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Sarah Maas’ Books

Hi everyone, hope everyone is keeping their spirits up despite all the bad news we keep getting, with the storms, floods and now the Coronavirus that as hit every where.

Today is Author Sarah J. Maas’ birthday, so I thought that I would do this weeks blog on her featuring some of her books and some fun facts about her.

Top 10 Books

Here is some of Sarah J. Maas books for you to read.

1.Throne Of Glass

Throne of Glass is the first book in the series. You will get to meet Celaena Sardothien, she is deadly and destined for greatness.

Celaena is an eighteen year old girl that is serving a life sentence in the salt mines of Endovier. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, her only fatal mistake was… getting caught! She was offered a deal by the young Captain Westfall: her freedom comes at a cost she must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament, fighting the best thieves and assassin’s in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose she will finally find out her true destiny.

2. A Court of Thorns And Roses

A Court OF Thorns and Roses is the first instalment of this trilogy. Feyre’s whole survival rests on her ability to hunt and kill. The forest where she lives is a cold bleak place to be, especially in the long winter months, so when she spots a wolf in pursuit of a deer, she cannot resist the urge to fight it for the flesh. But for her to do that she must kill the predator but killing, something so precious comes at a price…

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

3. Crown of Midnight

Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all … And trying to may just destroy her.

4. Empire of Storms

Kingdoms collide as Aelin continues her epic journey from assassin to queen in this instalment of the global #1 bestselling series.

The long path to the throne has just begun for Aelin Galathynius. 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. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

5. A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury is the second book in A Court of Thorns and Roses Series. 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.

6. Heir of Fire

This is the third novel in the Throne of Glass Series. As the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, Celaena Sardothien is bound to serve the tyrant who slaughtered her dear friend. But she has vowed to make him pay. The answers Celaena needs to destroy the king lie across the sea Wendlyn. And Chaol, Captain of the King’s Guard, has put his future in jeopardy to send her there.

Yet as Celaena seeks her destiny in Wendlyn, a new threat is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

7. Queen of Shadows

This is the fourth instalment of the #1 bestselling Throne of Glass Series. Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. Now she returns to the empire – to confront the shadows of her past …

Bloodthirsty for revenge on the two men responsible for destroying her life, and desperate to find out if the prince and his captain are safe, Celaena returns to Rifthold. She has accepted her identity as Aelin Galathynius, the lost Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, there are dark truths to learn and debts to be paid. Aelin must stay hidden beneath her assassin’s hood and draw on her mortal strength as Celaena to prevent the King of Adarlan from tearing her world apart.

8. House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City)

Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. Every night is a party and Bryce is going to savour all the pleasures Lunathion – also known as Crescent City – has to offer. But then a brutal murder shakes the very foundations of the city, and brings Bryce’s world crashing down.

Two years later, Bryce still haunts the city’s most notorious nightclubs – but seeking only oblivion now. Then the murderer attacks again. And when an infamous Fallen angel, Hunt Athalar, is assigned to watch her every footstep, Bryce knows she can’t forget any longer. As Bryce and Hunt fight to unravel the mystery, and their own dark pasts, the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the deepest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir …

9. Kingdom Of Ash (International Bestseller)

Kingdom of Ash is the unforgettable conclusion in the Throne of Glass Series. Aelin Galathynius’s journey from slave to assassin to queen reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world . She has risked everything to save her people – but at a tremendous cost. Locked in an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will to endure the months of torture inflicted upon her. The knowledge that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, but her resolve is unravelling with each passing day.

With Aelin imprisoned, Aedion and Lysandra are the last line of defence keeping Terrasen from utter destruction. But even the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save the kingdom. Scattered throughout the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian must forge their own paths to meet their destinies. And across the sea Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen – before she is lost to him. Some bonds will deepen and others be severed forever, but as the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight if they are to find salvation – and a better world.

10. The Assassin’s Blade

The Assassin’s Blade is a prequel to the Throne of Glass Series. Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassins’ Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam.

In these action-packed prequel novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery . . .

Fun Facts

Here are a few fun facts about the birthday girl, some you might know and some you won’t, it depends on how much of a fan you are:

  • Sarah is a New Yorker, that now resides in Pennsylvania.
  • Her middle name is Janet and is in honor of her much loved great-aunt, who passed away before Sarah was born.
  • Throne of Glass was originally going to be called Queen of Glass.
  • Sarah married her college sweetheart Josh.
  • She is a massive fan of Lord of the Rings trilogy and the hobbit and has been to some of the filming locations in New Zealand. She burst into tears upon seeing the Shire for the first time.
  • June 2018 Sarah and Josh welcomed their first child into the world, a bouncing baby boy, they named him Taran.
  • The inspiration behind Throne of Glass series was taken from the story of Cinderella, with a view of “what if” she wasn’t a servant, but an assassin.
  • Sarah has a rescue dog named Annie, part dachshund, part Jack Russell. When Annie’s mother had gotten pregnant her owners abandoned her because of it. She gave birth to a litter of puppies (which included Annie) in a high kill shelter. A rescue shelter soon swooped in to save both mom and puppies. A few weeks later Sarah would stop by on dog adoption day and was instantly smitten with Annie.
  • In 2008, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in Clinton where she studied Creative Writing, with a minor in Religious Education
  • Sarah dedicated Tower of Dawn to her real-life kickass heroine, her grandmother, Camila (Camy for short). Her love of travel and passion for learning came from Camy, who spent most of her adult life traveling the world.
  • When Sarah was sixteen she shared Queen of Glass on FictionPress.com when it was still in its early stages. She shared roughly the first four books up to Queen of Shadows, back then it was just one giant book, she later removed it from the site when she wanted to publish it.
  • She was born 5 March 1986, making her 34 years old today.
  • She is a huge Harry Potter Fan and would get so excited when the next book came out,.
  • Sarah met her husband on the very first day of her freshman year of college. Josh (who was a junior at the time, and the boys’ Resident Advisor in their dorm) saw her literally getting out of her parents car, where as Sarah didn’t see him until later that night at their dorm meeting, she gushed to her roommate about how cute she thought he was.
  • Sarah loves ballet, and counts Misty Copeland among her personal Heroes.
  • If Sarah hadn’t become a writer, she wanted to be a florist.
  • Her Throne of Glass books are currently available in fifteen countries and twenty three languages.
  • Her second series A Court of Thorns and Roses, is a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast. The first book in the trilogy was written in 2009 but it wasn’t published until 2015.

Thanks for stopping by! See you all next week

25 Halloween Facts

Hi everyone this weeks post is about Halloween Facts, I thought I would blog about some interesting facts surrounding Halloween.

  1. The movie Halloween was filmed in just 21 days.
  2. Turnips were first used as Jack O-Lantern’s
  3. Witches and black cats have a permanent place in Halloween folklore that comes from their link to the ancient Celtic festival Samhain. It was said that during the celebrations druids would throw cats into the fire, in wicker cages as part of the divination proceedings.
  4. Halloweens’ as fast become the second-highest commercial holiday, Christmas being the first.
  5. Every year children will go out trick-or-treating, but the average bag of candy a child collects contains 11,000 calories.
  6. In today’s society, an owl is a popular Halloween image, but in Medieval Europe the owls were thought to be witches, and when you hear there call, it is meant to signify that someone was about to die.
  7. Samhainophobia is a fear of Halloween or a fear of the festival of the dead. Samhainophobia originates from ‘Samhuin’ meaning summer’s end. Samhain Festival marked the transition between summer and winter.
  8. Ireland is the birthplace of Halloween, according to history.com as It is where the Samhain Festival was celebrated 2,000 years ago
  9. The largest ever grown pumpkin was by Norman Craven, he broke the world record with a whopping 836lb pumpkin in 1993.
  10. “Halloween” is short for “Hallows’ Eve” or “Hallows Evening” which means the evening before All Hallows.’
  11. Orange and black are the colors that associate us with Halloween. Orange represents a symbol of strength and endurance, and put that along with brown and gold stands for harvest and autumn. While black represents a symbol of death and darkness and is set as a reminder that Halloween marks the boundaries between life and death.
  12. The stabbing sound in the Halloween movies was a by a knife being plunged into a watermelon.
  13. In North America trick-or-treating was first mentioned in print in Blackie, Alberta, Canada 1927.
  14. The Jack O-Lanterns, which according to the Irish legend are named after a stingy man named Jack who tricked the devil several times over and was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell, because of this he was condemned to wander the earth carrying his lantern that would entice people to leave their chosen path.
  15. Halloweens largest parade in the United States is at the village Halloween parade in New York City. It includes 50,000 participants and draws a crowd of 2 million spectators.
  16. Teng Chieh or the Lantern Festival is a Halloween celebration in China. Their lanterns are shaped like dragons, and other types of animals which are hung in houses and in the streets to honor their loved ones that have now passed on, and help guide the spirits back to their earthly homes, they will leave food and water beside the portraits of their ancestors.
  17. It is illegal in Dublin, Georgia for anyone over the age of 16 to wear a mask, sunglasses or any type of facial covering on Halloween, and In Alabama, it is illegal to dress up as a priest or as a nun on Halloween.
  18. Money was so tight when they filmed the (1978) movie Halloween that they had to find the cheapest mask they could use for the character Michael Myers, which turned out to be a William Shatner Star Trek mask.
  19. In Old English the word “witch” comes from wicce, meaning “wise woman.” According to popular belief Wiccan woman at one time, were highly respected people, and witches would hold one of their two main meetings, or Sabbats on Halloween night.
  20. It is said that when a child is born on Halloween that they will possess the ability to talk to the spirits.
  21. In Hong Kong Halloween celebrations are known as Yue Lan or the ‘Festival of the Hungry Ghosts” while the fire is lit they offer food and gifts to placate any potentially angry ghosts that are looking for revenge.
  22. Halloween in many countries across the world is considered to be an unwanted holiday and it is said to be too commercialized.
  23. Halloween is known by various names such as All Hallows’ Eve, All Hallowtide, Witches Night, Snap-Apple Night, The Feast of the Dead, The Day of the Dead, Samhain and summer’s End.
  24. The Scottish girls believe that they could see images of their future husbands on wet sheets while they hung in front of the fireplace on Halloween. While other girls believe they would see their boyfriend’s faces while looking into a mirror while walking downstairs on Halloween at midnight.
  25. The whole dressing up as ghouls and other spooks came from the ancient Celtic tradition, where the townspeople would disguise themselves as demons and spirits. The Celts thought disguising themselves would allow them to escape being unnoticed by the real spirits as they wander the streets during Samhain.

