".... No, you're not. They are earth and sea. They can only go so far until they run up against each other. But you are the sky, my love. You are limitless."
"Where, then, do I belong? I’ll tell you when I find it. Right now, I’m at the coast, and across this sea before me, I know there is sunshine and warmth, a world I miss with every moment away.
And so, I’m saying goodbye again for now, my brother. There is still work to be done, and I must go uncover my heart, and make peace with it. I must continue the journey that belongs to me and no one else.
Let others judge us as they see fit. Let someone, someday, piece together our paths and decide a verdict, from some far-off place, as best they can. But always, I will remember that while I knew our story intimately, like the curve of my palm, there were also countless other stories happening at the same time. For every laugh we shared, so did untold others. For every tear, the same. Stories of love and heartbreak and shame and defiance, and I wonder who will ever see all of that, in its whole, in its entirety.
Each of us was loved, and each us was known."
- Glass Alliance series by Joanna Hathaway
**Everyone needs to read this series😭**
-full of twists that'll shatter and repair your heart again and again.
-yes even secondary characters have their own stories and importance
Oscar Winners Anne Hathaway and Marisa Tomei To Star In SHE CAME TO ME
Oscar Winners Anne Hathaway and Marisa Tomei To Star In SHE CAME TO ME
I’ve received this press release announcing that Anne Hathaway, Tahar Rahim, Marisa Tomei, Joanna Kulig and Matthew Broderick are set to star in award-winning writer/director Rebecca Miller’s upcoming romantic comedy She Came to Me. Protagonist Pictures Launching International Sales at the Marche du Film June 21-25. Check out further details here below!
London, UK – June 8, 2021: Academy…
The girl and the boy know this now, that it’s a deep and unseen journey inwards—quiet, brave, fierce as a thousand suns—and it is the secret of survival. It’s not armour and coldness. It’s warm and wild, spun outwards, scattering like light that might end up anywhere, a mountain that cannot be passed.
Rules: Each day, I will post the cover of a book that I love and nominate someone new to start the challenge. No explanation, no discussion, just post the cover and by doing so spread some literary love!
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Tagging (as always it’s optional to participate, also please disregard if you’ve already been tagged): @booksandrandomfandoms
Dark of the West, by Joanna Hathaway (Glass Alliance #1)
Hello! This is my first entry, and I feel like you should know.
I’m not a writer, nor do I aspire to be, but I find a lot of comfort in expressing my feelings with words. And when I ramble too much in my journal, focusing on specific topics always helps. So let’s talk about books. This book, in particular:
I finished reading this book back in April 2020, it was my first in a lot of ways: my first quarantine read, my first “grown up book”, my first full read in English (cause, ehmm, Enlish is not my first language)...
Anyway, I’ll let you know real quick how I came upon this book, cause it’s definitely not a popular book (at least not at the moment). It all began with Dylan Matthews, from the YouTube channel Dylan is in Trouble (by far my favorite Youtuber EVER but that’s a story for another time), when in this video he mentions that Dark of the West is coming out soon, that Joanna, the author, is his friend, that he helped edit it and that if there’s ever the possibility of a movie adaptation he’s most likely gonna play one of the characters cause the author said he’d be good for it.
Of course, I immediately go buy it. For starters, I love this guy, he seems to have great taste in entretainment, he’s writing his own novel and I NEED TO KNOW WHO HE’D PLAY in a movie adaptation
Let me just say, before I actually start talking about the book, that Joanna Hathaway is one of the most interesting and thoughtful people I’ve ever seen on the internet. In my experience, she’ll always reply to your DMs and take your opinions seriously. You can follow Jo here.
So, without further to do, here are some of my thoughts on Dark of the West...
First of all, this review won’t contain spoilers, cause one of my main purposes is to get you to read this book. Second of all, most of this post is coming from the journaling session I had 10 days after I was done reading it and I couldn’t stop thinking about it so, do with that information what you will.
Dark of the West is a marvelous work of fiction. It takes place in a whole other world, with WW2 scenery and themes. There we will find a kingdom with a Princess: Aurelia; and a very young militaristic nation, where we’ll meet the son of the General: Athan. The story is narrated by both of them, letting us know both sides of the story. They each have a very distinctive voice and quite unique thoughts so it’s definitely a plus that we get to know them like this.
One of the main aspects that make this world believable and so amazing is the fact that the world building is very well done. This world exists by itself, there’s a past and there’s a future, and we just get to see a little part of our main characters’ history.
As always, for the plot to kickstart, a terrible thing occurs in Athan’s life. His father is absolutely sure that the person responsable for it is the Queen, Aurelia’s mom, and he’s determined to get his revenge. The General ends up sending Athan undercover to dig into the royal family’s secrects and make sure that he can get some leverage, to put it simple. But guess what, there’s a cute princess, how could he ever stop himself from falling in love with the princess. Spoiler alert: he can’t.
Now, don’t get confused, this isn’t just a love story. I has war, wicked secrets and touches on quite dark topics, but I promise it’s an adventure from start to finish. The thing is, if you (like me) have never been interested in war strategy, pilots, horses and family drama, I can almost assure you this book will change your mind.
It is beautifully written, not too flowery, not too flat. It has an amazing plot, very interesting characters and will most likely keep you on the edge of your seat googling reference pictures so that you can get the full feeling (not that you need them).
You can get the book here, and you should...
And if you read it, check out the author’s readalong where she shares writing experiences and all sorts of references. All explained for you right there!
Also, this is only the first book of a trilogy! The second book, Storm from the East, is out now (might write about it in a later post). And I’m patiently waiting for Book 3!
If you’ve made it to this point, I thank you wholehartedly, and I invite you to follow me if you wanna see more! My ask box is always open for questions and recommendations, and if you’ve read this book and wanna have a spoilery talk about it make sure to DM me!
I know this was all over the place but I’ll get better.
Jo knows Hal for very long time. Ever since they were teenagers, in fact. She always had a crush on him, but life always seemed to get it’s way. There was Mary, a beautiful girl whom Hal loved, she knew it well, but one day they were no more. Hal looked after Jo’s friendship, they got along well... but suddenly... their friendship became too intense for them to be just friends. And before they knew themselves, they were more than happily married.
Battles, revolution, and romance collide in Joanna Hathaway's stunning, World Wars-inspired Southern Sun, Northern Star
Reeling from the tragedy that beset her family, Princess Aurelia has joined the resistance in Havenspur, spying on the Northern leaders who were once her allies and determined to stop her uncle's machinations for war. Meanwhile, her beloved pilot Athan leads his squadron into battle as the Safire wage a losing war abroad and combat growing unrest back home.
When Athan is sent on leave to Havenspur following the death of a comrade, the pair reunite and rekindle their romance until Aurelia uncovers one of Athan's secrets, a secret that could save countless lives. But exposing it to the right people will cost her Athan's trust, and this time, their shared memories of love might not be enough to stop the fateful path of destruction that threatens all they've fought to defend.
As history unfolds around them, every move they make drives them one step closer to either recreating their parents' shadowed past or redeeming the alliance that could bring peace.
The breathtaking finale to a legendary series. Part war drama, part romance, Southern Sun, Northern Star is the epic conclusion to the Glass Alliance series.