Random Friday Update

Friday, 29 September 2017
So I was on the subway this morning and I totally forgot that I owe you all a post for today.

I guess I could just tell you all about some basic updates.
  • The cover for Contagion by Erin Bowman will be revealed on October 9th. (This is a big deal because I love Erin's books in case you didn't know.)
  • The TeensRead Preview is tomorrow and unfortunately I can't be there in person, but I will for sure be joining in online! 
  • I have a Facebook page for this blog https://www.facebook.com/EmpressBookBlog/.
  • I have been swamped with things to do.
  • Halloween themed posts coming soon maybe? Lol I'm waiting for October.
Yeah I guess that's all. See you all next week! :)

Review of The Ends of the World

Friday, 22 September 2017
I know I rave about this series all the time, but it's for a good reason. I am highly obsessed with these books! Side note: I meant to have this written and up earlier but I'm the worst. Sorry!!

Also, I got a new Facebook page for my blog. I couldn't get the @empressofbooks handle because apparently Facebook doesn't like it when you put the letter b after the letter f (so dumb I know) so the link is https://www.facebook.com/EmpressBookBlog/ and you should all go like it because lol I might use it soon I don't know we'll see.

Oh and I've been doing a good job being consistent with my Instagram. I'm @empressofbooks on there if you want to find me! :)

Book: The Ends of the World

Author: Maggie Hall

Publisher: Penguin

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller

Rating: All the stars ever. And then some.

Summary: The Circle is hers. But Avery West has lost everything else: her mother, the family she’d just found, and the one boy she trusted. In their place are unfathomable power, a staged relationship that makes her question every real feeling she’s ever had, and a mission to find the cure to the virus that’s made her own blood a weapon.

Then disaster strikes, turning Avery, Stellan, Jack, and Elodie into the most wanted people in the world. To clear their names and the growing rift between the families of the Circle before the world dissolves into World War Three, they’ll have to make a desperate, dangerous final race for Alexander the Great’s tomb. What they will find inside will mean the world’s salvation—or destruction.

Avery will have to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice—for the world, for family, and for love—in this conclusion to the Conspiracy of Us series.

Review: I don't know if I say this enough, but if you haven't read of The Conspiracy of Us yet, you should go pick it up right now. I'm serious. Go read the first chapter and tell me that you're not even remotely intrigued by the book. I seriously doubt that'll happen because this series is just so good.

The Ends of the World somehow managed to be even better than Map of Fates (and we all remember how much I loved Map of Fates). There was definitely still a lot of that action and mystery that the first two books had which I loved because it made the book very fast paced. I was so happy it didn't drag out unnecessarily the way so many books nowadays seem to do. (Lol the shade.)

I would recommend to someone who hasn't reread this series as many times as I have (please don't judge I know I have a problem) to at least skim over the last few chapters of the second book, as the book does somewhat rely on the reader remembering the basics of what happened in the second book. I personally didn't mind this (maybe because I've read these books too many times if that's possible), and overall I'm not a fan of books summarizing what happened in the previous book(s).

The book also does a great job of closing up loose endings, making it a satisfying conclusion to anyone who isn't me and wants more books in this series regardless. Penguin, please let Maggie release more books in this series. It deserves more books and more love!

As for Stellan, he was amazing in this book. Maggie, I fully expect a spin off series about him and a novella with all of the steamy scenes with him you had to cut out of the book.

Overall, if you're looking for something with the action of the Heist Society series, and are kind of obsessed with books with secret societies than this series is perfect for you. And if you've read the first two and came here wondering if you should pick up the third book, the answer is obviously YES!!

This book gets a strong recommendation from me, and is now one of my favourites!

It even gets this fancy stamp of approval from me!

Why I Love Bailey

Friday, 15 September 2017
So I tweeted this out yesterday. 

And then Bailey (who is the literally the sweetest) replied with:

And then I was like:

So here we are. This is my post dedicated to why my friend is so bomb and why I'm so grateful to have her in my life. (You can tell me how this isn't book related all you want but at the end of the day this is my blog and I'm just trying to get back into the habit of blogging once a week and it's hard so be nice please.)

1) She's so precious.

Bailey is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and she's so precious and kind and I honestly don't deserve to call her my friend.

2) Her blog is amazing.

You should go follow it right now: https://bayyinwonderland.wordpress.com (And she actually blogs about books um maybe expect a review from me next week.)

3) She's always there when you need someone to talk to and she gives great advice.

I love DMing her because I know that she's never going to judge me no matter how many times I mess up. (And I mess up a lot lol my life is a mess right now always.)

4) She's gorgeous.

I mean have you seen her face? She's stunning.

5) I just love her because she's Bailey.

And that's enough for me.

Sorry not sorry this isn't the post you wanted from me, but I'm just trying to get back into the swing of things and I promise I'm trying to think of good, quality, book-related content for you all.

Love you all.

Books I Don't Know If I'll Read #1(?)

Wednesday, 6 September 2017
So this is pretty self-explanatory. Here are some books I don't see myself picking up in the near future.

1) Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Ugh I can't stand Chaol. What a whiny little brat who has the most uninteresting character arc in the entire series. And to devote a whole book to him? Yeah right. Maybe I'll read this one day, but I don't have enough patience for this right now.

Also, this was supposed to be a novella? And Sarah J. Maas has some series issues with lack of editing down, so I'm really not in the mood for a poorly edited, filler-filled massive beast of a novel dedicated to Chaol of all people.

Next time give me more Rhys please.

2) Because You Love to Hate Me edited by Ameriie 

I just don't care enough. It doesn't matter how many of these authors I like, I still couldn't care less for this collection of short stories(?). Cool concept but for some reason I just couldn't care less so I'm not reading it.

3) Zenith by Lindsay Cummings and Sasha Alsberg

Lol this one doesn't even need an explanation. All the things I've heard about this book are negative. People have been saying that it's awful and that it reads like a copycat of a bunch of other popular YA books. I think I'll pass.

I'm sure I'll think of more books I don't want to read the second I post this, but I hope you enjoyed this random post.