A Court of Feels: A Discussion of A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

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Join us for a monumental podcast! Not only is it our return from extended hiatus, but it is Shelfie’s 1 year anniversary, Cynthia’s birthday, and thwe have joined the Nerd 901 family! There is just so much going on. Which makes the topic of discussion even more appropriate. Tune in to hear us gush about the most anticipated YA release of the year: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas.

WARNING: This is not a spoiler free review. If you haven’t read the book or hate spoilers you should check back with us once you have read A Court of Wings and Ruin.

If you haven’t listened to our very first episode, which covered both A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury, we suggest listening to that first. It can be found here.

Thank you so much for tuning in! We are really very sorry for the long hiatus. Life just gets in the way sometimes, you know? That said, we do hope that you will welcome us back with open arms.

We apologize for the excessive squeeing that can be found in this podcast. It is extremely difficult to discuss the wonder that is ACOWAR without it. We hope you enjoyed it none the less and we look forward to hearing your opinions on the book. Share away!

Don’t forget to tune in next time to hear what we thought of Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.

Shelfie is proud to be a part of the Nerd901 Family! Be sure to check out Nerd901.com for more nerdy content.

Shelfie’s 500 Follower Giveaway!

We have been hinting at things long enough guys! It is finally time to announce our 500 follower giveaway! Though, I suppose it is really a 550 follower giveaway that this point, since 50 people have joined us since we began brainstorming this idea!

So, here is what we are offering you guys!




It’s the Shelfie A Court of Wings and Ruin Care Package! Have you been avoiding the hype and need to get caught up before the final installment of Sarah J Maas’s epic fairy tale? Is it time for a re-read? Do you need them in hardback? Do you just want some cool swag? Well this is the giveaway for you.

We are giving one lucky winner the following:

  • A hardback copy of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas.
  • A hardback copy of A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas.
  • A one of a kind embroidered bookish tote.
  • A Spring Court Bath Bomb from All of the Book Things
  • A Night Court Bath Bomb from All of the Book Things
  • 2 ACOTAR Themed Bookmarks from All of the Book Things
  • An ACOMAF Themed Mini Print from All of the Book Things

How does that sound guys? There are tons of ways to enter below!

Thanks so much for following us! We are really excited to be a part of the wonderful book blogging community and we really cannot thank you guys enough.

Now for the rules part of this discussion:

  • The following giveaway is only open to US residents. We apologize to our fans abroad, but we will try to open the next one up internationally.
  • You must be 18 or older to enter. If you are under 18 you must have a parent’s permission to provide your address and enter.

Fantastic! Here are the various ways you can enter:

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You guys have until March 16th to enter and then we will announce the winner!

Oh! And if you just can’t wait to see if you win the awesome bath bombs from All of the Book Things, you can find Delaney and her marvelous shop here on etsy. Check out the store and buy some of her amazing products! They smell amazing. I can vouch for that first hand!


Unpopular Opinions: A Discussion of Caraval by Stephanie Garber



Join us for a discussion of book boyfriends, glowing reviews, and our extremely unpopular opinion of Caraval by Stephanie Garber!

WARNING: This is not a spoiler free review. If you haven’t read the book or hate spoilers you should check back with us once you have read Caraval.

Thank you so much for tuning in! We really hope that you enjoyed our most recent episode! Like we said in the episode, not everyone likes everything. We are very aware that our opinion of Caraval is a bit of a black sheep. That said, we would love to hear what you thought! Did we miss something? Let us know! Tell us why you loved it or why you hated it! We would love to have a discussion.

If you are interested in participating in the discussion that is already happeneing in the Shelfie Book Club you can click here. We’d love to hear what you have to say.

If you are interested in voting on our March book please check out the book club or The Shelfie Showdown! These choice will be announced in our next episode!

Don’t forget to tune in next time to hear what we thought of Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones!

