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.

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Hype or Like Friday | What does a story need to be scary?

Hello everyone!

It’s been a while since I have done a Hype or Like Friday, and I missed out on last week due to my damned internet, but it’s better now. This month, there are so many topics, and it would be a bummer if I only got to do two of them this month, so I’m going to do two this week!

For those of you who don’t know, Hype or Like Friday is a weekly meme that has discussion topics based on a monthly theme. At the same time however, there is also a monthly book that everyone (hopefully) reads and reviews on the last Friday of the month to see if it’s only ‘hype’ or if you actually ‘liked’ it. It’s created by three other book bloggers, Jillian, Larkin and Britt. The link to the Goodreads group is here.

The first topic I’m going with is a Harry Potter related one, because I love Harry Potter and since it’s part of a topic, I couldn’t help but do it. It is:

What Harry Potter house are you sorted with, and do you agree (since I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t love HP

This idea was thought up by Chrissie from https://blogginwriting.wordpress.com/. (you guys should go check her out)

Anyways, I am a proud Ravenclaw! (which means that I totally agree). Image result for new ravenclaw logo?

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know which of these two logos is better, I like them both in different ways. I have however taken the Pottermore test several times because I can and I have gotten Gryffindor a couple times, and even Slytherin once. I do get primarily Ravenclaw though and I identify with it the most.

What house are you guys in? I’m also a Wampus for those of you that were curious.

The next thing I’m doing, was thought of by Donna at https://chocolatenwafflesblog.wordpress.com/. It is:

“Leave the light on, mommy please” What does a story need to be scary? Are you afraid of real life and realistic stories or does the supernatural aspect do the trick?

Personally, at least in movies, the moment that I see the ‘based on a true story’ label, then it really gives me the creeps. Supernatural aspects don’t really faze me, probably because I’ve encountered so many different stories books and movies alike that I subconsciously know that it isn’t real and I guess I don’t get scared.

I do get jump-scared sometimes, but I don’t count that as being ‘scared’ in that sense – creeped out, spooked etc.

But yeah, true stories are the scary ones to me, probably because that means there is a possibility of it actually happening.

If the story is fiction, again to me the realistic things are the scary ones – and I’m not talking about secret agents, or being stabbed in your own house – while it’s possible in our real world, it is extremely unlikely of happening. Ya know what I mean?

What makes a story scary for you?

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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Update | Where have I been?

You probably noticed I haven’t posted in a week. I’m so so sorry but I have been super busy with school starting again, and then my internet had to run out on the weekend…

Here in Australia, it’s term 4, and thus the end of the school year – I will have exams in little over a month, so I’m going to try and do at least 2 posts a week. Otherwise, I’m apologizing in advance if my posts are a bit sporadic.

The one good thing that came out of no internet was the fact that I finally read Carry On and long story short, I really enjoyed it. I’m now going to start Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and I can’t be more excited. I will also be posting a review of Illuminae tomorrow (if all goes as planned, fingers crossed).

I really like the topics of Hype or Like Friday, and because I missed on last week, I’m going to include 2 in 1 this week 😀

That’s all I have to say for now, but have a good day/night wherever you are in the world 🙂

September Wrap Up and TBR

So it’s this time of the month again, and looking back, I guess it hasn’t been the best month… I started school tomorrow again, which means I’ll have less time to do things, but I’ll try my best to keep up with this blog (and my reading).

Books I read:

  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (7 Sep)
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (12 Sep)
  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas (24 Sep)

That list is pretty pittyfull, and I would have read more if it wasn’t for a) my Empire of Storms hangover and b) watching the Flash….

Books I received:

  • Gemina (Yes, it hasn’t come out yet, but it’s an arc copy I won from a giveaway on tumblr – thank you @bookflix-squad – it was amazing and I’ll be posting a review soon!)
  • Red Rising (Haven’t read it yet, but I do plan to…)
  • Empire of Storms

I’m also waiting for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in the mail which I bought so I can read it before I see the movie.

Brief Thoughts:

Instead of doing one for each book where I’m going to repeat myself, I’m just gonna say that all of them were AMAZING and you should definitely read them if you haven’t already. I’ve done a review on Empire of Storms, which you can see here.

October TBR:

I haven’t done a TBR before, as I didn’t think I’d need them, let alone live up to them, but after this horrible reading month, I think I’ll give it a try. Maybe if I can decide what I’m going to read before I read it, I could possibly read more books. I am putting Carry On on here, because I unfortunately was not able to read it before this weeks Hype it or Like it Friday, mainly because I couldn’t get myself to start the book…

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I’ve been wanting to read so many books lately, and I don’t know what to choose. I finally decided to read the Lunar Chronicles, but I don’t know what to read after. I need suggestions guys!

Anyways, that’s it for this short wrap up.

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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Books that made me want to read

Hi guys!

Long time no post….Sorry. It was my last week of the school term, and I had a lot of tests and stuff, but now I’m on holidays!! (means lots of time to write posts!

So for this week’s Hype or Like Friday, the theme is:

Books That Made Me Want To Read- Think about what books you read while you were in school that made you want to read. Maybe you were an English Lit major in college because you fell in love with Shakespeare or Jane Austen.

For a refresher, this is a group hosted on Goodreads (link here) hosted by Jillian, Larkin and Britt where we post discussion posts every Friday based on the theme for the month. We also all read a book which we do a review on.

I have several books that I’m going to list, the first being The Adventures of the Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton. When I was only in Year One (aged about 6-7) my teacher would sit us all down like a couple times a week and read us a story about the wishing chair. Image result for the adventures of the wishing chair
I loved listening to these stories, and can definitely say that this was part of the reason why I loved reading so much.

