Epic Reads Tea Time Rewind #82

Thursday, 30 October 2014
Hello fellow bookish people of the internet.

Today I'm going to be doing this week's tea time rewind, which is Halloween themed.

Anyway, this week's question of the day came from...well...me. And then I had a massive fangirl attack while Margot was reading out my question and it was all very amazing.

So here's my question: If you could rewrite any book in order to change its genre to horror, which one would you choose and why?

Okay. I volunteer to write this because it needs to be a thing. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer horror story edition.

Imagine if the Lunars were deadly serial killers and that was their gift. How awesome (but scary) would that be? It would make them a thousand times more dangerous and probably no one but them would survive the story, but it would still be really cool to read.

I also second The Selection as a horror story. I'll probably write this as well because it needs to happen. Like now.

If you could give out a book instead of candy, which one would you choose?

When The Selection is rewritten as horror, I'll had it out instead of candy because that would freak everyone out.

What is your favourite Halloween candy?

Easy. Reese's Peanut Butter cups are my favourite. No doubt about it.

Favourite scary book and movie?

Scary book: I don't have one. Maybe one day I will.

Scary movie: I'm not a scary movie person (because I get scared easily) and so, I don't have too many movies to choose from, but I think I'm going to have to go with the Percy Jackson movies. Because those movies were so bad, it was scary.

I guess that's all from me then.

See you all soon with another post!

- Hearts And Crowns

NaNoWriMo 2014

Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Hello bookish people of the internet.

I cannot believe that it's almost November.

Where has the time gone?

Anyway, November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month More information here.) where writing somewhat takes priority over reading, and this is going to be my first year trying. (Go newbies!)

The fact is, writing 50,000 in a month is hard. Like really hard. And I'm scared because November is a busy month and I don't know if I'll get all those words done, but I'm just hoping to write more (which is the ultimate goal here).

So good luck to everyone else doing this because the world needs our novels. And just remember to KEEP ON WRITING!!!

 Well, I'm off to go plan my novel.

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Heist Society Read Along - November 2014

Sunday, 26 October 2014
Hello fellow bookish people of the internet.

Today I have November's read along book (in case you couldn't tell by the title). And it is...Heist Society by Ally Carter!

Now I know that I've already read this one, but it's amazing and I think that more people should read it.

Plus, I want more Hale.

And I haven't read an Ally Carter book since United We Spy came out (and I'm SO excited for All Fall Down) so, I decided what better time to reread Heist Society (because I think I may be a Hale girl (it changes depending on my mood) right now) than right now.

At the end of November/beginning of December, I'll be posting a spoiler-filled review and possibly also a spoiler-free one, so do be sure to check those out when they're up.

Now as for this month's hashtag, it's going to be #HaleStoleMyHeart (get it? Because the book's about thieves) so be sure to tweet/IG/social media stuff your progress.

Here's the book's blurb:

When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.

Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat's father isn't just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.

For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it's a spectacularly impossible job? She's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family's history--and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.


Add it on Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6574102-heist-society?ac=1

Hope you'll all be joining me in (re)reading the book!

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Epic Reads Tea Time Rewind #81

Friday, 24 October 2014
Hello bookish people of the internet!

Did you see the new HarperTeen covers?! They're so pretty (especially The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings and The Heir by Kiera Cass *wink because I love those covers A LOT*)!

Anyway, I really need to check out the new Age of YA infographic because I don't read enough historical YA, purely because I don't like the realistic ones (I'm more of a fantasy person).

About Halloween:

I have absolutely no idea as to which book character I should be and I know that Halloween is one week from today (depends on when you're reading this), but I'm that person that never knows what they are going to be for Halloween until the day before. So if anyone has any ideas, feel free to share.

If there was a book about your life, which author would you want to write it?

I'm sure we're all thinking the about same person, so on the count of three, we'll both say it. Ready?

One.

Two.

Three.

JOHN GREEN!

Bet you didn't see that coming. *wink*

Basically, John would tell my life story all poetically and who doesn't want that?