Check out the other books featured in this episode:



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My Book Boyfriends and Girlfriends

In another Valentine’s themed post, I am here to tell you all about my favorite book significant others. Now, I know the term is usually Book Boyfriends, but I am not going to exclude the ladies here, since they make my heart skip a beat from time to time as well. So, without further ado, I am proud to introduce you to my literary harem.


“To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.”

I also mentioned Rhysand and Feyre in my post about my favorite YA Ships. One of them was bound to be featured here. And, if I am being honest, it was hard to choose which one. But, I told myself that I could only feature two Sarah J Maas characters. That way the list wouldn’t be comprised of all of the ACOTAR and ToG characters. I had to choose. Rhysand won out in the end. I think because I identify more with Feyre and see myself in her. I admire her, but I don’t really have a crush on her. I’d love to be her best friend, though. Plus, Rhysand is just a dream boat. The way he supports her when Tamlin can’t (or won’t, depending on how you look at it) was just the first step toward loving him. Add in the teasing flirting, steamy sex scenes, and genuine love for his friends, and well… I wouldn’t kick him out of bed. That doesn’t even take into consideration the fact that he is drop dead gorgeous.


“War is sanctioned murder, no matter what side you’re on.”

Rowan Whitethorn is the obvious choice here, and I will not lie and say that he doesn’t make the butterflies in my tummy do back flips, but I wasn’t sold on him until Queen of Shadows. Manon Blackbeak, on the other hand, had my heart from the moment she showed up in Heir of Fire. She is fierce, dangerous, brutal… and all together intoxicating. There is something about her strength combined with her struggle to accept that compassion is not a weakness that makes me love her oh so very much. That, and she has absolutely no issue telling you exactly what she thinks. Is she a bit terrifying? Absolutely, but I feel like that the danger is worth it in this case. Plus, the scenes with her and Dorian in Empire of Storms are hot! I don’t believe they are soulmates or anything. Far from it, but the power struggle dynamic is really well done. I love it, and I love Manon.


“The prince’s strength was often touted as being physical. But Vhalla was beginning to learn that the man known for breaking hearts seemed to have a rather large one of his own.”

It is no secret that Aldrik Ci’Dan Solaris makes me uncomfortable. He’s supposed to be the dream boat of this series, but after what he did to Vhalla in Air Awakens, I couldn’t get on board. I read five books that focused on their love and never felt one little thing for him. Baldair, on the other hand, is wonderful. The baby brother to brooding Aldrik, is in every way his opposite. He is light where Aldrik is dark. We meet him as the womanizing Heartbreaker Prince known for bedding (and forgetting) many a woman. Sure he’s been spoiled by being the spare heir. There is nothing he can’t do. But, the further you get into the books the more you see him grow into a compassionate, loyal, and funny man who wants nothing more than to protect the people around him. I was absolutely devastated by the events of Water’s Wrath and am so excited that Elise Kova decided to write a prequel series starring Baldair and his Golden Guard. If you don’t believe me when I say he’s book boyfriend material, I suggest picking up The Prince’s Rogue and reading about how he and Raylynn met. It will melt your heart far more than Aldrik’s fire ever did.


“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”

There are plenty of swoon worthy characters in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha-Verse. None of them hold a candle to Kaz Brekker. He’s not a hero. He’s a thief, a rogue, a criminal. And yet, that doesn’t make him a villain. He’s not dream boat gorgeous and he comes with his fair share of baggage. That said, all I want to do is hold his (if he’ll let me) and tell him that the world dealt him a bad hand, but he made the most of it. He’s brilliant, brutal, and strength incarnate. If I had gone through half of what he had in his short life, I’d be a blubbering mess on the floor. The fact that he has managed to find a way to keep going is inspirational. And the way he loves Inej is just sweet. It’s not steamy like some of the romances mentioned above. It’s not destined or written in the stars. It’s hard, but he tries and when he finally holds her hand… I kinda lost it there, guys. I get the struggle. I’m a sucker for characters that have realistic reactions to trauma and I am also smitten by genius. Kaz is both. Kaz is love.


