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

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Synopsis: Feyre is immortal.

After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.

She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two.

Publisher: Bloombsbury

Date Published: May 3, 2016

Date Read: May 24, 2016

No. Of Pages: 624

Source: National Book Store

REVIEW

A Court of Mist and Fury? more like A Court of Serious Case of Book Hangover and Too Much Attachment over Fictional Characters.

Warning: Welcome to the world where everything is not what they seem. If you want the agony of liking a character and then cursing them in the end or vice versa, or possibly running the risk of being attached to a ship that could sink any moment, then be my guest. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Oh my Cauldron! This book totally outdid the the first, I could not even begin to fathom how the third book would be like. I’m tingling with happiness, and some emotions I can’t quite name, and a tad bit sad all at once. It was as surreal as it could get. It has been a long time since I felt like this reading a fantasy book. I’m latching on to every idea of the book, I could not let go of it just yet, I want to savor it over and over. I had my issues, still (which I will talk about a little later), but the way SJM concluded the book was just truly amazing, hats off on this one. I hope I could give this book justice. I’ll try my best.

I have to admit this now, I had a change of heart. In ACOTAR I was Team Tamlin through and through, who could blame me? It didn’t actually sit well with me the fact that Rhysand’s actions were painted in a romantic way, which to be honest I found very alarming and wrong in so many levels as I have mentioned in my review on A Court of Thorns and Roses. But then, the book took a 360 degree turn and changed everything. My change of heart wasn’t instant, no, it was not like how Feyre instantly fell in love with Tamlin in Book 1. But it happened gradually. I had to convince myself that there was something more under all the facade of Rhysand. To say the least, I was trying to convince myself, I was looking for all the redeeming qualities, I was looking for great character development – and I got it, it was served to me in a quilt box with beautiful ribbon tied around it.

First, I have to say this book floored me. It was beautifully crafted, the complexities of the plot was presented in an engaging way, gripping its readers from the first page to the last. And oh what a satisfying feeling to finish this beast of a book. It is a well-thought-out sequel. I am going to say this now, this book did not suffer the proverbial Second Book Syndrome, this book surpassed the first book’s greatness and even beyond it. The story really came together, making it more solid and more polished. I commend how SJM weaved all the intricate details and make all its connection unto each other. The world was painted in a beautiful light, with the abundance of great imagery and on-point descriptions of each scene, it sure served my imagination well. , SJM sure knows how to set the mood for every scene. Reading this book was definitely a journey.

Second, the characters. Well, Feyre still annoyed the shit out of me. Still hated her for being indecisive and stubborn to a fault, and probably too caught up with herself – as if every damn thing is about her. Wake up woman, NOT everything is about you. Haha if it is not too obvious that she gets under my skin, then I don’t know what will make it obvious. I know a great deal of the book sprung from what happened to her during the last chapters of the first book, but she was just a part of a bigger picture. I wish her character wasn’t too self-centered? (for lack of a better term). There are things that have been convenient, case in point: Feyre’s powers. Then Rhysand, o Rhysand! As I have mentioned Rhysand’s character didn’t instantly win me over, I wasn’t exactly the proverbial moth to the flame. His character definitely needed some getting used to on my part, well, this is my observation, it is like ACOTAR Rhysand (which was douche, for me at least) and ACOMAF Rhysand are two very different characters. It was a complete shocker how his character turned from worst to best. He was literally zero to hero. I was Team Tamlin, if you haven’t noticed already (operative word here: WAS), but then all this great backstory and explanation why Rhysand is what he is actually made so much more sense in this book. I’m not saying I instantly forgave what he did in book1, but book 2 served as enlightenment to his true character and how “noble” he is, in the most “noble” Rhysand could possibly be. ACOMAF was indeed a revelation, not only of Rhysand’s character but of the whole back story. Rhysand’s history is rich and thoroughly explained, which I appreciate a lot. I appreciate how SJM took her sweet time to lay out everything, how each and every detail was explained down to the very dot. And then Tamlin, again ACOTAR Tamlin and ACOMAF Tamlin can very well be two different characters. Tamlin went from hero to zero. I lost him somewhere between him losing control of his rage and the too-controlling/too possessive high lord that he secretly was. I didn’t expect his character to be lackluster, and I tell you, more than half of the book he isn’t even there. This could very well be one of my issues, it felt like one of the main characters was just ignored a great deal if not entirely. It’s like the book could actually do away with his character, which was a little disappointing since Tamlin’s character was brimming with potential, but was not brought to its full capacity. There could have been so much to do with his character, so much room to play around. And all we got was few chapters in the beginning and even fewer chapters in the end. I don’t know if it was a writing technique, but I was not buying it.

