Fangirl Review

Usually, I would be posting a Hype or Like Friday, but since this week’s topic is on New Year’s resolutions and goals, I’ll be skipping it since I’ve already done a post on that.

Fangirl

Image result for fangirl Genre/s: Contemporary

Date Published: September 10th 2013

Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin

Length: 433 pages in the hardcover edition

Source: Bought

Links: Goodreads | BookDepository

Summary:

A coming-of-age tale of fanfiction, family and first love

CATH IS A SIMON SNOW FAN. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan… But for Cath, being a fan is her life–and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fanfiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath that she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend; a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world; a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words…and she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Review:

First thing I want to say – the hype is real. I went into this book hoping for the best, because as most (if not all) of you would know, Fangirl is a book plastered everywhere in the bookish community, and at least now I know what it is all about.

When I started reading the book, one of my thoughts was, what exactly is the plot in this book – and thats just the thing – while it may not have a solid plot, things do happen, and you still get hooked and attached to characters. I guess that the book is just relatable, as it goes through the notions and troubles as Cath starts her first year of college.

I really liked this about this book, as it’s refreshing and light, and perfect for when you are in between series and recovering from an epic finale, or when your life is really busy because you don’t have to be too invested in it, or too involved (even though you’ll probably be attached to it because it’s that good). I think one of the reasons why this actually worked is simply because Rainbow Rowell’s writing is beautiful and her style of writing just describes the world like butter. I apologise for my horrible descriptions…but she just tells it how it is without being overly annoying or dense or anything.

Now, the biggest strength of this book are the characters. They are all so relatable, adorable and likeable one way or another, even if you think you won’t like them that much. Pretty much all of them are my favourite characters, especially Cath, Levi and Reagan. Wren annoyed me a little bit, but by the end I still liked her, flaws and all. I think, that these are perfect characters in the sense that, each of them have their own unique personalities, good bits and bad bits, and bad tropes are pretty much non-existent (YES, there’s no love triangles!). This book also tackles the topic of mental illnesses, and while I can not speak from my own experiences, others have said that they were tackled quite well.

However, while for the most part the book is amazing, it is not perfect. Some people don’t like the simplicity of this book, and a lot of people also think of Cath as a Mary Sue. I personally didn’t really mind, and I thought it fit in with the story. This book gave me loads of feels, and made me happy, and thus I give it five stars despite some flaws.

Favourite Quotes

“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)”

“You give away nice like it doesn’t cost you anything.”

“You look so blindingly cute right now, I feel like I need to make a pinhole in a piece of paper just to look at you.”

 

 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – a Cute read

Carry On
Image result for carry on by rainbow rowellGenre/s: Fantasy, contemporaryish

Date Published: October 6 2015

Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin

Length: 522 pages in the hardcover edition

Source: Borrowed

Links: Goodreads | BookDespository

Summary:

Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.

My Review

Okay, going into this book, I had not read Fangirl beforehand. I didn’t actually know that Fangirl was in anyway related to this book until I opened up and started reading it. So, I didn’t read much about Simon and Baz, and thus were completely new characters for me. Now, having read Fangirl, I see why lots of people may have loved this book.

Honestly, the start of this book was long, kind of boring, and slow. I think that it was a bit too long for the plot. It also had several POVs, so that kind of disoriented me a little bit as I kind of got mixed up with who I was reading. Even for a book with several POVs, there was quite a lot of different ones, compared to the two or three that are normally in this type of book. I didn’t really like Agatha’s POV, and Lucy’s confused the hell out of me.

BUT, once you get through the first third of the book or so, it gets better. You start to get to know the characters a bit more, and you start to love them. I especially loved Baz and Penelope the most – but so do like 90% of the people of everyone that’s read this book. I didn’t like Simon as much as I do other main characters, he just didn’t click with me, or have very distinguishable personality traits – maybe that’s just me, I don’t know.

