Ruin & Rising | Book Review

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By: Leigh Bardugo

The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #3 | 422 Pages | Pub. 2014

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Ruin & Rising at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★
  • Heroine: Why is she in charge of anything?
  • Dude: He deserves better. #teammal
  • Steaminess: The glass windows fogged a touch
  • Brutality: Ripped apart by bird-things

Pairs Well With

Fireball

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Queen of Air and Darkness (Wait, what?! x100) | Book Review

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By: Cassandra Clare

The Dark Artifices #3 | 880 Pages | Pub. 2018

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Queen of Air and Darkness at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★1/2
  • Heroine: My stab-happy hero
  • Dude: THE LOVE OF MY LIFE
  • Steaminess: Three times the steam
  • Brutality: Head popped like a bottle top

Review

Oh lord, how do I even begin? I have no words and all the words at the same time. First of all, this is my favorite shadowhunter series. I love the others, but Clare’s writing has grown and with it, her characters. I am going to have to do a love hate breakdown on this and I can’t write it without spoilers so if you haven’t read any of The Dark Artifices STOP NOW.

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A Darker Shade of Magic | Book Review

By: V.E. Schwab

Shades of Magic #1 | 400 Pages | Pub. 2015

A Darker Shade of Magic at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★ 1/2
  • Heroine: My favorite wanna be pirate
  • Dude: I’d follow him to Creepy London
  • Sass: Aelin level sarcasm
  • Brutality: Melt into a pile of goo… real goo

Pairs Well With

London Proper

  • 2 cranberries (muddled)
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice.
  • 1 ounce simple syrup.
  • 1 1/2 ounces dry gin.
  • 2 dashes orange bitters.
  • 3 ounces DRY Sparkling Juniper Berry Soda
  • Garnish: 2 cranberries and orange twist.
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Heart of Iron | Book Review

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By: Ashley Poston

Heart of Iron # 1 | 480 Pages | Pub. 2018

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Heart of Iron at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★ 1/2
  • Heroine: Total Once Upon a December vibes
  • Dude: I, Robot
  • Steaminess: Was Terminator steamy? 

  • Brutality: My heart needs a bandaid

Pairs Well With:

Robot Shot

  • ½ pint Jack Daniel’s Whiskey
  • ⅛ pint Absolut vodka
  • 2 drop grenadine 

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Muse of Nightmares | We Have NO Chill About This Book

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By: Laini Taylor

Strange The Dreamer # 2| 528 Pages | Pub. 2018

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Muse of Nightmares at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★★
  • Heroine: Badass ghost monster of revenge
  • Dude: He’s home and world to us, too
  • Steaminess:  Sign me up for Lazlo’s dreams
  • Brutality: Having to prepare your own body for cremation

Pairs Well With

Nightmares

  • 1 part Gin
  • 1 part Dubonnet
  • ½ part Cherry Brandy
  • ½ part Orange Juice

Beware. Spoilers are ahead because we have absolutely no chill about this book. ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK. 

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