A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN BY SARAH J MAAS

A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN BY SARAH J MAASA Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury Childrens Books on May 2nd 2017
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 699
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
five-stars
four-half-flames

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

A little storytime here… So I come home May 1st and I’m eager to check the mail because I was expecting my Feysand bookmarks to come in and I see a box from Amazon. I’m super confused because I know I didn’t order any books but then I remembered I ordered ACOWAR. To get to the point, I got the book a day early and it made my entire night and you bet I started it right away.

I will be honest here and say I had little to no gripes about this book. I thought it was incredibly well… amazing. It was everything I wanted the end to be and more. But no matter how almost perfect this book was it uh, did have its faults. Including the demise of a character that I felt made the character pointless and it was just… not the demise I would have liked to see for this character and his supposed greatness. View Spoiler » Also, Tamlin irked me. He wasn’t bad or anything he just bothered me. I didn’t like how she portrayed characters who were bisexual either, like not all people who are bisexual want threesomes with everyone, alright? 

Also, Sarah J Maas did something that made me cry and just want to throw the book and if you read the book already YOU KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT.

Now let’s get into the positives. This book pretty much concluded that Feyre and Rhysand are my all time favorite book couple. Rhysand is my all time or well… after Cal Calore because he reigns at number one for my bookish boyfriend. Sorry Rhys. But Rhysand is number two. I just… loved him. I love all of these characters and the new characters. They are all just incredibly precious and need to be wrapped up and protected forever. Anyway, I want to talk about Nesta. Also please don’t hate me for this but *whispers* I don’t ship Nessian. Never have, never will, can’t see it. Not sorry. I also uh… don’t ship Moriel? Oops? I like them as a platonic couple.

But back to Nesta. I actually hated her in the previous books and in the beginning of this one. Don’t ask me why, I just was not a fan of her and I can’t say more without repeating myself over and over again. I just did not like her. But during the book she goes through some character development and I was astonished at how quick Sarah turned her around and now I just…I love her. I love her snark, I love how she interacts with people. I also want to talk about Lucien. If y’all hate him after this book… what is wrong with you. View Spoiler »

Now let’s talk plot. Yes I’ll admit things went pretty fast in the beginning and there wasn’t much of the whole spy thing everyone expected, but I’m glad everything happened exactly the way it happened. There is a lot of homages to the first book that I found really touching except this one scene and as I said before if you read this, YOU KNOW. We got to learn more about the world, see the other courts and how everything works. It’s just… beautiful. I honestly really loved this book and I’m glad it ended as it did and my favorites got the ending that they deserve. This book brought me to tears, made me laugh, made my heart freaking palpitate in fear. Like Sarah… CAN YOU NOT. By all means, it doesn’t live up to A Court of Mist and Fury which is the best of the series and arguably the best Sarah has ever written in my opinion, but I for one think this was the proper send off if you will for Feyre and Rhysand’s arc.

All I can say is thank you, Sarah J Maas, from the bottom of my heart for these characters, for Rhysand.

five-stars
Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2017 NEW RELEASES

MY FAVORITE SIDEKICKS

These are underappreciated characters who are often cast aside when they honestly deserve so much more attention. This is a short description this week, but let’s give some sidekicks some love, shall we?

CHAOL WESTFALL from THRONE OF GLASS

    He isn’t given the attention he deserves, in fact, it bewilders me that people straight up dislike him! Yes I know I know, he isn’t perfect and has a lot of flaws, but since when did characters have to be perfect? I am actually incredibly happy he is getting a novel all to himself and I can’t wait to see what is in store for him!

CAM from TRUTHWITCH

    This series is underrated, to begin with, but I did not expect to love this side character as much as I do now. They are strong, resilient and the kind of friend that I want in life.

GAIUS DAMORA from FALLEN KINGDOMS

    I don’t know if this counts because he has a big part in the series, just not one of the core four we follow. I honestly did not expect to love him as much as I do, in fact, he is my favorite literary villain of all time, he is just so evil and I honestly could rant about him all day.

