Books I Got For My Birthday that I’m Excited to Read

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My 27th birthday was back on the 15th of May, and with the Stay-At-Home Order presents I got for myself, and ones that my friends in other states sent me were a bit delayed. So, I waited until they all arrived before making this post. Normally I don’t share this type of thing on my blog but I’m sort of at a point in my life where I’m not in the mood to review makeup anyone on a regular basis just if it’s something that it completely brand new (still love makeup, and will continue to post on my Instagram looks I’ve done), and I have basically only been playing Animal Crossing. So, I don’t really have anything to share from that… that I haven’t already shared on the blog. So, instead I’m focusing on books as I love reading. Have since I was fourteen or fifteen years old.

So, what did I all get for my birthday in terms of books?

For starters the entire A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. The last book has yet to arrive, but should be here in a week or two according to the tracking information. My friend got me the first two books and I purchased the other two. The synopsis of the first book is:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin–one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin–and his world–forever.

Next is the Snow Like Ashes series by Sara Raasch. This is a series I’ve been curious about since discovering the author on TikTok in her ‘Author & Character Conversation’ posts. I’ve been writing a book of my book and these posts were so true. Main characters become supporting or side characters, or suddenly remembering that you’ve forgotten how characters need certain things to survive like sleep or food while you’re in the middle of writing a journey with literally everything happening in order. The synposis of the first book is:

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter’s future king—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself—only to find herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics—and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Lastly, this one I got myself. Crier’s War by Nina Varela. I saw another book blogger mention this a few weeks ago and got really curious about it. And then even more so when I went on Amazon and saw it described as the perfect fit for fans that loved Game of Thrones (currently working on that series. I’ll share my thoughts when I finish, maybe in a similar style to how I did The Mortal Instruments since I watched the show first) and Westworld. The synopsis of this book is:

After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, designed to be the playthings of royals, usurped their owners’ estates and bent the human race to their will.

Now Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging her family’s death…by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier.

Crier was Made to be beautiful, flawless, and to carry on her father’s legacy. But that was before her betrothal to the enigmatic Scyre Kinok, before she discovered her father isn’t the benevolent king she once admired, and most importantly, before she met Ayla.

Now, with growing human unrest across the land, pressures from a foreign queen, and an evil new leader on the rise, Crier and Ayla find there may be only one path to love: war.

I’m really excited to read these books, I will get to these after I finish my O.W.L. readathon. I just finished re-reading all of the books that I had previously read so will be moving onto the new books next. I’m not sure if I’m going to do a review of all of them after I finish or what I’m going to, since I’ve never really done a straight up review of book that I’ve read before. I’ve only ever done comparisons of books to shows or movies, or mentioned them in book related posts.

Love ya,

Mae Polzine

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23 Comments

  1. Brooke Carrington
    May 23, 2020 / 3:39 PM

    I hope you had a great Birthday! Those books look great!

    • Mae Polzine
      Author
      May 23, 2020 / 3:56 PM

      Yes I had a great birthday. Thank you!
      β™₯ Mae

  2. May 23, 2020 / 4:34 PM

    I keep hearing about Crier’s War!!! I hope you enjoy them all!

    • Mae Polzine
      Author
      May 23, 2020 / 4:59 PM

      Yes, I can’t wait to read these.
      β™₯ Mae

  3. May 23, 2020 / 4:51 PM

    Happy birthday! Great titles I love fantasy books in reality I just released one called Spies on Scooters The Mystery of the Skate Park Let me know if you want to read I am happy to send you a copy I wrote for my children but it is an incredible story! xoxo Cris
    http://www.photosbycris.com.au/?p=6040

    • Mae Polzine
      Author
      May 23, 2020 / 5:01 PM

      Thank you! Yes, I do love a good fantasy book.
      β™₯ Mae

  4. May 23, 2020 / 7:33 PM

    Lovely! Happy Birthday, Mae. I hope you enjoy your books πŸ₯°πŸ’•

    • Mae Polzine
      Author
      May 23, 2020 / 9:54 PM

      Thank you!
      β™₯ Mae

      • May 30, 2020 / 1:29 PM

        Such great books! A Court of Thorns and Roses and Crier’s War are one of my favorite fantasy books ever, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

      • Mae Polzine
        Author
        May 30, 2020 / 1:33 PM

        I can’t wait to get to these. I’ve heard nothing but good things about them.
        β™₯ Mae

  5. May 24, 2020 / 2:54 PM

    I hope you had a happy birthday Mae!
    Snow Like Ashes and Crier’s War are two that I really want to read! ACOTAR is a series that I really like. I hope that you enjoy all of these books. πŸ™‚

    • Mae Polzine
      Author
      May 24, 2020 / 2:59 PM

      Thank you! I can’t wait to read these 😊
      β™₯ Mae

  6. May 25, 2020 / 11:35 AM

    I hope you enjoy all of these! I’ve got the first A Court of Thorns and Roses book on my shelf ready to read at some point, I’m looking forward to finally getting to it!

    • Mae Polzine
      Author
      May 25, 2020 / 4:21 PM

      Thanks! I can’t wait to read these.

  7. May 26, 2020 / 6:52 PM

    Happy Birthday Mae! Congrats on all the cool books!! I’ve heard pretty much nothing but good things about A Court of Thrones and Roses

    • Mae Polzine
      Author
      May 26, 2020 / 7:34 PM

      Thank you! I’m really excited to read them.

  8. Ellie Rayner
    June 22, 2020 / 4:01 PM

    I’m a bit late catching up, but this was a great bithday haul! I’ve had Crier’s War and the Raasch series on my TBR for ages, read the ACOTAR series two years ago and it’s one of my favourites! I love book hauls!!

    • Mae Polzine
      Author
      June 22, 2020 / 4:02 PM

      Yes, just finished ACOTAR (loved it) and moving onto Crier’s War now.
      β™₯ Mae

      • Ellie Rayner
        June 23, 2020 / 1:56 AM

        GAHHHH YESSSSSS πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³ happy reading! Can’t wait for your thoughts on Crier’s War!

      • Mae Polzine
        Author
        June 23, 2020 / 6:55 PM

        Thank you, I should have it out soon. If all goes according to plan, I’ll have it done by this weekend.
        β™₯ Mae

      • Ellie Rayner
        June 24, 2020 / 1:03 PM

        Exciting, cant wait! 😊πŸ₯°

  9. July 1, 2020 / 9:13 AM

    Happy belated birthday! Great haul, hope you enjoy reading them all πŸ™‚

    • Mae Polzine
      Author
      July 1, 2020 / 11:43 AM

      Thank you!
      β™₯ Mae

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