Now to the other characters. ACOMAF introduced new and interesting characters. My new favorites were Amren, Azriel, Mor and Cassian. Damn these guys are all badass in their own ways. Literally #SquadGoals haha! I would love to be friends with them. And hey Jurian, what’s up with this weirdo? Haha. He was unnecessary to me much like Feyre’s father, ooops! SJM, I noticed, has a habit of making a character very likable at first and then as the story went on you will end up hating them or vice versa. Definitely toying with reader’s emotions. I’m not so sure if I like that or not. Let’s just say, there’s not much consistency on the characters, especially the major ones *insert TAMLIN and Rhysand*

The whole plot twist(s), gahhh there have been so many things going on. It was a cobweb of complex plot and even more complex idea as to where the book is leading its readers. There was this war coming, and then the mortal queens, and the cauldron and the book, and everything else. Skip one page and you will be lost. This book sure needed all the attention one could possibly muster. It was convoluted but it was what the book required, if anything the complexities of it all added extra flavor to the book and the whole series. Making the reader eager to know where the story will take them. There’s just so many room to play with, so many ideas to work with. There was this sense of meeting one’s expectation and so much more. The ending though, I know there are still a lot of things to resolve, but the ending sure gave me eh? moments, but something I could easily shrug off because the whole book compensated whatever issues I had. It was not flawless, much like every book there is, but this book definitely made a promise and it definitely delivered. This book was intense and gripping, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It was such a great experience to be completely immersed to the world SJM created, it was so good while it lasted and now I have to suffer a whole year to get the answers I needed, but don’t worry I’ll live. There just so much more to look forward to!

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“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.”
Rhys clinked his glass against mine. “To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.”
Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyland by Mia Sheridan: Book Review

Synopsis: A full-length, standalone romance from the New York Timesbestselling author of Archer’s Voice.

Dirt poor. Hillbilly. Backwoods hick. Mountain folk. 

Tenleigh Falyn struggles each day to survive in a small, poverty-stricken, coal mining town where she lives with her sister and mentally ill mother. Her dream of winning the college scholarship given to one student by the local coal company and escaping the harshness of her life, keeps her going.

Kyland Barrett lives in the hills, too, and has worked tirelessly—through near starvation, through deep loneliness, against all odds—to win the Tyton Coal Scholarship and leave the town that is full of so much pain.

They’re both determined not to form any attachments, but one moment changes everything. What happens when only one person gets to win? When only one person gets to leave? And what happens to the one left behind?

Kyland is a story of desperation and hope, loss and sacrifice, pain and forgiveness, but ultimately, a story of deep and unending love.

THIS IS A STANDALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY TAURUS. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Publisher: Self-published

Date Published: January 24, 2015

Date Read: May 26, 2016

No. Of Pages: 264 Pages

 

REVIEW

Strong and very emotional read, it will rip your heart out and make it whole again.

I cried buckets over this book. You could literally make a tea out of my tears. A woman crying her eyes out at 2 in the morning is not a good sight to behold, my mother was bothered and asked me what was wrong, and I could not even say a coherent answer. I just said, “this book, this book, I can’t” and then cried some more. Goodness, it has been a long time since I’ve cried like this over a book. There are books that made me tear up, yes, but this book, guys, this book took bawling into whole different level. I was unstable to say the least.