“I enjoyed the meetings, too. It was like having friends.”

Adorable, quirky, and totally weird, Luna Lovegood was my first Harry Potter crush. I didn’t go for Harry or Ron. They were just too… Harry and Ron. Hermione had potential, but was just too bossy for my taste. While all are solid character none of them are as awkwardly perfect as Luna. From our first encounters with her I wanted nothing more than to give her a hug. I was glad that she didn’t turn out to be only comic relief and was, instead, a bit of a nerdy hero. Those of us who knew what it was like to really be an outcast rallied around her. It was awesome. I wish she had gotten more of a romance in the books. That said, I understand why she didn’t. That’s ok. More cuddles for me!

Who is in your literary harem? Or are you monogamous with your one true literary love? Let us know in the comments! 




- The Butcher (1)

Our Favorite YA Ships!

With Valentines Day fast approaching, I thought I’d take some time to celebrate my favorite relationships in Yong Adult Fiction. Now, not all of the ships we cheer for are based in reality and some have already sunk, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate them, right? So, sit back and relax as I tell you who I want to have a happily ever after and why.


I feel a bit like I am cheating here, since I know very few people who don’t adore this relationship. Who can ignore those steamy chapters? But, for me it’s less about the sexy times and more about how supportive Feyre and Rhysand are of each other. They are both suffering in the wake of Amarantha and instead of struggling alone they look to each other for encouragement. Plus, how can you ignore the way he says “Feyre Darling.” Someone should really talk to me that way.

“Did you enjoy the sight of me kneeling before you?”

Yes. So much yes!

I should also point out that I was neither a Tamlin or Rhysand fan going into A Court of Mist and Fury. I was firmly on Team Lucien. That ship has sailed, however. And I reserve judgement on Lucien + Elain until after I have read A Court of Wings and Ruin.


I am sorry to all of you Celaena + Dorian / Celaena + Chaol shippers, but Aelin + Rowan reigns supreme. Celaena’s character progression requires her to outgrow both of her previous lovers. That is not to say that I don’t love them as individual characters, because I do. But when Rowan showed up, I just knew. The fact that he is a sexy Fae Prince doesn’t hurt matters, but what I loved most about him was his desire to push Aelin. She has always needed someone to challenge her to become the woman she could be and he did a remarkable job of that. He also needed her to help him stop living in the past and punishing himself for something that was not his fault. As a pair they just work extremely well together. More so than Aelin and any of her other partners. Dorian was too young and untested, but was able to remind her what it feels like to be happy. Chaol was stability she needed. Safety, but when it came time to push her to become Aelin, he fell short. Props to Sarah J Maas for showing us a realistic representation of how relationships develop!   Now give me more Rowaelin!

He shifted his arm so he could brush her hair back. His fingers lingered along her jaw. “You make me want to live, too, Aelin Galathynius,” he said. “Not exist—but live.”


Unlike the relationships mentioned above, Kaz + Inej are not outwardly affectionate. It is clear early on in Six of crows that they have feelings for each other, and those feelings develop into Crooked Kingdom. So, if you are looking for sexy times, pick up A Court of Thorns and Roses and have a blast. If you are looking for a well developed, slow building romance paired with amazing character development, Kaz + Inej are for you. Similar to Feyre and Rhysand, Kaz and Inej have both suffered through horrible traumas in this lives and have mended themselves as best they can. Throughout the books they both come to realize how they feel for the other and struggles to find the right way to address it or if they will address it at all. This is a slow burn relationship where the smallest touch will give you butterflies in your tummy. Well, at least it did for me. If you are looking for something a bit more forward, Nina and Matthias (from the same series) may be more your speed. But I just adored this pair!

“I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.”


