Mini-reviews: The Captive Prince Trilogy by C.S. Pacat

Omg I’m writing a post!!! WHAT IS THIS?!?!?!

I have come out of my bat cave to do some mini-reviews and wrap up of my thoughts of the Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat.

Now, I have seen this one mentioned quite a bit. But big thanks goes to Laura @ thebookcorps for her promotion of this book through her blog and twitter. Also, I DM’d her a lot with my ramblings and fangirling over this series, which she very graciously supported. I also have to thank Silvia @ Silvia Reads Books because she is also part of the Captive Prince fandom, and also promotes this series on twitter. I highly recommend that you check out these blogs, they are super awesome and make some awesome recommendations if you love books like the Captive Prince.

Anyways, I will now proceed with my mini-reviews, so here we go!!

The Captive Prince

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My initial thoughts were “HOLLLYYY FUUUUCK”, along with some sickness in my stomach. I was so ridiculously uncomfortable reading this book, but at the same time I was so intrigued. The hatred between Damen and Laurent was SUPER REAL. Like, I have known hatred between main characters before, but NEVER one like this. And the hatred was for super valid reasons too. This book was fast paced, action packed and super fucking dark. I love dark, so I fucking LOVED this book. I had absolutely NO IDEA where this series was going to go, it was totally UNPREDICTABLE.

I don’t think this book is for everyone, due to sexual assault, pedophilia, torture and deprivation of liberty. Like I said, I felt sick and uncomfortable, so this could be really triggering for some people.

Prince’s Gambit

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This book was NO WHERE NEAR as dark. Actually I wouldn’t really say it was dark at all. Prince’s Gambit sees Damen and Laurent working together, which is really interesting seeing as Damen is still Laurent’s slave. There is a lot of angst and sexual tension between the two, which for both of them is very confusing due to the roles that they are playing. I loved how they worked with each other and really complimented each other. For a second book in a trilogy this book was action packed and didn’t feel like ‘filler’ like a lot of other middle books. There was SO MUCH character development in this book, and the ending left me feeling like I thought I knew where things were heading….but I REALLY didn’t.

King’s Rising

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Ahhhhh this book!!!! Ok, so like I saw with Prince’s Gambit, I thought I knew what was going to happen. Turns out I had no fucking idea. The 3rd and final book in this series felt like a bit of a fresh start for Damen, especially with him being on even ground with Laurent. I loved that Damen and Laurent really had to work out their feelings for each other, including the hatred, resentment and love. What started off as a completely toxic, horrible relationship, blossomed into one of the best relationships I have seen. It wasn’t a ‘slave falls in love with captor and they live happily ever after’. It was extremely complicated and Damen and Laurent really had to work through their issues and essentially heal each other. I also absolutely LOVED how they went into bat for each other. They are on each other’s team and it felt SO FUCKING BEAUTIFUL. Words cannot express how much I fucking loved these 2 characters and their relationship. They seriously are just ADORABLE.

In Conclusion

I highly, highly recommend this series, however like I said at the start, if you feel you can’t stomach the things I mentioned in the first book then this series probably isn’t for you. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this series. I will re-read this series for the rest of my life because at the end it was a beautiful love story with a lot of sword fights and stabbiness.

I give all of these books, and the series 5/5 stars

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Here is a lovely list of book to film adaptations I disliked.

Hello friends!!

So there are a few book to movie adaptations coming out this year, which is a scary prospect for us book worms. On one hand, we get excited that we get to see our favourite characters brought to life, but on the other we have the very real fear that the movie is going to be fucking shit. In a lot of cases, it is the latter.

I thought today, I would share my least favourite book to movie adaptations. I hate strongly dislike a lot of these for different reasons, so I am not basing these off whether they were Academy Award winning or not (note: I don’t think any of these have been nominated for Academy Awards. Razzies maybe? I dunno, happy to be proven wrong).

In no particular order, because I hate dislike each any every one of these equally…here we go:

Vampire Academy

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Based on: Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

This movie is SUPER CRINGEY. Firstly, Lissa annoys the absolute fuck out of me. I mean, she annoyed me in the books but she is even worse in the movie. I hate how the whole movie was put together, it was cheesy and shit. Rose and Dmitri’s relationship is bleh, and Dmitri is super boring. I tried to put this movie on the other night to fall asleep to, and I couldn’t even handle it. Like…that’s how bad it is. This movie is just one big shit show all-round.

The Horse Whisper

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Based on: The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans

So I think this one actually got good reviews. So why, you may ask, do I hate this book? It’s because 12 year old Steff had her heart broken when the first big book she had ever read, got turned into a movie and it wasn’t EXACTLY the same as the book. Look, I know this is super fucking petty. But, cut a kid some slack. They changed the ending (in the book it was super sad and dramatic, but in the movie it wasn’t…I think it’s just like a “drives off into the sunset” kinda ending”). I didn’t like that there were bits missed and moved around…it pretty much made me not want to watch the movie OR read the book again. I don’t hold grudges, but I think I will stick with this one. No one forgets their first heart break.

The Hobbit

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Based on: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Eeeek, sorry everyone. Please DO NOT come after me with pitch forks!! I actually don’t like the movie version because it is sooooooooo freaking loooooong. The first movie is pretty much a dinner party, and it goes for the length of a fucking dinner party. But when you are at a dinner party and you want to go home you can feign sickness, when you are stuck at the movies with your husband, you are STUCK there. Nah, these movies weren’t for me.

Beautiful Creatures

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Based on: Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

This was one series that I actually had to struggle through. I tried REALLY hard to like it because it was witchy and magic and stuff. So when it came to watching the movie, I really hoped that it would make me like the series more. Spoiler alert: it didn’t. It was boring, cheesy and the romance was bleh. I actually never liked the relationship anyway, I thought it was shitty. This movie was just one big eye roll.


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Based on: Beastly by Alex Finn

I don’t like Vanessa Hudgens, I find her too “sweet”. And this movie was no exception. This movie is the CORNIEST of corny movies. Even Neil Patrick Harris couldn’t redeem this movie for me. And then there was an Olsen sister as the witch…it was just weirdness.

The Outsiders

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Based on: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The only reason I didn’t like this movie is because I had to watch it at school after reading the book. I hated the book because I was made to read it in English class. I tried to watch this movie a couple of years ago and I still hated it, I guess the grease never stuck with this one…GET IT?!? Hahaha. Actually you probably don’t because I don’t think grease is sticky…moving on.

Carrie (2013 film)

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Based on: Carrie by Stephen King

I watched the latest release of Carrie and thought they should have just left it alone. Why do people feel the need to revive stuff that doesn’t need it? The book and then the original release were awesome (in my opinion). We didn’t need a new age one, or whatever the fuck you want to call it. I did think that some of the deaths were funny though, so I guess that at least makes this one more watchable in terms of comedy.

Insurgent & Allegiant

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Based on: Divergent series by Veronica Roth

Arrrggghhhh everything just kept going downhill after Tris cut her fucking hair. Once the locks came off that was it, everything went to shit. So first of all, I know Tris cut her hair in the book and I was super fine with that. But in the movie her hair was so terrible it actually took my attention away from the movie. I have NEVER had that happen before. It is genuinely a bad hair cut. And I know this is super petty, but I just couldn’t get past it. Then on top of that, the characters were really just not played well, from what I have heard Miles Teller wasn’t even happy with how they wanted his character portrayed. I guess it’s sad that the last movie will never get released, but they should have realized earlier on that this franchise just didn’t have enough steam behind it.

The Lovely Bones

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Based on: The Lovely Bones by Alice Debold

Ummm… I really, really, REALLY loved this book. My copy is so worn out from being read so many times. I then watched the movie…and, I dunno, I really just didn’t like it. It just wasn’t for me, and I think it is just more because I loved the book so much that watching the movie just didn’t do it justice. It probably isn’t a bad movie, I just hated it because I am hard to please.


This ended up being a super long post, so if you stayed with me, thanks!!! Sorry for the swearing, and if I hated on a movie that you liked.

What did you think of my list? Do you agree/disagree with any of the above? Let me know in the comments section below!!

Steff xx


Here are some random things I have learnt while I have been alive

Hello friends!!

I hope you have all had an awesome week 😊 So it is my birthday today, and I’m not terribly excited about it but then I generally don’t get excited about it. Age is just a number right? Anyway, I thought I would share some random things I have learnt over my life. Enjoy!

  • These are condoms, NOT candy

  • It’s “Best thing invented since sliced bread” not “life’s bred”…no seriously, I don’t know how long I had been saying this before I found out the proper words 🙃
  • There is no such thing as a hoop snake.

  • Bees work on Sundays. For some reason I always thought they took the day off. I still have my theories though…
  • You can never have too many books. And you will always need more no matter how many you do have.
  • If you eat too many doughnuts you WILL get sick.
  • A martian is something from Mars. I always just thought it was another word for alien.

  • There is an arrow on the fuel gauge in your car which points to which side the fuel door is on.
  • Remove toxic people from your life if you can, they are literally dementors.
  • Don’t drink juice then drink milk. Just…don’t do it.

And last but not least…

  • The Star Wars prequels suck. Except for when Obi-Wan fights Anakin, or when Obi-Wan does anything because he is awesome.

Well that’s all from me today. After reading this post you might be think “this chick is REALLY gullible”. And you know what? You would be absolutely correct 😂

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Steff xx

A Review: Winter’s Heart (The Wheel of Time series, Book 9)

Hello Everyone!!

So I have been super slack, for which I am sorry but not sorry. I have been changing medication which has made the last couple of weeks quite difficult to be honest. But, I did finally manage to finish book 9 of the Wheel of Time, Winter’s Heart. So I thought I would do a little review on it because I LOVED it!!!

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Rand is on the run with Min, and in Cairhein, Cadsuane is trying to figure out where he is headed. Rand’s destination is, in fact, one she has never considered.

Mazrim Taim, leader of the Black Tower, is revealed to be a liar. But what is he up to?

Faile, with the Aiel Maidens, Bain and Chiad, and her companions, Queen Alliandre and Morgase, is prisoner of Savanna’s sept.

Perrin is desperately searching for Faile. With Elyas Machera, Berelain, the Prophet and a very mixed “army” of disparate forces, he is moving through country rife with bandits and roving Seanchan. The Forsaken are ever more present, and united, and the man called Slayer stalks Tel’aran’rhiod and the wolfdream.

In Ebou Dar, the Seanchan princess known as Daughter of the Nine Moons arrives–and Mat, who had been recuperating in the Tarasin Palace, is introduced to her. Will the marriage that has been foretold come about?

There are neither beginnings or endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it is a beginning….

My Review

I was a bit reluctant going into the 9th WoT book because I think I felt a bit intimidated. Why I decided to feel intimidated by the 9th book I have NO idea. I had no issues with reading the first 8 books, but then I realised I still had another 6 books to read in this series and I had a freak out.

Anyway, after some lovely encouragement from WoT fans on twitter, I decided to pick it up and continue on this epic journey. And you know what? I’M SO GLAD I DID!!!

Book 9 was just a continuation of all of the epic-ness. The last couple of books really did sort off slow down a bit, kind of like the middle book in a trilogy. I found them to be quite long reads, especially when book 8 didn’t even have Mat in it!! But DON’T WORRY, he is back in book 9 and his parts were so IMMENSLEY enjoyable, because he is a fucking AWESOME character.

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I really felt like the plot moved forward in Winter’s Heart and set things into motion for the rest of the series. BIG things happen and you learn that some players in the game you may have forgotten about, are still lurking in the background. Our lovely Rand is still stubborn as ever, but in this book he allows people to help him more, which is awesome because it gets SUPER frustrating when he thinks he needs to do it all himself!!

Nynaeve and Lan….ahhhhh….I absolutely freaking LOVE these two. Look, if you are after a book series based on romance – this is NOT the series for you. HOWEVER, the little snippets we get into Nynaeve and Lan’s relationship are SO WONDERFUL. Like, when Lan looks at Nynaeve and his eyes soften. He is a hard motherfucker, and yet his eyes soften when he looks at her….argh. IT JUST MAKES ME SO HAPPY.

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I found the overall pacing in this book to be good and generally what I have come to expect in the WoT books. Like I said, big things happen and the ending is INTENSE. I absolutely loved this book and I am SUPER EXCITED to read the 10th book. I just want to finish this series, but at the same time I find that reading them is like coming home…if that makes any sense. I think I would actually miss it (and would therefore need to re-read the series of course) but I am also just trying to savour it as well.

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Have you read this series? Or have you thought about reading this series? Please let me know so we can talk ALL THINGS WHEEL OF TIME.

Steff xx