The Wicked King Review || A Fantastic Dark Faerie Tale

38237340Jude 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 biddable. 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 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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“Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to.” 

This book has emotionally destroyed me. Idek how to live anymore. What is life??? I finished this book all of, like, 24 hours ago, and I’ve been thinking about it constantly nonstop for the past 24 hours and I was dreaming about it last night and it was on my mind all through the tests I was taking today and I just don’t know how to function anymore. Also, am willing and ready to sell a kidney and/or my soul to get my hands on the next book…

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The Wicked King picks up five months after The Cruel Prince ended, with Jude now the power behind the throne, Cardan the High King of Faerieland, and Oak out in the human world. Jude has quickly learned that seizing power is so much harder than holding on to it, as she struggles to find a way to continue manipulating Cardan and gets tangled in political webs and schemes of power.

The beginning of the last book actually annoyed me a little because it seemed a bit childish, like school drama, so I couldn’t quite give it five stars. Well. This book jumps right into the action and skips all that and it’s SO AMAZING FROM PAGE ONE!!!!

Jude is the most amazing person and I love her so much omg. She’s so morally grey. She does some things that I don’t really agree with, she’s completely ruthless, she’s always scheming. But also she does some things that are absolutely amazing, and can have noble intentions, and I absolutely can’t help but to root for and love her!! She’s such a perfect fabulous Slytheryn and I take my hat off to this girl, the badass-est of all the baddies.

Cardan is equally amazing! He is just as grey, and I’m always wondering just what exactly is going on in his head. He’s still cruel, like pretty much all the faeries, but also at times I feel like he’s just a big softie on the inside?? But just as I start thinking that he goes and does something and I’m like wHAT how dARE YOU??

Also, let’s just talk about the romance between Jude and Cardan. Because I SHIP IT 200% omg I love love love them soooo much!! One scene (you know if you’ve read ;)) was just so aahhhhhh I need to read about these two forever!! I didn’t really like the romance that much in the first book, but they’ve both really developed and changed, and become much closer to each other in the dangerous game of politics they play, close to the point of almost trusting…but never trust a faerie…asoidfjlkofjid. (This review is so incomprehensible but I just love this book so much it’s hard to articulate.) I feel like in a lot of YA books, romance overshadows everything and the protagonists are so annoying that they’re constantly thinking about love when their world is about to blow up but this book was definitely not that it did the romance perfectly!! It was just enough, tucked away behind all the action and scheming, just enough to make you desperate for more without becoming overwhelming and annoying.

The world Black has built here is just so amazing!! We get to learn even more about the complex faerie world and the politics that make it work, both above the land and below the sea!! There are still those amazing cameos from Black’s other books and I’ve read the Tithe books but a long time ago and I think I definitely need to reread them to remember how much I love them but also I still remember enough to be absolutely distraught at points…

Everyone in this book is so, well, wicked and cruel; ready to stab their friends in the back at a second’s notice. There was so much crazy stuff happening in this book and I saw basically NONE of it coming!! Just like the last book I feel like I can’t even say oh wow there was that great plot twist because it wasn’t even just one plot twist but twist after twist after twist on a twisty turvy path that was basically taking all the breath out of my lungs!! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, turning pages so fast because I was so stressed out on behalf of the characters and I needed to know what was going to happen and just when I would figure out one thing, another betrayal or twist would shock me and I just. Can’t. Even.

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5 stars

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All Of My Book Boyfriends I Can Think Of Right Now || Ft. Incomprehensible Squealing

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Hello! So you may have noticed that today is Valentines Day! If you’re like me, that means absolutely nothing because #singlelife amirite and honestly the best part of Valentines Day is the day after when all the chocolate goes on sale!!

Anyways, despite being forever alone, I do enjoy romancy books, and I do have quite a few book boyfriends. So I decided why not squeal in an incomprehensible way about how much I love them??