But the main reason why I gave this book 4 stars, was that, the romance was adorable, and cute, and gushy and not to mention the quotes the came with it – absolute perfection. The action started picking up, and the plot began to become more prevalent, and there was action and geez, looking back on it, I couldn’t put the book down.

Another thing, I really loved the writing. I’ve only read two of Rainbow Rowell’s works, but the writing in both of them is blissful and smooth, and it’s the type of writing that goes perfectly with a hot chocolate (or coffe if you are that type of person) if you know what I mean.

The ending wasn’t amazing, but it still fit within the story, and I think it was still cute and a decent conclusion. If I go into any more detail about this book, I’ll probably spoil it for those that haven’t read it, although that is partly because I wrote this review so late after I read the book (I read it a couple months ago..oops) and most of my thoughts are spoilery and gushworthy.

But if you like cute and fluffy stuff, or just like Rainbow Rowell’s other books, I’d say go for this one, especially if you’ve read Fangirl (if you have, I don’t know why you aren’t reading this one already).

Favourite Quotes: (for those who haven’t read the book, maybe you shouldn’t read these..sort of spoilery, sort of obvious)

 

 

‘This is what I deserve’,’ he says.
I shake my head. ‘Well, it isn’t what I deserve.’
‘Then go
.
I see the fire flickering in his eyes, which means it must be all around us.
‘I won’t,’ I say. ‘I’ve never turned my back on you, and I’m not starting now.’

“I just want to kiss him, then go.
‘Simon…,’ I say.
And then he kisses me.”

Now that I look back, most of my favourite quotes involve SnowBaz fluff….oops

But yeah, look out for my review on Fangirl in the coming week!

See ya guys later 🙂

Red Rising by Pierce Brown | More people need to read this!

Red Rising
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Genre/s: Sci-fi/dystopian, Action

Date Published: 28th January 2014

Publisher: Random House

Length: 382 pages in the hardcover edition

Source: Bought

Links: Goodreads | BookDepository

Summary:

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

Review:

Like the title says, I honestly don’t know why this book isn’t as popular as books such as Throne of Glass or something, because it honestly needs to be. (The lack of tumblr posts from the fandom saddens me really).

Going into this book, I didn’t really know much about it. So if you are thinking of reading this, skip the reviews and just jump straight in, because I think it’s better if you don’t know much. So, if you are reading this, and haven’t read it, I’m just going to say that if you like action or sci-fi/dystopian, go for it – you don’t really need to waste your time reading my review..

But that’s another thing. I know many readers out there (not all) are kind of scared of the sci-fi genre, sick of dystopian, or don’t really read sci-fi for whatever other reason. I still say go for it. I think this book is unique in the sense that, it honestly feels a lot like a fantasy novel. Yes there are many terms and phrases that you’ll have to get used to (another reason why people avoid sci-fi), but it isn’t anything that you have to know science for. It’s like a fantasy novel in the sense that, it’s basically a completely different world from our own, and with that comes a lot of unique elements to that world, that are covered in worldbuilding.

That’s another thing. I loved the world building. The world that Pierce Brown has written is very vast and thought out, but like Darrow, it is introduced to the reader slowly and you’ll get the hang of it. The expanse of this world isn’t fully explored in this first book, as Darrow is only in an academy, but the series does delve into it as it goes on. (it took me a while to figure out what a slingblade was..).

Oh, and you’ll also love this book if you are looking for something that doesn’t have all those classic YA tropes such as love triangles, insta love, miscommunication or really those horrible romance tropes. Plus this book is narrated by a guy, so you don’t have those stupid descriptions of the main female character who is shy and has no self-confidence and is secretly beautiful and ugh I’m not going to go on. Basically this book is really refreshing in that aspect. There is romance, but it is not a focus, so if you want something with little romance, then this is a book for you.

