A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas

*This review contains spoilers, I recommend not reading this unless you have read the first book*

Blurb

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.


Stats

Page Length: 626
Publication Year: 2016
Genre:  Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Characters:  Feyre, Tamlin, Lucian, Rhysand, Nesta, Elaine, Mor, Cassian, Azriel, and Amren


Thoughts

This is my 3rd reading of this book. I love re-reads because I always manage to learn something new or pick up on things that I missed the first time. As it’s two days until the release of ACOWAR it’s super great to have this story fresh in my mind.

I remember the first time I finished this book it totally blew me away! Usually I’ll kind guess where a story is headed but this one completely blindsided me.

Story

The story picks up 3 months after Under the mountain happened. Fayre is back at the spring court, trying to adjust to life as a High Fae and preparing for her wedding to Tamlin.

On the day of said wedding Fayre desperately calls out for help (in her mind) which is when Rhys appears and calls in the bargain she made with him under the mountain from there he whisks her away to the night court and so begins the monthly visits.

This goes on for about 2 months. It’s on her 3rd return to the Spring Court that Tamlin locks her in the house for her “own safety” that Fayre completely breaks down and is rescued by Mor, who takes her to Rhysand where he promptly takes her back to the Night Court.

Fayre decides to stay at the Night Court and work with Rhys and his inner circle which is comprised of his most trusted friends, Mor, Cassian, Azriel, and Amren.

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Scheduling & Changes

Hey!

I just wanted to give you guys a little update on the plans I have for this site.

Scheduling

In an effort to have some sort of schedule my blog I have decided that every Tuesday I’ll be posting a quote from either a book I’m currently or have read over the course of the week (so Tuesday to Tuesday) These posts will be known as: “Quotable” Tuesdays I’m also hoping to link this up to the Pinterest account I’m setting to go along with this site.

Thursday I’m going to be starting Let’s Talk… on Thursdays, in which I will be picking a topic relating to reading and books discussing certain themes in detail, for example; Things that guarantee I’ll read a book, reader pet peeves Etc. basically, it will be me talking book stuff or anything that may have come up during the week 😊

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I’m keeping free for reviews and the weekends will also feature reviews (depending on how much I’ve read during the week) along with some fun things like book tags and list etc

This schedule will be starting from next week.


Changes

I’m planning on making some design changes over the next month or so it’s going to take me a little while as I’m not sure exactly what direction I want to go I just know that I’m not entirely happy with how the blog is looking at the moment. So if you see any weirdness that’s why.

I think that’s all for now.

Thanks for stopping by! 😊

Cat

The Book Life Tag

I stumbled upon this tag whilst browsing a group on GoodReads. There is a link to Crazy for YA’s  blog which is where the tag is posted.

Here we go:


Who would your parents be?

 

That’s a hard one… I think I’m going to go with Suze’s parents from the Mediator series.


Who would be your sister?

 

Katie from the Lux series because we could share our love of books and maybe calibrate on our vlog/blogs.


Who would be your brother?

 

Deacon from the Covenant Series. I love Deacon he’s such a caring character plus we could sit and binge watch Supernatural


Who would be your pet?

 

Fat Louie – The Princess Diaries, he’s a cat need I say more


Where would you live?

 

Carmel – which is where The Mediator takes place. I visited there a couple of years ago and it’s absolutely gorgeous!


Where would you go to school?

 

Mythos Academy which is the school from The mythos academy series. It’s school for Myths, Magic, and Warriors.


Who would be your best friend?

 

Feyre from A Court of Mist and Fury! I love her character she is so badass and I’d have to visit the Night Court every time I’d want to visit her.


Who would be your significant other?

 

Ho this is hard….. It’s a toss up between Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury and Roth from White Hot Kiss…..I think I’m going to go with Roth. Mainly because I wouldn’t want to take Rhys away from Feyre!


And there you have it! 😊

A Court of Thorns & Roses – Sarah J. Maas

Blurb

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about 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 grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.


STATS

Page Length:  421
Publication Year:  2015
Genre: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Characters: Feyre, Tamlin, Lucian, Amarantha, Rhysand, Nesta, Elaine etc


Thoughts

I’m so excited to be reviewing this book! A bit of background, I first heard about this book back in May/June 2016 when it started blowing up on social media. I think I spotted it Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Facebook Group. Anyway, I’m a huge sucker for retellings so I added it to my TBR list which is where is sat for a couple of months I don’t think I read it until late July/Early August! This was probably the best reading decisions I made in 2016, it’s seriously one of my all time favorites now! 😊

Story

This story is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, the original story not the Disney version! It’s written entirely from Feyres POV, in the first person. The writing of this book is magnificent! It’s filled with in-depth and rich descriptions. It’s just so beautifully done!