 So okay enough of my thorough explanation how this book ruined me. Let’s talk about how well-written this book is. This is my very first Mia Sheridan read. I have heard a lot about this author, all positive things, especially how great  of a book Archer’s Voice is (which I plan on reading after my heart is fully recovered from all the breaking Kyland gave me), so as what all readers do, when you hear great things about an author you go ahead and read their works. And man, this author lived up to the hype. She writes oh so beautifully, so beautiful you can feel all the pain and suffering the characters go through. It’s like you are in unity with their hearts, you break for them, you cry for them, you feel happy for them, you feel proud for them. It was more like an emotional adventure that I would not trade for anything. Every bit of it was just so sincere and riveting. I did not miss the way the story has its depth, it wasn’t just a simple romance novel, not just an ordinary tale of two people falling in love. No, there is so much more to it, there was sacrifice, family drama, problem with social standing, it was everything and beyond. And I secretly wanted a love like theirs!

Kyland and Tenleigh’s love story may have developed a little faster for my own liking, but then this was a 264 page story so I understand how it was supposed to be a fast paced one, but then the whole story though short was not compromised at all. It was still complete, still will tug on your heartstrings, still something you may not forget for quite a while. Their story is a unique one, I have not read a lot of story quite like it. What a great storytelling, it’s like I was transported to Denville Kentucky as I read the book. And I really enjoyed the setting, I loved how it was described and I loved how my imagination worked all throughout. This was a book that was easy to follow, easy to be drawn into. Yes, it has somewhat a complicated storyline but everything melded into something so amazing, every bit of the story is vital – every bit of it is connected. I think I have highlighted majority of the book. It was just so good, I could not help it. I specifically enjoyed the part where Kyland and Tenleigh had this mini book club between themselves. Made me want to read the ones I have not read, and yes even reread the ones I already have.

The twist or dare I say twists, because I could not decide which one was it really haha, was presented beautifully, there was the perfect element of surprise and certainly an element of oh-no-you-did-not moments which made me want to finish it up until wee hours of the night. It was really hard to put down, the whole story will grip you in ways you do not realize possible. It will make your heart ache, your body combust into inexplicable pain, your tear ducts work double – but then it’s the kind of beautiful pain you would want to endure because it is rewarding until the end.

The characters were all interesting, you feel them under your very skin. All their hardship, sacrifices, hurt – it was all there as if you can taste it. Kyland was the epitome of a great man, I want to say more but I would’t want to spoil anyone. Tenleigh was just as engaging, her character was selfless and she is not the usual annoying and whiny girl we often read in NA. Their characters have sense, I highly commend how the author made these characters to be so mature and responsible. The side stories were awesome as well, the story of Tenleigh’s mother and her sister, about Kyland’s family, Buster’s, gahhh everyone else is just as interesting as our two main characters.

I just love this book so much, I may not have experienced everything the characters’ went through, but there are parts in this book that spoke to me in a highly different level that I could not easily dismiss. I highly highly recommend this book!

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“I think that when enough time has passed, when you’ve survived that which you didn’t imagine you could, there’s a dignity in that. Something you can own. A pride in knowing the pain made you stronger. The pain made you fight to succeed. Someday, when I’m living my dreams, I’m going to think of all the things that broke my heart and I’m going to be thankful for them. – TF” 
― Mia SheridanKyland

The Pasta Book Tag

Bwahaha another book tag! Can I just say that this book tag makes me super hungry haha. Because I got nothing better to do with all the time I have in my hands haha. Again this tag originated from youtube (Josh of Literary Gladiators) and I am doing it in blog form! Feel free to do this tag with me. 🙂

Questions:
1. Macaroni & Cheese- The most heartfelt work you ever read.

I would have to go with Twenty Love Poems and A Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda. This poetry book speaks in volumes, it was a longing heart, a brave soul and everything in between. I felt how Pablo Neruda bared his heart into this collection of poetry.

 
2. Spaghetti & Meatballs- A work you know inside and out (like you can twirl with your fork).

Definitely, This is A Love Story by Jessica Thompson, this is my most read book like ever. I’ve said it like a million times already, this book will forever be one of my favorite books.

 
3. Lasagna- A work filled with complex layers.

My answer to this would be Game of Thrones by George RR Martin. The plot as we all know is very convoluted, there are a lot of things going on and is kind of hard to get into. But once you get the hang of it, it can be very addictive.

