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A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas | Blabber

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses, Book 3.1
229 pages
YA/basically new adult fantasy
Read May 17th – June 3rd

Spoilery Blabber

This book suffers from the ‘second book syndrome’ that the actual second book manages to avoid. I suppose it’s not surprising that this super common lull in a series would catch up with this one eventually. On one hand, this is a novella, so it’s unfair to judge it how I would a book. On the other hand, I’ve read other of Maas’s novellas set in already established series and they are way, way, way better than this one.

I’m not saying this was a bad book. It just wasn’t… good. Nothing happened. I felt like I was reading a fanfiction. You know, the ones where the fanfiction author pulls the characters out of the main story arc, sticks them in some unspecified point in the cannon plot and goes, ‘now how about they celebrate a holiday together’. Which is exactly what this book was, except we knew the plot took place after the ending of the third book.

Going into this, I had heard mixed things. Those still solidly on the Feyre/Rhys express seem to love this book. Me, along with those who have been a bit disenchanted at this point, were a bit more let down. For me I think it stems with the fact that this series peaked in book two. Book three was okay, and this one is probably a bit lower down than that.

I feel like if there was a bit more plot then it would have been better, but come book four, the author could just go ‘the winter solstice was last month and Feyre told Rhys that she’s ready for kids’. Because that’s literally the only important plot point in the entire thing. Otherwise, you get to read about shopping and painting and more shopping and how much Amren like jewels. Oh, and a sex scene that uses the word ‘shattered’ to mean ‘orgasm’ for some reason. Multiple times within the same scene. Like why ‘shattered’, all I can picture is the two goin’ at it and then Thanos pops in and snaps his fingers. At least Maas didn’t use the word ‘sheathing’ this time.

My issues with how the sex scenes are written in this book  could beworth a whole different post, so I won’t get into it anymore here I don’t think.

So overall, this book was okay. It wasn’t bad – there wasn’t really anything I disliked about it (except ‘shattered’… shudder) but there wasn’t anything that really drew me in, either.

And I don’t have anything else to say about it because nothing else happened in it.

So here we are.

3/5 stars


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Posted by on 06/10/2018 in Books, Review


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June Currently Reading | ’18

Currently Reading

Happy June! This is what I’m currently reading:

Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb

Fool's Fate (Tawny Man, #3)This is my buddy read with Zezee and I’m totally loving it. I’m in the middle of chapter 12 currently, will try to be through 17 by the end of the day – we’ll see how much time I actually get to read, here.

Robin Hobb at this point has securely claimed a place in my favorite authors list. She’s just so great. ❤



Black Powder War by Naomi Novik

Black Powder War (Temeraire, #3)The third book in the Temeraire series, I’m mostly through it at this point. I probably have about an hour or so of listening left. And then on to Empire of Ivory! 😀





A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)This is okay so far. I haven’t really gotten to the plot yet, if there is one, so at the moment it’s kinda reading like a fanfiction. We’ll see how it goes I suppose.





The books that have taken a back seat:

These books I’m technically currently reading, but I haven’t touched them in a while. I made a post a bit back about reading multiple books at once, and when it gets to this amount, I tend to read them like a stack. Think programming stack, or stack of plates at a buffet. The first goes on, the second on top of it, the third on top of that, so on and so forth. When you try to get them off, you have to take the most recently placed ones first before you can get down to the original. So these four are the lowest on the stack right now, hence have been untouched for a while:

Once I finish the above three, these ones will once again take main focus. I’m particularly keen to get back to the Halo book and the Brent Weeks book. 😀

And that’s it! Happy reading!

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Posted by on 06/03/2018 in Books, Currently Reading


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May Wrap Up | ’18

Wrap Up

The damn space time continuum has struck again! It’s now June. Here are the things I read in May!


This month, I participated in two readathons, Bout of Books 22 and Borrowathon. All of the reads below were finished as a result of those!

Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik

Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2)Last month or so I began my reread of Novik’s Temeraire series – I read it originally back in high school and at that point there were only five books out. When six through nine came out I didn’t ever get to them. So since the series is finished now and because I’ve touted it as one of my favorites for a long time, I figured I should actually finish it. And just like the first one, this one was also 5 stars. I’m glad that I’m enjoying it just as much this time around as I did last time.



Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Dodge

Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (The Dowser #1)I picked this one up as an ebook years ago and honestly forgot it was on my account. When I picked up another ebook recently I saw this on there and figured I should read it.

It wasn’t my favorite. It wasn’t bad per say, but it was kinda… oomph-less. There were a lot of tropes concerning the main character, the plot was very predictable, the writing was not exactly well-crafted, and the side characters – which I actually liked – I didn’t get nearly enough screen time. Overall it was a meh read and I likely won’t continue the series unless the second book becomes available via kindle for free or something. I gave it 2 stars.

My Hero Academia vols 1 and 2 by Kohei Hirokoshi

My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 (My Hero Academia, #1)My Hero Academia, Vol. 2 (My Hero Academia, #2)These were both 4 star reads for me and honestly they would have been five, except that I’m also currently watching the anime and had already watched the plot these two volumes covered. So I didn’t get the same ‘wow’ factor as I did if it would have been my first exposure. But the anime series I’m really digging and the manga is just as high quality in my opinion. I can see why this is the new ‘it anime’. It’s really great.

Merman in My Tub vol 1 by Itokichi

Merman in My Tub, Vol. 1 (Merman in My Tub, #1)This manga I picked up as part of borrowathon, and honestly it was not my cup of tea. The premise is that this merman shows up in this guy’s tub one day…. and that’s it. Like, there’s no plot other than ‘oh hey this merman is here’. And what’s worse is that the merman is essentially a giant man child. The author tries to portray him as this tiny little adorable creature and the house owner treating him with an ‘you’re a bit exasperating but you’re lucky you’re cute’ kind of manner, but it comes off as this merman mooching off this guy, acting totally helpless, and doing this weird very childlike ‘well I’ll help!’ stuff that goes as far as a normal five year old would be able to take it. And I’m reading and waiting for a plot to pick up… and it never does. My friend lent me the first six volumes of this, and I read the synopsis of the back of the rest and it’s more ‘oh hey this merman is still here, what a hoot!’. So I give them back to my friend and ask if a plot ever pops up and she says not really, that the manga is meant to just be light and fluffy. I suppose I can understand that, but the merman acting like a child the whole time kind of ruined it for me. I gave this 2 stars and won’t be continuing.

Livingstone vol 1 by Tomohiro Maekawa and Jinsei Kataoka

Livingstone, Vol. 1 (Livingstone, #1)This manga I picked up from borrowathon as well, right after quitting the above, and went into it expecting the worst. My friend and I swap manga and books all the time and our tastes align roughly fifty percent of the time. Sooo I was expecting this one to be another miss. But! This one actually turned out to be pretty neat, and I’m currently in the middle of volume 2.

This series follows two characters that attend to soul stones – the souls in people’s bodies are on a set plan and when the bodies they inhabit go astray – suicidal thoughts, violent behavior, etc etc, it can mess up the soul’s plan. So the characters’ job is to go around setting people right again, or killing the person if they cannot be saved and help the soul move along to the next phase of its plan successfully. Like, the premise was really neat and I think the execution was even better. I’m seriously digging this series. This first volume was a solid 4 stars for me, and I feel like it has the potential to get even better.

Other Things

I saw Deadpool 2 and Solo this month. Both were pretty solid movies. I think the beginning of Solo left a bit to be desired but it picked up and recovered rather well. And Deadpool was just Deadpool, as usual. Those movie, at least to me, are really hard not to like.

I’ve gotten to the point where there aren’t any books of mine to purge. Usually I’ll go through and get rid of books I lose interest in periodically. I tried last night and none popped up. That means I’m totally content with all the books I own. 😀

I got a raise at work! I’m celebrating by going to the bookstore today and going a bit nuts.

Reading Goals

  • Complete my Goodreads Challenge of 40 books: 17/40
  • Complete my 10 in 2018 list of books: 1/10
  • Keep book buying low (6-8 books/season):
    • January-March purchases: 9
    • April-June purchases: 10
    • July-September purchases:
    • October-December purchases:
  • Get my physical TBR down to 270 books: 312 (it keeps getting bigger instead of smaller)
  • Finish the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge by Mar 31, 2019

Fantasy Bingo 2018

And that’s it! I’ve decided to do personal/blog goals at the end of the year instead of an update every month. There’s a lot of repetition saved that way. Happy reading!

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Posted by on 06/02/2018 in Books, Wrap-up


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Top 5 ideal mashups

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Happy Hump Day!

Today’s rewind topic is top five ideal mashups, which was the prompt from April 18th of this year. (hush I was slumpy)

These are in no particular order

A Monster Calls meets Spirited Away

Can you imagine how whimsically dark this could get?! I’m getting shivers just thinking about it!

Fullmetal Alchemist meets Treasure Planet

Imagine the immense plot of FMA being set in a world similar to the steampunk of treasure planet. It’d be soooo great

Supernatural meets Mulan

I love Supernatural. I do. I just think it’d be cooler with a neato protagonist like Mulan.

The Liveship Traders meets Pirates of the Caribbean

I’d love to see Jack go up against Kennit, man.

Fringe meets Sherlock

These are two of my all-time favorite shows, each very strong in their own way. The only thing better would be to see them mixed. I’ve love to see how Walter Bishop and Sherlock worked together… or drove each other crazy. Because let’s face it sometimes they’re way too similar.

And that’s it for today! Happy reading!


Posted by on 05/23/2018 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday


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April Wrap Up | ’18

Wrap Up

Hello! Happy Almost-May! This month I actually read books, which is nice.


His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)This was a reread for me. This series is one of my all-time favorites, I’ve been a fan since I was fifteen years old, so over a decade now. But recently within the last year or two, it has finished up at nine books. And considering it’s been so long since I read it, I decided to reread the entire series. And lucky me, I found it on audiobook narrated by Simon Vance. I’m in heaven, it has been a wonderful experience. 27 year old me is enjoying everything just as much as 15 year old me did.

5/5 stars

Golden Fool by Robin Hobb

Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)I finally finished this one – it was wonderful! I think it’s probably my favorite Hobb book yet if not close to my favorite. This was a buddy read with Zezee, and the two of us were both melted by the end of the book. I’m very excited to pick up the third one. I think this series will get a blabber after the third book. There’s just so much to talk about!

5/5 stars


Halo: The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund

Halo: The Fall of ReachThis book was way, way way outside of my comfort zone but I ended up very surprised by how much I enjoyed it. My knowledge of the Halo universe extends to the first three seasons of Red vs Blue and running around for about an hour in multiplayer in Halo 2. I knew nothing of the plot or the lore or anything. My coworker talked me into reading this book and lent it to me to boot, so how could I say no? This book is the first in a trilogy that takes place before the first game, which was perfect for me. It had world building, it has set up, it has fantastic battle scenes (this author is really good at writing them). I just… really liked it, and it’s made me want to read at least the first trilogy if not pick up the game after. Who knows, maybe this is a window to a new love.

4/5 stars

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3)This was originally a buddy read with Ace but we kinda fell off the wagon, haha. This is the third and final book in the Remnant Chronicles and will definitely be getting a blabber from me. This book for me was really good and really subpar at the same time. So it got an average-ish rating, but by no means did I simply feel ‘meh’ about it. All the parts I either loved or hated so the review will likely be all over the place. Overall did I enjoy it though? Yes. Ish.

3.5/5 stars


Other Things

I saw Avengers: Infinity War yesterday. Somehow I managed to avoid spoilers during the two days it was out before I saw it, so don’t worry I won’t spoil you here. Needless to say though it was very worth going to see it, and seeing all the most recent Marvel movies before watching this one is a must.