This post is basically me telling you guys to read the book instead of actually reviewing it, but at the same time I don’t want to talk too much about it and ruin the experience (for those who are looking for reviews because they haven’t read it). So sorry… hehe

I love the character development in this book, and in the series overall as well, and Darrow really does grow as a character, as well as other characters too. That’s another thing. The way the characters are written, shows how wise I think Pierce Brown is. It really comes through some quotes and how this society that he’s built is seen by different points of view. I’m going to list a couple of my favourite quotes at the end of this review because honestly this book (and series) is full of really good ones.

I, as a Greek/Roman mythology nut (thanks Percy Jackson) also love the hint of Roman (and a tad bit of Greek) mytholgy present in the book. For those that have read, I’m part of House Neptune according to the quiz on Pierce Brown’s website.

Oh and one more thing! The descriptions can sometimes be brutal, bloody and gory at times, so just a warning, but I personally think it adds to the raw and honest feeling of the story, which I really liked.

But yeah, this review is already super long so sorry about my rambling, but this book is amazing and if you haven’t read it, you need to! I’ll soon be posting the reviews for the next couple books in the series, Golden Sun and Morning Star.

Favourite Quotes:

“Man cannot be freed by the same injustice that enslaved it.”

“The measure of a man is what he does when he has power.”

“Funny how a single word can change everything in your life.”
“It is not funny at all. Steel is power. Money is power. But of all the things in all the worlds, words are power.”

These are just three that I can put up without revealing too much, but in them you can already see how deep this book can go at times. There is also a song, kind of like Hanging Tree from the Hunger Games in terms of its significance and there are versions on youtube of it, so if you haven’t already, you should listen because its beatiful really.

But enough from me, see you guys next time 🙂

Gemina Review by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Gemina

Image result for geminaDate Published: October 16 2016

Publisher:  Knopf Books for Young Readers

Length: 659 (hardcover)

Source: won in a giveaway (arc)

Links: Goodreads | BookDepository

Summary:

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The saga that began with Illuminae continues on board the space station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of BeiTech’s assault. Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter, Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum may be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival. The fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

DISCLAIMER: this is a sequel to Illuminae and therefore there may be spoilers from that book. Read at your own risk.

My Review:

Like its predeccesor, I really really loved this book. This series has a uniqueness that can’t be rivaled with, and I just love it.

I was kinda bummed however that the main characters we focus on are not the beloved Kady Grant and Ezra Mason, but Hanna and Nik are just as good and interesting to read about, and I grew to like them too. But fear not! We still see Kady, Ezra and even A.I.D.A.N and when they do make an appearance, it is awesome!

This book jumps right in from the beginning. I for the most part was on the edge of my seat while reading it even though its quite a long book. Along with the usual formats of the text used in Illuminae, Gemina adds a couple other different ones which also fit the overall reading experience.

On that topic, like Illuminae, the reading experience is very unique and just awesome. Paired with the different format of the book, there is snark, humour and a couple pop culture references to make it even better (they made a Star Trek reference and that bumped my liking of the book from like 100 to 500). Like any good book, it plays with your emotions and you will find yourself laughing, crying, scared, relieved and so on. This will also make you hate Beitech even more than you did in the last book, but what’s new?

I quickly mentioned the characters before, but I’ll talk a bit more about them. Like Kady and Ezra, Hanna and Nik keep you entertained the whole time. There are other side characters that I also loved reading about, namely Ella (she’s super awesome) and a couple others. Let’s just say that Hanna’s and Nik’s relationship dynamic is definitely not boring, especially when there is Hanna’s boyfriend in the picture (I don’t consider this a spoiler, you learn about it in like the first few pages).

It’s obvious what I’m going to rate it and I really can’t wait for the sequel. Like Illuminae, it leaves you hanging and unlike last time, I have to wait a year before the next one comes out #booknerdproblems.

It’s definitely a 5/5 stars, and if you haven’t already picked it up – what are you waiting for!?

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs Review

As the last week of October, it is time for the book review of Hype or Like Friday. This meme was created by three fellow book bloggers, Jillian, Larkin and Britt in which they choose a particular book to focus on for the month, with weekly discussions and a review of the book at the end. You can check the group out here.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

missperegrinescoverDate Published: June 7 2011

Publisher: Quirk

Length: 352 (hardcover)

Source: Bought (paperback)

Links: Goodreads | BookDepository

Summary:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

My Review:

This month on Hype or Like Friday we obviously are reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Going into this book, I was really excited because the movie looked good, and because all the raving of well known booktuber, Jessethereader (if you don’t watch him, this series is like his favourite series of all time).

To be honest, the start was rather slow, and it only started getting interesting about half way in. I didn’t really want to know much about Jacob’s old life before, because lets face it – it was a very boring and uninteresting life. The last part of the book did get interesting and I began to actually really enjoy reading it.

When it comes to the characters, there really isn’t anything special. Jacob is pretty boring, and doesn’t really have anything distinct about his personality. The other characters weren’t amazing or anything, but I enjoyed reading about them more than I did about Jacob. Adding to that, I found the relationships in the book weird, if anything. Like all the children are really 80 years old, and yet Jacob doesn’t feel odd at all, even with kind of crushing on his grandpa’s ex girlfriend (this isn’t really a spoiler, we all know it’s gonna happen). Also Jacob’s relationship with his father, mother and ‘best friend’ are odd and not realistic at all really, and I couldn’t relate to any of them.

What I did really like about the book was the world it was set it. How the system works – every book has a system of some sort of how that world works, and I liked this one quite a bit. It’s defnitely different, with peculiars, time loops, powers and so on. I want to explore it a bit more, but that’s just the thing – I don’t really feel inclined to read the rest of the series.

While the ending left the end open-ended and almost cliff hangery, as well as the interesting last part of the book, I don’t really feel like reading the rest of the series, because to be honest, this book didn’t feel like anything special, and I wasn’t ‘hooked’ if you know what I mean. Therefore, I have to sadly rate this as mostly ‘hype’ but I guess some of the like is still there.

Use this when the book you've read was all hype.

And, I rate it 3.5/5 stars.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Review

Illuminae

Date Published: October 20th 2015

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Length: 599 (hardcover)

Source: Bought (paperback)

Links: Goodreads | BookDepository

Summary:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

My Review:

I read this a little while ago and still haven’t written a review of it….till now… but I’m pretty sure I remember it enough to write this..

ANYWAYS.

This book was amazing and I read it in like two days if I can remember correctly. Unlike other books, it is not written like a normal novel, but it comprises of interviews, chats, emails and surveillance narration (and more). At first, I thought that it would make it difficult to read – I thought there would be at least some parts written like a novel, but no dice.

It wasn’t long however until I got sucked into the story and the format of the book only made it that much more intense and interesting. *disclaimer* you might have to physically turn the book around to read all the text. But ya know what they say, a booklovers got to do what a booklovers got to do. Plus, kudos to whoever illustrated, or formatted it or whatever, because it’s super creative and unique – literally unlike any other book out there.

I loved the two main characters. Kady Grant is super badass in her own way, despite the fact her physical fighting skills are near to non-existent. I loved her sarcasm and attitude – she had the ‘pink hair don’t care’ sort of attitude, and the best part is – she actually has pink hair. When she set her mind to something, she was unstoppable. Ezra Mason on the other hand, I guess is your run of the mill sort of main male character in a story, but I still couldn’t help loving him and reading about him (even though I did like Kady’s parts better).

There is also A.I.D.A.N. I’m going to call him (it’s not really a he, but it’s letters spell a boys name, so I’m going with it) is an interesting character. I don’t want to talk too much about him as I don’t want to spoil anyone, but I really liked his part in the story. If you hate him, just hang in there and see if you still think that way by the end. I still hated him, but a tad bit less than when I started…. 😀

Once you start nearing the end of this book, you’ll see there is much more to the plot then you initially realise, and it only gets better in the next book.

