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Throne & Court Week: Locations in ACOTAR Series

November 27th, 2016 Kristie Posted in Throne & Court Week 1 Comment »

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“To the stars who listen—and the dreams that are answered.” Rhysand, A Court of Mist and Fury, Page 337.

I originally wanted to write a character guide about The Inner Circle characters which are featured in A Court of Mist and Fury but then I figured it would a bit too spoilery for those who haven’t read the book yet. So I decided to check out some of the locations between A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury. Click on the names to see a picture of what I think these locations look like.

Feyre’s Village in the Mortal Lands – Feyre’s home is close to the wall the separates the Mortal Lands and Prythian, the land of the Fae. This village reads like your typical 15th/16th century village you would find in Europe.

Prythian – This land lies north of the Mortal Lands and is home too much of the Fae. Prythian is home to seven different courts of the Fae, including the Summer, Spring, Winter and Autumn Courts and the Day, Dawn and Night Courts. Each Court dictates the weather the is seen within its boundaries.

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Spring Court – The home of Tamlin and Lucian. Tamlin is the High Lord of the Spring Court. This area is perpetual spring, always beautiful and comfortable. The Spring Court also borders the Mortal Lands.

Under the Mountain – Located between the Dawn and Winter Courts, it is the home of Amarantha. Amarantha modeled her home after the Hewn City of the Night Court. This court is home to many nightmares and people who are ultimately controlled by Amarantha’s powers.

Rhy’s Home – His home lies above the Mountain that houses the home of Hewn City deep in the Night Court. His home is absolutely awesome! It is up in the mountains but has rooms that are open to the air. Magic keeps his home climate controlled. This is what I imagine I would see from the view from Rhysand’s bedroom.

The Prison – Deep in the northern mountains of the Night Court. It houses some really nasty fae and other creatures. Each door of the prison has intricate murals marking the stories of each prisoner being held in the prison.

Velaris – Also known as the City of Starlight. This city was hidden for years while Amarantha ruled over the fae of Prythian. It is the most beautiful and colorful city. It is home to many artists.

Hewn City – Also known as the Court of Nightmares. This is the home that really models the terribleness of the Night Court.

Hybern – It is an island kingdom to the west of Prythian. It is the only Fae land that doesn’t share any land with the mortals.

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Throne & Court Week: Throne of Glass Character Guide

November 26th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Throne & Court Week Comments Off on Throne & Court Week: Throne of Glass Character Guide

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My favorite thing about books is obviously the characters because without amazing characters there would be no point to a story. Maas does such a wonderful job creating amazing, dynamic, well rounded characters that I can’t help but love!!! For today’s post I am going to feature a couple of my favorite characters from the Throne of Glass series! Don’t forget to enter the awesome giveaway we have going throughout this event! Click HERE to enter for a tote bag & Throne of Glass Coloring Book!

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Celaena Sardothien/Aelin Ashryver Galathynius is an assassin and the lost queen of Terrasen. She is vicious, brilliant, witty, and just an all around amazing heroine. She is a beautiful girl with long blonde hair and turquoise eyes with golden rings. Aelin has been through a great deal in her short life and she has accomplished much. I love that she is a strong kick butt girl that can take care of herself but at the same time she has the same girly insecurities that most girls her age do. She is a very likable character and someone that is easy to love.

“My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.”  Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

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Chaol Westfall is the captain of the guard for the king of Adarlan and he is best friends with the crown prince. He is fiercely loyal and just an amazing person. He has short brown hair with brown eyes! I can honestly say that Chaol had me at hello. Everything about him was so attractive to me and to this day he is still my favorite male character in the story! He always tries to do the right thing and I seriously just love him so much!!!

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Rowan Whitethorn is a far warrior who helps teach Aelin how to use her magic! He is strong and filled with much wisdom. Like all fae he has pointed ears, long silver hair, green eyes and a tattoo all along the left side of his face. I actually really struggled with Rowan’s character and while I like him I just don’t love him. Honestly I think he is just introduced to late in the series for me to care about him as much as I should! I am definitely in the minority when it comes to not liking him but its just how I feel.

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Dorian Havilliard is the crown of Adarlan! He is very charming and has quite a playful personality. He is young but very intelligent and experienced. He has black hair and deep blue eyes. I love Dorian so much. He has been through so much but he continues to move forward no matter how many people he has lost or how many times his heart gets broken. He is someone you can route for and fall head over heels for very easily!

