A Court of Thorns and Roses Review

a20court20of20thorns20and20roses_0

Someone please buy me this book, A Court of Mist and Fury, and A Court of Wings and Ruin. I need to enter a giveaway or have all of Sarah J Maas’s books just fall out of the sky or SOMETHING.

19 year old Feyre is a girl who is basically the breadwinner for her family. Her two older sisters try to help, but they often just take the money and keep going on with their lives. Her mother is dead, and her father had his knee broken, and it destroyed his confidence and his walking so that he would rather just sit in the house making wood carving than even attempt to go back to work. She hunts daily to bring them food, and while on her current hunting trip she sees a wolf trying to attack her deer. She kills both the wolf and the deer, and skins the wolf in order to sell the pelt at the market the next day.

While at the market, some women belong some type of religious group that loves the faeries that live over the wall. However, most of the townspeople shun them, saying that they faeries did nothing but enslave them and that they were blind to think that they would be helped in any way by them. She sells her wolf pelt for a surprisingly high price due to a kind woman, and think that things might start to look up for her and her family. However that night a beast comes to the house, saying that the wolf she had killed was actually a disguised faerie, and that in return for killing him he is going to take her to his castle, supposedly to become a servant. When she gets to the castle however, Tamlin is actually a man-faerie not a beast and is not cruel to her, does not treat her as a prisoner, instead introducing her to his friend Lucien and giving her her own maid, Alis. As she continues to stay with him, she realizes that all that she had heard about the faeries may not be true still, and she gets closer to the people who have “captured” her.

I. Loved. This. Book. I came in thinking, “A Beauty and the Beast Retelling? Hmm…I like Beauty and the Beast. Let me finish some other books here first.” THEN, while I was doing my hair for 6 frikkin hours, I decided “Why not finish some digital books on my laptop?” Went right to overdrive, opened to chapter 5 where I had left off before, and READ THE REST OF THE BOOK IN ONE SITTING. Mind you, it didn’t even take me the whole sitting, because I also read Me Before You during half of the sitting and finished that too, so in about 1/4-1/2 of the 6 hours I completed this book in its entirety. I returned it to the digital library immediately in order to try to check out A Court of Mist and Fury, but of COURSE that had a wait list about a mile long so now I have to wait like 30 years to read it and I don’t think I am going to make it that long. I really don’t. Oh…right…writing a review….whoops!

I loved Feyre. I know its pronounced Fay-ruh but I think it looks like Fire. She is so…independent and unique in this story. Taking care of her whole household even though she is the youngest? That’s pretty incredible. Also she broke the trope of teen female characters. She wasn’t a virgin, she didn’t sleep around, she just had a person at the beginning of the book that she OCCASIONALLY slept with but it wasn’t even her boyfriend, just a good friend. She was just that free-spirited. I loved how even when she was taken she didn’t back down for quite awhile. She created traps, didn’t want to eat the food, she wasn’t planning on being a damsel in distress by any means.

I loved Lucien, he always made me laugh. He is honestly the best friend that everyone needs to have, but Feyre was just too stubborn to listen to anyone for most of the book. Which was good for her for the most part, but bad for him…for the most part. And Tamlin. I don’t even know what I can say about him. Amazing? Nah that sounds strange. Beautiful? Yes. He was a Beautiful man. Well faerie.

I am going to wrap this up before I keep rambling about these characters, because if I do I will spoil the series for you! I just have to say, please read this. I don’t know why I am almost 2 years late for this book, but if you are more behind than me just stop everything and read this. Thank you.

Overall Rating: 6/5

High School Book Tag!

I was tagged by Jessica to do this!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the creators: Namitha @ TeenMemoir and Jasmine @ HowUsefulItIs
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. Add pictures! (If you want to)
  4. Tag (about) 5 people.

A+ on the test: A book or character that makes you smile?

