Tuesday, December 26th 2017

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)A 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
Pages: 699
Goodreads
four-stars

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 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.

And then we are back to a 4 star rating. Because I don’t think anything can top the second book. Honestly.

But I still loved the furthering of the plot and character development. But there were a few things in this book that felt…cheesey to me. Yes, cheesey. And I can’t say what without spoilers. So…sorry.

four-stars

Monday, December 25th 2017

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 3rd 2016
Pages: 626
Goodreads
five-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.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

Five motherfucking stars! I LOVED this book in the series. LOVED it! OMG. The slow burn and romance build up in this book was KILLING ME. Loved it. Loved every second of it.

Loved the character development and the furthering of the plot. Just loved everything about this book. Seriously, I don’t have any complaints. If you read the first one and are on the fence or even didn’t like it, please read the second book.

five-stars

Sunday, December 24th 2017

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 5th 2015
Pages: 416
Goodreads
four-stars

Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price ...
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre's presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

So…this book did have its issues, but I still really enjoyed it. Obviously, this is the first book in a series and therefore was mostly a lot of build up for the rest of the series, but I still enjoyed it. I loved the characters and the story and I was very invested. This is the second series from Sarah J Maas. So, if you liked Throne of Glass, please give this series a try as well. I honestly like it more so far.

This story does have a little bit of a Beauty and the Beast retelling, or at least that is what the marketing referred to it as. I can see that, to some extent, but that wasn’t actually the big pull for me and it wasn’t done particularly well in my opinion.  It was pretty literal and I like retellings that change it up a little.

four-stars

Saturday, December 23rd 2017

The Mountain Between Us

The Mountain Between UsThe Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
Published by Broadway Books on June 1st 2010
Pages: 326
Goodreads
two-stars

When a blizzard strands them in Salt Lake City, two strangers agree to charter a plane together, hoping to return home; Ben Payne is a gifted surgeon returning from a conference, and Ashley Knox, a magazine writer, is en route to her wedding. But when unthinkable tragedy strikes, the pair find themselves stranded in Utah's most remote wilderness in the dead of winter, badly injured and miles from civilization. Without food or shelter, and only Ben's mountain climbing gear to protect themselves, Ashley and Ben's chances for survival look bleak, but their reliance on each other sparks an immediate connection, which soon evolves into something more.
Days in the mountains become weeks, as their hope for rescue dwindles. How will they make it out of the wilderness and if they do, how will this experience change them forever? Heart-wrenching and unputdownable, The Mountain Between Us will reaffirm your belief in the power of love to sustain us.

This book was very disappointing. It was a let down due to poor marketing. It is marketed as a romance. A romance, it is not. The only parts of this book that I liked were the survival parts.

Nothing romantic happens during their survival adventure. Nothing. And then they just “end up” together in the end. It was infuriating. There wasn’t a slow burn. There wasn’t any burn at all. I don’t understand why they couldn’t just be close friends in the end. That would make more sense with the rest of the book since NOTHING romantic happened at all. There was no spark and no chemistry. I very much disliked this book.

two-stars

Monday, October 2nd 2017

First We Were IV

First We Were IVFirst We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on July 25th 2017
Goodreads
three-stars

It started for pranks, fun, and forever memories.A secret society – for the four of us. The rules: Never lie. Never tell. Love each other.We made the pledge and danced under the blood moon on the meteorite in the orchard. In the spot we found the dead girl five years earlier. And discovered the ancient drawings way before that. Nothing could break the four of us apart – I thought.But then, others wanted in. Our seaside town had secrets. History.We wanted revenge.We broke the rules. We lied. We told. We loved each other too much, not enough, and in ways we weren’t supposed to. Our invention ratcheted out of control.What started as a secret society, ended as justice. Revenge. Death. Rebellion.

I have to admit that I was disappointed that this book wasn’t darker. I had been hoping for something really dark and fucked up and I thought I heard in a review in booktube that it was, but I was let down. I gave the book three stars because I felt it could have been pushed further and I disliked the ending. The Creeping by the same author is on my TBR and I am a little nervous it is not going to live up to my expectation. In this book, it felt like there were two different storylines happening and they didn’t mesh well together. I started not to believe the motivation of some of the main characters and honestly didn’t know why they were doing what they were doing at times. Overall the book was okay. I don’t think I would recommend it to anyone or reread it, but it wasn’t the worst book I’ve read and there were a few things I enjoyed.

three-stars

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