New Product!

Hello everyone,

The release of Empire of Storms, the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series has me super excited, and to commemorate this I have made a new bracelet inspired by the Throne of Glass series:

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For all my Firehearts out there! If you like this bracelet, but would like an alternate quote, feel free to request it with my custom listing!

Follow this link to my Etsy shop: EmiesNook

Happy Reading!
Emily

 

Favorite Literary Pooches

It’s National Dog Day! And in honor of Man’s Best Friend, I’ve compiled a list of three of my favorite literary pooches.

The first spot on this list can only go to the one, the only, the OG puppy bada**

  1. FLUFFY from Harry Potter

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Be honest with yourself, even when this giant dog was trying to kill Harry and his friends, you imagined him as your own personal guard dog and pet. Leave it to Hagrid to have a three-headed dog as his pet. Fluffy, you will always hold a special place in our hearts, even if you no longer guard the Philosopher’s Stone.

2. LADVARIAN from Heir to the Shadows (Black Jewels Trilogy #2) by Anne Bishophigh_drama_074
I absolutely love this series (if you haven’t heard about it, check out my review HERE). One of the most lovable characters in it is the Sceltie pup known as Ladvarian. Loyal to a fault and best friends with an Arcerian cat Kaelas, Ladvarian captured hearts the moment he bounded onto the page.

While no pictures of Scelties exist, here is an adorable Sheltie who reminds me of the little Warlord Ladvarian.

 

3. FLEETFOOT from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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While she doesn’t get enough page time, especially in the later books, Fleetfoot is one of the enduring lovable creatures in the Throne of Glass series (review HERE). Fleetfoot loves Celaena and makes friends wherever she goes. She loves to play fetch, and run around in open spaces. She is loved by the entire fandom, and Maas herself has said she is the only character guaranteed to survive.

And in a roundabout way, that brings me to what I want to get across in this post, and what the entire purpose of National Dog Day is. While Fleetfoot found her forever home with Celaena, not all dogs get such a happy ending. Fleetfoot herself was almost killed because she didn’t act like the other dogs.

“Kill it? Kill it? For what reason? What did it do to you?”

“It won’t make a suitable pet, which is what all of these dogs will become.”

“So you’d kill it because of its temperament? It can’t help being that way!”

Maas, Sarah J. (2012-08-07). Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass series Book 1) (p. 244). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Every dog deserves a forever home. Please help them find it. If not by adopting, then by donating your time or money to shelters in the area. No puppy should be killed because of temperament or because of lack of space and resources. Finding out about your local shelter is only a google search away. Here’s the link to the ASPCA’s website to help you find your local branch: ASPCA .

If you’d like some doggy merch which also benefits pooches in need, check out IHEARTDOGS.COM. Just for signing up for their emails they donate one meal to a shelter dog in need! (I found out about this company from my lovely big Maggie, at massachussetsnovel)

While National Dog Day is meant to bring awareness to the pups that need a human, it is also an opportunity to celebrate your own special best friend. So grab your treats and your party hat and snuggle extra hard today (or read about your favorite fictional snuggle buddy)!

As always, thank you for reading!

Emily

Bookish Bracelets and Coupon!

Just finished making some new product for my Etsy Shop! I’ve included some pictures below. If you’re interested in learning more, click the link above, or as always feel free to message me!

I’ve also set up a coupon for anyone who needs new swag for the school year (or any other reason).

Enjoy 20% with code BACK2SCHOOL until August 30.

I have also just started a new page called “Catalog” (you can see the link on the navigation bar above) with pictures of all the products you can find on my Etsy shop!

Throne of Glass Series

 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas                

Series Throne of Glass #1

Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens         

Genres Fantasy

Source Goodreads

Rating  

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien. 

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.


For my inaugural review, I’m going to write about my favorite series of all time:

THRONE OF GLASS by the wonderful Sarah J. Maas

(I’ve linked the title to the Goodreads page, if you would like to click and learn more.)

There is nothing bad that I can say about this series, other than it sucks you in and consumes your life, ruining all other books for a while. (After Heir of Fire was released, I must have spent a month rereading the entire series three times.)

I actually stumbled upon this book when wandering through the shelves at my local library in 2012 (I know, it was 3 years ago but this book stuck with me). I’ll admit that I was initially skeptical about the book, mainly because the cover was not the bada*$ one above, but a slightly less intimidating one featuring a cover model holding a dagger (the one to the right). Needless to say, my trepidations proved unfounded, and I discovered one of my favorite series of all time.

Remiscent of The Hunger Games, Celaena is called forth to win her freedom through completion of a series of trials meant to determine the best fighter in the kingdom and make them the King’s Champion. Celaena rises up to the challenge, proving herself an excellent fighter. Her strength in the face of such adversity provides a role-model for people of all ages, but her ability to hold onto her sense of self despite the situations she has been thrust into make her a heroine for the ages.

While Celaena captures you heart and mind, other character are not to be overlooked. The thief Nox, one of Celaena’s fellow competitors proves mysterious and lovable in his own way (and Sarah J. Maas has hinted that he will return in book 5). The princess Nehemiah, who provides Celaena with a friend and confidant in the castle full of spies. And, of course Prince Dorian Havilliard, and Chaol Westfall, the two love interests of the novel.

I know, love triangles are sometimes overrated but this one provides a new spin on the classic. For many reasons, Celaena’s choice is IMPOSSIBLE to make. Other than having to decide between two scrumptious men, her hatred for the King proves a hindrance to any romance between her and the Prince, and her and the Captain of the Guard. I’ll let you decide who to ship Celaena with when you read it.

The main complaint that I have read/heard about this book is that while she is called an assassin, she doesn’t actually do any “assassinating.” To those people, I would reply THIS ISN’T ACTUALLY THE FIRST BOOK OF THE SERIES. There is a series of Novellas that precludes this novel that covers the backstory as to how she got where she was at the beginning of Throne of Glass as well as some of her assassin exploits. 

I would recommend that you read these novellas, which have been compiled into a book The Assassin’s Blade, before reading this wonderful series. It really introduces you to Celaena Sardothein and provides some character background that isn’t covered in Throne of Glass. (It also introduces character that the author has hinted will appear again later in the series.)

Here are some links!

The Assassins Blade

Goodreads            Amazon

Throne of Glass

Goodreads            Amazon

Crown of Midnight

Goodreads            Amazon

Heir of Fire

Goodreads            Amazon

 This was originally posted on my previous blog, and has now been copied over.