The Kane Chronicles series by Rick Riordan makes me smile because I remember spending most of my middle school years putting on my favorite parts of the audiobook in order to go to sleep, and reading the new books as they came out.

The Kane Chronicles Set Kane chronicles series

Sports Team: A fictional family that you would like to be a part of?

Okay so this one came to me immediately. When I was younger, I used to even play with dolls or just my imagination pretending I was a part of this family. They always seemed to be so brave and I wanted to grow up to be just like them. There was always a character that was close to me in age and that I could relate to, and although I didn’t read the whole series I think I got pretty close at one point. And this family would be the Boxcar Children family!

The Boxcar Children

Class President: A book that tries to make a difference?

For this I have a tie. They take place in two different countries about two completely different issues, but they both had an impact on my life and gave me an amazing reading experience. These are The Hate U Give and Sold

High School Sweetheart: A Book character you have a crush on?

Jest from Heartless, Mal from Shadow and Bone, and Akos from Carve the Mark. And that’s just off the top of my head. If I keep thinking the list will keep stretching.

Prom Night: A book with a beautiful cover?

This is hard for me because I usually don’t pick up a book based on the cover, but more on the title or the writing on the back. In fact I often take the covers off of my hardcover books. I just always watched the cartoons like Arthur where everyone had the same red or blue books, no art on the covers, and I just like my books that way I suppose. But if I had to choose a pretty book cover, I would choose A Thousand Pieces of You, Defy The Stars, and Flame in the Mist. Just look at the colors! They all look so beautiful. But if I owned any of these books, I probably would have still taken their covers off anyways :P.

Spring Break: A book you can always turn to if you need an escape?

I am going to name a few series. The series I would turn to would be Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, or Twilight. If I could only choose one book from each series it would be The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Twilight.

School Lunch: A book character(s) you want to have lunch with?

Sadie Kane from Kane Chronicles, Annabeth from Percy Jackson, Cyra from Carve the Mark, Tris from Divergent, Clary from The Mortal Instruments,Nancy from Nancy Drew, and Mare from Red Queen. I would make it a huge, fun, strong book girls luncheon.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Halloween Party: A character you would like to be for one day?

I would like to be….Elle from Geekerella. I don’t want to go to a fantasy world or a mystery world or a world where I have to do ANY real work. I just want to go to a world where I can just relax, and all I have to worry about is having a nice boyfriend! And great friends! That would be amazing.

geekerella-feature

School Bully: A villain you don’t want to go to school with?

I don’t really know if I can answer this one. I just…I would want to go to school with all the villains of my stories! In high school they might be a bit more annoying than usual but in middle or elementary school it would have been interesting to get a little more of their backstory and see what made them “evil”. Who knows, maybe if someone befriended them at an early age, maybe they wouldn’t have become a villain! Not to mention all of their drama would be great fun to watch :3

Graduation: A book with a bittersweet conclusion?

Shadow and Bone. But then again, I haven’t finished the series….meh usually endings are just bitter or nice to me! I can’t find an in-between  TnT

10194157

Tags:

Mayah

Max

Fictionophile

Franklenstein

Aquaintrelleinthecity

Viking

YAloverandreader

Booksmashed

Thanks for reading!

City of Fallen Angels Review

city-of-fallen-angels-9781481455992_hr

After the events in City of Glass, everything seems to be going well for Clary. She has her mother back, she has Jace, her not-brother, as her boyfriend. On the other hand, Simon struggles with keeping his vampire-ness away from his mother, and when all things fail he ends up having to leave the house and is made homeless. Oh, and at the same time, he is trying to juggle both Isabelle and Maia as his potential love interests/girlfriends, and if he doesn’t break it off with one of them someone is going to be hurt.

While Clary is enjoying herself in her perfect world, something terrible happens. Something is killing Shadowhunters, yet again, and people are finding clues that point to Downworlders having done the killing. This causes the previously lowered tensions between the two groups to start rising again, and the usual crew is swept right back into the action again.