Pete and Gemma are my only ship that comes from a Contemporary novel. Everything else is Fantasy or Historical Fiction (which is most of what I read) and therefor the relationships, while extremely romantic, are not very realistic. Replica, on the other hand, takes places in present day. Sure, it deals with clones, but it also addresses the ups and downs of being a teenager. And that is what I love about this relationship. Pete and Gemma are just normal teenage kids. It feels real, and it is just downright adorable from the start. Gemma calls Pete “Perv” because the mean kids spread rumors about him. It’s awkward, adorable, and just downright perfect. The same can’t be said for the romance mirrored in Lyra’s half of the book. 72 doesn’t feel like a fully fleshed out character and and was my least favorite part of the novel. But, I won’t get into that. Instead I will think about Pete and him riding to the rescue in his mom’s purple minivan.


And I Darken has an odd love triangle of sorts. Lada, the main character, is infatuated with her childhood friend (and Sultan) Mehmed. The hitch in this is that her younger brother Radu is in love Mehmed. The book focuses more on Lada’s relationship with the young Sultan than Radu’s. Which makes sense as Lada is the main character. That said, I am Team Radu. Lada likes the idea of Mehmed but cannot allow herself to truly love him because of what it would cost her. Radu, on the other hand, would be executed if anyone found out about his feelings and he is still all in. Mehmed, is of course, in love with Lada and not Radu. So, this ship is likely all in my head and probably won’t every come true on paper. Which is sad because I think social schemer Radu is a way better match for Mehmed than hot headed and out of control Lada. All we can do now is wait and see. The book ended with Lada leaving Mehmed with Radu. So, maybe I will get what I want. But, more than likely my ship will sink to bottom of the ocean with all of the Chaol + Celeana ships.

“We cannot always have what we want, no matter how much we want it.”

Which ships are your favorites? Who are you cheering for? Did your favorite character end up with the wrong person? We want to hear all about your ships in the comments!

- The Butcher (1)

Waiting on Wednesday: Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Long May She Reign 
Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 21st, 2017

From Goodreads:

The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.

Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.

Why we are waiting:


We here at Shelfie are on a quest to find that perfect political fantasy novel. We have tried several books in the past and most of them were not quite what we were looking for. This one promises politics, murder, mystery, and romance! Sounds to me like just the right mix of awesome.

What do you think? Are you waiting for Long May She Reign? Or is there something else you’d prefer to read? Let us know in the comments!

Oh, and if you want us to read this book on the podcast, remember to vote in The Shelfie Showdown!

- The Butcher (1)

Mana-Punk Masterpiece: A Discussion of The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova



Join us for as we discuss recent book news, Shelfie developments, and Elise Kova’s newest release, The Alchemists of Loom!

WARNING: This is not a spoiler free review. If you haven’t read the book or hate spoilers you should check back with us once you have read The Alchemists of Loom.

Thank you so much for tuning in! We really hope that you enjoyed our most recent episode! We also hope you enjoyed The Alchemists of Loom as much as we did! If not, that’s ok too. We’d love to hear what you thought. Please share your opinions in the comments below!

Oh, and if you are curious and want to find out what guild you are in, you should take this quiz. Then tell us what guild you belong to. Are you making Chimera with the Alchemists or enjoying big booms with the Revolvers? All are welcome here!

If you are interested in voting on our March book please check out the book club or The Shelfie Showdown!

Tune in next time to hear what we thought of Caraval by Stephanie Garber!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the books mentioned in this episode!


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The Shelfie Showdown!

It is kickoff time and I have been trying to figure out a way for Shelfie to have our own Super Bowl Party of sorts! So, I have decided that we will have our own showdown. You see, we are having trouble deciding what we want to read for our March Podcasts. We’ve narrowed it down the five books, but we need you help to pick just two!

Here are the contenders:


Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.
Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.



When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!


Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.

Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he’s forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life.

With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.

A saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy.


