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

A77113_original Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: May 5th, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Pages: 416
Price: $9.49

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…”

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.

I had to pace myself before reading this book because I was very excited about it. When I first started, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Mind you, I didn’t get very far in, but once I got into it things really picked up quickly. Feyre is a great character and I really enjoyed going through the story with her.

Tamlin is another level of seduction that I have never known before this book. He’s sweet and mysterious (which something about that combination brings me to my knees) and there were a few times where I thought to myself, can you please calm down my parents are in the next room. He’s definitely on the list of fictional husbands.

With my lust aside, their story was so intricately weaved between folklore and Beauty and the Beast. It worked really well for the story and it was a unique reconstruction of a story that many of us grew up with (although this one had more adult points).

With the good points aside, there were inconsistencies. There were some points that didn’t really add anything to the story and didn’t seem to fit into what was happening. More or less it was a way to introduce a new character while also bumping up the sexual tension to an unhealthy level for readers. I also heard that there is going to be a love triangle in the next book and I’m not pleased. I loathe love triangles, especially when I like one couple better than the other. It just complicates things in an unnecessary way.

I guess we will just have to wait and see.

Rating: 4 Stars

“She knew only of love, what she had read in books
The novels on her shelf held her most prized memories
She shared in their moments, both happy and sad
She felt every word as though the pen which wrote them had stabbed each letter into her skin
Shackling her forever to the thoughts she wished so deeply were her own
She could not lay claim to her feelings,
For they were written by the hand of an ex lover not known
She felt only the fear and joy described on yellowing pages
She was held together only by the loose binding of the oldest book
She was as damaged as the warped covers of collections that had lived well past their time
As each page turned, and chapter end, her life followed suit
She followed a path, not meant for her
Lived a out a fate, destined for another.”

~newwordsoldsoul

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

~Nora Ephron

Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

10212034Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Release Date: February 10th 2015
Publisher: Orion
Pages: 383
Price: $17.99

“Anyone can betray anyone.”

In a world divided by blood, Silvers rule all while Reds are slaves.

The Reds are commoners, nothing more than slaves and servants to the elite Silvers who possess god-like abilities. To seventeen-year-old Mare Barrow, a Red girl from the poverty streaked Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

Until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace, surrounded by the people who have enslaved and imprisoned Reds for generations. It is here, among her most hated enemies that Mare discovers she might have something in common with them after all, a deadly power all her own. A power that is both unruly and unknown in its origin may threaten the very balance of her world.

Afraid of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her among their own, declaring her a long lost Silver princess who they betroth to a Silver prince. Knowing any step could mean her death, Mare risks everything to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group in order to bring down the Silver regime once and for all.

In a world full of lies and betrayals, Mare must learn whom to trust. Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against herself.

This was a fantastic book. The story was so original and unique. It really gave me pause and left me questioning things and people throughout the story. I had my own theories about certain characters and their origins and I was right about some things and wrong about others. I guessed a big plot point towards the end, because as I writer I thought it would be the most interesting outcome and I was right, unfortunately. I didn’t want to be right. Sometimes books are why I have trust issues. The world Aveyard created was really vivid and the difference in social class was all too real.

There were a few plot twists that I didn’t see coming, which was nice because the element of surprise really changes things. I was a bit annoyed with the seeming love triangle happening, but that was fixed by the end of the novel so I’m not upset about that. Just glad that it was taken care of. Looking forward to the second installment of the series.

Rating: 4 stars

…Writers remember everything…especially the hurts. Strip a writer to the buff, point to the scars, and he’ll tell you the story of each small one. From the big ones you get novels. A little talent is a nice thing to have if you want to be a writer, but the only real requirement is the ability to remember the story of every scar.

~Stephen King

Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

WRATHcoverThe Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Release Date: May 12th 2015
Publisher: G.P Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 388
Price: $17.99

“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.
“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.
“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”

In a land ruled by heinous young king, each dawn means the death of a new bride, and the pain of loss to a different family. Khalid, the eighteen year old Caliph of Khorasan, is truly a monster. Every night he takes a new bride only to have her murdered at dawn. When sixteen year old Shahrzad’s best friend falls victim to the kings murderous rage, she takes action and volunteers to be his next bride. She is determined to stay alive and to get vengeance for all those lives lost to this lethal boy-king.

Night after night, Shahrzad weaves adventurous stories for the Khalid, enchanting him with her words, ensuring her survival, even when each dawn could be her last. Soon she learns something remarkable: Khalid is nothing like what she expected him to be. He is a tormented soul and incredibly Shahrzad begins to fall in love. But not everything is as it seems in the castle on the hill. In order to create change, Shahrzad needs to uncover the secrets long kept by Khalid, and despite her growing love for him, she may still need to take his life as retribution for all the pain and torment he caused and the lives he stole from families all over the land.

Can her love save him or is he bound to drown in his torment and secrets?

I can’t gush enough about this book. It was enchanting and endlessly beautiful. Ahdieh’s wording is effortlessly gorgeous and the magic that she brings to the pages is amazing. Shahrzad was a fantastic character to read and her development throughout the story is strong and poignant. Khalid was a surprise. I knew there had to be a reason for why he was the way he was and it was definitely heartbreaking. He treated Shahrzad with care and when he called her joonam my heart just melted and I wanted everyone to see the good in him that Shahrzad saw. I could go on and on. It was simply stunning and I can’t wait for the next book to come out in May!

Rating: 5 stars

Book Review: Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

23314731Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

Release Date: July 21st, 2015
Publisher: Caped
Pages: 400
Price: $4.99

“I had an odd thought just then, that I should only ever whisper her name, and that she should always be close enough to hear it.”

Hot rugged men. Sexy ginger beards. Bikers. Brothers.

Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might look exactly alike, but where Beau is friendly and sociable, Duane is brooding and reserved. Which is why recent college graduate, Jessica James a level headed good girl, has had an unhealthy infatuation with Beau for most of her life. His smile makes her weak at the knees and her mouth rendered useless. Whereas Duane has always been someone who aggravated Jessica to no end. She can’t stand him, and she is relatively sure he feels the same.

Except after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself dreaming of Duane instead of Beau. She’s spent her entire life dreaming of Beau that she finds herself in quite a pickle when it turns out to be the opposite. Jessica is completely unprepared for the reality that Duane is quite interested in her, utilizing his hot hands, hot mouth, and scorching looks. Jessica can hardly keep herself together around him, muddling her good girl instincts. But when Duane seems to have gotten himself in some trouble with a local biker gang, things begin to heat up in a different way.

Jessica’s infatuation with Beau diminishes and she is soon compelled towards Duane who has always been her adversary. She’s willing to risk everything to be with him, but is he willing to risk the same?

My initial yearning to read this book was because the title sounded cute and immediately conjured images of hot rugged red heads. Not a bad picture, let’s be honest. The sexual tension in this book is pretty delicious. Duane is hot and needy and damn if I didn’t wish a few times that I was Jessica. They sizzled on each page and their love grew slowly over time whereas their lust was present almost immediately. Duane was sweet, despite his bad boy image. All the Winston boys were precious in their own ways, adding their own flare to the story. The book was just a simple, cute, light read that gives you a shot of romance and tons of lust.

Rating: 4 Stars