I didn’t dislike this book of the series. I just…didn’t find it particularly memorable? For example, in City of Glass, still my favorite book of the series, whole chunks I still remember even after not having touched it for about a month. However, with this book, I only read it about 2 weeks ago, but I went to write this review and thought “Man, what the heck happened in this book?”. When I was done with it I wasn’t jumping to the next book, I just returned it to the library and moved to my next book. The most interesting part of this book was finding out about Simon and his adventures, because he was the only one who seemed to have any sort of..struggle in this book. I loved hearing his stories about trying to find a place to stay and meeting new people. Jace and Clary didn’t really get interesting until close-ish to the end of the book, but then once things pick up the pace it becomes more interesting. But of course, I can’t talk about things picking up the pace without spoiling anything, so I can only say that it does get more interesting.

Altogether, I am glad that this book was a shorter read than the others in the series, simply because I don’t feel like much happens in it besides Simon things and spoiling things that happened at the end. However, it was not an unpleasant read, so it will just lose 1.5 stars for the lack of action throughout.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Unique Blogger Award!

I was nominated by JessicaMarie493 to do this! Thank you, I love getting awards/doing book tags!

The Rules

  1. Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  4. Ask them three questions.

My Questions

Current Favorite Song/Album?

This is super hard because so many songs/albums are coming out now. I am stuck between Paramore’s After Laughter and Harry Styles’s “Harry Styles” (yeah I know SUCH a unique name for an album XD). I just really like certain songs on there, for example “Hard Times”, “Told You So”, “Sign of the Times”, and more Harry Styles songs that I cannot remember the name of for the life of me. I wasn’t a Directioner, I didn’t dislike their songs but I didn’t particularly love them either, but I do like Harry as a solo artist.

Other hobbies besides reading and blogging?

I occasionally enjoy playing video games. Recently I have had to choose between playing games or reading as with school I have just not been able to make time to do both and actually make progress in either. I also like to knit and crochet, but gosh I haven’t done that in almost a year now, again due to time constraints. If I had no time constraints I would split my time giving 60% of my waking day to reading, 20% to making crafts while watching movies or TV shows, 10% to playing video games, and 10% to cooking delicious food and eating.

Favorite book you’ve read in 2017 so far?

I am going to alter this slightly to favorite book that I have read that came out in 2017, simply because I have read 55 books so far this year and have loved almost all of them. At least by limiting the year I can limit the number. My favorites that came out in 2017 are Geekerella, The Hate U Give, Flame in the Mist, and….yeah! That’s about it!

Questions for YOU!

  1. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring 1 book series with you for the amount of time you would be stuck there, which book series would you bring? — For me I would definitely bring the Maximum Ride series. Simply because I need to reread it and what would be a better chance to do so than when on a deserted island?
  2. Who is your least favorite book character? — I don’t have a character right now that I just completely dislike.
  3. Who gave you your love for reading?—For me, my love for reading came from my parents who always encouraged me to read, even teaching me how to do so at 4 years old. Seeing my dad always reading made me want to copy him, and soon copying Dad just turned into doing my own thing.

Nominations

Mayah

Max

Fictionophile

Franklenstein

Aquaintrelleinthecity

Viking

YAloverandreader

Booksmashed

Thanks for reading!

Raven Boys DNF

... in Libraryland** A YA Book Blog: Book Review: The Raven Boys

I try my best not to DNF a book. If anything, I would rather skip a whole boring chapter than leave a book unfinished entirely. However, I took this book and a bunch of other books on my trip over the weekend. After this book, I went into a complete reading slump, and even though I bought plenty of other books I did not finish another one on that trip.. I revived myself from the slump by watching booktubers and going through my new books, but I could not bring myself to finish the book.

