Reread Review: A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2) by Sarah J. Maas

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A Court of Mist and Fury

Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
640 Pages


Synopsis:

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.


My Review:

5star

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“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.”
Rhys clinked his glass against mine. “To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.”

Can I give this more than 5 stars because I feel like it deserves so much more than 5 stars. I am in love with this book. It’s even better than the first time that I read it. If you’d like to check out my original review, you can find it here. I am in love with Rhysand and I am in love with the Night Court. Sarah J. Maas does it again with her beautiful descriptions of her world. Night Court, both the Court of Dreams and the actual evil Night Court like Under the Mountain, were both described really well. You loved Court of Dreams and you feared Under the Mountain. Velaris was truly the best thing and it makes you wish that it was real and that you could visit and even live there. Crap I really want to live there amongst Rhys and his Inner Circle.

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(I love Dean Winchester <3<3)

“He locked you up because he knew—the bastard knew what a treasure you are. That you are worth more than land or gold or jewels. He knew, and wanted to keep you all to himself.”

The words hit me, even as they soothed some jagged piece in my soul. “He did—does love me, Rhysand.”

“The issue isn’t whether he loved you, it’s how much. Too much. Love can be a poison.” And then he was gone.”

There are so many great things to rave about with this book. The only thing I didn’t like is Tamlin and that’s because here, he’s pretty much a villain. He closets Feyre and pushes her down consistently. I find it great how SJM romanticized Feyre’s relationship with Tamlin in ACOTAR and how a lot of people fell for it like Feyre. However, in this book, our eyes are opened and we really see the error of Tamlin’s ways. I love Feyre’s character development. She grew into someone so strong in the first book and in the beginning of this book, she’s broken and Tamlin only makes it worse by not giving her the freedom. He suffocates her relentlessly and seeing her breakthrough all of that was wonderful. We get more glimpses of who Tamlin was before Amarantha and see how they are exacerbated after the ordeal with Amarantha.

Look at how much Feyre grew in this book! It’s amazing!

“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”

“No one was my master— but I might be master of everything, if I wished. If I dared.”

“And I realized—I realized how badly I’d been treated before, if my standards had become so low. If the freedom I’d been granted felt like a privilege and not an inherent right.”

“I was not prey any longer, I decided as I eased up to that door.
And I was not a mouse.
I was a wolf.”

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“There are different kinds of darkness,” Rhys said. I kept my eyes shut. “There is the darkness that frightens, the darkness that soothes, the darkness that is restful.” I pictured each. “There is the darkness of lovers, and the darkness of assassins. It becomes what the bearer wishes it to be, needs it to be. It is not wholly bad or good.”

The shining stars in this book would have to be Rhys and his court. They all hail from a terrible sob story but it has strengthened them and made them the wonderful protectors of the Night Court. I loved how all of them together really helped Feyre. I love the stark differences we got to see between the Spring Court and the Night Court. We saw how different Tamlin and Rhys run their court. Cassian, Azriel, Mor, and Amren were all great additions to the series and I can’t wait to read more about them. They all had the same ideals as Rhys and you see exactly why Rhys picked them to be in his court. The book focuses more on character development more than anything else but the metaphorical crap hits the fan towards the end with an amazing plot twist that I still have trouble accepting. It will absolutely keep you on your toes, waiting for the next book to come along!

“And if he had grabbed me?”
There was nothing but uncompromising will in his eyes. “Then I would have torn apart the world to get you back.”

I honestly would just love to quote the entire book and I am probably going to be rereading this again real soon. I just love it that much.

“I was his and he was mine, and we were the beginning and middle and end. We were a song that had been sung from the very first ember of light in the world.”

xoxo

Review: Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Apollyon

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Covenant Book 4
343 Pages


Synopsis:

 

Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.


Bullet Review:

5star

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❤ I hated … despised the beginning of this book. Alex is officially an Apollyon and I hate her guts. Well I hate Seth’s guts, which has now become Alex’s guts. I just hate how Seth doesn’t see the wrongness of what he’s doing to Alex!

❤ It’s a minor spoiler but it happens a lot sooner than I thought but Alex does snap out of it and the story really begins from there!

