A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

a court of thorns and rosesTitle: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: May 5th, 2015

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Hey everybody, today I am back with my review of A Court of Thorns and Roses. This was my third time reading this book, I’ve read all of the books that are out this far in the series and this review is going to have spoilers for A Court of Mist and Fury aswell, but I will alarm you before, just a heads-up if you haven’t read ACOMAF yet.

So starting to read this, I enjoyed it enough. I had to reread this for my paper for school and there was one thing that really bothered me, but I’ll get into that in a second.

The characters were really strong, perfectly built, great backstories. The Suriel was the best appearance ever lets be real. Now here’s !!Spoiler for ACOTAR and ACOMAF!! I must admit, I really liked Tamlin in this book. You can obviously tell that he’s damaged because the entirity of Prythian is relying on him for his freedom, his entire court is literally gone and all he has is Lucien. And it’s been like that for the past 49 years. Then in the second book, we obviously all hate Tamlin now because SJM made Rhysand so amazing. Personally I hate it when SJM does things like this. She’s trying to make us think one way and she tried doing that again in A Court of Frost in Starlight only in ACOMAF it wasn’t as obvious. And it sucks because Tamlin is a great character and honestly before the second book came out I thought to myself, why are more books coming out? The story is so obviously over, they survived and everything, why are more books coming? And obviously if Feyre would have stayed in the Spring Court happily for the remaining two books, the books would have been boring so of course she had to mix some things up, I just personally wish she hadn’t. Everyone hates Tamlin now, which honestly I do understand, but he’s been through so much and he saw how Amarantha treated Feyre, of course he’s going to be more protective of her. I feel like it would have been way more healthy to see Tamlin get professional help because I really believe that they had some sort of therapists back then and if they hadn’t rushed into their marriage. !! End of Spoilers for ACOTAR and ACOMAF!!

And another detail that bothered me is that Sarah’s lyrical writing contradicts with the fact that Feyre is illiterate. It is always stressed that Feyre never continued her education as a child and that she can’t read or write. But if that’s the case, how does she know words like ornate or other words along those lines, that just makes no sense if you ask me. I recently read things that I wrote in lower school and trust me I wasn’t using words like ornate. I’m just saying that simple writing for this book would have been more of an advantage.

But what I do love about Feyre is her painting. I personally have a soft spot for art and I love it when characters do anything creative so I really loved that. Plus Feyre was a strong individual, i loved it when she always fought with Tamlin, i loved reading their banter. Plus she also had some weak moments which really contributes to the realism factor.

I really loved the characteds and the story and if you ask me the story really could have ended after book one. It had a closer ending, but I’m still glad we got book two. 🤗🤗

 

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What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

what if it's usTitle: What If It’s Us

Authors: Backy Albertalli, Adam Silvera

Genre: YA, Contemporary, LGBT

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: October 9th, 2018

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads Summary: Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

Hey everybody, today I am going to be reviewing What If It’s Us, a book which I have waited for for so long. I absolutely love all of Becky Albertalli books, except for Leah on the Offbeat, that was kind of a miss for me, and I’ve never read anything by Adam Silvera, but after this book I really want to.

This book made me find my love for reading again. I know that this is super dramatic to say but before I picked this book up I was having such bad luck with books, with Six of Crows, a book I thought would be interesting but ultimately really bored me, and Vampire Academy 4, a series that I had loved up until that point but just bored me way too much. And I felt so detached from when I read good books that I thought I had lost my luck, plus I went into this book with 0 expectations after having heard some pretty bad things, but wow I loved this book.

I love how from the summary, you can already tell that it’s going to be a fastpaced, sort of insta-lovey romance. I think that it’s always helpful to know factors like that before going into the story.

At the beginning, I was having a little bit of trouble keeping them separate. Like looking back, it’s so obvious who’s who, but for some reason I just having so much trouble. The thing that stumped me the most was that Arthur and Ben both had one female and one male friend, that completely threw me off the track. But other than that problem, they are such different characters, I’m actually pretty confused how I was able to mix the two up, but alas.

The relationship in this book felt really real, they had problems but most importantly they communicated and I feel like that is such an underrated thing in books, it’s so annoying. Books need to start portraying healthier relationships.

This book is set in New York in the summer, and I absolutely loved that and after reading this book I really wanted to just jump into a plane and go to New York. More books should be set in New York. I love New York.

Plus, I love how this book was so down with the teenage lingo. I mean sometimes there was dialogue that I would have actually said, (for example: “She took out the trash and then I became trash for her”), and that’s something that’s missing a lot from books, if you’re really going to have teenage characters, you need to youthen the lingo.

The ending of this book really bothered me, because it completely contradicted how the characters handled things before the epilogue. I’m trying to be vague and this is the best that I have to offer, but that ending irked me so much.