They were infinite. They were the beginning and the ending; they were eternity” — About Dorian and Aelin, Queen of Shadows

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Aedion Ashryer is Aelin’s biological cousin and he served in the Adarlan army before leaving to join Aelins court! He is very strong, tall and handsome with blonde hair and turquoise eyes. He has a snarky confident attitude but he is very loyal and a good friend. He is quite the partier and likes the company of females! I thought Aedion is a great character. He has heroic characteristics but he is also extremely flawed. I found him sweet yet a jerk at the same time. Because he is so dynamic it made him unique and easy to like!

Manon Blackbeak is half ironteeth witch and half crochan. She is extremely powerful and very dangerous! She is ruthless, cunning and extremely resourceful! She has long white hair and golden eyes! It is also said that she is extremely beautiful! I think Manon might be one of my favorite characters in the series because you don’t really know if she is a villain or not and I find that so intriguing. Her character lives in the grey area and it makes her both relatable and interesting.

“This witch had been crafted from the darkness between the stars” – Dorian about Manon in Queen of Shadows

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Sarah J MaasAbout Sarah:

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel,is available now.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

You can visit Sarah around the Web here:  Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Tumblr | Instagram

Want to read more from Sarah J. Maas?

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Available September 6, 2016 from Bloomsbury

About this Book:

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 who 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.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

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Throne & Court Week: Bookstagram

November 25th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Throne & Court Week 2 Comments »

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Are you a bookstagram fan??? I happen to be a huge fan and taking pictures of Sarah J. Maas’s books is one of my favorite things to do, so I thought for today’s post I would share some of my favorite pictures with you! To go with the pictures, I figured I would share some of my favorite quotes from Sarah J. Maas!!!! If you haven’t signed up for the giveaway, go here to do so!

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“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.” 
~ Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

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“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.” 
~ Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

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“We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.” 
~ Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

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“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.”
Rhys clinked his glass against mine. “To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.” 
~ Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

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“He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”
~ Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

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Why are you crying?”
“Because,” she whispered, her voice shaking, “you remind me of what the world ought to be. What the world can be.”
~ Sarah J. Maas, Crown of Midnight


Sarah J MaasAbout Sarah:

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel,is available now.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

You can visit Sarah around the Web here:  Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Tumblr | Instagram

Want to read more from Sarah J. Maas?

Throne of Glass Crown of Midnight Heir of Fire Queen of Shadows Empire of StormsThe Assassin's Blade (Thron...The Throne of Glass Colorin...A Court of Thorns and Roses A Court of Mist and Fury A Court of Wings and Ruin

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This contest is provided by Bloomsbury!

One lucky reader will win a tote bag & Throne of Glass Coloring Book!
(US only)

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Available May 3, 2016 from Bloomsbury

About this Book:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world torn apart.

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Throne & Court Week: My Favorite ACOTAR Series Scene

November 23rd, 2016 Kristie Posted in Throne & Court Week 7 Comments »

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Welcome back to our celebration of all things Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses! Today I am writing about my favorite scene from A Court of Mist and Fury. This book has been out since May so hopefully enough time has passed that I am not ruining anything for anyone. If you haven’t read the series or this book yet then proceed with caution but the one thing I will tell you is that I enjoyed A Court of Mist and Fury exponentially more than A Court of Thorns and Roses and I really loved that book as well.

The scene that I have chosen from A Court of Mist and Fury is one where I think Feyre and Rhysand finally truly connect. Rhysand shows her his weakness/vulnerabilities and Feyre realizes how connected and similar that they truly are. They had many connections throughout the book but I felt like this scene was when Feyre’s heart begins to heal. For your references it is pages 369-372.

Feyre is falling asleep when something wakes her up and she knows that something is wrong.

“I knew that darkness. A kernel of it lived in me.”

She follows that darkness to Rhysand’s room and struggles to wake him up. He is in the throws of a terrible nightmare. Feyre does everything she can to wake him up.

“I threw my own power out—black to black, soothing his darkness, the rough edges, willing it to calm, to soften. My darkness sang his own a lullaby, a song my wet nurse had hummed when my mother had shoved me into her arms to go back to attending parties.”

“I willed that darkness inside myself to echo it, to sing those raging fears to sleep, to brush up against that ebony wall within his mind, gentle and soft…”

Feyre finally manages to get through to Rhysand but it does take him a bit to get his bearings. Feyre doesn’t quite know if this is her end but she calmly assures Rhys that everything is okay and who she is. While she is waiting for him to mentally come back is when we finally get a glimpse of the man underneath all those cloths. The wait was worth it.

