What I’ve​ been up to

The month of November is flying by people. Flying. Thanksgiving is around the corner and soon it will be Christmas! I’m so excited, let me know down below if you know some good gluten-free Christmas recipes or books that you’d like me to try out/review.

Alright, so I did take a really long break from this blog. Why? Because I was super sick, managing college and home life. I just couldn’t keep up with everything, and I didn’t even get to read very many books this year sadly 😦


However, I’ve managed to organize my life (let me know if you’d like to see some organizational posts) and am determined to keep this blog up and running. If you guys followed me from before, I’ve now added cooking to this blog. Due to my health journey, I’ve had to go on a gluten-free diet along with previously established diets. You can click on this link: What it’s like starting a gluten-free and dairy-free diet to see what it was like to start this diet.

Right now I’m focusing on my work as a local barista- which I love because I get to meet and work with so many amazing people. Also, I’ll be starting school again this winter term so that will be exciting.

I’m also trying to write a book (long time coming) and I’m still on the first draft. Ugh. I will be posting some writer posts and updating on what is going on in my writing journey. So far I’ve discovered that it’s very hard to write the first book in a fantasy series. So. Much. Planning.


But it’s been so much fun writing it, and I’m excited to share some quotes and small things from the book with you guys.

But that’s everything that I’ve been up to! Reading, writing, cooking, school, working, blogging… not very much at all 😉


Thank you guys for reading, and I hope this helps explain why there might be some gaps in posts.

~Whitney Ann Reviews


Upcoming posts to look forward to this November

I thought I’d write a quick post detailing what I had planned to publish this month on my blog! 

My upcoming posts for the month of November: 

  • Stranger Things season one and two review! I’ve been binge watching this show like crazy and can’t wait to share what I think of the newest season.


  • Mangus Chase series by Rick Riordan review. I’m halfway through the last book and am loving every second!
  • This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab series review. This dark series is absolutely amazing, and I can’t put it down. Such a page turner and August is my new man crush Monday 😉


  • What I’ve been up to update, seeing as I had a very long break from my blog and wanted to explain what I had been doing during that time.
  • The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur book review. I love this book so much and am sad that I’m still not finished with the review yet, but it will be up soon!


I hope you guys are as excited as I am! I also will be posting some recipes in between, along with some other daily posts. These are the big one that I’ll be posting soon for you guys though 🙂

Note: these are NOT in order, so how they are listed above will not be the order that they’ll be posted in. 

Hope you guys had a wonderful weekend! 

~Whitney Ann Reviews ❤

The Gluten Free Place in Newport Oregon Review


This weekend I made a little trip down to Newport Oregon and decided to stop into the famous ‘The Gluten-free place’ and took a peak inside. I originally went in for a bag of chips, but ended up walking out with two bags worth of stuff!!

It’s such a cute little store, run by a woman named Maggie. She sells a large variety of everything gluten-free, along with some dairy-free items. Maggie also has a large menu of gluten-free items that you can eat at the store and several pre-made baked items (all gluten-free) that you can purchase as well!

What I bought:

  • Gluten and Dairy free caesar salad dressing
  • Gluten-free bagels
  • Gluten free and dairy free cream cheese
  • Gluten free instant broccoli and cheddar soup
  • Gluten free veggie sticks
  • Gluten-free pancake mix
  • Gluten free brownie mix
  • Gluten and dairy free key lime cheesecake
  • Vegetable soup
  • Black bean soup
  • Gluten and dairy free Pizza crust mix
  • Gluten and dairy free Cookie dough protein bars
  • Gluten and dairy free mint chocolate chip protein bars
  • Gluten free teriyaki sauce
  • Gluten-free ketchup
  • Gluten and dairy free pizza sauce
  • Green-tea

Here is some more information about The Gluten-Free Place:



1654 N Coast Hwy
Newport, OR 97365
United States



9am- 6pm west coast time

I already plan on making another stop soon to the store, one in which I will take a lot more pictures, and eat some of the food off the menu for you guys. This store is definitely worth the stop if you happen to be nearby, or worth the trip!

