#SixforSunday: 2021 Fall Releases on My TBR

I hope you all are having a great weekend! #SixforSunday is a weekly meme hosted by Steph @ A Little But a Lot. This week’s topic is the books we’re excited about for the rest of the year so I included the 2021 fall releases that I can’t wait to read!

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#SixforSunday: Authors I’ll Always Read

I hope you all are having a great weekend! #SixforSunday is a weekly meme hosted by Steph @ A Little But a Lot. For this week’s theme, I decided to feature my favorite authors whose books I’ll always pick up. I’m always looking to try new authors and read debuts, but there’s just something extra special about diving into a new book by one of your favorite authors.

Laini’s writing is unparalleled in my opinion. She is such a fantastic storyteller and creates the most wonderful, imaginative stories. I’ve had the pleasure to meet her multiple times and I think almost every book I have by her has been signed. I’m really looking forward to her next book and I hope one is announced soon!

Favorite Book: Muse of Nightmares

Roshani is another author whose writing is absolutely beautiful and vivid. Every time I read one of her books I’m easily transported into the story. Her characters are always well-written and she excels at developing different dynamics between them. I’m so excited for The Bronzed Beasts to come out this year!

Favorite Book: A Crown of Wishes

I’ve called her the Boss-Queen of YA Fantasy and I stand by that title. I don’t think there is any book by her that I haven’t enjoyed and look forward to reading many more of her works in the future.

Favorite Book: Shadow and Bone

Kate Quinn is my absolute go-to for historical fiction. Her stories are always captivating and incredible. She does an amazing job weaving fiction with historical facts and I can always expect a story full of suspense, romance, heartbreak, and everything in-between.

Favorite Book: Mistress of Rome

Adrienne is newer favorite author, but I’m captivated by every story she tells. She’s obviously a very talented writer, creating complex characters and a world that readers can immerse themselves in. I love that we don’t have to wait a year between books and that Namesake will be out in the world soon!

Favorite Book: Sky in the Deep

Whenever someone mentions dabbling into historical romance, Tessa Dare is the author I throw at them. How much do I love her books? I’ve read them all. Yes, every. single. one. And as any historical romance fan knows, that is quite a lot of books.

Favorite Book: Do You Want to Start a Scandal? / Any Duchess Will Do

CLo are my go-to gals when I want a fun, sexy, witty contemporary romance. Every time I pick up one of their books, I know I’m about to have a great reading time. And while they aren’t all winners in my eyes, there’s not a single one that I haven’t at least enjoyed.

Favorite Book: Beautiful Player / Love and Other Words

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#SixforSunday: 2021 Books I’m Excited About

#SixforSunday is a weekly meme hosted by Steph @ A Little But a Lot. This week’s topic is about which books we are most looking forward to this year. I won’t lie, it was pretty difficult to narrow this list down to simply six books; there are so many I’m excited about!

I’ve always dreamt of a Nutcracker-inspired fantasy and I’m so excited this book is coming out and my dreams are finally coming true! The synopsis for this sounds spectacularly whimsical and I’m really hoping I can get my hands on an early copy because they are absolutely STUNNING.

534183942. FOR THE WOLF
This book has been on my radar for quite some time and I’m so excited that it’s almost out in the world and ready for me to finally read! Any book with the word “wolf” in the title automatically gains my attention, but this synopsis sounds amazingly dark and woodsy.

Let it be known that this is the year for wolves and stories with dark, woodsy vibes and I’m totally here for it. This is another 2021 debut that drew me in with the mention of “wolf” in the title, and any book that’s pitched for fans of Spinning Silver and The Bear and the Nightingale is a book for me.

Can we talk about about the fact that JLA is releasing these books so quickly? Let’s make 6 months between books in a series instead of 12 the new normal. I enjoyed A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire way more than From Blood and Ash, and after that cliff hanger of an ending I cannot wait to get my hands on this book!

51591631._SY475_5. LAKESEDGE
There are so many gothic fantasy stories with monsters and magic releasing this year and this is just one more that I cannot wait to read. The synopsis sounds like this book is going to be right up my alley, and I hope it gives me everything I had wanted in Down Comes the Night but didn’t get.

48727813._SY475_6. SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN
I don’t think I’ve ever added anything as quickly to my TBR as I did when I saw the words “Mulan” in the description of this book. Everything about this queer, Asian historical fantasy sounds like the making of my new favorite adult SFF series.

