The Makeup Book Tag

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The Makeup Book Tag

Pick a book that left a lasting impression on you
I read this book a few years ago, but when it comes to magical realism I haven’t read a book that even compared to this one. The subtle magical elements that were mixed in with our own reality were done so flawlessly and perfectly that I still think about what happened to these characters after the book was over. I also can’t look at Princess Cakes the same way.

Favorite first book in a series
I’ve been reading through this series for the last month or so after I listened to the first book (for the second time) on audio book. The first book was such a great introduction to the Peculiars and had a wonderful balance between world building and eventful storytelling. Riggs really is a master of writing dialogue that’s both accurate to it’s time period and enjoyable to read. The thing I love about this series is that the children in the story are believably children. That’s not something that’s easy to do.

Pick some characters you wish didn’t exist.
For some reason, I just do not like Lia. I get that she’s having trouble adapting to life on her own and surviving all of these new situations. At the same time I feel like she just keeps getting lucky and nothing is really done because of her learning anything from all that’s happened. I honestly do not understand why both Rafe and Kaden like her so much. It makes absolutely no sense. She doesn’t really have much of a personality. Sorry to anyone who loves her, I just do not.

Pick your favorite last book in a series. 
I feel like this series isn’t talked about enough in the book blogging world or the booktube world. The series is such a complex story of magic and the early years of adulthood. Every single character in the series is flawed and realistic. There is no clear cut hero or villain. The magic system is so unique that it’s treated like a science in the book. And this series unlike a lot of trilogies gets better as the books go on, each book is better than the last. I wish more people would read it.

Pick a book you think everyone should read
This book is so near and dear to my heart for so many reasons. But it also has so much to say about love, success and  society as a whole even though it was written in the 1920’s. I think it’s great that they still require most high school kids to read it. Most of them don’t want to read it, but a lot of them get something out of it.

Pick a book with your favorite colors on the cover

Pick a dark and mysterious book
The wonderful part of this book is the atmosphere. You feel like you’re standing on the side of a foggy street watching all the events of the book happening without leaving your chair. The story takes so many dark twists and you’re left not knowing what will happen next, but you’re so excited for whatever it is to happen. By the end you’re actually left satisfied and that’s a good feeling.

Pick a long book
The Diviners
I finally read it this month! It’s a very thick book that looks intimidating in both hardback and paperback forms. But it was so worth the read, I loved every page. I was so impressed with the accuracy of the dialouge as well as how I loved every point of view in the book. I didn’t roll my eyes when it changed to a certain character like I do in books with multiple points of views. (Memphis is my favorite though).

Pick a book with a cringe worthy romance
The subplot with Harry and Cho Chang was pretty cringe worthy. Everyone knows it. It was sort of cute in a “first crush” kind of way for Harry. But I didn’t really feel like it brought anything extra in to the story. I love this book to pieces, but I just really thought it could have been better without it.

Pick a book that brightens your day
Anything to do with Hamilton will always brighten my day. The soundtrack, this book, just looking at Lin’s twitter. It’s my happy place.

Your favorite book kiss
How could I not pick the kiss between The Darkling and Alina. I am Darkling trash. I have no shame.

I tag:
Once Upon a Bookshelf
My Books Opinion Site
Belle of the Library
Or anyone else who wants to do this tag. Make sure you tag me so I can see your answers!

~The Grisha Lieutenant

Book Talk | Cry Worthy Books

This is a well known topic in the book community and we’ve all experienced those books that slap you right in the feels. Before you know it you’re reduced to a weeping mess with tear stained pages and a broken little heart. We have literally all been there at least once. Maybe you didn’t cry, but you got teary eyed or a little overly emotional. 

That moment when they really did just kill your favorite. Your moon and stars. Your baby. They just killed them and you have a lot of feelings about it. Now what do you do? Do you go on with your life? Do you just forget about all the moments you shared together? And HOW DARE THE AUTHOR DO THIS TO YOU. HOW DARE THEY END THE BOOK THERE. 


I’m going to talk about all the moments I wanted to forsake my favorite writers, pitch a tent outside of their house and demand answers. Well, maybe not really, but you know you’ve thought about it. And you of course wish that there was some mistake and your beloved is still alive somehow. Because we fantasy readers know that no one is really dead until the body is burned or disposed of. Even then, they can write a way out of it.

All spoilers will be in black text and you will be warned before hand. Highlight below the section labeled spoilers to reveal them. You have been warned. 

The Books that Ruined my Life


Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

It’s a very commonly mentioned one on posts on this topic. I read this book so quickly that I almost go whiplash from it. I had to consume every page and every word at warp speed so that I could see why everyone was so upset by it. I thought I was going to survive the entire book without crying. BOY WAS I WRONG. The ending to this book had so many conflicting feelings that I was confused about how I felt. I was happy, but I was distraught. I was overjoyed, but also in a deep pit of sadness from which I could never come out.

And my precious baby Will Herondale was gone forever. Written away just like that and it seriously broke my heart. He of course, lived a full Shadowhunter life, but he couldn’t live on forever with Tessa and I have never been so angry in my life that Cassandra Clare couldn’t find a way to make him live forever. And then of course, she gets to live another lifetime with Jem. Which makes me happy for her, but at the same time MY WILL IS GONE FOREVER. WHY. I NEED ANSWERS CASSIE.



Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

This is one that I’ve noticed has been extremely absent from a lot of people’s posts. Maybe I just jumped too quickly on the hype train when the TV show was announced? Either way I had the most aggravating mix of pure rage and undiluted sadness when I got towards the back of this book. So many things were happening that were so far from our heroine’s control and you ultimately felt just as powerless as she did about the situation.

I’m not a violent person, but if I saw Blackjack Randal in a dark alley alone, I would kick the shit out of him. WHY CAN’T YOU JUST LEAVE JAMIE ALONE. WHY. 

Ruin and Rising

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Everyone who’s read my posts knows how I feel about the love interests in this book. You all know who I wanted Alina to end up with and it just didn’t happen. Not only did they not end up together, but something much worse happened and I am still angry about it. Granted, this is before we knew that Six of Crows was coming, so I thought this universe was over and done with.

HOW DARE YOU KILL MY PRECIOUS DARKLING. MY BEAUTIFUL ALEXANDER. NOT OKAY LEIGH, NOT OKAY. THEY WERE DESTINED TO BE LOVERS AND YOU DIDN’T LET IT HAPPEN. I have so many feelings that even all these capitals can’t describe how broken up I still am that Mal got to live and The Darkling didn’t. 

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
The “I knew it was coming but still cried” books

I’m not going to bother with a spoiler section here. If you’ve read them, you know. You knew that the end was coming for both characters and you hated it. AND YOU WANTED IT TO CHANGE. But it didn’t.


The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

I’m pretty sure that everyone agrees with me on these last few. Who didn’t cry at least a dozen times while reading these books? When you think about how many people in Harry’s life died all because of something that happened to him when he wasn’t even old enough to talk. Sometimes I’ll be sitting at work and I just think about it, then I make myself sad. I’m rereading them right now and I’m on Goblet of Fire. I know what’s coming and I am so afraid of it.

YOU KILLED OFF ALMOST EVERY FATHER FIGURE HARRY EVER HAD. If Mr. Weasley didn’t survive I would have just been so done with it. Or at least I would pretend to be done with it. (I’ll never be done with these books).


Let me know in the comments what books made you ugly sob! 

~The Grisha Lieutenant

Top Ten Tuesdays | Favorite 2016 Releases

Hey everyone! It’s been a whole three or so weeks since my last post, because I can’t even maintain the responsibilities I don’t have to have! Work has been crazy, Orange is the New Black Season 4 was released, ugh. So many things this month. I’m hoping to knock at least two more books off the TBR before the end of the month. But anyways, as usual there won’t be ten. Because I haven’t read ten books released in 2016.


Hamilton the Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

If you love Hamilton, you’ll love this. It’s that simple. Full page pictures, a breakdown of all the lyrics to the show and hilarious commentary from Lin himself. More to follow in my June Wrap Up.