Do you guys know any place like this store? If you do let me know down below!

~Whitney Ann Reviews ❤

Cauliflower Crust Pizzas

* Review of this recipe soon to come! 

Total Time: 50 minute prep time


  • 1 bag Daiya Cutting Board Mozzarella Style Shreds
  • 1 medium head Cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free oat flour
  • 3 tbsp ground chia
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • pizza toppings of choice, we used chopped spinach and fresh tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup tomato pizza sauce



  1. Preheat the oven to 400 and line a baking sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper
  2. Place chopped cauliflower into a large sauce pot, add enough water to cover, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat and allow to cook for 5 minutes.
  3. As the cauliflower is cooking combine ground chia with water and set aside.
  4. Drain and then mash the cauliflower. Allow the cauliflower to cool and then wring out excess water from cauliflower using a cheesecloth or dishtowel.
  5. In a large bowl combine chia mixture, cauliflower, oat flour, garlic powder, oregano and nutritional yeast.
  6. Press the mixture into the parchment-lined baking sheet, keeping the crust about 1/4-inch thick. For a more uniform thickness, you can place a piece of parchment on top of the mixture and roll out with a rolling pin.
  7. Bake the crust at 400 for 30 minutes, until the top is lightly golden
  8. Remove from oven and top with Daiya shreds, sauce and pizza toppings. Cook at 400 for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.


I hope you guys enjoyed this recipe!! I got it from the Daiya website and it looks amazing, and I’m excited to make it! (Picture and review soon to come) Please let me know if you would like more of these fun recipes and reviews in the comments below! 🙂

~ Whitney Ann Reviews ❤

7 Layer Bean Dip

*NOTE: Review of this recipe soon to come!

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4


  • 1 Can Black Refried Beans, (You can also make your own)
  • 1 Container Hummus
  • 2 Cups Guacamole
  • 1 Bag Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds
  • 1 Jar salsa, (Or make fresh)
  • 1 Can Diced Black Olives
  • cilantro, (optional)
  • green onions, (optional)



Layer the ingredients in this order:

  1. Refried black beans
  2. Hummus
  3. Guacamole
  4. Salsa
  5. Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds
  6. Diced black olives
  7. Top with cilantro and chopped green onions if desired

What it’s like starting a gluten-free and dairy free diet


When my doctor first told me that I can’t have gluten anymore, I actually thought my life was over. I already didn’t eat red meat, seafood, and dairy. I was not looking forward to adding no gluten when most of my diet [in an unhealthy way] consisted of gluten.

However, as I began looking I realized that there are hundreds of options available to me. Before this year, cooking was a scary and tedious event when I was attempting to fend for myself outside of fast and micowavable food. Now I have my own little GF/DF/ red meat, and seafood free recipe book coming along. (After about 7 near fires and explosions I can now cook dairy and gluten free Mac and cheese)

It’s definitely tedious and if you don’t keep up on shopping, sticking to this diet is extremely difficult. Especially on those days where you’re exhausted from work and don’t feel like cooking. AT ALL.

Once I compiled a GF/DF/red meat and seafood free shopping list that consisted of relatively healthy options, my life instantly got a hundred percent easier. Once you have the options available to you- ones that are at the same grocery store that you’ve always gone too- switching to this diet doesn’t seem as daunting.

Warning, this diet is more expensive. There will probably be a 50 dollar increase in your food budget. Also, most of these items are ingredients to make certain recipes [ones that I will be sharing as I try and review them]. Very few are premade since those items tend to be more expensive.

Here’s my Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Red Meat Free, and Seafood-Free Shopping List: [NOTE: Most of these items can be found at your local grocery stores, however grocery stores such as Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods will increase your chances of finding them.]

