Review of A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)  by Sarah J. Maas

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Review: While I was excited for this book, I was also unsure if I would like it. The first book if this series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, was just an okay book to me. But all of Sarah J Maas books get incredibly better as they go on ( most the second book of a series and up). So I was hoping A Court of Mist and Fury would follow along these lines….

There was not one moment that I could put this book down, because if I did. I could not focus on anything around me, not school, papers to write, and working on this blog. So I waited to read this book after I got it, then worked hard to read it all the way through. But at the same time I did not want to finish it. It was just too good, and I didn’t want it to end.

The characters can to be real in this book, as did the plot. I can still barley believe the transformation that this series underwent in this second book.

Feyre – Not my favorite character in the first book, and didn’t really stand out to me at all. This book, she could not have been more amazing. Reading about her going through the struggle and the aftermath of book one, just blew my mind. She just seemed so much more human and real as she was dealing with what she had done and what she was feeling.

Rhysand – So much then he first seemed in book one, and not really that much of an asshole. I think I fell in hardcore love with him when he first shows up in this book. At one of the key moments. From then on I was lost. It also made me feel better knowing it was ok to love the ever loving heck out of him in this book, because it book one it was a guilty secret.

Tamlin- Still hot, but lost his appeal because of his personality. Or lack of a real one.

The plot itself- incredible!!!!!!!!! Like I thought I might die, or that my eyes and brain would explode from the sheer beauty of the words on the page.

The steamy- 400% more then any Sarah J Maas book so far. I had to go outside and fan myself this book was so hot. Oh wait, it wasn’t the book it was Rhysand. By bad, not really but those parts of the book ( Wink, Wink) will have you rereading for hours…

The ending? Well lets just say you might die from it and start a countdown till the next book in the series is out.

Favorite quote of the book: “Nude would be best.” – Rhysand

Would I? Buy this book for every one of my friends. Throw it at everyone I see, and think should read this book. Reread this book every chance I can get. Y-E-S!!!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

640 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Mature Themes. Mature Content. Fantasy. New Adult. Retelling.

Published ay 3rd, 2016.

Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens.

Summary: The #1 New York Times bestselling sequel to Sarah J. Maas’ spellbinding A Court of Thorns and Roses.

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.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

 

 

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Review of Everland by Wendy Spinale

Everland by Wendy Spinale

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Review: I think this is one of the first books to really surprise me in my OwlCrate box. Normally I have a pretty good guess about what will be coming in the mail each month, but this book, nope. I had not really heard about this new series, and was not all that much paying attention to the book world, due to finals.

but once the box had come in, I could not stop myself from dropping all of my other reads and start this one. And I have to say this before going on. I love retellings, more then anything really, but I have only read two other books about Peter Pan then this one. And they are both amazing. So I had some high standards.

I completely l in love with the steampunk aspect of the story, I with there was more in it! I thought the plot was just okay. Not something worthwhile, like I was hoping. It felt like the author was based the retelling off the Disney movie Peter Pan and not much else.

The character were another thing that were just okay, I am hoping that they are more developed ( or show growth/ depth) in the next book of the series.

312 pages.

3 out of 5 stars.

Young Adult. Romance. Retelling. Science Fiction. Steampunk. Fantasy.

Published by Scholastic Press.

Summary: London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders — the German army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a daredevil boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)  by Renee Ahdieh

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Review: I have been hearing about this book for ages, and have had it on my shelf for many months now. SO I finally picked it up off my shelf and went into my house with it. Now I have to start off by saying this , I have once before tried reading this book when it first came out. Now there was nothing wrong with the book when I first got it, only that I checked it and about a million other book out from the library. So if you can see where I’m going with this, is that I had to return the book before I could really get into it.

Anyway, I picked it and started from the beginning once again. Could not and would not put this book down the whole time I was reading it. I mean if someone wanted my attention they would have had to use a crowbar to get me off this book. I loved it so much! I just could not get enough of the story line and characters. I had no clue which way the book would be going or way the “boy king” was killing his wives each dawn.  I was so intrigued and pulled into this story I lost all track of time and of what the heck was going on around me. I loved that, that is the best thing to find in a book.

The characters and the plot were so layered and had so much to them that I could not get enough of finding more out about them. I am super excited that there will be a second book for this series and that the author will be doing an event in my area! I cant wait!!!

5 out of 5 stars.

395 pages. Hardcover.

Romance. Re-telling. Young Adult. Fantasy. Fiction.

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers.

Summary: One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

 

Review of Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #5) by Marissa Meyer

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #5)  by Marissa Meyer

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Review: I could care less about any of the small stories in this collection. But I did and still do care a whole lot about the story Something old, Something new. I was so happy the whole time I was reading it, I could not get my smile to stop. Even after I had finished it, I smiled for like two weeks on end because of how it ended.

The only real thing I did and still do wish for is a real ending or more of one for Thorn and Cress. Because they are my OTP ( one true pairing)  in this series and I just LOVE them together!!!! Don’t get me wrong I love all of the other pairings and characters, but Cress and Thorn are just it for me.

Anyway back to the book….

