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My top 3 auto-buy authors


Sarah J. Maas
Both of Maas’ high fantasy series are on my list of top-5 favorite series of all time. A Court of Thorns and Roses has a thrilling, sexy, fiery romance that will forever ruin relationships for me, because no guy will ever measure up to the perfect specimen known as Rhysand. Throne of Glass has nearly a dozen regular, main/supporting characters, and I love every single one of them. None of them are forgotten because they’re all unique and important to the overall story. I root for them, I cry for them, they piss me off, they make me laugh. I wouldn’t change or trade any of them.

Kasie West
This author is a contemporary-writing machine! I’ve lost track of how many books she has published now. I’m super impressed that all her books have new characters and original plots. Although I like some of her books more than others, like By Your Side and The Fill-In Boyfriend, I have yet to dislike any of them.

Cassandra Clare
I liked The Mortal Instrument series and I LOVED The Infernal Devices. The Dark Artifices is also extremely good. I think Clare’s writing has continued to improve throughout the years and now I automatically buy her books because I’m confident I’ll love anything she writes.

 

Do you have auto-buy authors? Who are they?

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Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2) by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2) by Tahereh MafiUnravel Me (Shatter Me, #2) by Tahereh Mafi
Published by HarperCollins on February 5th 2013
Pages: 461
Goodreads
five-stars

It should have taken Juliette a single touch to kill Warner. But his mysterious immunity to her deadly power has left her shaken, wondering why her ultimate defense mechanism failed against the person she most needs protection from.

She and Adam were able to escape Warner’s clutches and join up with a group of rebels, many of whom have powers of their own. Juliette will finally be able to actively fight against The Reestablishment and try to fix her broken world. And perhaps these new allies can help her shed light on the secret behind Adam’s—and Warner’s—immunity to her killer skin.

The first third of Unravel Me bored me. There wasn’t much action and Juliette just puttered around in the underground anti-establishment community she joined at the end of Shatter Me.

Juliette barely spends any time with Adam in Unravel Me. Whenever they do it’s always for short periods of time like breakfast. Adam started to annoy me in this book. One minute he’s deflecting Juliette’s feelings and then the next he’s eyeing her like he wants to spread her on top of the table in the dining hall and ravish her.

If we never got the novella Destroy Me, if we never got a glimpse into Warner’s mind and heart, I wouldn’t have minded Juliette and Adam’s angst as much. But ever since Destroy Me, I couldn’t stop thinking about Warner and Juliette and how their pairing would be so much better, hotter. This sounds totally harsh, but I didn’t even care what Adam’s problem was in this book. I just kept thinking Warner Warner Warner. When are we gonna see Warner again? When is Juliette gonna Shatter (haha see what I did there) Warner’s dark exterior and see the light within.

When Warner and Juliette finally see each other again it’s pure magic. They connect on a deep level that Juliette can’t reach with anyone else, especially Adam. Juliette tells Warner things that she hasn’t and is too afraid to say to anyone, even to Adam. Juliette feels like she’s a monster. and since she thinks Warner’s a monster too, she doesn’t fear telling him what’s in the deepest, darkest part of her heart.

This review is basically a love letter to Warner. Adam and Juliette’s romance in book one was sweet, tender, and romantic. But once Warner opened up and shared what was in his heart I was so bored with Adam and was praying he’d just disappear. Yes, once again I sound and feel horrible, but Juliette and Warner have a connection that is so deep, electric, and sexy, a connection that doesn’t even come close to what she has with Adam.

I also liked Unravel Me because Juliette grew a lot. Her time away from Adam was good. She spent her life ostracized, depressed and withdrawn until Adam came along. Adam was the first person to be able to touch her. He was the only one who ever cared about and remembered her. I felt like  Juliette used him as a crutch in book one and most of book two, and that she wasn’t able to start working through her own issues until they had time apart. In Unravel Me Juliette begins to feel confident in herself and her extraordinary powers. She learns how to trust and connect with others.

I read this book in one sitting. All 400+ pages. #sorrynotsorry #noshame

five-stars
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Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi

Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh MafiDestroy Me (Shatter Me, #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi
Published by Harper on October 2nd 2012
Pages: 109
Goodreads
five-stars

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

When I read Shatter Me I was disgusted by Warner. He was demanding, cruel, and a bit crazy. He seemed to have this sick infatuation with Juliette and I was so happy when Juliette and Adam finally escaped his evil clutches. Warner was the villain in book one.

