Review: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: October 23, 2018
Pages: 992
Format: Hardcover/Own

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.


*Spoilers if you haven't caught up with the series, and some spoilers to this book, I tried really hard not to spoil too much. At the least I kept the spoiled things vague. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED*

New Releases: Week of October 30, 2018

The Darkest Star (Origin #1) 
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: October 30, 2018

In the world of the Lux, secrets thrive, lies shatter, and love is undeniable.

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout brings her trademark drama and intrigue to a new romantic YA science fiction series with The Darkest Star. A girl pulled into in a world she doesn't understand finds herself confronted by long buried secrets, a betrayal that could tear her life apart...and Armentrout's most swoonworthy book boyfriend yet.

Seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher knows firsthand the devastating consequences of humanity's war with the aliens. When she's caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen...but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she'd only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head...

Stacking The Shelves #123/Sunday Post #55

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!


Yeah, so obviously I was buying Kingdom of Ash this week. LOL. The better question is who didn't?? LOL. But I also got to pick up another October release I really wanted as well! I'm so excited to read it since it's got such amazing reviews. 

Review: The Return Man by V.M. Zito

The Return Man
Author: V.M. Zito
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: April 1, 2012
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback/Own

The outbreak tore the USA in two. The east remains a safe haven. The west has become a ravaged wilderness, known by survivors as the Evacuated States. It is here that Henry Marco makes his living. Hired by grieving relatives, he tracks down the dead and delivers peace.

Now Homeland Security wants Marco for a mission unlike any other. He must return to California, where the apocalypse began. Where a secret is hidden. And where his own tragic past waits to punish him again.

But in the wastelands of America, you never know who - or what - is watching you.


Discussion: Worst Books In My Favorite Series

Ok guys, so this is definitely meant to be a lighter discussion. So for most of these books, I don't really think they were trash, just that most of these were definitely weaker in a lot of aspects than the other books in the series. However, there are 2 books in particular on this list that honestly, really did suck and I genuinely didn't like them. But for the most part, I did like the books on this list, but I could tell they were missing things others in the series did have.

Topic:
Worst/Weakest Books In My Favorite Series

1. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas - Ok, So I think we've established I really enjoy the ToG series. Especially from Heir of Fire on. So why do I think book one is the worst of the series? Throne of Glass itself had 100% a different feel for me from the rest of the series. It felt clunky. It was the most awkward book of the series for me to read. It felt like I was reading it in chunks. It absolutely did not have the smooth flow that picked up about halfway through Crown of Midnight and continued through the series. Another reason, I was a bit bored with it. The action bits felt more repetitive and the talking points lacked the way with words Sarah puts in them now. Now I get it, Throne of Glass was pretty much her first book and she was definitely working on her writing style with it. And I think she 100% found it by the time she got to Heir of Fire. I won't hold that against her. I'm just saying overall, Throne of Glass, definitely not the best in comparison to the rest of the books. But am I glad I persevered through Throne of Glass despite the clunky feel, you bet I am!! I do know however a lot of people feel Crown of Midnight is their worst of the series, so if that's you, tell me why! 

2. Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) by Tahereh Mafi - So I did really enjoy Restore Me. I did. But in comparison to books 1-3, I felt it was definitely lacking. There was so much happening in the first 3 books, whether plot wise, or with the characters growing themselves. Restore Me just lacked in comparison to that. We saw Juliette really come out of the shell she was hiding in in Ignite Me. I LOVED that Juliette. She was fierce and a force to be reckoned with by the end of it. And then Restore Me came and it really felt like it took away everything from Ignite Me. Juliette immediately reverted back into the unsure, not confident, frightened girl she was in the first books. She refused help when she knew she needed it, imploded her relationship with Warner over things he was literally just learning himself but acting like he always knew. So much of her character growth was just tossed out for Restore Me and that bothers me. I get a fair amount of the story was needed for the build up for the next books, but to completely destroy and change the Juliette we followed in the first three books. Yeah, definitely made Restore Me the weakest book in the series even with the shocking surprises. 

3. Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2) by Laini Taylor - Honest to god, this felt like filler. Daughter of Smoke & Bone was the bomb!! I fell in love with the story immediately. And then DoBaS came and it felt like nothing happened at all. We get so much dialogue and side stories. The only big thing happened right at the end. This was just a huge filler book to bridge the events of DoSaB and DoGaM. It was a lot of repetitive talk involving chimera and seraphim and a lot of repetitive actions on both sides. It was just a series of small little events that set things up for the big events of the third book. I honestly felt like we could have cut a number of things from DoBaS and still had a good book and it could have been much more effective and interesting.

