Mist and Fury and RHYSAND!!

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Published May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA

Pages: 626

“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.” –Goodreads 

My Review:

I take everything I said about Tamlin back. Rhysand is life. Rhysand is my one true love. Tamlin is the spawn of Satan.

I mean seriously he was on his villain arc this entire book. I dont know if I am just dumb or if this was just so out of the blue.

Anyways…

Why does Maas always have to steal my heart like this? I just sit here and read her books and feel so engulfed in her books. She really knows how to hold her audiences attention better than most authors.

I feel so unfortunate to not be able to live in her worlds. Sometimes I just want to shift into the Faerie Realm and live 100 years with Rhys. But, I still do not know how to shift so that aint happening.

This book is so good. It literally made me so happy to read it. After finishing Throne of Glass, I was sad because Maas was a huge part of my soul when I read that. I was worried that when I read her other books, I would not feel that magical pull I felt from Aelin. But Feyre also has that pull. Aelin will always be my favorite, but I am glad to find Maas’ magic in this book also.

I bought two plants and named them Az and Cass. (If you saw the plants, you would totally see why). I believe that they are the best side characters in this book. If I could get a spin-off book of just these two, my life would be complete.

I will never love anyone like I love her characters. Rhysand is the new love of my life. I do not think I can stand mortal men anymore. And the wings seem like a great addition. I would love to be able to fly anywhere for free.

Feyre is pretty cool in this book too. I think her character development was a little blunt. Like it was more told not shown. I think that could have been better. But she is becoming a really cool person.

And lets talk about how Maas always has to have those twist endings where the main characters do not tell us something important.

I think there was a little lack of showing in this book. A lot of things are told in a way that they are Feyre’s thought which can be SUPER annoying. Sometimes it would be nice to lead the reader to a conclusion, not just blatantly compare and contrast everything. I do not recall Maas doing this a lot with Aelin in Throne of Glass. It is a weird change for me. I feel like I am being told everything and not being able to make my own inferences. If it happened once in a while it would be fine but the first half of the book it was “Tamlin does not let me do XYZ while Rhys lets me do XYZ,” which was Feyre stating the obvious at that point.

I still love the book though. I am not as smitten as I was with Throne of Glass but I do still like it.

It was a really good book and I am so ready to start the next book.

Let me know what you thought about the book!

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

A Lazy List of Five

“Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” -That Artsy Reader Girl

This weeks theme is:

Books with a full sentence as the title!

I wanted to keep going but this is my one night I have time to write so I am only going to have 5 books on this list.

What If it’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

It does not surprise me that over half of these were YA romance books. They always have the longest titles.

Don’t forget to link your post down below!

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Top Ten Tuesday: What are the Last Ten Books I Read

“Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” -That Artsy Reader Girl

This weeks theme is:

Recent Reads

So here are the last 10 books I read:

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

And I Darken by Kiersten White

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

Uglies by Scott Westerfield

I love Top ten Tuesdays! Link your post down below.

As always, thanks for reading

A Bookie

Bye Bye April

Hey yall,

How are we feeling today?

It is the beginning of a new month. Where I am at, it is very sunny and has me in a cheery mood. Hope you guys are feeling the warm rays and happy times like I am.

I got my second COVID-19 vaccine a few days ago and I am feeling FANTASTIC! I am so excited for this whole COVID debacle to be over.

So I hate for these to be long so lets get into it.

Posts:

Books:

  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • And I Darken by Kiersten White
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Movies/Tv Shows:

  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

That is my month in review! Nothing extraordinary happened out in the Life update other than my vaccine. I am half way done with school for the rest of the quarter. Hopefully I will be out soon!

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Thorns and Roses and Sex

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1

Published May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Paperback

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance

Pages: 419

“Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.” -Goodreads

My Review:

I love Maas. I always have and always will.

Her books are just so amazing. I wish just once I could write a bad review about her. Just once so no one would think I am prejudice about her books.  

This book was no exception.

It took me forever to get around to reading this book. I wanted to finish all of Throne of Glass before I came to this. My mother kept begging me to read it. I just did not want the conflicting story lines confusing me.

But here I am now in the Fae world of Feyre and Tamlin.

