I’m baaaaccckkk. Because I have already read so much this year I have decided to break my favorite annual post (my reading list) into a monthly series. Here is month two! If you missed it you can check out my January reading list. You can also keep up with Hunkiedorië this year as I release more book content than I have in the past. Let me know what you think, do you have any suggestions on what I should read next?
Disclaimer: there may be a few minor spoilers in some of my personal reviews of each book. If you read on you have been warned.
What I’ve Read So Far:
Once just wasn’t enough, to start of my February reading I reread all of the ACOTAR books as soon as I finished them. Having already read them I was able to speed read. I convinced my little sister to read them so I could have someone to talk about them with so I reread them along with her so we could fangirl together. For those reviews check out my January reading list.
The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass Series, Book 1)
by Sarah J. Maas
Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom’s most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin’s Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.
When Celaena’s scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes-and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn’s orders, Celaena risks unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too. They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn’s clutches-and if they fail, they’ll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives . . .
A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers readers a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling-and deadly-world.
Hunkiedorië Review: Let me just say, this book WRECKED me, but up until the end I loved every page. Crying to the point that I actually couldn’t finish the book. Since I had already read book one not knowing this prequel existed I knew enough of what happened that I felt confident ending this book early, because my over emotional/broken hearted self couldn’t bear to read on. However, I would 100% recommend that readers read this collection of prequel novellas prior to starting the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Mass.
Included in this volume:
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
The Assassin and the Healer
The Assassin and the Desert
The Assassin and the Underworld
The Assassin and the Empire
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass Series, Book 2)
by Sarah J. Maas
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
Hunkiedorië Review: This series has me hooked. Originally I read this book prior to the prequel, and although I don’t feel as though I missed out because of it since the prequel was published later, I would recommend reading the Assassins Blade first if you can. You will get a little more insight to what makes Celaena who she is and what she has battled to get this far, especially romantically. I absolutely love Celaena’s strength and sass, after all you can’t spell assassin without sass! This book is a great start to a stellar series.
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass Series, Book 3)
by Sarah J. Maas
After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade – while pretending to do the king’s bidding – will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn’t the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she’s made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple…
Hunkiedorië Review: This was another heartbreaker, I just want my girl Celaena to catch a break. Her complicated past and mysterious destiny start to take shape in this book catapulting readers towards what is sure to be a bumpy ride as fate wrestles the reigns from Calaena whether she is ready or not.
Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass Series, Book 4)
by Sarah J. Maas
Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak-but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life-and her future-forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?
Hunkiedorië Review: After having my mind blown at the end of Crown of Midnight I could not wait to see what “Celaena” was going to get up to across the sea. It looks like she has finally met her match, someone to whoop her back into shape and put an end to her little pity party, and I am here for the her new fine feathered friend!
Queen of Shadow (Throne of Glass Series, Book 5)
by Sarah J. Maas
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. Now she returns to the empire – to confront the shadows of her past …
Bloodthirsty for revenge on the two men responsible for destroying her life, and desperate to find out if the prince and his captain are safe, Celaena returns to Rifthold. She has accepted her identity as Aelin Galathynius, the lost Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, there are dark truths to learn and debts to be paid. Aelin must stay hidden beneath her assassin’s hood and draw on her mortal strength as Celaena to prevent the King of Adarlan from tearing her world apart. Only then can she fight for her people.
Hunkiedorië Review: This book was exciting and so satisfying. SJM brings the band together in an exciting and heartwarming way, uniting family, friends and romantic interests. Some of my favorite moments from the series are in this book, especially Rowan and Arobynn’s body oil interaction! I don’t really love the witches story line in these early books but they are there for a reason and it pays off in the end.
Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass Series, Book 6)
by Sarah J. Maas
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.
As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
Hunkiedorië Review: Okay two words Aelin and pirates! I could reread Aelin returning to Skull’s bay and antagonizing Rolf over and over again. Empire of Storms is probably my favorite book in the series. This book is packed with monsters, adventure and a sprinkle of romance to top it all off. There really isn’t much more a girl can ask for.
Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass Series, Book 7)
by Sarah J. Maas
Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.
His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica–the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.
But what they discover in Antica will change them both–and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.
Hunkiedorië Review: Does Chaol (who I always read as Carol, I can’t help it) deserve his own book, hell no. He is an ass that deserves to stay buried in the ruble of the glass castle. I know this is harsh but that is how I feel about this little bitch boi. Did I hate that this book needed to exist? Yes. Did I end up liking it? Also yes, grudgingly, it did do some great things for the series and the overall plot. Did it come at the worst time? Yes! I mean what the heck is going to happen to Aelin, we can’t just leave our girl hanging like that while we follow Chaol around through his story. It is worth the read, you can’t skip this story as much as you may want to, it is important and does redeem Chaol a bit.
Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass Series, Book 8)
by Sarah J. Maas
Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Aelin Galathynius’s journey from slave to king’s assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world. . .
Aelin has risked everything to save her people-but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…
With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation-and a better world.
And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen-before she is lost to him forever.
As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.
