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Grisha Trilogy: Ruin and Rising

I finished the Grisha Trilogy during the weekend. Ruin and Rising [The Book Depository] was amazing. I couldn’t let the book down despite fearing the Darkling’s fate. Even if it’s going to be a surprise, it’s not. We all know what will happen to the Dark Side. Many characters don’t survive the Ruin of this last book. However, it’s a masterpiece plenty of surprises. Although the reader could find hints in the other books, surprises are massive.

The Darkling and Nicolai are my favorite characters. And although they’re different, they both love Alina for similar reasons. One of them is power. Alina is the Sun Summoner, the Saint, the one who can stop the Darkling and make the Fold disappear.

[SPOILERS: there’re massive spoilers ahead. If you haven’t read the books yet, stop reading right here.]

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Grisha Trilogy: Siege and Storm

This week I finished the second book in the Grisha Trilogy. Siege and Storm [The Book Depository] was intense and surprising. Not only Mal and the Darkling want Alina, but also Nikolai, the Prince. However, as Alina returns to the Palace, and the Darkling gathers forces to get it back, we see how her relationship with Mal erodes. She is getting stronger, and also different. He is a hero without cause at the moment.

I loved Siege and Storm way more than the first volume. It’s thrilling, and Nikolai is hilarious. There’s no way you can’t like the guy. Mal is moody, and Alina wants to get stronger. Like calls to like, but it can also be spooky.

[SPOILERS: this post has massive spoilers on the book. Refrain from reading if you haven’t read it yet.]

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Shadow and Bone: Grisha darkness and light

So, after ACOWAR I started reading Shadow and Bone [The Book Depository]. It’s a tale of Grisha darkness and light that will enchant you. Although I find the Grisha trilogy way lighter than Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo has done it again. Bardugo’s Grisha tales have swept me into a tale of power, darkness, love, and deceit!

We meet Alina, our female hero, and her love interest, Mal. She starts being weak and unattractive. However, Mal is robust and gorgeous. Little they know that Alina is going to be one of the best Grisha in the history of Ravka. But, is that good or bad news for them?

[SPOILERS: this review has a lot of spoilers. So, if you haven’t read the book, stay away!]

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ACOWAR: A Court of Wings and Ruin Review

I finally read A Court of Wings and Ruin [The Book Depository], aka ACOWAR. It’s amazing! Although I find it more political than A Court of Mist and Fury, this new installment of the series by Sarah J. Maas is delightful. We get to know more about Feyre, Rhysand, Nesta, Elaine, and the others. Although this volume was good, ACOMAF is still my favorite.

We left Feyre in the Spring Court. She had sworn she would revenge what Tamlin had done with her sisters. We also left Nesta giving the King of Hybern the middle finger. (You have to love Nesta and her angry ways.)

[SPOILERS: this post contains massive spoilers. If you haven’t read ACOWAR, refrain yourself from continuing reading.]

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Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: are we that old already?

Oh dear! Today is the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter [The Book Depository]. And it makes you wonder: are we that old already? Not really! Yes, it’s Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary, but it’s also the celebration of a great series that opened our minds! Slytherins of the world: we rock because we’ve been hissing during twenty years.

I started reading Harry Potter quite late. I also saw the movies with a delay too. However, arriving late to the party doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy the magic. So, if you haven’t read Harry Potter yet, you can start now. Yup, never mind the twenty-year delay. (I know, I’m evil!)

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ACOMAF: A Court of Mist and Fury review

Despite being super busy, I finished A Court of Mist and Fury [The Book Depository]. I won’t lie to you: there’s a lot of violence and fairy sex in ACOMAF. However, you can also find a great story of recovery from trauma. Some descriptions are brutal, others are too harsh, but if you keep it up, you’ll see that whatever harsh live treated you, there’s hope if you dare to dream.

This book is about recovering a broken heart, about recovering from trauma, and about discovering true love. Sometimes, you think someone is a hero, and then you discover he’s not. Other times, the villain happens to be the real hero of the story. Prepare yourself for surprises and role reversals in this book.

[You’ll find SPOILERS from this point onwards. If you haven’t read the book, stop reading at this point. If you don’t mind spoilers, go ahead and be my guest.]

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The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross

Today we’re exploring The Midnight Sea [The Book Depository] Sea by Kat Ross. I read the book in just two days because I couldn’t stop myself! Yes, it’s that good! I found this jewel thanks to Kindle recommendations that I got in my mailbox every day.

The main character is a girl called Nazafareen. When her sister is killed by dark magic, she wants to become a Water Dog, a Druj hunter. First, she has to train for years, and then when the time comes, she’s linked with a daeva named Darius.

The Daeva are slaved Druj. Water Dogs use them and their powers to hunt and kill other Druj. Water Dogs and Daeva are linked by cuffs that bind their power. There’s just one tiny problem: she can feel whatever Darius is feeling too.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses, aka ACOTAR

I finally read Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses [The Book Depository], aka ACOTAR. Even if the author inspired herself on the Beauty and the Beast, it shines on its own. Be prepared for some harsh moments, and quite a lot of brutal depictions of violence. You will also find some sex scenes, but I found violence more appalling than anything else.

This book is fast-paced, easy to read, and has an incredible hero: Feyre. If you’re looking to read a female-lead fantasy book with tons of action, deceit and memorable characters, this is it!

[SPOILERS: this review has some spoilers. If you haven’t read the book yet, I recommend you to stop reading beyond these lines.]

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Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom is a masterpiece!

I finished Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom [The Book Depository], and I feel I can’t have enough of it! Unfortunately, this is a duology, and this means that the adventures of my favorite thieving group are over. Well, unless Leigh Bardugo decides to write yet another book.

Six of Crows was a tornado of emotions and action. Crooked Kingdom is an explosion that will enhance your sense and wished you had more “parem.” Just like Nina, I will have a withdrawal of this book.

[SPOILERS: this review has massive spoilers of this book. If you haven’t read it yet, please refrain from reading from here. I can just let you know that it’s a masterpiece that will leave you wanting more.]

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ACOWAR & Cute Bookish Bag Giveaway!

I have great news! I’m giving away two copies of A Court of Wings and Ruin, aka ACOWAR, and two cute bookish bags. And I’m doing it through different social media platforms, so you have more possibilities to be one of the winners.

I’ll give away one set (ACOWAR copy and bag) through Facebook, Twitter and this blog combined. You can win points to be one of the winners.

I’ll also give away one set (ACOWAR copy and bag) through Instagram. You can collect points through Instagram following the rules there.

You can take part in both, and you can share as much as you want. Remember always to mention me when you share, and that you use #depepiacowar to gain points on Instagram!

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