Milky Way of Books. Quarantine Time Reads (Part 1)


Hello, dears! Coming back from this hibernation feels good! I had some very good books which I enjoyed during the little free time I had during quarantine (working from home is hell), so I finally found the chance to share them with you! Some span months back but with some recent amazing developments (especially in the Grishaverse), I felt like it was finally time! 

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

The Grishaverse will be coming to Netflix soon with Shadow and Bone, an original series!

The wolves are circling and a young king will face his greatest challenge in the explosive finale of the instant #1 New York Times-bestselling King of Scars Duology.

The Demon King. As Fjerda's massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm—and even the monster within—to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king's gift for the impossible.

The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost.

The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart.

King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.



Fun fact: I had finished this book before the Shadow and Bone release on Netflix. The book was a rollercoaster of emotional action and everything I love in Leigh's writing. Knowing that this was also Nikolai's book along with the cameos of many characters AND that ending that followed when I finally got to the Netflix series I was a giddy mess of feels...especially for Ben Barnes.

The book continues from where we were left off. Nikolai and Zoya have many open war fronts, alliances are tested and among others, there is a blight that destroys everything and no one knows its origins...or is there someone who does?

While I didn't mind the plot lines that in the end became connected, I did want more cameos of the other characters. I know it is kind of selfish of me but I really wanted a meeting between Kaz and YOU KNOW WHO. That happened in the Netflix series so my wish did come true? :P

Additionally, I really liked how the story moved from Nikolai to Zoya making her the strongest character; not that Nikolai wasn't, God knows I will die if I even see the actor who will play this role. But I loved how Leigh explored the power in a woman and to the lengths, she would go to protect those she loves.

Nina and Hanne on the other hand seemed they had the worst 'heist' to pull off. Being in Fjerda with spies and danger felt more...stressful. I liked how Hanne explored her powers and the romance with Nina...but it felt a little rushed and while I wanted her to have a HEA...I still mourn Mattias.

The final part of the book with that trip and how the events unfolded felt a little off? Does that...tree have a specific role? Could it be that 'HE' wants something more? Also the ending and final words of Zoya? HOLY WOW THAT WAS A CLIFFHANGER FOR THE NEXT SERIES!

In the end, I do understand that in my mind I have connected the books with the Netflix series and seriously want like 8 seasons? But in the end, what matters is the book in your hands and the story that you immerse yourself in and fall in love with the characters.
Definitely one amazing book by Leight Bardugo and I can not wait for fo the next series in the Six of Crows world!

About the author:

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse (now a Netflix original series) which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, the King of Scars Duology, and The Language of Thorns—with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House (Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Fantasy 2019) which is being developed for television by Amazon Studios. Leigh grew up in Southern California and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles. For information on new releases and appearances, sign up for her newsletter.

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Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

The Shadowhunters must catch a killer in Edwardian London in this dangerous and romantic sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Chain of Gold, from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare. Chain of Iron is a Shadowhunters novel.

Cordelia Carstairs seems to have everything she ever wanted. She’s engaged to marry James Herondale, the boy she has loved since childhood. She has a new life in London with her best friend Lucie Herondale and James’s charming companions, the Merry Thieves. She is about to be reunited with her beloved father. And she bears the sword Cortana, a legendary hero’s blade.

But the truth is far grimmer. James and Cordelia’s marriage is a lie, arranged to save Cordelia’s reputation. James is in love with the mysterious Grace Blackthorn whose brother, Jesse, died years ago in a terrible accident. Cortana burns Cordelia’s hand when she touches it, while her father has grown bitter and angry. And a serial murderer is targeting the Shadowhunters of London, killing under cover of darkness, then vanishing without a trace.

Together with the Merry Thieves, Cordelia, James, and Lucie must follow the trail of the knife-wielding killer through the city’s most dangerous streets. All the while, each is keeping a shocking secret: Lucie, that she plans to raise Jesse from the dead; Cordelia, that she has sworn a dangerous oath of loyalty to a mysterious power; and James, that he is being drawn further each night into the dark web of his grandfather, the arch-demon Belial. And that he himself may be the killer they seek.



Ah, my lovely Shadowhunters...children with all the emotions and secrets and obligations.
Chain of Iron is the second book of the series which continues after the events of the first book. Cordelia and James are to be married, Grace is still a b*ch and the rest of the cast have all to deal with their own stories and insecurities.

I loved Cassandra's writing she has a way of pulling my heartstrings...but also wanting me to throttle her characters as they all just needed to TALK things! And while there were more sinister plots at work especially from the Demons, I gained the feeling that all of them fell victims to the events; Matthew and Cordelia, James and that damn bracelet, Anna and her feelings, Lucie and her powers who really should have just asked for help, all of them gave to the plot the power to move on, especially as we see here some of the events that set forth Malcolm Fade's actions in The Dark Artifices series.

Despite some issues I had with the plot that didn't stop me from enjoying the world, the historical setting at the beginning of the 20th century, seeing William and Tessa again as also the cliffhanger. Seriously Cassandra Clare knows how to keep me on my toes till the next book!

Recommended if you are a long-standing fan of the fandom!

About the author:

"Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts."

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ARC Review: "Grace and Glory" (The Harbinger #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Grace and Glory by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Danger, betrayal, and enticing forbidden love clash in book three of #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Harbinger trilogy!

When Angels Fall

Trinity Marrow has lost the battle and her beloved Protector. Even with both demons and Wardens on her side, Trin may not win the war against the Harbinger.

Bringing Lucifer back to the world to fight the Harbinger is probably a really, really bad idea, but they’re out of options—and the world’s ultimate fallen angel is the only being powerful enough to impact the outcome.

As Trin and Zayne form a new and more dangerous bond and Lucifer unleashes Hell on earth, the apocalypse looms and the world teeters on the end of forever. Win or lose, one thing is certain—nothing will ever be the same.



I received an e-ARC from the author and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

What can I say? It's been almost 2 weeks and still, I don't know what more to think of how masterfully this series ended. Should I mention the action? The smoldering romance of Trinity and Zayne as also their deep connection? Or should I maybe comment on the other characters that completed this group of awesomeness and hilarious moments?

Grace and Glory pick up right after from where the previous book left us. Trinity wants to find a way to save the world from a genocide bent Archangel, even if it means summoning Lucifer (not the bar owner sorry). With Zayne on the loose as a Fallen Angel with his powers intact, Trinit will need something more than her Grace to help her defeat Gabriel.

I loved how beautifully Jennifer explored the dynamic of Zayne and Trinity in this book; she took her time to layout their emotions, fears, and love. I enjoyed Cayman's banter and funny moments and I certainly laughed out with some very...disturbing yet funny scenes making me even more needy to finally marathon Supernatural.

The surprises at the end of the book were something I did not expect though in my opinion, Jennifer did a much better job on Michael's actions and kind of redemption, in comparison at least with another father figure (yes I am looking at you Apollo).

By this point, I can not distinguish anymore which book by Jennifer Armentrout is the best. All are and I certainly will continue to recommend them. If you are as excited as I was about the release, brace yourselves for when this lovely releases!

About the author:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more.