❤ I am so proud of the person that Alex has become in this series! She’s so mature, no longer reckless, very selfless, and willing to sacrifice her life for those that she loves and for the cause.

❤ Aiden — my agapi *laughs, cries* Aiden was probably at his lowest in the series because of the desperation that he was under when Alex became Apollyon. In his last attempt, he gave Alex elixir. I didn’t like it this low and guilt-ridden Alex. He always felt guilty and sad and just no. I want my baby Aiden back *cries*

❤ I love how everything was finally clicking together. The plot was fantastic and the prophecies from the first two books were on point! We see who’s really behind all of this and how everyone and everything is connected. It’s genius!

❤ There was a couple of scenes in the Underworld and I was really looking forward to it. I thought it was going to be a lot darker than what really happened. I was expecting some Percy Jackson darkness in Tartarus haha. I’m glad it wasn’t terrible and that it didn’t make me gross sob but I don’t know maybe I kind of wanted to? (I’m sick and twisted, I know)

❤ JLA’s writing is excellent, as per usual. Her pacing is always consistent and wonderful. I love the simplicity of her writing. It gets to the point! I love that you don’t have to read through bullcrap to get to the main idea.

❤ Now the one behind all of it! I have to tell you. I was surprised. But it made sense. I made crazy guesses based on all the Greek myth books I’ve read before and I was right! But still! It was a great twist.

❤ There’s a battle in the end and wow. That was literally so heartbreaking. I was sobbing. I was screaming. My heart was racing. I was jumping. I was all over the place. It was amazing! This was what I wanted from the Tartarus scene but hey, as long as we got one of them in the book right?!

 

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Blogger’s Digest: Hurricane Matthew

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Reading has been a huge part of my life these past several years. As much as I want it to be, it’s not my entire life. My blog has always been about books and I love that but I have been wanting to integrate my everyday life on my blog and it’s finally happening! Welcome to my first ever Blogger’s Digest post! *throws confetti* Yay!


It’s hurricane season in Miami! It typically runs from June 1 to November 30 … It is NOT a good season (obviously). A couple of weeks ago, we were greeted by Hurricane Matthew. He was a monster. His winds went up to 160 mph (260 km/h) and was moving along so slow that it achieved maximum destruction. I’m telling you guys, Haiti and Cuba were decimated, just look up pictures. It’s trajectory was supposed to hit all of Southeast Florida and continue going northeast up to North and South Carolina and weaken from there.

I work at the hospital and at FIU (my university). On Wednesday, I was working at FIU when they told us that schools will be closed Thursday and Friday because of Matthew. Yay right?! No school, no work! Wrong! Right after, the hospital calls me because they activated the hurricane team protocol. When natural disasters occur, you’re put in Team A (before and during disaster) and Team B (after disaster). I was in Team A so that meant I had to pack my bags and plan to stay at least 24 hours at the hospital. I had to come in at 5:45AM and be ready to work.

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Thank God that it went smoothly. We were so lucky in Miami that it didn’t hit us. It stayed just off coast and all we got were sporadic rainfall and a few winds. I also thank God that when I walked onto my floor, the staff was composed of all my friends. It made it all the more bearable having to stay at the hospital for so long. Because of the threat of the hurricane, the hospital was not busy. It was amazing. All my co-workers hated the fact that we had to stay overnight but they all wanted to make the best out of it (something I’m very bad at). They brought movies and popcorn and planned to make it the ultimate sleepover party. After they told me all this, I had to admit I was extremely excited. We had a blast at the sleepover. It was 14 of us women sleeping in the same room. Even better was that we were getting paid while sleeping!

I was so exhausted. I still am. I haven’t caught up on sleep and it’s been bad. I’m falling asleep at work. I just finished my last shift at the hospital but that’s not much rest because I’ll be back at work at FIU for 3 days in a row before going back to the hospital. Here’s a life tip: find a job that you love and pays well. Don’t have 2 jobs. It’s so tiring.

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Reread Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1) by Sarah J. Maas

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A Court of Thorns and Roses

Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
470 Pages


Synopsis:

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.


My Review:

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

If you’d like to read my original review of A Court of Thorns and Roses, you can find it here. This is the second time that I read ACOTAR and my eyes definitely read something different. I believe that it was still just as good but after reading A Court of Mist and Fury, I see ACTOAR totally different. Even now, I’m still in love with Sarah J. Maas’s writing. Her world building specifically is one of my favorite things about this book. I could see, smell, and feel the Spring Court. It was described beautifully and it made me want more of it. I thought that the plot was still great but this time around I wish there was more focus on the scenes with Amarantha and the trials. It was one of the best things I’ve read — although the silly riddle was really easy to solve (for me, at least). The scenes Under the Mountain were so fantastically written and Amarantha was a terrible villain to have. However, I understand why there was an emphasis on the love story — it was necessary to force Feyre into action in the last third of the book.

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The main thing that really changed for me is my view of Tamlin. I think that everyone’s view of Tamlin changed after reading ACOMAF. We were reading in Feyre’s point of view, who of course fell in love with him. Seeing it all in Feyre’s eyes made us fall for him, too. She dismissed his flaws so therefore, we dismissed his overprotective tendencies and borderline domestic abuse. We see bits and pieces of it in Fire Night, where he even blamed Feyre in the end for his actions. ACOMAF really opens your eyes to Tamlin’s shortcomings with Feyre and his court really. Tamlin really angered me in ACOMAF and that extended to my reread. It didn’t lessen the enjoyment I had for the book but you know I had to lower down a star for Tamlin. Another major thing about ACOTAR: Rhysand. When I first read ACOTAR, I didn’t hate him. He actually really interested me. The first time I read this book, it was mostly to know the story and follow the plot. This time around, I paid attention to the details and it gives a lot of foreshadowing for the second book and it makes you really appreciate the writing.

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Review: The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3) by Mary E. Pearson

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The Beauty of Darkness

Mary E. Pearson
The Remnant Chronicles #3
679 Pages


Synopsis:

Lia has survived Venda—but so has a great evil bent on the destruction of Morrighan. And only Lia can stop it.

With war on the horizon, Lia has no choice but to assume her role as First Daughter, as soldier—as leader. While she struggles to reach Morrighan and warn them, she finds herself at cross-purposes with Rafe and suspicious of Kaden, who has hunted her down.

In this conclusion to the Remnant Chronicles trilogy, traitors must be rooted out, sacrifices must be made, and impossible odds must be overcome as the future of every kingdom hangs in the balance.


My Review:

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“Darkness was a beautiful thing. The kiss of a shadow. A caress as soft as moonlight.”

I don’t know what it is about this trilogy and me. Everyone seems to love it and rate it real well. However, for me, it was very mediocre. I thought it could have been better. Beauty of Darkness falls within the same rating of its predecessor. This book was a monster. It was so long and I felt like a lot of it was useless. I wanted more action and I wanted the actual war and fighting that has been building up in the past book. There was a lot of politics, more than I could ever want, and it slowed down the book for me. It didn’t interest me. The best thing about the politics though was seeing who was the real people behind this, who set this war on its path. It was great seeing all those who betrayed Morrhighan and Lia.

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Lia was hot and cold for me in this book. I hated her for most of the book and then loved her towards the end. When she finally took the reigns in the end and was commanding her people, it was great. It was wonderful to see women in power. I didn’t like her attitude in Dalbreck with Raffe and his people. She treated them as if she was in charge and would get mad when they went to Raffe for final orders. #rude #yourenottheDalbreckQueen. I also didn’t like that she wasn’t understanding about Raffe’s precarious situation back in Dalbreck. He did so many things to save the relationship and help her out and she didn’t care about what he was going through. Maybe I’m being too harsh on her. I don’t know. Either way, it did affect the way I felt about the book

“Love didn’t end all at once, no matter how much you needed it to or how inconvenient it was. You couldn’t command love to stop any more than a marriage document could order it to appear. Maybe love had to bleed away a drop at a time until your heart was numb and cold and mostly dead.”

I didn’t hate the book but I didn’t love it either. It was too long and some things had a convenient ending, especially the love triangle (that was supposed to be over with after book 1). It was resolved too easily and what had happened with Kaden was a cop out and felt really unbelievable. The war all but lasted like 3 chapters and certain important things were anticlimactic *cryptic line haha*. It really could have been better and I’m really sad that I didn’t enjoy it more.