“I lay there, staring up at where he now knelt on the bed, rubbing his hands over his face. My traitorous eyes indeed dared to look lower than his chest–but my attention snagged on the twin tattoos on each of his knees: a towering mountain crowned by three stars. Beautiful–but brutal somehow.”

“His hands, however, still ended in long, black talons–and his feet…they ended in claws, too. The wings were out, slumped down behind him. And I wondered how close he’d been to fully shifting into that beast he’d once told me he hated.”

I really love how this scene really plays up the emotion for Feyre, Rhysand and for me the reader. I love how their relationship is not the same after this even though nothing happens at this time.

“I studied the hand, the ravaged face. Such pain lingered there–and exhaustion. The face he never let anyone see.”

“Rhys still knelt, wings drooping across the white sheets, head bowed, his tattoos stark against his golden skin. A dark, fallen prince.”

In case you want another image to go with this scene, click here for a picture that might leave you a little breathless. Warning: The picture is suggestive so if you don’t want to see it then don’t click.

My runner up scene would have to be from A Court of Thorns and Roses when Feyre and Rhysand meet for the very first time during Fire Night. Rhysand ruined Tamlin for me at that point. I spent the rest of the novel rooting against Tamlin and loving the scenes with Rhysand that much more when they happened.

What’s your favorite scene from A Court of Thorns and Roses series?

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Sarah J MaasAbout Sarah:

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Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel,is available now.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

You can visit Sarah around the Web here:  Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Tumblr | Instagram

Want to read more from Sarah J. Maas?

Throne of Glass Crown of Midnight Heir of Fire Queen of Shadows Empire of StormsThe Assassin's Blade (Thron...The Throne of Glass Colorin...A Court of Thorns and Roses A Court of Mist and Fury A Court of Wings and Ruin

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contest

This contest is provided by Bloomsbury!

One lucky reader will win a tote bag & Throne of Glass Coloring Book!
(US only)

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Available May 3, 2016 from Bloomsbury

About this Book:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world torn apart.

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Throne & Court Week: Favorite Scene from Throne of Glass Series

November 22nd, 2016 Bridget Posted in Throne & Court Week Comments Off on Throne & Court Week: Favorite Scene from Throne of Glass Series

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Welcome to the first day of our very fun Sarah J. Maas event! Today I was suppose to share with you my favorite scene from the Throne of Glass series, but I am going to cheat just a little bit and share two favorite scenes because I just couldn’t pick one! First up is a scene from Throne of Glass!

She dropped into a crouch. As the blade sailed overhead, she lashed out at his legs. He didn’t even have time to cry out as she swept his feet out from under him, nor did he have time to raise his weapon before she crouched over his chest, the iron-coated tip of the staff at his throat.

She brought her mouth close to his ear. “My name is Celaena Sardothien,” she whispered. “But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena, or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.” She smiled at him as she stood. He just stared at up at her, his bloody nose leaking down the side of his cheek. She too the handkerchief from her pocket and dropped it on his chest. “You can keep that,” she said before she walked off the veranda. 

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Doesn’t that just give you goose bumps!!! I love how fierce and kick butt Celaena is in this series. She is just one of those heroines you can’t help but love and admire. This next scene will be from Crown of Midnight and it is very different from the scene above but just as amazing!

The kiss obliterated her.

It was like coming home or being born or suddenly finding an entire half of herself that had been missing.

His lips were hot and soft against hers–still tentative, and after a moment, he pulled back far enough to look into her eyes. She trembled with the need to touch him everywhere at once, to feel him touching her everywhere at once. He would give up everything to go with her.

She twined her arms around his neck, her mouth meeting his in a second kiss that knocked the world out from under her. 

This will forever be one of my favorite first kiss scenes. I seriously don’t think you could write it anymore perfect then this and ever since I read this scene years ago it has stuck with me. It’s epic, romantic and just amazing! So those are some of my favorite scenes from the series. What are some of yours? Let us know in the comments!!!!

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Sarah J MaasAbout Sarah:

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel,is available now.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

You can visit Sarah around the Web here:  Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Tumblr | Instagram

Want to read more from Sarah J. Maas?

Throne of Glass Crown of Midnight Heir of Fire Queen of Shadows Empire of StormsThe Assassin's Blade (Thron...The Throne of Glass Colorin...A Court of Thorns and Roses A Court of Mist and Fury A Court of Wings and Ruin

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contest

This contest is provided by Bloomsbury!

One lucky reader will win a tote bag & Throne of Glass Coloring Book!
(US only)

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Available September 6, 2016 from Bloomsbury

About this Book:

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 who 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.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

Order from

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