  • Almond Milk (‘Silk’)
  • Potatoes (Small and Big)
  • Corn (Corn in the Cob)
    • White canned corn
  • Eggs
  • Veggies
    • Carrots
    • Broccoli
    • Garlic
    • Onions
    • Celery
    • Soy beans
    • Tomatoes
  • Turkey and Chicken meat (Lean)
    • Canned Chicken for wraps
  • Coconut Butter or Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
  • Rice
  • Green apples
  • Small oranges
  • Red grapes
  • Taman (Gluten-free soy sauce)
  • Gluten-free noodles (Rice or egg)
  • Gluten-free wraps: Spinach/ corn wraps
  • Almond cheese/ ‘Daiya’ Cheese
  • Almond milk yogurt
  • Nuts
  • Peanut butter
  • ‘Canyon bakehouse bread’ → Target
  • Yeast
  • Vanilla extract
  • Oils- Veggie/ olive
  • Beans/ peas
  • Buckwheat
  • Salad Supplies
    • Lettuce, gluten-free croutons brand ‘Ians’
  • Veggie broth for soups
  • Avocados
  • Mustard
  • Gluten-Free Tortilla chips
  • Hummus (Plain)
  • Low-fat mayo
  • Bell Peppers
  • Gluten-free salsa brand ‘Amy’s kitchen’
  • Roasted garlic pasta sauce
  • ‘Daiya’ mac and cheese
  • Ketchup
  • Berries
    • Blueberries
    • Raspberries
  • Gluten Free chips:
    • Hot Cheetos (super healthy)
    • Lays classic (have to be careful to read labels)
    • ‘Cape Cod’ Brand (again make sure to read labels)
    • ‘Kettle’ Brand (the whole brand is certified gluten-free!)
  • Popcorn
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Dairy-free chocolate chips brand ‘Enjoy life’
  • Sugar
  • Yellow cake mix (Gluten Free)
  • ‘Amy’s kitchen’ gluten frozen pizza and ‘Daiya’s’ gluten and dairy-free frozen pizza.
  • Honey Nut Cheerios
  • Lucky Charms
  • Fruity pebbles
  • Gluten-free biscuits brands ‘Bisquick’ and ‘Vitacost’
  • Kind Bars
  • Chicken noodle/ Tomato soup
  • Granola ONLY cereal
  • Aunt Jemima Maple syrup
  • ‘Daiya’ shredded cheese
  • ‘Daiya’ Cream cheese

This is a beginners shopping list, as I’m still experimenting with what foods I like and will grow as I gain more knowledge.

Let me know in the comments below if you have some insider tips on good GF/DF options at local grocery stores or have stories to share about going gluten-free or dairy-free journey!!

Thank you!

~ By Whitney Ann Reviews ❤

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Quick Story before I get into the post. (This portion is optional to read)

I read this book the moment it was released. I mean it’s Rainbow Rowell and I HAD to have the book immediately right? However, several things happened that lead to my very poor view of the book last year. (1) I was spoiled. (2) The beginning is SUPER slow. (3) I was thrown off by the harry potter similarity and felt some need to be outraged. (4) I was not in a romantic mood at the time 

So, with these four things, I came to the conclusion that I was horribly disappointed with this book. Not even bothering to truly read the story, merely scanning the pages. I then rated it 2 stars and thought I was done with the book. 

Then a week ago at my local Powells, I saw that it was the Young Adult Book Club’s book of the month. I got really excited because I didn’t realize that they hosted such an event but was disappointed by this months book choice. I didn’t like the book when I read it last year, so why read it again? I thought about skipping it this month, but when my boyfriend – who is not a book enthusiast asked if he could come along I knew I had to go. For his sake of course. 

But I couldn’t recall anything that happened in the book, so I decided to pick up the again. This time combing through the book and taking notes and everything I didn’t like. Much to my surprise- I ended up LOVING the book. 

