review: a court of mist and fury by sarah j maas

a court of mist and fury by sarah j maas
published: may 3rd 2016
genres & keywords: fantasy, new adult, romance
series: a court of thorns and roses #2

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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. Continue reading

review: a court of thorns and roses by sarah j maas

a court of thorns and roses by sarah j maas
published: may 5th 2015
genres & keywords: fantasy, new adult, romance
series: a court of thorns and roses #1

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A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

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 over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down! Continue reading

review: heir of fire by sarah j maas


Published: September 2nd 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genres & Keywords: fantasy, romance, young adult
Rating: ★★★★★
Works From Author: Throne of Glass series, A Court of Thorns and Roses series

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SNEAK PEAK

“Once all that is done,” she said, smiling faintly at her wyvern, “you and I are going to learn how to fly. And then we’ll stain the kingdom red.”

 

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

My heart is racing. I don’t even know how to put into words how incredibly epic Heir of Fire was. This series continues to blow my mind, time and time again. You could feel everything. The pain, heartbreak, betrayal, kinship . . . *starts tearing up because it was so good*



So the first step of her stupid, foolish plan had been simple: seek out Maeve, get answers about how to destroy the Wyrdkeys, and then return to Adarlan.


So much happens in Heir of Fire, there’s so much action and development, that’s it’s hard to whip up a summary. Nothing is the same. Not from book 2 to book 3 and definitely not from book 1 to book 3. And that’s what makes this series so good. It’s constantly evolving and keeps you invested in the story.

There was nothing left in her, not really. Only ash and an abyss and the unbreakable vow that she’d carved into her flesh, to the friend who had seen her for what she truly was.

Celaena Sardothien is left empty and broken after the death of her dear friend. She tries to run away from her pain, responsibilities, and past.

. . . as the days wore on, she found it suddenly very difficult to bring herself to care about anything at all. Whatever determination, whatever rage, whatever anything she’d felt upon leaving Adarlan ha ebbed away, devoured by the nothingness that now gnawed at her.

Celaena is such a badass. Can I be her?! Even when going through her existential crisis she still managed to be kickass. She needs to teach me her ways.

Celaena Sardothien, arrogant and brave and skilled, Celaena who did not know fear or despair, Celaena who was a weapon honed by Death.

I don’t know how she isn’t dying. Everything she’s been through, everything that has been thrown at her, would have shattered a weaker person. But she keeps getting up, keeps surprising us. Her resolve to do what’s right, to fight against oppression, is inspiring.

When Celaena got back, when she returned as she’d sworn she would . . . Then they would set about changing the world together.

It didn’t come to my attention until now but Dorian Havilliard didn’t leave much of an impression on me in this book. Not in a bad way, though. I was just so caught up with the other characters and their storyline that I kind of neglected Dorian. He does have some really awesome moments, ones where I stood by cheering him on like a proud mother hen, but I didn’t focus on him as much as I did in the other two books.


“As for Celaena,” he said again, “you do not have the right to wish she were not what she is. The only thing you have a right to do is decide whether you are her enemy or friend.”

Oh, Chaol Westfall, I expected more from you. He had a lot of internal demons to fight. Was he doing the right thing? Who’s side should he choose? Could he really love all of Caleana?
He was so dazed lost and confused (sorry, I just had to throw in a little Zeppelin reference for you all). His relationship with Dorian continued to suffer because he couldn’t trust, his love for Caleana became more convoluted because he couldn’t accept parts of her . . . it wasn’t ’till the very end where we some some positive growth from him.

“You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love. Just as you cannot pick which parts of me you accept.”

In Heir of Fire we were introduced to some AMMMAAAZZINGGGGG side characters. I want to read a ten book series on all of them, that’s how much I love them.

 

Rowan Whitethorn was probably my favorite. He’s one of those characters that takes a while to warm up to. He doesn’t offer trust or affection easily. It’s something you have to work for, but once you’re in, you’re in. Celaena couldn’t have found a more wonderful character to connect to. Their relationship isn’t romantic or sexual. It’s something that goes deeper than friendship, a bond between two broken people that vow to make the world right again. Because they are stronger together than apart.

 

Dorian finds a new love interest in Sorscha. I’m not on Team Dorian *ducks as eggs are thrown my way* but I selfishly wasn’t ready for him to move on from Celaena. Yes, yes, I’m a terrible person. However, I really love him and what he strives to be, so I was eventually happy that he found someone to confide in and love. It pains me so much to write that. This makes no sense if you haven’t read the book but OH MY GOD WHY WHY WHY?!