30653880The breathtaking sequel to the acclaimed The Girl from Everywhere. Nix has escaped her past, but when the person she loves most is at risk, even the daughter of a time traveler may not be able to outrun her fate—no matter where she goes. Fans of Rae Carson, Alexandra Bracken, and Outlander will fall hard for Heidi Heilig’s sweeping fantasy.

Nix has spent her whole life journeying to places both real and imagined aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. And now it’s finally time for her to take the helm. Her father has given up his obsession to save her mother—and possibly erase Nix’s existence—and Nix’s future lies bright before her. Until she learns that she is destined to lose the one she loves. But her relationship with Kash—best friend, thief, charmer extraordinaire—is only just beginning. How can she bear to lose him? How can she bear to become as adrift and alone as her father?

Desperate to change her fate, Nix takes her crew to a mythical utopia to meet another Navigator who promises to teach her how to manipulate time. But everything in this utopia is constantly changing, and nothing is what it seems—not even her relationship with Kash. Nix must grapple with whether anyone can escape her destiny, her history, her choices. Heidi Heilig weaves fantasy, history, and romance together to tackle questions of free will, fate, and what it means to love another person. But at the center of this adventure are the extraordinary, multifaceted, and multicultural characters that leap off the page, and an intricate, recognizable world that has no bounds. The sequel—and conclusion—to the indie darling The Girl from Everywhere will be devoured by fans of Rachel Hartman and Maggie Stiefvater. Includes black-and-white maps.


24485589Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?


Welcome to the Shelfie Super Bowl! Tell us which on you’d like to hear us talk about on Shelfie in the comments! Let the showdown begin! 



February TBR + Book News!


So, before I get into my TBR, which I usually don’t plan. Let’s talk about the exciting (and not so exciting) news from the past few days in the world of books. Or at least what is going on in the world of Sarah J Maas. That’s the entire world of books right?

Hold on to your hat’s guys. This one is a doozy.

We will start with the good news. You guys remember that unnamed Chaol Westfall Novella that is being published this year? It has apparently turned into a full length novel. That’s the fabulous part. The bad part is it’s new publication date, which is September 5th. Which was the publication date for the final Throne of Glass novel. Unfortunately, Sarah has been suffering from some health issues and the Throne of Glass finale will be delayed until May of 2018. Now, my first response was to scream in despair because I just can’t imagine waiting any longer for that release. But, Sarah has brought so much joy to all of our lives through her books that I can’t do anything but with her the best. I may really want that final installment, but I can wait if it means she will get the time she needs for her health. We here at Shelfie certainly wish her the best and are absolutely looking forward to the Chaol Westfall novel, even if it come in September!

Now for the full TBR! You should know before I get into this that I have never laid out a TBR for myself before. I typically just read what I am in the mood for. That has worked well in that past, but I currently have 6 ARCs that need to be read, 4 of which release this month. I think it is time to try and plan my time just a little bit better. Here we go:

That is 9 books. I only read 7 in January, but I am pretty positive that I can pull off 9. Especially since I am almost finished with Traveler already. So, it’s really just 8. I can swing it.

Also, check out that glorious cover for The Prince’s Rogue by Elise Kova! The revealed it today! Stunning. I may think that because it features me favorite character, Baldair, but it may just be because it is glorious! I haven’t picked up the prequel series to Air Awakens yet, but as you can see I plan to remedy that this month.

That concludes my awesome book news and TBR. Are you planning to read anything on my list? Have you read them already? Are you crying about the ToG delay? Let me know what you thought in the comments!

- The Butcher (1)

January Wrap-Up + Book Haul


Welcome to Shelfie’s very first monthly wrap up where we will talk about the books we read in January of 2017, the posts we made, and the books we bought. This may be a long one, guys. Are you ready? Let’s start with what we read!




