Book Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

acowar_usA Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

Goodreads rating: 4.7

Pages: 705

Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Date published: May 2nd, 2017 (USA)

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Synopsis

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings 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.

My rating

☆☆☆☆☆ · 5/5 stars, but it honestly broke the scale for me, just like ACOMAF. Definitely will reread it during this weekend

Review

Warning: this book includes mature content and is not suitable for young readers

If you haven’t yet, check out my review for A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first book in this series, and A Court of Mist and Fury, the second.

This first (short) part will be spoiler-free, and then I’ll get into all my feelings with tons of spoilers. But PLEASEEEE do yourself a favor and read this series so you can discuss it with me. I could write a thousand reviews and still not be able to express how much these books mean to me… so please read them hahaha

I will most likely curse and use a lot of caps, because I just finished it and I am overwhelmed with feelings. Please bear with me…

The characters, as always, were on point. We’re introduced to a ton of new characters, with some diversity – especially sexual. The new characters, great as they might be, literally mean nothing to me compared to the Inner Circle… I live for those six and their interactions, they make me laugh so hard aND I JUST LOVE THEM SO MUCH

“He would not suspect when I turned them on each other”

The world building is great in this one, as it was in ACOMAF. We are introduced to new places, and they are fucking beautiful as always. This world is honestly so well thought-out and, despite everything bad that goes on, I’d still love to live in it.

Mile after mile. A kingdom of the rotting dead. And still I looked.

As far as the plot goes, let me tell you: this book has so many plot twists, it’s not even funny. I was gasping every other page, SO MANY TWISTS AND TURNS. How does SJM even come up with all of this stuff??? I don’t think I’ve ever read or heard of a book with this many twists and revelations, I was literally mind-blown the whole time.

“When I looked to Ianthe and smiled again, I let a little bit of the wolf show.”

Sarah J. Maas’s writing, yet again, is extremely addicting, I could NOT put this book down. I even read it on the bus, despite the fact that I get car-sick if I read. I didn’t give a shit, I just wanted to know what would happen next. SJM has that power, that ability to hook you and always have you wondering, even after the book ends.

“Cassian’s wings rustled. “Daylight is a precious resource.”

“We live in the Night Court,” Mor countered”

A summary: I HAVE NOT YET RECOVERED FROM THE EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER THAT THIS BOOK BROUGHT UPON ME AND I DOUBT I EVER WILL

Once again, I recommend this book to everyone. Please, please, PLEASE, pick this series up. You will most definitely NOT regret it, trust me. Even if you don’t like the first book, you will LOVE the other two, for sure!

I hope I was able express my feelings well enough, and that anyone who hasn’t picked up ACOTAR does, because this series is one of the best out there.

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So we start off with Feyre SLAYING the role she decided to play in the Spring Court. Tamlin is a FUCKING DUMBASS, as usual, but Lucien – my smol ginger child – knows what’s up.

Also, can we talk about Feyre letting Tamlin think she’s interested in Lucien? Fucking priceless

Then when Feyre has fucked up the entirety of the Spring Court and is about to peace out, #1 bitch Ianthe is trying to get it on with Lucien – against his will. Feyre goes berzerk – I loved every second of her making Ianthe smash her own hand and killing those bitch ass twins – and from then on the beautiful interaction between Feyre and Lucien unravels.

I really loved Lucien in this book, he definitely redeemed himself, and finally found somewhere he feels at home, which warms my heart. I really love Lucien, I have since the beginning. But he needed to fucking stop being Tamlin’s bitch, it was SO UNNERVING TO SEE HIM IN ACOMAF but thankfully he made up for it ♡

“Two Illyrian males making me sweat in one morning. What’s a female to do?”

The honest conversations within the Inner Circle were so great, so heartwarming. And the rest of the conversations were so funny, I kept laughing out loud.

“”It’s no surprise that you’re tardy, given that your own sons were too slow to catch my mate. I suppose it runs in the family.””

The dialogue in this book had me cracking up, even during the meeting about the alliance… Everyone is fucking despicable and hilarious and I loved every second of it.

“”I’ve been to funerals that were merrier,” Nesta muttered.”