I do recommend this book, 100%, I thought it was a great fluffy read and if you enjoy Becky’s other books, you will certainly love this too. You just need to know going into it beforehand that the romance is super fastpaced and slightly insta-lovey. I hope you enjoyed my review, bye! 🙂

P.S. I am well aware that this is not my finest work, I had my wisdom teeth taken out and I’m still on medication, this is not a cute look for me. I just had to get something up and I really think that this is the worst review that I’ve ever written, but it’s not going to get better any time soon, so I’m very sorry about that.😬 😬

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

six of crowsTitle: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Release Date: September 29th, 2015

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads Summary: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Hey everybody, today I am back with my review for Six of Crows which I did not like as much as I hoped I would.

I had a bit of an issue with this book because I thought it was a bit slower paced. Like an annoying slower pace. It took me so long to read the book, but I can definitely understand why people like it so much, and I’ll get to that in a second.

The one thing that really bothered me the most was oddly that they were all in one spot all of the time. I don’t know why because usually I like it when multiple characters are at the same spot for a longer period of time (i.e. ski trip in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before & Frostbite), but with this book it really bothered me. Obviously the book got a lot better for me when they split up to do something.

Also, I really hated that there was no subplot. Usually in books, there’s a blurb that tells you what the book is about, but with book it’s more than that, or it’s not only that. This blurb is literally, they go on a heist and what is the only thing that they do? They go on a heist. It was literally like an Ocean’s 8 kind of thing where it’s only about the heist.

Now to the good parts, because there were still a lot. I really loved the characters. Honestly, while i was reading the book, and not enjoying it because of how long I was taking because I constantly felt super distanced from the story, I kept thinking “wow, I really want to look at fan art of them” which isn’t really that occurring of a thing to me for books that I don’t like. They were all so different and it didn’t bother me that there were so many perspectives, I really enjoyed that. Plus, I really got to applaud Leigh Bardugo, having so many characters and not having any of their chapters be Manon chapters? Wow. (Manon chapters are a reference to Manon’s random chapters in Heir of Fire/Queen of Shadows that were only inconvenient and wasted your time until you got back to the other chapters you were actually interested in)

All in all, I did still enjoy the book because I was able to see the quality behind it. I feel like it had too much hype surrounding it and that built up my expectations, and I hate going into a book with expectations. Obviously I’d recommend this book, but it seems like I’m the last person on earth to have read the book.😂 I hope you enjoyed my review, bye! 🤗 🤗

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

every last word coverTitle: Every Last Word

Author: Tamara Ireland Stone

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mental Health

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Release Date: June 16th, 2015

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads Summary: If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.
Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

Hey everybody, today I am reviewing a book that has been on my radar for the past three years, that I finally bought a year ago and only just now read. I’m honestly glad I waited this long to read the book because I feel like I can appreciate it a lot more since I have more experience with books (this was my 199th read) and mental illness in general.

Starting the book, I had a little bit of trouble because of the writing style but I tend to have that problem at the beginning of a lot of books, but it really faded away after the first 30%. One of the things that I loved the most was her mental illness. I feel like Stone did a great job keeping her mental illness persistent during the entirety of the novel and never let it be played down.

The best part about this book really is the Poet’s Corner. It made the book really stand out and I loved reading more and more about it. Plus, I loved that Sam was a swimmer, I don’t know, I feel like we barely get swimmers in novels.

This book is told from the first perspective, and it gave me a perfect perspective of how her mind works. It obviously differed from usual brains, but it was amazing being able to hear her thoughts.

I feel like the most important point of this book was that Sam had a mental illness, but changing her environment really made her a lot happier, and that’s important to see. People really have more of an influence on you than you might think and this book did the best job really showing that.

I really feel like this book is a masterpiece.  It’s without a doubt one of my favorites of the year and there are so many reasons. A well fleshed out character, a great perspective, a realistic take on OCD (especially with the therapy sessions), a unique extra edge (The Poet’s Corner somehow is my everything), a really adorable love interest and just a great overall story. I definitely recommend this book because reading a book from this perspective is really important and I love it. 🤗🤗

P.S. I cried so much at the end of the book, it was like Niagara Falls. I finished this book like 10 minutes before I fell asleep, and I woke up sick. I literally got sick from my crying 😂😂

My Hiatus…

Hey everybody, usually when I write posts, I’m happy, I look forward to posting them, I love writing them, this one, not so much.

I’ve mentioned taking a hiatus before, but when I thought about taking a hiatus, I always thought I could tough it out through 2018 and then not post until June 2019 when I graduate. I can’t tough it through 2018 anymore.

I haven’t written a post in a week and every time when I think about writing one, I don’t look forward to it. It feels like something that I have to check off my to do list. So, instead of totally burning out and not enjoying blogging, I’m starting my hiatus earlier.

But, I will have prewritten posts going up on Mondays. For the past 43 weeks, I have posted a book review every Monday. I already have the reviews written up, except for a couple, so I’m just going to be posting them. To be honest, you don’t even have to read them if you don’t want to, I’m low-key deleting the app after I’m posting this. I feel super guilty about never having time to post and then I feel even more guilty because I never have time to read other people’s posts. Usually I read them in the subway, but now I always have to revise things for school or play games in the subway because I have so little free time. Me posting the reviews is really more for me, to be able to say that I posted every Monday for a year, but I can’t do the rest anymore.

