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

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Publisher: Bloomsbury
Page Count
: 624

Ever since A Court of Mist and Fury came out, there has been a lot of buzz (and unfortunately spoiling) going on on social media. Still, that made me realise that it was probably better to buddy read this book, even if we weren’t always on the same page, sometimes you just need to say “OMG!” to someone. And those people, as so many times before, were Cátia and Cristina.

It’s no secret that I really enjoyed ACOTAR when it came out, but ACOMAF is on a whole new level in comparison. We start by getting dunked into this infinite pool of sadness, as it should be after the traumatic events Feyre had to endure in the previous book. She is not happy and neither are you when you see how the people who should care about her most let her waste away. You’d think now it would be time for the hero to enter and save her life and while there was someone who helped Feyre get out of the darkness, ultimately she saved herself, because she is still strong and a survivor.

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Everything just felt so raw and real, it made my heart ache. Maas pretty much took the world we got to know and CHANGED EVERYTHING. It’s no secret that I was never the biggest Tamlin fan, simply because Lucien and Rhys fascinated me more, and this book definitely proved why the latter had every right to grab my attention. Rhys was everything you could have possibly wanted from him and even more. His previous behaviour was explained and there was a complete role reversal with him and Tamlin. But sometimes, really not all that often, but sometimes I wished that there had been some sort of anchor from the previous book to hold on to. An unchanging person to trust, who gives you that air of familiarity. Not even my beloved Lucien could fill that role …

However, I did love the new additions, especially Rhys’ Inner Circle. I seriously fell in love with Cassian, Azriel, Mor and Amren. They all have so much history and I cannot wait to further explore that. Even in the light of some events, I still really liked Tarquin, High Lord of the Summer Court and I even overcame my anger towards Feyre’s sisters. It’s difficult to not just ship everyone with everyone at all times.

Ultimately, ACOMAF just gave me ALL THE FEELS! It was adventurous, steamy (I am serious on this one! The steaminess was REAL!), sad, scary and hopeful all in one. It broadened the knowledge we had on the fae world so far and expanded it to magnificent places and powers unimaginable. By the end, I was just in despair, screaming “Nooooo!” at every other page and afraid for all of my beloved characters. It will be torture to wait for the next book, but at least there is enough fan art to gorge on during that seemingly endless wait.

Fazit: 5/5 stars! An exhilarating read that changed the game for sure! My favourite new release of the year so far!

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Did you read ACOMAF? Who is your favourite character? Which one is your favourite Court and character? Tell me all about it!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – Cover Reveal

AH! I am so excited that Bloomsbury just revealed the official cover for A Court of Mist and Fury! I absolutely loved the first book and cannot wait to read the second one. Here is the official Goodreads blurb:

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.

And now on to the cover!
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I got the image from The World of Sarah J. Maas, where you can also see them in more detail. Just click here to get referred to the original post!

What do I think? I love it! Were there two different covers for the first book as well though? Because if so, then I think I’ve only ever seen the UK one (which I coincidentally also prefer a little). What is up with the swooshing wind in the US cover? Am I supposed to know what that means? … either way, I am sure this one will look beautiful next to the previous part and I am so excited to see some more Feyre and Rhys interaction and for my bae Lucien to return. But what is it with everyone making the first part of the series red and the second one blue? Is that a new trend?

What do you think? Love/loathe/don’t care about the new cover?

Top Ten Tuesday: Author Duos That Should Write Books Together

As you all know by now, I mostly participate in the weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday created by The Broke and the BookishThis week’s theme is “Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together” and while it’s definitely a topic that took some serious thinking, it’s a fantastic idea. I doubt that I’ll get to 10 but here we go!

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1. Tahereh Mafi & Ransom Riggs

Can anybody else imagine the awesomeness of those two creating a story together? I think everyone of us picked them for their list. Whenever I see interviews with them, videos from their YouTube channel or their comments on social media -I just love them so much together and I think they could create something really special and unique. (Also, on a completely unrelated note, they make me believe in true love … just wanted to throw that in there. Has anyone seen their wedding pictures? Gorgeous!!!)

2. Nicholas Sparks & Cecelia Ahern

Do you want full blown romance with a touch of magic sprinkled on top every now and then? Because I think that’s exactly what those two could accomplish together (and maybe Cecelia could get Sparks to break out of his admittedly very well working but nonetheless repetitive theme).