Hunkiedorië Review: Even though the series was eight books they went by too quickly. I know all good things must come to an end and SJM did a beautiful job bringing it all to a close. That being said I really could have done with out pouty Aedion ruining things with Lysandra, what a waste, I was so frustrated reading through that storyline. Also screw Aelin having to give up the majority of her power, I hate when this happens in media. This was one of the things that really makes Aelin who she is and I loved the badassery that came along with this part of her that I felt it really was a shame that SJM went the sacrifice route. Call me greedy but I want it all.
House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City Series, Book 1)
by Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J. Maas’s bestselling Crescent City series begins with House of Earth and Blood, which follows the story of half-Fae and half-human Bryce Quinlan as she seeks revenge in a contemporary fantasy world of magic, danger, and searing romance.
Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life-working hard all day and partying all night-until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.
Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose-to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.
As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion-one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.
Hunkiedorië Review: How much did I love this book? Enough to stay up all night on a Saturday reading it all the way through only to snore through my facial appointment the next day, much to my esthetician’s amusement. I loved the modern day setting of these books. Combining magic and fantasy elements with modern day technology and society was something that I didn’t know I needed in my life but now I can’t imagine living without! SJM’s writing gets better and better with each series and I can’t wait to see what the Crescent City series has in store for readers.
House of Sky and Breath (Crescent City Series, Book 2)
by Sarah J. Maas
Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar are trying to get back to normal-they may have saved Crescent City, but with so much upheaval in their lives lately, they mostly want a chance to relax. Slow down. Figure out what the future holds.
The Asteri have kept their word so far, leaving Bryce and Hunt alone. But with the rebels chipping away at the Asteri’s power, the threat the rulers pose is growing. As Bryce, Hunt, and their friends get pulled into the rebels’ plans, the choice becomes clear: stay silent while others are oppressed, or fight for what’s right. And they’ve never been very good at staying silent.
Hunkiedorië Review: Just when I thought her books couldn’t get better SJM hits us with HOSAB and good lord, I am still trying to pick my jaw off the floor. I don’t want to say much as this book is so new and I don’t want to spoil anything just know that you need to read this.
Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone Trilogy, Book 1)
by Leigh Bardugo
Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold – a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.
Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country’s magical military elite – and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.
As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.
Welcome to Ravka . . . a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.
Hunkiedorië Review: After falling in love with the Netflix adaptation of this book I couldn’t wait to dive into reading the Grishaverse books, and I hate to say I was really disappointed. Maybe it was because I had been reading all these strong female characters in Sarah J. Maas’s books, or maybe it was the narrator when I listened to the audio book on my morning commute but I could not get on team Alina. This character felt winey and immature throughout the whole series. And on top of that I don’t see what appeal some readers find in the Darkling. In the show I get it Ben Barnes is a total hottie, but the way the character is written doesn’t really do it for me. I hate to say it but I would not recommend this book, but once I start something I need to see it through to the finish so I pushed myself through the next two books.
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Siege and Storm (Shadow and Bone Trilogy, Book 2)
by Leigh Bardugo
Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Alina Starkov’s power has grown, but not without a price. She is the Sun Summoner—hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Shadow Fold. But she and Mal can’t outrun their enemies for long.
The Darkling is more determined than ever to claim Alina’s magic and use it to take the Ravkan throne. With nowhere else to turn, Alina enlists the help of an infamous privateer and sets out to lead the Grisha army.
But as the truth of Alina’s destiny unfolds, she slips deeper into the Darkling’s deadly game of forbidden magic, and further away from her humanity. To save her country, Alina will have to choose between her power and the love she thought would always be her shelter. No victory can come without sacrifice—and only she can face the oncoming storm.
Hunkiedorië Review: Still unimpressed, but now on top of it Mal is just as annoying as Alina, grow up both of you!
Ruin and Rising (Shadow and Bone Trilogy, Book 3)
by Leigh Bardugo
Soldier. Summoner. Saint.The nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
The Darkling rules from his shadow throne while a weakened Alina Starkov recovers from their battle under the dubious protection of the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Now her hopes lie with the magic of a long-vanished ancient creature and the chance that an outlaw prince still survives.
As her allies and enemies race toward war, only Alina stands between her country and a rising tide of darkness that could destroy the world. To win this fight, she must seize a legend’s power—but claiming the firebird may be her ruin.
Hunkiedorië Review: Finally made it through the trilogy and good riddance Grishaverse…for now. I have already bought the Six of Crows Duology, which I hear is better, but I will need a break from Bardugo characters for a while.
I have absolutely loved all that BookTok is throwing my way and I can not wait to share my monthly reading list with you all as we move through 2022. If you have any suggestions please let me know!
My Top 5 Reads of 2022 (thus far)
- A Court of Mist and Fury
- A Court of Wings and Ruin
- House of Earth and Blood
- House of Sky and Breath
- Empire of Storms
My Top 5 Reads of 2021
- The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (Theodoa Goss)
- The Viscount Who Loved Me (Julia Quinn)
- The Toll (Neal Shusterman)
- The Midnight Library (Matt Haig)
- The Immortals (Jordanna Max Brodsky)
My Top 5 Reads of 2020
- Mr. Dickens and His Carol (Samantha Silva)
- Scythe (Neal Shusterman)
- Thunderhead (Neal Shusterman)
- The Vine Witch (Luanne G. Smith)
- Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
My Top 5 Reads of 2019
- The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman)
- Strange Practice (Vivian Shaw)
- Dreadful Company (Vivian Shaw)
- Grave Importance (Vivian Shaw)
- Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
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