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Books I’ve Read (2024) 

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas 
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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas 
Rating: 5.0 Stars * * * * *
Things begin to get very real in this 4th book. I enjoyed this one almost as much as book 3 (Heir of Fire), and I very much enjoyed the interaction between Aelin and Rowan. Also, the intertwined witch story was remarkable in this book. Lots of great battle scenes, and I really appreciated the growth that Aelin is experiencing in this book and finding out who she really is. On to book 5!

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas 
Rating: 5.0 Stars * * * * *
This third book in the series was absolutely amazing. It was so good that I simply couldn’t put it down, and as a result got very little sleep while reading this. The romance part I didn’t enjoy in the first book didn’t get in the way at all–as a matter of fact, there wasn’t a whole lot of gushy romance stuff in this book. It was all pure action, intertwining 3 different stories all into one. What a fun and exciting read!

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas 
Rating: 4.5 Stars * * * * 
I enjoyed this second book in the series much better than the first. There was a lot more action, and also had the introduction of magic, which was well done. The romance part I didn’t care for didn’t get in the way as much, and the book had a few surprises that shocked me (I won’t give those away). 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 
Rating: 4.5 Stars * * * *
I found this book very interesting and fun to read, but I had a bit of a struggle with the romance part of the book. However, I liked it enough to continue reading the series. Caleana is an assassin with a dark past, but also shows a very human side to her (that’s the romance part). She is enlisted by the king to compete in a contest to become the king’s champion. I was expecting more action in the context part of the book, but the few scenes that the author did describe were great. 

The Fraud by Zadie Smith 
Rating: 3.5 Stars * * * 
I found this book fastinating. It tells the true story of the prolific author William Ainsworth through the setting of the year-long famous London Tichborne trial. Event though there wasn’t a lot of action in this book, the author kept my attention through most of the book. I found the portion of the book that took place in Jamaica a little long and slow, and not nearly as good as the other parts. I so enjoyed the main character, Mrs Touchet, and her interactions with Sarah ("the new Ainsworth").  

Tress and the Emerald Sea by Brandon Sanderson 
Rating: 5.0 Stars * * * * *
What a fun read this book was. It was very much like The Pricess Bride. When Tress’ love interest is captured by the Soceress, Tress embarks on a dangerous sea journey to save him. However, Dragons, deadly spores, and a hateful pirate captain all get in her way. What an adventure!  

The Vineyard by Maria Duenas 
Rating: 4.5 Stars * * * *
Way out of my genre, this book kept me awake until the wee hours of the morning. It was a great journey following the main character, a spanish miner who ran out of luck, lost everything, and looked for opportunities to restore his fortune. From Mexico City to Havana to Cadiz Spain, this adventure was an awesome one.  

Short Stories  by Roald Dahl 
Rating: 5.0 Stars * * * * 
This is the second time I’ve read these short stories, and I loved them even more than the first time I read them. Such clever writing. My favorites include Dip in the Pool, Taste, Royal Jelly, Parson’s Pleasure, and The Visitor (actually, I liked all of them!) 

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