Is it just me, or are all of the “hideous and extremely dangerous” beasts all great? I love the Bone Carver, the Weaver, and the Suriel – my main. I couldn’t believe that fucking bitch Ianthe had killed the Suriel. I hope she suffered a TON in the Weaver’s cottage, that bitch. I hate her so much, maybe even more that the king because at least he didn’t hide who he was and what his intentions were – but Ianthe was a fake ass bitch, and she got what she deserved.

I am furious that those three were killed off, because they were all great and they helped a lot and they didn’t deserve it, especially not the Suriel, who was SUCH A GREAT FRIEND to Feyre. Fuck Ianthe. Fuck the king. I hate them all!!

“You belong to all of us, and we belong to you”

I loved to see everyone coming together to fight Hybern and put their differences and their past aside, for the greater good. I was actually proud of everyone, even the ones I hated.

Tamlin redeemed himself, I guess, but his attitude during the meeting was fucked up. He had the nerve to talk about Feyre’s moaning, in front of everyone. Are you fucking kidding? That’s disgusting. We get it, you were abandoned and deceived, but no one gives a shit BECAUSE THERE’S A GODDAMN WAR AND ALSO YOU DESERVED IT

“I sent back an image of me sticking out my tongue at him.
(…) His answer arrived.
Like mine, it was wordless, a mere image. Like mine, Rhysand’s tongue was out.
But it was occupied with doing something else.”

The smut scenes… on point, as always. Nothing I like more than to read about Feysand sex, honestly. They’re the best couple I’ve read about, incredibly compatible on every level and I LOVE MY CHILDREN SO FUCKING MUCH AND I JUST WANT THEM TO BE HAPPY FOREVER *sobs*

“”I suppose that’s how Varian decided he’d tell Amren he was feeling rather grateful she ordered us to go to Adriata.”
Tarquin cringed. “We’ll alternate who has to deal with them on holidays.””

Finally, Amren got some action too lmao it was about time

“My friend through many dangers. My lover who had healed my broken and weary soul. My mate who had waited for me against all hope, despite all odds.”

The whole battle I was a ball of stress. I’m not usually one to appreciate war tactics and descriptions, but I did in this book. It was great – absolutely nerve-wrecking, but so great.

I already knew Amren would be unleashed, it was one of my #1 theories about ACOWAR, but I still didn’t like it when it happened. I love the shit out of Amren, and the fact that she’s back is so great ❤

One thing that wasn’t that great was WHEN FUCKING RHYS DIED. ARE YOU KIDDING ME I WAS BAWLING MY EYES OUT HOW COULD SARAH DO THAT TO MY HEART.

I couldn’t stop crying, even though I kept thinking there was no way he wouldn’t come back, I couldn’t stop crying. Imagining Feyre without him, everyone without him – I can’t think about it for too long. Rhys is my baby and I want him to live happily and forever with Feyre and Mor and Cassian and Azriel and Amren and Nesta and Elain and Lucien. All of them. Safe, forever. That’s all I want in life.

AND HE BROUGHT AMREN BACK OH MY GOD YESSSSSSSSSS

“I wondered if any of the priestesses had ever gone sledding down the spiraling path.
“Not that I know of,” Rhys said into my mind. “But Mor and I once tried when we were children. My mother caught us on our third level down, and we were sent to bed without supper.””

Will there ever be an OTP I ship more than Feysand? Most likely not. I have no words for how much I love them and ship them. They’re so, so precious.

“I have no regrets in my life, but this. That we did not have time. That I did not have time with you, Nesta. I will find you in the next world – the next life. And we will have that time. I promise.”

I also really like Cassian and Nesta, but unfortunately we never got to see them together… perhaps in the next books? Who knows, maybe they’ll be told from Nesta’s POV!!

The scene when she’s screaming his name though…. my poor little heart was STRUGGLING

“When he gets back, keep your forked tongue behind your teeth”

And then when we all thought Prythian was going to shit, daddy Archeron appears and I go I FUCKING KNEW IT. I. KNEW. IT. There was no way he wasn’t involved in Fae business, absolutely no way. He was mentioned throughout the three books, always absent, it was obvious he would come back in some way. I was so happy, so relieved to see he had

I was so happy, so relieved to see he had came along with Drakon and Myriam and the Queen… and then the fucking king snaps his neck…….. thanks Sarah

“I can’t love him like that.”
“Why?”
“Because I prefer females.”

When Mor revealed that she was bi, everything made sense. I just hope we get to see her and Azriel deal with that in future books, because the poor thing has been pining over something that will never happen for like five hundred years… I’d date him any day, so someone please make me a character so I can make Az happy – he deserves it!!