Blue is a girl who’s family is known for their real psychic readings. She is worried about her future because her mother and aunts said she would kill her true love. When she goes with her aunt on St. Marks Day to the graveyard, while her aunt talks to ghosts a boy named Gansey talks to Blue. She only hears his name, but her aunt tells her that if she saw him that she must have killed him.

Gansey has known about ley lines for awhile so he and his friends hope to find one. His friends all go to Aglionby school, an expensive private school, but not all of his friends are rich or live a happy life. I think the storyline is supposed to be that the ley lines will help them, though I don’t fully know.

This is literally all I understood about this book, and I trekked my way to page 180. The story feels like it is dragging so much. I felt that with every new chapter something new was added, but then nothing was found out or solved, so I just kept getting more and more confused. Blue did not seem very interesting and Gansey has no backstory but the ley line and weird friends that all seem to have family issues.

The book was supposed to be suspenseful and magica, I think, but it just came off as unrealistic, weird, and boring. I had to constantly look back at the previous chapters to figure out what was going on. And this was not due to speed reading as I barely got 50 pages an hour done in this book.

I understand that many people enjoy this book series, but I didn’t enjoy it or understand it. Maybe someday when I don’t have other books hanging over my head I might finish it, but right now I would rather leave it unfinished.

Overall Rating: 1/5

Some Boys Review

WARNING: This book deals with sexual assault. If you don’t feel comfortable reading about this, then please skip this. This is not a spoiler, the whole book is about this one topic. 

 

 

 

Grace was raped by the town’s star athlete/girl magnet Zac. Since everyone in the book loves Zac and he has video proof of her at the time not sounding like she was raped, no one in the towns believe her. In fact, they hate her and think that she simply regrets sleeping with him. She is brutally verbally abused by girls that she thought were her friends, because they think that she stole Zac and is now trying to drag his name through the dirt. She has panic attacks daily because of all the stress she is going through. Her mother tries to help her, but she thinks that her best plan of action is to move away, which Grace does not want to do. Grace has the stress just building up until she accidentally damages school property. Her punishment is to spend a week cleaning out school lockers.

Ian is Zac’s best friend. He had a crush on Grace, but after the whole incident where she claims that Zac raped her he is glad that he never dated her. When he loses his cool, he almost gets kicked off the lacrosse team, the one thing he is relying on to get into college. As his punishment, he is forced to clean out school lockers for a week. What no one knows is that he saw Grace that night, unconscious in a field after the party, and so he is trying to align her story with Zac’s and is struggling between standing behind his friend or standing behind Grace.

This story is definitely a difficult book to read. It is hard to see Grace suffer the way she did every day, and have people still not believe her. I read it fairly quickly on ebook, and it is written in double POV, but it is a very smooth read. I liked how Grace stayed strong for the book, she never decided to give up, or pull back her rape allegations. Even when everyone else was telling  her that she was lying, and the video of her was still out there, she still stood by her facts. Ian irritated me for some of the book, as he went along with his friends for most of the book in attacking Grace. Even if he didn’t verbally abuse her himself most of the time, he usually didn’t stop his friends or Zac from doing so.

The ending of the book really seemed to be too fast. After the whole book was this huge buildup the ending simply seemed underwhelming. I won’t spoil anything, but I am just saying that I didn’t like it very much. This book was a generally interesting and unique read though. It will just be the ending that will be keeping it from a 4/5 rating.

Overall Rating: 3/5

Animal Farm Review

animalfarm

The book Animal Farm is a classic that many students have to read for school. However, besides having to watch the movie for an afterschool activity, I was never forced to do anything related to this book. Therefore, I decided to take it upon myself to read the book on my own time so that I would not miss out on being able to read such a great book.

 

All the animals in the book live on 1 farm that has a neglectful, alcoholic owner. Old  Major, a very old pig, holds meetings to lead the eventual rebellion against the farmer. He even makes laws for when it happens, so that the animals that run the farm do not become like the abusive humans. He dies. When the farmer goes a full day without feeding or taking care of the animals, they have had enough. THe animals storm the feed storage, and when the men come after them to drag them back to their pens they drive them out. Officially owning the farm, called Animal Farm, the birds fly to the other farms to spread the news and their anthem, Beasts of England.