I actually read this novella, Destroy Me, 5 years ago, but I barely remembered what transpired. I vaguely remembered that at some point I stopped seeing Warner as the villain. I actually started falling in love with him but I couldn’t remember when or why. It was in Destroy Me!

Because of his ruthless and abusive father, the supreme of the Reestablishment, Warner has spent his entire life pretending to be heartless. The supreme saw any act of kindness or hint of vulnerability as a weakness, and quite literally, beat it out of his son. I’m not going to lie, Warner has done some pretty horrible things, but I think you need to go to the core and see why he is the way he is before you judge him. I’m a super fan of redemption, so Destroy Me gave me hope that Warner could change. He can’t erase the evils of his past, but he can try and do good in the future.

Warner spends the majority of Destroy Me reading the journal Juliette accidentally left behind during her escape. Warner’s shocked to find out that they both share a sense of sadness, confusion, fear, and helplessness. Warner’s anguish breaks my heart and I started shipping him and Juliette so hard after I finished Destroy Me.

five-stars
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My Top 5 Favorite Book Bromances


Throne of Glass
Chaol and Dorian have been best friends since childhood. Chaol willingly gave up his claim to lordship to be a member of the royal guard to protect Dorian. Multiple times Dorian has stood-up to his terrifying, cruel father for Chaol’s sake. Blood doesn’t make you brothers, but love, kindness, acceptance, sacrifices do.

A Court of Thorns and Roses
Rhysand, Cassian and Azriel, or as I refer to them “the three musketeers”, are childhood friends who always have each others’ backs. They always face problems together and are willing to make any sacrifice for each other. When they’re not fighting battles you can find them hitting the clubs or spending weekends in a secluded cabin in the mountains, playing games, drinking, and hunting.

Iron Fey
Puck and Ash were at odds for so long, but eventually these two archrivals kissed and made up (not literally) in The Iron Knight. Puck is a trickster who lightens up a room and likes to have fun. Ash is broody, serious, and a bit uptight. They balance each other out perfectly.

Harry Potter
Harry’s always sticking up for Ron when the Slytherins are picking on him, and Ron’s always accompanying Harry on dangerous missions like, oh yeah, fighting the sadistic, murderer, Voldemort. Their friendship is occasionally rocky, but in the end they always work it out.

Lord of the Rings
What bromance is more iconic than Frodo and Sam?! When Frodo decides to travel to the most dangerous place on Middle Earth with the most dangerous weapon of all time while avoiding the most dangerous being of all time, Sam’s like – sign me up! Sam’s got so much heart and never backs down. Honestly, now that I think of it – Frodo who? – Sam is totally the hero of this series.

What are some of your favorite book bromances?

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The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3) by Mary E. Pearson

The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3) by Mary E. PearsonThe Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3) by Mary E. Pearson
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on August 2nd 2016
Pages: 679
Goodreads
three-half-stars

Lia has survived Venda—but so has a great evil bent on the destruction of Morrighan. And only Lia can stop it.

With war on the horizon, Lia has no choice but to assume her role as First Daughter, as soldier—as leader. While she struggles to reach Morrighan and warn them, she finds herself at cross-purposes with Rafe and suspicious of Kaden, who has hunted her down.

In this conclusion to the Remnant Chronicles trilogy, traitors must be rooted out, sacrifices must be made, and impossible odds must be overcome as the future of every kingdom hangs in the balance.

This series has been an emotional, thrilling, wonderous, and at times, heartbreaking ride, and I’m so glad I finally finished it.

Lia grew so much throughout the series. She went from a scared girl afraid to marry a stranger – to a formidable queen who inspires everyone to listen to their hearts and fight for what’s right. She gains a strong, loyal following of family and friends in The Beauty of Darkness, which comes at no surprise, because she’s a strong, natural leader, with a kind heart and a steel resolve. I was amazed by the many sacrifices Lia made in this final book, blood, flesh, reputation and love.

I was also happy with the conclusions of Rafe and Kaden’s stories. Like Lia, they were also forced to make hard decisions and sacrifices in The Beauty of Darkness. Often when I read books with multiple POVS I dread switching back and forth between characters, because I almost always dislike at least one. I loved the entire trio in this series because each had their own unique personalities and journeys to travel.

Even though there was so much to love about this final book, it was my least favorite of the bunch. Because of the high energy books one and two built-up, the final showdown in The Beauty of Darkness should have been epic, unfortunately it wasn’t. The ending was extremely anticlimactic.

Regardless of the feeble finale, I still love this series so much and can see myself rereading it in a couple years.

three-half-stars