Can we just take a minute to talk about when Feyre figured out that Lucien wasn’t Beron’s son? I actually gasped out loud, what the FUCK. You’ll always be surprised by what Sarah J. Maas throws at you, I swear.

“If Rhysand was Night Triumphant, I was the star that only glowed thanks to his darkness, the light only visible because of him.”

Well, I think those are all of my thoughts on this MAGNIFICENT NOVEL. I might add new stuff if it comes to mind because my emotions are still all over the place. I’m not very coherent at the moment, as you can probably tell hahaha

 


I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on ACOWAR and if you want, check out my review of the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and the second, A Court of Mist and Fury.

See you on my next post ♡

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

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)

Goodreads rating: 4.73

Pages: 624

Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Date published: May 5th, 2015 (USA)

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Synopsis

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.

My rating

☆☆☆☆☆ · 5/5 stars, although I would give it a thousand stars if I could

Review

Warning: this book includes explicit sexual content, PTSD and abusive behavior – just thought you should know in case you’re not comfortable with this kind of stuff.

If you haven’t yet, check out my review for A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first book in this series. I think it will be interesting to see how my feelings shifted from one book to another.

Firstly, I have to say this book is the best thing I have ever read in my life. I don’t know how Sarah J. Maas could possibly make A Court of Wings and Ruin (the next book) better than ACOMAF, honestly, but I have a feeling she will, and I CAN’T WAIT.

I don’t think I’ll ever be able to truthfully express my feelings about this book, but I will try my best to do so in this review. Just a heads up – I will curse a lot.

Let’s get into it, then…

Starting with the characters, I FUCKING LOVE EVERYONE. Ok, not everyone, but the most prominent characters are SO PERFECT AHHHHHHH. I can’t even express how much I love them in any other way other than screaming!! We are introduced to five new characters – among others who aren’t as relevant – who are there most of the time, and they’re all so great, so different from each other but at the same time so perfect as a team. Literal definition of “squad goals”

Oh, and the female characters? Top-fucking-notch

“I want to paint you.”

He gently lifted me into his arms. “Nude would be best”

The world building is better in this book than in ACOTAR, very well done. We are introduced to another court and, even though I think the Spring Court is beautiful, the new one is definitely way better and prettier…

Rhysand is the most handsome High Lord
Rhysand is the most delightful High Lord
Rhysand is the most cunning High Lord

As far as the plot goes, let me tell you: IT’S FUCKING GREAT. YOU WILL LOVE IT, PLEASE READ THIS BOOK. I definitely did not see any of it coming. I have no idea how Sarah J. Maas does it, but the plot is just SO good, and it literally kept me up at night. I would stop reading when I was too tired to understand what I read, and I would struggle to fall asleep because I would just think about this book for hours. Such a gripping story. AND THE FREAKING PLOT TWISTS AHHHH MY HEART

She took my heart and tore it apart, put it back together, and then did it again, and again, and again, and I HAVE NOT YET RECOVERED FROM THE EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER THAT IS THIS BOOK

“Will you deign to join us, or do you have plans to ogle your muscles in the mirror?”

Sarah J. Maas’s writing, once again, is soooo so good. It kept me interested, grasped the whole time – maybe also because it’s told in first person rather than third, but I think it’s her actual writing that always grips me. The book is over 600 pages and I was able to read it in around 3-4 days whilst also reading other books for school. I would have devoured it in one or two days if I could, and I can’t stop re-reading my favorite parts. This book is everything to me right now, and I can’t fucking wait for A Court of Wings and Ruin.

“Touch me, Cassian, and I’ll remove your favorite part. Small as it might be.”

On another note, it’s important to point out that Sarah J. Maas shines light on the very serious and problematic topic that is abuse and abusive relationships. And, unlike other authors I’ve read/heard about, she doesn’t use address it in a way that makes it seem normal. She makes the victim realize the toxicity that is said relationship herself, and it doesn’t seem like… fake, or pushed. Coming to terms with how toxic the relationship was was incredibly important, and the message SJM wanted to transmit is clear in the way the character speaks and thinks about the topic. I hope I’m making sense, but probably not hahaha

I recommend this book to everyone. Please, please, PLEASE, pick this series up. You will NOT regret it, I swear. It took me a long ass time to finally get to it, and now it’s all I can think about. It honestly is the best book I’ve read so far, and if ACOWAR is even better, then I won’t know what to do with myself.

