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

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Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsburys Children’s USA

Release Date: May 3, 2106

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis: 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.


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What can I say that won’t spoil this entire book? OMG! I have been waiting for this release ever since I finished ACOTAR and I devoured this book in one sitting. It has taken me awhile to write a review because I have been in a huge slump.

Before I get into it, let me just say that I love the fact that Sarah picked up right where we were left off at the end of ACOTAR. It made it easier for me to remember without having to do a re-read, and I truly appreciated that.

We left off with Feyre defeating Amarantha and going back to the Spring Court with Tamlin… their happily ever after now seems to be much further away after the trauma they endured at Under the Mountain. I’m not sure where Sarah was going with these characters, but all I did know was that I NEEDED Rhys to call in on his bargain he made with Feyre. I knew from the moment they met that they had some insane chemistry and I wanted to see if anything would come of it during ACOMAF. Oh boy did I get what I wanted… AND SO MUCH MORE! I won’t go into detail just in case there’s someone out there that hasn’t read the series yet, but let me tell you… book two blew my mind. I’m shocked I have a brain left.

We are finally able to see a side to Rhys that he doesn’t display in front of anyone. He’s literally perfection, and I’m honestly sad that he’s a fictional character. Being able to finally dig deep into the depths of what is Rhys opened my eyes to a completely new person. There’s so much more to his character than I realized and you’re given a peek into the window of his soul. Do fae even have souls? Anyway… you get the point.

Feyre had a lot to overcome in book two. That’s no surprise considering what she had to go through to free everyone in Prythian from the clutches of Amarantha. Tamlin is completely unsure of how to handle her once they get back to the Spring Court, and his overprotective alpha male attitude does not settle well with Feyre. You’re able to watch Feyre really grow in book two. She becomes stronger in many different aspects and begins to mature in front of your eyes.

You end up seeing a side of Tamlin you probably never expected. I was shocked at first, but after remembering certain scenes in ACOTAR and some in ACOMAF I realized we had been getting hints of the real him all along. I don’t want to spoil it, but Tamlin is not at all what he seems to be.

I truly loved the character development that happened in ACOMAF. You’re introduced to new characters and even they developed into great beings by the end. You’re so drawn into their lives that you feel like you’re a part of them.

I am going to be counting down the days for book three. Bring it on Maas!


My Rating: 5 Stars Flowers Pink

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Picked Up On A Whim

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I haven’t participated in a Top Ten Tuesday in quite some time, but I’m trying to get back on top of things again so here it goes… Many thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this awesome list. It is something I really look forward to participating in every week.

I know I’m a day late, but I was really looking forward to participating in this weeks theme and I didn’t have time to get my post up yesterday. This weeks theme is based on books that I picked up on a whim. I have done this many times before, but here are some of the best that I have found.


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The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

I picked this book up in an airport over four years ago, and I’m so happy that I did. The Language of Flowers is unlike any other book I have read before. It was a refreshing read, and Vanessa’s writing is impeccable. After all of these years this book has still stuck with me and I recommend it to anyone and everyone that likes reading women’s fiction.


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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

This book was so out of the realm of what I usually read that I’m shocked I ever picked it up. I was living in Bahrain at the time and while I was at the mall I came across A Discovery of Witches while in one of the only small bookstores. The only thing that really drew me in was the fact that it was about witches and the paranormal. I have never been a history buff, and there’s A LOT of history in this book considering the main character is a historian. I am SO HAPPY I chose to buy this and take it home. I now have the entire trilogy signed on my bookshelf.


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Crank by Ellen Hopkins

I happened to find Crank while browsing Barnes & Noble one day. I typically like to browse the YA section to see if any covers will pop out at me. I saw Crank and became instantly intrigued. I took it home and COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. Ellen Hopkins became my new instant favorite author.


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Paper Princess by Erin Watt

This is a more recent release and it had A LOT of hype surrounding it. I was very hesitant to read this, but picked it up on a whim one day and didn’t put it down until I was finished. I suffered a MAJOR book hangover and I’m highly anticipating the second release, Broken Prince. You can check out my review here.


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Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

I picked up Maybe Someday a few years ago without knowing what I was getting myself into. I saw it at my local library and just had to take it home with me. I loved it so much that my library almost didn’t get its copy back. Not only did it stick with me until now, but it inspired me so much that the title is now my blog name.


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Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

I saw the cover of this book on Amazon one day and thought to myself, “What kind of cover is that? Is that some kind of BDSM book?” To be completely honest, I was completely turned off by the cover. What I didn’t know was what lied inside of those pages. Tarryn Fisher is known for writing about villains. Oh boy, was Mud Vein no different… It was a bit slow, but once I got sucked in I found myself completely immersed in the story. I now recommend it to anyone looking for a dark and meaningful read.