Characters

Feyre is a deeply complex and dynamic character. She has had a lot of responsibility thrust on her at a really young age, she is strong in a quiet way but she is also a bit naïve. Due to the fact she has been the sole reason for the continued survival of her family it’s clear that she has been starved of love and affection.

“I found him carefully studying me, his lips in a thin line. “Has anyone ever taken care of you?” he asked quietly.
“No.” I’d long since stopped feeling sorry for myself about it.”

One of the things that I really liked about her is that she is as ballsy as hell!

“Do you ever stop being so serious and dull?”
“Do you ever stop being such a prick?” I snapped back.
Dead—really, truly, I should have been dead for that.
But Lucien grinned at me. “Much better.”

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Top 10 Book Boyfriends

In lull of a new review, I thought I would do something a bit different today. I’ve drawn up a list of my top 10 book boyfriends:

  1. Roth – White Hot Kiss (Jennifer L. Armentrout)
  2. Rhysand – A Court of Mist and Fury (Sarah J. Maas)
  3. Damon – Lux – (Jennifer L. Armentrout)
  4. Rowan – Empire of Storms (Sarah J. Maas)
  5. Jesse – The Mediator Series (Meg Cabot)
  6. Cam – Wait for Me (Jennifer L. Armentrout)
  7. Reed – Inescapable (Amy A Bartol)
  8. Kayden – Sweet Evil (Wendy Higgins)
  9. Lucas -Easy (Tammara Webber)
  10. Ren – Wicked (Jennifer L. Armentrout)

I have tried to put them in like order 1 being my favorite but if I’m honest Roth and Rhys are a tie, there is no way I could really choose between them.  Most of the guys on the lower part of the list are from books that I read a couple of years ago and I remember them being just awesome characters.

I’d like to make a special mention to No 5, Jesse has been one of my favorite book boyfriends probably for the last 10+ years. I have read the Mediator series numerous time just for the joy it brings me to read about him!

So there you have it! Feel free to let me know some your favorite book boyfriends in the comments ✌🏼

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It Started with Goodbye – Christina June

Blurb

Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.


STATS

Page Length:305
Publication Year: 2017
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary/Romance
Characters: Tatum, Ashlyn, Tilly, Abby


*I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Story

This book is loosely based on Cinderella. It’s written from Tatum’s POV in the first person. It’s set over the course of one summer. The main theme of the books is growing up and taking responsibility for the choices you make. I really felt the author captured this well. In the beginning, Tate is smarting from being blamed for something she didn’t do. However, it was her decisions that lead her to be at the wrong time and place which is what she is being punished for. At this point, she doesn’t understand this and feels she is being unfairly treated.

But with a little insight from her step-grandmother (this stories Fairy God Mother) and some self-reflection Tate begins to understand that her perception and understanding of things and the people around her are not what she first thought.

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It had a lot more depth to it than the synopsis lets on. I really enjoyed Tatum’s journey and personal growth. I really enjoyed all the little references to Cinderella practically Gus the CAT!

Characters

I really enjoyed Tate, she was just enough angsty that it wasn’t annoying. I like that she made good with her step-sister and step-mom in the end and that she was able to let go of her anger towards her best friend and forgive her for making a mistake. I think this showed a lot of maturity on her part as most 16-year-olds can be very unforgiving

Tilly was a real surprise, once she and Tate started talking it was a joy to read. I really liked her character and would have liked to have read more about her.

Ashlyn, at the beginning I felt was a tad childish for not talking to Tatum, but this was just out of embarrassment for her actions and for getting Tate into trouble.

Conclusion

I really liked this book it’s the first one I’ve read by Christina June. It was a really fresh take on the Cinderella story. I’ve just done a little bit of research and discovered a book from Tilly’s perspective which will be inspired by Little Red Riding Hood is being released next year – needless to say, I’ve added this to my TBR pile!

So in summary, If you like Meg Cabot’s writing then you’ll probably like this. Also if you enjoy fairy-tale retellings then you’ll like this one.