ARC Review: The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Darkest Star (Origin #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Pages: 368
Format: eARC/Netgalley

In the world of the Lux, secrets thrive, lies shatter, and love is undeniable.

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout brings her trademark drama and intrigue to a new romantic YA science fiction series with The Darkest Star. A girl pulled into in a world she doesn't understand finds herself confronted by long buried secrets, a betrayal that could tear her life apart...and Armentrout's most swoonworthy book boyfriend yet.

Seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher knows firsthand the devastating consequences of humanity's war with the aliens. When she's caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen...but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she'd only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head...


*Review contains spoilers from the Lux series (since this is a spin-off from it)*

Mini Reviews: The Young Queens & The Oracle Queen by Kendare Blake

The Young Queens (Three Dark Crowns #0.2)
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: December 26, 2017
Pages: 112
Format: Paperback - in Queens of Fennbirn Bindup

In this must-read prequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Timesbestselling Three Dark Crowns, the queens’ origin story is revealed. It’s a pre-crown lowdown of Fennbirn’s ruling class.

Mirabella, Arsinoe, and Katharine weren't always scheming to murder each other. They weren't always surrounded by rival foster families, each swearing to have their best interests at heart. And they weren't always afraid of being unexpectedly attacked—by one of their own sisters, no less—in a way that could cost them their last breath.

They used to be together. Just three sisters. Alone in a glen.

This is the story of the three queens—after they were born, before they were separated, during the time when they all lived together, loved each other, and protected each other. It’s also the story of the day they were torn apart, and the several years that follow.

From birth to eleven years old, this is a rare glimpse of the queens' lives…before they were at stake.


New Releases: Week of October 23, 2018

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: October 23, 2018

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.

An Assassin's Guide to Love & Treason
Author: Virginia Boecker 
Publisher: Little, Brown BYR
Publication Date: October 23, 2018

When Lady Katherine's father is killed for being an illegally practicing Catholic, she discovers treason wasn't the only secret he's been hiding: he was also involved in a murder plot against the reigning Queen Elizabeth I. With nothing left to lose, Katherine disguises herself as a boy and travels to London to fulfill her father's mission, and to take it one step further--kill the queen herself.

Katherine's opportunity comes in the form of William Shakespeare's newest play, which is to be performed in front of Her Majesty. But what she doesn't know is that the play is not just a play--it's a plot to root out insurrectionists and destroy the rebellion once and for all.

The mastermind behind this ruse is Toby Ellis, a young spy for the queen with secrets of his own. When Toby and Katherine are cast opposite each other as the play's leads, they find themselves inexplicably drawn to one another. But the closer they grow, the more precarious their positions become. And soon they learn that star-crossed love, mistaken identity, and betrayal are far more dangerous off the stage than on.

Review: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)
Author: Amanda Foody
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: April 10, 2018
Pages: 411
Format: Hardcover/Own

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn't have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne's offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless Mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi's enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.


Review: Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opposition (Lux #5)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Pages: 533
Format: Paperback/Own

Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can't believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing..


Stacking The Shelves #122/Sunday Post #54

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!


So I received this as a complete surprise from Scholastic this week. It comes out on the 30th. It's middle grade, which I don't read too much of, but it does sound interesting. So maybe I'll give it a try. Thanks Scholastic!

Other than that I haven't acquired anything new. I've been holding off on buying any new books the past few weeks so that way I ensure we have the money to buy Kingdom of Ash on Tuesday! LOL.
 

Review: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) 
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Pages: 664
Format: Hardcover/Own

In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

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.


*Small spoilers about the ending in the last paragraph*

Review: The Case For Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro

The Case For Jamie (Charlotte Holmes #3)
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Pages: 349
Format: Hardcover/Library

The hotly anticipated and explosive third book in the New York Times bestselling Charlotte Holmes series.

It’s been a year since the shocking death of August Moriarty, and Jamie and Charlotte haven’t spoken.

Jamie is going through the motions at Sherringford, trying to finish his senior year without incident, with a nice girlfriend he can’t seem to fall for.

Charlotte is on the run, from Lucien Moriarty and from her own mistakes. No one has seen her since that fateful night on the lawn in Sussex—and Charlotte wants it that way. She knows she isn’t safe to be around. She knows her Watson can’t forgive her.

Holmes and Watson may not be looking to reconcile, but when strange things start happening, it’s clear that someone wants the team back together. Someone who has been quietly observing them both. Making plans. Biding their time.

Someone who wants to see one of them suffer and the other one dead.


