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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Monday, March 13, 2017

Book Reveiw: King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Title: King's Cage
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Fantasy/Dystopia
Publisher: Harper
Rating: 4 Stars

King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard
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In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl's spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother's web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

My Review

This one was such a difficult one for me to get through. There were both good and bad things, that made me struggle through, but overall I liked this one. Now you all know that I love the Red Queen series, and with the way that Glass Sword ended, I was dying to get my hands on King's Cage! And now that I have read it, I am so looking forward to seeing where she is going to take this plot. Aveyard really had a ball writing this installment, because I liked seeing her work her magic. I loved her writing style and tone of this one; as well as meeting both old and new characters, and her crazy plot development and twists. She also blew me away with her ability to hop from one perspective to another. But she fell short on making me believe in, and seeing the reasoning behind why scenarios happened the way they did.

 Aveyard is a fantastic writer, with creative imagery and impeccable word choice, I found it easy to hop into this installment. Her tone shone through, bringing each character to life, and setting the course for their actions to follow. Her tone also set the pace for the plot line, and complimented each new plot development every well. She also did a stunning job with flipping character perspectives/point of views, each transition was thought out and backed up for, which made it easy on me to grasp what was going on in different areas throughout the story. This is the first time I saw this in her writing style, and she has such a way with words that is uniquely her own. It is truly beautiful to see; she had come such a long way.

 And speaking of her tone bringing her characters alive, her character development is crazy. You learn so much about the original characters in this one, I was so shocked to see how Maven, Cal, and Mare changed. Now, they all have plenty of skeletons in their closets, but I liked seeing each of them coming to terms with what they have done, and what they must do. I also enjoyed finally seeing key players in this dreadful game of power and blood come in. Mostly; Davidson, Evangline's mother, Ella, Kincarid, and Rage to name a few. With these new characters coming into the light, it took this one to the next level.

And speaking of next levels, Aveyard's plot development was truly amazing. I couldn't believe what I was reading half the time, it makes me even more excited to read her next installment. But those plot twists had me shook, I was so frustrated at times I wanted to through my book against a wall, and others I was chilled to the bone. That plot twist at the end had me crying, I just couldn't accept the fact that after all Mare's sacrifices, it would blow up in her face. I was a little disappointed, but it makes me very eager to see where this plot is going to go.

 The one thing that I had an issue with was at times was character disconnect. When I was reading crucial points in the plot, there were times when characters did things that I knew they usually wouldn't do because it was just not like them to do what they did. They would act differently than how I known they would act. We all know how Mare would handle and deal with things from the previous books, but there were times when I couldn't see her coming to the conclusions she would, and the reasoning behind some of her actions wasn't very clear to me. At times, I also saw the same with Maven and Cal. It may have been from the whole different vibe this installment gives off. But other than this minor hiccup, I have no complaints, it was a great read.

King's Cage is yet another nail-biting roller-coaster. I enjoyed seeing Aveyard's characters, plot development, writing style, and tone in this one. But she fell short on making me believe in, and seeing the reasoning behind why scenarios happened the way they did. All in all, King's Cage is another home-run read that has left readers on the edge of their seat at every twist and turn. And has left me with wanting more. I can't wait to see where Aveyard is going to take me next, and I'll be waiting to see who will rise or fall.

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