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Reflecting on A Court of Wings and Ruin

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Unanswered Questions

 

 

I first discovered Sarah J. Maas back in 2015 and just fell in love with the way she was telling stories. This trilogy has been a roller coaster, and I was so happy to hear that it wasn’t going to end with this book. I don’t think any of us are ready to let go of these characters. There are a lot of things that I’m still interested in learning.

 

 

**The following contains spoilers**

There are loose ends that I’d like to see tied up!

  • What’s going to happen between Nesta and Cassian?

    • How is Nesta going to deal with the death of her father?
    • How is Cassian going to deal with the guilt of Nesta saving his life during the final battle that killed so many others?
  • I want to know more about Elain, Azriel, and Lucien.

  • What happens when Lucien talked to Tamlin?

  • Will Lucien find out his real heritage?

  • What’s going to happen with Tamlin? Where is his story going?

    • While there is a lot of hate towards Tamlin’s character, I think his story arc is not finished. He loved Feyre, and, yes, that relationship became super toxic, but, at the end of the book, he loved her enough to let her go. Will he be able to move on, heal, and become the High Lord that the Spring Court needs him to be?
  • When will Mor come out? Will she finally find someone that makes her happy?

  • What about Eris?

    • This character is up in the air for me. To me, he is an extremely complex character, and I don’t think we know his entire story yet.
    • His relationship with Mor:
      • In the book (274-276), it is hinted that when Eris broke off the engagement with Mor, it cost him something. What is his side in that ordeal?
    • His relationship with Lucien:
      • He protected Lucien by telling Tamlin and refusing to participate in hurting Lucien and his lover.
      • Does he know that Lucien is actually Helion’s child?
    • Will he actually overthrow his father? And will he be a better High Lord?
    •  Is he horrible, or is he pretending to be horrible?
  • Vassa is the badass firebird that saved the day and turned the tide of the war. Who is her keeper? Can they free her? Will she be able to save her people from the other queens? What about the other mortal Queens? What happened to them? What will happen going forward?

  • Whose point of view will it be told from? Will it switch around? Will there be new characters?

For me Feyre’s story has been told. While I’d be happy to hear more, I’m eager to get my questions answered. (Plus, I don’t want Sarah to kill Feyre’s happy ending, so I’d rather she just leave Feyre and Rhys alone and happy.)

I’m interested to hear any theories about any of my questions! Or if you have unanswered questions from A Court of Thorns and Roses, I’d love to hear them!

Until next time!

-GW

10 (Very Valid) Reasons Books Are Evil

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In honor of Halloween, I’ve put together a blog post about the most evil things I can imagine…books.

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  1. Books steal your sleep.
    • I start reading a book. The sun is out and shinning (but I am cuddled in bed, admiring the sunshine from inside the comfort of my own home). I keep reading as the sun dips lower and lower into the sky. The next thing I know it’s 12:30 at night. I consider, briefly, that I have a to get up early in the morning. I decide on one more chapter. Then another. By 1:30, I’m close enough to the end that I couldn’t possibly stop. Next thing I know, it’s 2:00 AM. Then of course, I spend at least 30 minutes going over the book in my head.
  2. Books make you forget to eat.
    • For reasons similar to those listed in #1. Time passes so quickly when you’re stuck in another world.
  3. Books make you cry your eyes out over fictional character’s deaths.
    • Self explanatory. Examples: Fred Weasley, Dobby, Primrose Everdeen, Augustus Waters, Rue, Professor Snape… (just to name a few).
  4. Books make you fall in love with fictional characters.
    • EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER EVER. Even the ones you hate, you love to hate them.
  5. Books are keeping you in a perpetual state of longing.
    • You long for the next book to finally arrive. Once you finally get all the books in the series, you long for the series to not be over. It is a never ending state of wanting something that you have to wait for or that will never come.
  6. Books tear your heart out and stomp all over it.
    • I refer to reasons 3, 4, & 5.
  7. Books rob your bank account.
    • I personally like physical books when I can get my hands on them. And those suckers are expensive! Especially when you are on a budget. And you go into the bookstore for one book. ONE BOOK. And you leave with five. Because…
  8. Books are sirens that call out to you from the bookshelves. Singing to you as you buy them and keeping you hooked as you read through every single letter on the pages until its done. And then it leaves you shipwrecked in an emotional crisis.
  9. Books hurt your back.
    • The best reading position is the most painful long term. Elbows propping up torso, book lying on bed in front of me. Back arched. Comfortable for a while. Ultimately painful. But it’s my favorite position to read in.
  10. Books always end.
    • This perpetuates the cycle of evilness–it ends, I long, I miss the characters, I go desperately to the bookstore to find a new love, I walk out broke with ten books, then I read them in uncomfortable positions, lose sleep, forget to eat, they tear my heart out, they end, and then I start over again. The cycle is vicious.

Here are my reasons for why books are evil. It is for these same reasons that I continue to read books. They are evil, but I love them.

Hope you enjoyed this article!

Please let me know if you have your own reasons for why books are evil. Or if you’d like to share a particular book that is especially evil!

-GW

My Summer Reading: YA Books

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Hey all!

Being a YA reader for 9+ years, I have read some really awesome books and some really terrible books. I’ve had the pleasure of reading books like the Hunger Games and the Mortal Instruments series before they were cool to read. But I’m not going to lie. I started writing YA for a couple reasons, and one of the reasons was because I was starting to get in a rut with reading YA.

Because of how much I read, I have high standards. For a while before I wrote my book, I just couldn’t find a good book anywhere. I kept getting these books that had THE SAME PLOT over and over again. I was bored.  So I started writing, and I gave it time. Eventually, new writers always come to the scene and spice things up.

I have been so very fortunate to run across some amazing new authors. These authors have helped me to be excited about reading again. I can’t help but stay up reading into the wee hours of the morning. I can’t stop thinking about a book once I’ve put it down. Here are some of the books that made me love reading again:

  • Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
    • This is the first book in a trilogy, and I truly enjoyed reading it. It is an easy book to read. The main character, Eleanor Fitt, is thrown into a world where zombies are real and fighting them with a corset on is not an easy challenge. While I am not normally a fan of zombie books/movies, I really enjoyed these books. The author does a great job bringing more into the conflict than just zombies and romance.
  • A Sweet Disorder by Jacqueline Kolosov
    • This is the second book I have read by this author, and she didn’t disappoint. I couldn’t put the book down. The author did a great job pulling me into the world of Queen Elizabeth I’s court, as did her first book. Though the two aren’t connected, I would definitely read them both. (The first book I read from her was The Red Queen’s Daughter)
  • Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
    • Also by this author, Cruel Beauty. Both books are very well written. I loved being pulled into the word of Rachelle and her dreadful fate. The book held great twists, turns, and amazing characters. This book kept me reading until 2:00 AM, and I couldn’t have predicted the ending.
  • Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nicklerson
    • This was a book that I kept getting drawn to, so I finally broke down and read it. It was a great read. The book was inspired by the Bluebeard fairytale. I did not read the original fairytale before reading this book, but I really enjoyed the book. Sophia Petheram is a very sympathetic female lead. This book has a little bit of romance, with a dash of mystery and suspense.
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas
    • This is the first book that I have read by Sarah Mass, and I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of a cool twist on the beauty and the beast fairytale. The main character, Feyre, is one that I could really relate to because she would do anything to protect her family. I loved the good guys, the villains, and everything in between. I love how this author put all of the pieces together. I can’t wait to get my hands on her other books.
  • Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
    • This is the first book in a trilogy, but all of the books are out. I loved this retold version of Robin Hood. Scarlet is a wonderful character to follow. Her journey to forgive herself and learn to let herself be worthy of love is one that will mirror a lot of readers’ situations. This is Robin Hood as we have never seen him before. These books have a great balance of murder, mystery, family drama, romance, and knives.

Hope you enjoy these books as much as I did! Let me know what you think!

-GW

UPDATE on Partnership with The Center for Women and Families

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Hey guys!

I have received such an amazing response so far that I have decided to donate 100% of my profits from my book sales to The Center for Women and Families through May 6.

The Center for Women and Families is an amazing organization that helps anyone who has suffered from domestic abuse or sexual assault. They don’t just help women, they help men as well. For their clients, they provide shelter, housing, advocacy, counseling, and so much more. To learn more about this amazing organization, click their link at the bottom of this post.

Domestic violence is something that hits very close to my heart. While I personally have never suffered at the hands of a romantic partner or a stranger,several people very close to me have. Their stories are not mine to tell, but they have greatly impacted my life. From them, I learned what true strength looks like.

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in What Little Remains

Domestic violence and sexual assault are topics brought up in my book. While Ricky and Charlie’s relationship is purely fictional, the emotional and physical abuse present in their relationship is suffered by many people every day.

With Nicole’s story, I wanted to highlight the resilience of sexual assault survivors. Nicole’s character shows great strength and courage.

To get a summary of What Little Remains, click here.

If you or a loved one has suffered partner abuse or sexual assault, call this 24/7 crisis hotline: 1-844-BE-SAFE-1

Link to The Center for Women and Families official website: http://www.thecenteronline.org/

If you want to be a part of giving to this charity and read a great book, click here to buy. 

Spring Break Recommendations Part 2

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Hey!

Since many schools are on Spring Break this upcoming week, I wanted to add to my recommendations list for possible spring break reads!

These are some of my favorite Young Adult (YA) books. I’ll give my reasons for recommending these books, and, if they sound interesting to you, feel free to look up a summary.

If you are looking for something with a more romantic tone:

  • The Abandoned Trilogy by Meg Cabot
    • The books are Abandoned, Underworld, and Awakened. Meg Cabot is an amazing writer, and you won’t go wrong reading any of her books. These books take a very fresh look at the Persephone and Hades mythology. The trilogy is romantic and compelling.
  • Hush Hush Trilogy by Becca Fitzpatrick
    • This is the first book in a trilogy, and you will get hooked! Fitzpatrick did an incredible job creating a riveting plot line. I couldn’t put the book down as I was reading it! The twists she throws in are incredible! It is a very easy read and would be perfect for chilling on the beach or at home.

If you are looking for a different kind of book:

  • Unwind by Neal Shusterman
    • This is the first book in a series. I have only read this book, but I highly recommend it if you are looking to expand your mind. This book really makes you think about so many things. I honestly don’t know exactly how to describe it, except to say that when I was finished, I had to put it down and take a while to think about it. This is definitely a great book for a book club because it brings up all kinds of topics to discuss.

If you are looking for a historical/paranormal/romance read:

  • The Red Queen’s Daughter by Jacqueline Kolosov
    • I love this book. Absolutely love it. The author pulls you into the world of England in the mid-1500s with the promise of magic, suspicion, and love. It takes a completely different look at the life of Queen Elizabeth I. I would highly recommend it if you like books that have a slight historical edge to them. This is a book that I love to reread.

If you are looking for a good fantasy book:

  • Mistwood by Leah Cypress
    • This is one of those books that I constantly reread. The world that Cypress creates is full of love, suspicion, confusion, and secrets. Nothing is quite as it seems throughout the entire book. I found myself really relating to the main character and feeling her struggle throughout the book.

Let me know what you guys are reading for Spring Break in the comments below!

-GW