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Kaz Brekker

from Six of Crows

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  • aoisjdfklaoisjdfkl
  • I love him so much
  • Life dealt him such a hard hand and he’s secretly just a smol tortured boy who needs a little love??
  • But also hes so ruthless and I’d be lying if I said I don’t like reading about bad boys
  • But like actual Kaz Brekker bad boys not like wimpy watered down high school bad boys because high school boys < kaz brekker
  • But you know what if something needs to be done he’ll get it done and that’s a trait that’s really valuable in people you know
  • tbh idek why I love him so much just accept it and move on

 

Peter Kavinsky

from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

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  • I mean he’s gorgeous isn’t he??
  • The way he gets Lara Jean out of her shell and gets her to really live her best life is so amazing omg I need someone like that in my life because I honestly live in my bed why get out of bed when you could be lying in bed??
  • Also he read Harry Potter for Lara Jean owiasjfldk get a boy who will read Harry Potter for you (although ngl it would be preferable if the boy had already read HP because everyone should have already read HP they should come out of the womb quoting HP)
  • He bakes with Lara Jean!! He bakes for Lara Jean!!!! He goes to get the perfect choco chip cookie for her!!! I need someone like that in my life so I don’t end up getting fat from eating all my cake (except I’m okay with eating all my cake bc its delicioso)
  • He’s so good with Kitty awww

 

Carswell Thorne

from Cress

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  • I LOVE THIS GUY SO MUCH
  • He’s so hilarious omg I love his cocky attitude it’s the actual best he cracks me up I need this personality in my life
  • He’s so confident in himself even when he shouldn’t be loll and I love itttt
  • But also even though he seems so egotistical at first he’s secretly willing to put himself into so much danger to help save the world
  • He’s the best enough said

 

Rhysand

from A Court of Mist and Fury

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  • I mean don’t we all swoon over Rhys a little? (or a lot)
  • Seriously he cares about Feyre so much its so sweet
  • But also not just Feyre he cares so much about his inner circle and the people important to him are really really important to him
  • Also he’s lowkey secretly a feminist promoting his High Lady of the Night Court stuff when nobody else would
  • Also he’s willing to suffer so much just to protect everyone he takes the weight of the world onto his shoulders so I must protect him

 

Michael Moscovitz

from The Princess Diaries

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  • PSA: enough people have read this isn’t not that popular but tbh I love it way way way more than the movie
  • He’s such a nerd and I’m such a nerd and also nerds are the best people
  • Seriously he has such interesting intellectual conversations and thoughts I would love talking with him
  • But also he’s so sweet and designs an amazing Beauty and the Beast computer thing for Mia because he lurvessss her
  • Also he’s a dog person and also he’s so good with little kids ie Rocky such a sweetieeee

 

Cardan

from The Cruel Prince

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  • Ngl I wasn’t feeling him so much after I read The Cruel Prince but after reading The Wicked King I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY SOUL
  • He’s such a scheming bastard and cruel and wicked I guess but I still love him anyway again with the badboy thing
  • Because I can tell secretly he’s also a smol bean who wants to be loved and wants to prove his worth and trust???
  • Also I don’t know if I can forgive him after the ending of The Wicked King but I trust Holly Black will let me love him again so I’ll keep loving him for now

 

Darian

from Geekerella

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  • He’s such a geek I am a geek geeks are the best people around honestly
  • Seriously I could spend so much time fangirling with him and it would be AMAZING
  • Like he secretly is such a fanboy and knows all the quotes and goes to the cons and its great
  • Also there is the fact that he’s a famous hot actor with insured abs
  • And he’s basically prince charming to cinderella and ily prince charming sweep me off my feet to disneyland pls and ty

 

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Let’s Chat

Who are some of your favorite book boyfriends? Do you love these bois as much as I do? I’d love to chat in the comments below ❤

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Top Ten Tuesday || Favorite Book Couples (Ship! Ship! Ship!)

Top Ten Tuesday is a book blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s prompt is Favorite Couples in Books! Actually, last year for the Valentines Day-ish TTT, I did My OTPs, which is basically the same thing! So this year I’m going to do some of my new favorite couples from books I’ve read since then so I’m not repetitive!

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1. Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows | This is one of the best series ever and one of the best couples ever! And I love them separately too and I just love them all around ahh!

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2. Simon and Blue from Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda | Simon is the most pure perfect boy ever and I love Blue as well and they are too cute!

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3. Feyre and Rhysand from the ACOTAR trilogy |I mean, who doesn’t swoon over Rhys??

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4. Cath and Levi from Fangirl | This is one of my favorite contemporaries and I love these two so much! Cath reading to Levi is just so adorable asildjfk

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5. Elle and Darian from Geekerella | Oh gosh these two make my little geeky heart soar get yourself someone who’s as much of a nerd as you = pure love

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6. Jude and Cardan from The Cruel Prince | These two are so amazing and perfect omg I didn’t like them that much in Cruel Prince but after reading Wicked King I have no words perfection.

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7. Charlie and Alyssa from Queen of Geek | Ahh these two are too cute I love them!

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8. Amy and Roger from Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour | This is such an amazing fun summery road trip book with the perfect otp in it!!

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9. Tana and Gavriel from The Coldest Girl in Coldtown | Holly Black’s older books are so underrated because ahh I love this ship so much it’s vampires done right.

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10. Lina and Ren from Love and Gelato | Because who doesn’t love a ship whose experiences are full of food??

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Who are some of your favorite book couples? If you love any of mine, let’s fangirl over them together!! I’d love to chat in the comments below ❤

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Who are some of your favorite ships? Which is your favorite pair from Six of Crows: Kaz and Inej, Nina and Matthias, or Wylan and Jesper?? I’d love to chat in the comments below ❤

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Nightblood Review || A Terrible Romance In An Incredible Fantasy

36139392Ruby’s world has changed more than she ever could have imagined. She’s in love with a powerful Frost King. She’s the heir to the Fire Throne. And she may be a Nightblood–the spawn of a vengeful deity hellbent on releasing his wraithlike Minax from their prison. Once freed, these beasts will roam the earth, devouring every last person until he or she is nothing but an empty husk. But Ruby is able to control the Minax to a degree, and now she, her beloved Arcus, and her friend Kai must find a way to bring Frostbloods and Firebloods–sworn enemies–together to make a stand against a foe more deadly than any they’ve faced.

In this heart-pounding finale of Elly Blake’s gorgeously written and action-packed Frostblood Saga, the fate of Frostbloods, Firebloods, and all of humanity is at stake.

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The romance and love triangle in this is absolutely terrible and reminds me of Twilight. There. I said it. Now come burn me for my unpopular opinion lol.

I don’t know how this happened guys. I absolutely loved Arcus in Frostblood, the first book of the trilogy! In this book though…  Arcus is terrible, and way too controlling. He won’t let Ruby do anything, even when she’s doing it for the greater good, to be selfless and save the entire world, he’s like nOPE. You aren’t doing this because you might get hurt. The only rare occasion when he’ll consider allowing her to do anything is when he’s with her, because apparently she can’t be trusted to be independent and strong on her own terms–no, Arcus thinks she can only accomplish anything when he’s there. He’s so controlling that Ruby has to lie to him on numerous occasions, lie to the person who “loves” her.

Furthermore, she is actively scared to lie to him and go against him, worried that he’s going to freak out and make a ruckus over her actually doing anything. She even puts herself in danger because of this!! In literally the first chapter of the book, Ruby is shown to sleepwalk and have nightmares often, and almost throws herself over the side of a ship and dies, but won’t allow guards or people to watch outside her door and make sure she doesn’t, you know, fall off the ship and die in her sleep, because she’s worried Arcus will know she’s suffering and freak out. Furthermore, one time she’s terribly sick and delirious, but doesn’t want Arcus to know because she’s worried about his reaction.

