30 Days of Writing Prompts: Day Five

A little information before I get into my actual story.

This idea was created by Ali from HardbackHoarder on YouTube. She’s posting a prompt every day to get her, and anyone who participates, creative juices flowing. I found it to be such a fantastic idea. I think it will help get us all in shape for the crazy month that is the National Novel Writing Month. You may even find inspiration for dialogue, characters, or plots within these prompts! Anything can happen.

You can find more information at these links:

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Day Five: Include these three things: A campfire, lightning bugs, and a note.

This prompt was found at OTP Prompts

The summer breeze blew through the trees that surrounded the small campsite. It’s not really a campsite, at least not one people knew about or that could be found on a map. Jada had found it years before Sam came into her life.

Sam wished, for the thousandth time, that she’s met her long before she had. They would’ve had more time.

The fire she built was minuscule and flickered threateningly in the wind. A small part of her hoped it’d go out.

She stood and put her hands in her pockets, feeling the crinkle of the smooth paper under her fingers. Her fists clenched to keep from trembling. With her back to the fire and she could see the flashes of light flying in and out of the trees.

Jada loved this place and Sam could never understand why though they’d been here plenty of times. How could the beauty of nature possibly compare to the beauty of Jada?

Before the incident the answer was simple: it couldn’t. But now she could see how alike Jada and the nature surrounding her were. Like the lightning bugs, she was a light in the darkness calling to Sam, flickering with warmth like the fire. Jada was the tree’s that surrounded and protected her, and the hesitant but strong breeze of the night.

This is where she could feel Jada. She couldn’t feel her in the small cemetery behind the run-down church. How could she?

Here’s where her memories of Jada lived, where she would hold them forever. Locked away.

Sam pulled the crumpled paper from her pocket almost harshly. Cursing herself for being so weak. She wished she were as strong as Jada was.

Sammy Sam,

It’s your birthday! Yay! You’re not my underage nugget anymore! You’re my of age nugget. I’m not sure why I’m writing this note because I’ll probably never give it to you. I’ve never been good at writing…you know that. I’d much rather tell you everything in person, but you mentioned the other day how cute and romantic you think hand written notes are.

Only for you.

You know how much I love you, I know you do. You tell me all the time that my feelings for you are loud and clear. Which makes sense…I think in general I’m a loud and clear person. But I never want to stop reminding you.

You deserve the world, Sam. I intend to be the one to give it to you. Every single day for the rest of our lives. Until there’s nothing else I could possibly give you, of myself or the world. You’ll have it all.

My heart is your heart. Your happiness is my purpose.

Yours forever until infinite,

Jay

The tears weren’t coming. Sam wanted them to come, she wanted the satisfaction of feeling her sorrow leave her drop by drop. Streaking down her face. The sorrow wasn’t leaving.

It never will.

Jada was more than the love of her life. She was her best friend, confidant, protector, supporter, happiness, soulmate, and so much more that could never be replaced.

Anger rose in her, quick and relentless. It was stolen from her, all of it. Her life, love, happiness. Jada was taken from her as quickly as an eagle dives for a field mouse and just as unforgiving.

She lifted the note, ready to rip it down the middle. She wanted to throw it in the fire, yell and scream. Punch the trees and stomp the ground.

A single lightning bug stops her. A single tiny, flickering lightning bug settled on the note.

Her anger vanished just as quickly as it appeared and all she could do was smile at the soul she felt was within that tiny life.

She smiled at the memories this place held for her. She smiled at her love, at her life. She smiled at Jada’s strength until the very end. At that moment she made a silent promise.

Only for you, Jada. I will continue living.

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September Wrap-up

Another month down…

How is it already October?! Yesterday it was January!

Another decent reading month with 8 books finished, 1 book read halfway before I had to put it down, and 1 book started! I also participated in 1 read-a-thon this month, completely unplanned. Completely worth it.

After looking back through my original September TBR I was surprised with how many books I read that were actually on that list. I read 6 of the 11 books on my original list.

I read some really fantastic books this month and I’m excited to share them!

To the books!

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh: I was compelled to give this work 5/5 stars. I was completely taken by it, and it still hasn’t loosened its hold on me even though it’s been a month since I read it! The characters, writing, and plot were fantastic. 

