A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas Book Review

So, this review has been a long time coming! I read this last month but I’ve been going through a lot the last few weeks that it’s left me unmotivated and with no desire to read. However, I’m back to post my reviews for you all.

A Court of Frost and Starlight is the latest book in A Court of Thorns and Roses series. It’s a small novella that is a starting point for the next part of the series that will see other characters as the centre of the story.

This has to be my favourite cover in the series. I loved the colouring, the pattern and the illustration on the front. It’s so beautiful!

I loved this book. It was so refreshing to read these characters in an environment that wasn’t so intense to read. It was always a rare moment in the series where we seen all the characters together and enjoying themselves without the threat of war looming over their heads.

That’s why I loved this book. I’ve grown so attached to these characters and this world and it was really nice to see all of the characters, no matter how troubled, come together to celebrate the Winter Festival.

This take place after A Court of Wings and Ruin and deals with the aftermath of the war. I know I said it once and I’ll say it again but I really enjoyed it. Nothing much happened in terms of plot but I really enjoying reading the dynamic between the different characters and their relationships. So, to read it was wonderful. Also, it brought a conclusion to Feyre’s story that lacked somewhat in the previous story.

It was interesting to see how the characters were dealing with the trauma of what they had encountered. I liked how Sarah J Maas had shown how each character was different now, something had altered in them since the war and what they had lost. It was incredibly realistic! It wasn’t glossed over.

A Court of Frost and Starlight is a book that shows characters trying to make the best of their lives now that they are free to do so. It was completely enhancing.

This was the perfect winter read and I wish I could have restrained myself a little bit longer to wait to read it. However, I have no self control and read it straight away. Oops!

I don’t know what I’ll do until the next book is released. It seems so far away. I guess I’ll just have to read the Throne of Glass series.

Thanks for reading!

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A Court of Wings and Ruin Book Review

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

Ok.

Wow.

So whilst I was reading this book I have never felt such anxiety whilst reading! I was constantly bracing myself and panicking about what was going to happen to my favourite characters. I was a wreck.

A Court of Wings and Ruin is the third instalment in the A Court of Thorn and Roses series and it’s what the last two books have been building for.

Despite this book not being the final book in the series, it felt very much like a finale. This story was filled with tension from start to finish as it picks up where A Court of Mist and Fury left off.  I don’t want to spoil anything, just in case you haven’t read it, but there was constantly something happen this book. Maas wrote danger at every turn for our beloved characters and new characters. Something was constantly being put in their way, another obstacle they had to overcome.

Honestly, from start to finish, this book was incredible.

One of the most amazing aspects of this book is how Sarah J Maas writes characters. She’ writes exceptional characters with so much depth yet its not overwhelming when all of them are together in one room. This happens during a few scenes throughout the book especially when all of the High Lords come together. Also, Maas’ attention to detail means that the Courts come to life so vividly in our imagination that you can not help but picture yourself there.

I felt that in this book, Feyre, the protagonist, really found herself. She becomes so strong and fierce. She always been but in this book, there’s an edge to this character that I haven’t seen before and I loved it. Honestly, there’s so many strong female characters in this book that it’s hard not to love just for that reason.

Also, there is an introduction to LGBTQIA characters in this book. I’m not going to say who. Don’t worry. Reading about these characters and seeing their struggles was such a beautiful addition to this story. I haven’t read many fantasy series where there are LGBTQIA characters and until this series was one of them. There were was also a POC characters in this book. However, the representation is very little.

I cried several times whilst reading this book. Also, I found myself putting the book down because I didn’t want it to come to an end.

A Court of Wings and Ruin is a such a fantastic book. I know I’m repeating myself but Sarah J Maas is such a talented writer. She really grasps the fantasy genre and creates astonishing worlds and endearing characters. Her world building is enchanting and I love going back to this world of the Faerie.

This was such a wonderful instalment of this series! I’m in awe of Sarah J Maas’ writing.

