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Book Review: Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz—or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest—perhaps to death. Only Verity’s return—or the heir his princess carries—can save the Six Duchies.

But Fitz will not wait. Driven by loss and bitter memories, he undertakes a quest: to kill Regal. The journey casts him into deep waters, as he discovers wild currents of magic within him—currents that will either drown him or make him something more than he was. Goodreads

Overall, this series has become one of my favorites. The world of political intrigue, corruption, and the magical veins running beneath the surface far exceeded any expectations I had when I first picked it up. That being said, my feelings towards the final book were not quite as strong as the first two.

The story started out promising – Fitz just came back from the freaking dead! – and for the most part, I enjoyed it. As always, the storytelling and details are so stunning that it’s hard not to get sucked in. Poor Fitz, he’s gotten his second chance at life and, once again, he’s sucked in the middle of a political and familial shit show. The personal turmoil and reflections in this book definitely showed how much Fitz had grown since the first book. And how much he has lost.

Despite all the horrible things he’s witnessed and the arduous journey he embarks on, there is one thing that remains constant in his life: Nighteyes. Oh Nighteyes. I adore Nighteyes. He is, hands down, the best character in this entire series and even if this book had turned out to be horrible, I would have read it anyway because of Nighteyes. The relationship that Fitz has with his Wit companion is more touching than any other relationship in the series. Or any other book, period. The new characters we were introduced to kept things interesting, although I can’t say that I was particularly attached to any of them. (By the end, Kettle got on my nerves.) I loved that we got to see more of the Fool and learn about his role in Fitz’s life.

I appreciated this book for all it’s details and intricacies, but was left feeling a little disappointed with the last quarter of it. Without wanting to give too much away, I will say that there was a lot of big and important things going on. Unfortunately, I felt the explanations of these things were glossed over. Of the explanations we did get, they hardly scratched the surface. I kept itching for more and coming up with a million more questions that never went fully answered.

I felt like the ending was a bit bittersweet, although I’m not sure if that was intended or not. It definitely didn’t go in the direction I expected, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Despite the few things that bothered me about this one, I still really enjoyed it and would read it again in a heartbeat, if not for Nighteyes alone. ❤

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How YOU Doin?


I know, I know. I kinda suck at blogging as of late. Fortunately, we’ve finally finished up our crazy season at work, so I should be able to find more time for reading and blogging again. Now that we’e done with all that nonsense, I decided to take some time off to relax.


Just kidding. I’m terrible at relaxing. I actually decided to celebrate by beginning the rereading and editing process for the book I wrote! Since finishing the first draft  back in January (it feels like it was so long ago) I’ve been itching to reread the the entire thing from the beginning. Everyone advised me to give it time though, so that I can look at things with a fresher perspective. They were right, of course, and I’m glad I did wait. Hopefully I won’t run into too many snags while editing!

I’ve still been reading, even though I’ve been busy. I started book three in the Farseer trilogy this week and I’m already sad because I don’t want the series to end. I tried getting into King of Scars, as well, but I wasn’t feeling it and set it aside for now.

So how YOU doin’? What are you currently reading?

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books I Have to Read in 2019


Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is all about the  books we have to read in 2019. You know what books I’m talking about – the ones at the top of your TBR list, the sequel that you’ve been waiting for for 2 years now, the ones you’ve been counting down to and dreaming about . Looking back at similar posts I made last year make me chuckle. The books I actually read versus the books I planned to read were quite different lists. Did this happen to any of you?

(Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Shanah the Bionic Book Worm. Check out her blog to see the upcoming topics.)


In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire – I loooooved the first three books in the series. This book will follow Lundy’s character. Considering how little she was present in the first book, I am excited to learn what her backstory is.


Age of Assassins by R.J. Barker – Everyone and their mother seems to have read this one already. I need to get with the times. I hear it’s fantastic.


Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft – I really liked Senlin Ascends and can’t wait to see what the tower holds for Senlin in the next book. (I have a feeling it’s not going to be anything good.)


Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – I got this one a few months ago and have yet to crack it open.


Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – Another one that everyone else raves about. It’s been on my TBR list for far too long at this point. I need to see what the hype is about.