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab: It honestly pains me to give This Savage Song 3/5 stars. If I were unbiased, it would undoubtedly deserve a 4/5 stars based on imagination, character complexity and development, and plot. But I have conflicting emotions toward this story and these characters. I’m hoping to get a full review up for it soon. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: This was the first book by Sarah J. Maas I’ve ever read, and I was not disappointed! I can see why so many people are obsessed with her work. I gave this 4/5 stars. I enjoyed almost everything about the story from the writing and the way Maas weaved Beauty and the Beast into the story to the plot. I did have some issues with it, but overall the book was fantastic.

Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat: This book received 3.5/5 stars. I thought it was enjoyable in regards to characters, diversity, and plot. The writing is good, it fit well enough with the time I see the story set it, but sometimes it seemed over the top. I’m looking forward to reading the next books because I want to see how it could turn into romance.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz: I rated this book 4/5 stars. It was a part of my reading for #DiverseAThon and I enjoyed almost everything about it. I adored the characters, the writing was where it fell off for me but it didn’t take out the enjoyment I had reading it.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: I accomplished reading it before the movie came out! Yay. I gave it a 4/5 stars. I loved the plot and the writing, the peculiar children are so interested to me I could read about their lives forever. Jacob became the issue for me, I loved his character, but it was off. His age didn’t mesh with his thoughts. And I wasn’t a fan of the trope I found this book to have. Other than that it was fantastic and I’m excited to read the second one and see the movie.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: There are no words to describe my extreme obsession with Six of Crows, the world, plot, and characters. I want to give it an infinite amount of stars, but since that would be crazy I’ll make peace with giving it 5/5 stars. The plot was incredibly unique, and that characters were so complex and interesting. I love every single one of them and will definitely be reviewing Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom!

A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer: I didn’t rate this book because for me how can I rate something someone had to live through. If I took every element out of it besides writing I’d give it a 2/5 stars. But I can’t take away from the impact the story had on me. It was definitely a difficult read, but also incredibly enlightening and insperational.

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: I was so sad when I started this book for #DiverseAThon and ended up putting it down halfway through. I could feel myself falling into a reading slump, and it wasn’t helping. I had such high expectations for it that I think it may have ruined it for me. I didn’t enjoy the writing, and I didn’t connect with the characters. I may go back when hype around it has died down and try to read it again.

There you have it! My September Wrap-up!

Did you read any of these books this month? Did you enjoy them?

#DiverseAThon TBR

Here we go again! 

I seem to always find out about Read-A-Thon’s I want to join the day before they start. I really wasn’t planning on doing another one so soon after #ReadThemAllThon but I’m willing to do it for this. 

The #DiverseAThon is the reaction of four lovely, amazing ladies to the video questioning and putting diversity down that’s been going around lately.

I haven’t seen the video, nor do I intend to give it any attention (it doesn’t need another view, I’m sure) beyond supporting diversity in literature and in life.

I owe my open-minded inclination to inclusivity to reading. I’ve learned more than I even realize about the world and all of the different people that live in it from reading a wide selection of diverse books. These books have fueled my desire to travel and experience different peoples and cultures outside the United States. 

Diversity will always have a place and purpose in literature. Whether it be sexuality, race, religion, socio-economic…etc, a person cannot go through life without experiencing diversity. 

That being said! Here’s my TBR for this week long Read-A-Thon, starting September 12th and ending September 19th in which you can discover exactly what diversity means to you. There aren’t any challenges, the only guidelines being that it’s a week long and you read and discuss diverse books. 

Links to the hostesses YouTube announcements:

Christina Marie, Joce, Monica, and Whitney

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an-ember-in-the-ashesAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Goodreads Synopsis

Sabaa Tahir identifies as a “British-born, American-raised South-Asian descended writer,” which makes her extremely diverse to me. I’m not sure how much diversity is within the book itself, but I feel it is every bit as important to support diverse authors as it is to support diverse content and characters!

This book has also been on my TBR forever, and being so late to the party, I already had it on hand.

 

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The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Goodreads Synopsis

I loved the Wrath & the Dawn. I loved the world, diversity, and learning about Middle Eastern culture through a Fantasy book.

The sequel is sure to be every bit as diverse. Not only is the book and characters diverse, but Ahdieh is also of mixed race. 

I adore her writing and the way she supports diversity in her books and makes it incredibly magical.

 

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Goodreads Synopsis

I have been needing to read this book for months. I’ve heard so many good things about it. I support everything that is LGBTQ+, and always will. 

I love seeing more and more LGBTQ+ because I remember a time when the only place I could easily find such topics was diving through the depths of Mibba and Wattpad. 