LUCIEN from A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES

   Lucien is seriously underrated. He deserves so much more and I believe he should get a chance on happiness. I know there are three more books coming out in this series so I am crossing my fingers and hoping that they revolve around him!

JULIAN JACOS from RED QUEEN

   Another character whom I believe is seriously underrated. I mean he is just not appreciated enough as he should be! He is intelligent, caring and wants to do what is right. Please YA, have more father figures like him!

WIRES AND NERVE BY MARISSA MEYER

WIRES AND NERVE BY MARISSA MEYERWires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerves, #1) by Marissa Meyer, Douglas Holgate
on January 31st 2017
Genres: Dystopia/Fantasy
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
three-stars

In her first graphic novel, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Marissa Meyer follows Iko, the beloved android from the Lunar Chronicles, on a dangerous and romantic new adventure -- with a little help from Cinder and the Lunar team.
In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers' leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.

This review is incredibly late, but… better late than never, right? I was excited that Marissa decided to continue on with this series, but focusing on a new character. But before I get into the review, I want to start off with a few housekeeping issues. I will be formatting my reviews differently. Shocker, right? I’ll talk about this more in my wrap up of May, but this review will be the tester so I can see how it works out for me, so please bear with me! Anyway, I had a lot of expectations for this book. Some were met and unfortunately, many were not.

I’m going to start off with the negatives because I need to gripe right now. I was expecting so much more out of this book than what I got. I’m thinking that maybe it is because this was told in graphic novel form and it was hard for me to really get a grasp on the narrative or whatever but god I just… did not like the way this story was played out. I feel like it would have been so much better if it were in written novel form instead of graphics. Maybe it has something to do with the cartoonish look of the characters that were better suited for something middle grade and the fact that there was no color. Everything was in shades of blue! I want to know who made this choice and why. Like c’mon, bring on some color.

Another thing was the absolute ridiculousness of some of the characters and for this, I am talking about the darn wolf people and by the time this review is up, it would have been almost two months since I read the book and if I remember correctly they were told time and time again that Cinder was good and yet nah, all they want is death and destruction. I don’t know if the readers were supposed to find them menacing or what… I found them to be completely lacking in substance and what I feel makes a ‘scary’ or intriguing villain. They were just lame and pointless in my opinion.

I just… expected this to live up to the hype and awe of the Lunar Chronicles and man was I let down. I was so betrayed.

But despite my gripes about this book, there were some elements I did like. For instance, the major presence of my favorite Thorne. I was surprised to see him have a huge part in this book along with Iko. Actually, as I think about it can we just have a series called ‘The Adventures of Iko and Thorne.” please? I would buy that in a heartbeat. There is this scene in which Thorne see’s a lifelike robot of himself and I’m sorry for any spoilers, but I just have to show you because if there was any part of the graphics I liked, it was this.

I also loved Iko in this book, I mean I loved her before but damn, this made me love her more if that is possible!

Well, that concludes my thoughts for this books. Even though I wish they had taken a different approach to telling this story, at least they are giving a character who deserves it, the time to shine! And I know it won’t happen but I kind of hope they do better with the graphics with the second book.

 

three-stars
Rating Report
Plot
three-half-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
three-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: four-stars

LET’S TALK ABOUT MY TBR PILE…

Book tags are my favorite types of posts to do and I haven’t done one in so long. I do want to do these more often so I think I will be posting a book tag twice a month on Thursdays or every other Thursday. The video I saw was from bookables and here is the link to her video and the creator of this tag is aperfectioncalledbooks and here is the link to her post!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I am so extra when it comes to doing this! But for starters, I absolutely love making lists. Especially lists about books! As of rightnowI am keeping track of my TBR pile but writing it down in my book journal and tracking it on Goodreads!! Though since I am making changes to my TBR, I definitely need to update the lists!

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

I have a few ebooks, but the majority of my TBR consists of print books! A lot of my ebooks are ARCS I have requested and just random books I downloaded from scribd!

How do you determine what book from your TBR pile next?