I’m really upset that I have to start the hiatus so early, school is just a lot and I can’t deal with the guilt from my blog anymore. I still love my blog, but I think this break is something that I desperately need.

The one thing I’m 100% sure about is that I’m coming back. Of course I will, I love my blog to shreds, I love interacting with other bloggers, but right now I just need a break. I don’t know when exactly I’m coming back, if it’s going to be mid-June or end June, I just know that in the summer 2019 I will be back.

‘Till Summer 2019 my friends, can’t wait to see you again.

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Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

geminaTitle: Gemina

Authors: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Genre: Sci-Fi, YA

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Release Date: October 18th, 2016

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

!! Spoilers for Illuminae and Gemina !!

Goodreads Summary: Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Hey everybody, I finally picked up the second book in the Illuminae Files series and oh my god. It was so good.

Starting this book, I was already excited because I really missed being in the Illuminae world and I loved getting to know a huge new cast of characters. I immediately loved Nik. I’m sorry, his name is Nik, he’s got a bad boy exterior and is a real cinnamon bun on the inside. Plus, he has tattoos.

When they talked about drugs in this book, because Nik was at first kind of like Hanna’s drug dealer, it made me realize, people never talk about drugs in books. Never. It’s almost like when it dawned on me that people also never smoke in books except for usually the bad boy.

Anyway, everybody in this book was great. Except for Jackson. That was a plot twist I really didn’t expect. Great job done, I had no idea. Even before we found out that he was the mole, I didn’t like Jackson because it was kind of obvious that Hanna and Nik were endgame.

Plus, I never really read the summary for the second book, I only knew that we were on the space station now and that the main characters would be Nik and Hanna, so I totally didn’t expect the malfunction in the wormhole. That was needless to say super unexpected for me and I loved it?

I also feel like now I have a much better grasp on the whole BeiTech situation because I didn’t fully grasp it in Illuminae, but now I really understand everything. Plus, I love when in books they explain the title or that moment when you realize what the title means with less obvious titles. Because when the whole Gemina thing was explained, I was shook to the core.

I’m really glad that in the end Nik was able to survive because wow talk about a hard day for Hanna. She loses her dad, gets betrayed by her long time boyfriend and then loses another guy she didn’t 100% know she had feelings for? That’s a really hard day.

The general pace of this book was great. I loved how fast paced and action packed it was. And they really made this book hilarious every chance they got; the surveillance camera transcripts were really funny, I loved the banter between Hanna and Nik, it was all so great. I love how Hanna got the backstory that she was raised on war techniques and training and that explains why she’s so in control of her body and fighting like a ninja instead of just being that great all of the sudden. Plus when I read the ending at first that was written by Jackson, I was so shocked. In the fake end Hanna, Nik and everybody onboard the Mao die and I was like: wow Kady has it really hard, now she’s losing her dad too. I was so glad that it was a fake end. Plus, I’m okay with the redemption arc that Jackson got.

Overall, this book for me was a phenomenon. One of the super helpful things that they always included was the overview of the BeiTech crew which was really helpful. The shit with the lanima was insane but I had a great time reading this book. It has over 600 pages and I read it in 5 days. Sure, it’s a quick read, but I’m also back in school so the fact that I read it so quickly is insane. I really don’t want to finish this series. It’s so unique, there truly is not a single series like this out there. And I hope that in the next book we get more journal illustrations from Marie Lu!

 

WWW Wednesday: October 24th, 2018

Hey everybody, today I am back with another WWW Wednesday and it’s a bit better than last time, but I am getting 0 reading done, there’s so much going on and I have this huge paper to write during the upcoming vacation next week so I won’t even have time to read, senior year sucks my friends.

BTW, WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over on Taking On A World Of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading: I’m currently reading This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. It’s very different from A Darker Shade of Magic and I feel like it’s harder to get into the story and also I’m not connecting with it as much as I did with ADSOM. I really like the Kate chapters so far, I’m like 20 pages into the book and I’ve been reading it for a week lmao oops, but I feel like I don’t have that great of an understanding of the world, but I’m still at the beginning, Victoria still has enough time to change my mind!

Recently Finished: I read What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli. I know a lot of people haven’t been liking it, but personally I loved it. I thought it was a great contemporary and it did touch on some very serious topics. Sure, it’s a bit predictable, but I mean with the storyline, it’s kind of obvious what’s going to happen so I don’t know why people are that surprised. Plus, going into the book it’s good to know that it has a fast paced romance, just so you know! 5 stars

Next Read: My next read will shockingly not be Kingdom of Ash. I’m not going to be reading Kingdom of Ash until mid November. I have a German exam coming up on the 14th of November, and I noticed that I am a lot better if I read a German book beforehand, and I would squeeze in Kingdom of Ash beforehand if I could, but I can’t. So, please, please no spoilers.

But what I will be reading next is either A Court of Thorns and Roses, Harry Potter 1 or The Lightning Thief. I have to read these books for my paper, I’m analyzing the main characters and I have 5 days to do all of the reading. Wish me luck, I need it desperately.

Thanks for reading my WWW post, let me know what you’re reading! Bye, 🤗🤗