MUST READ: The Tearling Series


I don’t even know where to start! Within the last month or so, I’ve read ALL THREE books to this series by Erika Johansen. (I just finished the third book last night!) This is a pretty big deal if you consider the fact that it took me almost three months to finish the novel I read before this series. I think the reason I read three books in such a shorter period of time is that I honestly couldn’t put these down!! If you love fantasy novels and books that are based on a girl who kicks butt, then this is a book for you! I’m not trying to harp on the whole feminism thing, but it was really refreshing to read a novel where the girl is headstrong and a visionary leader.

The series is about a girl named Kelsea Raleigh, but she prefers the last name Glynn. She’s the future Queen of the Tearling (which is a separate realm or something). Before Kelsea became Queen, the Tearling was corrupt and unjust. Over the course of these three books, Kelsea has to face a number of enemies. Her ultimate enemy: the evil Red Queen. For years the Red Queen has had the Tearling under her thumb, due to an agreement Kelsea’s mother had made years ago. The Red Queen demands that the Tearling send her a shipment of Tears once a month, so that they can be sold as slaves to her people in Mortmesne. It’s pretty messed up. In exchange for the monthly shipments of people, the Red Queen has agreed to give them “peace” and to not invade their land. Of course Kelsea puts a stop to these shipments, and when the Red Queen doesn’t receive her shipment, she’s ready for war/invasion. Not only does Kelsea have to figure out a way to put a stop to the invasion and save her people, but there’s so much more going on inside her and her kingdom as well. There’s these two sapphire necklaces that are passed down to Kelsea. Only a true Tear can control them and use their power. Since putting them on her neck, all these weird things have been happening to Kelsea. It seems like they’re more so controlling her. She’s got strength she never knew she had, she can heal, the jewels have altered her appearance, and they can take her back in time as well! I’m pretty sure I’m butchering this story (I’m a reader, not a writer lol), but if that doesn’t get you even the slightest bit interested – you’re crazy! Just kidding, I know Fantasy novels are not everyone’s cup of tea. But they sure are mine!! I want to share everything that happens in order to convince you, but I also don’t want to ruin this series for anyone (if I haven’t already :p).

All I can say, is that I HIGHLY recommend you guys giving these books a shot. The end of the series was not what I expected, but I really think you can learn something from this series if you have an open mind. I’m rather sad they had to end.. But there were online rumours of Emma Watson staring in a future movie, so maybe it’s not over! Until then, you guys should get reading 😉

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Until next time,

  • Tiny ❀

Book Review: The Elfstones of Shannara

So, I love me some Harry Potter. I am a SUPER fan. I pre-ordered the new Harry Potter book like three months in advance (ONE MORE WEEK!!!). Don’t judge me.

But I had tried other fantasy novels, like The Lord of the Rings, and I grew bored! The Lord of the Rings was just too much. Too many different species. Too many details. Too many languages. It was a lot to follow and I’m so sorry if I’ve offended anyone! Terry Brooks’ books (say that 10 times fast) made me hesitate at first because they looked very similar to The Lord of the Rings. “The Shannara Chronicles” literally looked like TLOTR’s cousin, but I did end up giving the first book a shot. I LOVED “The Elfstones of Shannara”. It wasn’t over the top, it wasn’t hard to follow, there was a bit of romance (which every woman needs) and it was awesome. An epic fantasy and an epic thumbs up from me. I requested the second book of the series for my birthday from my boyfriend, and I was super pleased that he followed through lol.

The book is generally about elves, faeries, humans, and a few other creatures who are trying to save their world from being taken over by demons. There’s a fancy tree called “Ellcrys” that has trapped the demons deep down in the ground somewhere for years and years, and now she’s getting too old and her power is weakening. Once Ellcrys dies, the demons will be set free and seek revenge on everyone/kill every other race. In order to stop this from happening, Wil Ohmsford and Amberle have to take a seed to a “Bloodfire” and then bring it back to the Ellcrys before its too late. Trust me, it’s a lot more than that. I kind of suck at explaining plot summaries. There’s a lot of other characters, and a lot of fighting, dying, and drama as well. I swear it’s an awesome book!

Anyways, I don’t want to give the book away by telling too much, but I’ll tell you that there is a TV series that follows these books. I haven’t started watching it yet (I’m actually trying to finish OITNB atm), BUT Vanessa Hudgens’ hunk of a boyfriend plays Wil Ohmsford and I am soooo looking forward to starting it now that I’ve completed the first book. Mmm mm.

I hope you guys give this book a chance. I probably wasn’t as convincing as I hoped I would be. If you do end up reading this book, let me know!! I would love to talk about it because so far no one else understands..

Haha! Until next time and enjoy the rest of your weekend!
– A ❀