“You were the sun, and I was crashing into you.”
― Rainbow Rowell



Book Name: Carry On 

Author Name: Rainbow Rowell 

My Rating: 4.5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.19 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.4 stars


A #1 New York Times-bestseller

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.

Review: Mild Spoilers!

4.5 Stars

First off can I just say that the cover of this book is F*ing beautiful? It was one of the leading factors that made me feel compelled to give this book another chance.

Now let me start off by saying this book seems incredibly cheesy, really similar to Harry Potter, and slow. In all honestly… it is all of the above. But Rainbow Rowell is such a good writer that it doesn’t even matter. Her writing always manages to suck you in, and the book slowly developed this great plot, character development and such an amazing love twist that just left me melting.


Simon Snow is the main character: an 18-year-old who is proclaimed as the ‘chosen one’ and the most ‘powerful mage of all time.’ Simon is horrible with simple magic because he  has too much magic that when he tries to use it simply blasts out of him. This at first was a hard concept to grasp, the book doesn’t just come out and explain his magic abilities because in the book no one understands it either. It slowly comes to light as the book goes on.

It starts off in his last year at Watford which is a school for any creature who can speak magic (In Carry On they’re not called Wizards- It’s Magicians) such as fairies, vampires, werewolfs, etc.

In the beginning, Simon is struggling with magic and self-confidence, his best friends name is Penelope, Simon is dating the prettiest girl in school named Agatha, and shares a room with his nemesis Baz (who is suspected of being a vampire and evil). Then on top of that, out there is the “Humdrum” who is the greatest threat the Magic World has ever faced. An evil magician who is stealing magic and created magic dead zones all over Great Britain and sending dark creatures (goblins, vampires, werewolves, etc.) to attack the school and Simon.

The magic world is depending on Simon to stop this force. At first, it seems like you’re jumping into this confusing world where so much has already happened and you feel like you don’t understand anything that is going on. Except that Simon is powerful and that Penelope or “Penny” is his best friend. Then slowly everything starts to fall into place and things begin to make sense.

The romance was slow building and heart wrenching, and very well written. It was also nice that the story did involve a lot of plot involvement, which can get lost in the romance aspect in some young adult books. There were twist and turns and I actually liked being able to slowly come to understand and follow the world. The characters were so well done and written that it made all the world building and loose end problems not matter to me as much.

In the end it was quirky, fun, fast, and lighthearted. If you’re looking for a cute LBGTQ romance book with Harry Potter like aspects- trust me this is the book for you.

Thank you for reading! Comment what you thought or like my post if you would like more of these reviews ❤️

– Whitney 🙂

June TBR

Hello fellow bloggers and readers!


It’s finally June, and summer has began. For my starting TBR this month I’ve picked up 5 books so far. However, knowing me I’ll pick up a few more books along the way.

For my first book I’ve picked up a big hyped series, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children book series.



I know I’m late on this train, but what can I say? Hyped up books tend to equal let down. Meaning that I’m often wary of picking it up. But I’m excited to start this series!


Goodread’s Summary:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar.

They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


I’ve also picked up the book series by Jenny Han The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy. It’s a summer based series, perfect for the season, and I’m in the mood for a contemporary book. I recently read Jenny Han’s To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before and reviewed it. It was surprisingly really good and I loved her writing.



Even though it doesn’t have an amazing rating on Goodreads, I hope the series will be enjoyable.

Goodreads Summary Of Book 1:

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

Lastly I bought the book, Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman. I’m really excited to start reading this, because the second book will be coming out later this month!



Goodread’s Summary 

Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.
Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to a newcomer…
Katerina must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But she doesn’t account for her first love…
Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince.
And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet betrothed, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.
Weaving fantasy with the shocking details of real history, New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known, Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

Happy reading! (:

-Whitney ❤

May Reads & Wrap Up Reviews



May held some of this years most anticipated releases for me. And boy, did they live up to it. I’ll go through a quick review of all four books and give a brief summary, ALL spoiler free! This is going to be a long post, but hang in there and settle down, because we have 4 amazing book reviews.


