word this book was very meh. Enjoyable and likable but overall just meh. 

 **A huge thanks to Netgalley and Little Brown Books for Young Readers for an advanced copy of this book! This did not in any way affect my opinion and my thoughts are my own**

What about you guys? Is this book on your TBR? Have you ever read a fantasy book you thought could be more? How so? Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

TV Thursdays: 5 Shows I’m Dying Waiting for the Next Season

Happy Thursday everybody! I’m aware that I missed a week of TV chatting (oops) however I’m back at it again this time with some of my new favorite shows and how I’m DYING waiting over here for the next season!! (its like the producers want to kill me with suspense or throw my heart out the window with cliffhangers- there is no respect for my fragile emotions here)

1. Rise (season 2)

  • I loved the first season of Rise- teens finding their own voice, testing boundaries, all mixed up with some buzz worthy family dynamics and relationships; so naturally I’m thrilled for a potential season 2. 
  • This show is not afraid to push the limits when it comes to broaching touchy topics but it does so in a way that is hard to not pay attention to. This show ropes you in by making you care about the characters in a way in which its almost impossible not to get attached! ( I especially love Matthias) 
  • I literally cannot wait for season 2 especially after that ambiguous ending?!? I do not know what is in store and I need to!!

2. The Residents  (season 2)

  • Ahhh I love this show!! Easily one of my new favorite TV addictions lovers of Grey's Anatomy and basically any other doctor show will fall completely head over heels for this show! 
  • First of all I love all the characters in this show and would literally lay my heart on the line for them (which I seem to be doing repeatedly especially with the PLOT TWISTS ughh) 
  • Second of all CONRAD HAWKINS is my baby and anyone that tells me he is not irresistibly smart and charismatic and AMAZING obviously does not appreciate him!! In other words I need season 2 like now.

3. Royals 

  • Okay okay okay lets talk about this show. If you do not watch this show than quite literally what are you doing with your life!?! No seriously. This show is amazing and we all need it. 
  • The DRAMA is real in this show!! Seriously just embrace all the over the top dramatic ness because it is what makes this show so much damn fun. Also Jasper and Eleanor= my love and they are EVERYTHING! Prince Liam is also a cute little bastard whom I love, The Queen may drive me mad but in the best way (Im always a sucker for a character whose a little mad) 
  • Any who after that season finale I need this ASAP! I miss the drama *cries dramatically* 

4. Legacies (season 1)

  • *calling all lovers of the Originals/ Vampire Diaries* I repeat *calling all fans of hot vampires and blood filled dramatics* This series is scheduled to air in October and follows Hope Michelson the Daughter of Klaus Michelson and Haley Marshalls daughter.
  • I really am just in this because of my never ending love for The Originals (namely Klaus) and also there are a few ships I am just complete trash for so of course I’m watching this. 

5. The Bachelor 

  • My ULTIMATE Guiltily Pleasure!! Bachelor Nation is real people and completely out of control!
  • Any guesses as to who the next bachelor will be? I’m thinking either Jason or Blake? But than again they might pull a wildcard like they did with Aerie (yuck) 
  • Any who always excited for another season of this addicting trashy nonsense!! (and for all you non watchers it only takes one episode before your hooked I recommend looking for other members of #bachlornation is you suffer from obsessive tendencies related to the Bachelor)

What about you do you watch any of these shows? If not any your interested in starting? Shows you love that are not mentioned here? Let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

TEASER for Dirty Headlines by L.J. Shen!

 Hey guys SUPER excited to be sharing this teaser with you all!! As you all know one of my favorite new authors is L.J. Shen (the Queen of Smut) and I was amazingly able to reach out and tag along for the book tour for her newest release:

 DIRTY HEADLINES!! (*fan girling* *squealing* *popcorn throwing/eating*)

You all NEED to read this
 For those of you who have not heard of L.J. Shen she writes amazing love stories for those of us who like a good ruff around the edges, complex, and enthralling bad boy love interest mixed with an intriguing and not your typical female MC!

 Seriously L.J. Shen can WRITE good characters that make you so invested... even when the characters are doing some crazy stuff or morally grey things you can’t help but secretly root for them even if a part of you is mad at them for being such an ignorant prick.

