YP – B2: UtGoaFN – Chapter 26 (Chapter 72)

217 Days Until Chains And the Uncertain End

Zeydar ran his fingers across the pages of the new texts allotted to him, as he sat in his room digesting them and thinking about his own powers. These were the records of him, written by Tyler, when Zeydar had been a child. These records depicted his powers, his words, his experiences as told from a third person perspective. Tyler clearly loved him and was not afraid, but the analysis provided by later Stars, who saw Tyler’s reports, were filled with fear. 

Communication with magic. Touching on all aspects of magic. No specialty. Able to use magic without a Staff. Able to use magic far before being formally trained to. Speaking as he could feel magic everywhere and no one seemed to listen to it correctly. Playing with it as if were alive and not a tool. 

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YP – B2: UtGoaFN – Chapter 25 (Chapter 71)

218 Days Until Wisdom And the Uncertain End

Evester glanced at Zeydar one more time before he slid from the room ready to go and figure out something to eat, or to get someone to buy food. In their talks, Evester had not brought up having Zeydar train Kony, not once. He knew that there was dismay regarding it, but even Evester knew that with the time they had, whatever training they could get would not be enough. They needed Zeydar to go with them. That was where most of the work would be done. For a moment Evester listed off the names of those who he would be willing to take with him as they went to complete this mission, outside of Heia and Zeydar, then he remembered it was not his priority. Zeydar’s mental state was his priority.

Zeydar who seemed focused on ensuring that he did not leave the comfort of the city and was more often high than sober. Evester had been around enough people in his life, enough drugged people in his life, to be able to tell when someone was high. Zeydar always was, as if he lived in it. They were going to have to get him to detox, if they wanted him to go with them outside of the Tower. Sweet Dreams was not something readily available out there.

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Top Ten Reads of 2019

Top Ten Reads of 2019

I wanted to do this list for a long time and honestly this was a fight to the death for me to decide which book got number one. I will explain the best I can for each book. Let’s go!


10.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

This is probably recency bias, as it was the last book I read this year. However I loved it. The last third had me screaming as I raced through it. It was an epic read and an epic way to end the year.


9.

Tyrant’s Throne by Sebastien De Castel

If I could pick the whole series, I would. However this book defines the series. It shows the cumulation of all the themes. It creates tears, joy, and a unfathomable need to be valorous. This book made the series for me.


8.

Heartless by Melissa Meyer

I loved this retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I had to decide between this and Tyrant’s Throne, and this beat it out because it is a stand alone. If I compared this to The Greatcoats series, it would lose every time. This retelling stole my heart and made me cry for the transformation of the Queen of Hearts.


7.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Fact, I fully believed this was a retelling of another book. Also fact, it is not. This book was amazing. Obviously, but the humor in it really got me. Fully got me. I loved every moment of it.


6.

The Wicked King by Holly Black

This is where we get into battle territory, as I had to decide which books were my absolute favorite reads of the year. I chose the second book of this series, because I saw the first and third coming, in a way, but the second took me on a joy ride. It’s my favorite of the series, and 100% why I adore this series so much.


5.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

I went from confusion to adoration for this novel, all too quickly. I loved every moment of this book. The twists were great. The plot and setting were phenomenal. Everything about this book was amazing, but what separates this from the top four are themes, and their importance to me.


4.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I had to decide where to put this book, as it is the only book that made me sob this year. I loved every moment that this book gave me, in solidarity, and in understanding. This book hit me hard and did not let go. It started my year off, and stays with me through it all, but it was not my favorite read.


3.

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

When I first reread Wicked, I was fully prepared to hate it. Instead I fell into it, and fell into the themes and was spun in the magic. This book had me analyzing the themes of a book in full, for the first time in such a long time. This book has so many quotable lines and everything I could ever hope for in a book.


2.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Why two instead of one? That was a debate I still have. This book reinvigorated my love for reading, single handedly. I love this stand alone so frickin much that I have recommended it to nearly everyone I know has mildly enjoyed fantasy.


1.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

When you give me a new character to love. You win. When you give me themes that strike home. You win. When you give me a new life motto to live by and a resonance in my mind that sticks with me every night. You win, everything. This book was hands down the best book I read this year. Not because it was the best written, or the most important, or the best themed, but because this book fundamentally changed my life.

And that’s what’s important.


I had a LOT of fantasy novels on this list. I didn’t do this list last year, and I kind of wish I did, so I could see the comparison.

What books were your favorite for the year?

MM


The Story of a Witch (2019 Book Quotes in review)

The Story of a Witch (2019 Book Quotes in review)

The following is the story of a Witch. A Witch of charm and knowledge, who experienced love and loss. A Witch who found herself enthralled and enchanted by the words that were spoken and written. The following is the story of a Witch, and what was said about her, to her, and by her.


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2020 Book Challenge Overview

2020 Book Challenge Overview

Here is the Overview. I know its not necessary, but it is for my record purposes. So here you go.

I didn’t want to overwhelm myself this year. So there were a few reading challenges that I liked (Out of your comfort zone, cloak and dagger, 2020 Reading Challenge) but I’m not reading for them. For the Master list of Reading Challenges, go here. You will probably find a bunch of fun reading challenges there!


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December Review Archive

December Review Archive

A complete Archive of all reviews from the month of December (2019):

Total Number of Reviews : 13

          Books : 10

          Novellas : 0

          Series Reviews : 3

          Series Reading Time Reviews: 0

           Poetry : 0


BOOKS

Folk of the Air Series Review by Holly Black

The Greatcoat Series Review by Sebastien De Castell

Trusted by K.C. Glass

Burned by K.C. Glass

Stolen by K.C. Glass

Savage by Nicole Conway

Harbringer by Nicole Conway

Bright Star by Erin Swan

The Hunting of the Last Dragon by Sherryl Jordan

Fallen Isle Trilogy by Jodi Meadows
Before She Ignites
As She Ascends
When She Reigns


I got a lot of reviews out this month. That’s pretty awesome, actually. That’s what happens when you post three reviews each week, I suppose. lol.

Until Next Time!

MM