My Rating:  4/5  🌟🌟🌟🌟

It Started with Goodbye is out May 9th, 2017 you can pre-order your copy here

FIRSTLIFE – Gena Showalter

Blurb

ONE CHOICE.
TWO REALMS.
NO SECOND CHANCE.

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…


STATS

Page Length: 467
Publication Year: 2016
Genre: Fantasy/Dystopia/Young Adult
Characters: Ten, Killian and Archer (aka Bow)


Story/ Characters

I liked the concept of this story, I thought it was different. However, I find it very slow going some chapters felt like they went on forever. The story seemed like it was dragged out far longer than it should have been which made me feel a little disconnected to the story. Halfway through the book, I was reading it more to get it finished and not because I was enjoying the story.

To begin with, I liked Ten’s character, she is ballsy and can look out for herself. But towards the end she really started to annoy me, with the whole I don’t know what side to choose, I need more time to make my decision blah blah blah. She has been locked in an asylum for the last 13months surely that’s more than an enough time to make a choice.

I much preferred Archer when he was a girl (Bow), I have no problems with the gender switch but they felt like two different people after the switch.

I can honestly say I felt nothing for Killian. He was an ok character he had a pretty sad background but I didn’t really understand or connect to him at all.

Favorite Quote:

“You saved me from the worst kind of death, as if you breathed into me my very first breath. You, Archer Prince, oh, how you shine. Now and forever, you’ll always be mine. I’ll miss you, dear Bow, for the short time we’re apart.” My chin trembles as I say, “Take care of this gift…for I give you my heart. You are loved, I love you. Because of you, I’ve been made new”

Conclusion:

This wasn’t a bad book, I felt it was actually really well written. I just don’t think it was 100% to my taste, I do like my books to have a bit more romance in them and I think that’s what I missed the most. So if you enjoy a story that focus’s more on the action and drama side of things that this is defiantly for you.

My Rating:  3/5 🌟🌟🌟

Just Friends – Marie Cole

Blurb

He’s my first crush.
I’m his best friend.
When we are pushed into a room alone together sparks start to fly and there isn’t anything anyone can do to put out the fire that sizzles between us.

Except maybe her
His girlfriend.

With her on his arm there couldn’t be a worse time to explore the depth of my feelings for him.

So for now we’re #JustFriends.
…Or are we?

 


STATS

Page Length: 224
Publication Year: 2017
Genre: Romance/New Adult
Characters: Elly and Kent


*I received a free copy of this in exchange for an honest review*

Story:

Wow, this book was so bad! I really hate giving bad reviews but I cannot find anything good about it. I’ve read books with a similar sort of storyline so I know its possible for them to written well. The whole thing at times was pretty cringy. No offense to Marie Cole but it felt like a 16-year-old had written this book.

Characters:

Some of Elly’s behaviors were pretty disturbing! There is a chapter where she has sex with Kent whilst he’s half asleep, but the way it’s written it’s like she sexually assaulted him! Had it been the other way round I can guarantee rape would have been thrown around! Then afterward she says this:

“I couldn’t wait to be so close that so that I could smell him again. I didn’t wash my hair for three day’s after we studied together just so that I could still smell him on my body, somewhere.”

I’m sorry, WHAT??? That’s not loving someone that’s obsession! And also seriously messed up! Clearly, Elly could do with some therapy.

Also getting roofied so she can get a tattoo? What sort of tattooist in their right fucking mind would do that!! So unrealistic!

And Kent! He is not a good guy or a friend! What sort of person proposes to their girlfriend whilst stringing his best friend along. You can tell the entire time he has some kind of feelings for Elly but I wouldn’t call it love, because (to quote Grey’s Anatomy) “you don’t destroy the people you love” and this is exactly what he does to Elly every time he rejects her.

As far as a love interest go’s I felt he was a pretty despicable character, one of the lowest things he does is sleep with Elly just before he gets married and then brushes it off like nothing happens! What a douche!!

Conclusion:

This book left such a bad taste in my mouth that I can’t in good conscience recommend it to anyone!  If you like books about being in love with your best friend then go and read Where Rainbows End by Cecilia Ahern (I think is call Love, Rosie now).

My Rating:  1/5 🌟

The Ultimate Book Tag!!

I’ve been wanting to do one of these for awhile. I discovered this one over on The Well-Thumbed Reader’s blog and decided to give it ago!