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Review: The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2) by Mary E. Pearson

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The Heart of Betrayal

Mary E. Pearson
The Remnant Chronicles #2
470 Pages


Synopsis:

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save Lia’s life, her erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar’s interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: There’s Rafe, who lied to Lia but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be savages. Now that she lives among them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country… and her own destiny.


My Review:

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“We had a terrible start… doesn’t mean we can’t have a better ending.”

Kiss of Deception ended on a high note for me because of how it ended. I was really excited to see how Lia and Raffe would fare in Venden and meet the infamous villain: the Komizar. I will tell you that the Komizar does not disappoint. He was one of the best things about this book. He is a villain that you just love to hate. Yes he is evil but at the same time you can tell he has some soft spots, especially for Kaden and his people. He does try to give them hope but overall he’s still an evil genius who manipulates and kills people. He runs Venden with fear and greed instead of loyalty.

“It was worth it, Lia,” He said. “Every mile, every day. I’d do it all again. I’d chase you across three continents if that’s what it took to be with you.”

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**omg that swoony quote**

Lia .. hmm.. she makes some rash decisions and I was never really in agreement with those kinds of actions. Some ended up well, some didn’t. You know the deal. I think she needs some more well thought out plans. She slowly starts seeing Venden for what it is and she starts loving the kingdom. I loved Raffe and how protective of Lia he is but at the same time knows that she can take care of herself. I still love that he sacrificed his freedom to be with her now. Is it so wrong that he’s my favorite character?? Kaden — I’m over him. I don’t like his broodiness and all but it was easy to ignore. My main thing was that the first book emphasized on the love story and it was basically non-existent in this book.

Just like in the first book, I didn’t feel like the world building caught my attention to really be transported to Lia’s world. The whole “gift” thing and the war between the kingdoms kind of fell on deaf ears for me … or blind eyes since I’m reading it?! Anyway, in the end it didn’t really do it for me and I felt like it could have been better. Just like Kiss of Deception, the fastest parts of the book were towards the end. It was really good and probably the saving grace. It keeps you on the edge and wanting book 3!

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Review: A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Tahir Sabaa

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A Torch Against the Night

Sabaa Tahir
An Ember in the Ashes Book 2
452 pages

Synopsis:

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

My Review:

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“So long as you fight the darkness, you stand in the light.”

I was really disappointed with Torch Against the Night because Ember was so fantastic. I might have had high expectations but either way, it fell flat with Torch. Characters that I really enjoyed in the first book didn’t interest me as much in this book. I don’t know if it had to do with the book entirely or because I read my favorite book right before and I wasn’t over that world yet. I grew to really enjoy Laia’s point of view because of how strong she ended up being in Ember. It was really sad to see her slide back in her development. Even then, she didn’t hold much of my interest. I wanted her story to be more than just getting her brother out of Kauf. Helen’s point of view provided great insight to what was currently happening in the Empire but I wasn’t too fond of her point of view either.

“Failure doesn’t define you. It’s what you do after you fail that determines whether you are a leader or a waste of perfectly good air.”

Whether it was bias or not, I only really enjoyed Elias’s point of view. His journey in this book was definitely hard. He went through so many things. We get to see his tribe and family that he grew up with and it was so refreshing. I loved the scenes with the tribes. It was beautiful and more interesting than what Laia had to do. Another thing about Elias? How unfair his story was and how Torch ended for him. I was so angry about what the author did with his story. He deserves much better after all that he suffered through. AND after all he’s done for Laia .. she still doubted him for some things. Just no. Seriously love him.

“Perhaps I have become so accustomed to the burden of secrets that I do not notice their weight until I am free of it.”

One of my main issues was the book digressing to the love triangle that seemed to have been solved at the end of Ember. I really didn’t like that it fell into that trope again. It really didn’t add anything to the plot but dramatics. There was a very good and major plot twist involving the love triangle and I would’ve loved it had I not been angered by the scene that previously transpired before the reveal *oh so cryptic*. The book was more or less slow for me, except with the tribe and the end at Kauf. I hope the third book really picks up and focuses more on what is happening with the Empire rather than just Laia and her brother.

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Current Song Obsessions

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Happy Top Ten Tuesday Day! It is a meme created by the lovely bookworms over at The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, they come up with different topics of discussion. This week is an Audio Freebie! It can be anything audio-related: audiobooks, favorite musicians, favorite songs … you get the gist. I will talking about my Ten Current Song Obsessions! These songs are ones that I can play on repeat right now and it wouldn’t even bother me.


Current Song Obsessions

1. All This Time by OneRepublic

(This is totally gonna be my wedding song. I love it so much!)

All this time
We were waiting for each other
All this time
I was waiting for you
We got all these words
Can’t waste them on another
So I’m straight in a straight line
Running back to you

2. This Is Gospel (Piano Version) by Panic! At the Disco

(This is the song I feel like Feyre would dedicate to Tamlin in A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas)

If you love me let me go
If you love me let me go
‘Cause these words are knives that often leave scars
The fear of falling apart
And truth be told, I never was yours

3. Feel It by TobyMac ft. Mr. Talkbox

(Ugh I love Tobymac! This is such a fun song!)

Oh, I feel it in my heart
I feel it in my soul
That’s how I know
You take our brokenness and make us beautiful
Yeah, that’s how I know (can’t take that from me)

4. Heaven by DJ Sammy

(I listen to this when I run and it’s perfect. I can dance to this all the time, too. So old school!)

5. The Sound by The 1975

(Thank you Me Before You for introducing me to this song! Another great song to run to! Just listen to it)

6. Magnify by We Are Messengers

(The message of this song just hits home for me.)

God be greater than the worries in my life
Be stronger than the weakness in my mind
Be louder let your glory come alive

Be magnified

7. The One I’m Running To by 7eventh Down Time Down

(I lurve this song so much! It means a lot to me)

Tonight I’m gonna fix my eyes
On the only Hope who satisfies my heart
You are the One I’m running to
Everything that’s good and right and true
Jesus, I’m coming after who
You are, You are
The One I’m running to

8. How Can It Be by Lauren Daigle

(This is basically a song about my relationship with Jesus — seriously though)

I am guilty
Ashamed of what I’ve done, what I’ve become
These hands are dirty
I dare not lift them up to the Holy one

I’ve been hiding
Afraid I’ve let you down, inside I doubt
That You still love me
But in Your eyes there’s only grace now

9. Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been by Relient K

I’m sorry for the person I became.
I’m sorry that it took so long for me to change.
I’m ready to try and never become that way again
‘Cause who I am hates who I’ve been.
Who I am hates who I’ve been.

Who I am hates who I’ve been
And who I am won’t take the second chance you gave me.
Who I am hates who I’ve been
‘Cause who I’ve been only ever made me
(If you like Relient K — I guess even if you don’t — I recommend listening to Deathbed by them. It’s a little long but worth it. It’s a beautiful ballad)

10. Monster by Skillet

(This was my Dorian Havilliard song during Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. It fits perfectly lol — I put “lol” but it’s not even funny. My poor baby Dor. I had to put the lyrics because it’s just Dorian singing it, haha)

The secret side of me, I never let you see
I keep it caged but I can’t control it
So stay away from me, the beast is ugly
I feel the rage and I just can’t hold it

It’s scratching on the walls, in the closet, in the halls
It comes awake and I can’t control it
Hiding under the bed, in my body, in my head
Why won’t somebody come and save me from this, make it end?

I feel it deep within, it’s just beneath the skin
I must confess that I feel like a monster
I hate what I’ve become, the nightmare’s just begun
I must confess that I feel like a monster

My secret side I keep hid under lock and key
I keep it caged but I can’t control it
‘Cause if I let him out he’ll tear me up, break me down
Why won’t somebody come and save me from this, make it end?

It’s hiding in the dark, it’s teeth are razor sharp
There’s no escape for me, it wants my soul, it wants my heart
No one can hear me scream, maybe it’s just a dream
Maybe it’s inside of me, stop this monster

What songs do you currently love and can listen to over and over again?

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