A Court of Thorns and Roses Tag

So this is a tag through a friend on Books Amino called Chelsie Charmed who runs a book club on the app and our book this month was ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas. I’m trying not to do any Sarah J. Maas books in this because that’s just kind of unfair.

  1. High Fae: Recent Favourite Magical or Fantasy Book

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Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. So I’m a bit late on the bandwagon of this series but it is incredible and I’m really looking forward to continuing on but I don’t know when I’ll be able to because I’ve sent the challenge to finishing all my unfinished series that I can.

 

 

 

 

  1. Beast: Your favourite Fictional Bad Boy

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I still have a soft spot for Jace from the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare and even though people don’t really seem to love the Mortal Instruments it remains one of my favourite series from when I started getting into YA.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Huntress: Favourite Kickass Female Character

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Emma Carstairs from the Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare. I loved Lady Midnight this year and I am so in love with Emma; don’t get me wrong Celeana is incredible and so is Kelsea but there’s just the inherent strength to Emma that we have seen since she was young.

 

 

 

 

  1. Riddle: Book with a Great Twist

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The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I can’t believe all the things that happened in this book and it kept throwing you through a book and I was so heartbroken by some of the twists you were hit with and it was just an overall worthwhile read that took you on an emotional rollercoaster.

 

 

 

 

  1. Boog: Book that Gave You Nightmares

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The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. So if you’ve read this book then yu know that there are some brutal scenes in the book and they really affected me and I did struggle sleeping for a while due to this book but it remains as one of my favourite books.

 

 

 

 

  1. Naga: Favourite Book Monster

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I don’t know if this counts but I love the Witchers from Andrzej Sapkowski series. I just think their whole vibe and systems and worlds and lives they live is really interesting. This series actually contains some of the best descriptions of magical creatures I have ever seen and it’s rarely mentioned.

 

 

 

 

  1. Rose and Thorns: Favourite Love Hate Relationship

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So overall I really don’t like this trope, it’s infuriating but going way back to Percy Jackson and The Last Olympian Series by Rick Riordan, I loved Percy and Annabeth and their budding relationship and fighting was one of the few times I could deal with the fighting.

 

 

 

 

  1. Spring Court: Book That Reminds You of Home or Makes you Nostalgic

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba. So this is a strange one but, a couple of years ago I went to Malawi and I read this soon after I came back and I felt so connected to this book and where it was set because the Malawian people are so amazing and incredible and I really related to them and it is one of the few places apart from Glasgow that felt like home.

 

 

 

  1. Painting: Book with The Best Descriptions

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The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. I have a strange relationship with Maggie Stiefvater because I HATED the Shiver series and adored the Raven Boys and the whimsical element was too much in Shiver but just enough in the Raven Boys and I think I need to accept that she is a great author but is hit or miss from me. I will definitely check out The Scorpio Races and any books she writes because I want more of The Raven Cycle.

 

 

  1. Curse: Favourite Retelling

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I really enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer as this series was about empowering the princesses we watched as little girls and those princesses I couldn’t stand because they needed a man to save them and these set of books completely changed that and I still love reading them and can’t wait to finish Winter.

 

 

 

So if you let me know what you think of the Tag then I can pass it on to the creator and if you want to do it yourselves then I would be really interested in seeing it.

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The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

This book took me FOREVER! It was such a slog to get through but it was really interesting but it just felt like I wasn’t making any progress but I found that there was a lot of build-up but the last quarter flew by.

Characters

Like always I keep track of all my characters and wish I had some artistic talent because I would draw them for reference. There are A LOT of characters in this and I would recommend notetaking of each with their roles and powers.

Kelsier – So this is our main male protagonist where he is one of the 2 main perspectives you see in the book. He has a rich backstory and is an already experienced and well developed character even though you are just introduced to him. I really like his humour and quirkiness and he is the main ancor of the group. I really enjoy reading from his perspective but I also like reading about him from Vin’s perspective.

Vin – And this is the main female protagonists and the other perspective we get to see. She is the opposite of Kelsier where she has just discovered her powers and is being taught by him. You really see her development and mind-set and as an outside perspective into an established group of friends. I never expected a younger female perspective when I picked the book up but I was pleasantly surprised.

Dockson – I love Dockson, he is the responsible parent to a group of unruly boys. He has a really comforting presence and holds everything together. However, he is a background character which I only noticed upon reflection because he has such an important role in the group.

Sazed – Oh I love Sazed, I think he’s my favourite character, he is just so well witten and likable and knowledgeable and I just which I had him in real life. But he is always there in a dire situation and saves the day.

Breeze – Breeze is the rambunctious scallyway, he’s charismatic and enjoyable but with so many charcters it is easy for him to be overshadowed.

Ham – I really like Ham even though he isn’t involved too much I still really enjoyed reading the scenes with him because he offered an overarching perspective on the overall storyline. His thoughts allowed you to take a step back from the storyline and revaluate good and evil and create your own conclusion about what they were doing.

Marsh – He was an integral part of the story but he did it in the background. I liked that he was involved and as Kelsier’s brother you got to know more about him.

Club – He’s really forgettable but he was always about so that’s quite strange.

Yeden – I don’t like him, he’s very contrary and all over the place and there wasn’t enough of his involvement to come round to his side.

Mare – We learn about Mare from the

Reen – I hated him, he’s an awful brother to Vin and his voice in her head gets really infuriating, there’s a part at the end where they try to redeem him but it doesn’t work for me.

Elend – I’m so in love and my boyfriend joked that he knew I would love him. But he’s written to be loved so it’s not really my fault.

Romance

There is a small romantic element to it and it’s nice to break up the rest of the serious tone fo the book.

Setting

It is such a high fantasy novel where everything is so different and strange and it’s very different from our world and the way the characters think about how things would be different and like our world seems absurd to them.

Story

It is a very slow story with a lot of elements to it and I think you need to be prepared for it because I wasn’t. It moves around a lot and can be difficult to keep track of but is still interesting and keeps your attention but there is a lot of information and detail to wrap your head around.

Plot

I never expected that we would be looking at a revolution/rebellion and the strategy and planning was so well done and thought out and the explanation of each element and the execution was just exceptional. It was so cohesive and developed and it was really interesting to read.

The stand out part is the complexity and developed nature of the magical elements from the metals and their powers to the different types of beings and this is what I love most about fantasy. I like the different systems and the uniqueness and originality you can get from different authors.

Writing

There’s so much detail and explanation and the voices are very distinct but it did drag a bit for me and I found it really difficult to get through the segments.

Villain

Oh man is he evil, you don’t get much face to face with him but more from heresy you learn about what he’s done and how he treats people and the power he controls and that just makes him this really awful ruler.

Goal

So, spoilers……

End

The end to this book was incredible I must say, I couldn’t stop reading and finished the last quarter in one sitting because that went by so fast and so much was happening and it was unbelievable.

So this is definitely a must read but just brace yourself because you’re in for a long haul.

 

Champion by Marie Lu

So starting off this review will contain spoilers for the first two books, Legend and Prodigy but will not contain spoilers for Champion.

Overall I’m really displeased with this book. I’ve found that a lot of the series I’ve been reading have been turned into trilogies that would stand better as a duology. I can’t say I liked this book overall and as a simple statement I think you’re probably better off not continuing and just accepting the cliff-hanger of Prodigy or just finishing at Legend.

I adored Legend, I like the story, the characters, the world, and how it all came together. I was fine with Prodigy but a bit annoyed with the general direction it went in and the ending. But now getting into the details:

Characters

June – So this is June finally confronting everything that happened to her and trying to take on a new role and not being with Day. She no longer seems like the strong female role model from the first two books and is a shadow of her former self and that was a little disappointing going into this.

Day – He’s turned into this dying over-protective big brother who doesn’t really a have a goal and is quite honestly a bit of a puppet exerting control. There’s no fire and passion in him like there was and he demeanour is definitely quiet and perhaps that’s to do with the illness but I think it more comes down to a lack of direction which I will explain later on.

Eden – I really like Eden and I’m glad he’s ok and you see some of his recovery and the relationship between him and Day.

Anden – He’s honestly the most interesting character in this and his struggles of begin a new ruler and fitting into an unstable political climate. You really see more of him and the issues he has to face and the challenges of trying to run a fair and just county.

Romance

Oh man did this suck. We have virtually no romance due to the events of Prodigy and what you do get is just sad and diminished and I originally liked the two of them together.

Setting

For some reason a lot more of the world is discover half way through the final book…. Why? I really liked the world of Antarctica and how that culture lives but I don’t know why it was thrown in here so late into the storyline.

Story

The story was poor for me; it had no direction for the better half of the book and was trying to continue on from Prodigy with little success in my eyes.

Plot

There was a very thin plot and it was incredibly disappointing and when we did eventually start seeing what this book was to be about it sort of fell flat and there wasn’t enough to keep it interesting.

Villain

IT was just a rehash of the other books and I would have preferred something more interesting.

