A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 640
Format: Hardcover
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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.

First Thoughts (BLOG)

The cover looks a bit ‘plastic.’ where the cover of A Court of Thorns of Roses was badass, the one for A Court of Mist and Fury just doesn’t appeal as much to me. I do like the colors, but the woman on the cover and the dress just seem a bit fake to me.

I had a few theories after finishing the first book, mostly about what happened between Feyre and Rhys at the end of A Court of Thorns and Roses and I can’t wait to find out if I was aiming in the right direction or not.

After the first few chapters: Nope, this is not Young Adult (refers to a very  steamy *cough* and detailed *cough* scene)

Thoughts upon finishing (BLOG)

H O L Y  S H I T. This was pretty much my line of thought for an hour straight after finishing A Court of Mist and Fury. That ending was out-of-this-world, batshit crazy, a ride through crazy town, and absolute utter torture. I’m not even attempting to explain the why to you because there is NO WAY I want to spoil this book for you.This is a bo0k you need to read and make-up your own mind about.

There are so many plot twists in this book that you won’t see coming and I’m afraid of mentioning things that will give it away. Which is why I am going to review this book a bit differently. I’m going to give you a list of reasons why I think you should read (and love) A Court of Mist and Fury. I have no doubt that there are tons of awesome ‘non-spoilery’ reviews out there telling you about the characters, the world-building, the plot, and anything else worth mentioning (because, believe me, everything about this book is worth mentioning). But I don’t fully trust myself, as I’m still an emotional wreck after finishing this book (and I finished it 5 days ago…).

10 reasons why

  1. Did you love A Court of Thorns and Roses? If your answer is yes I’m pretty sure you’ll love A Court of Mist and Fury as well, if not MORE. View Spoiler »
  2. It’s written by Sarah J. Maas. If you’ve read any of her books before, you most definitely know what I mean with this. Anything written by Sarah J. Maas is worth reading. She’s a wizard with words; her writing is out-of-this-world awesome.
  3. Everything you think you know, you don’t. The plot is so damn rich. Twists and turns and so many emotions around every corner. You just gotta read, read, and read until you reach the end (which will leave you begging on your knees for the next book).
  4. Steamy scenes. No kidding, this is NOT young adult guys, A Court of Mist and Fury has scenes that’ll have you blushing and fanning yourself. I loved every single piece of it.
  5. Feyre’s character development. In the blurb, it is revealed that she survived Under The Mountain “at a steep cost.” She’s pretty messed up over all that has happened and Sarah J. Maas does such an amazing job at describing Feyre’s thought process. It wrecked me just how well it was described. Feyre is depressed and has a serious case of PTSD, and take it from someone who’s suffered PTSD, it was so realistically portrayed that at times I had trouble keeping the tears at bay, because I know that feeling so well.
  6. New characters! Ones that are SO worth getting to know!
  7. Friends and family. Finding a home. This plays such a big role in the book!
  8. A Court of Mist and Fury will leave you addicted. I’m not even kidding. I didn’t want it to every end, and when it did, I craved more, SO MUCH MORE. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with myself until May 2017.
  9. The ending. I have no words for that ending. You have to experience it yourself, just so you can understand the pain I’m in after finishing this book. Sweet, beautiful, aweful torture.
  10. You just have to read A Court of Mist and Fury because I tell you to.

 

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. MaasQueen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Published by Bloomsbury Children's on September 1st 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 648
Format: Hardcover
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five-stars

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

What I thoughtQueen of Shadows what have you done to me?! I once again waited reading this… I’d preordered it (duh) and when it arrived I read the first chapter, which broke my heart, and didn’t pick it up until 3 months later. I know, stupid silly me. Because this book was brilliant! It was perfect. I didn’t think I could love the characters even more, but I DO. MUST HAVE THE NEXT BOOK, NOW!

Wrapping my head around certain plot changes

I’ll jump right in, there are a LOT of things happening in Queen of Shadows and I’m going to keep it vague because I don’t want to spoil anything for you. What I do think is quite obvious is that things are changing, in a big way. I had to wrap my head around this, ships were changing, but in the end I think I can say that I am on board where things are going. Obviously I can’t say too much, but what I can say is that there are (as in Heir of Fire) multiple pov’s in this book. And these characters start playing a bigger role and their paths start crossing. Take Manon’s story for example, she confused me at first (especially in HoF) but she’s become one of my favorite characters. She has SO MUCH depth, and I think it’s so interesting what is happening in Queen of Shadows and I love where it inevitably is going.

Celaena, Aelin, continues developing

Okay, Aelin was a bit cold and too harsh in the beginning. I only started understanding this after we learned what happened ‘in between’ Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows. Some things happen that cause her to act this way, but this is only touched upon a few times. Don’t get me wrong, I still admire her, she’s still every bit as badass, clever, and strong as she is in the previous books, but I felt like she should’ve fought for her friends as they have fought for her. She gave up on them and was a bit too harsh towards them at time. So BOY AM I GLAD she started to mellow a bit and changed her attitude. Her heart to heart with Chaol was a key part of the book. So important to come to terms where the plot was going as well.

Sarah J. Maas, the Queen of Writing

Sarah J. Maas put Queen of Shadows together so masterfully. As always, her writing is absolutely gorgeous, a joy to read, but she also put the story together so freaking amazingly. Slowly revealing details, peeling back layer by layer. Plot twists were killing, heartbreaking, and so freaking exciting. I am obsessed with this world, its characters, and THE WHOLE STORY.

Final verdict IRISJEXX!

LOTS of things are changing in Queen of Shadows. Ships are shifting, characters are developing, and while I had to wrap around my head around these changes, Queen of Shadows was everything I hoped it would be and more. Heart-wrenching and another wild ride from beginning to end. It made me laugh, it made me cry. Great character development, complex relationships, AWESOME plot, and BEAUTIFUL writing. Any chance I can read the next book early?

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

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas | ReviewA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Published by Bloomsbury Children's on May 5th 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 416
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five-stars

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

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.

What I thoughtHoly shit, this book is a masterpiece, absolutely and utterly mind-blowing. I love what Sarah did with the original Beauty and the Beast story. I usually don’t really know what to do with Fae stories, but the combination of the Fae with the Beauty and the Beast story worked perfectly. It made the story creative and original, and the plot complex.

The characters were complex and had a lot of depth! Feyre is a great character. She was the underdog amidst the Fae, but that didn’t stop her from fighting what she believed in. She’s something fierce. In a way she reminds me of Celaena, they definitely have some traits in common, but that’s where it ends, because Feyre is definitely a character on her own. Tamlin and Lucien. Gosh I love those two! Tamlin has so much depth! A bit rough around the edges, but he tries, and he’s awesome. I loved Lucien’s wit. He’s a bit snarky, but I love him for it. I love how his and Tamlin’s relationship was all about friendship. And then there’s Rhys, whom I haven’t fully made my mind up about (and I can’t delve into that more… because spoilers and all). His character is extremely complex, there’s a part of me that wants to dislike him, but another part that kinda likes him, and GAH it’s so frustratingly good.

As I’ve come to expect of Sarah’s writing, the world-building is epic. It’s so damn good. My imagination ran wild with the vivid descriptions she gave of the world of the fae. Even though some of those vivid descriptions were a bit gruesome, I was there experiencing everything along with the characters 100%.

Hot damn, this book is STEAMY. I think the last YA book I read that was this steamy was Unravel Me. There’s great chemistry that flies of the pages. The sexy times had me swooning and fawning myself (yes it was THAT good).

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Final verdict IRISJEXX!I love this book! I adore this book! And I want ALL OF YOU to read it. Books like these are the reason I read. The reason I love reading so much. A Court of Thorns and Roses is everything I could have wished for and everything I wanted it to be. I’m trying to reign in the fangirling, but it was just that good. If you haven’t read it yet, go get yourself a copy!

 

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas | Book Review

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas | Book ReviewHeir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on September 2nd 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 565
Format: Hardcover
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five-stars

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

What I thoughtYou have no idea how long I have been waiting for this book. Or maybe you do, because you’ve probably been waiting just as long, and just as impatiently. So when this book finally arrived on my doormat -two weeks after publication date (I’d pre-ordered it a long time ago, so the late arrival was so NOT cool)! My reaction must have been something like this:

Happy

As you all know, I am slightly OBSESSED with this series. And as I am still reeling after reading Heir of Fire, I am warning you in advance that this review will -probably- contain some fangirling.

In this book we learn even more about Celaena. We learn more about het backstory and get to see a whole different side of her. We ALL know Celaena is a badass, this we already established in the first two books, but it was so fascinating (and incredibly heart-breaking) to see who she is behind all those layers. In Heir of Fire she is confronted with her past and she can’t really hide from it anymore. We learn how she wrestles with her past and struggles with who she was before tragedy struck her family, and it made me love her all the more.

Another thing I loved? The new characters that are introduced. For starters: Rowan! Boy does he have the ability to kick some serious butt. As the story progressed I fell in love with his character. He’s just, GAH! (I might have developed a teeny tiny crush… Oh, who am I kidding, I developed a HUGE crush on Rowan) Emotional overload! OH AND AEDION! Whom I thought was a bit of a pompous ass at first, but grew so much on me throughout the story that I just couldn’t help but like his character (like his character a LOT). And Manon, the witch. I thought her POV was very strange at first, and I didn’t really get why she had her own chapters, but after a while I just didn’t mind it any more. The story came together and everything just clicked. Last, but not least, there’s Sorscha. Who’s incredibly cute and I very much enjoyed reading about her.

Heir of Fire was the first book where Chaol, Dorian, and Celaena aren’t in the same place anymore. Literally. They’re all on their own journey and it gave every character the possibility to develop more. I adored how the friendship between Celaena and Rowan developed, he challenged Celaena in a way that Dorian and Chaol couldn’t. Because of him, she developed  both mentally and physically, and it was wicked to read about. It was one of my favourite aspects of this book. Also, I loved reading about Dorian and Chaol. View Spoiler »

THAT ENDING! Please let me fall into this really LONG sleep, and wake up when the next book is out… Because I just can’t deal not knowing what happens next! I don’t even know why I am surprised… Sarah J. Maas does this EVERY time! She has this way with words and I keep reading and reading and then when I’ve almost finished the book – BOOM. So incredibly frustratingly awesome! But as much as I love her for it, I just really need her to take pity on me and hand me the next book!

Final verdict IRISJEXX!I loved everything about this book. From the old characters to the new characters and EVERYTHING else! The ending about killed me (as did the previous books…) and I’ll probably have trouble functioning for a while, but it is so worth it. If you haven’t started this series yet? GO READ IT! Everybody needs this series filled with awesomeness in their lives!

 

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas | Book Review

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas | Book Review

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas | Book ReviewCrown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on August 27th 2013
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 420
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
five-stars

An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.

Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?

What I thought NEW

“I worry because I care. Gods help me, I know I shouldn’t, but I do. So I will always tell you to be careful, because I will always care what happens.”

This book! I am so enormously grateful to my friend Kim, who pointed (or rather pushed) me into the right direction and made me read this book. While Throne of Glass was a book I finished in no time at all and utterly fell in love with, Crown of Midnight managed to be even more badass! There was more action, more character development, more surprises, more complications, more sexy, and a huge I-never-saw-it-coming twist.

Celaena was just goddamn badass. There, I said it. There’s no way I would ever mess with her! She became the assassin I expected to see in Throne of Glass, but only got glimpses of. She was even more fierce and more ruthless, and I can honestly say that I’ve never met a character like Celaena Sardothien before. She’s lives up to the title of Ardalan’s  assassin, and as the King’s champion she’s even more ruthless than before. Her confidence and self-assured arrogance is as present as it was in Throne of Glass, as is her flirtatious sense of humour. She’s brutal and never fails to live up to her title. The best part of all, is that despite all the severed heads and bloody scenes that made my skin crawl, she’s still the character that ate near a half pound of candy in the morning that I fell in love with in the first book. She’s so much more than a killer with a pretty face. And as her relationships with Nehemia, Dorian and Chaol develop and grow more intense, it is hard not to like her. I felt for her through the entire story, as did I respect her and wanted to shake some sense in her (though I’d never dare to do so, because I like my head attached, thank you very much!). She truly is one of the best characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about and she manages to evoke all feelings you need to feel while reading this book.

And then we have Dorian Havilliard and Chaol Westfall. Where I had no preference in the first book, I started leaning more towards the Captain of the Guard in the sequel. Though, if I’m really honest, I have to admit that I have huge crushes on both of the guys. They each have their part in uncovering the true Celaena and they are characters equally lovable. This series has some of the best characters I’ve ever encountered. Between the characters mentioned above, Fleetwoot’s presence, and a non-living thing that has the uncanny ability to speak, the characters and all their quirks and interactions make this series as epic as it is.

The plot carried some revelations that I never saw coming, and jaw-dropping plot twists that changed the outcome of this story. The plot and the word-building was just out of this world (yes, that good!). We learn a lot about Erilea, Adarlan, and the history of the country, and also delve some deeper into the Fea magic, and magic on itself.

There are really no words for how much of an impact Crown of Midnight has influenced my love for this series. While it was in my top 10 after reading Throne of Glass, I am very pleased to say that it now moved up to first place. Within the fantasy genre, this is the best read I’ve ever read. Its the best fantasy world, with a somewhat darker atmosphere, a lot of mystery, magic, and above all amazing characters!