Queen of Shadows Survival Kit (Blog Tour + Giveaway!)

It's absolutely wonderful to be reunited my Maas Thirteen ladies (and the best co-founders ever – Alexa, Judith, Jaz and Katie) to show just how much we loved Queen of Shadows. It's, without a doubt, the best book I've read all year! As I mentioned in my review, I got the book hangover of all book hangovers after reading this and how I felt gave me the idea for my post. I needed a survival kit! And if you loved the book even half as much as I did, I'm sure you feel the same way.

The idea of reading anything remotely fantasy didn't appeal to me after finishing Queen of Shadows. I just knew nothing would live up to my QoS experience. The books pictured above are the first five books I read immediately after and it was totally the right call. Honestly, I couldn't have picked books that were any more different. Which is why I didn't draw any comparisons and it was actually nice to dive in something either light and fluffy or sexy and romantic.
Whether your comfort food is chocolate, mac & cheese, wine, ice cream or all of the above (like me, who loves everything pictured here!), you'll want to indulge yourself while drowning in all the feels.
The lovely Sarah J. Maas herself talked about how she grew up watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and how it showed her that you could be a "girly girl" and like "boy stuff". Just like Celeana! I grew up watching this show too and Sarah's sentiment is one I wholeheartedly agree with. I've watched every episode at least twice, if not more and it can be found on Netflix, Hulu (with a subscription) and Amazon Instant. If you want more feels, more kickass women, more romance and more complicated characters, watch this ASAP.
Who doesn't love a little swag? There are so much cute things out right now. You can get posters/shirts/tote bags from Litographs, gorgeous jewelry from CADSAWAN, newly designed stuff from Gillian (you saw her post, right?!) or just go on Etsy. I went a bit overboard and I currently own a Litographs tote plus ordered a mini Amulet of Orynth charm, Wydmarks necklace, Lady of Shadows/Queen of Light mug and an Aelin tank top. Gotta show my support for my fandom + these talented designers. (Jamie did a whole retail therapy post for the tour if you want more ideas!)

Sarah creates elaborate playlists for every book and for the first time, she's sharing them on Spotify! These are my favorites: The ballet/classical songs, "Once Upon a Dream" by Lana Del Ray, "The Mother We Share" by CHVRCHES, "Fantasy" by MSMR, "A Peaceful Place" by Jeremy Zuckerman, "Higher Ground" by Red Hot Chili Peppers, all the Florence + the Machine songs, all the Yeah Yeah Yeahs songs, "No Cars Go" by Arcade Fire, Sound of Music songs, "Outro" by M83, "Far Longer than Forever" from The Princess Swan soundtrack (a movie I loved as a child!)

You'll want to talk/text/tweet about this book after reading so pick a friend (who's currently reading or already read) the book and prepare them for the barrage of messages. Trust me when I say discussion and lots of gushing will be necessary post-read.


Those are my tips for surviving your Queen of Shadows book hangover!
And make sure to enter the giveaway below!

September 7 – Judith (Paper Riot)
September 8 – Jaz (Fiction in Fiction in Fiction)
September 9 – Kelly (Belle of the Literati)
September 10 – Andi (Andi’s ABCs)
September 11 – Gillian (Writer of Wrongs)
September 14 – Kim & Wendy (The Midnight Garden)
September 15 – Mel (The Daily Prophecy)
September 16 – Gina (Behind the Pages)
September 17 – Nicole (The Quiet Concert)
September 18 – Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)
September 21 – Katie (Polished Page-Turners)
September 22 – Rachel (Hello, Chelly)
September 23 – Alexa (Alexa Loves Books)

TITLE: Queen of Shadows
AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas
SERIES: Throne of Glass #4
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury
PUBLICATION DATE: September 1, 2015
PAGES: 656 pages
GENRES: Fantasy, Young Adult

SYNOPSIS: Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.



Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series–Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade–as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, will release worldwide on September 1st, 2015.

A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

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  1. I don't quite have a favorite character yet, as I haven't been able to start the series yet! I really want to, though. Hopefully, I'll be able to do so before the year is over! :) x

  2. I don't have one yet. I'm hoping to read the series before November when she's coming to my town to do a book signing.

  3. I'm re-reading the series - up to book 2. Looking forward to reading the 4th :)

  4. My favorite character (besides Celaena) has to be Manon without a doubt!

  5. This survival kit is the greatest! I honestly think that following all of the steps really helped me cope with the book hangover I had after such an epic read. Well done, R! You're set to save a lot of TOG fans from their hangovers ;)


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