 
4. Stuffed Shells- A work that is attention grabbing (stuffed with goodness) from start to finish.

I would go with one of my recent reads The Radleys by Matt Haig this book gripped me from start to finish. It was so engaging and writing style is just perfect, it is one of the books that  I wished never ended. It was about abstaining vampires, you may think it is a shallow read, but wait until you go in deeper, you’ll realize how amazing and how it is more than what meets the eyes.

 

 
5. Penne Vodka- A work for a younger audience with an adult theme hidden inside.

Definitely the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, I highly think everyone would agree with me on this one. It was just the book for everyone. Need I say more?

 
6. Elbow Macaroni- A work that is easy to read.

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall this book was just so cute and very easy to read and will give you that warm and fuzzy feeling after you finish it. I remembered flying through this book and was not bored for one second.

 
7. Farfalle (Bow Ties)- A work you would read to catch someone’s attention.

Oh boy, hahah I have never done this before – reading to catch someone’s attention, but if I were to do it, it would have to be using the book Will You Please be Quiet Please by Raymond Carver I’ve been dying to read his works for the longest time, and whenever I see someone read it I am instantly turned on, so I guess it will go both ways? Haha so yep, I’m choosing this one.

 
8. Noodles- A long work that was a great experience to read.

I will be answering Game of Thrones by George RR Martin again. This series spell commitment – you put your heart into it. I am already on book 2 A Clash Of Kings, and so far the reading experience is great.

 
9. Lo Mein- Your favorite work of Eastern literature or about the east.

Ooops I fell short again, I don’t think I have an answer for this. I’ll get back to you after I check my goodreads account and see if something will fit under this category.

 
10. Ditalini- A writer you feel is essential to a particular genre.

Edgar Allan Poe as to poetry and mystery, these genres is incomplete without Edgar Allan Poe’s works.

 
11. Favorite Pasta- What’s your favorite pasta?

My ultimate  favorite is Ravioli!!!

 

 

12. Sunday Night at Grandma’s- Who do you nominate to complete this tag?

I nominate Jenny of Jayne Vs Books, Cath of To All The Books I’ve Read Before , Elena of The Queen Reads, Pearl of Bibliopearl and Bea of Confessions of Pinay Bookaholic.

So that’s it guys, to those I wasn’t able to nominate, feel free to do this tag too! I want to know your answers! Bye for now, see you in the next post! Tata!

 

Amy’s Tea Book Tag

So as per usual I’ve been wasting a lot of time watching youtube, and I stumbled upon this book tag created by Amy from TheDustyBookShelf, and decided (yet again) to have my version of it in blog form. Since I love love love tea, this book tag is very well right up my alley. So without further ado, here are the questions. 🙂

1. Double Bergamot Earl Grey – A robust, deep, intellectual and flavourful book

I would have to say Invisible Monsters Remix by Chuck Palahniuk oh it was indeed a flavorful book, it tackled about sexuality and how a person come to terms with the demons he has inside himself. It was one of my favorite books of all time. It was intellectual in the sense that, the chapters were arranged in a non-conventional way, there was readers’ participation on the matter, which I found cool and very engaging.
2. Tim Horton’s Steeped- A book you read on the go, that you come back to again and again

I’m choosing Harry Potter series (which I have yet to finish haha, I’m already on book 4 so fret not) Harry Potter feels like home and childhood so it will be the book that I go back to over and over again.
3. Meyer Lemon- A tangy, fast-paced read. Gone before you’ve fully savoured the flavour.