27969081I cannot properly express the love I have for this book. I started Labyrinth Lost when it released, but it got swallowed by the “to much to do” black hole that was my life at the time. First, the book itself is gorgeous; the cover is stunning, and there are nice graphic touches throughout. Second- and this was such a pleasant surprise- a bisexual main character. Alex’s sexuality is handled in such a perfect, matter-of-fact way, and I can’t thank Cordova enough to that bit of representation. The world is richly developed, pulling from the traditions of Diaspora religions to create an urban fantasy setting an premise unlike any in recent memory. I think the only reason I didn’t give it five stars was that it was my first book of the year.


27064385Honestly, going from the glory that was Labyrinth Lost to the searing disappointment that was Ivory and Bone was painful. This book has been on my shelf since mid-June; we were going to podcast it, but Caitlin and I both decided against it after reading the first chapter. One of my goals for 2017 is to read all the books I bought in 2016, but didn’t read/didn’t finish, but…ugh. Ivory and Bone promised me prehistoric Pride and Prejudice, and didn’t deliver at all. There are no class distinctions to overcome, nothing really that consistently speaks to the dynamic of P&P. Also, the story is told in first person present, which does not help the narrative. I understand wanting to emulate oral tradition of the era, but, this was a very poor choice on Esbaugh’s part. The only reason I didn’t give this one a single star, is that it is remarkably well researched. I’m pretty sure that, had I not needed a new book to take with me to the doctor’s, Ivory and Bone would have dropped me into a reading slump.


23924355This book saved me from a reading slump. Fear the Downing Deep is a quick read (I read it in less than a day), and it presents a lovely, eerie take on Celtic folklore and myths surrounding the sea. It did present as if it would be a bit more horror in tone, based on the blub, and I think the reviews suffered because of that. While there are definitely some horror elements, it reads more like a horror/fantasy than jump-scare. Marsh does a wonderful job of creating a definite mood for the book from page one. There were a couple of predictable points, and there is, sadly, insta-love, but those points weren’t enough to hurt my enjoyment. The myths tackled by Marsh aren’t often seen in modern fantasy; her nuanced handling of the subject matter is largely why this book snagged that fourth star.


21979832So, I was a bit late to the party on this one. It’s been on my To Read list for months, because TIMETRAVELING PIRATES YASSSS, but I just hadn’t found the time to pick it up. Amazon made it impossible to ignore, however, when they put the ebook on sale as part of the GoodReads Choice Awards promotion. I must say that I had forgotten this was a debut novel until after I finished reading; I wouldn’t have pegged it for a debut at all. The characters, even the side characters, get a lot of development in subtle ways throughout. Heilig’s take on time travel is unique, well thought out, and, most importantly, easily understandable. It’s no wonder The Girl from Everywhere made the Reader’s Choice list. It only has one little thing that kept it out of 5 star territory for me, but it’s a bit spoilery, so I’ll just say it wasn’t anything that hampered my enjoyment of the book.


31549513Okay, so Caitlin and I are recording a podcast on this book in just a few days, so I don’t want to go too crazy here. Still- this book should totally be on your To Read list. Alchemists has one of the most unique hard fantasy worlds I’ve ever seen. There are a few issues with pacing in places, and others that suffer from a lack of proper explanation, so it does have a few problems. If I were reviewing on literary merit, it would probably be a 3 star read. That said, I am completely in love with the world, and it’s Kova’s worldbuilding that earned that 4th star from me.


- The Butcher (1)

10874177I had been putting off starting The Finishing School series for years. I first came across them back in April of 2015 when I read The Parasol Protectorate. I probably would still be putting them off if my wonderful sister hadn’t bought me Curtsies and Conspiracies and Waistcoats and Weaponry for Christmas. So, I went out and acquired the first and last books in the series and dove in. Worth it. Etiquette and Espionage is mostly set up, but you meet some wonderful new characters and some old friends reborn. Add in the wonderful Victorian humor and it’s fabulous. Warning: If you are expecting as serious steampunk novel, don’t bother with this one. This series is Tea Punk Comedy at it’s best.