It depends honestly. As of right now, I am trying to pick books from my reading challenges as well as my TBR’16 challenge. But I usually end up reading new releases because when I get a new release I have to read it right then and there like it can’t wait. Since I am a mood reader, I pick out about ten books each month so I can choose what I want to read!

A book that’s been on your TBR list the longest

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. It’s been sitting on my shelf for almost two years and I am hoping to pick it up soon because I’ve heard great things about it. But I’ve also heard some not so great things about the book and I don’t know if I want to fully commit to this series. Honestly, I might just read a chapter or two and see if it grabs me.

A book that’s recently been added to your TBR

I am constantly adding books to my TBR, constantly. But the last one I added was City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty.

A book on your TBR pile strictly because of its beautiful cover

The Barnes and Noble edition of the Illiad/Odyssey. I bought it strictly because of the cover.

A book on your TBR you never plan on reading

Winterspell by Claire Legrand. Once again I’m going to read a chapter or two and see it I like it but at this point, it’s most likely going to be a pass. I should honestly unhaul it at this point.

An unpublished book on your TBR you are excited for

Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman! This is probably my most anticipated book of the year, only a month left and I cannot wait to find out what happens!

A book on your TBR everyone has read but you

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. At this point, I feel like this is another series I am probably not going to get to anytime soon? And I sort of feel bad about it because this series is loved by a lot of people, but I just have no motivation to actually start it. Maybe some day. Also, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas… I feel everyone BUT me has read this and I need to remedy that soon!

A book on your TBR everyone recommends to you

The Mortal Instruments. I read the first two and a half books and everyone keeps telling me to finish the series but I just… have zero motivation or the care to do so.

A book on your TBR you are dying to read

Oh gosh, I don’t even know. Winterson by S.Jae Jones? I heard that this was a Labyrinth retelling and got super excited and I just need to read it ASAP!

How many books are on your TBR shelf

At this point, it is at 70+ books, and these are books that I own. It’s super intimidating and I need to go through the books and see what I do and don’t want, but who has the time for that!

How many books do you own but have yet to read?

BOOKS THAT REMIND ME OF SUMMER

When I think of summer, I think of contemporary books. Unfortunately, I don’t read contemporary because it is just not my thing? So I’m going to recommend you some books that give me summer vibes! Just a warning, all of these are fantasy because that is quite literally all I read.

 

EMPIRE OF DUST by ELEANOR HERMAN

   This is a retelling/alternate history of Alexander the Great as he was coming into power. This series is so underrated in my opinion and honestly, I would only read this if you love history and know about Alexander the Great… as well as being aware that this is a historical fantasy and not all events are accurate. Yes, I did toss in some shade. Anyway, I’m pretty sure this book literally takes place in Summer? It gives a lot of desert vibes and just, y’all should read it if you love this time in history.

THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by RENEE AHDIEH

    The color of the cover should be clear enough. I mean it is bright red and it reminds me of July because that always seems to be the hottest month of the year (or if you live in Southern California like me, that would be October) But this is a retelling of 1001 nights where we have Khalid who takes a bride every night and the next morning they are dead. I am not going to give away much but this book was surprisingly good and I recommend you read it!

AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by SABAA TAHIR

    Another book that I imagine takes place during the summer. Probably because the setting is in the middle of a desert. But my gosh this book isn’t talked about as much as I think it should be. This book also has the most beautiful cover I have ever laid my eyes on. This is the story of Elias and Laia and it gives off Roman Gladiator vibes and just… just read it.   Image result for empire of dust eleanor herman

 

 

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Okay So I know that this was cheating, but I could honestly only think of three books off the top of my head.

This will make me not want to read a book!

Last weeks post was things that will make me want to read a book and this weeks post is the opposite. There are plenty things that will make me not want to read a book so without further ado, onto my thoughts!

001. LOVE TRIANGLES

I am very partial with love triangles. I don’t hate them, I just am not the biggest fan. Like why are they necessary, especially when they add absolutely nothing to the story?