I can’t wait to start the TOG series too!

Also, I can’t wait to see how this series develops and unfolds!

Thanks for reading.

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

This book grabbed my heart, held it for awhile, then threw it and stomped on it. Several times.

A Court of Mist and Fury is book two in A Court of Thorn and Roses series. I adored every inch of this book. Every single word had me so involved and engaged with the plot in a way I hadn’t been with a book in a while. This book made me fall in love with this series so much more than what I had expected. Also, I was so blessed to go into this book without knowing any spoilers because I feel like it would have ruined the experience for me.

This book takes place after the first one. (I have done all my reviews without spoilers and it’s so hard to do this one without giving any away!) We see the outcome and how the characters have changed the traumatic ending of the last one.

A Court of Mist and Fury is one of my favourite books for several reasons. One of them is due to Feyre, the protagonist of the series. Her journey through this novel is sensational. Maas manages to keep the essence of Feyre alive throughout. However, at the beginning of the novel she is a shell of her former self. I never wanted to help a character so much and tell her it would be okay. Also, I have never been more frustrated with Tamlin and Lucien for allowing the girl he loved and friend to become less than what she is. I loved how she progressed throughout the novel and became much stronger and happier than she initially had been in the first book. Sarah J Maas wrote Feyre’s journey so captivating and genuine that it really struck me. It was incredible.

Another reason why I fell in love with this book was due to the appearance of new characters and the new location of the Night Court. Okay, so I want to go to the Night Court. Can I be whisked away there please? Maas wrote such a beautiful location that it truly came to life off the page. Her writing is so wonderful when it comes to setting and her attention to detail brings the magic and the world to life.

The introduction of the new captivating characters such as Mor, Cassian, Azriel and Amren were another factor that made this book one of my favourites. Sarah J Maas does such a wonderful of creating interesting characters with an absorbing history that you can’t help but love them. Every character, no matter how small, has a story. Her description makes me feel as though I know these characters and it’s truly mesmerising.

There’s so many elements to this story that the first one lacked for me. I loved the first book but there’s something about A Court of Mist and Fury. I can’t explain but I enjoyed the world of the Night Court, the new characters and Feyre so much more. The love story that developed in this book blew me away. It was so genuine and beautiful that the couple has become one of my favourites of all time.

I’m not going to say who just in case you haven’t read this series.

Go and pick up this series. You won’t regret it at all. It’s the perfect adult fantasy.

I love it so much.

Thanks for reading!

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August TBR

It’s officially August. My birthday month and my last month to get through a load of my TBR before I start my Master’s degree in September.

I’m starting this month reading A Court of Mist and Fury. I started it a few days ago and I’m absolutely obsessed with it. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I’ve been working the last few days and haven’t had a chance to read it. I’m hoping to finish it today because I can’t stop reading it. I love it and could probably spend the rest of this post talking about it but I won’t. I promise.

This month I’m also hoping to read A Court of Wings and Ruin and A Court of Frost and Starlight. These are the third and fourth books in Sarah J Maas’ Faerie Court series.

For a few years, I’ve had a bad habit of starting a series and then never getting around to finishing the series. So as of now, I’m going to start a series and finish it. I don’t know it just seems like I’m reading halfway through the story and I’m leaving it. It feels like a waste.

Another trilogy I’m hoping to read this month is Jenny Han’s series To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. I want to read these before the film is released on Netflix. As you can see I haven’t got books two and three yet but I’ll be getting them very soon. I’m so excited to read these books.

The last two books I want to read is Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman. I’ve heard very good things about this book. It’s recently been made into a film too and obviously, I want to read the book before I watch the film.

The last book on my TBR for this month is The Other Side by Justin Jay Gladstone. I was kindly sent the limited edition of this new novel by the author and I can’t wait to read. It’s a book about parallel universes and I can’t wait to see that explored.

I’m hoping to read a lot more books than last month. I hope so anyway.