My TBR’s are ALWAYS ambitious. Reading 3 books (including the semi-mammoth that is An Ember in the Ashes) in the span of a week, working full time, working out, and keeping up with my blog and bookstagram just doesn’t seem possible! But I’ll do my best. I love that we’re all coming together to support diversity in the best way we know how!

#ReadThemAllThon Wrap-up

My first ever reading challenge has come to an end!

I’m very happy to have participated in this challenge. Even though I didn’t reach my goal, I read a lot of good books and put a dent in my TBR!

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My goal for this Read-a-Thon was to read 8 books, each following the rules of one of the challenges and earning me a gym badge and combat power points for the Pokemon I chose.

In the end, I completed 5 out of the 8 challenges…which I’m pretty happy about since my list was entirely over-ambitious.

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Book Choice: The Raven Boys by Maggie SteifvaterCover_ravenboys_300

Status: Completed August 30th

Pages: 409

Thoughts: I don’t currently have a full review posted on this book. I’m not sure if I’ll post one but it wouldn’t count anyway. Just know that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I gave it a 4/5 Stars and I can’t wait to continue with this series!

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Book Choice: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera9781616956776-400x600

Status: Completed August 15th

Pages: 300

Thoughts: This book hit me so hard. It was the perfect mix of incredible happiness and the deepest, darkest sadness. I cried so much. So much. I gave this book a 5/5 Stars and I would read anything Adam Silvera created. I have a full review of it posted!

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911Xmhn9+rLBook Choice: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

Status: Completed August 16th

Pages: 327

Thoughts: This was hyped before it was even contemplated by J.K. Rowling. I didn’t find it fantastic, not anything compared to the 7 book series. It’s something completely separate for me. My advice: go into it with an open mind. I gave this playwright a 3.5/5 Stars. My full review is posted!

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Book Choice: The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh51ZanRZ7R4L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

Status: Completed September 3rd

Pages: 388

Thoughts: I fell in love with this book from the beginning. It took me no time at all to become enthralled in the beauty and darkness that is The Wrath & the Dawn. I loved the characters, the plot, and the writing. It was an all around amazing book and I gave it 5/5 Stars. I hope to get a full review up soon just because I need to express my thoughts on this book!

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Book Choice: Outlander by Diana Gabaldonoutlander

Status: Completed August 28

Pages: 627 (might as well have been 850)

Thoughts: THIS BOOK. This book is the one that killed all of my chances at completing this Read-a-Thon…and it was beyond worth it. I adored this book. I loved the plot and the characters. Gabaldon is a fantastic writer. This romance was more than epic and I will never get over Jamie and Claire, nor do I want to. I will be reading the entire series and I don’t care that it’ll take me forever. I gave it a 4/5 Stars and can’t wait to read the next one!

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Book Choice: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwabthis_savage_song_cover

Status: Not completed by the end of the Read-a-Thon

Pages: 427

Thoughts: I didn’t finish this book in time for it to count for the Read-a-Thon. Although I could get points for the pages I did read, I’m not going to bother because I’m lazy. I enjoyed this book. I had some issues with it, but overall the good far outweighed the bad and I can’t wait for Our Dark Duet! I gave this book a 4/5 Stars (after changing my mind multiple times between 3.5 and 4).

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Book Choice: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maasacotar

Status: Not started/finished before September 4th

Pages: 416

Thoughts: I just started this book and am about 100 pages in. Enjoying it so far!

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Book Choice: The 5th Wavethe fifth wave

Status: Still chilling on my TBR shelf…

Pages: 457

Thoughts: None because I probably won’t pick this book up until October if I’m lucky.

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August Wrap-up & September TBR

The fall is coming! The fall is coming!

Can you believe it is already September? Where has this year gone?

I’m about to experience my first fall in Ohio…meaning I’m about to experience fall in all it’s glory for the first time in my 21 years of life. Florida doesn’t do seasons. I’m ready for the cool weather and all the beautiful colors!

As August is now over, I felt this is the perfect time for my first (ever) book wrap-up and TBR. Being relatively new to book blogging, I’m excited to give it a shot!

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Disclaimer: This post will contain my opinions and they are not meant to offend in any way.

That’s a Wrap!

I had a fantastic reading month (for me), thanks in large part to the #ReadThemAllThon hosted by Aentee at Read At Midnight. I finished 9 books and started a 10th!