002. REVIEWS

I typically read reviews before I buy a book to see what people thought about it. Now I know to take these reviews with a grain of salt, but if a reviewer I highly trust disliked a book there is a good chance that I will too.

003. UGLY COVERS

Yeah I know, this is horrible to say. But I do find it hard to want to buy a book that has an ugly cover. Or you know, if the cover has absolutely nothing in common with the book.

004. OVERLY CLICHED

If it is overly cliche’d I am definitely not going to read it. I find a lot of cliche’s to be quite boring and I am not about reading boring books.

005. THE SYNOPSIS

Honestly, if the synopsis already gives away everything that happens in the book, than what is the reason for even reading it?

006. VAMPIRES

I have yet to find a really good and unique vampire story and I just honestly won’t read a book if there is vampires in it. Probably because I am just not into it anymore!

007. DIVERSITY

Diversity is so important. And especially now in the book community and in our world, we need it now more than ever. If I hear about a book being racist or harmful I will not pick it up what so ever. It’s not something I am willing to support. Also if a book has incredibly harmful rep, I will not read it either.

 

Well, those are some of the things that will make me not want to pick up a book! Do you agree with any of these?

This will make me read a book immediately!

Aye, I’m Jess and I sometimes complain about tropes that irritate me while secretly enjoying them. Anyway hello and welcome to another edition of top 10 tuesday! This weeks topic is things in a book that will make me want to instantly read it.

001. PRINCES

If there is a prince in the book and if he is a love interest, you bet that I will be reading that book! Better yet if he has powers (a.k.a Dorian Havilliard and Cal Calore) I will want to read it even more.

002. RECOMMENDATIONS

I watch a lot of booktube and that is where I do get the majority of book recs as well as bookstagram. If I see one of my favorites constantly rave about it or just say that the enjoyed it in general, I am more likely to pick it up based on their thoughts!

003. THE COVER

If the cover is absolutely stunning or aesthetically pleasing to my eyes, I am more likely to buy it.

004. AN AUTHOR HYPES IT

If my favorite author reads and rates the book five stars, I am most definitely going to pick it up. Because hey, if my favorite writer loved this book, I will too!

005. RETELLINGS

If the book is classified as a retelling. I have a need for retellings right now and I want to read any and all of them.

006. ROMANCE

I do like romances. I even like it more when it’s a romance that lasts between two characters throughout the entire series!

007. VILLAINS! 

I love me a good villain. Especially when a villain is morally gray.

Alright well, this topic was a lot harder than I thought it would be! I had a lot of ideas but when I sit down to write this post it just did not happen. What are some things that will make you read a book instantly?

Frostblood by Elly Blake

Frostblood by Elly BlakeFrostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1) by Elly Blake
on January 10th 2017
Pages: 376
Goodreads
two-stars

The frost king will burn.
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.
Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.

I won’t lie to you, alright? I really wanted to love this book. Like, really really wanted to love it. But honestly? I struggled to read this book, you guys. Struggled hardcore. Before going into it, I already know that it would be cliche and full of tropes and I was in the mood to read that kind of story. Also, this review is spoiler free!

You got your special snowflake main character who is a fire blood and who is of course, stronger than anyone else. You got your broody potential love interest who was honestly the broodiest that I have ever read about and it wasn’t in an enjoyable way. Next, we have the side characters; father figure, maybe father figure number two, and that one character who is there to make the main characters life miserable. This cast of characters was one of the big reasons I did not enjoy this book. They were boring and I found them to be flat, I could not connect with them at all and I just… did not care for them.

There was one instance where I did connect with the character because in one scene a fire breaks out and it spreads to a library and she tries to save the books like my hero.

Also just let me share this quote okay. “Go pick up your weapon, right now.” He said through clenched teeth. This quote was incredibly ridiculous you guys, oh my gosh don’t even get me started on it.

The plot is not entirely original. You have the special snowflake hellbent on vengeance and wanting to kill the evil king. You have a love interest and yes there is a love interest because this book is literally your standard Young Adult fantasy. I didn’t find anything unique about the plot or anything that stood out. But hey, if you want to read a cliche and a book filled with tropes, then I recommend this one.