I know I would.

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

The 100 Season Two Crackpot Theories

Wednesday, 22 October 2014
***WARNING FOR SPOILERS FOR SEASON ONE OF THE 100! DO NOT CONTINUE UNLESS YOU ARE READY TO BE SPOILED FOR SEASON ONE!***



Hello fellow book lovers. In case you didn't know, The 100 season two premieres tonight on the CW and I'm super excited. I know that technically this is a TV Show and not a book, but it's an adaptation of Kass Morgan's novel, The 100. So let's continue with some theories of mine, shall we?

1. Bellamy lives.

While this may seem like an obvious one, I still had to include it. All I'm going to say is that I want more Bellarke.

2. Finn lives.

Even though I hope he's dead, I have this feeling that he survives.

3. The people of Mount Weather are actually nice people who are just scared of the 100.

Even though they are holding them in their quarantine ward, I'm sure they won't actually be evil characters. That would be too obvious.

4. The adults won't find the kids until at least half way into the season.

It's practically a fact that all TV shows like to drag things out, and I wouldn't be surprised if they did everything in their power to keep the Mecca station from finding the 100.

Just one question though: How many of the 100 are left? Because I have no idea anymore.

Please do not post spoilers here for season two, as I do not want to be spoiled before I have watched the episode (which will probably be sometime this week).

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Author Spotlight: Erin Rhew + Giveaway

Monday, 20 October 2014
Hello fellow book lovers.

Today, I am doing an author spotlight on Erin Rhew, Author of The Fulfillment Series: The Prophecy and The Outlanders (which comes out tomorrow!) for her blog tour!

About Erin:
Erin Rhew is an editor, a running coach, and the author of The Fulfillment Series. Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word. She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the "Grammar Police." A Southern girl by blood and birth, Erin now lives in a rainy pocket of Pacific Northwest with the amazingly talented (and totally handsome) writer, Deek Rhew, and their “overly fluffy,” patient-as-a-saint writing assistant, a tabby cat named Trinity. She and Deek enjoy reading aloud to one another, running, lifting, boxing, eating chocolate, and writing side-by-side.   
Find her online:


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About Erin's Books:
The Prophecy (The Fulfilment #1)
Summary: Growing up on a small farm in the kingdom of Vanguard, seventeen-year-old Layla Givens lives a deceptively tranquil existence. But her carefully constructed life quickly falls apart when she’s abducted by a religious zealot who proclaims her The Fulfillment of an ancient peace prophecy and whisks her away to marry her greatest enemy. 

Wilhelm, Prince of the Ethereals, is reluctant to meet his new bride. He's grown up believing Vanguards are evil, an enemy to fight and fear...not love. Can he set aside his prejudices and work alongside Layla to bring lasting peace after centuries of war? 

Nash, a loner who has never fit in, carries a huge secret, one big enough to destroy both kingdoms. When he accidently meets Layla, he’s no longer content to live in the shadows, but he must resist his growing attraction—for her safety and for the longevity of the two kingdoms. 

When Nash's secret is revealed, a firestorm sweeps through both realms, with Layla at the center. Now she must choose between duty and desire while the fate of two nations hangs in the balance. 


The Outlanders (The Fulfillment #2)
Summary: With King Jesper dead and Prince Wilhelm mortally wounded, Halfling prince, Nash, and the Fulfilment, Layla, assume the throne of Etherea. They must contend with a new Prophecy Candidate who asserts her position, and Layla is surprised to find her fate intertwined with this challenger. Facing a myriad of choices, Nash and Layla’s decisions affect not only their own futures but that of two kingdoms.

Unbeknownst to the Ethereals or the Vanguards, a slumbering menace stirs in the south, awakened after centuries of slumber. The mysterious Outlanders, a force shadowed in mystery, sit poised to tip the balance of power, sending ripples of fear throughout both warring kingdoms.