  1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

No, and I’m so thankful because I do the majority of my reading during the week on my commute to work!

  1. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

Nicola Yoon, I’ve only read Everything Everything but I really liked how short and snappy the chapters were written plus all the quirky illustrations were so awesome!

  1. Harry Potter or Twilight?

Defiantly Harry Potter! I used to really like Twilight but then they made that horrific movie and Kristen Stewart has forever ruined it for me!

  1. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what’s in it?

No

  1. Do you smell your books?

Yes! Who doesn’t?

  1. Books with or without little illustrations?

I honestly don’t mind either way.

  1. What book did you love while reading but discovered later that it wasn’t quality writing?

Oh, that’s a hard one… I think I’m gonna have to go with Inescapable by Amy A Bartol. When I read it the first time I totally fell in love with it but, I during the re-read I discovered it wasn’t so great.

  1. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood?

I used to make my mum re-read the same book to me over and over again! She’s never let me forget it either!

  1. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Stage Left – Ali Parker

  1. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

A court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas

  1. Do you write as well as read? Do you yourself in the future as an author?

I think I’m a much better reader than a writer, I would love to write a book though!

  1. When did you get into reading?

Probably when I was around 9

  1. What is your favorite classic book?

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

  1. In school, is your best subject English?

No, my best subject was Science!

  1. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?

Give it to someone who would enjoy it or take it back to the store and exchange it for a different book

  1. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games?

Touch of Frost – Mythos Academy has some similarities to Harry Potter.

  1. What is a bad habit you always do while blogging?

Umm I don’t really thing I have one.

  1. What is your favorite word?

Umm this changes but at the moment its imbecile

  1. Nerd, dork, or dweeb?

Nerd!!

  1. Vampires or Faeries?

Faeries, no contest! Vampires are so over rated I actually actively avoid books with vampires!

  1. Shapeshifters or Angels?

Angels! I love books Angels in them!

  1. Spirits or Werewolves?

Spirits – Thanks to the Mediator books by Meg Cabot

  1. Zombies or Vampires?

Can I say neither???

  1. Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Probably action packed with a few loved scenes!

and that’s it, thanks for stopping by!

Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist – Kay Marie

Blurb

My name is Skylar Quinn. I just moved to New York with my best friend Bridget, and I have a confession. Well, more than one. Okay, quite a few really. Fine, here goes!

Confession #1: I’m a sex columnist. Hold on, that’s not really the confession. You see, I’m sort of a virgin…sex columnist.

Confession #2: I’m kind of in love with Bridget’s older brother, Oliver. No, I was. No, I am. Wait, was? Am? Crap.

Confession #3: I’ve been avoiding Oliver for four years. Or I was until today, because he just moved in. Yes, you read that correctly. He’s my new roommate. So that night we’ve both been pretending never happened, well, we might not be able to keep it a secret any longer.

And trust me, this is only the beginning


STATS

Page Length: 222
Publication Year: 2015
Genre: Romance/New Adult
Characters: Skylar, Ollie


This book is written by Kaitlyn Davies under the name Kay Marie. Something I didn’t realise when I added to my tbr list a few months ago. The only other books I’ve read by her are Gathering Frost and Withering Rose, which are dystopia/fairy-tale mash-up. Which sounds strange but trust me they really good.

Story/Characters:

The story is told entirely from Skylar’s POV, in the first person. I really enjoyed the humor in this story, it’s pretty light hearted and there are lots of funny moment pretty much right from the beginning. In the opening chapter, Skylar accidently confesses that she is still a virgin to her BFFs brother by accident! I also liked that each chapter started with a new confession.

I definitely got some major Sex and the City vibes from this book which was a nice surprise!

I have to admit a pretty much consumed this in one day it hooked me that much, the one only infuriating thing about this was that it ended on a huge cliff-hanger which I didn’t expect – heck I didn’t realise there was a second book until I got to the end!

I loved Skylar. I really liked how the things that happen to her really true to real life, but not only that her feelings towards what was going on felt true as well.

I really liked Ollie and was rooting for the both them to get it together, even when she met Patrick. But what I did find slightly strange was the amount of time it took him to man up and tell Skylar how he really felt.

Conclusion:

This was a really enjoyable read. If your looking for a light-hearted comedy romance then this is a book for you.

My Rating: 3/5 🌟🌟🌟