I’m choosing The Grown Up by Gillian Flynn, it was super short read, it was over before I could say “what the fuck” haha. It was so good I didn’t want it to end.
4. Chamomile Lavender- a relaxing, calming late night read

This is A Love Story by Jessica Thompson is a read that would make you feel relaxed and calm. I reread few of its chapters whenever I have the chance. It was one of my  favorite books of all time as well. The writing was just really good!
5. Lady Grey- A smooth, subtle, classic book, perfect for a serene winter morning

Because I am not so much of a fan of classic books and there is no winter here in the Philippines (don’t worry I try to read as many as I could, but is done sporadically over time, I could not bring myself to binge read classics, let’s be honest here I have a very short attention span) but I am choosing The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was subtle to me until the ending happened.
6. Orange Pekoe- A popular novel that everyone’s read

Hmm, this one is hard to answer, there are so many popular novels that everyone has read, but I’ll go with Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, I have not read it, oops! But I just got this nice purple leather-bound from Barnes and Noble and I can not simply wait to read it!
7. English Breakfast- a British classic

It would be Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, because it is the perfect embodiment of a British Classic.
8. Canadian Breakfast- a title that tastes a little like English Breakfast, but read’s like the New World (an early Canadian-or American-work)

Oh men I don’t have an answer for this, so I’ll be skipping this for now. I’ll get back to you guys once I have read one.
9. Green- A healthy book that feeds your mind.

I would have to choose How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran, it taught me a lot of things about feminism.
10. Iced- a sweet summer treat, brewed for the lazy brief days of summer.

So for this category I am choosing poetry books by Lang Leav. It was subtle and sweet, but sometimes can be a little heartbreaking, perfect to read lying on a hammock under the beautiful palm trees.

 

So there you have it guys, if you are interested in doing this tag feel free to do so! 🙂 See you next post!

Dying To Live by Vincent J. Monteleone: Book Review

 

Synopsis: Dying to Live introduces Brendon Merullo, a boy with the usual childhood fantasies of winning the World Series for the Yankees, the NBA Championship for the Knicks, and the Super Bowl for the Jets. Unfortunately for the cause of New York sports, he puts away his dreams and then works-hard-and makes a success of his life, at least, according to the world’s standards. The author, Vincent J. Monteleone, shares the outcome of dreams and work colliding:

The eight-year-old version of me would actually be disgusted with the man I grew up to be. I rarely do anything that I want to do during the day because I am too busy working. Then when I get home I am too tired to do anything fun or that I want to do. Usually I just end up sitting on the couch in front of the television like a zombie until I cannot keep my eyes open any longer and it is time to go up to bed to rest up for another day of the daily grind.

But then, one day Brendon goes to the doctor and hears news he never expected to hear. From that moment on, he begins to discover the deep truths about life and death.

Dying to Live will inspire you to look at your own life in a fresh way and draw you in to turn its pages to find out what happens to Brendon Merullo.

Publisher: iUniverse

Date Published: December 29, 2015

Date Read: April 2016

No. Of Pages: 218

Source: The author sent me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

REVIEW

Poignant and sincere.

The author sent me a copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much Vincent!

This book, isn’t just your ordinary book. It contains so much wisdom that will suck you in and give life to a whole different you, or at least a person with a whole lot different perspective towards things – things that we often neglect, things that are far more important, things that actually matter. This book was more like an eye-opener, at least it is for me. I was at the time of my life when I was lost, and struggling – struggling to fit in, struggling to make sense of the decisions I’ve made in the past, may it be the worst or the best ones, when I read this book. And I literally had goosebumps after finishing it, because this book puts my life into a perspective. Dying to Live showed me that there are things that are larger than life, that we have no control over no matter how hard we try and that it is okay. It is okay to accept defeat sometimes, it’s okay to feel bad at some point – what is important is the attitude. Whether you will face it head on or cower into submission.

This book mainly focused on giving out inspiration to people, and it definitely served its purpose on me. I had this epiphany whilst reading it, and made me value however long or short borrowed time I was offered. This book takes us to the remaining days of Brendon Merullo a wealthy man diagnosed with cancer. Dying To Live was about how he was able to move on from the devastating news, how he was able to put on a positive attitude amidst misery, how he was able to come to terms with the fact that he was only left with a little moment to spare – and he definitely made the most out of it. The story revolved how he repented all his shortcomings to his wife, to his family and to the people around him and made the most out of what is still left. It was heartbreaking enough for me because this book hits home. My father died of cancer, and I could fully relate to what the main character of the book was going through, because I saw it, I saw how my father did the same.