Elder Werrick proved a formidable foe, but Layla may yet meet her match in the monstrous Outlander queen. This mistress of the dark’s plans, rooted in revenge and ancient lore, now threaten the livelihood of all three kingdoms.

Racing against time, Layla travels to the Borderlands—home of the Voltons and Ecclesiastics—to discover as much as she can about the war, the First Ones, and the prophecy itself. Lives teeter in the balance, kingdoms sit on the cusp of ruin, and a beast, greater than any she’s ever faced before, plots a catastrophic attack.  

I would also like to point out that those covers are GORGEOUS and this is a YA fantasy and I love YA fantasy.


 Still not convinced that you should give these books a go? Here's a little sneak peak from The Outlanders:


Everything about Mia felt wrong. The girl, who looked so much like Layla, just happened to be where Samson could find her and came with him to the home of her enemy without any resistance? Whole generations of Ecclesiastics searched for entire lifetimes and never found the Fulfillment, yet Samson encountered two potentials in short succession. She couldn’t pinpoint the reason for her unease, but something tickled the back of her mind, inching toward the surface with painstaking sluggishness.

“I don’t understand why she would just come with you to Etherea.” Layla struggled to keep her voice level and calm to avoid raising Samson’s hackles.

“She didn’t have anywhere else to go. Vance killed her family in Vanguard.”

Layla made a mental note to confirm Samson’s version of the story with the information Nash managed to extract from Mia. “If she’s a Vanguard, why would she come with you to Etherea?”

“You came here,” Samson shot back, his inexplicable protectiveness for the mystery girl heightening her concern.
She treaded with care. “Well, some insane man in a black and purple robe stole my brother, so I didn’t really have a choice.”
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Also, author spotlights/blog tours and other cool book bloggery things like that can now all be found on the "Exciting Stuff" page. I know, it needs a better name so if you have any suggestions, please let me know! 

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Okay, so I know that now you all want to read more. I get it. I do too. So here is a longer excerpt from The Outlanders:


Everything about Mia felt wrong. The girl, who looked so much like Layla, just happened to be where Samson could find her and came with him to the home of her enemy without any resistance? Whole generations of Ecclesiastics searched for entire lifetimes and never found the Fulfillment, yet Samson encountered two potentials in short succession. She couldn’t pinpoint the reason for her unease, but something tickled the back of her mind, inching toward the surface with painstaking sluggishness.

“I don’t understand why she would just come with you to Etherea.” Layla struggled to keep her voice level and calm to avoid raising Samson’s hackles.

“She didn’t have anywhere else to go. Vance killed her family in Vanguard.”

Layla made a mental note to confirm Samson’s version of the story with the information Nash managed to extract from Mia. “If she’s a Vanguard, why would she come with you to Etherea?”