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The Breakable Vow by Kathryn Ann Clarke

I have not thought about The Breakable Vow in YEARS, and I’m so happy that this list reminded me of it again. I found this at a Barnes & Noble in Arizona and I fell in love with the story. At the time I was into a lot of teen pregnancy books, and this satisfied my craving and then some. I had never heard of the author before, but the description blew me away. I have read it and re-read it multiple times and will probably do so until the end of time.


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Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy C. Cherry

I remember when I discovered Brittainy C. Cherry… I was on vacation in Phuket, Thailand and I wanted a student/teacher romance to fill my time when it was pouring rain one day. I had delicious Thai food delivered to my room and as I looked out at the ocean I sat and lost myself in Loving Mr. Daniels. It was my first ever student/teacher romance and I loved it. I also found a new author that I adore.


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Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament by S.G. Browne

I remember finding this book like it was yesterday…. I was in search of a new book and was browsing random titles in the fiction section looking for a new thrilling zombie read when I came across this book. I immediately picked it up, purchased it, and took it home. It was witty and romantic and unlike any other zombie book I have read. Want to join the fight for zombie rights? Then pick this book up!


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The Selection by Kiera Cass

I just moved to Bahrain and as a single stay-at-home mom I got lost in the world of Goodreads. I came across The Selection and finished the first two books in one night. I had the most killer headache from reading on my iPad all night long, but it was so worth it. This became my new favorite YA series, and I’m sad knowing that it has officially ended.

Book Review: Paper Princess by Erin Watt

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Author: Erin Watt

Publisher: TBD

Release Date: April 3, 2016

Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis: From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees


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Before I get to my review let me just say that this book is NOT for all young adults. It contains scenes that I would deem for a more mature teenager, say 16 or older…

My oh my… The MASSIVE book hangover I have right now cannot be topped! I thought ACOTAR put me through the spinner, but man…. there is no book out there that can top Paper Princess at this point. Due to the insane hype about this book I was little hesitant to read it. I tend to read books that are praised so highly for certain aspects only to be let down later on when they don’t meet my expectations. I was definitely concerned when starting this, but you know what got me? This one quote:

“This generation’s Cruel Intentions.”- Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

That right there is what drew me in. Cruel Intentions happens to be a favorite movie of mine, and wow…. Paper Princess really is this generation’s Cruel Intentions. TO THE T!

Now let me get on to the characters…

Ella…. dear Ella. I LOVE HER. She is yet another strong female character that I have encountered, and she happens to be one of the best. She’s a very tough 17 year old girl that has gone through more than I have during the 26 years on this Earth. With a strong head on her shoulders she is able to focus on what’s most important… her education and her future. Nothing will get in this girl’s way, and I admire her for her tenacity.

Reed Royal. What in the hell can I say about Reed Royal that doesn’t make me sound like a complete perv? HE’S SO HOT! I feel odd saying that considering I’m about 8-9 years older than his character, but he’s fictional… so that makes it okay, right? ANYWAY… HOT! So steaming hot that I’m shocked my kindle didn’t catch on fire. Did I also mention he can be a complete and utter jerk? Yes. He’s one of those… Another Travis Maddox. Or better yet… another Sebastian Valmont. The thing of it is… I see both sides of him. The mean, cruel, asshole that acts like he doesn’t give two shits about anyone. Then I also see the concerned, caring, overprotective brother. He’s literally the product of his environment and unfortunately he and his four (YES, FOUR!) brothers were given the opportunity to run rampant their teenage lives.

I typically do not like drama, but it is entertaining when it happens at someone else’s expense. Knowing these are fictional characters I feel no guilt or shame for sitting with a bag of popcorn while the book was unfolding. Between the back stabbing, the lies, and the steamy romance this book is PURE GOLD! I’m highly anticipating Broken Prince.


My Rating: 5 Stars Flowers Pink

Apologies Everyone!

So as some of you may have noticed, I have been fairly absent for the last week or more. Unfortunately, my finals were absolutely brutal and I was unable to post anything during that time. I haven’t been able to keep up with my posts, so I’m sorry if things are a little whacky right now. It’s the start of a new mod for me, but I hope my classes won’t be too difficult this time around. I’m so far behind on my book reviews, so you will probably see quite a few over the next coming weeks, but I can’t wait to get back into the groove of things.

 

SO…. What have I been missing? I know there are some AMAZING releases out today. Which one are you looking forward to the most?

I am can’t wait to get my hands on A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas and The Crown by Kiera Cass. Will you be reading anything else?