The story starts of really well and ends really well. I could tell Maas was trying to hide a lot but I do not think she did it as well as she did back in the Throne of Glass books. She always had someone tell Feyre “oh there is more but I cannot tell you” which was a little annoying. But other than that I thought the story line was pretty good and unique to the story. I think it was hard to imagine that Feyre just decided to walk off with a faire beast in the beginning. I feel like in Tamlin’s human form it would have been fine, but not full beast.

Other things were kind of quirky that I thought could use some work, but Maas is a genius so I dont want to wrec her too much. The courts on the map are split by straight lines. Her dedication to Josh at the beginning says something like “because he would go Under the Mountain for me,” but going Under the Mountain was not like a test of love (except in Feyre and Tamlin’s case), it was just like a prison type deal.

Other than those things I loved it. I think it had the right amount of action/suspense. I read this within a few days. I literally could not put it down. I talked my co-workers ears off about it. It was so good!

I think I like Feyre. I think she was a really interesting character to begin with. I love that Maas creates these amazingly strong female characters. I did not feel like she had to much of a personality. Aelin in Throne of Glass was really thought out and was her own person. Feyre feels like she is floating through life. Yes, she is strong and independent, but she does not seem to have a set say she thinks or feels. I feel as though she goes a long with things to easily. She does not make up her mind a lot (which I can relate to) and follows Tamlin’s words really well. There were moments where she appeared to be following her own heart like when she disobeys some orders. Other than that, she seems to do what everyone else says. I wonder if Maas was trying to make her as least like Aelin as she could.

Tamlin seems really nice. Now, I have been spoiled and I know he is not the real love interest of the story, but I like him so far. I dont know what he does wrong and I dont know how Rhysand gets involved yet (even though he is mega delicious). I almost wish I read this sooner because BookTok hates Tamlin for some reason and I knew that. I probably would have liked to figure out that we hate Tamlin while reading so I did not have this lingering feeling of not getting attached.

And then there is Rhysand. Let me just say, I think I have a type. Assholes with dark brown hair are my new bread and butter. We do not know a lot about him in this book but he strikes that deal with Feyre so I am excited to see where that takes them. I think he really turned out to be a nice guy. I honestly think he was a nice guy overall but I do not think that his purpose was explained as well as it could have been, but maybe that is to come later.

One last thing, the riddle was such an obvious answer Feyre was dumb for not knowing it right of the bat. Anyways….

I think I really like this book series so far. I love Maas. There are a few tiny elements I would love to improve, but Maas knows everything so I do not want to correct a master. I know I keep doing a lot of short reviews but a lot of these books are older and I assume that most have read them. I just like to put my two cents in.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Star Rating: 4

A Historical Fiction I Actually Liked? My And I Darken Review

Title: And I Darken

Author: Kiersten White

Series: The Conqueror’s Saga #1

Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, Fantasy

Published June 28th 2016 by Delacorte Press

Medium: Paperback

Pages: 475

“No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.” -Goodreads

My Review:

AAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA NO WAY

So, if you dont know, I do not like historical fiction. Have I really read a lot of historical fiction? No. But I was never really into it and sometimes I would pick up a book just to get bored with it. I especially hated the American historical fiction (weird because I am American) because I basically knew what was going to happen, I did not care, etc.

But I know nothing about the Ottoman Empire except that they like fail in the end. I thought this would make me dislike the book even more and I was so scared to start it.

(Disclaimer: When I bought the book, I had no clue that it was historical fiction. I only found out when I started reading, oops.)

I began reading and I instantly liked it. It started off with like a nice little montage of the two main character’s Radu and Lada’s childhood. I thought it was really entertaining to see them grow up.

I mean you know a book is good when:

Let her be strong.
Let her be sly.
And let her be ugly.

is one of the first major lines.

With the timeline ion the book, I did get a little confused later on because one minute they were 13 and the next chapter they were nearing 18 or were 18. That was a hiccup I could not quite wrap my head around.

The way this book reads is a lot like Game of Thrones. A lot of time chunks get cut off. I think this was to account for the real-life time of the Ottoman Empire.

It turns out that the Murad and Mehmed in the book are actually real people. Radu is also real but I am not so sure about Lada. I cannot really look too much into it because every time I search her name it takes me to wiki fandom links about the series, AND I CANNOT GET SPOILED.