“You came here,” Samson shot back, his inexplicable protectiveness for the mystery girl heightening her concern.
She treaded with care. “Well, some insane man in a black and purple robe stole my brother, so I didn’t really have a choice.”
Mia stared at the young man before her with a mixture of curiosity and weariness. She understood why others found him so handsome—rich, dark hair and those shocking green eyes. If she succeeded, he would be her…she stopped herself, determined to keep her mind clear. She had to give off an air of mystery, to lure the Ethereals into her web so they followed her plan. More than anything, she needed them to follow her plan, so much depended on it. She could not slip up. She could not make a mistake.
Taking a steadying breath, she refocused her thoughts and slid her amethyst colored eyes across the prince in front her. She wouldn’t even think his name or give any indication she already knew about him. She had to forget how much she’d been told about him…how much she’d been told about them all. Feigning ignorance factored into her plan.
“Who are you?” he asked, after spending an inordinate amount of time regarding her.
She noted how his gaze bounced from her eyes to her hair and back again. As planned, her appearance intrigued him. Though he’d asked a different question, she heard the real one layered beneath it. He wanted to know why she resembled the proclaimed Fulfillment. That question would then lead him to an inevitable one…could Mia be the Fulfillment instead of Layla? And if she were the Fulfillment, what did that mean for him? For Wil? For Layla?
“I’m Mia.” She almost grinned, pleased she’d answered his question but given him nothing more. When his lips twisted, her grin broke into a full smile at his evident irritation. “And you are?”
He hesitated. “Nash, brother of the king.”
“The injured king?” He flinched, a subtle movement most might miss, but she caught it.
“According to our friend, Samson, you’re an Outlander.”
“He found me in the Outlands.” The less Nash knew, the better.
Frustration flickered across his face, marring his otherwise handsome features. She smiled to herself, not trusting his patience should her lips turn up yet again.
“Sooo,” he dragged out the word. “Are you an Outlander?”
“No. I’m a Vanguard.”
Nash cocked his head to the right. “Why were you in the Outlands then?”
“I went to escape Vance’s oppression.” Mia stared at the wall behind him until her vision blurred. She willed tears to form. Given the pressure she’d been under, summoning them proved easier than she expected. When the familiar tight burning started near her lids, she blinked at the prince. He shifted in his seat. Mia wanted to snort at his reaction. Tears always made men uncomfortable. “Vance killed my family.” She paused and swallowed, hoping he believed she needed a moment to collect herself. “I ran as far as I could and ended up in the Outlands. Samson found me.”
Nash cleared his throat and shifted again; she increased the flow of her tears in reply. “What do you know about the Outlands?”
“Very little.” She sniffed. Looking as pathetic as she could manage, she attempted to wipe her eyes, an impossible feat given her bound hands. Nash frowned as his gaze landed on her restraints. She bid him to unbind her hands, and for a moment, she believed he might. To her disappointment, he gripped the side of his chair until his knuckles turned white and left her tied up. Mia ground her teeth.
“Do you believe you are the Fulfillment?” Nash kept his voice steady despite the turmoil she read upon his face.
Mia waited a moment to respond, both to further escalate his frustration and to collect herself. In this moment, she needed to be most convincing, to begin what she’d been tasked to set in motion. She gestured with her chin, drawing Nash’s attention to the blazing “F” upon her upper arm. The dark purple birthmark matched the shade of her eyes.
“The First Ones speak for themselves.”
Nash shook his head. “It’s too obvious.”
Mia’s head jerked back. She struggled to maintain her composure as his reaction, so unexpected, derailed her careful planning. Her mind racing, she grappled for a response.
“Too obvious?”
“Yes. See, Mia—” His clear distaste tainted the sound of her own name. “I know about the First Ones.”
“Who do you think you are? An Ecclesiastic?” She smirked at him, acting like she retained complete control, but her insides knotted. She couldn’t lose her ability to direct the conversation.
To her surprise, Nash laughed, though she noted no pleasure in it. “The Prophecy states, ‘In a time of war, when the land is divided amongst the two, she, with raven black hair, purple eyes, and a special blessing from the First Ones shall bring peace.’”
“I think everyone in the three kingdoms and in the Borderlands is familiar with The Prophecy.” Mia rolled her eyes for effect. “What’s your point?”
“My point is, the special blessing wouldn’t be something as simple as a birthmark. If it were, the First Ones would have just said raven black hair, purple eyes, and an ugly purple ‘F’ on the upper arm.” He flicked his hand toward her arm. “Special blessing is vague, indicating something mysterious. There is nothing mysterious about your birthmark.”
Mia’s heart pounded as she felt the tables turn and the conversation slip away. “And there is something mysterious about her?”
The word her hung between them for a moment. Mia took another deep breath, worrying she’d pushed him too far. Beneath his shirt, she saw Nash’s muscles ripple and hoped she’d managed to touch a new nerve.
Mia clenched her teeth. She hated acting this way, so out of character, but she had to press on. No one could know the truth. She had to win this game…

My Guide To Navigating The Fantasy Genre

Saturday, 18 October 2014
What is fantasy? What's the difference between high and low fantasy? What is urban fantasy anyway and what makes it different from paranormal?

Well, you're about to find out.

(Just a quick disclaimer, I don't know everything about the genre. This is more general characteristics.)

