Happy Book Birthday to Kingdom of Ash! We’re a mix of excitement and nerves to read the finale to the Throne of Glass series. It’s a bit surreal that the end is finally here. I’d like to say that after seven books, we are ready for whatever emotional rollercoaster Sarah J. Maas decides to throw us on. But history has shown that she manages to surprise us every time and leave us drowning in book feels!
All week we are celebrating this epic series with fun content on our blog. Today, we bring you a Covers and Cupcakes post dedicated to the Throne of Glass series!
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Tomorrow marks a momentous occasion for YA readers. Sarah J. Maas’ massively popular and beloved fantasy series, Throne of Glass, comes to an end with its final installment, Kingdom of Ash. It’s been a long, emotionally wrought journey for Aelin, her cohorts, and readers alike. Faiza and I thought this would be a good time to take a look back at one of our favorite YA fantasy series and share what we love so much about it.
*Mild spoilers for the series are included.*
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Wildcard is the second book in the Warcross duology. Marie Lu’s latest series is a futuristic sci-fi story about a virtual reality game called Warcross. In the first book, we meet Emika Chen, bounty hunter and hacker, just barely surviving in New York. She’s on her own and leading a tough life. All that changes when she is unexpectedly hired by Hideo Tanaka, creator of Warcross, to investigate the very security breach that resulted in her accidental glitch into the championship game. Emika travels to Tokyo and is at once embroiled in a dangerous conspiracy. The sequel finds Emika struggling to come to terms with a harsh truth she learns about Hideo and keeping herself alive long enough to prevent the misuse of technology at the hands of a misguided adversary.
The Warcross duology is an action-packed, intense, and exciting adventure in the world of gaming that won’t let you breathe till the last page.
And now onto my Bitmoji Review of Wildcard! Also, you’ve been warned:
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From the moment we heard about Ayesha At Last, we knew it was a must read. A Muslim romcom inspired by the classic Pride and Prejudice? SOLD! When we discovered the US release date wasn’t until 2019, and that Canada was getting it June 2018, we were very tempted to visit our neighbors to the north. Thanks to author Uzma Jalaluddin, we didn’t need to travel to Canada to get our hands on a copy of Ayesha At Last. She graciously and generously sent one our way to read and honestly review. Thank you SO much for sending us your book, Uzma!
Co-blogger Faiza was the lucky one to read Ayesha At Last and she shares her thoughts below!
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When it comes to reviewing books, there’s no one way to do it. Some bloggers like to write a critical analysis, while others like to take an informal approach and simply discuss their general thoughts on a book. Still others choose a more expressive approach and use GIFs to convey their feelings. Or perhaps they share “101 Thoughts I Had While Reading X Book” posts, or even “Top 5 Reasons to Read X Book” posts gushing about a recent read. I’ve been brainstorming creative ways to talk about books on my blog for a long time now…. and well…
I’m excited to share a new blog feature: Bitmoji Book Reviews! If you aren’t familiar with Bitmoji, it’s a free app where you can create an avatar of yourself and become your own personal emoji. There is a whole library of moods and feelings to choose from all based on your avatar (example above). It’s a fun way to communicate through texts, so I thought why not try it out for book reviews?
I’ll be posting my first Bitmoji Book Review in a couple days, so be sure to check it out and let me know what you think!