This book had the ability to tug on one’s heartstrings. It was able to send its message across loud and clear. Though it was not the typical novel that we are used to, it was more of recalling events that happened throughout the life of the main character and how he was able to move past it from day to day, like a journey of some sort, the beauty of it was not lost on me. I appreciated how easy it was to get into and how sincere the narration was. I know this book is not for everyone, but I think a large range of people may very well appreciate this. It has wisdom and moral that will leave you feeling renewed.

I will definitely share this to friends, and make them feel all the necessary messages this book wanted to convey. Solid 4 stars for me.

RATING: rating_4stars

 

Life is mysterious and teaches you lessons when you least expect it. it answers questions differently than when you thought you already knew the answers. The question of my life that I will never be able to answer is why did I have to start dying in order to start living? From the day we are born we all are dying, but how many of us are actually living?

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

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Synopsis: A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling 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 grows over the faerie lands, 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!

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Date Published: May 5, 2015

Date Read: May 12, 2015

No. of Pages: 416

Source: National BookStore

 

REVIEW

Highly addictive and gripping until the end.

So okay, I gave in to the hype. With the release of the second book in the series A Court of Mist and Fury I knew I had to read this book sooner rather than later. I know I could not dodge spoilers forever, so what best way to avoid them is to actually know what is happening in the book. So I gladly gave in, and so happy I did. The hype is real guys. I now understand why people go gaga over SJM’s works, she’s a one brilliant writer. This is the very first book I have read by her and it definitely did not disappoint.

So let us begin with the plot. A Court of Thorns and Roses is a beauty and the beast retelling. Definitely something right up my alley. It gave a new flavor to the famous fairy tale, making it its own. I am not saying that it was entirely an original one, there are definitely bits and pieces of the book that I already have encountered in some other novels, but the entirety of it was too gripping you just could easily overlook said parts. I started reading the book without reading the synopsis, all I knew was it was a retelling and I kind of took it from there. Again, the bliss of not knowing a lot of things about it added to my excitement and I easily devoured the book in less than 2 days. (Which was fast enough for me, since I have established the fact that I have the attention span worse that a 2 year old). It was the right mix of fantasy, romance and adventure. I loved the pacing of the book, though it was not heart stopping as I hoped it to be, the pacing was just right. Slow when it needs to be and exciting when it is supposed to. The chapters are divided in a clever way, ending it with enough tease that you have no option but to read the next, that’s how it gripped me. That’s how it was able to hold my attention. I also commend the world building, it was just concise and not too complicated. The backstory was also well played-out, I was not left confused at all. I could follow the storyline with ease. I loved how the different creatures and courts were described, all unique.  And the writing style was really good, Sarah J Maas was born to write fantasy books.

Now let’s go to the characters. Feyre, our female protagonist is the youngest of three sisters who was forced to hunt the woods to put food on their table. She reminded me so much of Katniss Everdeen, with all that bow and arrow and her skills in hunting, the similarity is palpable. It was one of those issues I had, but I mentally put it aside and see where her character will lead me and how will it develop as the story went on. I am not a fan of Feyre, I am laying it out now. There are things that she did that irked me to no end. She was stubborn to a fault, and a little too whiny at times. But then she was also badass, so I have to give her that. Towards the end of the book, her character developed into something I would definitely root for. I have to say she had the best character development in this book. Her stubbornness kind of gave her an advantage, were it not for it there would be no great story to tell.

Next would be Tamlin, oh Tamlin. He is the High Lord of the Spring Court who could shape shift into a beast. He was described as someone with golden hair and green eyes, but he perpetually wears a mask, much like everyone else in Spring Court. It was his curse. You could now see where The Beauty and The Beast retelling comes into play. His character started strong at first, he exudes the confidence, strength and power of a High Lord, but then on the latter part of the book everything changed. His character was close to useless. There was next to nothing character development, I wouldn’t like to say his character became a little lame, but I could not find a better word for it. But I still hoped that he could redeem himself on the next books. Having said this, I still loved his character more than that of Rhysand. Safe to say I am Team Tamlin, but we’ll see if I could change my mind.