What is fantasy?

Fantasy books are books that involve magic and/or other supernatural phenominons that do not exist in our world. They can also involve fantastical creatures such as dragons, and/or take place in another world. Generally, the genre tends to avoid scientific and technological themes.

What is the difference between high, middle, and low fantasy?

While there is still much debate and there are plenty of exceptions, these are the main differences between the three:

High Fantasy:
  • Takes place in another world without our world even existing.
  • The rules in this other world are different from ours.
  • Usually one hero who is of mysterious origin.
  • Deals with the whole "Good vs. Evil" concept.
  • Examples include: Lord of the Rings, A Game of Thrones, Throne of Glass, and A Girl of Fire and Thorns.
Low/Middle Fantasy:
  • Can have a world within our world, or have a portal to enter the other world.
  • Has fantastical elements.
  • Can take place in our world or a fictional one, but the world has rational laws.
  • Examples include: Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, and The Chronicles of Narnia.
I know that some people place these low fantasy titles in high fantasy, but to me, they seem more mid to low fantasy.

Sword And Sorcery (A.K.A. Heroic Fantasy)

In sword and sorcery, it's more about a sword-wielding hero and his personal struggle as opposed to him saving the world. It also involves a lot of action and adventure.

Urban Fantasy Vs. Paranormal

These books are set in the real world (no matter the time period) and involve fantastical elements. They may discover mythological and/or paranormal creatures, and other otherworldly beings. They also must take place in a city.

Unlike paranormal, which has no definitive place in the real world where it must take place. In paranormal, there is a bigger focus on romance, while urban fantasy focuses more on "good vs. evil" and saving the world.

Examples of paranormal include: Twilight, Fallen, Vampire Academy, and Sweet Evil, while examples of urban fiction include: The Mortal Instruments, Need, and The Infernal Devices.

I hope that helps you all navigate the fantasy genre. If you feel there is anything I missed, or you want me to explain anything else fantasy related, let me know. If you want me to do this for another genre, let me know as well.

Also, Monday is my stop on Erin Rhew's blog tour for her new book, The Outlanders, (which is also fantasy) so do be sure to check that out.

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Epic Reads Tea Time Rewind #80

Thursday, 16 October 2014
Hello fellow book nerds. Today I'm doing my (very short) Tea Time Rewind.

So in case you didn't know, we could not watch Tea Time due to technical difficulties, but that doesn't mean that I'm not doing a Rewind.

1. What was the first high fantasy story you fell in love with?

Now I'm almost positive that I've told you all before, but if not, Graceling by Kristin Cashore made me fall in love with high fantasy. If you haven't read it yet, I highly suggest you go do so right now.

2. What is the difference between high, medium, and low fantasy? And what's urban fantasy and magic realism and a book that just has magic?

I feel like this question needs a post of its own, so I'll write one and it'll probably be up sometime within the next week.

In the meantime, just know that high fantasy means strictly another world with magical/fantastical elements, while mid to low fantasy has to do more with our world. I'll link that post here when it's up.

One more thing, you see that page/tabby thing up there that says, "Exciting Stuff"? Well, can you please click on it for me? (Don't worry, you won't miss much if you go there now.)

Until next time,

- Hearts And Crowns

The Death Code

Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Yesterday, Lindsay Cummings posted the cover for The Death Code, which is the sequel to The Murder Complex if you didn't know, on her Instagram. And it's super pretty. I really like the paint-like effect and the colours are stunning. Even though I knew for a fact that this cover would have to be blue (gut feeling), I never imagined it would be this gorgeous!


Now together with The Murder Complex.


These books are going to look so gorgeous next to each other on my shelf in April. Also, if anyone would like to give it to me now, please let me know because I really want this book!

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Epic Reads Tea Time Rewind #79

Sunday, 12 October 2014
Hello. I hope your weekend is going well (or day if you're not reading this on a weekend). Today, I'm doing my weekly Tea Time Rewind. (Also, my Sardothien September Reviews for Heir of Fire (both with spoilers and without) are up on my blog in case you didn't know.)

Now without further ado, here is my rewind:

1. What are you currently reading?

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings for my #ReadTMC read along. And (of course), I'm absolutely loving it! If you've already read the book, please don't spoil me. Thank you in advanced.

2. What book do you think would taste the best as food?

Well, definitely not The Murder Complex. To me, that would be like drinking blood and I am not a vampire.

I don't think I've ever read a book that would taste good in food-form, but I'm going to go with The Hunger Games because I imagine it would taste like fire (Does fire even taste like anything? Probably not.), which would be interesting to try. Or it would taste like nothing and I'd still be hungry afterwards.

Speaking of that trilogy, I would also like to take this time to admit that I was basically the last person in the universe to read The Hunger Games, which I don't mind because I, as I've mentioned before, didn't end up liking them.

3. If you had three wishes, what would they be?

  1. I would want an endless amount of money so I could by as many books as I want.
  2. I would want the ability to go without sleep but never be tired or look tired.
  3. I would want to add an extra five hours to each day for reading.
4. What is your favourite fairy tale?

That's easy. It's Beauty and the Beast because I WANT THAT LIBRARY! And because Belle reads.

Lastly, I am SO excited for the fantasy discussion next week because I LOVE fantasy books. Especially young adult ones. (If You Like YA Fantasy hopefully coming soon!)

Until next time,

- Hearts And Crowns

Review Of Heir of Fire - Sardothien September - Read Along Book

Thursday, 9 October 2014
Hello bookish people of the internet. Today I'm doing my SPOILER-FILLED review (again, SPOILER-FILLED) on Heir of Fire for the Sardothien September Read Along! This book was amazing so amazing, so once again, this review contains SPOILERS. A spoiler-free review for this book is here.

Book: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sequel, Magic
Cover:











Rating: 10000000000000000000000000000000000000/5 Stars (It was that good!)

Summary: Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

***WARNING THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD BOOKS. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THRONE OF GLASS, CROWN OF MIDNIGHT, AND HEIR OF FIRE YET, LEAVE NOW AND COME BACK WHEN YOU HAVE.***

Review: Rowan is basically my new favourite character in the entire series. "To whatever end." Yep, that pretty much describes my love for him. Also, his character development was amazing. And if you don't like him, clearly we weren't reading the same book, or you haven't finished it and you're here to spoil yourself.

Did anyone else think Lord of the Rings when Athril's ring was used as a bargaining chip against Maeve? Like "one ring to rule them all" all over again. Don't get me wrong, I thought it was quite clever if that was what Sarah was going for.

I WANT A WYVERN! LIKE NOW! If anyone knows where I can sign up to become an Ironteeth witch, please let me know. Manon is so cool and I want a wyvern like Abraxos (also RIP Keelie).

Aedion and Celaena/Aelin (what should I call her now?) have to meet in the next book. I will be extremely disappointed if they don't.

Also, Sorscha and Dorian were meant to be and if the King of Adarlan (who still needs a name, by the way) hadn't killed her, they would have ended up together. Why Sarah? Why? I wanted them to be together so badly.

One last thing, did anyone else think of Ansel (Assassin and the Desert) when Manon mentioned the queen in witch kingdom? Because Ansel and Arobynn in the next books are going to be awesome.

Overall, I need the next book now. So if anyone ever wants to give it to me, I'll be more than willing to take it.

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Review Of Heir of Fire

Tuesday, 7 October 2014
This one is spoiler-free for Heir of Fire but will contain spoilers for Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, so go read those two and come back. My spoiler-filled one will be up soon.

Book: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sequel, Magic
Cover:











Rating: 10000000000000000000000000000000000000/5 Stars (It was that good!)