Be safe and have a Spooktacular Halloween. See you next week!

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Today:

Thanksgiving day is a national holiday that is celebrated in the United States, which occurs on the 4th Thursday in November every year.  The US celebrate it with family and friends, by watching football and having turkey with all the trimmings. In some households, they go round the table saying what they are most thankful for. After that, they would gear up by looking for Santa during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

Did you ever wonder how Thanksgiving came about? Read the history of Thanksgiving and The Fun Facts about it too.

The History of Thanksgiving:

The story of Thanksgiving started in September by the English Colonists that we refer to as pilgrims, they celebrated the days of Thanksgiving as part of their religion. Back then, it would be days of prayers, not days of feasting, but the national holiday really stems from the feast in autumn of 1621, by the pilgrims and Wampanoag it was to celebrate the first successful harvest.

The Colonists at Plymouth and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast at their Plantation where settlers held their feast after a successful growing season… The celebrations for the pilgrims went on for three days, which is recognised today, like the beginning of the first Thanksgiving.

20 Facts about Thanksgiving:

  • The first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621 and included 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians. Many historians believe that only five women were present at that first Thanksgiving,
  • Thanksgiving did not become a national holiday until over 200 years later! Sarah Josepha Hale, who was the woman who actually wrote the classic song “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” eventually convinced President Lincoln in 1863 to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, after she wrote letters for 17 years of campaigning for this to happen.
  • No forks at the first Thanksgiving! The meal was eaten with spoons and knives. That’s right, forks were not even introduced to the Pilgrims until 10 years later and weren’t a popular utensil until the 18th century.
  • Thanksgiving is the reason for TV dinners! In 1953, Swanson had so much extra turkey (260 tons) that a salesman told them they should package them onto aluminium trays with like sweet potatoes on the side, and hey presto the first TV dinner was born!
  • Thanksgiving was almost a fast, not a feast! The early settlers gave thanks by praying and abstaining from food, which is what they planned on doing to celebrate their first harvest, that is until the Wampanoag Indians joined them and (lucky for us!) turned their fast into a three-day feast!
  • Presidential pardon of a turkey: Each year, the president of the U.S pardons a turkey and spares it from being eaten for Thanksgiving dinner. The first turkey pardon ceremony started with President Truman in 1947. President Obama pardoned a 45-pound turkey named Courage, who has flown to Disneyland and served as Grand Marshal of the park’s Thanksgiving Day parade!
  • Why is Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November? President Abe Lincoln said Thanksgiving would be the fourth Thursday in November, but in 1939 President Roosevelt moved it up a week hoping it would help the shopping season during the Depression era. It never caught on and it was changed back two years later.
  • The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1924 with 400 employees marching from Convent Ave to 145th Street in New York City. No large balloons were at this parade, as it featured only live animals from Central Park Zoo.
  • Turkey isn’t responsible for drowsiness or the dreaded “food coma.”So what is? Scientists say that extra glass of wine, the high-calorie meal or relaxing after a busy work schedule is what makes you drowsy.
  • How did the tradition of watching football on Thanksgiving day start? The NFL started the Thanksgiving Classic games in 1920 and since then the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys have hosted games on Turkey Day. In 2006, a third game was added with different teams hosting.
  • Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour when they are scared, but domesticated turkeys that are bred are heavier and can’t run quite as fast.
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted it to be the turkey that represents the national bird, not the eagle.
  • Americans eat 46 million turkeys.
  • Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first meal while walking on the moon was foiled packets with roasted turkey.
  • The heaviest turkey on record, according to the Guinness Book of Records, weighed 86 pounds.
  • Californians consume the most turkeys in the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day!
  • Female turkeys (called hens) do not gobble. Only male turkeys gobble.
  • The average turkey for Thanksgiving weighs 15 pounds.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving Day, from my family to yours!