Three Years of Blogging

Friday, 14 July 2017
I honestly can't believe it's been three years since I decided to start this blog. Even though I've gone through a name change (I like Empress of Books so I doubt it'll be changing anytime soon), not much has changed over these past three years blogging wise (except that I used to blog like everyday and now I'm not nearly as consistent).

This blog still means so much to me though, and I'm so thankful to anyone who has ever read any of my blog posts. It means the world to me that someone would ever take time out of their day to read something that I wrote. Thank you.

Also to everyone I've met because of this blog (virtually or in real life), you're all amazing and I hope I can meet you all in person/see you all again in the future!

So I don't really know what I should blog about for my three year blog anniversary, but I'm sure as always it will be full of rambles. Some things never change lol.

I guess something I could do would be to give my updated thoughts on Throne of Glass (which was my first review), and see how my opinions on that book have changed.

First off, I was so far up Chaol's butt it hurts. In retrospect, I hadn't read Heir of Fire yet (I'm pretty sure it came out a few months after that review went up) and I had hopes that maybe Aelin and Chaol would reconcile (lol). Obviously I hadn't met Rowan yet, but let's just say my feelings towards Chaol are the complete opposite now. I can barely tolerate him now.

Also, I used to be so into Sarah J. Maas, and I still like her but lol the ACOTAR series is better than the ToG series (I hadn't read any of them yet because THEY HADN'T YET BEEN RELEASED!!! so don't judge). I was a SJM fan before she was a NYT bestselling author.

However, I'm really thankful for ToG in a way because when I'd just started blogging, no one I knew had really read them yet (I'm pretty sure that was the year I started trying to get Jaimie from Jaimiesam who I've known since forever to start the series), so blogging gave me a platform to talk about the books and all my thoughts.

So in true me fashion, I'm posting this in the evening because I had work yesterday and was too tired to write this post when I got home.

One more time, thank you thank you thank you to everyone who has ever read this blog, and to you, whoever you are reading this right now.

You've helped make my blogging dream come true.

Review of Paper Hearts

Tuesday, 4 July 2017
This book is out today, and it's really good. (I basically devoured it the second I got it in the mail.)

Book: Paper Hearts

Author: Ali Novak

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Music

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: "I'm sorry," he said, slowly untying the ribbon that held his mask in place. "It's just-I didn't want you to think of me any differently."

Somehow I kept my mouth from falling open. I knew his face, but my mind couldn't accept that he was the person looking down at me.

"My real name is Alec."


Felicity has her entire future planned. Ever since her older sister ran away, she's had the full weight of her mother's expectations on her shoulders. So she works hard to get straight As and save for college.

Except sometimes the best things in life are unplanned-like when Felicity meets a handsome, masked stranger while she is volunteering at a charity masquerade ball. She never thought he'd flirt with her. And she certainly never thought he'd turn out to be a member of the world-famous Heartbreakers band, Alec.

Then Felicity uncovers a shocking family secret. Suddenly, she, Alec, and her two best friends are off on a road trip to find Felicity's missing sister. And she's about to discover that unexpected turns have a peculiar way of landing her right where she needs to be...

Review: If you thought the Heartbreakers was cute, wait until you read its sequel companion novel! (These books can be read out of order in my opinion. You'll only miss a few references to the first book if you don't want to read it.) 

Paper Hearts is that light-hearted, perfect-to-take-to-the beach kind of novel I am usually in the mood for during the summer. It's also not too long (and is a paperback original because taking hardbacks to the beach is too risky) so you could easily finish it in one sitting. Of course it helps that it is highly addicting. I kid you not when I say I couldn't put it down!

One of my favourite things about this book is that it centers around a road trip (I want more cute books about road trips please) because it really gave the romance time to blossom (which I highly appreciated because instalove isn't exactly my favourite trope). 

I also quite enjoyed the main character's friends, Asha and Boomer who were sassy and interesting, and provided some great comic relief.

Oh yeah, and I made a playlist for this book because road trips require good playlists.



If you've read the first one and enjoyed it, give this one a go, and even if you haven't read the first one yet, still give Paper Hearts a try!







Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review which in no way affected my thoughts.