Friday, June 23, 2017

Book Review: A Court of Wings an Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Rating: 5 Stars

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
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A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.


"The painting was a lie.
A bright, pretty lie, bursting with pale pink blooms and fat beams of sunshine.
I'd begun it yesterday, and idle study of the rose garden lurking beyond the open windows of the studio. Through the tangle of thorns and satiny leaves, the bright green of the hills rolled away into the distance.
Incessant, unrelenting spring.
If I'd painted this glimpse into the court the way my gut had urged me, it would have been flesh-shredding thrones, flowers that chocked off the sunlight for any plants smaller then them, and rolling hills stained red. 
But each brushstroke on the wide canvas was calculated; each dab and swirl of blending colors meant to portray not just idyllic spring, but a sunny disposition as well. Not too happy, but gladly, finally healing from horrors I carefully divulged.
I supposed that in the past weeks, I had crafted my demeanor as intricately as one of these paintings. I supposed that if I had also chosen to show myself as I truly wished, I would have been adorned with flesh-shredding talons, and hands the choked the life out of those now in my company. I would have left the gilded halls stained red.
But not yet. 

My Thoughts

Maas has done it yet again, and I have died and been revived by this read. With A Court of Wings and Ruin being this last installment in this trilogy, I am glad to say I'm content and satisfied with this one. To be honest though, not really, because there is so much more I want to know. But what bookworm wouldn't want their favorite series to end? None. There were three things that I absolutely loved about this one; Maas's incredible ability to shock readers with well-crafted plot twists, Maas's pacing, and finally her impeccable word choice. With all these combine, Maas has created an incredible ending fit for any High Lord.

Let's start off with the plot twists, because they left me speechless. But no more, they are really what made the read so fun. I love seeing Maas do what she does best, and that is the completely unexpected. I didn't see any of those twists and turns coming, and to be honest, most lead to me either cheering or crying. Especially toward that end, most where bone-chilling and hard to comprehend. But all in all, I loved it, and it made for one of the most intense and unique reads I've ever read. 

Along with the plot twists, another refreshing component Maas brought to the table was her pacing. I still can't believe that this one is only about seven-hundred pages, considering how much action and suspense she put in it. I don't think she crammed too much into one book, but there were some parts that I wish she did slow down and take her time with the plot. Although it may have seemed fasted, it was nice to see the story unfold and get over with in certain parts of the plot, like ripping off a bandage, I was grateful and ungrateful to was over soon. Like most last installments, I didn't want it to end, but did. I'm sure you can relate. 

Finally, Maas's impeccable word choice was another element that made me love this one so much more. The way she crafts sentences and structures them, is unlike any other author's I have seen. She knows how to perfectly sculpted scenes and plot development before readers very eyes. And it was so beautiful to see this one unfold with such craftsmanship. I love reading her voice throughout her books, it is unlike any's I've heard before and it's quite refreshing. 

A Court of Wings and Ruin will have readers on the edge of their seats, and will be the book that will shock the YA community for years to come. Maas's incredible ability to shock readers with well-crafted plot twists, Maas's pacing, and finally her impeccable word choice; are what made me love this read so much. I'm sad to see Feyre's chapter coming to an end, but I'm so excited to see what Maas brings to the table in the spin-offs to come. Like many other readers, I can't wait to see what Maas has in-store for me next. 

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

It is my honor to do this featured post today! Tor Teen was so kind to send me the new paperback edition of The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons, and in celebration I want to share some more about this edition that goes on sale August 2! This book is a gripping and thought-provoking. Very different then Artical 5, Simmons proves her incredible world building abilities by creating fascinating and frightening vision of  a near-future. The Glass Arrow is a can't-miss read for dystopian fans, who will find plenty to enthrall you in this unique society Simmons has invented. But moreover, Aya's story is a poignant tale of courage that even the most reluctant reader will not be able to put down. 

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
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Females are scarce. Hunted. And Aya's luck is about to run out.

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.

Q&A with Kristen Simmons 

Q: Please introduce us to Aya and share some general background on THE GLASS ARROW.

