Sunday, May 21, 2017

Review|| A Court of Wings and Ruin (and lot's of cringe) by: Sarah J Maas




I don't usually like to review sequels because then the review can't truly be spoiler free (which is a huge bummer). BUT I had to make an exception since the third and final (??????) book in the ACOTAR series came out this month. 

Since this is the third book, this won't be a spoiler-free review. If you haven't read all three books then please leave if you don't want to be spoiled. If you don't really care about spoilers then...


Let me take a minute to get myself together I CaN'T STOP LaugHIng aT tHIS GIF *DEEP BREATHS*
Oh ACOWAR. 

*Sigh*

Before we get into the actual review let's have a bit of a ~story time~ shall we?

I don't think I've ever been so hyped for a book. ACOMAF is pretty much my favorite book of all time. 
*Has definitely NOT fallen asleep with ACOMAF in my arms multiple times*
I haven't been this obsessed with a book since I read Clockwork Princess back in 2013; and boy was I OBSESSED. It didn't actually begin to occur to me that maybe, just maybe, ACOWAR wouldn't be as good as ACOMAF until a few days before I received my copy. 

Once I received said copy, I put off reading ACOWAR for as long as I could *cough* approximately 10 minutes *cough*. I sat down and devoured 100 pages, put the book down, and later picked it up and devoured another 500 pages in one sitting. Needless to say, I looked up from the book and my vision wasn't that good but YA KNOW WHAT ToTaLLy WoRTH iT. I then read the last 100 pages in my 65 minute class (which I didn't even know was humanly possible for me as a reader...?) Have you ever tried reading while playing the viola because, that morning, I did. How is that even possible? I don't know, my friends. I do not know.

So I'm sitting in class and I immediately go to Goodreads to give ACOWAR a rating. (My original rating is 4.2/5 stars). A few days later I lower my rating to 3.5 stars... and then I think about the book EVEN MORE and my rating goes down to a 3 stars. 

So... what was the problem with what I thought to be my new favorite read of 2017?

(Keep in mind there wasn't one thing in particular that killed the book for me. It was more of an amalgamation of smaller things.)





(This section title sounds so intense ahaha)

I felt like we were going to see a lot more of Feyre in the spring court. I don't know about anyone else, but the synopsis gave me the vibe that a good chunk of the book would be about Feyre infiltrating Tamlin and his cronies. However, about 100 out of the 700 pages actually contained Feyre in the spring court. While this definitely wasn't my biggest problem with the book, I would have liked to have seen a little bit more.




It makes sense that Feyre couldn't be away from her mate for too long because how could we possibly fit all of the sex in otherwise? Y'all have to understand something about moi. I am a lover of trashy romance. The Feysand scenes in ACOMAF are MY FAVORITE. The Feysand scenes in ACOWAR... meeeeeh. The first time Feyre and Rhysand see each other again I was actually screaming. I could barely stop screaming long enough to actually read the book. (The fangirl in me reared it's slightly crazy looking glitter-filled head). The second time Feysand had sex I was still living off of my fangirl high and I was just rolling with it. 
But there's a point when the sex started to feel... cringey and forced. I would read 5 chapters and 3 out of those 5 chapters would contain sex scenes. It got to a point where I was like, "Okay SJM you got anything else?"
There's also a particular scene where Feyre tells Rhysand:
"'I don't think--I don't think I can have sex here. With him [Tamlin] so close." Rhys remained quiet. "I'm sorry if--'"
Something about that was just kind of... weird to me. 
It insinuates that they have to have sex every night and that just didn't mesh well with me.




Trust me when I say this. I love Feysand SO. FREAKING. MUCH. But their relationship in ACOWAR wasn't doing it for me. Rhys was a fuckboy 98% of the time. (This kind of aligns with the last section.) The sex to emotional moments of amazingness ratio was probably 10:1. 
I also felt like Rhys was... trying too hard. (HoLD uP let me explain). There were a ton of instances where Rhys would jump in and say something along the lines of "FEYRE CAN MAKE HER OWN DECISIONS. FEYRE IS AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN." It's great that he feels that way, don't get me wrong, but it felt really forced and awkward. 
Overall, I just really didn't care for the portrayal of their relationship.



Sarah J Maas tried to add diversity into ACOWAR but it... didn't go well. We're first introduced to Helion who is bi. How do we know he's bi? He LOOOOVES threesomes!!! It's really ignorant and audacious to assume that, since so and so is bi, they must love threesomes. We also later find out that Mor is bi. (Bi because she's attracted to both men and women she just doesn't have emotional ties to men.) While I don't think Mor was represented poorly, I do have a hard time believing that she hasn't come out to her friends after 500 years. 500 YEARS. Let that sink in.



The ending wasn't really an ending. It wasn't Requiem level bad (y'all know what I'm talking about if you've read the Delirium trilogy) but it definitely didn't feel like an ending. (Just to be clear I'm talking about the last chapter not the entirety of the ending). I know there are more books but still. Shouldn't the conflict from this trilogy be resolved in this trilogy? The ending overall felt lacking and haphazard. 



... I think that about covers my problems with the book! I disliked A LOT about ACOWAR; but I didn't dislike everything. 


I loved that we got to venture into different courts! The scenes where Lucien and Feyre are fighting their way through the Autumn Court are probably some of my favorite scenes from the entirety of the trilogy. 
I also loooved when the Inner circle took a trip to the Dawn Court. The banter between the high lords is honestly my favorite. (Can't you just picture all of the courts being stuck in the Big Brother house together? xD) Tamlin walks in like:


I can't lie. The last 100 pages had me feeling all of the feels. 

Actual footage of me in the back of my class when I read chapter 76/77:



In conclusion, ACOWAR felt like fan fiction to me. I expected a lot and it didn't deliver; but it also wasn't terrible. Maybe the ACOTAR books Sarah releases in 2018 will redeem this series as a whole...?



"Only you can decide what breaks you, Cursebreaker. Only you."




Thanks for reading and have a lovely day! 


Friday, May 5, 2017

May (I PROMISE I'M ONLY SCREAMING A LITTLE BIT) New Releases


Hello beautiful people!

I've been slacking on blogging lately (I'M SoRrY I... Can'T... LiFE). But I'm happy to be bringing you another installment of ~Bookcitement~! I absolutely love doing these posts because sharing the love for books is DA BEST. 
I also can't believe that it's already May. I know I say almost that exact statement every month but, like, where'd the time go?!?!





A Court of Wings and Ruin 

I'm only screaming A LOT OHMAGOODNESS IT'S HERE  a little I swear. Of course, I'm disappointed with the problems the book has buuuut I couldn't not read it because I love these characters so much I CRY. 


Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Always and Forever, Lara Jean is a follow up to To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han. I have yet to read this series (I KNOW I MUST SOON) but I'm still excited to see A&FLJ out in the world!!!


Girl out of Water

I'm expecting family, friends, and maybe some self discovery...? I haven't read much into the story but Laura Silverman is a fabulous human and I'm super excited to support her book :)


Noteworthy

Bisexuality, gender exploration, and a cappella. Ummmm.... HECK YES. 


How to Make a Wish

I'm hoping for lots of cutesy moments and maybe some teary eyed moments as well! I'm a big baby when it comes to family struggles (Shhhhh don't judge me).







Ramona Blue

I haven't read Julie's first book but I'm for sure interested in Ramona Blue! It's received a lot of hate *GLARES*. However, a bunch of reviewers that I trust have really enjoyed it so I'm willing to give it a go =D





A Million Junes

Y'all, Emily is another one of my favorite author humans and A Million Junes takes place in Michigan... I'M SCREAMING. Setting your book in Michigan is a quick way to sell me since ya girl is from the north.


The Names they Gave Us

Another book that takes place in Michigan!!! I'm expecting to cry a lot. (Once again I'm a big crier when it comes to families and cancer HoLD mE.) 


Flame in the Mist

RENEE AHDIEH AND MULAN *MUCH EXCITE*






Lord of Shadows

I'm excited to see a continuation of Emma's story! I'm not sure I'll be picking this one up immediately but I'm excited nonetheless because SHADOWHUNTERSSSS.




I Believe in a Thing Called Love

I'm so excited for the cuteness of this book! It seems like the perfect read for June *wink wink nudge nudge*


When Dimple Met Rishi

WDMR is one of my most anticipated books of 2017! I'm DYING to get my hands on this book! 




What releases are you excited for this month?
Thank you for reading and have a lovely day!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top Five Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want to (toss a book across the room and never look at it again aka) NOT read a book

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish


Welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday post! I do these posts pretty infrequently but today seemed like a good TTT day so... here we are! I'm getting a little crazy today and I'm only listing five things (I KnOW I'm suCH a ReBeL.)

Today's topic is: 
"Top Ten Things that will make me instantly want to NOT read a book."

Without any further ado let's get into the list!



Reviewers are saying the book is problematic

This is my number one no no. I'm not someone who needs to "read and find out for myself." There are so many good books out there and I don't have time to read discriminatory or harmful writing just for the hell of it.


I get Déjà vu reading the synopsis

How unique a book sounds is super important to me when I'm adding books to my tbr. If the premise of the book is similar to something I've read before then I'm wayyyyyyyy less likely to pick it up.



The book's dystopian

Okay, okay, I'll admit. This isn't ALWAYS a turn-off for me. However, most dystopian's have similar premises (which isn't always my favorite thing in the world.)


I hear from a majority of people that the series finale is AWFUL

*cough* REQUIEM *cough*
How a series ends is huge for me and if a large majority are saying that they absolutely hated the series finale... well... bye bye books. 


The author of the book isn't someone worth supporting

I don't have anyone in particular in mind but how an author treats their readers will make me want to read (or not read) their book. If an author is a complete dirt-bag then that's a huge turn-off for me as a reader.



Do you agree with any of these?
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!



Sunday, April 23, 2017

ARC Review||| Blood Rose Rebellion by: Rosalyn Eves




*Thank you to the publisher/Netgalley for providing me with and ARC in exchange for my honest thoughts.

Good morning, lovelies! (or good afternoon depending on when you read this xD) I'm excited to talk about Blood Rose Rebellion with y'all because...
A) MAGIC
B) HUNGARY (!!!!)
and C) ... that's all I got ahaha sorry

Let's start out with some positives, shall we?

   I LOVED the fact that the majority of the book took place in Hungary. My family's Hungarian so it was wonderful to see Hungary be the setting of a YA novel. 
   The overall uniqueness of the story was another huge plus for me. Magic wielding being the main focus of a book isn't anything new. But Eves also incorporates different mythological stories into the book to create something entirely new. 

With that being said, let's get into some of the negatives. 

   Throughout the story I found myself... not caring. I didn't care about the characters or what may or may not happen to them. There were quite a few gruesome/sad scenes at the end of the novel and they didn't pull any emotion from me. (Which is saying a lot because I'm a big book cry baby xD) 
   I wasn't rooting for the romance because I didn't feel like the author really gave me a reason to. (If that makes sense.)
SPEAKING OF ROMANCE...
  The thing going on between Anna and Matyas was just TERRIBLE. Basically, Anna's attracted to Matyas. Nothing wrong with that, right? Except Matyas is HER COUSIN. There are 416 pages in this book and two of those pages contain Anna and Matyas making out. Which, if you ask me, is two pages too many. (I had to get that out of my system since no one else seemed to be talking about it.)

  The downfall of this book, for me, was the character relationships. The book never had me emotionally invested in any of the characters thus I didn't care what became of them. 

Overall, I thought the book was okay. It could have been amazing if the characters were written better. 


"People can be many things, not all of them expected."


Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Five Authors Who are Instagram GOALS


I'm a huge Instagram lover (except when it comes to the algorithm then I have a problem xD) 
.... and since I've spent so much much time on Instagram I've started to notice something. Author feeds are EVERYTHING. Don't know what I mean? Well, I'll just have to show you...




The first author that came to mind was E.J. Mellow. Her pictures are bright and aesthetically pleasing and JUST. SO. GORGEOUS.







I'd like to take a quick moment to tell you to read Wintersong!!! It's such a good book just do itttt. 
JJ's posts are beautiful and relatable. She also loves seals (!!!!) and she's an adorable human just in general.








Emily is another adorable human with a hella aesthetic feed.
*Whispers* Only a few more weeks until A Million Junes releases!!!





Sophia posts some gorgeous reposts of her books as well as some novel aesthetics. (Y'all know I'm always up for novel aesthetics!) I absolutely adore her warm-toned feed =D




I know you're probably tired of hearing "aesthetic" but OHMYGOODNESS JUST LOOK. Sarah's feed is SO. DANG. AESTHETIC.



I hope y'all aren't tired of my Instagram fangirling just yet xD

What are some of your favorite author Instagram's? 
(I'd also love it if you'd recommend me one of your favorite recent-reads in the comments!)

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!
=D



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Bookcitement||| April ~Slay Me~ Releases


Who's pumped for this month's new releases?! 
........ I sure am!!!

I couldn't find a ton of YA releases to include in today's post... but that's fine! I'm trés excited for the ones that I'll be sharing with you today.





Toward a Secret Sky by: Heather Maclean

I haven't heard anyone talk about this book! It takes place in Scotland (YESSSSSSS) and it's a thriller...? I'm not really sure how to explain it but I recommend checking out the synopsis!
Plus the cover is GORGEOUS.


Defy the Stars  by: Claudia Gray

*Whispers* I love the cover of this one too...
Planets, robots, revolutions, OH MY. I'm not huge on sci-fi but this one looks interesting! 


Letters to the Lost by: Brigid Kemmerer

Okay, so I love all of the covers for this month's releases xD
Letters to the Lost looks super sad and I'm scared to look more into it. But at the same time...


.... Bring the feels. 

Side note: THIS GIF I'M CRYING


Perfect by: Cecelia Ahern

I read Flawed by: Cecelia Ahern last year and I'm excited to see what happens in the sequel. Things got INTENSE y'all...




Alex and Eliza: A Love Story by: Melissa De La Cruz

HELPLESSSS I LOOK INTO YOUR EYES AND THE SKIES THE LIMIT I AM HELPLESSSSSS ahaha I'll stop. (I'm also slightly offended if you didn't sing just then xD)
I'm excited to see Melissa's take on Alex and Eliza's story!


Given to the Sea by: Mindy McGinnis

The synopsis and the cover both intrigue me! Though, I was looking through reviews and I found a review from Nastassja where she shares a quote from the book...


.... I'm still cackling. It that bad? I feel like that's bad.... xD


Blacksouls by: Nicole Castroman

I'm SOOOO ready for this book. GUYS. READ. BLACKHEARTS. DO. IT. Then we can flail around about Blacksouls together.


The Upside of Unrequited by: Becky Albertalli


I'M....So.... EXciTED... I... CaN'T... asdfghjkl





... and that's a wrap! I'm excited for all of these books and I can't wait to hear what y'all think of them when you get your hands on them! Make sure to let me know if I missed any April releases you're excited for. (Y'all know I'm always struggling ahaha.)



Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!


Friday, March 31, 2017

March||| A Month in Review


Hello again friends!

Before I get into March things I'd like to quickly give y'all an update. You might be able to tell but.... I screwed my blog up xD  I thought I wanted to try a new template, and I liked the template at first, but I couldn't edit it or personalize it. 
.... and because I'm me I didn't save my previous template. Thus my blog looks different. But I've finally gotten Disqus back (THANK GOODNESS) and I sincerely apologize if you've commented in the past week and I haven't replied. Blogger got rid of your comment ☹
I'm striving to make my blog even better than it used to be and I thank you for your patience (since I'm on ThE sTrUGgle bUS lmao.)

Without any further ado... let's get into the struggle that was March 2017!



Soooo I only read 2 books this month; one I started in February. I had some finals along with a plethora of other tests this month and reading seemed like a chore. I feel like when reading becomes work you shouldn't be reading. :/


Ratings:

  • The Bone Witch: 4 Stars
  • Summer of Sloane: 3 Stars


I have full reviews of both of these books! Summer of Sloane Review ⇢ The Bone Witch Review






I actually got Milk & Honey last month buuut it's in the picture anyway haha.



The books pictured:


I was absolutely ecstatic to be contacted by a Bone Season Representative this month!  Thank you for the ARC Shae ♡




*I wasn't able to visit many blogs this month so I don't have a post of the month. I would love if you shared your favorite post in the comments!



My life this month? School. Buuut there were some good things that happened this month! I got an A on all of my finals (WHOOP! WHOOP!) 
I also just got back from seeing Beauty and the Beast! I adored the movie and I think all of the characters were cast perfectly. 
I also got my first order from The Melting Library this month! I've been eyeing bookish candles for the longest time and I'm so excited I finally got my hands on some!







If you want to check out these gorgeous candles then you can click here!


Speaking of exciting bookish candles... I got chosen as a rep this month! *INTERNAL SCREAMING*

The shop is Flattering Candles! Kelly is a lovely person and I highly recommend her candles ♡




*Whispers* My rep code is: Bookspiration10 for 10% off.


Thank you for reading my monthly ramblings and I hope you have an amazing April!
=D


Review|| A Court of Wings and Ruin (and lot's of cringe) by: Sarah J Maas

I don't usually like to review sequels because then the review can't truly be spoiler free (which is a huge bummer). BUT I ha...