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#SixforSunday: Favorite Characters from a Series

I hope you all are having a great weekend! #SixforSunday is a weekly meme hosted by Steph @ A Little But a Lot. This week’s topic asks us about our favorite characters from book series. There are a lot of characters that I love so it was a bit of a challenge to narrow it down to six!

The amount of hate she gets is not only completely unwarranted and uncalled for, but extremely disheartening and frustrating. People are always so surprised when I tell them she’s my favorite character from Game of Thrones. Sansa is sharp, intelligent, kind, and arguably the character with the most growth in the series.

What was done to his character is one of the (many) reasons I not only quit reading the Throne of Glass series, but also refuse to read another book by her. The fact that an author can destroy the characterization of one of the protagonists all for the sake of another ship and to boost affection for a new character is terrible writing. He’s strong, loyal, sweet and was destined for so much more in that series before it was scrapped and tossed out. I’ll always firmly remain on the #ChaolDefenseSquad and nothing will ever change that.

I loved BookJon much more quickly than I did ShowJon. His chapter POVs in A Song of Ice and Fire are one of my favorites to read. Given my penchant for loving brooding, soldier-type characters in other books, it came to no surprise to me that he would become one of my favorites. In the books, Jon has a harder personality and possesses a more questionable sense of honor than in the show and that’s one of the best things about him.

Rin is one of the best written heroines in fantasy that I’ve read. I love her intensity, her determination, her faults, and her strengths. She has an amazing character arc throughout The Poppy War and The Dragon Republic and her growth is nothing short of marvelous. I absolutely love being in her head as she fights for what she believes and rises to the challenges thrown her way.

Another character that gets all kinds of unnecessary hate. I honestly feel at times that the people who hate on Mal read a completely different story. Yes, he has moments of weakness, but he’s human like the rest of us and only a teenage boy. He walked half the length of Ravka to get to Alina. He was loyal to her above all else. He loved her fiercely. He understood who she was, supported her, and never once tried to change her. He fought for her, risked his life for her, SPOILER: literally died for her. Goodness, where can I find a man like him?

Oh Dara, you lost soul. Once again, a tormented, brooding warrior has come to claim my heart. He’s my favorite character from The Daevebad Trilogy and I love how morally-complex his character is. Throughout the series, Dara struggles between doing what he knows is right and what he believes he needs to do. However, despite his (many) mistakes, I would still happily lay down my life him. He could kill me a hundred times and I would thank him each time.

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#SixforSunday: Heart-wrenching Endings to a Series

I hope you all are having a great weekend! #SixforSunday is a weekly meme hosted by Steph @ A Little But a Lot. This week is all about the most heart-wrenching series enders. I think we’ve all read a book that put us in a funk when finishing it because it was so melancholy. If you want to a see a complete list of the books that have made me cry, check out my previous post!

257391881. THE BOOK THIEF
Anyone who has read this book knows how it ends and it is heartrending. I mean, a book about World War II narrated by Death is not likely to be all sunshines and rainbows, but how dare you make me love this character throughout the book only to stab me in the back at the very end?

This story is a retelling of sorts of the Italian opera, Turandot, so I knew going into this book that the ending was going to hurt. I had even read the other reviews to prepare myself the inevitable hearbreak. Spoiler alert: it didn’t work. The ending was painful enough to knock the breath out of you for days.

I think this book traumatized me as a child because most of the time I completely forget it even exists. What I do remember, however, is being so enthralled by the story and then getting to the end and feeling devastated. This might be the first book I read that didn’t have a happy ending.

173839184. ALLEGIANT
What the hell was up with that ending? One the one hand, kudos for Veronica Roth for pulling off one of the most unexpected endings to a popular YA series, but on the other hand that death really felt like it was done for shock value and served no other purpose. She really deserved better than the ending she got.

367395535. FURY
When I finished this book, I was both distraught and furious. There is no gratification for the readers with this ending. All three books were spent hoping for two characters to finally realize their feelings for each other, only for it to happen PAGES before one of those characters dies…in the last chapter, no less. There’s no sense of closure for the characters or the readers.

521667866. EMPIRE OF GOLD
Okay, I’m taking some extreme liberties here because I haven’t actually read this yet. But unfortunately spoilers came across my Goodreads timeline about the ending, which led me to dig for more spoilers. And I am not okay with the ending or the fate of my favorite character. Just thinking about it makes me profoundly sad so I can only imagine how I’ll feel when I actually read it.

What book endings are the most heart-wrenching to you? Have you read any of the books I listed? Let me know in the comments!

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