A: Aya has been one of my favorite characters to write. Born into a world where women are endangered, where girls are condemned as breeders and misogyny is the norm, she's learned to adapt and survive by flying under the radar. With her family - a small group of free women - she hides from those who would see her sold into domestic slavery. Aya is tough: she hunts, fishes, defends her family. When she's captured and brought into captivity at the Garden, a training facility for girls, her life is turned upside down. All she can think about is reconnecting to the people she loves, and reclaiming her freedom, but she has to be smart in order to escape, and that may involve trusting a very unlikely ally.

Q: What inspired you to write THE GLASS ARROW?

A: A few stories on the news, and some social issues that seem to continue rising, but mostly my own experience. The transition into high school was difficult for me, as it is for many people. Before that time, I remember feeling like I could do anything, be anyone. I was valued because I was creative, and interesting, and smart, but once I stepped foot into high school, things changed. It didn't matter what kind of person I was; all that was important was if I was wearing the right clothes, or had my hair done the right way. If I was pretty. Boys judged us based on a star system - "She's an eight," they'd say, or "Her face is a nine, but the rest of her is a four." And worse, girls began sharing that same judgment, trying to raise these numbers to be cool, and popular. They'd compare themselves against each other, make it a competition. This, as I quickly learned, was what it meant to be a young woman.

That experience transformed into Aya's existence - her journey from the freedom of the mountains, where she was important for so many reasons, to the Garden, where she is dressed up, and taught to be, above all things, attractive. Where she has to compete against other girls for votes come auction day. On that auction stage, Aya's given a star rating based on her looks, which is what her potential buyers will use to determine their bidding. It bears a direct correlation to my life as a teenager - to the lives of many teenagers.

When it all comes down to it, I wanted to write a story where worth is determined by so much more than the value other people place on your body. 

Q: A lot has happened in the "real world" since the novel first came out in 2015. Does it feel surreal looking back at the book now?

A: Ah, I wish it did! Unfortunately, I feel like a lot of these issues are still very, scarily relevant, not just for young women, but all people. It seems like every time I see the news there is another incident of someone being measured by their looks rather than their internal worth, of women being degraded and disrespected, and of advantage being taken of someone's body and mind. It frightens me that these issues persist, but I never claim that THE GLASS ARROW was a look into the future. To me, it was always a way of processing the present.

Q: Congratulations for the surge of attention the book is receiving, thanks to things like the Hulu adaptation of THE HANDMAID'S TALE. What do you want readers to take with them after reading THE GLASS ARROW?

A: Thank you very much! I am delighted by the mention, and honored to be included in the same thought as the great HANDMAID'S TALE. If people do find their way to my book as a response, I hope they take away that they are so much more important than the sometimes superficial and careless values other people assign to them. As Aya says in the book, I hope they know that there are not enough stars in the night sky to measure their worth.

Q: Besides other classics like Margaret Atwood's book, do you have any recommendations for readers wanting to explore more dystopian fiction and speculative fiction works?

A: How about METALTOWN by Kristen Simmons? That's a great dystopian! Or the ARTICLE 5 series, about a world where the Bill of Rights has been replaced by moral law... Ok, ok, I'm sorry. That was shameless. I always recommend LITTLE BROTHER by Cory Doctorow, THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin, Marie Lu's Legend series, and of course, THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy. Those are all thrilling, and excellent looks both at the present, and the future.

Q: What are you working on now, and when can readers expect to see your next book?

A: I have two books coming out in 2018, and can't wait to share both of them. PACIFICA will be released March 6, 2018, and is about a world after the polar ice caps have melted, and a pirate girl and the son of the president find themselves in the middle of a building civil war. It's a story largely informed my my great grandmother's internment in World War II. In the fall, I'll have a new series starting. THE PRICE OF ADMISSION, first in the Valhalla Academy books, is about a girl accepted into an elite boarding school for con artists. I hope readers love them both!

Q: Where can readers find you online?

A: I'm always available through social media - Twitter and Instagram at @kris10writes, and Facebook at Author.KristenSimmons. I'd love to hear from you!