FURTHemore, Arcus doesn’t trust her to do anything. He acts all jealous and manipulative, and when Ruby has to kiss someone else in a terrifying and unpleasant situation necessary to help save the world, he doesn’t let her explain, assuming the worst of her. And when she says cruel things to him because she is possessed outside of her own accord, instead of helping her through it, he hurts her and leaves her.

I am so hardcore Team Kai guys. Kai is the one to push her to be her best, to let herself feel and live, while Arcus is the one she has to tiptoe around because he’s always trying to control her. But this book makes it very clear just like it did at the end of Fireblood that Ruby only has eyes for Arcus. Yet for some reason the book keeps trying to push Kai at her and show he loves her even though it’s very clear she doesn’t feel the same? This is Twilight status, really. Two guys like girl, one of them always trying to control her, but she only likes that guy and the other guy stands no chance but forced love triangle anyways just to love triangle.

Anyway, at this point you may be wondering why I’m spending so much time rambling about romance in a fantasy book. Well, to that I would question why the book spends so much time angsting about romance when it’s supposed to be a fantasy book? The fantasy is amazing! But I feel like every other chapter Ruby is angsting about her love life, with a bunch of stupid arguments and forced conflict, tension, and drama just because. Honestly, this book would be SO MUCH BETTER without any romance or love triangle, ngl.

Aside from that, the stakes are so much higher here than in the past two books and it was amazing! Ruby has really developed and grown as a character so much since the first book, and has to accomplish amazing feats, traveling in search of a mythical isle to defeat a cruel god, all the while fighting against the darkness growing in her, in her very nature.

I loved seeing the mythology and lore of the gods in this book too! We got a bit of backstory in the first two books, but we really get to experience them them in person here, and see the full scope of their powers as Ruby attempts to fight against them. A lot more is revealed about the Minax too, and the strength Ruby must muster to keep it under her control.

The ending of this book was, for the most part, absolutely insane! I was on the edge of my seat, turning pages as quickly as possible to try and discover what would happen next. The ending was so twisty that I definitely didn’t guess or anticipate beforehand what would happen!

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3 stars

 

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Is It Fair To Judge Old Books Based On Today’s Standards? || How Harry Potter Holds Up Today

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Hey friends! I’m coming at you today with another discussion post! I intended to post this one way back in November haha but I kept pushing it back back back so now here we are!

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This one was inspired by someone’s review of Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On that I saw in Goodreads, a glowing review where they praised it, calling it better than J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and pointing out how it fixed all the problems with the latter. Now, it’s no secret that I’m a total Potterhead, so I was a little miffed that anyone could call Carry On better than Harry Potter. Especially since the former is, in my opinion, basically plagiarism!

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Still, the reviewer pointed out several problems with the Harry Potter series. You could argue that there are quite a few, but I think what has clearly stirred up the most upset and controversy over the past few years is the lack of diversity: there are very few people of color, and no lgbtq+ relationships.

To be quite honest, I get a little annoyed when people criticize the books for this lack of diversity.  The books were published in the 90s and early 2000s, and I know that the push for diversity is something that is very recent. If someone published an amazing seven book series of an insane amazing world like that today and everyone was straight and white, I think this would certainly be a problem. The world just isn’t like that! And I will sometimes point that out in my reviews. But for books published in the past where people didn’t really care, I don’t really care either.

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There are so many different types of people in the world, and we should all be represented! But, that just wasn’t as important several years ago, and I definitely don’t think we should fault authors for not being able to see into the future and see what will become important. For all we know, we’re all writing something terrible right now, but it just isn’t an issue yet!

In reviews, I do think that it’s okay to point out the lack of diversity, if you want to. But I definitely don’t think reviewers should leave a nasty review, or take off a star in their rating, for not being up to the standards of today!

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Let’s Chat

What do you think? Is it fair to judge older books based off recent standards? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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