 

The pigs decided that because they were easily learning how to read and write and because they were some of the more dexterous animals on the farm, that they would be the leaders. The pigs write the Animalism commandments on the barn door, and tell the animals what to do in order to keep the farm running smoothly. At first, everything seems to be going smoothly, and everyone is happy, but the pigs begin to take more and more goods for themselves and utilize control over the other animals’ lives, akin to the humans.

 

I enjoyed this book, not because of simply the political message, but also because of how it represents how different people actually react differently to independence. Some people, such as the horse Mollie, cannot imagine life without having someone over them to take care of them and reward them, even if the rewards are small. They are so set in their ways that they become physically upset when things change. Then there are people such as Boxer. Boxer wants to obey someone, as long as it is a person in power he feels that he or she deserves his respect. He will work himself in order to please the people in power, and does not expect a reward, simply seeing the people around him living comfortably is reward enough. Those two characters were the ones who stood out the most to me in the entire book.

 

I wish that there had been more of a conflict between the male and female members of the society. I feel that in a real rebellion of sorts, there would have been the mothers of the society being more worried about their children, and women on the farm most likely getting pregnant. Moreso, an interesting storyline would have been the female pigs being trapped with the male pigs constantly, but not able to make any decisions, only able to have more and more children, and leading a revolt of their own.

 

I love that George Orwell wrote books that are relatable and comprehensible, even though his works are over 70 years. I hope to read more of his works on this blog in the future.

 

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

 

 

TRIPLE Book Haul

So this weekend, I went to another city to see a graduation! The city I live in does not have a single decent bookstore (besides the one in the church only open on Sundays) so I had high hopes that going to this new city would allow me a chance to look into some new bookstores.

1st Stop: Books A Million

This store had a huge bargain books section and I just went crazy. I got a ton of books I had just been waiting forever to get or I had literally just found then, and so here are the books I bought.

WARNING: I want to get at least a stock photo for every single book, but for space I will be making them as small as possible. This will still probably be an extravagantly long post.

The Maze Runner/The Scorch Trials Collectors Edition $4.97

The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials: The Collector's Edition (Maze Runner, #1-2)

Hollow City $3.97 (Hardcover)

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2)

Soul’s Gate $2

Soul's Gate (Well Spring #1)

The Fury and the Dark Reunion $3

The Fury / Dark Reunion (The Vampire Diaries, #3-4)

The Looking Glass Wars $3.97 (Hardcover)

The Looking Glass Wars (The Looking Glass Wars, #1)

Afterworlds $3.97

Afterworlds (Afterworlds #1)

I’ll Give You The Sun $4.97

I'll Give You the Sun

The Coldest Girl In ColdTown $2.97

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters $2.97 (Hardcover)

The Forgotten Sisters (Princess Academy, #3)

The Hunters: Destiny Rising $3

Destiny Rising (The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters, #3)

The Zom B Chronicles Book 1-3 $2.97

The Zom-B Chronicles (Zom-B, #1-3)

13 Curses $3.97

13 Curses (Thirteen Treasures, #2)

Struck By Lightning $2.97

Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal

Copper Sun $3.97

Copper Sun

Zom B Chronicles Books 3-6 $2.97 no picture sorry 😦

Okay so that was the first store! The next store was a smaller used bookstore that had some books for a dollar outside, but most of the books had high prices so I only bought 2

Doomed Queen Anne $1

Doomed Queen Anne (Young Royals, #3)

Girl With A Pearl Earring $1

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Then I went to the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet. I heard that they had some books, but I did not know just how many. Then I just walked into the store and to my right were just books upon books. I went to the Teen Fiction Shelf, saw the City of Lost Souls in Paperback, and looked at the back. 3 dollars. I just went crazy and started snatching up all the books I wanted.