Overall, it’s truly a masterpiece (have you seen the hardcove, it’s so beautiful, too bad I got the paperback, I’ll have to get it next time) and if you are debating reading it, then I urge you to go ahead and read it. It’s also good if you don’t normally read sci-fi because while it is sci-fi, everything is understandable and it has a lot of action to distract you from the sci-fi-ness.

I rate it 5/5 stars.

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Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas Review

Empire of Storms

Image result for empire of storms coverDate Published: September 6th 2016

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Length: 693 (hardcover)

Source: Bought

Summary:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

Disclaimer: This is the 5th book in the Throne of Glass series, and therefore will probably have spoilers to the previous books.

My Review:

This book adds to my ever growing admiration for Sarah J Maas as an author. This book was phenomenal and destroyed my soul at the same time.

Despite the length, I sped through it in a few days because I simply could not put it down. Like one time, I got through about half the book in one sitting…. It is told from multiple point of views, including those that we haven’t seen before. That’s another thing, I absolutely love love love all the characters that Sarah J Maas has created, because none of them are boring, insignificant, or character’s that are only thrown in there because of some unsaid rule. My favourite would have to be either Manon or Lysandra (can’t pick between the two) and Dorian comes as a close second.

I love Aelin too, don’t get me wrong, but I did feel a bit distanced from her in this book, which could be from the many POVs. She was pretty sassy at times, and I loved loved it, (I personally really like sassy characters, but that’s just me). I also do ship #rowaelin and I have since the #chaolena ship sunk (I also did in fact ship #chaolena until it, well, sunk). However, Aelin

That leads me to the several ships in the book. If you did not get a new ship by the end of the book, I don’t know what’s wrong with you. (just kidding, there’s nothing wrong with any of you guys <3). I do ship them all really. A lot of people might be annoyed how pretty much everyone is getting paired off, but I think it’s fine. When you are stuck with people through times that are life or death, you bond strongly with them, and if they’re the gender you’re attracted to, then you’ll most likely form romantic relationships with them. Plus, all their personality’s go together so perfectly, and all I’m gonna say is, a certain cinnamon roll turns into a sinnamon roll…

Another thing I have to say is, Manon’s character development is amazing. She was badass, but she just became more badass if that’s even possible. Same with Lysandra, with her shape-shifting abilities and relationship with Aelin – anyone would be jealous of the friendship they hold. This is probably why they became my favourite characters.

The action in this book is great, with the battle scenes done really well. You can really see how SJM’s writing has improved throughout the years. The ending was perfect – it destroyed me and left me speechless, but was perfect and would not have ended it any other way.

I really really loved this book, and it’s on par with ACOMAF on how great it is.

I rate it 5/5 stars.

P.S. I know you I said I’d probably write quite a bit due to it being holidays for me (over at the end of the week…..nooo) and I know I haven’t lived up to that, I apologise…been binge watching Arrow and the Flash and basically all those series from the CW so I can watch them when they come out next week! Anyone else love superhero tv shows, or movies (including Agents of Shield – by the way, I’m team Marvel). because I’m kinda obsessed to be honest.. If you don’t, well you should definitely go check them out. 😀

Also, I was gonna post my review on Illuminae, but since Empire of Storms just came out, and everyone is sharing their thoughts, I thought I’d join the party 😀

 

Angelfall by Susan Ee Review

Angelfall

Image result for angelfallDate Published: May 21 2011

Publisher: Feral Dream

Length: 284 (paperback)

Source: Borrowed

Summary:

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

My Review:

Disclaimer: I read this book while in a hangover from ACOMAF. I also read this in one day.

Let’s just say this book was intense, and leaves you with quite mixed feelings afterwards (or maybe that was just me). This book was a mix between apocalypse and supernatural, which was quite a weird mix, but I did enjoy this book overall, so I guess the author did a good job.

The main character Penryn, has a very driven personality, and will stop at nothing to find her sister. Which, is pretty similar to most main book characters. Sometimes it was frustrating reading about her, but mostly not. I like the fact that she actually knows martial arts/fighting and what not, which is pretty badass if you ask me.

