Author: Laura Thalassa
Plot and Themes: 3.5/5
Cheers Factor: 3.5/5
Pairing: Pompette Clementine Berry Hard Sparkling Water
“Most of all, I hate him because he is easier to hate than myself.”
Take a Shot: Callypso is a siren living amongst normal humans. She has a wonderful beaded bracelet that runs almost halfway up her arm and it might look beautiful, but it means she owes a favor to The Bargainer for each bead. However, she hasn’t seen him in seven years and he hasn’t ever attempted to call in one of his debts. Then he shows up in the middle of the night because something is terribly wrong in the Otherworld, the realm he rules in, and he needs Callie’s help.
“I’m the one that can’t smother these feelings that have been festering inside me for years.”
I loved the combination of the real world with the Otherworld being the fae world. It reminds me of The Cruel Prince by Holly Black and from what I’ve heard Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas. I also love a good prep school, old english vibe and that’s definitely what I get from the Peel Academy. The combination of the real world with fae and supernatural is amazing.
I gotta admit I really like the characters. At first, I genuinely didn’t like any of the characters so be prepared, but once you read more about them you become greatly invested in them. I do struggle with the aggression that Temperance “Temper” is done in the way she is. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I don’t like being treated like an idiot by an author and the way it’s pushed that Temper is a strong sassy black woman felt aggressive. Subtlety is a very nuanced art that sometimes authors struggle with. I wish that was the case with Temper because I promise as a reader I still would have gotten it.
Plots and Themes
The whole ominous scary character within a different realm that’s wanting to gather an evil army idea isn’t a new one; I’m not denying it. However, it really works in this book. The semi vampire children are also very interesting and I like the idea of there being a two dimensioned world. I’m intrigued to see where the story goes because it wasn’t amazing, although it suited my fancy, but it was intriguing enough to make it to book two. I also get Tamlin vibes from our main villain so we shall see what happens with that in book two.
I like the understanding of underage relationships and respect behind that. I like the resistance and reticence of the Bargainer to have a relationship with Callie before she’s of age despite being supernaturally “of age”. I also really loved the flashbacks at the beginning of each chapter. It was a unique a useful storytelling tool.
Reasons to Raise a Glass: Sexy fae kings, new adult content, tall dark and broody, RESPECTFUL. MEN.
Too Strong: The potential for an argument that the bargainer is a groomer, argument for cliche plot
“Ten points to slytherin for the creepy answer.”
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Author: Sarah J. Maas
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Cheers Factor: 5/5
Empress Gin has a stunning color. For this drink there is no substitution on the liquor merely for the color. The light purple you get with this drink reminds me of starfall and the colors that our characters see in the sky. It’s such a hopeful time and it’s truly a wonderful moment for Feyre. I think it’s when she truly begins to forgive herself and I love that a very light drink can represent that.
-2oz Empress Gin
-1oz fresh lemon juice
-¾ ounce egg white
-Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice
-shake and strain to remove ice
-shake again without ice
-fine strain into glass
“Love- love was a balm as much as it was a poison.”
Take a Shot: After surviving the harrowing events of Under the Mountain Feyre and Tamlin are trying to forget the horrors they both suffered. However, forgetting might not happen as easily as either of them assumed. With their upcoming nuptials Feyre is feeling scared and still so broken from surviving Amarantha’s trials while also adjusting to her new life as a High Fae. Then she has to remember her bargain with Rhys and when he conveniently calls upon their bargain during her wedding day events begin to unfold that will put Feyre on a path that maybe she was meant to be on all along.
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Cheers Factor: 4/5
Pairing: Faerie Wine
This is what I imagine the wine Feyre drinks at the Summer Solstice would taste like. Slight warning it uses the whole bottle of champagne so you can share with friends...or not I’m not here to judge you.
-1 bottle of Champagne chilled (I used Lamarca Prosecco it achieves the same purpose and just depends on which type of sparkling wine you prefer)
-1 bottle of ginger ale (2 liter)
-2 10oz bags of frozen strawberries
-Combine ingredients in pitcher or punch bowl serve and enjoy
"Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don't feel anything at all."