The whole book full of different stories is nice, because its mostly that of the characters from the Lunar Chronicles before they all meet up. But most of it was stuff I didn’t really care to know about, except for the last story. Which is the best end for the series.

4 out of 5 stars.

369 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Re-telling. Fantasy. Science Fiction. Dystopia. 

Published by Feiwel & Friends.

Summary: The enchantment continues….

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.


The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess
The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

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Review: I can’t even begin to talk about how awesome this books was. I mean guy’s I can barely believe its out now, and that we know what happens to our characters. The whole three days I was reading this book, I just kept jumping up and down and smiling. It was so good for all of my pairings I had in this series. I mean there were some seriously adorable moments that I actually squealed during and just had to keep reading over and over again. You know, just to make sure it was real and not some part of my imagination. Because be still my beating heart, Cress and Thorne! Ah! So unbelievably cute interactions and oh the feels you will get from reading their parts!!!! By far they are my favorite pairing because well Cress is so adorable as Throne puts it…

Anyway enough of my gushing. The climatic final to this very long five book series ( I’m counting the novel Fairest along with Winter in this total), could not have ended any better then Marissa Meyer could have planned out. Along with the ending and a short distance future we get to see about what the characters are planning for after Winter. I do have to say though the amazing fight scenes and descriptions about everything going down where some of my favorite parts as well. Not because of the violence, but because I felt as if I was there fighting along side my characters. We will get an even juicer ending with Stars Above which will include the short novellas that were only available in E-format, and a special big wedding scene from the future of the Lunar Chronicles including all our favorite characters! I can’t wait, I just keep trying to figure who it will be getting married and how far in the future it will take place.

 

5 out of 5 stars.

827 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Fantasy. Last in a series. Science fiction. Dystopia.

Published by Feiwel and Friends.

Summary: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)  by Sarah J. Maas

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Review: I waited forever to get my hands on this book, I tried everything. But I made myself wait because I thought I would get it in one of my subscriptions boxes, but sadly no. So after a month of holding myself back I went and bought it, and never went anywhere without it. I even read it during some of my college classes because it was so good. I mean really who can even think of putting down a Sarah J. Maas book? No one I tell you! No One!

I wish I could have had a couple of hours to just read this book in peace without having to deal with life, but sadly no. I had to take many breaks while reading this book, which broke up my reading rhythm. But that’s ok, the plot and characters of this new world by Sarah J. Maas sucks you right back in where you left off as if you never left!

The plot and characters of this book were out of the world! I could barely believe how good this book actually was. I mean I heard rave upon rave about this book and was feeling the pressure that the book might not live up to my expectations. But boy, was I wrong. This book was everything and more! I was so hard to finish the book because I don’t want to have to wait another year for the next book in this series.

Sarah J. Maas keeps doing such a great job at creating the best worlds in books, all the while keeping you guessing about what will happen next. She also seems to have the power to create the hottest male characters in books. I mean wow, I had to fan myself a few times while reading.

5 out of 5 stars.

416 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Re-Telling. Mature Themes. Fantasy. Magic.

Published by Bloomsbury Children’s.

Summary: A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

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.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

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Review: I want to start off by saying how great and amazing the plot and details of this book were. They were the only reason I gave this book four stars, because I felt that the characters and the romance were awful and that they were almost pointless to the story.

The main reason I’m saying this is because the main character ruined this whole book for me, I could not stand her at all. the other side characters were just ok but did not really stand out or really impact the plot line.

I came into this book excepting the greatness that was Cruel Beauty, with its wonderful plots and characters. But I saw almost none of that in Crimson Bound , the only part that kept me reading was the interesting plot and the way Rosamund Hodge is able to create such a cool fantasy world.

4 out of 5 stars.

448 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Fantasy. Retellings. Romance. Magic. Mature Themes.

Published by Balzer + Bray.

Summary: When Rachelle was fifteen, she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless—straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her hunt for the legendary sword that might save their world. Together, they navigate the opulent world of the courtly elite, where beauty and power reign and no one can be trusted. And as they become unexpected allies, they discover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2) by Danielle Paige

The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2)  by Danielle Paige

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Review: I was so ready for this book! It feels like it has been forever since the first one came out.

The wicked will rise was very fast paced but was also able to still to pull me into it right off the bat. I really liked how Paige is able to make me feel as if I was in the plot along with the other characters. She does such a great job to keep everything moving along, while at the same time hitting you with all the answers to the questions that the first book brought up. It also seems that this book has a lot more of Paige’s humor in it. Which in the long run made the book even better.

The characters got more depth to them in this sequel, mostly due to more focused and detailed to moments with them. Such as Amy, at first she was just this chick no one knew or really cared about and she didn’t even know herself. Which a lot of young people can relate to, because that’s just a part in life every person will hit. Anyway, in this book you get to see Amy come into who she really is and what she needs to do for herself. Even though at the end of The wicked will rise, it means we just have to wait for the third book in the series, to see what Amy chooses for herself.

I know for one thing, I can not wait for what’s in store for Amy.

4 out of 5 stars.

293 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Fantasy. Re-Telling’s. Paranormal. Fiction.

Published by HarperCollins.

Summary: In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and free Oz.

To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die….

But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn’t wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?

-Summary from GoodReads.com