I hope I was able to give you a relatively okay spoiler-free review, and that you understood what I meant… and that you pick up the damned book!! Alright, that is all for the non-spoilery section guys, so continue at your own risk!!

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Okay, but RHYSAND THOUGH. MY GOD. AHHHHHHHHHH I LOVE HIM SO FUCKING MUCH, I can’t even put it into words. He’s fucking everything I could ever want in a man?????? Thanks for ruining real-life romance for me with high expectations, Sarah, much appreciated!No but really, Rhys is literal perfection and I want to protect him and Feyre with everything I have. I am SUCH Feysand trash, it’s not even funny.

AND HIS SENSE OF HUMOR. YES PLEASE. The sentences he gave Feyre to read, I can’t. I laughed so much. And when Feyre has this snap and tells him she wants to paint him and he goes “Nude would be best.” LMAO I FUCKING CAN’T WITH YOU RHYSAND

Another thing I really loved was the telepathic interaction between Feyre and Rhysand, and THE LITTLE NOTES THEY WROTE OH MY GOD. That was soooooooo cute.

The fact that Rhysand held her and pulled back her hair when she vomited, while fucking Tamlin would pretend to be asleep, just makes me love him more. He’s so fucking pure, I love him so much.I felt so much for Feyre when she would wake up every damn night to throw up. It was heartbreaking, but I feel like it’s a valid interpretation of what PTSD would be like, at least under Feyre’s circumstances. She was so broken, I never expected to see her like that. Thankfully though, she is slowly but surely getting better, which is all I wanted. I love Feyre so much, she’s my fucking baby. Everyone is my fucking baby, I LOVE THEM ALL (except for Tamlin, fuck Tamlin)

Oh and HOW IMPORTANT is it that Feyre and Rhys didn’t start off as a couple, they became friends first, and they slowly came to terms with their feelings. So great, so important.

And also… THEY ARE EQUAL. HE DOESN’T WANT HER TO BE A PRETTY THING FOR OTHERS TO LOOK AT AND FOR HIM TO FUCK. I FUCKING LOVE RHYSAND.

“I’m thinking that I was a lonely, hopeless person, and I might have fallen in love with the first thing that showed me a hint of kindness and safety. And I’m thinking maybe he knew that–maybe not actively, but maybe he wanted to be that person for someone.”

Oh, and please let’s just take a moment to appreciate this. I was so proud of Feyre for this realization. YESSS FEYRE YESSSSS

“I don’t believe for one damn minute that you’re remotely fine with being a pretty trophy”

One thing I felt throughout the book was that the thing with Tamlin was unnecessarily unresolved. Like, I thought that she would go talk to him after a while, when she started feeling better, to really let him know that she wasn’t going to come back, she didn’t want a relationship with him, etc. I know she was scared of him locking her up again, but I feel like she could have found a way to do it??? But then it probably wouldn’t even work because Tamlin is fucking stupid and would think everything she said was because she was “under a spell”. Yeah Tamlin, she is, it’s a spell called “my new boyfriend isn’t an asshole”. FUCK YOU TAMLIN, FUCK YOU.

“High Fae will stick their cocks anywhere”

Let’s talk about the Inner Circle, shall we? Two words: FUCK YEAH.

I love all of them. All for different reasons, obviously, but I love them all so much. The interactions between them gave me LIFE as I read. Amren and Mor are so funny and so strong and they’re fucking amazing. And Cassian and Azriel are my fucking children, I LOVE THEM. They’re all such strong creatures, even after all they have been through, and I am terrified of any of them dying. MY CHILDREN I LOVE THEM SO MUCH PLEASE DON’T KILL THEM

“My equal in every way; she would wear my crown, sit on a throne beside mine. Never sidelined, never designated to breeding and parties and child rearing. My queen.”

All hail Rhysand, the literal epitome of a man and how men should be.

“But then she snapped your neck.”
Tears rolled down his face.
“And I felt you die,” he whispered.
Tears were sliding down my own cheeks.”

THIS ^ BROKE ME, I WAS SOBBING SO HARD OMG RHYS MY POOR BABY

I loved learning about his whole story, right from when the curse was first cast, but OH MY GOD was I suffering as I read. I could FEEL his pain, and it was so heartbreaking. He loves her so much. And I love them so much *cries*

“I want you splayed out on a table like my own personal feast”

Can we talk about the sex scenes? I LIVE FOR FEYSAND SMUT FUCK YEAH

I can’t wait to see what scenes will be in ACOWAR, I hope they’re fucking epic. I mean, we were promised something about a wall so………

“My friend through many dangers. My lover who had healed my broken and weary soul. My mate who had waited for me against all hope, despite all odds.”

The whole scene with the King of Hybern was SOOOO nerve-wrecking, I was so nervous, so uncomfortable. First of all, when fucking Tamlin and Lucien came in, I was like WHAT THE FUCK I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS TAMLIN YOU FUCKING FOOL

AND NESTA GOES IN THE CAULDRON LIKE “FUCK YOUUUUUU”, fingers up hahahaha she’s fucking great in this book, kudos to Nesta. I don’t know how I feel about Elain being Lucien’s mate, but it sure is going to come in handy for blackmailing *evil laughter*

And so basically the whole time they were in Hybern, I didn’t know what to do with myself besides sob, especially when Feyre started pretending. I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe we were going back to the Spring Court, and that we would have to deal with Tamlin again and his dumbass everything.

And when the king broke the bond, my god I was heartbroken. The idea of them being separated AND not being able to communicate in their heads was just horrifying. But then she kept talking to him, telling him things even after the bond was gone, and I was suspicious. Even though there was no response from him, I had a feeling she knew the bond couldn’t be broken.

AND THEN WE FIND OUT THEY’RE BASICALLY MARRIED BECAUSE THEY WENT TO A PRIESTESS AND NOW SHE’S THE FUCKING HIGH LADY. OH. MY. GOD.

I can’t, it’s too much!!!!!!!!

As you can tell, I am a fucking mess after this book, and having to wait a month to have ACOWAR in my hands seems like the worst suffering I will ever endure. Dramatic, I know, I was inspired by Rhys.

“And so Tamlin unwittingly led the High Lady of the Night Court into the heart of his territory.”

 


This was so hard to write, but I powered through it. I’m so sorry if none of the things I say make sense, but I’m just having a hard, hard time expressing how I feel.

I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts nonetheless, and if you want, check out my review of the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses.

See you on my next post ♡

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

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)

Goodreads rating: 4.30

Pages: 421

Genre: Young Adult/New Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Date published: May 5th, 2015 (USA)

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Synopsis

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.

My rating

☆☆☆☆☆ · 5/5 stars

Review

Y’all… this book is now my life, my everything.

I’m really struggling to put my thoughts into words because I’m just blown away by how amazing this book is. I might even re-read it, and let me tell you, I have never re-read a book…

My only regret is not reading it sooner, BUT it’s not so bad because this way I will read the three books one after another, instead of waiting a year before reading each one!

Alright, let’s get into my thoughts… I will have a spoiler-free review first, and then a spoilery section because I NEED TO SPILL OUT ALL OF MY FEELINGS.

Going into ACOTAR, I already knew a few things about the ships and all that, but honestly it didn’t dramatically change my reading experience, so in case you think you won’t enjoy it because you have been spoiled for something, get that idea out of your head and please, PLEASE read it. You will not regret it.

Overall

This book is advertised as a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and it does have that vibe, but it is only very loosely based on the original fairy tale. I love how Sarah J. Maas changed the story dramatically, and in such a clever way. Everything weaves together beautifully!

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”

The world she built is so amazing and intriguing, and just so well thought out. I am so amazed at how someone could come up with this world. And the way she writes, the way she describes it… I felt like I was THERE, in that magical world. It’s definitely a strong point of the series.

“Dead chickens, my sagging ass”

The characters are very intricate. I found them to be quite complex, with a couple of exceptions, but I’m sure those characters will be developed in the next books. They have very unusual names, that you will most likely pronounce wrong in your head, but there is a pronunciation guide on the last page of the book – just a heads up!!

“Do you ever stop being so serious and dull?”

“Do you ever stop being such a prick?” I snapped back.

Dead—really, truly, I should have been dead for that.

But Lucien grinned at me. “Much better.”

