15 Popular Series I Haven’t Read Yet

Hi! Long time no see.

 

Since I last posted something here (my ARC review of The Girl King), a lot has happened. I won’t share a lot of it here, but it’s safe to say it’s been a bit of a stressful time XD. Anyways, I’m back now, and today’s post is a little different: I’ll be giving the low down on 15 (yes, 15!) popular series that I haven’t read yet. Some of them may surprise you.

 

Are you ready? Let’s get to it!

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ARC Review: The Girl King by Mimi Yu [SPOILER-FREE]

*I received a free eARC of this book from Netgalley via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me a copy!*

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Title: The Girl King

Author: Mimi Yu

Release date: January 10th 2019

Publisher: Orion Publishing Group / Gollancz

Star rating: ★★★

Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon UK or Forbidden Planet (Affiliate Links)

Content warnings: rape, violence/domestic abuse, racial slurs towards a fictional race and addiction.

 

Summary (Taken from Goodreads)

Sisters Lu and Min have always understood their places as princesses of the Empire. Lu knows she is destined to become the dynasty’s first female ruler, while Min is resigned to a life in her shadow. Then their father declares their male cousin Set the heir instead – a betrayal that sends the sisters down two very different paths.

Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu goes on the run. She needs an ally – and an army – if she is to succeed. Her quest leads her to Nokhai, the last surviving wolf shapeshifter. Nok wants to keep his identity secret, but finds himself forced into an uneasy alliance with the girl whose family killed everyone he ever loved . . .

Alone in the volatile court, Min’s hidden power awakens – a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set’s reign . . . or allow Min to claim the throne herself. But there can only be one Emperor, and the sisters’ greatest enemy could turn out to be each other.

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My 2019 Goals and the Law of Attraction

Hi everyone!

So, today’s post is going to be a little different. It’s not going to be one of my normal reviews*, but instead a short post outlining my goals for 2019 in regards to this blog and my bookish platform as a whole. I’m basing this post around the law of attraction, in that, if I put these goals out into the universe (and obviously actively work towards them!), they will be realised.

*Speaking of reviews: I got accepted to read and review The Girl King by Mimi Yu!! Eek! How exciting!! The pressure’s on a little bit as the Netgalley email I received said the review should ideally be posted by the publication date, the 10th, which doesn’t give me a lot of spare time. I’d better get reading fast!

These are mainly going to be quantitative, numeric goals but I have a couple qualitative ones thrown in as well.

Firstly, by February, I’d like to reach 60 followers on this blog! At the time of writing, we’re currently sitting on 45. Now, that’s a pretty short time frame, but I’m confident we’ll at least get close! I had originally given myself the goal of 80-100 followers, but I always think it’s best to keep your goals lower and more realistic, as it’s always nicer to reach and go above and beyond set goals than to never meet them at all.

Secondly, I’d like to hit 50 followers on the @_princessofink Twitter account by sometime around March. That gives us a bit more time than the main blog follower goal, but Twitter is the platform where I experience the least engagement and have the least followers (I think right now it’s at 30 something). If you have any advice on growing your Twitter, fellow bloggers, please let me know! It’s not a platform I have the most experience with anyways.

Thirdly, in terms of short month- to two-month long goals: Instagram. The @princessofink bookstagram page currently sits with more followers than the blog, at 47, but doesn’t have as many posts (likely because I suck at taking decent pictures and posting consistently, haha). By… let’s say February/March time… I’d like to have 65 followers on Instagram. And be posting better pictures and more consistently! At least twice a week if not more. Can we do that, readers? I hope so. I’ve given into Bookstagram pressure and bought a backdrop (lol) as my house is soooo dark, so having a decent background for my pictures might give me a better chance at having better quality pictures (and more followers).

In terms of quantitative goals by 2019 as a whole, I’m going to try not to be overly ambitious, so I’ll give myself the following targets:

  • 160 blog followers
  • 100 Twitter followers
  • 160 Instagram followers
  • Be accepted for at least 8 Netgalley/Edelweiss requests (I know this is out of my control, but it’s still something I’d like to achieve)
  • Be accepted for my first physical ARC request! (This is a big one for me! I’d love to start receiving ARCs and be able to trade with others within the bookish community)

Now, my qualitative goals are, by definition, not really measurable, and I only have one: make new friends. Outside of the internet and this blog, my social circle could be considered somewhat lacking, and so I’d love to make new bookish/fandom friends this year. While I may have lost a few along the way, I made two great fandom/bookish friends in late 2018 (if you’re reading this, you know who you are 😉) and would love to be able to talk with more people in the book and blogging communities! Making new bookish friends was one of the main reasons I started blogging in the first place, and it would be lovely to see such a dream realised.

That’ll be all for now! Hopefully when we revisit this post at the end of 2019/beginning of 2020, these goals will have been reached, and hopefully even surpassed.

All my love and happy reading,

Ellie

Review: The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

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Title: The Queen’s Rising

Author: Rebecca Ross

Release date: February 6th 2018

Publisher: HarperTeen

Star rating: ★★★★★

Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon UK (Affiliate Links)

 

Summary

When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

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Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: Queen of Shadows

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Release date: Month Date Year

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Star rating: ★★★★★

Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon UK or Forbidden Planet (Affiliate Links)

 

Hi everyone!

 

I’m currently writing reviews for a couple books, including Rebecca Ross’s The Queen’s Rising, so be sure to keep an eye out for those coming soon (I’m quite busy with school at the moment, so I can’t give exact posting dates just yet!), but for the time being while my blog sits empty with no new content, I thought I’d go ahead and finish up my review of Queen of Shadows, just so I have something to post in the meantime. I know what you’re thinking: “another Sarah J. Maas review? Mix it up a little bit!”. I hear you, I promise, and non-SJM reviews are coming, but having read these books so many times, these reviews are a little easier and quicker for me to write. Anyhow, now with that out of the way, let’s get to the review. And, for obvious reasons, this one’s filled with spoilers.

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Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: Heir of Fire

Author: the queen Sarah J. Maas

Release date: September 2nd 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Star rating: ★★★★★

Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon UK (Affiliate Links)

 

I’ve been trying to focus on writing other reviews for the past hour, but I guess we’re back on the SJM Reviews Train, people! I’m aiming to finish reviewing the entirety of the Throne of Glass series by the end of January, and so far I think that’s pretty achievable! I’ll still be writing other reviews in the meantime, of course, but I’d like to write and post reviews for all of the SJM books out so far. Today, as you can tell, I’m reviewing Heir of Fire, the third book in the Throne of Glass series. Let’s get to it!

 

Heir of Fire is one of my favourites in this series, for many a reason, but so many exciting things happen in this book! It feels like the bridge between the first arc of the series, consisting of Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight where we see Aelin as Celaena, and the second (huge!) arc where we see Aelin embracing her true identity as Queen of Terrasen and truly coming into her own. It’s a transformative book for her, and one I’m so grateful Maas shared with us. Also… it introduces us to Rowan, so I guess there are no complaints here? Nope? Nope. *laughs*

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ARC Review: Just For Clicks by Kara McDowell [SPOILER-FREE]

*I received a free eARC of this book from Netgalley via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

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Title: Just For Clicks

Author: Kara McDowell

Release date: January 29th 2019

Publisher: Amberjack Publishing

Star rating: ★★★

Pre-order: Book Depository or Amazon UK (Affiliate Links)

 

Just For Clicks is a quick and somewhat fluffy book that would be great for a beach holiday or summer read. It didn’t, however, inspire much thought and I likely wouldn’t reread it in a hurry, nor would it be the first contemporary – one of my lesser loved genres – I recommend to anyone. Nonetheless, if what you’re after is a fast-paced YA contemporary that offers insights into the tumultuous world of internet fame, YouTube and a slice of family drama, this might be the book for you.

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