The Girl of Fire & Thorns with Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books earlier this year, which completely renewed my interest in fantasy. As I mentioned in my review of the first book, I used to read a lot of fantasy as a child, and then stopped when I got older. This series was perfect to pique my interest for the fantastical once again as it's fantasy, but not too far removed from the real world.
I can't say too much about The Crown of Embers without spoiling the book, so this will be the shortest review of all time. But let me just say this: HOLY MOLY THIS BOOK WAS GOOD. 2013 may just be the year that I read a lot of fan-freaking-tastic sequels. Seriously! I fell in love with the characters even more and absolutely cannot WAIT for The Bitter Kingdom to come in at the library. If you haven't started this series yet, I highly recommend it -- even if you're not that into fantasy!