A Gathering of Shadows Final

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E Schwab

How could this go wrong? It’s fantasy, it’s V.E Schwab and it’s magic! V.E Schwab is an auto buy author for me. Anything she writes, I will read. And this book did not disappoint at all. If you want more of my thoughts, check out last month’s wrap up.


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

This was my most anticipated release of the entire year and it was great. I will admit that I did love the first book just a tiny bit more, but I still LOVED the sequel. See my wrap up from last month for more.


Scarlet Women by Ian Graham

I found this one day in the history section and was intrigued instantly. I liked it a lot, but I wanted a lot more information on the various women that were talked about. If you like short and sweet history books, you’ll love this.


Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

I thought this was an excellent introduction to such an expansive world with excellent characters! It had beautiful writing as well as a fantastic friendship story. I even already have a ship, which is a bonus for me.


Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare (and various others)

I have not read all of these yet, I’m currently on The Evil We Love. I think it’s the 5th one in the series? I like them a lot so far, but the best one was definitely The Whitechaple Fiend. 

So, only five books released this year. If you want to see more of what I read, I have a wrap up for each month that has passed. Tell me what you thought of the books I listed, I’m always ecstatic to talk about something I’ve read.

~The Grisha Lieutenant

May Wrap Up | June TBR 2016

Ugh. Guys. I really suck at reading goals as of late. I had such a good start at the beginning of the year. Now I’ve just slumped. WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN TO ME. Anyways. On with the books.


May Wrap Up 

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
2/5 Stars

Okay, so this is one of those books that has been on my shelf for YEARS. I had to pick it up and finally read it. And honestly, I kind of hated it. I couldn’t level with the main character at all, even at the end when she’s suppose to be more redeemable. I just hated her and her friends throughout the entire book. I hated the ending so much. There were so many issues in this book, mainly concerning mental health and stigma. Maybe I would have liked it more if I read it in high school, but even then I think I would have raised an eyebrow at it. I ended up giving it to my 15 year old niece.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
5/5 Stars

This book. THIS BOOK. My emotions were fucking EVERYWHERE. I have been Team Rhysand since day one in the first book. But this book just reinforced that belief. Can I just say I want to live at the Night Court? Because I really want to live at the Night Court. I don’t even need Rhysand in that deal, I just want to live in his area. Seriously. I did like the first book more, but this book was equally as good. SO MUCH HAPPENS I CAN’T EVEN. The ending ripped me apart in so many different ways. But it left me holding my hand out saying WHERE IS THE NEXT BOOK. The world expanded so much in this book, we saw more courts, Feyre finally came in to her own and things built up then fall apart.

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
4.5/5 Stars

I really loved this book. It was the most atmospheric book I have ever experienced. I say experience because reading this book is an experience unlike any other book I’ve read. There was mystery, murder, history, everything. I’m really good at guessing things in mystery books, I picked up on a lot of the twists, but others just floored me. I had to sit there just thinking about certain things in this book. And seriously guys, if you want some good quotes about books, look in to this. This is a book lover’s book. It’s a book about books and authors and writing. I loved it.

A Gathering of Shadows Final
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
4.5/5 Stars

Another fantastic book. I’ll be honest, I didn’t love it as much as I loved the last one, but I did love it. Kell is one of my favorite characters in fantasy. But Lila was the rockstar of this book. I didn’t love her in the first book, but in this book she won me over. Kell got irritating at certain points and a new character named Allucard is probably my favorite addition. He’s sort of a grey character. The ending was SUCH a cliffhanger. I actually screamed a bit. Alone. In my house. Victoria Schwab is my favorite author and she didn’t disappoint with this addition. 

The Hangover Books
Or books I intended to read, but didn’t. 

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June TBR

Before I list them, I’m going to explain something. This summer for me is going to be “The Summer of Series”. I’m finally going to knock out those big series everyone talks about and I haven’t read. IT’S TIME.

The Diviners

(Plus The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue)

Fallen Kingdoms Covers

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Comment below if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought of them! As always, may the TBR’s be ever in your favor.

~The Grisha Lieutenant