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First Impression Friday: Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames

Happy Friday folks! It was another short work week for me, as I took off today to take Boyfriend to get Lasik surgery later. This morning I’m getting my word count on at my favorite coffee shop. Days off are perfect for writing. 🙂

It’s also time for another First Impression Friday! (For those who are unfamiliar, FIF is a weekly meme created by J.W. Martin. The goal is to talk about a book you recently started reading. Share you impressions, predict what you think will happen, say whether you think you’ll enjoy it, etc.)


Live fast, die young.

Tam Hashford is tired of working at her local pub, slinging drinks for world-famous mercenaries and listening to the bards sing of adventure and glory in the world beyond her sleepy hometown.

When the biggest mercenary band of all rolls into town, led by the infamous Bloody Rose, Tam jumps at the chance to sign on as their bard. It’s adventure she wants – and adventure she gets as the crew embark on a quest that will end in one of two ways: glory or death.

It’s time to take a walk on the wyld side.

I freaking LOVE this book already. The way the author takes the concept of a musical band and turns them into a group of touring, fighting mercenaries, then throws in handfuls of 80s music references without it being even slightly cheesy is an utter delight.

At first I found Tam to a strange choice for a protagonist. Compared to the other characters in the story she’s the least experienced and most normal of the bunch. After a little while I changed my mind. Seeing the story through her perspective made much more sense, since she’s a bit of a blank slate. Plus, she’s the bard. She’ll be telling the story of Fable for years to come.

It’s obvious some crazy shit is going to happen in this story. I’m guessing that despite their lack of participation in chasing after the Horde, they’ll end up right in it’s path at some point. Tam will also, most likely, end up joining in the fight and become more than just a bard. Maybe she’ll figure out that she has some kind of magical music gift than allows her to lull monsters to sleep! (Or not.)

Whatever happens, I already know it’s going to be amazing.


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Top 5 Tuesday: Characters I Wouldn’t Bring Into a Haunted House


I just love this week’s Top 5 Tuesday theme! I admit, I actually had a harder time filling this one out than I thought I would. For some reason, my brain kept coming up with characters that I would bring to a haunted house instead. Luna Lovegood, anyone? You know she would totally find some species of zombie nargles or something.

(Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, aka The Bionic Book Worm. Check out her site to see what topics are coming up!)


Ronald Weasley – Let’s face it, Ron isn’t the bravest of companions. He’d be making this face and panicking the entire time.


Clay Fray – It wouldn’t be a good idea to bring any of the Shadowhunters, really. They’d probably be trying to fight off all the scary things, thinking they were demons.


Dracula – Entering a haunted house with a vampire seems like a good way to become one of the undead.


A Unicorn  – Why would you bring a unicorn to a haunted house? That seems somewhat silly.


James Moriarty – You really can’t trust that guy. Who knows what he’d try to  get away with.


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First Impression Friday: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

It’s time for another First Impression Friday post! Last week I talked about a book I was reading for the new book club I joined. I hate to admit this, but I gave up on that book. I hate quitting a book, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Oh well. C’est la vie! This week’s book is more up  my alley.

(For those who are unfamiliar, FIF is a weekly meme created by J.W. Martin. The goal is to talk about a book you recently started reading. Share you impressions, predict what you think will happen, say whether you think you’ll enjoy it, etc.)


Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

After finishing the first book, City of Bones, I knew I had to keep reading the series to see where it goes. So far, this one is just as good as the first book!

There are demons and dark forces afoot! Clary is still conflicted in her feelings towards both Jace and Simon, Jace gets thrown in prison, and there are dead bodies everywhere. And it’s only the beginning! There’s never a dull moment with these books, which is why I got sucked in so easily.

I love how all the relationships in this book have become even more complicated, now that Valentine is back and trying to start a war against the Clave. Suddenly, everyone is pitted against each other. The characters can’t decide who’s really a friend and who’s a foe. Even family is pitted against each other. It’s been keeping me guessing since the very first chapter and, to be honest, I have no idea which side everyone will end up on.

Clary and Simon’s relationship is still struggling, which kinda makes me sad, because I think Simon is great. Obviously things will only get more complicated now that Simon is a vampire (which I totally saw coming, by the way). I hope he and Clary end up being more “official” anyway, because Jace is a turd. As much as I would like for Clary and Simon to end up together, I predict that she will keep hurting him and push him away. *sigh*

I predict that Valentine is going to keep killing Downworlders and recruiting demons to his cause. Eventually, they – the Shadowhunters, werewolves, vampires, and faeries – will realize that they have to join forces if they’re going to stop him. I don’t expect war to break out yet,  but I think they will start teaming up by the end of the book.

