Top 5 Books I Read In Fall!

Hello world! Today is the first day of Winter and my birthday!! Besides that, here is a list of the Top 5 books I read this fall!! I read so many books that it was hard to choose which ones I really liked. Anyways here is my list:

  1. 635616865883334429-Winter-3-10-15Winter by Marissa Meyer

Synopsis: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

I thought it was amazing! I am satisfied with the ending of the series. I am going to preorder Stars Above soon.

2. Six-of-Crows Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Synopsis: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

I can’t wait for the second book! I thought this book was amazing for being the first one in a series! I am really looking forward to the sequel.

3. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoskithe winner's crime

Synopsis: Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement… if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

I really liked this book. I love it so much and I did feel frustrated when I read this. The struggles of complicated relationship. That ending left me devastated. I can’t wait to preorder the final book. I hope to get the original cover for the third book and not the new cover.

4. Worlds Of Ink And Shadow by Lena Coakley

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Synopsis: Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been inseparable. After all, nothing can bond four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage out on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict upbringing, actually transporting them into their created worlds: the glittering Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. But at what price? As Branwell begins to slip into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters—the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna—refuse to let them go.

Gorgeously written and based on the Brontës’ juvenilia, Worlds of Ink & Shadow brings to life one of history’s most celebrated literary families.

I really enjoyed reading this book! I thought it was quirky and I loved that it was based on the Bronte siblings. It was fun and imaginative!

5. An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Synopsis: Laia is a slave.

Elias is a soldier.

Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

One of the most overhyped books this year. I liked it, but I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. The characters are interesting, but I do want to continue reading this series. I really like the characters, and I kinda ship everyone.

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: Book Review

“There are two kinds of guilt. The kind that’s a burden and the kind that gives you purpose. Let your guilt be your fuel. Let it remind you of who you want to be. Draw a line in your mind. Never cross it again. You have a soul. It’s damaged but it’s there. Don’t let them take it from you.”

☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆ Goodreads Synopsis: Laia is a slave.

Elias is a soldier.

Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

Commentary: An Ember In The Ashes had a lot of hype earlier this year. I was hesitant to read it just because it would not live up to the hype like Red Queen or A Court Of Thorns And Roses. After reading the book, it was certainly entertaining, but still did not live up to the hype for me. It’s not my favorite book of this year, but  I do love how the book is set in ancient times. The book was really boring in the beginning, I considered dropping it. Once the trials were announced, that’s when everything got exciting. All those trials were extremely harsh. If I had to pick a favorite one, it would be the one where the aspirants were fighting magical creatures. ⤴︎ ε=ε=(ง ˃̶͈̀ᗨ˂̶͈́)۶ ⤴︎

I actually enjoy the love square in this book. I really liked Elias and Laia together, but I hope their relationship develops more in the sequel. My favorite part had to be during the Moon festival, such a cute moment between those two. But, that’s not my favorite couple, I actually like Laia with Keenan more because it felt that they had more chemistry with each other. I loved the love-hate relationship they had. Though I have a feeling  my pairing might not be endgame. I also liked the Helene and Elias relationship, though it was super complex. I feel Helene balances out Elias more than Laia. I feel pity for Helene because Elias is her unrequited love, and its must be really tough for her to witness Elias falling for Laia. Helene tried to look after Elias, but Elias kept misunderstanding her actions and it was a bit frustrating. I still feel he has romantic feelings for Helene, still hoping that Elias-Helene are end game. (╥╯θ╰╥)

Helene was amazing. She was a badass with a magical singing ability that can heal people. My goodness, she was great. My favorite character from this book, I liked her more than the two protagonists. As much as I like Helene, I did feel she was too naive. She kept putting her trust in the Empire and the Augurs, instead of her own judgement. Helene’s mission during the trials was to ensure Elias wins. She was willing to be used as a pawn in order for Elias to prevent his death. As noble as Helene is, she is also too ignorant and not compassionate towards Scholars. Because of this, Elias and Helene’s friendship becomes complex than it was before. Another character that I felt was a bit similar to Helene, had to be Laia  because Laia put her trust in the Resistance movement to save her brother without any hesitation, even though Mazen was super shady. Laia took on the mission of becoming a spy in the most dangerous location in that world, Commandant’s house. Laia was used by Mazen, he was never going to free her brother, despite her mother being the Lioness, ex-leader of resistance movement. I really liked how by the end of the novel, Laia was able to become stronger. My second favorite character had to be Izzy. She was the friend that Laia needed, and I was glad that Laia was able to secure Izzy’s freedom from slavery. I hope to see more of Izzy in the sequel. Also, I wish there were more parts with Keenan. ლ(ಠ益ಠლ

I just knew that Mazen was a traitor. ༼ つ ͠° ͟ ͟ʖ ͡° ༽つ From the moment he was introduced, there was something about him that I did not trust. My intuition was right about him. Even when Laia learned that her own brother did not trust the Resistance, that confirmed my suspicions. I find the Commandant really interesting, and I want to know why she became heartless. I want to know her backstory. I really liked her as the villain. I really did not like her, and there was only one moment in the book where I did feel slight pity for her. After finishing the book, I was amazed by how much she knew. She ends up victorious because she uses the Resistance and she has an new Emperor who she can manipulate, this really makes me excited for A Torch Against The Night. ヽ( ★ω★)ノ

There are so many unanswered questions!  ( ؕؔʘ̥̥̥̥ ه ؔؕʘ̥̥̥̥ ) First of all, who is Elia’s father? Was the commandant raped by him or did he betray her? Then, there’s also the matter of Cook. Did she end up being the traitor in the resistance that sold out Laia’s parents? What did Laia’s mother do to her to make resent her so much? I have the feeling that Laia’s parents did not die, but are in hiding. Lastly, who is that female augur that was helpful to Laia? I just hope some of these questions will be answered in the next installment. I really hope there are more point of views in the sequel. Hopefully Helene has her own pov since she is now the current Blood Shrike. Would I recommend this series? Yes, even though it was boring in the beginning. Trust me, it gets better as you keep reading.

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Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.7) ☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