*composes self*

“All I want,” he snarled, “is for my people to be free and my queen restored to her throne.”
“They burned the antler throne, Aedion. There is no throne for her.”
“Then I’ll build one myself from the bones of our enemies.”

It’s so easy to fall in love with Aedion Ashryver. His dedication to his people, his kingdom, and his queen is commendable. They way he fights to protect those he loves and how he would lay down his life for his queen is heartwarming.

Manon had been born soulless, her grandmother said. Soulless and heartless, as a Blackbeak ought to be. She was wicked right down to the marrow of her bones.

Manon Blackbeak was another badass character. She ruthless and cold . . . but with just enough mercy to have you pause for a second. She’s going to be a really interesting character to watch develop.

 

There we some scenes that gave me chills. It’s impossible not to root for these characters, especially Caleana. She’s grown into such a strong character. You know she’s going to be unstoppable. And she will need every bit of strength and courage to face what is to come. Because a shitstorm it will be.

So, yeah. MUST. READ.

 

HAVE YOU READ THIS? WHAT DID YOU THINK? ARE YOU A FAN OF SARAH J MAAS? IF NOT, ARE THERE ANY OTHER FANTASY NOVELS YOU SWEAR BY? I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS!

Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2015

Hi! WELCOME TO TOP TEN TUESDAY. This is a weekly meme featured on the lovely Broke and Bookish. This week we have Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2015. The new year is right around the corner and that means . . . new releases

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Fantasy books my hands are twitching at the thought of getting ahold of:

Fairest // Red Queen // A Court of Thorns and Roses // Golden Son

Romance books I can already hear my heart breaking over:

Confess // Where Sea Meets Sky // Never Never

Honorable mentions (2015 books without covers or titles): Winter (Lunar Chronicles, #4) // The Young Elites #2 // Penryn and the End of Days, #3

Aren’t those some of the best covers and titles? *makes grabby hands* It doesn’t hurt that the blurbs are also amazing! We had some great releases in 2014 and I’m so excited for what’s to come . . .

WHAT DO YOU THINK? HAVE ANY OF THESE BOOKS ON YOUR RADAR? WHAT 2015 BOOKS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO READING? I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS!

Wishlist Wednesday

Hello! WELCOME TO WISHLIST WEDNESDAY! This is a weekly meme featured on the awesome Pen to Paper. This week we have:

HEIR OF FIRE

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. MaasLost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

*hyperventilates* AFTER months DECADES OF WAITING IT’S FINALLY OUT!! *dying wail noises* After that horrendous cliffhanger I subjected myself to when reading Crown of Midnight because I’m a masochist . . . we finally have Heir of Fire. I don’t think I’ll be able to tear my eyes away once they set themselves on this book. The only thing that’s raining on my parade at this moment is the fact that, once I’ve read it, I’ll have to wait another year 10 years before I can get my hands on book 4 😦

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK? HAVE YOU READ THIS SERIES? IF NOT, ARE YOU INTERESTED IN READING IT? I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS!

The Sunday Post

Hi! WELCOME TO THE SUNDAY POST! This is a weekly meme featured on the fabulous Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is a recap of all things bookish on my blog this week and what is to come the upcoming week.

The Sunday Post is a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as muchas you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies.

RECAP OF BOOKISH THINGS THIS WEEK

On Wednesday, I posted my ★★★★★ book review for Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson and on Saturday I posted my ★★★ star book review for Rival by Penelope Douglas.   On Friday, I participated in the meme Keen Cover Friday. Here, I posted a drool-worthy cover and summarized why it’s one of my favorites!

UPCOMING BOOKISH THINGS

I’m in need of something a little dark, so I pulled this beauty from my shelf! Can’t wait to find why everybody’s in love with this one!

These are the memes I will be participating in this week! I’ll be telling you about what I’m reading, give a little teaser from the book, let you know about what I’m wishing for, and showcase another one of my favorite covers 🙂

ALL BOOKS FEATURED IN THESE POSTS

WHAT DO YOU THINK? IS THERE ANYTHING HERE YOU’VE READ BEFORE? IF NOT, ARE ANY OF THESE ON YOUR TO-READ LIST? I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS!