Book Review: Dark Breaks the Dawn – Sara B. Larson

3:30am in the morning lets do this

how am i ever going to go on a day without feeling sleepy, and then waking up at night like a vampire because I’m probably one

Note that I have unfortunately made this review mildly spoilerish, but its really not if you know the story of Swan Lake well, and the fact that this is a Swan Lake retelling. You’re gonna be expecting one or two elements from the story you know to appear in the book either way.


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Name: Dark Breaks the Dawn
Author: Sara B. Larson
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release May 30, 2017

Synopsis

On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless.

But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn onto the throne much sooner than she expected.

In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir. But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price.


Book Cover Comments

As you all know (or if not) this is a Swan Lake retelling, and we can see THE ONE AND ONLY symbol that represents the theme we have on the book cover: a swan. Surprise!

Just kidding.

After finishing the book, I see the significance of those red vines thorns whatever they are. And ooo this book IZZZ gonna thrill you.

And the stone plays an important part in the story!


The Actual Review

First impressions:

Is this book like, a heavy Sarah J. Maas influenced book? Cus all I see is:

  • conduit stone (ACOTAR check)
  • Lorcan (TOG check)
  • inner circle (ACOTAR check)
  • one or two plot points (CHECK)
  • spider silk (TOG check)

That kind of bugged me during my first reads at the book, but at the same time, this book was so attractive and so addictive, I couldn’t stop turning the pages and eventually lost track of time. And no, despite all the references that I believe are to be from SJM books, (or not?) the entire plot to Dark Breaks The Dawn was completely unique. I really loved this story. And I have to say, it was a haunting experience to read.

I’ll explain the “haunt” when I get to the end.

Evelayn, our heroine, super strong. I totally love her. She’s a really unique girl, because of how strong she can be. She fights down her tears, she puts up her stance and her status in front of her audience, and the bravery that she has is just absolutely stunning. Sara lets all of Evelayn’s emotions flow through the text, and that vulnerability that Evelayn has despite all of the chaos in her life, leading her to put up wall after wall is just what we needed to complete her.

And with Evelayn being said, we must not ignore the R-O-M-A-N-C-E in this book. Ok slightly spoilery here but you’d be expecting it anyway, is how Evelayn just kind of clicked in with Tanvir. Their mutual attraction was so strong, and Sara’s romance game was gigantic. If a reader feels the heart flutters, then that means Joanne the book reviewer will pretty much, if not, love the book. (Yes people I love romance) The build up in their relationship, opening up to each other and then in the confession is just TOO MUCH TO TAKE HAHAHAHHAHAAHAHA (i went nuts yes i did)

This world that Evelayn is in obviously has magical powers, and I believe it would be beneficial if the book explained the term that the people with the magical ability was called, since it confused me so much. 25% into the book and I finally had a grasp on what exactly it was. I would have loved a little bit more elaboration of the powers and the magic system, cus it was a little confusing, and we come across these difficult to pronounce/read terms.

Imagine if the most important mountain in this world was named Eyjafjallajökull.

Then no one except the Icelanders would be able to pronounce it right 😂

Plot. Oh yes the plot. It was well spread, everything wasn’t rushed and was just right, the build up to the semi-climax of the book, so well passed halfway, and you might have predicted, would be something to do about war. I mean, its up there in the synopsis. Though I felt like during the war part, some parts were rushed, and I’m definitely not a big fan of like, huge big blows of power, because I feel like its like

Oh. It finally happened.

or like

Wait thats it

or like

It happened in a blink of an eye

And then the part after the battle is the part that is the most important. Because the story continues to build up to the final climax at the very end of the book. And that is why reading this part was very haunting. Because I knew there was more to come, and yet the language and events in this part of this book seemed fairly chill in order to hide it (IMO). Then the climax came along at the very end of the book.

#cliffhanger

Then the Swan Lake element hits.

Look at all dem spoilers in this review.

I always wondered where was the true Swan Lake element that we all know, and there it is. And the book ends.

Me after I read past page 301:

great.

another year of longing for the next and final book of the series to come out to learn more about everything and to resolve everything.


This was definitely a great read of July. The fact that it wasn’t a blastingly lengthy book made it simple and easy to read, and the romance in the book was extremely rich and absolutely lovely. Not to mention that oh so great cliffhanger at the end :)

Book Review: Spindle Fire – Lexa Hillyer

Whew, finished the final part of the book on the plane back to Hong Kong simply because I had nothing better to do, and I slept too much throughout the day.


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Name: Spindle Fire
Author: Lexa Hillyer
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release April 11, 2017

 

 

Synopsis

A kingdom burns. A princess sleeps. This is no fairy tale.

It all started with the burning of the spindles.

No.

It all started with a curse…

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.

And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood—and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.

As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.

Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape…or the reason for her to stay.


Book Cover Comments

Despite the sort of dull blue/green/grey, the contrast it had with the rest of the graphics, in which is in an ice blue shade was really cool. The designs for the castles and whatever symbolism it had was really nice as well. I also liked how its the opposite of book 2 (coming out in 2018)’s cover, as the background color is ice blue, and the font for the title (Winter Glass btw) is in that dull blue/green/grey. (Correct me if I’m wrong.)


The Actual Review

OK like are you serious this book just killed me.

Let’s kick off with the Sleeping Beauty retelling element. I super duper duper love how we get a mix of both old and new, from the classic Aurora tale of falling asleep, to the fact that Aurora actually wakes up in a totally different world? Also the fact that the so called fairy godmothers you know in the classic tale ain’t that fairy godmother like anymore. Lexa changes the entire concept of some of the most well known characters, well unfortunately basically all of them, and unfortunately villainising almost everyone we used to know to make a whole new Sleeping Beauty. I thought I saw elements of Disney’s live action movie, Maleficent, in the book. Maybe I do, but my speculations can’t be confirmed till I read the next book, in which I’m dying to.

Then we have the two sisters.

It is really interesting for Aurora and Isabelle to have a part(s) of them tithed to the fairies, and so that makes our characters very interesting. Whereas all the previous books that I’ve read so far has pretty much completely normal characters in terms of body criteria, Isabelle has her sight tithed while Aurora has her sense of touch and voice tithed. Imagining these characters and putting myself into their shoes was a completely different experience, and the tithes make a great role in their own personal development.

Yes, personal development.

I am so proud to see the character growth of both Aurora and Isabelle. Aurora, in her sleeping world, has learnt the worth of herself and found out the things that she can do. She broke so many boundaries that she couldn’t do as a princess and in the real life world, and in her sleeping world, she had the courage and bravery to believe in what she thought was the correct way, and went ahead. And throughout the story, she broke so many mysteries and solved so many riddles that lead to the final ending which was satisfying.

#TwilightMoment #SpoilerAlert

Isabelle’s main issue was self worth, because (SPOILER ALERT) she is basically the bastard daughter of the king, and you could technically call her Aurora’s shadow in people’s eyes. Isabelle has constant worries over her own worth when comparing herself to Aurora, and through her journey of trying to find a way to save her sister and by encountering a very special (AHEM) someone, Isabelle has learnt to be a little bit more selfish for herself, to believe in the worthiness of herself, and that she is beautiful in her own way.

Ok maybe not that last line, but she’s getting there.

I super duper love how the book works. The majority of the POVs switch between Aurora and Isabelle, so alternating chapters of these two POVs, with occasional cameo appearances of some fairy lords, fairy princess, the “fairy godmothers” whatever whatever whatever. They told a story of their own, they shared snippets from the past that helped explain the rest of the book and solve some mysteries, and during some points, I was in absolute shock.

What else is there to say?

OH RIGHT. THE FINAL THING.

ROMANCE.

DAMN YOU LEXA HILLYER YOU TOOK MY BREATH AWAY FOR ROMANCE. 100 POINTS TO YOU.

LIKE HOW MANY SHIPS TO WE HAVE GOING ON IN THIS BOOK? FIVE THOUSAND? AND LIKE, ALL THE JEALOUSY AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF JEALOUSY IN THIS BOOK IS JUST JUST JUST TREMENDOUS, AND LIKE HOLY LORDS AURORA AND THE SO CALLED STRANGER SHE MET, AND AS I “SPOILED” YOU ABOVE, ISABELLE MEETS SOMEONE AS WELL, AND THEN YOU PLUG IN THIS EXTRA CHARACTER IN AURORA’S STORY, AND THEN AHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHHH

#ded

Ok also the fact that many roles overlap and many roles kind of mirror each other. You’ll see what I mean when you compare our heroines to some other existing sisters in the book. And then cue the jealousy and how that brings down hell and storm and whatever whatever.

#stillDed

#StewardnessJustGaveMeCARAMELITAiceCremeYUSSSSSSS

#YesI’mTypingUpMyReviewOnThePlaneLIT

So in conclusion (The crappest way to end an essay or whatever I know) if you die for crazy romance that gives you beautiful butterfly heartaches, a great mystery, alternative worlds and mirroring roles and images, definitely pick up Spindle Fire. This was totally worth the purchase when I was at B&N Orange County back in California. It’s such a good read, and the last line is definitely to die for.

Book Review: All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

Right. One month.

I’ll try to document the two week trip to America, and then the other missing two weeks? School. HELL.

WHO’S SCHOOL HAS THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF SCHOOL MORE STRESSFUL THAN EXAMS?

MINE.

MMMIINNNNEEEEE


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Name: All The Bright Places
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Ember / Knopf (1st ed)
Release Date: September 6, 2016 / Jan 6, 2015 (1st ed)

Synopsis

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death. Every day he thinks of ways he might kill himself, but every day he also searches for—and manages to find—something to keep him here, and alive, and awake.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her small Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school—six stories above the ground— it’s unclear who saves whom. Soon it’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. . . .


Book Cover Comments

It’s cute.

A very contemporary message-bringing book book cover.


The Actual Review

I had a lot of high expectations because of goodreads choice awards and what everyone said.. but… no.

I just didn’t really click with ATBP. I think the greatest problem that caused all of this was because the perspectives really confused me. I dunno, just felt like at the beginning there was so much going on, I lose track of the characters.

And thats the reason why I never read Harry Potter. Firstly I can’t pull up so many character faces in my mind. And secondly, I watched the movies. And thirdly, too much going on. Ok I sidetracked.

Also, at certain points, we lose Violet’s perspective completely, and that part just confused the heck outta me. I had absolutely no idea what was going on.

 

Tbh half of the time I had no idea what was going on in this book. It was somewhat really hard for me to catch up onto what was going on. There are parts where it gets really interesting, but because of my low-hype throughout the book, it became awkward. I think in general, the build up of Violet and Finch was just really mellow, and I get why, because this is kind of Jennifer Niven’s biography in a sense, since she’s sharing a personal experience of hers but in this form.

Also, I think I never understood what the story surrounds until I got to the ending. I always thought it of (mild spoilers btw) “There’s a reason to live on, you might still suicide but hold on” instead of what the book is, which is “the survivor of the incident, as in the sidewatcher”. I think this stumped me up. Also I just have to say, the ending felt rushed to me, everything just happened. And because of that misunderstanding, it didn’t leave me a good impression.

Like ok I get this is for a good cause, at occasional times its really sweet, the message its giving readers I understood because I can associate with it, but I just didn’t really dig into it. Also I personally like to know everything, I’m nosey, so when there are one or two things that the author left out on purpose, it itches. I’m sorry but I’m a real pandora right here.

 

So overall, this is just my opinion and my reading experience, you might like it you might not, it really depends on how the book hits you and if you understand whats going on.

Book Review: My Not So Perfect Life – Sophie Kinsella

New review here we go.

yes I’m doing this in English class because I’m not bothered to work on my World Literature essay, and I have no notes on me to come up with a proper topic!


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Name: My Not So Perfect Life
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Bantam Press
Release Date: February 7, 2017

Synopsis

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.

But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?

Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.

Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.

And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?


Book Cover Comments

I kinda wanted the other cover, but some how it was this one!

Aesthetically very pleasing. I totally love the fonts used, and the little illustration of Katie was adorable. I can’t stop noticing how the placement of everything is just amazing. Gods.


The Actual Review

I didn’t realise it at first until I started reading this book.
That I purchased an Adult Fiction.
I usually go for YA, and I’ve actually never tried adult fiction before, so this is a totally new thing to me. It started off a bit slow, but it caught up really well later on, and it was super interesting and fun.

So this book would be more reflecting on real life situations and not so much beautiful falling in love whatsoever contemporary YA books, and the real life situations are on point.

Katie and Demeter both have troubles going through their lives, how their family affects their job, vice versa, relationship issues, as well as their love for their families. You’ll see how it all plays out when you read the book.

The unravelling of these two’s lives and their troubles, and how their relationship changed throughout the book was really interesting to see. While reading this book, I kept getting The Intern feels. Yes, the one featuring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. And then I rewatched The Intern after I finished the book.

I super love that the company this entire job surrounds is a brand logo/illustration company, and how Katie’s skills tie in with what she does back in the countryside when she goes there. And that’s the first domino tile that kickstarts everything.

The description of the countryside farmhouse seems pretty luxurious, honestly. I kind of want to go there and experience nature, because I’m a 100% nature person. And the elements and activities provided in the program of the hotel-camp business that her dad set up seems really fun as well. There were also a lot of humor inserted into the events that happened during the visiting of different guests.

Btw, there’s a heck ton of gossip and shade going on, and this is a really key point to the plot in the book. Why, I won’t tell you, but it’s how every bad turn on either Katie or Demeter, not spoiling you, started to happen, and what I like is that the book ended in a “solving mystery” way, which just makes things more interesting.

Last but not least, the cute sweet love involved in this book. Geez whenever Katie and her crush has interactions, my heart flutters like hell, and these two takes intimacy up a level. Totally love it. And the ending totally broke my heart :)


My Not So Perfect Life is a perfect chill read on a hot summer day or a cool autumn afternoon, suitable for anyone looking for a bit of the real world out there, a little bit of The Intern and a little bit of love.

Book Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J. Maas

I think I’ll just have to start writing up this review before A Court of Mist and Fury, before all the feelings disappear.

I’ll leave the spoiler review for my YouTube video, because I’m literally speechless right now.

Btw this is spoils for ACOTAR and ACOMAF, so read at your own risk. I’ll try to stay away from ACOWAR spoilers, but some major general concepts and details are required.


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Name: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: May 2, 2017

 Synopsis

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.


Book Cover Comments

Feyre in her wonderful Night Court dress designed by darling Charlie Bowater, holding a i-assume-it-is-Illyrian blade, the mountains behind her and the mist shadows surrounding her on the US cover, and the thorns surrounding her on the contrasting seafoam green background on the UK cover. Stunning

Ugh my mosquito bite itches.


The Actual Review

“One life may change the world.”

There is literally nothing to say how beautiful this book is. How beautiful the first trilogy was.

“I see all of you, Rhys. And there is not one part that i do not love with everything I am.”

So much went on, my heart was mended and broken over and over again. This is the first final book of a series that I have read from Sarah, and she did not disappoint me at all. In fact, she might have done too well. I might not have cried as I just don’t cry a lot, but my mind and my heart is a tattered mess right now.

“I am yours, and you are mine.”

Feyre began with finding herself in Spring Court in order to set things in motion to prepare for the future. But little did she know that some actions she made might have mended the situation permanently, but not some far future plans.

“You do not fear. You do not falter. You do not yield. You go in, and you come out again.”

And that, reader, is for you to find out what exactly I am talking about.

“It is a new world, and we must decide how we are to end this old one and begin it anew.”

In this book, war looms ahead, and everyone, not just the Night Court, every single court must choose their side, Hybern or Prythian, whether they should involve the humans, call in old debts, whether to summon terrible beasts to fight with them. And the entire process of the war planning was heartbreaking. All the High Lords, all of the shrouded mysteries and secrets revealed, when we reunite with old characters in the book, when we see whether courts will join forces together, what they can offer.

“We’re all a broken, in our own ways – In places no one might see.”

There is one High Lord that I still love so much, and I knew that the hope I held for him throughout the past few books was not wasted. He is broken and shattered, but some day, I hope he finds happiness.

That was who had been running alongside us. Trying to find us.

*sobs*

“There are many types of strength beyond the ability to wield a blade and end lives.”

Many characters grow and bloom in this book, I won’t mention what, but honorable mentions must be Elain and Nesta. You’ll see why when you read it. Both of them, shook from fear back in ACOMAF, have to face their new life of adapting to what they have become. And when they find courage and friendship among those around them, so that they can hold on to something to continue living, and face the future given to them…

I understood why it had come to help me, again and again. Not just for kindness … but because it was a dreamer.

In this book, we will encounter some great great characters, those where the High Lords and Lady will ask for their help, so that they can save Prythian from the hands of Hybern and the power of the Cauldron… And when these great great characters put on their best effort to assist them, oh…

“Only you can decide what breaks you, Cursebreaker. Only you.”

Honorable mention 101: Suriel bb

“It’s a rare person to face who they are and not run from it – not be broken by it.”

There is one thing that this book reminded me about:
Don’t be afraid of who you might be deep down. Everyone has their beautiful sides, their outer shell, their inner self, their fear, rage sadness, the ugly side of them. But it is all a part of you. Learn to love yourself for who you are, and do not show fear, for your greatest enemy is yourself. Embrace the darkness in you, for where there is light, there is darkness. Embrace it, and even do not let it scare you.

“What we think to be our greatest weakness can sometimes be our biggest strength.”

Gods I feel like I’m in

oh shit.

WHY DIDN’T I SEE IT
SAILOR MOON
IS THIS ON PURPOSE
HOLY MOTHER OF JESUS CHRIST
I THINK I’M A GENIUS
I’M SORRY I’M EMOTIONAL AND HIGH RIGHT NOW

AFTER I FOUND MYSELF INSANELY QUOTING FROM SAILOR MOON IN THAT PARAGRAPH ABOVE, (and quoting ACOWAR of course, not directly though) I SAW THE HUGE CONNECTION BETWEEN SAILOR MOON AND ACOWAR. HOW DID I FORGET THAT??????!!!!!!!! YOU, READER, CAN FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF OF MY DISCOVERY. BECAUSE IT IS FUN.

“Leave this world… a better place than how you found it.”

That’s it. I’m gonna reread Sailor Moon. No doubts bout’ that. No doubts. I think it’ll help mend my tattered mind right now. And since Goodreads established the reread system, it’ll count into my Reading Challenge 😏😏😏

And none of us dared to speak as he dropped to his knees before her chair, took her shocked face in his broad hands, and kissed her soundly.

I’m staring at nothing right now. I don’t have anything else to say how perfect this ending is.

“I believe everything happens for a reason. Whether it is decided by the Mother, or the Cauldron, or some sort of tapestry of Fate, I don’t know. I don’t really care. But I am grateful for it, whatever it is. Grateful that it brought you all into my life.”

At every end is a new beginning.
The road ahead might be smooth, might be bumpy. You might encounter troubles, you might find something that will make your day.
But know that nothing in this world is of coincidence. Everything is the inevitable.
And that…
Everything is a gift.

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas

Since ACOWAR is out, I thought I’d do a written review of ACOTAR and ACOMAF since I reread it :)


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Name: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: May 5, 2016

 Synopsis

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.


Book Cover Comments

The two editions don’t have much of a difference, but one is more sophisticated background, and the other one simplistic. Both are really unique, and I really like it as how it progresses throughout the rest of the series.

And the tattoo on Feyre’s hand is really pretty.


The Actual Review

I actually don’t even know what to say about this book.

Like its just so entwined into my mind, I’m not even too sure what to talk about it.

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”

Ok let’s begin with “this story is inspired by Beauty and the Beast”. Yes I see it. It’s nice how the entire plot line is inspired from it, as there are some retellings where only part of it is inspired from it. Ok this is just complete B.S.

“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

ACOTAR started off pretty dull, until Tamlin comes in and interrupts Feyre’s life. As we see Feyre slowly adapting to the her surrounding and situation in the fae land of Prythian, learn to accept those around her, oh, everything is just sweet and romantic. (and that’s what Sarah wants us, plotted us to be in in preparation for next book.)

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

There are many sweet moments that Feyre and Tamlin spend together will make me fawn over everytime I read it. (yes ACOMAF readers despite it being Tamlin) Tamlin still has a special place in my heart during his time in ACOTAR.

I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.

Feyre is a really special character in the sense that, she had to be extremely independent since a young age, her sisters being, cruel, peculiar, just somewhat ignorant in my opinion. I don’t think I’d like my sisters (not that I have any) to leave all the work of living to me, but we’ll change our opinions on Nesta and Elain soon enough. They come off real different during ACOMAF and ACOWAR. Well attitude wise not so much, but still.

“We need hope, or else we cannot endure.”

Because the blurb didn’t say much, and I don’t want to spoil any of you who haven’t read it, but the last quarter of the book takes place somewhere else in Prythian, where the darkness lurks, where Feyre has to face some pretty terrible things, all in order to save her love, Tamlin.

I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world.

But will that love be her savior, or her poison?

And the things that she has to do in order to save Tamlin…

And when you reread the books and find all the details entwined into the book that leads to ACOMAF and ACOWAR…

“Ah. The Suriel told you nothing important, did it?”

SURIEL BB IS THE ULTIMATE BAE OF THIS BOOK BECAUSE THE SURIEL IS LEGIT A BITACH GOSSIP QUEEN- SURIEL IS THE BEAST THAT KNOWS LEGIT ALMOST EVERYTHING AND BASICALLY A TRUTH TELLER!

If you find this review very boring, just go watch my youtube review. It’s probably better over there than this BS for the sake of OCD, so that ACOWAR won’t just be a review here, and ACOTAR and ACOMAF will accompany it. Yes I’m shallow I know. Shhh.


Ok update as of 22 May, 2017.
Let’s do a little more BS because I guess I’m a bit more in the mood.

“I came to claim the one I love.”

So let’s talk a little bit about Spring Court, and my initial thoughts on it.
Okay, who wouldn’t find Spring Court pretty, when Joanne is obsessed with flowers and just super likes nature? In Spring Court, the main people we get to see are Tamlin and his second, Lucien, who originally hailed from the Autumn Court as the youngest child of the High Lord of the Autumn Court.

“Because I’d want someone to hold my hand until the end, and awhile after that.
That’s something everyone deserves, human or faerie.

Lucien was kind of a douche in the beginning cus he just generally hated Feyre, but kind of gave up hating on her for unknown-reasons-cus-i’m-not-supposed-to-spoil-you-even-if-you-know-what-happened-reasons. And then Tamlin was just genuinely kind. I just saw so much charm in him because I like happy endings and sweet couples. Ahhh, if only life could be a dream.

As I lifted the ash dagger, something inside me fractured so completely that there would be no hope of ever repairing it.

Feyre had to face quite a ton near the ending, where everyone think is where the exciting part is, aka when Beauty saves Beast from whatever curse is on him. Yes need I remind you this is a partial retelling. And this is all just the first step into how she’s broken into tiny little pieces, and the step into how she will heal all together in the second book. P.S., what happened to Feyre is somewhat significant to book 3 ;)

“Everything I love has always had a tendency to be taken from me. I tell very few about the wings. Or the flying.”

Btw the villain in this book is pretty legendary. I mean, in the end she’s just trying to protect the one she loves, in this case, heartbroken and p much died, so she went mad and bonkers. *gods I see all the Sailor Moon references of how in the end, the villains only want to protect EERRR MAHHH GAWDDDD ETHICS AND MORALS MY MIND IS EXPLODING*

“I stepped out of the shelter of my savior’s arm and turned to thank him. Standing before me was the most beautiful man I’d ever seen.”

Anyway this book just broke my heart right after I read it, and then I decided that there was nothing I can do except to send a package to SJM because ilysm cus ToG Series also broke my heart, and I made my twitter fan account, aaandddd I reread ACOTAR the next week to celebrate the release of ACOMAF~

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

Btw get ready to meet dead hot High Lord of the Night Court Rhysand and his legendary banter and kindness. Secrets remain in this supposed-non-spoiler-review until ACOMAF.

His eyes locked on mine wide and wild, and his nostrils flared. Shock—pure shock flashed across his features at whatever he saw on my face, and he stumbled back a step. Actually stumbled.

 

Honestly guys this book is amazing. For those of you who think ACOTAR is a waste of time because of what ACOMAF and ACOWAR is gonna be, shut up and learn to embrace everyone and stop being so judgemental. BE FORGIVING.

Book Review: City of Bones – Cassandra Clare

 

And here I am… reviewing the legend of legends…

aaaand being behind book blogging schedule!

Note that I will be commentating on the new covers, since that is the edition that I have and will go for.


Name: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 1, 2015 (1st published Mar 27, 2007)

Synopsis

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Clary knows she should call the police, but it’s hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.

Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary’s mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque demon.

But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…


Book Cover Comments

Guess what.

I love it.

Shiny surface, not as creepy as the other edition with a male chest in my face-opinion, the bronze color scheme is lovely. And then there’s wonderful Jace holding a sword and touching some cards. Does it mean something hmm? hmm? hmm? ;)

Btw the new editions’ spines are ABSOLUTELY gorgeous.


The Actual Review

I never thought about reading this series, because I know how many books there are, and I was always so scared to start it because I know how much potential there would be. But here I am, thankful of my friend who basically forced me to read it by buying it as my Christmas present.

Even in the first book and it took a little bit of time to get into, Cassandra Clare’s writing was pretty amazing. The new edition comes with a forward that introduces just a little bit to what the Shadowhunter Chronicles would be like. Just how she decides to combine nephilims, vampires, faeries, all these magical creatures into one cauldron, mix it all up and pour it into one book? That was pretty amazing.

While the general plot concept was somewhat cliche about how a girl embarks on a journey to find her missing mother without knowing anything about her existing past or abilities whatsoever because her mom hid it from her (Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier or Passenger by Alex Bracken), this series didn’t disappoint me at all. Book one begins with a lot of world and character introduction, concept building, so on and so forth. And through Clary, I get to know a lot of basically everything. Now the fact that this book was written in the old ages, there is bound to be a triangular relationship of some sort. But hey, who doesn’t like cliche plot lines? Honestly though, Clary and Jace are pretty cute, and I really want to know what happens next, because there was a plot twist regarding these two’s relationship that makes everything much more intriguing.

Other characters in the book include Simon, Clary’s best friend, Izzy and Raphael who are Jace’s companions, as well as the nephilim’s mentor. Being a regular human introduced into this gang of shadowhunters, Simon naturally felt lost, and Clary somewhat was using him as an advantage to access the human world, because I mean, Clary pretty much lost her house. There was a bit of annoyance and jealously that arose from Simon, in which I haven’t seen for awhile in YA novels, so he was a pretty fresh characters. The relationship between Clary and Simon as best friends, but including an unrequited love was pretty classic as well, but their existing bond could perhaps make them have more interesting development in the future.

Jace is a pretty cocky character to be honest. But hey lets just say this hot guy kinda got attracted to Clary, and chemistry just happened. And the way how he puts himself before others, acts without thinking, the way he just knew what he had to do in some situations in the book for the sake of Clary and not really himself, to save others around him, was pretty sweet of him.

We also get a brief introduction with Magnus Bane!!! Yes he is so significant because he literally has a book for himself (Bane Chronicles in which I have not read yet) He’s a pretty funny character in my opinion, with the way he hosted his heck of a party, but at the same time, really mysterious, because he has so much hidden power, and he only displayed a fraction of it in front of Clary and her friends.

So talking about roll credits, City of Bones refers to Bone City in the book (lol I’m just repeating myself), a place which Clary and Jace would visit, gain a knowledge to a really key information to discover the past of Clary, and how the plot moves along. I won’t spoil you (most of you here reading my review has probably already read City of Bones but whatever) because Clary’s past and family tree is what drives the conclusion to this first book and therefore leading to the plot twist that happened 75% of the way, but yea.

So that’s pretty much it because I can’t think what else to write, but I know that I must get City of Glass as soon as I finish my May Book Haul. And yes, I CANNOT WAIT FOR MY A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN TO ARRIVE. Sarah J. Maas 4evvaaa