Plot-wise, this was definitely not what I expected. I didn’t even have a specific plot in mind going into it, but I would have never thought this would be the plot of a fairy tale retelling. It is so intelligent, so well thought-out! And the ending is so… open? There isn’t exactly a cliff-hanger, but it definitely does make you want to read more. After finishing ACOTAR, I reflected a little bit on what could happen next. I think I see where it could be going, but it’s not very clear to me, which is why I have already started ACOMAF. Review coming soon!!

“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

Lastly, I would like to talk about the writing. Sarah J. Maas’s writing is great, and very easy to get into. Sometimes with fantasy authors, their writing can be overwhelming and not gripping, but this wasn’t the case. I should say I have started reading ToG, and I didn’t finish the first book, it didn’t really captivate me – although I do plan on reading the ToG series. But with ACOTAR, I couldn’t stop after the first couple chapters! It kept me into the story, always wanting to know what would come next, until it was over and I was left with all the feels…

“Everything I love has always had a tendency to be taken away from me”

I recommend this to anyone who is remotely interested in fantasy, even if you’re new to it, and to fans of romance and adventure. I am fairly new to fantasy, and I can tell you that, even if you’re not sure how you feel about fantasy books, even if you’re scared to venture into fantasy, you will probably love this books as much as I did.

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First things first, and I know this will change in book two, I REALLY SHIP FEYRE AND TAMLIN. I know, I know, don’t kill me. Let me enjoy this ship while it lasts *cries*

“I love you,” I said, and stabbed him.

BUT, I also sort of like Rhysand. Although he seems like a douche, I can appreciate his help saving Feyre, and his sparing her by pretending he believed her name was Clare. However, some of the things he did between the tasks were… just wrong? I mean he basically drugged her and made her give him literal lap dances in front of everyone to piss Tamlin off. If that doesn’t say he’s kind of an asshole I don’t know what does… I get her being drunk was sort of an escape, and it made it so that she would black out and be sort of free for a while, instead of staying the night in her tiny cell… but still. Rhysand and I have a love-hate relationship at the moment, although it’s more leaning towards the love part… He’s also the one who says one of my favorite quotes from the book!

“It took me a long while to realize that Rhysand, whether he knew it or not, had effectively kept me from shattering completely.”

On another note, I am very intrigued as to why Rhys made THAT deal with Feyre, and not any other deal. Why exactly did he want to spend time with her? It was never thoroughly explained, and I’m very curious… I get that by helping her, he was helping everyone, but why did he want to spend so much time with her? Could it be because he is intrigued by humans, or…? I guess I’ll find out soon enough!

“Thus I became Rhysand’s plaything, the harlot of Amarantha’s whore.”

Amarantha… let’s not even go there. She’s pure evil. I’m so glad that bitch is gone.

As for Feyre’s family, I sort of don’t like any of her relatives. Elain is alright I guess, but she’s a bit annoying, always hysterical. Nesta is a bitch, which makes her insufferable as a character. We do get to see a bit of why she is the way that she is, but 1) the response to your not being able to help your family should not be to shit on your youngest sister who does everything she can, and 2) just don’t be a bitch lol you have no excuse to act like that towards Feyre. I understand her hatred regarding their father, but she simply doesn’t have the right to be like that when it comes to Feyre. It might change though, you never know…

“…We’re too powerful, and too bored with immortality, to be checked by anything else.”

Their father is basically not there, and from what we get from the conversation between Feyre and Nesta, he was an asshole and let their mother die, so I am not very fond of him, as you can probably guess.

“But I lived in that moment – my life became beautiful again for those few seconds when our hands grazed.”

Alis was an amazing character, I’m a big fan of her. She was good to Feyre, and she truly hoped she would be the one to break the curse, and knew she was capable of doing so. She’s also very funny and mother-like, which I can definitely appreciate. I was so happy when she and her nephews came together in the end, it was heart-warming!

“It’s a rare day indeed when someone thanks you for bringing them to their death.”

Saving the best for last… FUCKING LUCIEN. I love him so much, he’s so nice and such a good friend???? And he’s funny too. What a catch!! The way I feel about him is sort of the same as I feel toward Benji from Shatter Me, except I think I like Lucien better. He’s that amazing friend who does things for the best of, not only Tamlin, but Feyre and everyone else. The friendship between him and Feyre is so nice, and his friendship with Tamlin is now my #1 BrOTP, and I doubt that’ll change any time soon.

There are those who seek me a lifetime but never we meet,
And those I kiss but who trample me beneath ungrateful feet.

