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

 

 

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Synopsis: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Date Published: January 3, 2012

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Date Read: November 2, 2014

REVIEW

Wondrously unique and addictive.

Oh Stars in heaven, I need Scarlet right at this very moment. I am surprised that I loved this book more than I allow myself to. To be honest I didn’t set my expectations too high, the least I wanted to happen was to end up disappointed. But boy, this book is anything but disappointment. It was a real page-turner. It has everything I wanted in a book: romance, great world-building, badass heroine and some fantasy. I specifically loved that the things that have yet to unfold were foreshadowed beautifully, like the mention of Cress and Winter.

Everything was coherent and connected to one another, not leaving anything unnecessary. It was more than what I have bargained for and definitely more than what I gave it credit for. Well it was indeed great that I didn’t set the bar too high, that when it turned out to be awesome, I was floored! And now I’m excited, I heard the series gets better.

To say I loved it would be an understatement because If I did not, I wouldn’t have stayed awake at this ungodly hour writing a review about it. I just don’t want to miss out on things I wanted to say. Can’t wait to get my hands on Scarlet!

And oh, what I liked more about Cinder is it reminded me in some bizarre way of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which I love to no end. So I guess I’ll be raving about this series for a while, better get used to it.\

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

“He was the fantasy of every girl in the country. He was so far out of realm, her world, that she should have stopped thinking about him the second the door had closed. Should stop thinking about him immediately. Should never think about him again, except maybe as a client – and her prince.
And yet, the memory of his fingers against her skin refused to fade.”

Angelfall by Susan Ee: Book Review

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Synopsis: It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Date Published: May 23, 2013

PublisherHodder & Stoughton ; 326 pages

Date Read: November 25, 2014

REVIEW:

WOW! Just WOW! THIS IS SO GOOD, I think I now have the obligation TO SHOVE IT TO EVERYONE’S THROAT!

I cannot even begin to form a coherent mindset. I am literally all over the place. I cannot contain how bookgasmic this book made me feel! I need to calm down.

Breathes in, breathes out. (Insert all incessant ramblings). Did I say this book is soooo good? I am seriously struggling to find the right words to describe it. I am in this euphoric state, and I may not come out of it soon. Ahhh! I am not making sense. Well, for starters, i have never felt this kind of excitement over a book in a long time. Yes I have read good books, but the surreal feeling this book has given me immensely took over my being. Think of falling in love for the first time, it’s kind of the same feeling – in a nutshell. I am in love with this book, it was well-thought-out, the world building was great it is like you are part of it, the protagonist is not a whiny brat, if anything she was a complete badass. The chapters unfold in a cliffhanger way more like always sending you at the ege of your seat, making you crave for more. There was this element of surprise every chapter. It was anything but predictable. I didn’t know where the story is taking me, but I let it take me without even the slightest of hesitation. And I love how this book makes you think, it’s not like everything is served on a silver platter, you have to give your full attention to it. I was creeped out, I swooned, I cried, I laughed, I cheered, I questioned a lot of things and ended up satisfied witn all the answers, yet there are still more questions. It was a cycle that I can see myself not getting tired of participating in. And oh, that ending! Just, ahhhh!

Now this book is instantly on my Top 10 books!

(I will be editing this review, I need ro put myself together) but please take my word for it, this book is worth it drop everything else and read this!

Can I possibly give it more than five stars?

My Rating: 5 stars

It is not the gentle kiss of a couple on a first date, nor is it the kiss of a man driven by simple lust. He kisses me with the desperation of a dying man who believes the magic of eternal life is in this kiss.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

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Synopsis: A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

Date Published: July 8, 2014

Series: The Remnant Chronicles

Date Read: November 10, 2014

Review:

Beguiling. Cunning. Intricate. Beautiful in hundred different ways.

Dear heart, be still. Those were the words I have been telling myself right after I finished reading The Kiss of Deception. I cannot even begin to string the right words to at least give justice to this exquisite book. It was deceiving as it was fascinating, enthralling as it was suspenseful, maddening as it was addictive. It is the kind of book that you thought you had all figured out, and all of sudden it would swing at you when you least expect it. The title did not include deception for no reason. It was meant to deceive its readers. I was deceived for a good part there, and it was the good kind of deception. I was constantly at the edge of my seat, patiently waiting for everything to unfold the way I had predicted it, but it will turn 360 degrees and you are back at square one. To say it was a total page-turner is an understatement of all eras combined. The hype was all so real, I now understand the rave surrounding this book.

The setting was perfectly laid out, the plot weaved with ease, the characters will surprise you in more ways than one and the whole book will just draw you like a helpless moth into a flame and you will gladly succumbed, letting fire caught up with your fragile body. It will leave you in a daze, in a trance, in a majestic stupor whirling you in, deeper than you could possible allow yourself to. All I remember when it ended was there was this gaping hole left inside me aching for more.

I wouldn’t want to divulge much of the story because I wanted readers to felt the immense amazement I felt, the constant itching to know more. Oh what I would trade to read it for the first time. Now I could not wait for The Heart of Betrayal, just release us of this agony and give it to us sooner than later. The long wait will seriously kill me.

Maybe there were a hundred different ways to fall in love

Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️/5