Book Title: Glass Sword

Author: Victoria Aveyard

My Rating: 4 Stars

Goodread’s Rating: 4.02 Stars

Amazon Rating: 4 Stars

Goodread’s Summary: 

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.
Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.
The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.
But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.
Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.


“We seem weak because we want to.”

This book was amazingly good to the squeal Red Queen (Click to read my review of the first book in the series). However… It simply didn’t grab me like the first one did. Red Queen had me unable to put the book down, and I actually found myself liking the book more as time went on. Which is very rare. HIGHLY recommend reading the first. I also recommend reading the second book, but sadly it falls into the category of good but not great sequels.

That said, I still can’t wait for the 3rd book to come out!! This book despite some of the slow plots was still entertaining and I’m exited to see how it all plays out in the end. One thing I’m rather glad about is the romance aspect of this series. It confuses me to noooo end sometimes, but it’s not a main focus in this book. Though towards the end… not sure how I feel about it.

One thing that was also very different is Mare‘s conflict with herself. This is a compelling aspect to the book- seeing the main character really lose all sense of self and trying to find her way back.

“If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.”

While it also made the book interesting, it also made it slow. A lot more writing than dialogue in this book. Mare really struggles with the aspect of feeling alone and being someone she doesn’t wish to be- a monster- throughout this book. Having to do things that others do not wish to do, and feeling the affects of having to complete them alone.

“No one is born evil, just like no one is born alone. They become that way, through choice and circumstance.”

And Maven… GRRRR. CAN HE DIE ALREADY??!! Though his character is complex and very tricky. Expecially the ties and impact he has with the main characters in the book.

“Strange, my enemies know me best, and my family doesn’t know me at all.”

So glad we got to see more of Kal, though his character was quite an interesting development, but very predictable. Then there is always Cal… *swoon.*

So all in all,

4 stars!

82% on my scale 



Book Title: The Hidden Oracle

Author: Rick Riordan

My Rating: 4.5 stars

Goodread’s Rating: 4.45 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.5 stars

Goodread’s Summary: 

How do you punish an immortal?
By making him human.
After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.
But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.


Ok, so on Goodreads I rated this book a 5 out of 5 star book. It’s probably actually a 4.5 star book.When I first picked up this book, I was a little nervous. Another Rick Riordan book? Set in the same world as Percy Jackson and 3 other series?…. yeah. I was, to say the least, a little skeptical. Expecially after my disappointment with the Magnus Chase series. But OH MY GOD. RICK RIORDAN YOU’VE WON MY HEART AGAIN ❤

This book takes on the point of view from the Greek God ApolloApollo is self centered, arrogant, hilarious asshole. One that you just can’t help but fall completely in love with. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed and felt more in love with a character as much as I did with this book. Apollo, whose been banned to earth as a human, (a very ugly appearance with more than appalling acne problems according to Apollo) goes on his first task to regaining his place in Olympus. He stays in Camp Half Blood for this book, and we get to see old and dear characters.

So here is a list of what I liked. 

The characters- 

  • Apollo – He was SO different from any other character Rick has written. Honestly, to me all his characters were starting to blend together and I swear I was seeing 4 Percy Jacksons. But Apollo is, and was, one of my favorite characters of all times. Reading from his point of view was beyond hilarious and fun. I also like how openly bi sexual he was!
  • Meg – She was also very different than the normal Rick formula. She wears odd cloths, has a big attitude, and doesn’t take crap from anyone.

I also really loved Meg’s and Apollo’s relationship!!

Will put his hand on Nico’s shoulder. “Nico, we need to have another talk about your people skills.”

“Hey, I’m just stating the obvious. If this is Apollo, and he dies, we’re all in trouble.”

Will turned to me. “I apologize for my boyfriend.”

Nico rolled his eyes. “Could you not―”

“Would you prefer special guy?” Will asked. “Or significant other?”

