A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Important note: I really want to talk about to Rhysand and Tamlin, but I wanted to be able to do so with spoilers. I figured the best way to do this was by making a password protected post so that only the people who really wanted the spoilers would see it and those that didn’t wouldn’t have to worry about accidentally seeing a spoiler.  This is the link and the password is ACOTAR (all caps). I would love to read your thoughts and discuss this (or any other spoiler type topics) with you on that post. 

I don’t normally read fantasy  books. I don’t really know why, they just don’t usually appeal to me. I decided that I needed to give one a try this past summer and see if my taste has changed. Since no one can seem to stop talking about A Court of Thorns and Roses, and the sequel I decided that it might be a good one to try.

I was not disappointed.  Maybe I am just overly impressed since I haven’t read fantasy in a long time. This book was really good. It had me literally on the edge of my couch. I didn’t know what was coming next or how it would end. I liked it so much that I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel. However, there are some things that I didn’t like about it, things that might be deal breakers to some readers.

Summary:

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. – Goodreads

This book is a mashup of Fairelore and fairy tale retelling.

Favorite things:

The writing. The writing was so good. It was beautiful and had a different feel to it than I am used to. The writing just pulled me into the world and made me never want to leave. Note: I’m not sure if this is a Sarah J. Maas thing or if this is a fantasy thing.

The plot. The plot was fast paced, and pretty intense. As previously stated, it kept me on the edge of my couch.

The characters. All of the characters were pretty well developed and I never had a hard time knowing who was who. I loved the humor they had and they were easy to connect to.  There really wasn’t one character that I liked more than the others. That being said, I was always getting slightly irritated with Feyre. She was constantly making stupid decisions and doing the exact opposite of what she was told to do even though she was told it was for her safety.

The fairy tale elements. I love Beauty and the Beast and I loved seeing the elements throughout the story. However, I do feel like one of the biggest challenges in the story is missing here but I won’t explain because, spoilers.  However, this review on Goodreads sums it up really well.

Some favorite quotes:

“I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.”

“Because,” he went on his eyes locked with mine, “I didn’t want you to fight alone. Or die alone.

The quills:

Cursing?

The cursing wasn’t bad in this book for the most part.

Physical romance?

The physical romance in this book is pretty heavy and descriptive. I would not recommend this to younger teens. It is also not just one scene you can skip. The topic comes up in thoughts and events several times. You’ve been warned, it is graphic and it comes up quite frequently.

Gore?

This book has a fair amount of gore in it.

Will you cry?

Probably not.

Overall rating?

Five out of five hedgehogs

The Author:

Sarah J. Maas, I haven’t read any of her other books, but I plan to. I love that she had Pinterest boards with story inspiration that you can follow here. You can also check out her website here.

 

 

 

 

August Recap

This post is so late, and this recap is missing it’s picture like July’s is because my computer is out to get me and hates my recap photo. Nonetheless, I’m still going to post this. August has been busy for me, but it’s been good to get back in the routine of school. I read two books, which I think is a good accomplishment with the little amount of time I had to read. I should be able to read more books in September since I have a week off of school and I’m driving to Disney World.

Books I read:

If Only

The Geography of You and Me

Posts:

July Recap

If Only (review)

Favorite book of the month:

If Only

Things I did this month:

I started teaching again. Getting back into school has been an adjustment. I’ve been so tired the past three weeks. I can’t wait for fall break this month when I go to Disney World!

 

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

I read this book over a couple of days. I tried to read it last month but I couldn’t get past the first chapter, I’m glad I gave it a second chance. It was a pretty quick read, but It didn’t seem like anything special, to me it felt almost generic. I feel like there were a few simple things that would’ve elevated the book a bit and added to the story. Nonetheless it was a sweet, simple, and clean love story.

Summary:

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen’s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and—finally—a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the center of the world isn’t necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

Goodreads

A few favorite things:

The Travel. I really liked the travel aspect of it. It made the book move quickly, and I loved getting to read about all of the different places.

Postcards. I thought the postcard thing was cute and different. It was a refreshing to see something other than just emails, Facebook messages, and texts.

The character growth. I feel like most of the time we see characters grow it’s not very noticeable growth. That wasn’t the case with this book. There was so much growth from both the characters and their families. I loved watching Lucy and her mom grow closer together towards the end.

Owen’s mom. Even though she passed away before the book started her presence was there throughout this book. Reading all of Owen’s memories of her and the things she did were just so bittersweet.

Not so favorite things:

I was pretty disappointed that we didn’t get to see the actual postcards. They played such a big part in the book I had expected to at least see the back with the characters handwriting on it. It would have made the book stand out more and made it a bit more fun.

The ending was also one of those kinds of endings that frustrates me. There was no epilogue, and I had my heart set on an epilogue. However, it was a cute ending, and I think if I had gone into the chapter thinking that it was the end I wouldn’t have felt cheated.

A few favorite quotes:

“…It stuck her as the truest form of kindness, the most basic sort of love: to be worried about the one who was worrying about you.”

How long could a single night really be expected to last? How far could you stretch such a small collection of minutes? He was just a boy on the roof. She was just a girl in an elevator.

The Quills:

Cursing?

No, in fact I can’t remember a single curse word.

Physical Romance?

A few kisses, but it was really clean.

Gore?

Nope.

Will you cry?

Nope.

Overall rating?

I give it three out of five hedgehogs

The Author:

Jennifer E. Smith, I haven’t read any of her other novels but I plan to. Several people I have talked to say that this is their least favorite book of hers and that her others ones are better so I think I will give them a chance.

Website

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Did you have mixed feelings about this book? Have you read any of her other books like More Happy Than Not?

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Quill-less Reads (A New Page!)

I’m so excited to announce the addition of a new page to blog. I have now added a “Quill-less Reads” page where I will keep a list of books that are clean/quill-less.

I have had a few requests that I make a list of books that are appropriate for anyone who prefers to read things that are bit more clean. I decided that the best way to do this would be to make a page that could be updated, and that would keep all of the list in one place.I will add books to that page that I have reviewed  and that are for the most part quill-less. This means that there is minimal cursing and little physical romance (or non graphic romance). I hope to be able to update the page fairly frequently, but it will all depend on what books I read.

Discussion time!

What do you think about the new page? Do you prefer to read books that are more on the “Cleaner” side of things, or is that something that you just don’t care about?  Also, if you know of any “Quill-less” books that I should read and add to the list please comment with them so I can check them out.