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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Nevernight | Spoiler-Free (Fangirling) Review

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By: Jay Kristoff

Daughter of the Pirate King #1 | 311 Pages | Pub. 2016

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Nevernight at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★★
  • Heroine:  “Fuck running! I’m in a bloody corset” is our forever mood
  • Dude: We’d sneak out of our rooms for him
  • Steaminess:  Tric wins the Hall of Masks in our minds
  • Brutality: Bludgeoned to death with your own limbs

Pairs Well With:

Black Widow Martini

  • 1 1/2oz. Black rum
  • ¾ oz Creme de cacao
  • 1 cup ice
  • Black food color
  • Brown sugar for rim

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The City of Brass (Everyone Should Read this Book) | Book Review

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By: S.A. Chakraborty

The Daevabad Trilogy #1 | 533 Pages | Pub. 2017

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The City of Brass at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★★
  • Heroine: The female Aladdin we NEEDED
  • Dude 1: You had one job, Ali!!!!!
  • Dude 2: MAKE BETTER CHOICES!
  • Brutality: A child was melted to a boat. WTF

Pairs Well With

The Genie

  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz sloe gin
  • 1 oz gin
  • Crushed ice
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • Mint leaves

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Strange the Dreamer (All Hail Queen Laini) | Book Review

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By: Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer #1 | 544 Pages | Pub. 2017

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Strange the Dreamer at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★★
  • Heroine: She’s your BEST nightmare
  • Hero: New Book Boyfriend
  • Emotional: Izzy crying on the bathroom floor after Denny dies
  • Brutality: Baby murders

Pairs Well With:

Nightmares

  • 1.5 oz gin
  • ½ oz cherry brandy
  • ½ madeira
  • 1 tsp orange juice

Our Thoughts

CW: rape, murder

We loved Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series so we knew that we would like this book. What we didn’t know is what we were missing out on this past year since Strange the Dreamer came out. It’s gorgeous. The worldbuilding is intricate and flawless; the characters have heart and soul and dreams; and the language truly brings everything to life. This world is brutal but full of love and potential for goodness.

The only legitimate complaint we have about this book is that it is a long one. We wish we could have read it over a week or two, but sometimes we are not great at planning so we did it in three days. If you aren’t into long books then maybe walk away from this one, but realize you are missing out on literary gold. We also aren’t okay that we have to wait until freaking October for Muse of Nightmares but let’s blame the publisher not our queen Laini.

Beware, Spoilers are coming…

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Circe | Book Review

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By: Madeline Miller

Standalone | 394 Pages | Pub. 2018

Circe At a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★
  • Heroine: Mad witch skills
  • Brutality: We needed some trigger warnings
  • Steaminess: Not sending Helios a thank you card for the bestiality
  • Emotional: One glistening tear

Pairs Well With

Ambrosia

  • Ice
  • ¼ cup coconut rum
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice
  • Splash of grenadine

Beware…spoilers are coming! 

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