Anyways onto the sneak peak of her new book:

Dirty Headlines

by: L.J. Shen

Published: September 2018

CĂ©lian Laurent.

Manhattan royalty.
Notorious playboy.
Heir to a media empire.
... And my new boss.

Dirty Headlines, an all-new sexy, enemies-to-lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen is coming September 7th and we have a sexy new teaser just for you!

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So what do you all think? One for your TBR or not your thing? Read L.J. Shen before? Lets chat in the comments below!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

WWW Wednesday

Hey everybody Happy Wednesday! We have officially made it to the middle of the week *claps excitedly* as someone who is literally counting down the days I have left until college.. the pace at which August is going is slightly unnerving to say the least...

Anyways because of all this stress and packing my reading has not really been up to par... *coughs nervously and avoids eye contact* anyways here what I’m supposed to be reading... (drops pics of books/ runs away)

(oh ya almost forgot this little tid bit)

If you haven’t heard of WWW Wednesday its when bloggers answer the following 3 questions about their reading:

  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What do you plan on reading next?
Recently Finished:

Bane by L.J. Shen: I liked this book however I had mixed feeling on a couple of parts (it went a little tooo far with the outrageous plot connections I was like no way this mojo would ever happen in real life?!? In fact it was even a little too far fetched for the book world... like what??) but I did like the two MC’s so theres that.

Currently Reading:

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan: I actually read some of this last night *high fives all around* 

Reading Next: 

Ummm I dont know?!?! Please help me out with some book recommendations my state of reading is a total blur and I really have no idea what I’m reading next *please send help*

What about you all? What are you guys currently reading? Finish anything great recently? LMK in the comments below!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

If you liked Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo than you would also like...

 Hey guys happy Tuesday! I feel like this month is already whizzing past (I seriously do not know where the time went... probably off some where with my motivation to read)

 Its been a few days since I’ve posted something and thats mainly because I have been in a total funk lately and cannot seem to get anything done for the life of me?!? I think it has something to do with me starting college soon... and being in a totally state of DENIAL. I have so much to pack and so much to do and so little time to do it all... and *ugh* than the funk came.

 So in light of all that I have decided to try something new here on the blog! Lately I cannot get Sarah J Maas's two series out of my head and it got me to thinking I should do some book recommendations based off of popular favorites in order to kill some of the time (and PAIN) that comes along with waiting a gazzilion years for the next book to come out (the waiting is pure torture TORTURE I tell you)

If you liked.....

 Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Than you would like....

Summary: In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part "Robin Hood", one part Ocean's Eleven, and entirely enthralling... 

An orphan's life is harsh — and often short — in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains — a man who is neither blind nor a priest.

A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans — a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards. Under his tutelage, Locke grows to lead the Bastards, delightedly pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another. Soon he is infamous as the Thorn of Camorr, and no wealthy noble is safe from his sting.

Passing themselves off as petty thieves, the brilliant Locke and his tightly knit band of light-fingered brothers have fooled even the criminal underworld's most feared ruler, Capa Barsavi. But there is someone in the shadows more powerful — and more ambitious — than Locke has yet imagined. 

Known as the Gray King, he is slowly killing Capa Barsavi's most trusted men — and using Locke as a pawn in his plot to take control of Camorr's underworld. With a bloody coup under way threatening to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the Gray King at his own brutal game — or die trying...

 This book has been compared to Six of Crows in the best possible ways and is said to have to same dark edge and morally grey characters that keep me glued while reading Six of Crows for the first time (hello Kaz Breker) this book looks hecka good and I kinda wanna read it now that I just finished reading the summary again... so if you loved Six of Crows I highly recommend giving this a try!


Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody 

Summary: Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn't have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne's offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems. 

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless Mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi's enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

I read this book back in March and ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! It was the first ARC I read where I was truly blown away and impressed! This book has been compared to Six of Crows by multiple readers I however don’t really agree that it is a spin off of the series I think this book has a lot of unique components and a slow burn romance that will have you swooning (perfect for fans of Kaz and Inej) check out my review HERE 

What about you all? Have you read Six of Crows? If so do think you’d give these books a try or have you already read some of them? Let me know in the comments below!

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