The Selection by Kiera Cass: I gave it 3/5 Stars. I found it to be entertaining enough to keep me reading and finished it in a day. It was a quick read and especially good if you’re looking for something relatively light.

The Elite by Kiera Cass: I gave it 2/5 Stars. I had to force myself through this second installment. It started becoming incredibly repetitive to me and a lot less entertaining.

The One by Kiera Cass: This one got back up to a 3/5 Stars. It was still repetitive, maybe even more-so than the second book. But, I also thought this one gave me what I needed to be a conclusion (which is why I don’t plan on reading the other books in the series). I liked how it all wrapped up. I still feel as though these three books could have been put together into one book. There wasn’t a need for three.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: I gave this book 5/5 Stars. It was fantastic, one of the best fantasy novel’s I’ve read. I loved the world, and learning about the world. I loved the characters and the plot. It’s one of those books that just has everything. I would read anything set in this world.

Check out my full review!

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: It was the perfect sequel and I rated it 5/5 Stars (higher if possible). I couldn’t put this book down. It gave me everything I wanted. It had so much world building, history, character development, and conflict that I’m amazed it could all fit into one book. Erika Johansen is by far one of my favorite authors at this point and I can’t wait until November when The Fate of the Tearling comes out!

Check out my full review!

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silver: I couldn’t give this book anything other than 5/5 Stars! Silvera had my feelings and emotions running wild from page one all the way to the last page. A book that makes you feel as much as More Happy Than Not does should not be taken lightly. It is an amazing book with incredible darkness.

Check out my full review!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne: I generously gave this script a 3.5/5 Stars. I don’t consider it cannon (at all), but I think it had entertainment value. For me, many of the characters left much to be desired. In a way some of it even unraveled the original 7 books, and I didn’t like that at all. The plot was flimsy, and couldn’t be fortified well. It’s redeeming quality for me was Draco Malfoy’s son, Scorpius. I fell in love with him, and he’s most of the reason I finished the play. All that being said, I would still see the play live if I ever could.

Check out my full review!

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: It received a 4/5 Star rating. It took me about 12 days to read this book, which is a lot longer than I expected it to take. The book was amazing, but it required concentration for me because of the dialect. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to read and understand 1740’s Scottish dialect! It did add something amazing to the book though. I felt enveloped by the setting. I loved the characters. Claire was so strong, but never forced herself or pretended to be something she was not. And the story was so unique and Gabaldon told it beautifully.

There may be a full review for this book coming.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: I deliberated so much on the rating to give this book and ended up going with 4/5 Stars. I loved it. I loved every character. Blue and the raven boys are the kind of people I would have wanted to be friends with in high school. It was such a fun, exciting, and unique read. I can’t wait to read the next one!

I have a review up on Goodreads but will probably post a full review here!

September begins!

Here is my ambitious TBR for September! Only time will tell how many of these I actually read. This month I’d really like to start writing more too!

I’ve only ever heard good things about Six of Crows and now it’s on my TBR! I’m so excited to read it and finally see what all the hype is about. Hopefully before Crooked Kingdom comes out on the 27th!

These are 3 out of 4 of the books I have yet to finish for the #ReadThemAllThon…I blame Outlander and work for being behind! I’m about halfway through The Wrath and the Dawn and am absolutely loving it! I can’t wait to read This Savage Song and A Court of Thorns and Roses…can you believe I haven’t read anything by S.J. Maas? Me neither.

Next three in by TBR pile! I am incredibly excited about them. I’ve heard so many good things about these books. I absolutely love fantasy, retellings, and magic! The Name of the Wind, And I Darken, and A Darker Shade of Magic will definitely give me all of the above.

Finally, these are the last three on the list (although it’s in no particular order that I’ll be reading). I want to read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children before the movie comes out, so it’ll probably be one of the first I read. I have heard nothing bad about the Cinder, or the Lunar Chronicles, and I finally get to start it! Plus I’ve been wanting to read more retellings. Supposedly, Captive Prince is controversial in some ways…but personally I think the premise sounds interesting and I’d like to see how it goes!

There it is! Goodbye summer, hello fall!