What’s on your TBR this month?

Here’s to a good month of reading!

Thanks for reading.

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End of the Month Wrap Up!

Okay, it’s the end of the July and I’m looking back on my reads of this month.

Honestly, I haven’t read that many books and my TBR is as high as ever. However, I suffered a major reading slump and started reading comics instead.

Through the last month, I’ve read five e-books; Learn about Loss, Every Exquisite Thing, Time Crawlers, Brainwalker and Valentine Act 1.

Out of these my favourites were definitely Every Exquisite Thing by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson. This is part of the Ghosts of the Shadow Market and part of the Shadowhunter chronicles. It’s my favourite world and I fell in love with Anna Lightwood. I loved the themes addressed in such a short story. I will be posting the review soon.

I only read three books this month; Sleeping Beauties, One Plus One and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe. I wish I had read more but due to an annoying slump and being super busy with graduation, holidays, etc. I haven’t.

However, looking at this list of comics, I can’t stop smiling. I read a hell of a lot of comics this month. It was a mix of single issues and compilations, in total I read thirteen comics. I won’t write the full list because it would just be too long and boring for you. Instead, I’m going to list some of my favourites; Batman- The Man Who Laughs, Batman- Sins of the Father, X-men Red and Doctor Strange: Damnation.

I haven’t finished nor am I up to date on the new comics like Sins of the Father, X-Men Red and Doctor Strange: Damnation. However, I’m eagerly anticipating continuing these series. I’ve loved the first few issues.

I’m ending the month halfway through A Court of Mist and Fury. I read the first one in this series back in May and posted the review here. However, this book has completely pulled me into this world so much more. I’m obsessed! It’s pulled me out of my reading slump and I’m desperate to read the rest of the series.

I can’t wait to see how my reading progresses in August.

What about you? How much did you read this month? Are you on target? Let me know what your favourite reads were in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

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Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King Book Review

This was the first ever Stephen King book I’ve read.

Don’t be mad. I have never got around to reading his books. Okay, be mad. I’m mad. Extremely mad at myself for not taking the time to read these fantastic dark stories based in our mundane world.

I bought this book last year as soon as it was released and ever since its been in my book stacks not moving. The size of it kinda terrified me. I was worried I was going to spend all my time reading a book that would take up most of my time when I had so much more books to read.

Sleeping Beauties pulled me in immediately. The initial attraction to the book was obviously Stephen King, I had read two of his short stories in my creative writing class and loved it. His writing is incredible. However, I was hypnotised by the cover. The beautiful blue against the black with a splash of white, animals and insects plastered around it. It seemed fantastical. I loved the back of the cover that said one thing; don’t wake them.

The concept behind the book was so original and had me desperately reading more, wondering why all women had gone to sleep to never wake up. It’s such an important book because it subtlely outlines the role of women within our society. It demonstrates the importance of women.

I fell in love with these characters. After reading about them, I felt like I was friends with all the characters. King’s writing has a way of doing that. He writes a character with so much depth and detail, it’s impossible for them not to feel like real people when you’re reading them. It’s one of the main reasons why I loved this book so much. The characters were fascinating to read.

The amount of strong female characters in this book was amazing. I loved every inch of it! I admired their strength and how hard they were continuing to fight. It was inspiring!

The novel dealt with so issues that I wasn’t expecting. It dealt with the relationship between officers and prisoners. It dealt with abuse of power, domestic abuse, anger, violence, friendship, marriage, the pressures of being a woman and a man, etc. All of these elements were examined and fundamental to the plot. It added the important realism to this somewhat horrific and fantasy story.

The book was filled with horrific scenes with action and gruesome murders. However, it didn’t seem unrealistic. Even though, it terrified me at stages, it demonstrated excellently what a world filled with chaos would be like.

Stephen King and Owen King wrote such a mesmerising haunting novel. I couldn’t put it down. I think the idea was so fantastic and hope to see the father and son duo to work together again.

It is a big book but I enjoyed every single word. I wasn’t bored at all.

I highly recommend this book and can not wait to read more of Stephen King’s novels.

Do you have any reccomendations for me?

Thanks for reading!
Lauren

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Book Review of Valentine Act 1 by Elliott Morreau

This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. It was sent to me last month and after a massive reading slump with no motivation, I finally read it. I’m so thankful that I did.

I was sent the synopsis for the book and was immediately intrigued by the concept.

“Welcome to Coalfields. A Town where everyone fits in. From murderers to rapists to paedophiles. And you. Yes, you. What? You think you’re so much different from them? That’s what Jack and Lia thought too. After all, what do two high school lovebirds have in common with a place like that? Nothing. Until one of them commits murder.” Elliott Morreau, Valentine Act 1.

I have always been interested in psychology and the minds of criminals. It had me hooked completely. A town filled with the worst of criminals and they all live together? And, on top of that dangerous mix, two teenagers on the run from committing murder. I was sold straight away and couldn’t wait to read. It was a fascinating combination.

It didn’t disappoint!

The novel was graphic mature content with rape, abuse, violence and sex. However, all of this was extremely necessary to the plot and to the characters.

I was in awe of Elliott Morreau’s writing straight away. From the very first page, I was hooked into the story of Jack and Lia. I wanted to know what would happen to them. Morreau’s writing is flawless, he managed to write incredibly flawed characters yet he made them readable and more relatable than I thought was possible.

The narrative structure of the novel works brilliantly with the story. The switches in character allowed us readers to see all perspectives. One of the most individuals aspects that I loved was the narrator’s voice. Every so often, the narrator would speak to the characters, talked about being the writer behind their lives and hinted at something dark and unfortunate to come. I loved this part. It was a fresh and exciting way to tell the story.

Although, I didn’t have the actual paperback of the novel, I love the cover. I think it’s beautiful. I love the illustration and colours.

My favourite characters were the two female detectives; Claudia and Rich. I’m excited to see how their relationship progress and how they become more involved in the second act.

This was a compelling read with rich characters. I’m excited to read the next novel and to see how the story unfolds.

Thanks for reading!

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The Unexpected Inlander Book Review

This book was giving to me by the Author, Kellyn Thompson, in exchange for an honest review. I’m so glad she did because I really enjoyed this book.

The Unexpected Inlander is filled with drama, action and romance. However, it’s not over the top. Instead, it’s a perfect blend of all three genres. It’s not too graphic or too forced, it’s woven excellently into the story being told.

The story is set in a fascinating dystopia where the world has been split into sectors and people are judged purely on their genetic and geography. In this new world, people are modified by their parents to make sure they contain traits and genetics that will be useful to society rather than harm it. There’s also a division between the upper class people who live on the Coast and those who live Inland. These divisions seemed to reflect our modern world filled with divisions and prejudice. I found this whole idea original and thoroughly interesting.

The narrative often changed between the two main characters; Chris Rockford, an assassin for the Government, and Jenna Macklemore, a purebred with a hidden history. However, I loved these switches in perspective because it felt like I was listening to someone tell me an oral story. Also, it was entertaining to read Chris and Jenna having similar thoughts about each other but not realising the other was thinking the same. I found this really amusing because you’re not dating someone don’t we all feel like this? Unsure but the other one is feeling the same. Even though, it’s set in a futuristic world the story related to the contemporary world.

Thompson manages to create two main characters that had me completely hooked. It was interesting to read about Chris and how he had been learned to profile people since he was a teenager. It was fascinating to read about Jenna’s undiscovered and hidden past when it came to light. Thompson really created rich and engaging characters that I couldn’t help but root for.

Thompson not only creates fascinating characters but managed to use their history, their beliefs and careers as way to build this world. She doesn’t overload the information to the reader. Her writing is concise and clear therefore this future world becomes far more understandable. The world was detailed. It was also very thought provoking as I found myself asking what would my opinion be if I lived in this setting? The book wonderfully demonstrated how we all need our flaws and how we are all different, that’s the way it should be.

Kellyn Thompson created a complex novel filled with action, a forbidden romance and exciting twists that kept me hooked.

I definitely recommend it.

Thanks for reading!

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Heart of Glass Book Review

I was incredibly lucky to have been given this book by Ivy Ngeow before the initial release on June 30. After reading, Cry of the Flying Rhino, I was eagerly anticipating this second novel. I loved Ngeow’s unique and informative style of writing. So, I eagerly jumped at the opportunity to read and review Heart of Glass.

First of all I want to mention the cover of the book. I wasn’t expecting the cover of this book but I absolutely love it. It’s bright and colourful and mirrors the time and setting of the novel. It’s a wonderful cover.

This novel is another compelling read with an original and fast paced writing style. It keeps the story flowing and keeps you hooked on all the action. The twists and turns in the novel leave you shocked and desperately wanting to continue reading.

We follow the heroine, Li-An, as she begins her journey in Chicago during the 1980s. Li-An is a musician and finds herself playing the piano in Macau. However, this escape from her past leads Li-An down a dark spiral that leads to suffering, gambling, injuries and maybe even death?

Ngeow writes in such a talented way that you are completely immersed in the time and setting of her book. Once again I found myself learning about a time and place that I wouldn’t have learned about before. Its one of the many aspects of Ngeow’s writing that I adore. Her writing is incredibly informative but in a subtle way, it’s not over bearing on the reader.

The characters are incredibly flawed and are ultimately bad people, yet it makes such a fascinating read because you have to see what will happen. The heroine, Li-An, is an interesting character. She has a mixed heritage which makes her reading about her past enlightening. She is also incredible naive yet I found myself rooting for her, wanting her to be stronger and make the hard choices. I love reading about flawless characters because it’s more relatable to human life. No one is perfect. It made the book far more endearing to read.

This story is a fascinating literary thriller and incredibly original. I have never read anything quite like it before.

Ultimately, the story is about greed, desire and power.

You should read this book and find yourself back in the drama of the disco 80’s.

Here’s the link for the book trailer on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRDowKLhuW0

Thanks for reading!

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Cry of the Flying Rhino Book Review

This book was brought to my attention by the fantastic author, Ivy Ngeow. She contacted me to see if I would write a review for the novel. I’m so glad she did. This book was captivating! I couldn’t stop reading.

I read the ebook, which I usually struggle to read, but found myself flying through the text. It was based upon a Malaysian Chinese doctor, Benjie Lee, who has a one night stand with the mysterious Talisa. It was refreshing to learn about a different culture and find out about their norms, values and how they approach this situation.

In Cry of the Flying Rhino, Ivy Ngeow captivates the reader entirely. I was enthralled from the first page and curious about the setting of the Borneo. The novel is rich with details on cultural backgrounds and references, so much so, that you find yourself learning whilst reading. This was an aspect that I found fascinating and only compelled me to love the book further.

The novel is told through three different and very diverse characters. It was extremely intriguing to see how all these narratives joined together. It’s told through the Doctor Benjie, Minos, a criminal from Talisa’s hidden past, and Bernard, a priest who has a relationship with Minos. Ngeow’s use of character is creative and engaging, each one is terribly flawed but also has redemptive qualities. She portrays humanity accurately. This novel has the qualities of a thriller but yet it is something far greater! It’s embedded with a mixed cultures that I’ve never seen explored in this way.

This fast paced novel is incredible and had me hooked from start to finish. It’s no surprise that it is a Proverse Prize winner. I definitely recommend that you pick up this novel and read. It’s truly compelling fiction!

I’m also eagerly anticipating her second novel Heart of Glass which, I believe, is due for release next month.

Please get reading this book!

Thank you!

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