If Lada isnt real I will cry. But I dont think she is so…

Gif of Man Crying

Lada was a great character. I think that she stayed a petty static character throughout. Yes, she had some changes but not life changing personality changes, in my opinion. I think she was pretty badass though. She stays strong from childhood on ward. I wish she had been a little more trusting of her brother and had not kept things from him, but I guess that is just because I also know Radu’s side. She is a crazy intense character and I cannot wait to see how she develops in the second book.

I mean she really is such a strong lady in a time where woman were not taught to be strong.

I am loving the books I am reading with these strong female leads.

Radu is a great character in my opinion. I do think he has some weird shifts in character and he kept too many secrets too. The gay sub-plot was exciting and I knew nothing about it. I definitely would have loved to see more of it, so hopefully the next two have a bit more of this.

Mehmed is someone who I hate. I absolutely hate him. Sure, he seems like he is nice, but he is too set on his goals in life. Even when everyone around him, including his dearest friends, are telling him he is wrong, he still believes he is right. The ending was so annoying because of this BASTARD.

Ugh… anyways,

Look at this happy cute little fanart of the three of them:

The book was really good. It was extremely tense on some parts and then somewhat dull in others. I think at the end the big climactic moment ends WAAAAAY to short. Like honestly, I did not even know it had ended, that is how short it was. That was kind of sad.

But the way it ended was phenomenal (other than Mehmed whom I still hate) and I am excited to read the others.

If you like historical fiction, this book was meant for you. If you do not, this book might get you hooked into historical fiction. I am not sure if I will venture out into that genre after this series, but who knows?

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

The Aesthete Blogger Award: Come see my answers and check out who I nominated!

Aesthe Blogger Award Logo/Graphic

Hey everyone!

AHHH I have been nominated for a book tag and it is an aesthete blogger award. I was nominated for by Steph at The Book Throne, thank you so much for the nomination!

About the award:

“This award is to honor every creative person, irrespective of their number of followers and views. Because, as long as you create, that is all that matters. This award is for those bloggers who put an insane amount of thought in each of their posts and for those who spread creativity like wildfire! Just wow!” -Ashmita

Rules

  • Use the official logo/graphic of the award and display it on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Show some love to the one who nominated you!
  • Mention the creator (Ashmita @ the Fictional Journal) and link it back to the original post.
  • Tell me something about this world that you admire.
  • What is your favorite form of creativity?
  • Nominate 7 lovely people and notify them by commenting on their posts; spread some love!
  • Ask your nominees 4 questions.
  • Share something you created. (can be anything!)
  • And lastly, just so you know: I LOVE YOUR CREATIONS!

Tell me something about this world that you admire

I just really admire nature. I love going on drives to go see the way the world curves and how it is shaped. I love seeing and hearing forests or the ocean. Ugh, I love nature.

What is your favourite form of creativity?

I really love writing and creating worlds through writing. If I were to pick something that I cant do, it would be songwriting. I dont write song’s but I think they convey beautiful worlds too.


Steph’s Questions:

  • What is your favourite song at the moment?

I am really listening to the re-released Fearless album (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift. I am loving listening to all my old favorites again. And her Mr. Perfectly Fine is fire!

  • Who would you choose as your book (romantic or platonic) partner?

Not to default to Harry Potter characters, but George Weasley will always be the boyfriend of my dreams.

Second would be Julian from the Caraval series. I have only read the first book so far but I love it.

  • Which country do you wish you could live in?

I wish I could live in Scotland if I have to choose another country. I do really want to live in New York, but if it is a new country, definitely Scotland. I mean I have never seen a picture that has disappointed my eyes. I want to go visit so bad.

  • Which book do you wish you had written?

Harry Potter. That will always be the blueprint for me if I ever write a book. Or any Sarah J. Maas book. She is just amazing.

I do not really have too much that I created one this computer but I will put a picture on here that I took the other day:

My friend with a smiley balloon

My Questions:

  • What shows are you watching right now?
  • What characters are you most like?
  • What are your goals for this month? Any projects you are trying to finish?
  • What is you favorite kind of music?

I nominate:


OMG this was such a fun tag. I am so happy to have been a part of this. Again, THANK YOU STEPH for the nomination. I am so grateful for you, your blog, and your nomination.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Ten Colorful Books to Brighten your Day

“Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” -That Artsy Reader Girl

This weeks theme is:

Colorful Books

So I took a look at my Goodreads shelves. And here are some of my favorite books with colorful covers!