“Significant annoyance, in your case,” Nico grumbled.

I’m sorry did you just say BOYFRIEND???!!

  • So yes the Nico/ Will relationship. OH MY GOD. THANK YOU RICK. This couple is more perfect than anything I could’ve imagined and damn they are just adorable.
  • Percy… but not so much – I like how Percy was in the book, but he wasn’t by any means a big character. He gets a break. I mean haven’t we put him through enough?! He shows up at the end, but once again the focus is on Apollo, not Percy.

Humor – I seriously haven’t laughed and just enjoyed reading one book so much. (I’ve probably said this too many times during this review.) But, hey! It’s true.

Then the glow become brighter: a holographic golden sickle with a few sheaves of wheat, rotating just above Meg McCaffrey.

A boy in the crowd gasped. “She’s a communist!”

A girl who’d been sitting at Cabin Four’s table gave him a disgusted sneer. “No, Damien, that’s my mom’s symbol.”

I loved this book, and it was so refreshing to read.

There was also a few things I didn’t like but can’t express in the review due to the fact they contain spoilers. *Hint it takes place at the end. 

But final say-

4.5 stars

92% on my scale 



Book Title: The Rose and the Dagger

Author: Renee Ahdieh

My Rating: 4 Stars

Goodread’s Rating: 4.3 Stars

Amazon Rating: 4.5 Stars

Goodread’s Summary: 

The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.
In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.
Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.
The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.


Before I get into the review, it was a worthy sequel and conclusion to the Wrath and the Dawn. Which I enjoyed a lot. However… I found the same problem that I did with the Glass Sword, it just didn’t live up to the first. I LOVED it. Just a few minor things for me that made the book not quite a 5 star book, but really close. Renee is an amazing writer, and her books I swear are black magic. The anticipation, betrayal, dark twists and turns leave you on the edge of your seat and wanting more.

I did love the new aspects of this book- magic, seeing more of background characters in the first book. It wasn’t all about Khalid, which I actually liked a lot. Don’t worry though Shahrzad/Khalid shippers, there is a lot of romance in here that will leave you swooning. But what I liked is how it was more developed and mature.

There was also a new character Irsa, Shazi’s sister, that I surprisingly really liked. Her story was something else that just captivated me, and broke me at the same time.

It ended very strong and I think overall this series is something I place high on my favorite series shelf.

No. He was not here to wreak revenge.
For revenge was trifling and hollow.
No. He was not here to retrieve his wife.
For his wife was not a thing to be retrieved.
No. He was not here to negotiate a truce.
For a truce suggested he wished to compromise.

He was here to burn something to the ground

4 stars

87% on my scale 



Book Title: A Court of Mist and Fury

Author: Sarah J. Mass

My Rating: 5 Stars

Goodread’s Rating: 4.7

Amazon Rating: 5 Stars

Goodread’s Summary:

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 cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.


“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”

If you thought you liked A Court of Thorns and Roses, you will be blown away by A Court of Mist and Fury. If you Haven’t read either of these books yet… what … what are you doing.

I knew I’d love this book, but seriously this book is perfect. I didn’t have one damn complaint about any of the book. It was everything I wanted and more. I think this is officially my favorite book of all time, and more importantly the best sequel to a book I’ve ever read.

Why I liked this book: *Contains Mild Spoilers*

The Romance – 

The romance was different from a Court of Thorns and Roses. In book 1, the romance was fast and all consuming between Tamlin and Feyre. The romance to me felt weird and forced. I didn’t like it AT ALL.

But don’t worry. A much better candidate which was introduced and developed upon-Rhysand. That relationship had me from book one, and just completely blew my mind in book 2. While there was some oh-so-steamy romance in this book. It was however, not the focus of the book… like at all. It was a subtle, seductive, and had me head over heels screaming in love while only being simply a sub plot. It was hot and sexy, and just…


“And I wondered if love was too weak a word for what he felt, what he’d done for me. For what I felt for him.”