This is probably the one part I liked about the book. The author did an incredible job with the world building and I am so glad that she gave background on how Fireblood’s and Frostblood’s came to be. The backstory was my personal favorite part because it was so intriguing and a little creepy! Unfortunately, this was not enough to save this series for me.

So that’s my little review for Frostblood. I do recommend this book if you are into stories like this and want to read something with tropes. Unfortunately for me I did not enjoy it and will most likely not be continuing on with the series.

two-stars
Rating Report
Plot
two-half-stars
Characters
one-star
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
one-half-stars
Cover
four-stars
Overall: two-half-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • FLIGHTS OF FANTASY 2017

Owlcrate Unboxing: March 2017

I definitely meant to start doing this at the beginning of the year, but we are now into March and well welcome to my first owlcrate unboxing! For those of you who don’t know, owlcrate is a monthly subscription box that caters to book lovers and the young adult genre. The box is 29.99 a month plus shipping, and you get a new release and other fun bookish items!

This months theme was Sailors, ships and seas featuring everything nautical! So without further ado, onto the unboxing!

the first thing is this super cute washi tape from simplyguilded. I was so excited to see this in here because I am all about planners right now and decorating them!

This beautiful compass necklace from the geeky caulderon. I highly recommend this shop for amazing geeky jewelry!

This adorable octopus notepad from boygirlparty!

This beautiful tea towel is from kitchstudios! I have no idea what I will use this for as of yet, I might just pin it on my wall!

A little promotional postcard for The Song of the Current which comes out on July 1, 2017!

One of the things I love about owlcrate is that in each box they have a letter from the author!

There is also a signed bookplate and tattoo to go along with the book!

And finally, the book! The book for this month is Daughter of the Pirate King. I honestly would not have picked this up on my own, but now that I have read the synopsis, I am excited to read this!

The theme for April is head over heels! This will include a contemporary book which I… do not read contemporary but apparently it’s getting rave reviews so I am willing to give this one a try!

Recommendation Friday

So I was initially going to do a post recommending my favorite books for a certain genre, but I realized all I read is fantasy and not enough of other genre’s to do a recommendation post like the ones you see on booktube. So I’ve decided to do a rec post every Friday of a book that I really love.

So the first book that I am recommending is the Witchlanders series by Susan Dennard. I cannot express how good this series is and how underrated it is.

I’ll admit that the world is a little different and a little difficult to understand but guys, just stick with it because the in the second book, everything explodes! Not really, but hopefully you know what I mean. Anyway down below are just some aspects of the series that I think are incredible and yes I am sorry there are spoilers.

Romance is on the back burner.
Yes there is SLIGHT romance in this series but that is not the main point of this series. There is no insta-love or any love triangles or any of that stuff people don’t like. In fact in the second book there is no romance at all which in my opinion is quite rare in fantasy or at least with the fantasy books that I have read.

It is focused on friendships
The biggest part or well, the most important thing about this series is the friendships. The relationships between each character are so important and essential to the series. You have an amazing friendship between Safiya and Isuelt which is arguably the best part of the series and the friendship between Merik and Cam. I’m sure these pairs would die for each other and do everything to protect one another.

Amazing brother/sister development
This series does have the classic sibling rivalry/jealousy that you typically see in YA fantasy when it comes to royalty. But instead of the second child being jealous of the first, it is the other way around. This probably doesn’t make sense but when you read the second book you will see for yourself!

A disabled character.
A character becomes disabled and the author does it so fantastically without it becoming ableism. I’m not going to say much here because if I did, I could completely spoil it!

A trans character
There is a trans character in this book and they are one of my favorite characters. Y’all just read to see it for yourself!

No villains.
Shocking right? A fantasy series without villains! I forget what the author had said about this but I think it was more on the fact that everyone is bad in their own way?

This series DOES have some similarities to Throne of Glass, but I honestly like it a lot better than I liked Throne of Glass!

So yes, I highly recommend people to read this amazing series!