Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Review - A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #1) by Sarah J. Maas

17927395Title: A Court of Mist and Fury 
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy
Published: 3 May 2016
Format: Paperback, 624 pages
Source: My own
Rating: 5/5 Stars
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.

This book. THIS FREAKING BOOK. I don't know how I'm going to be writing this review without fangirling every 2 seconds so bare with me. 

I never really know what to say in my reviews when the book is a sequel to another because I feel like I'm just repeating myself. Sarah's writing is magnificent, characters are amazing and blah blah blah, but we all know this by now because it's Sarah, hellloooo? So if you do not want to be spoiled for this book then I highly suggest that you don't continue on reading this review because you will be spoiled.  You have been warned!

A Court of Mist and Fury starts off with Feyre and Tamlin engaged, Tamlin is being a selfish, smothering, over-protective cave man and Feyre is not doing well, in fact they're both not dealing well mentally/emotionally after the events of what happened under the mountain. We start to see Tamlin's character start to shift into something not all that pleasant, he's trying to keep Feyre caged up and she ends up feeling like a trophy wife, she's getting sick every night, she's got PTSD and Tamlin doesn't even confront or even try to help her. It kind of looks something like this: 

Although I loved this book to pieces the one and only thing I had a problem with was that I felt like Tamlin's character shift was too abrupt. Or maybe he was always like how he is but we just didn't notice it? I'm not all very sure but even though Tamlin does some horrifying things in this book I still despite all of it love him and I really hope he can redeem himself and that he can find his own happily ever after. 

Even though I love Tamlin I LOVE Rhys, especially Feyre and Rhys together! They are so perfect for each other, they're soulmates! LITERALLY. Rhys was the complete opposite of Tamlin, he helped Feyre get over her fears, he pushed her to her limits and vowed to never keep Feyre from doing something she wanted to do, a.k.a he would never lock her up in court and not allow her out of court with the excuse of keeping her from harm. *cough* Tamlin *cough* 

We learn so much more about Rhys in this book and so many things are uncovered and we learn of why he did what he did in the last book. When I learnt that he became Amarantha's whore just to protect his people in Valeris, I'm pretty sure I shed a tear or two. Or three. Maybe a hundred. 

Rhys was even prepared to let Feyre get married to Tamlin even though he knew that they were mates, my respect for him went up a few levels because of that. 

We meet so many new characters in this book. There was Cassian, Mor, Azriel and Amren. That whole group of people along with Rhys were so loyal to each other and I just got warm fuzzy feelings every time they were all together and doing their usual banter. And is it just me or does anyone else ship Cassian with Nesta and Azriel with Mor together? It would be so great to see that happen and I hope we get to maybe see that happen in the next book, or maybe even in their own books? Hint hint, *cough* Sarah please *cough*

Those stupid mortal queens. I had a bad feeling from the first moment that we met them and when the second meeting happened and they still refused to give the evil book thing to Feyre and the Night court my brain just clicked and I just freaking knew they were working for King Hybern! I KNEW IT. And what a bunch of hypocrites! I just wanted to slap their arrogant smirks off their faces right there and then. Ugh even talking about them makes me mad. 

When we get to ending of the book all of the shocking things happen all at once, Tamlin has sided with King Hybern, Feyre's sisters - Nesta and Elain - are turned into fae and Elain is Lucien's mate. ...WHAT THE HELL WAS TAMLIN DOING?! UGH when I learnt that he had sided with King Hybern for purely selfish reasons I was so mad because I still had hope for him to turn his character around and redeem himself, but no because then he went ahead and did that, and why the hell did Lucien never try to stop him?! Stupid stupid stupid. You can probably tell how frustrated I am. Anyways how clever were Feyre and Rhys?! They are evil geniuses! When I read about what they had done I just admired them for the badasses they were. So badass. 

I've finally finished rambling and I'm really grateful that you stuck around to the end of this review if you're reading this because I'm pretty sure this was all just one huge fangirling ramble fest. It probably doesn't even make sense! 

What did you think of ACOMAF? Tamlin's character shift? Rhys? The squad (Cassien, Mor, Azriel and Amren)? Tell me your thoughts in the comments, I'd love to hear them! 

Thursday, 30 June 2016

New Adult Recommendations

Hi guys! Long time no see? I know I'm so sorry but I've just been so busy with school lately, I completed my first ever IGCSE exam and I'm doing some more at the end of this year. But along with being busy with school I have also been in a slump. Again. I know whats wrong with me? I wish I knew. -__-. Basically though whenever I'm in a slump I tend to not read many YA novels and I lean more towards the NA genre, probably because they're easier to read, a little bit shorter and less time consuming. But since I've been reading a lot of NA recently I thought I would do a recommendation post on new adult books.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Review - Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton

24934065Title: Rebel of the Sands
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of the Sands #1
Genre: Young adult, fantasy
Published: 4 February 2016, Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback, 358 pages
Source: My own
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

"Tell me that and we'll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that's how you want your story to go and we'll write it straight across the sand."

Dustwalk is an unforgiving, dead-end town. It's not the place to be poor or orphaned or female. And yet Amani Al'Hiza must call it 'home'.

Amani wants to escape and see the world she's heard about in campfire stories.

Then a foreigner with no name turns up, and with him she has the chance to run.

But the desert plains are full of dangerous magic. The Sultan's army is on the rise and Amani is soon caught at the heart of a fearless rebellion...

An epic story of swirling desert sands, love, magic and revolution.

Monday, 11 April 2016

The Bookshelf Tag

I'm not sure who created this tag but I saw Cait from Paperfury do this a couple months back and I've been meaning to do it ever since.

I thought The Bookshelf tag was a great way of doing an almost bookshelf tour. I'm stupidly excited to do this for you as I've just finished putting up my new bookshelves with the help of my dad! My babies no longer have to sit on the floor! EEP, SO HAPPY. *flails*

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Stacking the Shelves #3 - March Book Haul and a Month Full of the Best Book Sales

In the duration of March I picked quite a few books, all that I'm super excited to read. March was definitely the month of some great book deals so I just couldn't help myself. 

Friday, 8 April 2016

Review - Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

25494343Title: Lady Midnight 
Series: The Dark Artifices #1
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Fantasy, paranormal
Published: 8 March 2016
Format: Hardcover, 668 pages
Source: My own
Rating: 5/5 Stars

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?


Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Why You Shouldn't Hesitate To Re-read Your All Time Favourite Book or Series

I recently re-read the whole of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, now if you've been reading my posts regularly you might remember that I've mentioned that this is the series that got me started in reading, it's the series that shaped me as the bookworm I am today. 

Going into this series all over again was nerve-wracking to say the least. I had so many thoughts plaguing my mind, the main one was that I was absolutely TERRIFIED that I wouldn't enjoy it as much as I did the first time or that I wouldn't even like the books at all. Why did I think this? Mainly because I've been seeing some mixed reviews on this series saying how they didn't like her writing or it was to cliche etc. Now you must remember that The Mortal Instruments was the first series I EVER read/fell in love with and since then I've grown as a reader, my tastes have changed since then, so it was definitely possible that I might not like this series if I was to read it again. And if this happened I would have an identity crisis and the world would end.