“I heard every word between you. I knew you could take care of yourself, and yet … ” He went back to his pie, swallowing a bite before continuing. “And yet I found myself deciding that if you took his hand, I would find a way to live with it. It would be your choice.”
I sipped from my wine. “And if he had grabbed me?”
There was nothing but uncompromising will in his eyes. “Then I would have torn apart the world to get you back.”

Feyre’s Growth Throughout This Story

I didn’t realize the growth that Feyre needed, or that she was even in desperate need of change. But the journey from the first page of the book, to the last page of the book with Feyre was amazingly well written. After the events from A Court of Thorns and Rose, how could Feyre not be different? I was very impressed on how much time Maas spent on her characters and making sure they had such a beautiful arch. Feyres’ aspirations and views on everything changed, and Tamlin was not with the program.

Which leads me to my next point.

I Hate Tamlin

I didn’t really like Tamlin in book one. Thank GOD I didn’t, because his true character was completely reveled in book 2. Now this isn’t like the whole incident with Chaol in the Throne of Glass series. It showed the mask that Tamlin played in book one to win Feyre over, only to revel that is actually he is an utter ASSHOLE to Feyre. Overprotective to the point of prisonment is beyond me.

Thank god we washed our hands of him… or did we?

“And I realized—I realized how badly I’d been treated before, if my standards had become so low. If the freedom I’d been granted felt like a privilege and not an inherent right.”

I Love Rhysand

“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.”

I thought Rhys was dark and mysterious in book 1. Naturally I was drawn to him. Then during book 2 we saw a completely different side(s) of him. He was sweet, caring, loyal, a lovable smarts, flirtatious.. oh god the list can go on and on.

It also wasn’t the weird whip around change that happened in the Queen of Shadows. It was simply a women who grew and changed. Happening to find someone who completed her.

New Characters

I absolutely adored all the new characters. They brought a vibe that I really liked, and I appreciated how it focused on building those relationships as well. Instead of just focusing on the romance.

Less Sex

Having steamy scenes are nice… but in book 1 I swear they were every other page. It was also a little bizarre. In this book it was matured and placed better. Also well written.

The Book Overall and The Ending

The book overall really displayed how well Sarah J. Maas’s writing has really grown. A Court of Mist and Fury was just one amazingly well written thing after another. I’m in awe. Also her ending was a huge cliffhanger. Which makes the need for the next book madding.

Overall –

5,000,000 stars 

99.9% on my scale 


That’s the end to my May Wrap up and Reviews. I read a couple other books but I already wrote reviews for them- Book Reviews 

I’ll be writing a new post on my June TBR.

-Whitney ❤

Book Traveling Thursdays #2 – Childhood


Book Traveling Thursdays meme was created by Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. Go check them out!

Here are the rules to this meme

1) Pick a book! At the beginning of every month a list of themes will be posted. All you have to do is choose a book that fits the theme.
2) In your blog post, the first thing you will want to include is an explanation of why your chosen book fits the theme.
2) Look at covers from multiple editions and multiple countries for the book you chose.
3) Finally, include pictures of the original cover, the cover from your country (if their are multiple covers from your country include all of them!), your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover.
4) Be sure to tag your posts with booktravelingthursdays so we can all see each other’s posts!


This weeks theme is choose a book you would read in your childhood if you could go back in time. 

I wish I’d read the Harry Potter series as a kid… Cue the gasps of horror. I know!! I just simply never picked them up, and my parents never bought them for me. However, now that I have indeed read them, I’m amazed and blown away. Also very mad that I don’t live at Hogwarts. This is a very big problem I think needs to be addressed right away.


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There is a LOT of covers for this series! I can’t say that I completely love any one cover, some are just to cheesy for my taste. (Don’t hate me!!) But forever will love this series, just wish I read it sooner!

-Whitney ❤