15723286Where Etiquette and Espionage was mostly setup for Carriger’s wonderful world of steampunk assassins, Curtsies and Conspiracies is a glorious romp from beginning to end. With the world established we get to see Sophronia and the crew at their finest. It amps up the action along with developing the cast. I can’t decide if I prefer it over Waistcoats and Weaponry, but it is most certainly close. Also, I need a wiener dog named Bumbersnoot that I can carry as a purse. I’m not the only one that wants that right?



It is extremely difficult to choose between Waistcoats and Weaponry and it’s predecessor. However, this book show you just a tiny glimpse of Lord Akledama, my favorite of Carriger’s Victorian era Supernaturals. So, that is certainly a plus. This novel is also an action packed comedy of manners from start to finish. There is simply no stopping. I had a hard time finding good spots to put it down. Due to that, this was the only book in the series that I read in one sitting. I guess it’s really not that hard to choose since I am talking about this book far more fondly than they other two. I can see where some people would be disappointed as the majority of the story takes place outside of Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, but I enjoyed seeing other parts of the world and not just the boarding school dirigible.



Manners and Mutiny was not the ending I wanted for this series. That is not to say that it wasn’t fun, because it was. I enjoyed every minute of it. That said, the end game was not as epic as I had expected it to be and the heavy handed nod to The Parasol Protectorate felt mostly like fan service. That said, Lord Akeldama makes a few more appearances in the finale and he is always a welcome guest star. I had really just hoped to see more from Sophornia and more from Sidheag, but it is true, she makes her permanent exit in Waistcoats and Weaponry. Oh so sad. To be honest, none of the books in this series have anything on Soulless, which is why none of them got five stars. That said, they are a very funny steampunk journey and were well worth my time. Though, they did have the side effect of making me want to read The Parasol Protectorate again. I have managed to push that off, but not for long as I also need to read Imprudence.



I was so excited for this debut novel. The cover is just gorgeous and it sounded like it would right up my alley. Sadly, it was nothing but a disappointment. Like I said in my full review, if you have been keeping up with YA Fantasy in recent years, you have already read this book. The powers are similar to Red Queen, the pacing reminded me of Stealing Snow, and the “twist” at the end was Snow Like Ashes reinterpreted. There was nothing about this novel that struck me as original. Which is super unfortunate because I was really hoping to be wowed. I know many of you were. It just really wasn’t for me.


30279514Dreadnought was a breath of fresh air after finishing Frostblood. It was action packed from start to finish and featured some serious girl power! And if you guys have been listening to the podcast or following my reviews, you know that is something I really like in my novels. It also doesn’t hurt that I am huge fan of all things Super Hero. So, when I heard there was book coming out about a Trangender hero, I just had to read it. And let me tell you, it is fabulous! Move over Captain Marvel! Dreadnought is here! I will have a full review of this beauty up as soon as I can find the right words to explain just how much I enjoyed it. That is taking longer than expected.



I had been looking forward to The Alchemists of Loom for months. I am a bit of an Elise Kova Fangirl. I even joined the Guild Games (Alchemists FTW), which had to be one of the coolest pre-release marketing events I have ever seen. I am so happy to say that this book did not let me down in anyway. There were some issues I had, that I will discuss in the upcoming podcast, but Kove didn’t fail to deliver her signature chemistry. Not to mention the fact that her world is remarkably unique. I haven’t read anything quite like The Alchemists of Loom. I really can’t wait to tell you guys more about it on the podcast!


Now, moving on from what we read last month, which was pretty impressive, if I do say so myself. We want to talk about the amazing books we bought! Get ready for the Shelfie haul!


Caitlin went a little overboard this month and bought seven books. Don’t worry, though. Dumbledore approves.


Cynthia was a little more reserved in her purchases, but she still bought some good ones!

Well, that’s it for our wrap-up guys! Have you read any of the books we read or bought? Did you enjoy them? Hate them? Let us know below! We’d love to discuss.