3. Sarah J. Maas & Victoria Aveyard

I don’t know about you, but I think those two could create one heck of an amazing world with characters that you have to watch all the time, because you never know what’s really up with them.

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4. Rainbow Rowell & John Green

This would be the ultimate teen/YA book and we would all drown in all the feels we would feel! I can see it clearly ahead of me! Also, they talked about Firefly and I love that show.

5. Rachel Matson & E. Lockhart

I think that both of these authors are really good at depicting buddy-stories in their books and somehow I would like to see how they would work together. Maybe each one of them could write a certain POV of a character and it would just keep switching between the two? In my head they’d create an amazing friendship story.

6. David Levithan & Rachel Cohn

Putting this duo on the list is a little bit like cheating, because they have already written 3 books together – BUT I WANT MORE!

7. David Levithan & Nina LaCour

Those two have actually announced their collaboration sometime soon and I am super excited. They are both very important authors in the LGBTQIA community and I think whatever the result of their work together will be, is going to be amazing.

I think that’s all I can come up with. Who are some authors you would like to see working together? Share links to your list below if you like!

August 2015 Wrap-Up

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It’s the last day of August which means it’s time to see how I did during the month. Here is what my TBR looked like:

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    I enjoyed reading this, but I don’t love it as much as many other people do. I think it may have been hyped too much for me.
  • Armada by Ernest Cline
    I actually liked this better than RPO and think I am fairly alone with that opinion. Doesn’t matter, I liked it and can’t wait for it to be turned into a movie, because that’s what it felt like while reading.
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
    I LOVE this book!!! It has become an insta-favourite of mine simply because it is so much more hilarious and smart than I thought it would be.
  • The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman (I read the first book, so I see it as an accomplishment)
    The pacing of the first book was a little off and the characters a bit too miserable for my taste but I will still read the other two books.

Additionally to that, I also read:

If you want to know more about my thoughts on the books than just that 1-sentence-review, just click on the titles and you’ll be re-directed to my full reviews. If you click on the covers below, you’ll get to their respective Goodreads pages.

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So, I’d say it was a fairly average month for reading, because I’ve definitely read more but also less books per month before. All in all I am happy with the outcome.

I’ve posted more than usually though by making sure to write on a daily basis (sometimes even more than one post per day) since August 11. I don’t know what inspired me to do that, but it definitely showed in a surge of followers and we are getting really close to a milestone soon! I want to take this chance to welcome everyone who’s fairly new to the blog and thank those who’ve stuck around! You are the ones that make this blogging experience even more fun!!!

I’ll try to keep this up in September ;)! Read you soon!

The Summer Book Tag

Summer is coming to its end and Cristina @MyTinyObsessions nominated me just in time to do the Summer Book Tag (not to be confused with the Summertime Madness Book Tag!) So, let’s do this before autumn sweeps over the lands!

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  1. LEMONADE: PICK A BOOK THAT STARTED OFF BITTER BUT THEN GOT BETTER

1656001The Host by Stephenie Meyer just about bored me to death in the beginning. I don’t know why I had such high expectations but I read it so slowly because it just was terrible and anti-climactic. I don’t know when exactly, but somehow it picked up and turned out to be a really good book with interesting characters. I guess I just couldn’t stand Wanda all by herself. It only got interesting when there were others around.

  1. GOLDEN SUN: PICK A BOOK THAT MADE YOU SMILE BEYOND COMPARE

8475505Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins! That book is just so funny and I read the whole thing in that Southern Belle accent I imagine Harper having – it cracked me up!

  1. TROPICAL FLOWERS: PICK A BOOK SET IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY

18775221I have very few books that are set in Austria, so it seems I have free roam here. Let me think about something vacation-y though … The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morris. It starts out in India, continues in England and then plays out somewhere in the South of France and Paris. I’d say those are some nice holiday destinations! Also, I love the movie because Manish Dayal is just a dream come true!

  1. TREE SHADE: PICK A BOOK WHERE A MYSTERIOUS OR SHADY CHARACTER IS INTRODUCED

23403402Pretty much every character from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab seems either mysterious or shady to me.

  1. BEACH SAND: PICK A BOOK THAT WAS GRAINY AND THE PLOT BARELY DEVELOPED

17332969The 100 by Kass Morgan! I still can’t believe I got through all 3 books  … it was torture. It happens rarely, but here the TV show is a 100 times better than the book!