New Releases: Week of October 16, 2018

A Very Large Expanse of Sea
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: October 16, 2018

It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.

Wind Rider (Tales of a New World #3)
Author: P.C. Cast
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: October 16, 2018

#1 New York Times bestselling author of the House of Night series, P.C. Cast, brings us Wind Rider, an epic fantasy set in a world where humans, their animal allies, and the earth itself has been drastically changed. A world filled with beauty and danger and cruelty…

Mari, Nik, and their newly formed Pack are being hunted. Thaddeus and the God of Death will stop at nothing until they are obliterated from the earth. But Mari and Nik have one goal: to reach the plains of the Wind Riders, in order to band together to stop Thaddeus from destroying all that Mari and Nik hold dear.

But will the mysterious Wind Riders accept the Pack, or will Mari and Nik and their people be rejected by the mighty Riders and be forced to flee for their lives? And what happens when a rogue Lead Stallion gets too close to the Pack, rejecting all Wind Riders and turning to a stranger for companionship instead?

In the next installment of the Tales of a New World series love and goodness are put to the ultimate test. Will the Wind Riders and the Pack be strong enough to withstand the God of Death? Will the Great Goddess of Life awaken to join the battle, and if so, will it be as Death's consort, or will the Goddess stand with Mari and her people against the great love of her eternal life?

Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1)
Author: V.E. Schwab
Publisher: Tor
Publication Date: February 24, 2015
Pages: 400
Format: Audiobook/Library

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. It's a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they'll first need to stay alive.


Review: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Origin (Lux #4)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Pages: 364
Format: Kindle/Own

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?


Stacking The Shelves #121/Sunday Post #53

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!

No New Books This Week!!!

Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Pages: 693
Format: Hardcover/Own

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. 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.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Timesbestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she's to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.


*Spoilers about both this book and events of previous books. Sorry guys, its getting really hard to avoid spoilers with this series now*

Recommended Reads For October/Halloween Part II

Welcome back for part two of my recommended reads for October/Halloween!! Like I said in Part I, this is one of my favorite months with all the themed reads you can read. And I'm excited to share more good books with you. Part two is definitely filled with more mystery and zombies than Part one, but they are all great and I hope I can recommend some more great books for you this month!

The Three Dark Crowns Series by Kendare Blake:
I think this is perfect for this month. Like the titles state, this series is a bit dark. I was a bit surprised going into it how dark some part were. However, its a really good story. I'm actually reading One Dark Throne and Two Dark Reigns this month for my themed reads. And if you need some convincing to check these out, go check out Feed Your Fiction Addiction. Nicole loves this series and has some great posts about it! :)

The Charlotte Holmes Series by Brittany Cavallaro:
So despite that these covers look fun and contemporary, these are actually mystery novels. Our main characters are descendants of the Holmes and Watson families. And they team up to solve crimes (usually that they are being framed for). Its fantastic! Charlotte definitely has the demeanor of a Holmes and its just so much fun to follow along and see her reason things out. Definitely a fun read for October. 

Review: Impostors by Scott Westerfeld

Impostors (Uglies #5) 
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: September 11, 2018
Pages: 407
Format: Hardcover/Own

Frey and Rafi are inseparable . . . two edges of the same knife. But Frey's very existence is a secret.

Frey is Rafi’s twin sister?and her body double. Their powerful father has many enemies, and the world has grown dangerous as the old order falls apart. So while Rafi was raised to be the perfect daughter, Frey has been taught to kill. Her only purpose is to protect her sister, to sacrifice herself for Rafi if she must.

When her father sends Frey in Rafi’s place as collateral in a precarious deal, she becomes the perfect impostor?as poised and charming as her sister. But Col, the son of a rival leader, is getting close enough to spot the killer inside her. As the deal starts to crumble, Frey must decide if she can trust him with the truth . . . and if she can risk becoming her own person.

With Impostors, master storyteller Scott Westerfeld returns with a new series set in the world of his mega-bestselling Uglies! A world full of twist and turns, rebellion and intrigue, where any wrong step could be Frey’s last.


New Releases: Week of October 9, 2018

Beneath The Citadel 
Author: Destiny Soria
Publisher: Amulet
Publication Date: October 9, 2018

In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade.
 

In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt, and Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her — and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city — or themselves.

What If It's Us
Authors: Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: October 9, 2018

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

Top Ten Tuesday: Longest Books I've Ever Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Topic: 
Longest Books I've Ever Read

So I have a few books that are longer than these, but they are omnibus's and since they technically have more than one book in them, I didn't count them. Only books that are one solid book.