#FridayReads: Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

#FridayReads: Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas I have been waiting for a while for this book to come out! And it was so good! And so MANY things happened!

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

This book did not go how I thought it would. I thought things were going to be a lot different in it. But Sarah J Maas had some other ideas.

This book had a lot of character growth! It was interesting to see how much some of these characters changed in this book. There were a few times I was moved to tears while reading it.

I definitely recommend this series! If you haven’t read it you really should. This book had a crazy cliff hanger at the end! I didn’t see it coming AT ALL! I’m not sure how I’m going to survive until next year when the next book comes out. Seriously.

What are you reading this week?

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#FridayReads: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

2016-09-01 21.29.55 The book that I am reading this week is The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown.

Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we’d no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can’t keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn’t everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

In The Gifts of Imperfection, BrenĂ© Brown, PhD, a leading expert on shame, authenticity and belonging, shares what she’s learned from a decade of research on the power of Wholehearted Living–a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough, and to go to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.

I didn’t get that far into the book this week. And so far I’m not really sure how I feel about it. I don’t often read a whole lot of self-help books and I feel like this one is written weird. The author talks a lot about research that she’s done in the past and I find it confusing at times. But I haven’t gotten to what I would call the “meat” of this book so I hope that it improves.

The reason why I’m reading this book is because the Girls With Guts retreat is having a book club session this year. And this is the book that was picked for everyone. It has good reviews on GoodReads, so hopefully I’ll come to like it? We will see 🙂

 

What are you reading this weekend? Have you read a self-help book before? Did you like it?

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#FridayReads: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

#FridayReads - A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas I’m doing this Friday Reads a little differently. I read this book a few weeks ago but I was out of town for work when I read it and I did not make time to blog about it!

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

A Court of Mist and Fury was an amazing book. It’s the second installment of A Court of Thorns and Roses and I can’t wait until the third book comes out! I’m not sure if I can survive until May when it’s scheduled to be published. I want to know SO BADLY what’s going to happen. The plot twist at the end with Feyre, Tamlin, Rhysand and Feyre’s family was INSANE. Sarah J Maas really does know how to create a cliffhanger!

If you like fantasy books I definitely recommend this series! It’s amazing, keeps your interest and you want to keep coming back for more.

What are you reading this weekend?

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#FridayReads – The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater I had been anticipating this book for a while and I was a bit disappointed with it. And it sucks to be disappointed with a book that you’ve been waiting to come out for a while. This series had so much building up for the ending and it felt like a letdown, to be honest.

The tone, or voice, of the story, changed. Even though it was the same author. And I haven’t really experienced that before with a book that the same author is writing. And it bugged me. A lot.

This book also felt rushed. That may have been the publishers or editors doing. But that didn’t make me happy either. So, overall, I really liked the series but I wasn’t too happy with how it ended. It ended ok, but it still left me with the feeling of “WTF just happened?!” It just wasn’t satisfying.

I read some reviews on Good Reads about this book and some people loved how it ended. So you will have to decide for yourself!

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#FridayReads Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

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There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater is the book I am reading this Friday. It is the third book in the Raven Cycle series. I’ve only read this book once so I’ve forgotten a lot about it. I’m really glad that I decided to re-read the series before I start the fourth book! I’m hoping to start that one within the next couple of days.

I also read The Dream Thieves this week. It’s the second book in the series. A lot of the book is from Ronan’s and Adam’s perspective. I enjoyed seeing how they analyzed things that have been happening in the story line.

I’m very excited about finishing this book and starting the fourth one! I don’t know if it’s the last book in the series or not but I can’t wait to see where things go!

 

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