  1. Replica by Lauren Oliver
Replica cover

2. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Problem with Forever Cover

3. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything Cover

4. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore Cover

5. Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Will Grayson Will Grayson cover

6. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares Cover

7. Literally any of the Harry Potter covers

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone Cover

8. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango Street Cover

9. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer Cover

10. Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

Bright We Burn Cover

Thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Money was burning a hole in my wallet, so I bought books!

Hey y’all

I love posting book haul posts. Those are literally my favorite posts to read.

And that is totally why I spent another $100 on books.

Now, if my mom sees this, I am sorry but I promise you these were for a good cause.

That good cause is my bookshelf looking full.

Now, like I said last book haul, which sadly, was only a week ago, I bought Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom (which I got both in the mail two days ago. They are so pretty look!).

Pic of my copies of Six of crows and Crooked Kingdom

I also got really nice copies of the last 2 Caraval books but that is besides the point.

For this book haul I got 5 books, all hardcover, and one of those was a preorder.

So here they are:

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone Cover

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising Cover

(You might notice that Siege and Storm is missing, but guess what I did not want to spend the astronomical amounts of money on that book because for some reason that book is the most expensive of the series)

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

From Blood and Ash Cover

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire Cover

(I hope you guys are noticing a theme)

Preorder: The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout

A Crown of Gilded Bones Cover

AHHH my friend Sydney and Booktok made them sound so good! And because this last one literally comes out tomorrow, I thought I would buy all three. I might try to binge read all of them and give a three book review.

I bought all of them in hardcover, because I have been working hard these past few weeks on school and my now three jobs I have. I wanted a little something extra for myself.

Also, I might start my Bookstagram back up, I am not sure. So if I do I want some hardcovers to get my pictures popping.

Have I read any of these? No. Have a I read any Leigh Bardugo? No. Have I only read a total of three Jennifer L. Armentrout books and they weren’t of this genre? Yes. But do I care? NO.

I have bought books I disliked and have bought many books I like. Like I said in the last post, every book is an investment towards my huge library I hope to have one day.

Also, sorry mom for spending my money on books, but hey this did not go over my Entertainment budget. It was exactly the rest of my entertainment budget and some change.

Anyways, I hope you all enjoy. Let me know if you have bought anything recently!

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

The Thrilling and Mysterious: A Review of Caraval

Title: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber

Series: Caraval #1

Published January 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Pages: 432

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic.-Goodreads

My Review:

I do not think I have ever said I disliked a book in a review.

And it will not be today!

I loved this book.

I think it was a really good book. Was it the best? No. Was it great? No. But, was it entertaining? Yes. Did I buy the last two books in the series? Yes.

The last two are wins in my book.

While I have read through a few reviews to get this review, not a lot were positive. A lot said that the characters, setting, and plot was bland. While it may not have been as well-developed as one could wish, I do not think it was horrible.

Twitter @wickandfable

Scarlett was an interesting character. I think she was really unique. Yes, she was kind of static. But, what was she supposed to do, hate her sister? The only idea she had was to protect her sister. That never changed, but how do you expect it too? She learned that she was not to trust people’s words and to trust people for their actions. While she may not have been the most creative character, she was fun to read about. I related to her a lot. I think she was really confused and did not know how to deal with anything.

Julian and Tella were cool. I think I saw the whole Julian plotline sooner than I would have liked. I wish he had a been a little bit more unpredictable. Also, Tella kind of made me super mad. I know she could not technically have been completely upfront with her sister, but she was so rude for the things that happened.

The idea of Legend was really interesting. I think that his storyline will be developed more in the next two but I wish we had a bit more of him. I cant say much without spoiling but I am intrigued.

I think Caraval seemed really pretty. I liked the descriptions. It was interesting to look at the map and the places that they went to. I do agree with others that sometimes it was hard to follow. A few plot points were not on the map and I had no clue how they got to the places they went to so fast.

But other than those things, I really liked it. I think it was quick and entertaining. It has been on my TBR list for way to long.

Sorry for not making this a long blog. I really am tired and needed to write this. I did not think that it was necessary to write a huge review since most bloggers have already read it.

As always, thanks for reading

A Bookie