About the Author

Kristen Simmons is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series (ARTICLE 5, BREAKING POINT, and THREE), THE GLASS ARROW, METALTOWN, PACIFICA (coming March 2018 from Tor Teen), and THE PRICE OF ADMISSION (coming Fall 2018 from Tor Teen). She has a master’s degree in social work and loves red velvet cupcakes. She lives with her family in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

book review: whiskey words & a shovel by r.h. Sin

title: whiskey words & a shovel
author: r.h. Sin
genre: poetry
publisher: andrews mcmeel publishing
rating: 5 stars
publication date: december  25, 2015

whiskey words & a shovel by r.h. Sin
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"i'd like to think that our souls
might be familiar with each other the way this conversation is flowing

though not physically
i'm meeting you with every word"

Completely revised and expanded brand-new edition of Volume I, the first book in the Whiskey poetry trilogy!

Whiskey, Words, and a Shovel, Vol. 1, is about reclaiming your power on the path to a healthy relationship. It is a testament to choosing to love yourself, even if it means heartbreak.

Originally released in 2015, this re-rerelease packs the same punch as the first version, but makes an even greater connection with the soul of the reader. Each piece has been re-seen and revamped to reflect the author’s continuing journey with his partner, Samantha King, without whom this book would not exist. Samantha is the muse, the “she” the writer speaks of; she is every woman who has felt like she wasn’t good enough, and every woman who struggles to find love.  

My Thoughts

Yet another amazing read! I loved seeing Sin work his magic, and I now see why everyone really likes his work. His word choice, tone, and subject matter, are what made me love this one. So much so, that I'd say this one is my new favorite poetry read this year! I have never read something more real and bold. Sin gives readers amazing relationship advice and stories, and exposes the harsh havoc relationships can bring us. He also shows both sides of a relationship, sharing experiences that both men and women can relate too. 

Relationships are a real struggle for me, and I found it refreshing to see someone put words to both my thoughts and feeling. Sin doesn't hold anything back in this collection, and I loved seeing his revamped works. He is as real as ever, and will have readers coming back for more. The tone of this collection was perfect and right where it needed to be, especially with the vulnerable subject matter. 

Whiskey, Words, and a Shovel was the read I have been looking for. Full of love advice and passion, Sin has crafted a work that readers will be reading for years to come. By looking at his experiences, I feel less alone. He taught me how to recognize theose I should keep close, and what bridges I need to burn. Thank you Sin, for giving the world the book it needed. I can't wait to see where you'll take me next!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

book reveiw: the princess save herself in this one by amanda lovelace

title: the princess save herself in this one
author: amanda lovelace
genre: poetry
publisher: andrews mcmeel publishing
rating: 5 stars
publication date: february 14, 2016

the princess saves herself in this one by amanda lovelace
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the story of a princess turned damsel turned queen

"Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we're off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales."

A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.

my thoughts

yet, another amazing poetry book i've read this year. but if i had to choose a favorite, this one would have to be it, hands-down. the princess saves herself in this one is so rustic and real, i find it hard not to love. lovelace has truly outdone herself, and has got me heels-over-head. i loved lovelace's wording and writing style. it captured me and swept me away, you can tell that she meant every word she wrote. another element that i liked was the page layout, making the words do the action or scene being portrayed in the poems. it just made for a fun reading experience. 

i have never felt more assured and empowered from a book before. lovelace reassured me that life will have its complications, and that it's up to me to let them get in my way. lovelace teaches you that anything is possible when you surround yourself by the people you love, and rethink all of what society has told you to be. i truly hope that everyone gets the opportunity to read this and learn how to not just view the world differently, but view themselves differently. you deserve happiness people, go out and find it.

Full of empowerment, character, and passion, the princess saves herself in this one is a read you don't want to miss. lovelace has reminded me that i'm strong enough to save myself, and i don't need someone else to come save me. her writing style and creative word choice will have readers coming back for years and years to come, and i can't wait to see what she comes up with next.  

Monday, May 29, 2017

Book Reveiw: Watercolor Words by Topher Kearby

Title: Watercolor Words
Author: Topher Kearby
Genre: Poetry
Publisher: Gray Force Publishing
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Watercolor Words by Topher Kearby
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Topher Kearby explores the themes of heartbreak, love, happiness, wonder, and so much more through poetry, words, and art. Enjoy modern poetry, scanned pieces of typed words on scraps, and full color original artwork.