Summary: Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

***WARNING THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST AND SECOND BOOKS. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THRONE OF GLASS AND CROWN OF MIDNIGHT YET, LEAVE NOW AND COME BACK WHEN YOU HAVE.***

Review: This book is quite possibly even better than the first two books. Seriously though, I loved this book so much that I think I'm going to have to reread it soon. Okay...maybe not soon (because as we all know, I have WAY too many books on my TBR pile), but eventually I will.

As you all may or may not know, there is a man who goes by the name of Rowan in this book and he is one of my new favourite characters of all time. He is so likeable that even if you think you're not going to like him, you will by the end of the book.

And Celaena was just as awesome as she was in the first two books. If you were interested in learning more about her history (especially after the ending of Crown of Midnight), then you're in luck. We learn more about her childhood and her history, providing her with a new level of relatability

I would also like to point out that Maas's writing just gets better and better with each book.

Overall, there is a reason this book has been getting such rave reviews. You won't be disappointed if you choose to pick this one up!

There is so much more I want to tell you, hence why I'll be posting a review/discussion with spoilers soon so do be on the lookout for that!

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Epic Reads Tea Time Rewind #78

Sunday, 5 October 2014
This tea time rewind is dedicated to all you fangirls and fanboys reading this right now. As I'm sure we all know, fandoms rock. So that's what we're taking about. Fandoms.

If I could read any book all over again for the first time, I'd pick The Fault in Our Stars. Actually, no. I lied. TFiOS is too sad for the purposes of rereading.

So I think I'm going to go with The Assassin's Blade and thus, the entire Throne of Glass series (because if you don't read the prequel first, you're not going to get the references). When I read the book, it was still four novellas (think several months before Crown of Midnight came out) instead of the five that are in The Assassin's Blade. I just think that having The Assassin and the Healer (which I did later read) to read between Pirate Lord and Desert makes more sense because the time gap between them is fairly big.

As for the possible 4:30 time change, if we have to change it, can we do something more along the lines of 4:00/4:15? Personally, I like the earlier time slot because Tea Time runs between half an hour to a full one and I'd rather finish at 4:30 than start at that time.

My Fandoms are:

I can't do this. I AM A PART OF TOO MANY FANDOMS TO LIST ALL OF THEM FOR YOU ALL!

If you want to join a fandom, then join it. If you consider yourself a part of a fandom, then you are a part of it. No one can tell you whether or not you are a part of it or not. Fandoms are communities that are welcoming to everyone and anyone.

Let me know some of your fandoms below and don't forget to subscribe/follow (to your right).

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Ten Bookish Questions

Friday, 3 October 2014
Here are ten bookish questions along with my answers to them.

1. Do you ever reread books?

Rarely. I like new books whose endings I do not know.

2. Big books or small books?

Big books. The more words, the better.

3. Hunger Games or Maze Runner?

I've never actually been able to finish The Maze Runner, so by default, Hunger Games.

4. High fantasy or low fantasy?

High fantasy.

5. Have you read The Mortal Instruments?

I've tried reading City of Bones, but didn't finish it because there were other, better books I wanted to read.

6. Last book you bought?

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken.

7. Part of any fandoms?

Yes. I am a Selectioner, Gallagher Girl, Throne of Glass fan (insert what we're called because I really don't know), part of the TFiOS fandom *the feels*, and plenty of others.

8. A book/series you wish had a larger fandom?

I'm going to go with the Crewel trilogy by Gennifer Albin.

9. Thoughts on contemporaries?

Not the biggest fan but I will read certain ones on occasion. Especially those written by John Green.

10. What's your Goodreads?

https://www.goodreads.com/HeartsAndCrowns

So there you have it! Ten bookish questions all answered.

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

It's HorrorTober!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Hello everyone! How are you all doing?

I honestly cannot believe that it's October. Seriously though, where did September go?

At least The Blood of Olympus, Unraveled,  and In the Afterlight come out this month. *Cries because they are all the last books of their series.*

I DON'T WANT THE FEELS TO END!

Are you all ready to read The Murder Complex? Because I sure am! #ReadTMC

Don't forget to join my mailing list (on your right) so that you never miss another post!

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns