Thursday, 4 May 2017

A Court Of Mist And Fury Book Review

A Court Of Mist And Fury is the second book to the A Court Of Thorns And Roses series. After defeating Amarantha, Feyre returns to the Spring Court with Tamlin with immortality and the powers of the High Fae. However, she can't forget what happened Under The Mountain or the bargain she made with the High Lord of the Night Court, Rhysand.
Now war is coming and an evil greater that Amarantha threatens to destroy what Feyre has fought for.

Firstly I would like to say that it has taken me forever to finish ACOMAF, however that is because I didn't want a break between ACOMAF and the release of the newest book in the series A Court Of Wings And Ruin. So that I didn't have a break between the two books, I ended up rationing the book and limiting myself to reading twenty pages at most a day. This wasn't an easy task as I freaking loved the book!

I got fifty pages in and was sucked back into the world of Fae and didn't want to put it down. I would say which parts were my favourite, but there are just too many. I'd have to say that chapter 43 and onwards were the best out of the whole book. Some specific parts that were my favourite was the part with the Prison/Bone Carver, the part with the Attor and the part at the Weaver's cottage. I was incredibly gob-smacked with chapter 50!

In the first book I absolutely loved Tamlin, however in the second I completely switched and began to hate him and grew to love Rhysand. Feyre throughout this book was such a sassy badass and her relationship with Rhysand completely sucked me in and I kept wanting to know what was going to happen. The new characters that are introduced in the House Of Wind section were great, especially Mor.

I liked how you got to explore more of the Courts, especially the Summer Court and seeing Velaris. If Velaris was real, I would want to live there. It sounds so cute. Even though I loved seeing other Courts, I still missed the Spring Court.

The ending! It was so unexpected and I was basically a crying mess. Throughout the entire last part of the book I just kept saying "yes Feyre!" and was absolutely losing my mind.

I am incredibly surprised with how much I am loving this series, it's just utter brilliance and I am addicted Also, all the covers in the series are so stunning!

It is safe to say that I gave A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J Maas 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Have you read this series? What are your thoughts?

Thursday, 20 April 2017

A Court Of Thorns And Roses Book Review

A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J Maas is the first book in the A Court Of Thorns And Roses series and is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

In order to keep her family alive, nineteen year old Feyre kills a wolf in the woods. Shortly after a beast like creature demands retribution for it and takes Feyre to the magical land she has only heard about through legends. Feyre discovers that the beast isn't an animal but a powerful immortal faerie called Tamlin.
As she is held captive on his estate, the feelings she holds for Tamlin turn from hatred to passion which destroys all the lies she was told about the world of the Fae. However, an evil shadow is taking over the faerie lands and Feyre must find a way to stop it before it destroys Tamlin and the faerie world forever.

First of all, I want to say how surprised I am at how much I loved this book. I am not one to choose a fantasy book to read, however, I was itching to read it because of everyone constantly going on about and because the third book in the series is coming out next month.

Within a few chapters of this book I knew I was going to enjoy it and found it incredibly intriguing. I really liked Feyre as a character and could see some of the similarities between her and Belle from Beauty and the Beast. As for Tamlin.... Ugh I REALLY liked him. I kind of have a crush on him even though he is a fictional character. At the start of the book when you first meet Lucien, I kind of disliked him, but once the story progressed I started to really like him like the other characters.
Amarantha was one of the wierdest, most evil villains and I loved her!

Throughout the whole book, every chapter would end with so much drama that I couldn't just put it down and carry on with my day. I ended up being five chapters from finishing it and then couldn't sleep until I had finished it.

One of my favourite parts was Fire Night/Calanmai/The Great Rite (chapters 20 and 21). It was so juicy and not what I was expecting at all. Equally, I loved the part with the Summer Solstice because it was so cute and romantic and the part with Rhysand because it was so tense.
When I finished chapter 27 I couldn't believe that chapter had actually happened and wasn't ready for it to happen at that precise moment. Chapters 31 to 34 just sucked me in  and I couldn't stop reading. Finally, chapter 36 all the way to the end was by far one of the best book endings and had me hooked all the way to the end. I just couldn't put the damn book down until it was finished. Ever chapter was better than the previous and when I got to the end chapter, I wanted to cry because it was so good.

A Court Of Thorns And Roses was by far one of my favourite reads of 2017 and I ended up giving it 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Tess of the d'Urbervilles Book Review

Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy follows Tess Durbeyfield from a young girl where she finds out that her she descends from the d'Urbervilles, a wealthy family, to a woman and is set in 19th Century Wessex. (That's the best description I can give as I never know how to describe classics.)

I don't know where to even start with this one... I was really craving a classic and have been wanting to read Tess of the d'Urbervilles for ages, so choosing it to read next was a no brainer really.

At first I was incredibly confused for so many reasons. 1) it was told in third person, 2) it was old English and words were written how you would say them with an accent, 3) it was nothing like what I was expecting.

For the first part of the book (there was seven parts in total) I was so confused and kept sating "eh?" at everything. However, I think it was partly down to me reading some of the book as an audiobook. I can't read a book via an audiobook, I need to be actually reading it.

I really liked the second part of the book, Phase The Second: Maiden No More. I was quite interesting. I also really enjoyed Phase The Third and Phase The Fourth and they were one of my favourite parts. My absolute favourite part was by far Phase The Seventh: Fufilment, like WTAF?! It was just so unexpected.

Even though it wasn't that long, it took me forever to finish, but that is just down to it being a classic. Since I am not used to old English and how classics are written, it takes me a while to process what they are actually saying and what is going on.

Overall, I ended up giving Tess of the d'Urbervilles 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

March Wrap Up

March was quite a disappointing month for me as I only read three quite small books. However, that is because I chose to read a classic half way through the month and it takes me forever to finish a classic (two and a half months to finish Pride and Prejudice). 

Even though I only read three books this month, I am incredibly happy with the books I have read because it means I am on track with one of my reading goals, which is to read more diversely. 

At the start of the month I knew I wanted to start reading contemporaries again, but since I have so many unread contemporary, I didn't know which to read first. After much consideration, I decided on If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo. I absolutely loved this book! It was unlike anything I have ever read and was just damn right amazing. I ended up giving If I Was Your Girl 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

After reading If I Was Your Girl, I wanted to stick with reading contemporary, so I chose A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard. My friend Ashleigh over at A Frolic Through Fiction, read this and raved about it, and she never raves about contemporaries unless they are incredible, so that meant that I needed it in my life. Again, I freaking loved this book! It was so adorable and just amazing! I fell completely in love with Rhys and Steffi, they are just so cute! I ended up giving A Quiet Kind of Thunder 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Finally, I read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Another friend of mine, Abbie, told me I needed to watch the trailer for the film adaptation of the book, so obviously I did and I immediately needed the book in my life. I really enjoyed it and fell in love with Olly and Maddy. I ended up giving Everything, Everything 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

What did you read in March?

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Everything, Everything Book Review

Everything, Everything is the first novel of the new author Nicola Yoon and follows the story of Madeline Whittier who is allergic to everything and Olly who  moves in next door with his family.  Soon after Olly moves in, the two become friends sending instant messages to each other and sending messages through their bedroom windows.

I originally bought this book because my friend made me watch the film trailer, and it looked really good, so I just had to pick up the book.

I really enjoyed the short snappy chapters as it made it easier to binge-read and I didn't have to wait loads of pages to have a break or stop reading (I can only stop reading a book if I finish the chapter). I equally loved the little diagrams, doodles and images throughout the book because it made the book different and more interesting.

Right from the get go I loved Maddy and quickly began to love Olly too. Also, I loved the way Maddy acted about Olly because of her inexperience, like when she didn't know why her heart was beating so fast (it was because she was excited about Olly). I loved how Maddy reads and has loads of books - I can relate so much, being a book hoarder lover myself.
At around 60 pages I didn't know what to think, but as I got further into the book I started to love where it was going. I adored pages 88 to 90, they were just so cute! Pages 239 to 306 were incredible. They made me quite sad but made me smile at the same time.
I thought that it was such a unique story, I have never read a book where someone is allergic to everything. Also, the cover is just stunning! 

Although I thoroughly enjoyed Everything, Everything I thought it ended a little abruptly and I was left wanting more. For that reason, I gave it a  out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder Book Review

A Quiet Kind of Thunder is about Steffi, a selective mute, and Rhys, who is deaf. They are put together at school because they can both use sign language and so a friendship begins.

One of my friends read this a while ago and kept saying how good it was and I was really intrigued as I have never read a book with either a mute or deaf character, let alone both. I was a little worried on how the sign language would be included in the book, but it worked really well how they just put it in bold. I love how it teaches you about what it is like to be deaf or have selective mutism instead of just being about someone who has that disability. Reading A Quiet Kind of Thunder made me want to learn sign language and thanks to the end papers which have the alphabet and numbers 1 - 10 on them, I know a little of it.
It was just such an adorable read that was unlike anything I have ever read. Yes it is a love story and I have read plenty of love stories, but A Quiet Kind of Thunder was completely different. I fell in love with it right from the get go and just binge read it until I was finished. I got completely sucked in, especially with the argument between Steffi and Tem, and with Rhys' accident.

Throughout the whole book I just kept saying to myself 'they are so cute!' about Rhys and Steffi. At the beginning of their friendship I loved how it was quite awkward, like when they watched Atonement together. I really enjoyed the light-hearted comedy throughout the book, especially the part with Rhys' mum in chapter 8. Chapters 23 to 27 were also really good, purely because of how cute and funny there were. Some of the characters I didn't like. Steffi's mum infuriated me because of how she treated Steffi and her disability, Karam seemed a little fishy ad I just don't know how I feel about Tem.

I ended up giving A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Have you read any of Sara Barnard's books?

Thursday, 9 March 2017

If I Was Your Girl Book Review

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo follows the story of Amanda, who used to be Andrew. After being consecutively beaten up for being transgender, Amanda moves in with her father and starts a new school.  Soon after starting her new school, Amanda meets Grant and starts to fall in love with him.

I have been wanting to read If I Was Your Girl ever since it was released in June last year, but only got chance to pick up a copy and read it this month. And I have to say, it did not disappoint. 
I have only ever read one book with a transgender main character and really enjoyed it, so I decided to read more. I found the story really original and unique and fell in love with Grant, Amanda and the two of them together.

I loved the flashbacks to when Amanda was transitioning and shortly after her transition, it made me understand the character a lot better. Whilst reading the book I was really curious to see how it ended. Part way through I guessed how it would end, but that happened with at least 50 pages left. 

Initially, I was a little bored with the story. However, I put it down to it was the start of the book and that I was being introduced to characters because after chapter eight, things got interesting. I became that engrossed in the story that I binge read the last 100 pages or so.

I ended up giving If I Was Your Girl 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.