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne

“Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.” –Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Read: August 15-16

Pages: 328

Official Synopsis:

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Review:

3.5/5 Stars           

Simply put, Harry Potter was my childhood (as it was for a lot of people). They were the books that began my love for reading and I owe a lot to J.K. Rowling for creating the magical world full of love, friendship, growth, and facing your demons. I picked up these books in 5th grade and haven’t put them down since. When I found out she was releasing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child I was excited because I would get to revisit this world, reunite with all of my favorite characters, and meet their children.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child isn’t a novel, it’s a playwright, which does change some things. If you are reading a playwright, you aren’t getting all of the details you would normally get from a novel. The reader gets the base, the script, and you learn everything about your characters from their interactions with others and small expression blurbs. I love reading plays because they give readers the opportunity to use their imagination even more than a novel. I also like that it’s almost completely dialogue. But, this being a play, it definitely removed it from the 7 book series for me. I don’t consider it cannon, even though it is supposed to be ‘the eighth story’, it’s more like a very long epilogue with its own plot.

I enjoyed getting to know the children of original characters, and I loved them (in the end). Something I felt that, for me, brought down my overall rating of this book was that there was such a big discrepancy in characterization. For the first half of the book I constantly asked “Who is this person?” when Harry, Ron, or Hermione were speaking. They didn’t seem at all as I would imagine them turning out. I also wasn’t a huge fan of Albus’ character in the beginning. The only character I can say I loved through the whole work was Scorpius Malfoy. He was perfect and definitely redeemed the entire work for me. If I didn’t have him as a main character the book may have been put down…

This is definitely a book you need to go into with an open mind. You need to look at the facts, this is 19 years later and a lot has changed. Our heroes aren’t going to be the same people they were. But I can see why people have issues with it because I had issues with it, too. The plot wasn’t amazing, but it did keep me entertained. If you go into this book thinking you’re going to get everything you got from the original books, you’ll be disappointed. If you go in with an open-mind and separate the stories, you’ll enjoy it a lot more.

As a whole, I felt the story had good themes. It was your typical Harry Potter themes of love, friendship, expectations, and growth told in a bit of a different way. All the same, it was as exciting story and a quick read. It definitely gave me a dose of the world I miss so much, and is probably going to be a big reason why I’m going to reread them in the near future (typical).

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Book Review: The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

“Fortune favors the bold, history tells us. Therefore, it behooves us to be as bold as possible.” – Erika Johansen, The Invasion of the Tearling

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Goodreads Synopsis:

With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.

Review:

5/5 Stars

I have such an obsession with this world, as you can tell from the overkill of sticky note annotations…

This trilogy fought its way into my heart and quickly became one of my favorites (without the third book even being out yet!). Not only is it one of my favorite series, but also one of my favorite worlds to immerse myself in. If Erika Johansen hadn’t proven her ability to create an intricate and realistic world in The Queen of the Tearling, then she definitely proved it in The Invasion of the Tearling. Johansen has a way of making me want to know everything about the Tearling and its history. If I wasn’t attached to the characters, if I disliked every one of them, I’d still read these books purely to learn about this world. I want a textbook that covers ‘pre-crossing’ and the history of the Tearling and William Tear.

The second installment of the trilogy is full to the brim with character development, specifically Kelsea’s. It can be easy to forget that Kelsea is a 19-year-old who has taken her place as queen and made some very emotionally and morally driven decisions. Her heart is in the right place, but there are consequences to every decision. Kelsea is finding out exactly what the consequences are for the decisions she’s made throughout the second book. Often, Kelsea the 19-year-old girl and Kelsea the queen clash, which makes her an incredibly realistic character with intense internal conflict. It can’t be easy to protect and fight for an entire kingdom of people while balancing magic, sexuality, and depression. Through the novel, I could see Kelsea changing. I saw her at her lowest, and I saw her begin to pick herself back up. Add the significant development of other minor characters and Lily Mayhew and we have a book jam packed with incredible characters that are growing and changing through the entire book. The way Johansen develops her characters is realistic and meaningful.

The Invasion of the Tearling covers many more themes than its prequel. Themes in this book ranged from coming of age and finding yourself to human morality to how the past can affect the present and future. In this novel, we see Kelsea growing and fighting not only her inner demons, but also physical demons. Johansen shows how past strife can ultimately make or break a person for the rest of their life. And, arguably the strongest theme is human morality or immorality.

Johansen is an incredibly talented writer. I love that she has put so much into this world and has given it its own history. It’s intricately crafted and always leaves me wanting more. I would read spin-off after spin-off of these characters if Johansen wanted to give them to us! The Invasion of the Tearling pulled me even more into the world. It gave me answers to so many questions while still forcing me to ask new ones.

November needs to get here quicker!