At times I seem to favor the clever and the fair,
But I bless all those who are brave enough to dare.

By large, my ministrations are soft-handed and sweet,
But scorned, I become a difficult beast to defeat.

For though each of my strikes lands a powerful blow,
When I kill, I do it slow…

Question: was I the only one who didn’t solve the riddle until Feyre did? Because I feel dumb lol

Looking back, it was pretty obvious, but it didn’t come to me – duhhhh

 

 

 

 


Well, I think I’m done gushing about ACOTAR. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go cry about Feylin and read ACOMAF…

Thank you so much for reading my review, and if you’d like to hear my thoughts on ACOMAF, the review will be here soon!

See you on my next post ♡

vanessa

Review: Virgin by Radhika Sanghani

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Virgin by Radhika Sanghani

Goodreads rating: 3.32

Pages: 304

Genre: New Adult, ContemporaryRomance

Date published: August 5th, 2014 (USA)

Goodreads // Buy this book: Paperback (on sale for 49% off) & Hardback

Synopsis

Okay, I admit it…I didn’t do it.

Yet.

This is normal, right?  I mean, just because everyone I know has talked like they’ve already done it doesn’t mean that they’re telling the truth…right?

It’s not like I’m asking for that much. I don’t need the perfect guy. I don’t need candlelight or roses. Honestly, I don’t even need a real bed.

The guys I know complain that girls are always looking for Mr. Right—do I have to wear a sign that says I’m only looking for Mr. Right Now?

Sooooo…anyone out there want sex? Anyone? Hello? Just for fun?

I am not going to die a virgin. One way or another I am going to make this happen.

Hey, what have I got to lose? Besides the obvious.

My Review

THIS BOOK IS SO UNDERHYPED????? Everybody needs to go pick up this book, you’ll be doing yourself a favor!! Plus, it’s on sale for half the price on BookDepository.

As you can probably tell by the synopsis, this book is about a virgin. Ellie is 21 years old, and she’s very ashamed of her virginity.
She is, obviously, a victim of our society’s stigmas, which makes her very relatable to pretty much every woman.

It deals with things we go through, such as virgin-shaming, of course, but also how we suffer with hair removal – especially pubic hair -, how we’re always concerned about our appearance or what men and other women will think of us, etc..

It definitely is a book targeted towards women but, as I kept reading, I felt like it could be a great read for men as well. The whole book is pretty much mine, and every woman’s life. It’s an amazing read for women, because it’s quite empowering, and also incredibly funny, but it’s an amazing read for men, because it’s an easy way for them to understand some of the things we go through, and they will also have a laugh.

Regarding the actual characters, I loved most of them. The main character’s friends, Lara and Emma (the most prominent ones) are truly great, so funny and F-R-E-E. They live their lives just like we all should, with the least complexes possible, and as freely as we can.

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There is an element I really really liked in this book: a blog. Ellie and Emma end up running a blog about vaginas, and all things related to women, which they call VLOG. It’s hilarious, helpful, and a great idea, if you ask me!

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This book is simply amazing. It depicts reality so well, but within a funny and relatable story. I will probably pick up Radhika Sanghani’s other book “Not That Easy” soon because, judging from this one, she’s a great author.

Overall this story has great, mostly female characters, an extremely realistic storyline and plot, and an eye-opening ending. An excellent contemporary read, focused on women’s struggles, and also their empowerment!

Favorite Quotes

“Magazines are just hypocritical. They’re meant to tackle female issues but none of them write about how awkward it is to shave your vagina. They don’t even rate hair removal products for how well they work on the bikini zone. They just focus on the safe zones like legs and underarms. It drives me crazy.” Emma’s eyes lit up in excitement. “Oh, my God. We need to publicize this to the world. We need to be the new teenage agony aunts to help all those thirteen-year-olds figure out how to de-hair their vaginas”

“The rumor about boys finding virgins sexy was a LIE. It was just some medieval bullshit that old people said to try and make their daughters keep their legs crossed and not get pregnant”

“You have your friends, you’re doing well at uni—but you’re just obsessed  with finding a guy and losing your virginity. If you forgot about that for one second, you might actually enjoy your final year instead of freaking out the whole time”

Rating

☆☆☆☆ · 4/5 stars

Thank you so much for reading this review!

See you on my next post ♡

vanessa