Open your mind and let your heart go on an adventure.


the good thing in life
- the really good stuff -
you know...
the kind of stuff that 
makes your teeth rattle

that stuff is always a bit 
exciting. a bit frighting.
a bit wonderful.
a bit terrible. 
a bit everything.

go out and find 
that stuff."

-topher kearby

My Thoughts

Everyone alive should read this book. I have never felt more connected with a book. Watercolor Words perfectly embodies every hiccup and emotion I have ever stumbled upon throughout my life so far, and it is surreal. All I can say is well done Kearby, well done. There are two main things I absolute loved about his one; first how relatable the poetry is, and second Kearby's writing style. Oh, and the artwork of course.

I feel that Kearby's writing style brings a whole new perspective to poetry, and it was so beautiful to see him open up and also feel ripped open at the same time. I'm not going to lie, be prepared for tears to be shed, they were for me anyways. I also enjoyed seeing his style compared to other poetry writers I've seen. Kearby's style was quite refreshing, and has a completely new vibe to it. His work is also so unique; the artwork was exquisite. I haven't read a poetry book with so much vivid, colorful artwork incorporated with it. The artist in me was very pleased, I loved seeing all his original work, both written and drawn, come together to form truly stunning and unique way to read a book.

Watercolor Words grabbed me from the first page, to the last piece of artwork. It was so beautiful. Yes, this book made me cry. Yes, this book made me laugh. But this book mostly empowered me to feel again. Times have been tough, and I'm so glad I found this book on that crammed poetry shelve of my bookstore, because it reminded me that I don't need wings to fly. I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially those who feel lost. I hope you find yourself again, like I did. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbery
Rating: 5 Stars
Release Date: May 3, 2016

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
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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.

My Review

Oh, my stars! This book was a hundred times better than A Court of Thorns and Roses. Yes, there were times that I was frustrated with a few characters and their actions. But, I still liked this one a lot more than the first. Maas has truly created a master-piece of epic per-portions. If you thought that the first installment had epic romance, action, mystery, and badassery, you should reevaluate. Because this one is on a whole new level. By reading this one, I have officially caught ACOTAR/ACOMAF fever. I loved seeing a lot of unbelievable plot twists (yes, even more then in A Court of Thorns and Roses), new characters, and incredible imagery. This one doesn't cut corners, has the perfect pace and tone, and will leave readers impatiently waiting for the next installment.

The plot twists in this one were both frustrating and breath-taking. God, I loved seeing Maas doing what she does best, taking a plot line and flipping it completely on its head. I will admit I didn't see it coming, and it really throw me for a loop, but what a ride it was. I'm so happy with how Maas practically created something completely original, ad so out of left field that it was perfect. And I'm one-hundred percent satisfied with the outcome of it. But the one plot twist that had me was the ending, again I didn't see that one coming, and I hate Tamlin now. He's starting to get those obnoxiously large claws, not just under Feyre's skin, but mine as well. Anyways, Maas did yet another incredible job with the twists and turns in this one, and I'm eager to see what she has in store for me in A Court of Wings and Ruin.

The new characters introduced in this one was one of the most enjoyable things about A Court of Mist and Fury, I have fallen heels-over-head (yes, you read that right) for them. Mor, Cassian, Azriel, and Amren, are my new favorites. Don't worry I still love Rhys and Feyre, Tamlin not so much, but I loved see Maas masterfully create these epic charters. They embody so much more then side characters, because they are so insightful into both the new setting in the book, as well as a certain someone that comes on the raise. They all kept a very humorous and all most uplifting atmosphere throughout the novel, and were so willing to take the toll for one another. Yes, each of them has their own skeletons in the closet, but their willingness to overcome and raise about the demons of their pasts, I found it hard not to love them.

One a Maas's skills that I'm so grateful for, is her creative imagery. This one, that imagery was ultimately the key to the success in this installment. I loved seeing the locations and places of this novel through Maas's writing, it was incredible.  These new locations will become key spots in the future of this series, and it is vital to see the differences between each. Her imagery was also very appreciated in some scenes throughout the novel, if you know what I mean. *wink* *wink* *nudge* *nudge* Now, I have myself laughing. Just read the book and you'll know what I mean.