End

So I really hated it, it was such a cop out then tried to recover it and it just wasn’t a nice finale.

 

So I really do like Marie Lu and I’m just a bit saddened by the ending to this series that I did really enjoy. I plan on reading the Young Elites even though I don’t know what it is about because I know I did enjoy her previous books

Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

Today is Top Ten Tuesday – A weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week’s topic is:

Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

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Firstly, I hated this series, I couldn’t find a single thing I liked about it but the trouble is that now I’ve read the Raven Cycle and loved it so much I don’t know whether I should go back.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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So when I first read this I decided that it was only one book and didn’t care fi there were more but so many people rave about the series as a whole that I wonder if I should read the next two. It seems unlikely because there are so many other books I’m interested in but now I’m accepting the idea of going back.

Evermore by Alyson Noel

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I loved this series when I was younger but not that I reflect on it I’m not sure it was all that great.

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

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When I first read this book I didn’t think it was anything special but as I read a lot of other books regarding court politics I have gained so much respect for it and I now regard it as one of my favourite series.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

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When I first read this I was so angry and appalled at how it ended but with time I have mellowed out but I still don’t rate it very highly but with rumours in the works about a book taking place after it, it could possibly be redeemed.

Fallen by Lauren Kate

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This was one of my first delves into young adult and the first I read about fallen angels and I loved it but as the series dragged on my love dwindled to a stage that I won’t even finish the series.

I know that’s only six but there’s no more books that have really changed with time I’m afraid.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Firstly, this book broke me; I have never felt so helpless while reading a book. The story encapsulated me and I really struggled to put it down which is an issue when I have exams.

Characters

Feyre – So this is our main character and I’m a bit mixed with her. She’s a strong female lead but only if it’s against humans. She maintains her strong personality with Fae who are much stronger but it feels worthless because she can’t compete so it was really hard trying to reconcile this. She is very strong and determined and you know that she will get things done but she isn’t a light-hearted character so it can drag you down while being in her head so much. Overall I like her and think she will be much stronger in the future books and I think that will make me enjoy her character more.

Nesta – We don’t get much of Nesta but she is quite a stuck up standoff character and she’s not likable but as you get into the story you realise that there’s more than meets the eye and I think she could become a key plot point for the future of the series.

Elain – She is our little light of hope. The character who remains innocent and you can see that the world is something more and believe in something better. However she is naïve and you have to just accept that and enjoy the little glimpse that you get.

Father – So I don’t like him, I think he is a weak and selfish father who only cares about money and wealth and respect for himself. The father’s I know would do anything for their children no matter the cost but he’s just useless.

Tamlin – So he’s too perfect? I don’t know, he’s smoking hot don’t get me wrong but he’s negatives are not taken in such the gruesome reality they should. He’s a beast…. literally. He kills and murders things and Feyre doesn’t seem to be put off by that and I think she should be, at least to some extent, at least to be wary of him and to at least acknowledge it before justifying it. She feels very defensive of him when she doesn’t even know him. Afterwards I accept his justification of his actions and the troubles that plague him. There’s clearly a lot more to his character and I would be interested to explore it in the future.

Lucien – I love him, I think he’s my favourite, he’s just so brass and bold and funny and charming. He just adds a whole other dimension to the story and I love his scenes and when he’s involved. I wish more for him and want to get more of him.

Alis – She’s our strong female relationship that is missing from this story but she’s that bit motherly that it’s not a female friendship that so many YA stories are missing. It’s all great to have this badass female but I need authors to acknowledge that we know that people can’t do anything on their own so give her another strong female sometimes, please.

Rhysand – I’m not saying I prefer Rhys to Tam but I like the blatant honesty of his character. You know he’s bad news and that he’s not there to appease Feyre. You enjoy the reality of him even though we got introduced to him quite late in the story.

Romance

I enjoyed that Feyre was older, wasn’t a virgin and the sexuality was not all fluffy. I think so many authors are very strange about the line between sex, swearing, and brutality. Feyre is 19 ad it definitely feels like an book for some older readers. It’s a bit more full on than The Throne of Glass series but that also does it well. If you’re going to write a love story then don’t romanticise it too much, I understand that there will be some lovey dovey sections because it is there to be enjoyed but this strike a nice balance.

Setting

The areas are beautiful and feel so warm and inviting and are so vivid that the world is just so well constructed and I want to see more of it because there’s clearly so much more too it. I especially love the fact that you get told about all the different planes and courts that exist early on because it really sets the scene and gives you a clear idea of the sheer scale of the world. It’s nice that you’re not drip dread it and the author has a clear idea of her world that she hopes to build on. I do want to see more of it as we did only get a small section of it but I don’t know how much is enough because it could become overwhelming.

