Throne of Glass Book Tag

The year was 2016, I was struggling with my mental health and I had just dipped my toes into the world of high fantasy fiction. Having just finished Throne of Glass, I quickly became obsessed with the genre and swept away by the story of a would-be assassin’s fight for freedom.

But it wasn’t long before I realized that nobody in my personal life wanted to hear me rave about this book. I needed to find my people. And so, Books and Tea Leave – the blog that would eventually become Reading by Starlight – was created. You can see that I owe Miss Maas a lot.

So while we wait for her new book Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood, let’s have some fun with The Throne of Glass Book Tag. Before I get into the questions, I have to send some love to Carly from Reading is My Kind of Thing. Carly is one of my favorite bookish people and I never miss her reviews. Thank you for the tag Carly! ❤

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Review: The Wicked King by Holly Black

Guard your mortal heart

26032887. sy475 You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world. 

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Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Sharpen your blade. Harden your heart.

26032825. sy475 Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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A Definitive List of My OTP's, Ships and Animated Couples

In true Reading by Starlight tradition, and today being Valentine’s Day *cough, cough Singles Awareness cough*, it’s time to celebrate the season of love with yet another list of fictional couples. Let me tell you, this one’s going to be a fun time. And may or may not be the result of too much red wine.

Animated crushes. Don’t sit there and pretend you have never been sexually attracted to one because – lies! Look, it’s not something to be embarrassed or ashamed of. Fact: animated characters are Hot™.

Anyway, what I’m getting at here is although we’re officially talking about my favorite animated couples probably 70% of this post is just me lusting after animated men. As you do. Be prepared for some ogling and side-tracking. You have been warned.

Let’s get weird. Remember – judgement free zone. 😉

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Review: Nexus by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

37971411. sy475 Her ship is gone, her crew is captured and notorious mercenary Androma Racella is no longer the powerful Bloody Baroness, but a fugitive ruthlessly hunted across the Mirabel Galaxy. The bloodthirsty Queen Nor now rules most of the galaxy through a mind-control toxin and she’ll stop at nothing to destroy her most hated adversary.

Andi will risk anything, even her precious freedom, to find a cure. Stranded with her unlikely ally, Dex, on the unforgiving ice planet of Solera, their plan to infiltrate a black-market city proves dangerously irresistible.

Back in Arcardius, Nor’s actions have opened Mirabel to invasion. As Andi’s crew fights to regain their freedom, Andi and Dex discover a threat far greater than anything they’ve faced before.

Only by saving their mortal enemy can the crew of the Marauder make one last desperate strike to save the galaxy—unaware that a shattering, centuries-old secret may demand the most wrenching sacrifice of all

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Review: Well Met by Jen DeLuca

All’s faire in love and war

43189874. sy475 Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?

The faire is Simon’s family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn’t have time for Emily’s lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she’s in her revealing wench’s costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they’re portraying?

This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can’t seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon, or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek.

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Birthday Surprises & Pocahontas Vibes: January 2020 Wrap-Up

So first thing on the agenda – I need to apologize for my unexpected, totally unplanned hiatus this week. Yes, that’s right – I’m back.

Basically January has been a solid month. [and what a month indeed]. The only reason I’ve had the chance to catch my breath the past few days is because I’ve been suffering through a bad viral infection and had to take a few days off work. Just imagine me coped up in bed, read nose and all, drowning in a sea of tissues. Not attractive.

But, my complete and utter run-down-ness aside, January has brought some pretty unexpected adventures. So let’s get into my reading month…

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