A Court of Mist and Fury will have readers passionately and desperately wanting more, I'm willing to beg on hands-and- keens to get A Court of Wings and Ruin in my hands. The ending of this one will make you throw your copy against a wall, but we all know you'll buy the next one for answers. Maas's unbelievable plot twists, new characters, and incredible imagery, are what made this installment so enjoyably for me. And I hope it is for you too. So, until the next installment Maas, I will be looking to the stars and wishing. 

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbery
Rating: 5 Stars
Release Date: May 5, 2015
A Court of Thorns and Roses
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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.

My Review

This book is what every fantasy lover has ever wanted! Now, I know that I should have read this one much-much-much sooner than now, heck it came out two years ago, and don't worry I'm banging my head against a wall because of it. This one was so epic! If I had to say, it's Harry Potter meets Lord of The Rings. Full of magic and discovery, and with amazing fate and romance themes, A Court of Thorns and Roses is a story readers won't be forgetting any time soon. I loved Maas's creative characters, plot, and writing style. She truly has a way with story writing that takes my breath away. She has easily become one of my favorite authors, and I know I'm not the only one. This new series is so different from her Throne of Glass series; it puts a new twist on her classic fantasy writings. It's quite refreshing to see how different this one is, as much so that I can't wait to see where she is going to take this plot line in the next installment!

She gave readers a whole new character line up, with a few twists and quirks to each of them. If I had to choose a favorite it would have to be a three-way tie between Feyre, Lucien, Tamlin, and Rhysand. Feyre is just such a bad-ass and such a reliable main character, you can't help but love her. Lucien is such a smart-ass and such a humorous character; you can help but smile when you see his name. Tamlin is kind of a hot-head at times, but makes up for it with loyalty and bad-ass magic that you must appreciate him. And then there is Rhys, the High Lord of the Night Court, full of mystery and dark magic there is no way you can miss him anywhere. This new characters are unlike any I've seen from Maas yet, and they are what bring this action-packed story to life. 

The plot was great, even though looking back at it now, it might have seemed cliche. But we all love a good love story, and the main theme in this one is no matter what battle, love will always prevail. But Maas spun this cliche theme and made it her own. She adds her own spice and flare to it, and it way amazing to see what unfolded with each page turn. Maas also did a fantastic job by keeping reader on the edge of their seats with bone-chilling plot twists. I couldn't believe what I was reading half the time. She also kept it original with thrills and mystery that will have every reader coming back for more. 

Maas's writing style in this one, like it is in every novel of hers, was on point. She has such a way with words, unlike any other writer I've seen, it's like she is a word master. She sculpts and creates word form and sentence structure so well, it's almost scary. She has truly come a long way as a writer and you can see it in her fans. There are so many of us, it's no wonder that she is one of the most loved authors in the YA community. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses is such an amazing book, and I highly recommend it to all my fantasy lover out there. Maas creative characters, plot, and writing style brought life to a new world and I just can't get enough of it! I can't wait to see what she has in-store for me in A Court of Mist and Fury, because no matter what, I know it's going to be good. 

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I just finished ACOTAR, and I don't know why I didn't read it sooner. It's freaking amazing! πŸ˜πŸ˜„ And now I'm on the ACOMAF; I can't wait to see where this story is going to go now. . . . I am also loving both this 'Considerable Wingspan' and 'Rhysand' candles from @acourtofcandles. They are perfect to light when reading this series! 😚πŸ’ͺπŸ•―(I know that ACOMAF would go better with this candle, but I didn't have it at my disposal, so ACOTAR is going to have to do. πŸ˜‹πŸ™‚) . . . #acotar #acourtofthronesandroses #acomaf #acourtofmistandfury #sarahjmaas #sarahmaas #books #bookstagram #bookworm #booklover #read #yabooks #yalit #yalovin #reading #amazingreads #bookporn #bookqueen #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeature #bookishfeatures #mybookishfeature #libraryofbookstagram #bookfeatured
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