The other characters however, are very different to other supporting characters you’d find in other books. She’s stuck with a wingless angel that doesn’t really want to be there and she’s shadowed by her weird mother that is there, but not there. The relationship between them is pretty platonic, and there is very very little suggestion that they will ever be romantically involved, and with the way it is going, I don’t know if they are going to be (there are reasons for this, you see). I kind of liked the twins, but I still don’t know that much about them, and also Raffe’s friend – which you’ll meet later in the book.

The whole time, there is this hidden plot that is present, but you don’t find out about it till the end and it hits you in a gradual way, till you’re thinking, ‘wait, what?’ The ending comes out of nowhere and leaves you feeling a bit peculiar and odd in a way. I personally don’t like the ending – it was a bit too weird to me, and probably why I’m finding it hard to read the next one.

That said, the rest of the book is pretty good, and leaves you on the edge of your seat, because you honestly won’t know what’s going to happen next – which is part of the reason I read it in one day – I couldn’t stop.

I will push on to through the next one (eventually) because I am curious to find out what happens next.

I rate this 3.5/5 stars.

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas Review

A Court of Mist and Fury

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Publisher: Bloomsbury

Length: 640 (hardcover)

Source: Borrowed

Summary:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

My Review:

If you’ve read the review for A Court of Thorns and Roses, then you’d already know that I am a ‘little’ obsessed with this series, and more specifically, this book. If you haven’t read my previous review, then what are you doing here?! (hint: there will most probably be spoilers from the first book, so I highly recommend you read the review for the first, and then read the book before you read this). Go over there and read my review (or you could just cut to the chase and read the book) and read the book *shoves book in your face.*

ANYWAYS, now that that disclaimer is out of the way, let’s get into my thoughts. Going into this book, like the first one, I knew there was so much hype, and since the first one actually did live up to the hype, I was really excited to read this. A Court of Thorns and Roses did not end on a cliffhanger, and if any, could have been a book on it’s own (almost). So I was a bit curious as to how Sarah J Maas would go about this.

First off, I love the character development that was present in this book. It’s very realistic in the sense that Feyre did go through a tough time in the previous one, and it would be totally unrealistic if she was all fine and dandy afterwards. Unlike the previous book, this one jumps headfirst into the plot, and I love it.

This book is significantly longer than the last, and honestly, I’m amazed on how well the plot is fit into those pages. It is very well paced, and there is always something happening. The plot took an entirely different direction to the last one, and you’d probably find yourself thinking about how much has changed for Feyre, and how awesome all these changes are.

The characters are also very well thought out, and I love every single one of them. Well, except Tamlin, and Ianthe – they can go die in a hole. Nuff said about them. Each character has different sides to them, and always keep things interesting. This book made me love Rhys even more than I did in the last book, because he is just amazing. I wish I could tell you more, but I’m not gonna tell you more, because you need to read the book to know what I mean. There are also several new characters introduced which I love as well, and without them, the story would probably be a bore.

There is not as much romance in this book, but there are friendships, and I’m really grateful that it’s the way it is. Romance I feel gets in the way of the reader getting to know and love the character, but the friendships in this book are what made me love all the characters so much. But, where there is romance, there is smut (*cough* chapter 55) and from the smut I’ve read (which is not nothing by the way – I can say thanks to wattpad for that) it’s pretty well written and does make you feel a bit steamy if ya know what I mean ;). I’m also happy that the romance isn’t all about the smut, which I think was just a bonus for all those *ahem* horny readers… Not to be offensive, but you know who you are ;D. The romance present also gave me all sorts of feels – the type that melts your heart into liquid gold that explodes gloriously because it’s just so….feely – like full of all the good types of feels…

PLUS, before you guys go, can I JUST ASFBASJHBFSABFASDKABRJEAAF OVER THE ENDING? (if you’ve read this, you’ll know what I mean). IT WAS JUST SO PERFECT AND SO NOT PERFECT AT THE SAME TIME…

But yeah, if you are wondering if you should read this book – then READ IT (I’m already making my army in real life with this series mwhaha). It was really amazing, and caused me a huge hangover which took a bit to get out of.