The Infinite Sea $2 (Hardcover)

The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave, #2)

Thrones And Bones Nightborn $2 (Hardcover)

Nightborn (Thrones & Bones, #2)

City Of Bones $2

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

Illuminae $6

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

City of Lost Souls $3

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)

City of Heavenly Fire $2 (Hardcover)

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

The Eternal Ones and All you Desire (99 cents each)

The Eternal Ones (Eternal Ones, #1)All You Desire (The Eternal Ones, #2)

Sirens (99 cents)

Sirens (Faithful, #3)

The Distance From Me To You $2

The Distance from Me to You

North Child $2

North Child

50 Cent Playground (49 cents) (Hardcover)

Playground

In the past week between the church book sale, those book stores, and bookoutlet I have a grand total of 58 new books! This is absolutely crazy, I haven’t gotten this many at one time since me and my family used to hit a bunch of Goodwills on the way home from vacations and just buy tons of chapter books. Definitely not in the past 3-4 years. So I won’t be buying any books for awhile, but it will take me ages to read through all of these. Thanks for reading! Reviews to come!

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve Been Featured!

I am this week’s feature on Endever Publishing. To those who have come to my blog from there, welcome! I hope you enjoy your stay. And to those who follow me already, please go and show your love to Endever! They have been so helpful to me throughout these past weeks and I plan to collaborate more with them soon. Also, shoutout to J from amongotherthings, she works with them and was so nice throughout all of this, even making my new site graphic for me! Thank you!

Link to Feature

J’s site

King’s Cage

kings-cage-by-victoria-aveyard

This book is what I consider a prime example of the difference between reading a hard copy of something and reading the ebook. When I read this ebook (on my phone not my Nook), I kept forgetting what I had just read, and I eventually just gave up and decided I couldn’t read it until I got the hard copy. This doesn’t happen to me with ALL ebooks, some I have even loved better by reading it online instead of in person. However, this book was not one of those books. When I received my hard copy, I thought that I would be able to start from where I had left off on my phone, but I ended up having to start over from the very beginning. Only then did I begin to really enjoy the story.

Mare has now been captured by Prince Maven. She is under the pressure of Silent Stone almost daily, while Maven parades her around as if he has captured the leader of the Scarlet Guard. He forces her to participate in his speeches, renouncing the Guard and telling the newbloods to come to the castle instead of going to the Guard. Mare hates that she is betraying all that she had worked for in the past months, but Maven has powerful friends, such as Samson the late Queen’s brother who has the same mind-searching skills that the queen did. Mare is afraid that if she refuses to give in that they will cease to allow her to exist, which they are already beginning to do by locking her up for so long. She was once a part of the court as a princess, but now she is the part of a court as a prisoner, and she is finding out more secrets than she ever knew before. In this book, I felt as if she did not grow that much as a character, actually getting weaker because of the months in prison. However, it was not unpleasant to read about her months in prison as she kept doing things to fight her situation and find out new things about the royals. 


Cameron has been honing her Silencing powers in order to help the Scarlet Guard in their battles against the Silvers. While she isn’t practicing with mainly Sara Skonos, she is also watching the other members of the Guard and seeing how they are coping with seeing Mare spew her lies on television. She still hopes that she will be able to save her twin brother from the front lines.


Farley is coping with her grief of Shade, and throughout the book she is also preparing to be a mother while struggling with being unable to serve the SG as she always did because of her pregnancy. I miss her being one of the main strong characters, always in battle, but I did enjoy her higher sense of responsibility throughout the book. 

Overall, although it took me a while to get into this book, I finally finished it! I don’t know where Aveyard is going with this, if you read the ending you know what I am speaking about, but I trust her judgement. I look forward to the next book in the Red Queen Series!

Overall Rating: 4/5