I’m going to be a Dungeon Master. Do I know when? No. But! As soon as our current campaign is over, I’m going to DM the next one. Currently I’m reading up on how to do it and how to account for character actions, blah de blah. Wish me luck!

I’m thinking about doing board game related posts. Within the last two or three years, I and a bunch of my friends have gotten really into board games. Like, ‘playing them every single week’ into them. I’m thinking that I’ll right reviews or overviews of new ones, rate how easy they are to pick up for beginners, etc etc. It might be fun. 😀

My cousin had a baby. I’m now an almost-aunt to a little girl! She’s so sweet.

Reading Goals

Fantasy Bingo 2018

  • Participate in the Beat the Backlist Challenge
    • 4 book read towards the challenge this month: His Majesty’s Dragon, Golden Fool, Halo: Fall of Reach, The Beauty of Darkness

      • Total: 8 books
    • 0 photo challenge posts made this month
      • Total: 4 posts

Blog Goals

  • Post seasonal (not monthly) book hauls

Good so far

  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule (with the occasional extra post if I’ve got neat things goin’ on)

Right now it’s more like two posts per week

  • Keep my To Do list of pending tags under five items at any one time

Currently it’s at zero! Caught up!

Not done! :”D

  • Write blabbers for at least 1/3 of the books I read

3 out of the 11 books I’ve read so far have gotten blabbers!

Personal Goals

  • Exercise two times per week

Up to one time per week. Making progress.

  • Log all meals in MyFitnessPal

Pretty good the last few days, need to catch up a bit though.

  • Make a wedding/honeymoon scrapbook

Haven’t even started, homes.

  • Make a budget

See above!

  • Start saving for a house

See above!

  • Take care of my health as issues arise

On it!

  • Learn Python and R

Not yet!

And that’s it! Happy reading!

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Posted by on 04/29/2018 in Books, Wrap-up


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Fantasy Bingo 2018 – Fifth Row Picks

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Today the last post talking about the books that I’m considering using for each of the bingo squares in r/Fantasy’s 2018 Bingo Challenge, which I made a post about with all the details. If you’re participating, do let me know!

First Row PicksSecond Row Picks | Third Row Picks | Fourth Row Picks

Fifth Row:


Stand alone fantasy novel. Hard Mode: Stand alone that does not take place in the same universe as any other novel/series.

Novel by a RRAWR Author or on the Keeping up the the Classics list Hard Mode: Read the current book for either category. RRAWR author list here, Classics list here. I’ve only got the one. ;~;

  • Dune by Frank Herbert

Novel from the r/Fantasy LGBTQ+ Database. Hard Mode: Read a Speculative Fiction novel that is not listed in the database yet that features LGBTQ+ characters and let us know so we can get it added to the database. Cumulative list found here.

Graphic novel or audiobook. Hard Mode: GN – Not Saga. Audio – over 25 hrs. I’m not even gonna bother listing audio books because I listen to so many. Graphic novels it is.

Novel featuring Fae. Hard Mode: Fae as main protagonist. I literally know which exact one I’m reading for this. No doubts at all.

And that’s the end of the bingo posts! Until next time, happy reading!!

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Posted by on 04/22/2018 in Books


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Fantasy Bingo 2018 – Fourth Row Picks

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Today is another post talking about the books that I’m considering using for each of the bingo squares in r/Fantasy’s 2018 Bingo Challenge, which I made a post about with all the details. If you’re participating, do let me know!

First Row PicksSecond Row Picks | Third Row Picks

Fourth Row:


Novel with fewer than 2500 Goodreads ratings. Hard Mode: Fewer than 500

Novel with a one word title. Hard Mode: Single syllable

Novel featuring God as a character. Hard Mode: God is a main protagonist. This one will be difficult. I’ve only got two contenders right now.

Novel by an author writing under a pseudonym. Hard Mode: The author you read has published under more than one pseudonym. Super duper easy 😀

  • Anything by Robin Hobb

Subgenre: Space Opera. Hard Mode: Protagonist is not military or space pirate.

And that’s it! The final bingo post is tomorrow!

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Posted by on 04/21/2018 in Books


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