Rhysand on the other hand is the High Lord of the Night court. I was not particularly fond of Rhysand, he did a lot of awful things that I just could not simply ignore. There was this instance where the feminist side of me kind of revolted, and I don’t get it why all these nasty things he did was painted in a romantic way. I found it so wrong in so many levels. This was the reason, I didn’t like his character. And yes, he was described, yep, you guessed it right – handsome. Because you know, our female protagonist had to be torn between these High Lords, because a fantasy book is incomplete without a love triangle. UGH. NOT. A book can be as good even without a love triangle, I don’t know why authors have the habit of incorporating this trope into books, why do they have to make it complicated, when it could very well be simple but still as gripping as book should be. So this is the main reason why I didn’t give this book a solid five stars.

If anything, the only character I loved the most was LUCIEN!! That’s it, I am #TEAMLUCIEN. His character was selfless, and witty and just uh-mazing!!!

I was entertained and quite frankly I was over eager to know what will happen next. So it sure did feel like I am a moth to a flame. I need to know more, I demand answers. And see to it that my ship will not sink. I had issues of course, but this won’t stop me from continuing on with the series. I.CAN’T.WAIT!

Rating: rating_4stars

“Because your human joy fascinates me—the way you experience things, in your life span, so wildly and deeply and all at once, is … entrancing. I’m drawn to it, even when I know I shouldn’t be, even when I try not to be.” 
― Sarah J. MaasA Court of Thorns and Roses

 

 

Mug and Tea Cup Collection

 

Heyya! So I have been a little missing in action here. Life happened to me and I was too caught up with too much decision making my barely adult self could hardly keep up. So there’s that.

But I’m back, hopefully with a lot of blog posts. I need to make a review for two books, and do some tags. So I’m taking it one post at a time. Bear with me. (This is me stalling, haha)

I have wasted a good amount of time on youtube watching people’s mug collection and I was so addicted I had to make one, at least in blog form. Aside from books, well duh haha, I collect mugs and teacups. It was only recently where I decided to collect mugs or tea cups from countries/places I’ve been to. So here are some of them.

1.

Got this big ass cup from a thrift shop (wag-wagan or ukay ukay in Baguio.) One for me and for my best friend. We were on the hunt for vintage stuff and we stumbled upon these big cups with the word CAPPUCCINO written on it. It was super cheap! We got them for Php50.00 each or 1$. We immediately used it the next day, don’t worry, of course we washed them. Haha. I got a lot of questions from my instagram friends where I got them, so here! 🙂

 

2. 

So while my sisters are being the “basic” tourists buying mugs from Starbucks (I’m pretty sure you are all aware of it), I had my eyes on this huge mug. I got them from Macau when we went there last year. I love the details of it, a painting of some sort of the The Venetian. I got it for 60 HKD.

 

3. 

 

This is actually a gift from my dear friend Jovel of travelthrubooks on Instagram, please give her a follow. The mug says If you think reading is boring, you’re doing it wrong. Pretty much sums up what I say to non-reader friends. Haha

4. 

This was sent to me by Pia of Cozy Daily  (they also have a Society6 account) and I super love it. Been abusing this one, how can you not, it is so cute!! Bring out your inner Harry Potter fangirl with this rad mug!

5. 

Another mug I love so dearly. This was sent to me by Nikki of Alice.In.Wonderbookland on Instagram. You can order here. This mug was the pure definition of myself on any given day. Haha

 

6. 

This one right here is another gift from Arra or arrabelreads on Instagram, give her a follow. This was the mug that I always use, basically my favorite. So whenever one of my siblings uses this, I go batshit crazy, especially when I am about to make a hot coco and this favorite mug is being used by one of them. How could they! Haha

7.

 

So this cutie is a gift from my sister. I love it so much that I barely use it, afraid that I might accidentally break it, you have no idea how clumsy I could be. So I just take it out for special occasions, or for whenever I am feeling fancy. Haha. How could you not adore such beauty.

 

There you have it my mini mug and tea cup collection. Expect a lot of this in the near future, as I already made a vow to buy one from places I’ve been to. And no don’t expect those overrated Starbucks mugs in here, nope, that’s not happening. Haha!

Have a great day guys! 🙂