Take a Shot: In this Beauty and the Beast retelling follow Feyre as she is taken North of the wall into Prythian, the faerie realm, to pay a debt where no human has gone and come back from. Watch as the secrets of what is happening in this foreign land entangle themselves with Feyre’s life and she finds herself as the one who could potentially save the man she loves and his entire species.
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Plot and Themes: 3.5/5
Cheers Factor: 3.5/5
Pairing: Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
My roommates and I are currently on a slight health kick so that means no alcohol and I have been good about it. We are holding out until around Christmas because two of us are going to be by the beach soon. This smoothie is one I used to make back when I was on a huge health kick. I make no claims that it’s crazy healthy, but I enjoyed it and used to drink it in the mornings. Plus this seems like something Celaena would drink because she loves food and sugar and all the decadence that is life.
1 ½ cup milk (I use coconut so it’s not actually dairy)
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 cup of ice
Step 1: Measure out ingredients and combine in a blender
Step 2: Blend until combined
Step 3: Enjoy
This reminds me more of making flavored milk, but I really like drinking it and you get a serving of fruit and some protein from the peanut butter. Again, I’m making no claims that this is super good for you. There is a lot of sugar in it from the banana and the peanut butter, but it is a nice substitute for things like soda or juice which I drink lots of.
Take A Shot: The Assassin’s Blade is a set of novellas that take place before the first book in the Throne of Glass series. There is popular debate about when it should be read and whether reading it entirely before the series is more appropriate or in publishing order. If you read it in publishing order then it comes after book 2, Crown of Midnight. However, the individual novellas were actually written around the same time book 1 was published so to each their own. I read TAB long after I had finished the entire series because I was impatient and wanted to know what happened and I didn’t want to go back in time. However, upon reading it I see how it could be important to read before Empire of Storms in that lots of characters are delved into in TAB that come back in EoS. That being said this series follows Celaena Sardothien who is Adarlan’s greatest assassin trained to be the heir to the Assassin’s Guild of Adarlan. She’s a ruthless character with a penchant for exquisite dresses and jewelry. However, there is so much more to her story than meets the eye and I’m not just talking about the men that fall in love with her. That’s about all I can give without spoiling anything, but just read her books, they are magnificent. I love this entire series.
3oz Pomegranate Juice
½ oz triple sec
A few pomegranate seeds
Step one: Cut a pomegranate and take a few seeds and place in bottom of a chilled martini glass
Step two: Measure out pomegranate juice, vodka and triple sec then combine with ice in shaker
Step three: Use a hand juicer to juice half a lime into the shaker
Step four: Shake until shaker is cold to the touch and ingredients are thoroughly mixed
Step five: Strain into the martini glass and serve immediately
Optional addition: If the pomegranate juice is too strong top with a little bit of club soda to give it a fizzy twist!
Take a Shot: By now Twilight has been a best selling book series, an international blockbuster movie franchise and a cult classic to many. Since the story of Bella and Edward began in 2005 their endeavors have been inspiration for parodies, fan-fiction and memes alike. However, now 15 years later the Twi-hards have a brand new installment with Midnight Sun. This novel follows the events of the first book, Twilight, entirely from Edward’s perspective. After the original version of this story was leaked and Meyers simply published the few chapters on her website, many thought that was the end of our journey into Edward’s head. Meyers thankfully was not done with this story and released the completed novel this year. I don’t want to give too much away especially since most people already know the story anyway, but I will say read all of Twilight before reading Midnight Sun. This is mainly because that’s how we all (I myself am a Twi-hard so that’s who we implies) had to do it and plus it helps with consistency of understanding the perspective of Bella solely in her words and then understanding Edward’s in retrospect.
Each book here at Cheers&Chapters is rated based off of certain categories that are genre specific, however every book will get a Cheers Factor. The Cheers Factor is how much we wanted to raise our glass while reading it. So get your glasses ready and cheers!