Fast forward a few years, and during library sessions, the librarian would read us part of a Geronimo Stilton book. Now if you know about those, you know that they are so fun to read because the words are colourful, and there are plenty of illustrations and the storylines were very interesting. It only made me want to borrow more and more of them so I could read every single one!

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Then in Year 6 (about 11 years old now), my teacher had this bookshelf in her classroom with a bunch of Goosebump books and many others (about half were Goosebumps). I actually didn’t like Goosebumps, so I read basically everything else on that shelf – including almost every single Roald Dahl books. I absolutely loved these, and the next year we actually focused a unit on his autobiography, which I also found really interesting.

Near the end of the year, when I had basically run out of books on that shelf, my teacher bought a boxed set of Percy Jackson….I guess you can say I’m still obsessed…no need to say more. 😀

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In high school, well I don’t really like many of the books they make us read. I am still in high school (high school here is years 7-12) and about to read Lord of the Flies which I am actually pretty interested in. I have read a bit of Shakespeare and honestly I didn’t really like it…I don’t really think Classics are my thing, but I have an open mind!

I have to admit something though, I don’t see myself ever being a Lit major or something, I actually quite dislike English….but that could just be because of the books my school makes us read. It’s quite weird that I love reading and dislike English, but oh well.

So these are the books that I think had a big impact on my love for reading! I think that’s about all for now. I’ll be posting in about a couple of days, with a review.

Until next time…

P.S. I’m currently waiting for Empire of Storms in the mail and the wait is torture. It’s Friday night for me when I’m writing this, and mail doesn’t come on the weekends…hope it comes Monday…

Sci-Fi Books I Love

Hi guys, this post is coming a bit late due to internet problems…but let’s dive in!

The theme for this month is back to school, and the book we’re all reading is Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. If you are new here, this meme is hosted at Goodreads by Jillian, Larkin and Britt, and it’s where we post discussion topics every Friday, for a final review of the month’s book on the last Friday of the month. You can find the group here.

This weeks topic is:

“I Love Science: My Favorite Science Fiction Books- This can be anything you want. Science fiction can be anything from time travel to DNA mutations like X-Men. You can go with comic books or novels. Whatever you feel like writing about.”

Now, I’m a little ashamed to say this, but, I haven’t actually read that much YA science fiction books which is a bit ironic, because I am a sci-fi fan (any trekkies out there?)…..unless you count those on Wattpad, which I did read several, and they were pretty good. I actually only came back to actual published books this year, as all I had been reading is wattpad previously… But yeah, I’m just going to talk about those books, because honestly, you guys should go check them out (especially if you like sci-fi) and they are totally free to read!

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I have recently however read Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and that was amazing! It’s definitely a favourite, so it’s only fair that it goeson this list. I’ll be posting a review soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

 

 

Wattpad Books:

Regona City: The Creed (BK1)This book, Regona City: the Creed, is about a girl that is transported to this futuristic world. It’s a series of 3 books, and one extra side story that is currently being written. I loved the series, and I wish it was a published book, because I would totally buy it.

Here’s the link: https://www.wattpad.com/story/1370251-regona-city-the-creed-bk1

 

 

The Runner (Part I of the Runner Series)

This book is called the Runner, and it’s about this girl that lives in an unfair backwards futuristic world (like it’s so bad that technology has backtracked) that is on the verge of a revolution. It’s also a trilogy, and the last book is currently in progress. This is almost sci-fi, because honestly, it fits more an action genre, but it technically is in the future, so I’m gonna add it to this list. It also provides images that help you imagine the setting. This series is also amazing..

Link: https://www.wattpad.com/story/12913498-the-runner-part-i-of-the-runner-series

 

Evolution (Book 1 of POE chronicles)This is also a trilogy (I like trilogies if you are wondering…) set in a post apocalyptic world, where some humans have gone through genetic mutations and now have powers.. Not only that, but the mutations have gone into animals, and humans aren’t the only intelligent species on the planet. This series is action packed, and the author is currently working on a prequel series as well. Oops, forgot to mention the title: the POE Chronicles: Evolution.

Link: https://www.wattpad.com/story/772885-evolution-book-1-of-poe-chronicles

 

Superior

This, is actually a standalone, called Superior. It’s about a girl that lives in a futuristic society in which popularity is everything, and where there is another breed of human: the Superiors – practically flawless in every way… or are they? It’s very interesting, and written really well.

Link: https://www.wattpad.com/story/1322805-superior

 

 

 

This book The Gauntletis called the Gauntlet, which is a tournament set in the 3000s. A deliquent student is brought to a training academy that trains champions for the tournament. Only, it’s not the best training academy around. This is not a copy of the hunger games, and is quite different. It’s action packed and I flew through this in like a day. The author is working on a second book, but it’s rarely updated. This however, can be read as a standalone.

Link: https://www.wattpad.com/story/7343946-the-gauntlet

 

The Numbered

Lastly, this is called the Numbered, which is about this futuristic society where you are classed according to your score of perfection. If your score is above eighty, you have a comfortable life if not, well you’re stuffed. The main character is about a girl whose score is under 80, finds that she was scored incorrectly. It’s still in progress, but it’s a very interesting and unique book that you guys should check out.

Link: https://www.wattpad.com/story/4327248-the-numbered

 

 

So there you have it! My favourtite sci-fi books. The good thing is, these are completely free, and if you want to read them, you just need to sign up for a wattpad account. If you want to know, mine is: https://www.wattpad.com/user/justdiedlaughing

I know this is a bit different, but I am on a mission to read more YA sci-fi books! I see you Cinder…

Until next time…

 

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

A Court of Mist and Fury

Image result for a court of mist and furyDate Published: May 3rd 2016

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..