I don’t know where this story is going, but shit’s going to get messy.


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A Court of Frost and Starlight: Delayed Opinion Post


A few months ago I wrote a brief review of A Court of Frost and Starlight after it had been released. Considering how much I loved the first three books in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, I couldn’t want to read the follow-up novella. Sadly, after finishing the book in barely over a day, I was left feeling like I had been cheated. From all the other reviews I’ve read since the book’s release, it looks like I am not alone in feeling this way.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read far worse books. That being said, I’ve read far better. If this had been a standalone book that I just read on a whim I would have read it and just said “Eh, it was okay.” I think the fact that so many people were disappointed with it, however, is because, after the other three books, there were some pretty big shoes to fill. I didn’t say much in my original review, since the book was still pretty new and was afraid to give too many spoilers away. Now that’s been a few months, I’d like to chime in.

(Warning: Potential spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned.)

ACOFAS lacked the plot that the other books had. I know, I know. It’s only a novella. It’s shorter, therefore, there’s supposed to be less detailed than a regular novel. Still, all the detail and events that were there just felt like fluff. I’ve read shorter books with far more substance than this book had. The other thing that really bothered me with the story was how everyone was coping, or not coping, with the aftermath of the war. They’d all been through some pretty traumatic and f*cked up things. They killed people, watched other people die, etc. You would think they’d all be pretty shaken up, no? It was alluded to a few times, but it never actually felt like anyone was struggling too hard. It was like the war ended and everyone immediately stepped back into their regular places in the Night Court. Feyre was shopping all the time and Rhysand pretty much wanted to do nothing but have sex with her. Ummm, really? Even if they were all coping pretty well, this still felt like a highly unrealistic representation of what would be happening…and it irked me.

The only one who actually seemed to be behaving normally was Feyre’s sister, Nesta. Still wanting nothing to do with being a Fae, she’d distanced herself from the rest of the group and was passing her time drinking, gambling, and having sex. While this might not be the most productive way to spend one’s time, I felt like Nesta was the only one with a normal expression of emotions. Personally, I would have rather read more about what Nesta was up to than to read about shopping.

The way Feyre, Rhys, and the other members of their group treated Nesta was pretty shitty. If they didn’t agree with the choices she was making they could have just left her alone and stopped forcing her to come around (she didn’t want to be there anyway). They also made it pretty obvious that they were not a fan of her multiple sexual partners, which really pissed me off. There’s nothing wrong with the whole “bonding for life” thing that Feyre and Rhys had, but I felt like the author was trying way too hard to push this angle and put down any other sort of lifestyle. I know these are young adult books, but I don’t condone slut-shaming. Considering how much sex was already in the rest of the series, I don’t understand where this somewhat misogynistic stance came from. I was also pissed by the way that Tamlin was treated in his brief encounter with Rhysand. I understand that Feyre has some ill feelings towards him given how he treated her, but at the same time, I don’t feel like his behavior was that awful. Things had gone a little sour between them, but it wasn’t like he was physically harming her or anything. Rhysand showed up and saw that he was clearly not doing well (Can you blame him? He lost the woman he loved and just went through a war.) and pretty much kicked him while he was down. He seems to enjoy rubbing his relationship with Feyre in Tamlin’s face and it’s making him look like a giant douche.

The part that made me want to throw the book across the room was when Feyre decided she wanted to have a baby. Sorry, but the whole story turned to shit at that point. It was like Feyre did a complete 180 in this book, going from the tough, badass High Lady to an overly domestic type. It didn’t fit her character at all and it wasn’t something that I cared for. (I admit, my opinion on this may be slightly swayed by the fact that I am not someone who wants to have children and does not get all gooey-eyed over the thought of babies.) It felt so forced. She was only like twenty years old at this point and she’s a Fae. She has plenty of time to have kids. Shouldn’t she have lived as High Lady and did some “normal” Fae stuff first? Meh.

I’ve seen some people claiming that this book ruined the whole series for them. I don’t think I would quite go that far. I enjoyed the rest of the series, but I don;t think I would include this one in a re-read. What did you guys think? Did this ruin the rest of the story for you?

Out of curiosity, did any of you enjoy this one? (If you did that’s totally cool. There’s nothing wrong with that.) What did you like about it?