  1. GREEN GRASS: PICK A CHARACTER(S) THAT WAS FULL OF LIFE, MAKING YOU SMILE

18007564Mark Watney from the Martian by Andy Weir! That man has a will to live and the humour to survive anything! He was in such a dire situation, but he managed to crack me up so many times throughout the book. I never thought it would be that funny!

  1. WATERMELON: PICK A BOOK THAT HAD SOME JUICY SECRETS

16143347We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. Such a good book and perfect summer read too! I can’t tell you anything about the plot though, it would ruin all the fun and emotion in the book …

  1. SUN HAT: PICK A BOOK WITH A VAST, BIG UNIVERSE/SETTING

20873804A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin definitely has a huge set-up. I don’t just get confused with all the characters, but also with the kingdoms and borders and cities. I never actually know where anyone is at the moment (except for people at the wall, that’s a pretty good landmark). But I think every book that has a map in it could be considered for this point.

  1. BBQ: PICK A BOOK IN WHICH A CHARACTER WAS PORTRAYED AS A HUNK

16096824SO many people to choose from and even though Cristina picked the same, I just finished the book and want to go with Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas as well! Deal with it!

  1. SUMMER FUN: PASS THE TAG ON

I’ve done a lot (and I really mean a lot) of tags lately and since we’re really close to summer’s end, I have no idea who did this tag and who didn’t. So, if you think this looks fun and want to do it: CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED! Also, leave a link in the comments below and I’ll be happy to check it out!

A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Review

Everyone is raving about Sarah J. Maas and her brilliant books. I wanted to test my patience and wait until the series are all entirely released, but then I was at the bookstore and they didn’t have any of the books I wanted to buy. So, I ended up buying A Court of Thorns and Roses and definitely did not regret it since!

16096824Feyre is a huntress, not because she enjoys it so much but rather out of necessity to provide for her family. The forest is a dangerous place though, especially with rumours of the much hated faeries returning to the human world. When one day she encounters a wolf on her hunting grounds that’s about to attack the only prey she had seen all day, she kills it. What she didn’t know was that the wolf was a magical creature and that killing it had consequences.
Now she is given a choice: Die on the spot or leave her family forever to live out the rest of her life in the fairie kingdom.
But imprisoned in the foreign kingdom, Feyre’s feelings for her captor Tamlin slowly grow into something else and she may be the only one to help him save his world.

(For a full summary and more details on the book, just click on the cover to be redirected to Goodreads!)

ACOTAR has quite the fairy tale vibe just with actual fairies in it. The main plot resembles very much Beauty and Beast in the beginning and then there are elements thrown in from Cinderella and the Gallant Tailor and who knows what else. Since I love fairy tales of all kinds, I quite enjoyed that. Also, I always say there is nothing wrong with using familiar story elements as long as you add your own twist!

Feyre is the kind of person that’s very popular in today’s culture: badass female who does everything for her family, is responsible, smart and has a thing for archery. I liked her well enough as a main protagonist, but mostly enjoyed her musings about art and colours and light. The only thing that was a bit annoying is that she thought pretty much everything that had to do with faeries was impossible to paint. I got it the first ten times around.

Now, let’s talk about the even more important people in this book: the men! So, Tamlin is apparently super-hot, Lucien has a great sense of humour and Rhys is just really intriguing. Who wants to move to Prythian with me?
Okay no, but seriously, these guys are really easy to fall in love with. Apparently Tamlin is everyone’s favourite, but not mine. I much more enjoyed the scenes with Lucien and/or Rhys. Rhys sort of reminds me of Warner from the Shatter Me series … a bit of a psycho with a good heart. And what was that in the last chapter? I would love to see more of him in the second part, but I just hope that he doesn’t turn out to be some sort of Jacob to Tamlin being Edward Cullen. The mating process sounded a lot like imprinting to me …

So, overall it was a gripping read. It started out very calm, easing you into the world, getting to know everyone. And just when you thought everyone was happy and could live on like that forever the real action begins and there are some more gory scenes. I loved it!

Disclaimer: there are quite some sexy scenes in there! I definitely didn’t mind, but thought I should mention it.

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! Even though there was no cliffhanger, I want the next book RIGHT NOW!

P.S. I love how at the end of the book there is a guide on how to pronounce all the places, names and kinds of faeries. Some were obvious, but for others it was quite helpful!