Obviously, I rate this 5/5 stars (actually more like 10/5 stars).

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Until next time..

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Review

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Date Published: May 15th 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Length: 416 (hardcover)

Source: Bought

Summary:

She stole a life. Now she must pay with her heart.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

My Review:

First things first…I LOVE THIS SERIES ITS AMAZING AND I’VE ALREADY READ THE SECOND BY THE TIME I’M WRITING THIS…

Okay, now that’s out of the way, I’ll get on to the…sensible, rational thoughts.

Going into this series, I honestly did have very high expectations for this. I have already read the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas and I loved loved loved it. Plus, on tumblr, the amount of posts on how amazing the second book, A Court of Mist and Fury is, and I wanted to read the book before I get spoiled (it gets progressively harder to avoid spoilers as you go on with your life, ya know?).

Unlike Throne of Glass, this book is told in a 1st person point of view – Feyre’s. That means that if Feyre doesn’t see it, we don’t see it. So, for about 70% of the book is spent with Feyre trying to work out this new world that she lives in. We do get decent world building, and honestly, not much action. The plot is mostly driven by romance, and don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t boring (the smut scenes are pretty intense if you know what I mean ;D). Then we get to the last few chapters of the book, and while it may not look like much, there is actually so much action that fits in those few chapters, and it’s surprisingly not rushed! Obviously, this was my favourite part of the book, and we also get some light on the lingering sub-plot of the entire book.

That brings me to the characters. I really liked Lucien and Alis, was that just me? Lucien is honestly a cinnamon role, that is too good for his own good. I also really liked Alis, she is just too kind…but then there is Tamlin. I don’t know why…actually I do know why, but I didn’t know why at the time, why I didn’t really like him, or rather, there was just something about him that didn’t sit well with me. He just doesn’t fit with Feyre in my opinion. I also like Feyre’s sisters, even though they can be annoying, even Nesta. I just feel like deep deep deep down, Nesta has a heart of gold.

I mentioned the world building before, but I didn’t mention that I really really liked the world building. I don’t know about you guys, but I haven’t read that many fae/faerie/fairy books, but the world this book takes place in is phenomenal. Like, this is me when reading:

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I love the concepts of all the different courts, and the different types of fae/faeries, such as the Suriel (I love them), High Fae, and others that are introduced in the next book..Due to the big subplot, you also get to learn about some of the history of this world, which I love reading about. Also, this book has a map in it, which adds another point to my good book tally. Fun Fact: I’m a sucker for maps.

Overall, this is a great first book to the series, and it only gets better (the second one is even more amazing!). I legit read this book in one day, as I was sick from school and in my bed the whole time. It’s good that I was able to go to the library the next day though – if you’re reading this, make sure you have A Court of Mist and Fury handy as well, because it doesn’t end in a cliffhanger, and if you don’t read it right away, you might not feel inclined to read it, and in turn, you’ll MISS OUT ON ALL THE INCREDIBLE STUFF that happens. I. Am. Not. Kidding. The second one absolutely lives up to the hype.

*sheepish grin* oops, I probably should have left those comments for the review of the next book…oh well. But yeah, if you didn’t already know, this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and I think it does an amazing job of doing that without it being identical to the plot of that – certainly has good plot twists. So, if you haven’t read it, what are you sitting here reading this still? GO AND GRAB IT!!!

Anyways guys, until next time…

 

P.S. I actually got like half my friends to read this, and I swear I’m building an army, it’s awesome. It’s good to read this with friends, so you have someone to fangirl with, and if your friends don’t like reading that much, I’m here to talk! (I even got some of my non-reading friends to read this…..mwahahahaha)