Story

So I was the little girl that never watched princess films because she couldn’t understand why a man had to always rescue a woman. That’s why I enjoy retelling because that doesn’t tend to be the case; however, this one is on the fence for me. Feyre needs Tamlin to save her because she’s human and can’t compete with Fae but also she does things for herself. It very polarising and I think this will be less of an issue in the next books.

Plot

This is very detailed and there is foreshadowing and at the end you see all the little placements and snippets of information. It is very well done with an incredibly rich history that is so well constructed and draws you into the world and the story.

Writing

The writing was incredible; I have enjoyed every Sarah J Maas book I’ve read and her writing style just keeps getting better. I truly love to read her books and I miss when I’m not reading them. It’s so immersive and gives you enough detail about feelings and characters and setting that you get a good idea but you can fill in the missing sections to bring your own element into it.

Villain

So it’s a complete spoiler to talk about it so I won’t.

 

Overall I think this is a terrific book and is so worth reading. I’m disappointed in myself for having left it so long and can’t wait to get to A Court of Mist and Fury which I’ll hopefully get to next month.

 

 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

So I am loving these more and more but it’s Harry Potter so I try and keep the reviews short.

Characters

Harry – I think it’s hard to see his development but I’ve been really enjoying his wit and humour and his perspective is really enjoyable to read…. I’ve been waiting for the moodiness to kick in.

Ron – He is great, I love his lunacy and weirdness and the absentmindedness you sometimes find with him.

Hermione – She’s hardly in it again! And all the fighting! She is so unlikable!

Snape – I never realised how annoying and evil and argh, he’s terrible, I never realised just how plain awful he is and what he does to Harry.

Lupin – I really enjoyed him as the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher and wish he was more involved because I enjoyed him and his relationship with Harry and it’s a shame we didn’t get much interaction between the two.

Sirius Black – He’s our main focal point of the story and I enjoyed that you can find out about the past because of him and how he fit into the plot and Harry’s life.

Romance

Harry got a crush!

Story

These stories are just so good. They’re so well thought out and so excellently crafted. I love the level of detail and how things link together and flow and it’s just amazing to read and experience.

Plot

So much of the plot comes to light; what happened to Harry’s parents, the relationship between James and Snape, Voldemort….. there’s just so much to gain from this. I really love that we are getting a steady stream of plot and that it isn’t all thrown at you and it’s just all so wonderful.

Writing

The writing is superb, it is encapsulating and intriguing and light (which is what I needed after my current reads) and just flows at a great pace and built-up. The books just feel so quick and snappy and I really enjoy that because some books are just so long and never-ending!!! But this is fast becoming one of my favourite series to read, I’ve been really enjoying having one to read a month even though I know what’s going to happen. I can’t wait for next month but I’m pacing myself.

Villain

This is the most evil villain that is not present in half of the series! Just the idea of him is enough and I don’t think I have ever properly contemplated it.

End

I love the endings of these books so far, it isn’t a cliff hanger but you can’t wait to see what happens next. I also love that you get a real ending because the stories are split up each focusing on a particular issue to concur.

Top Ten Tuesday – Books you picked up on a whim

Today is Top Ten Tuesday – A weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week’s topic is:

Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim

So a lot of the books I p up on a whim are because I spent a lot of my childhood in library pilfering through books and the old fashioned way of reading blurbs. So here are books I picked up just because…

The Winner’s curse by Marie Rutkoski

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So I liked the rendition of this in relation to what I thought was a take on the colonisation of the Americas but two years later and everyone was all over it and I loved it but never knew how much it would blow up.

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

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Walking about WH Smith right before going on holiday and I’m a book finding machine.

All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin

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This is still one of the most underrated books/series in my opinion. People need to read it.

Evermore by Alyson Noel

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I have no clue how I came across this but I read it all. I think it was probably due to a charity shop having quite a few in the series.

After the End by Amy Plum

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I read this a year or so ago and forgot what it was called or about and I’m so glad to have found out and I’ll be getting tot he second book soon hopefully because this story has really stuck with me.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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Again WH Smith before going on holiday and the cover looked weird and I loved fantasy and it was about Shadowhunters which I had never heard of. I actually picked up this series when it was only planned to be three books so I’ve really enjoyed going on this journey as I think with 10 books now it’s pretty intimidating.

The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney

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I love faeries and I love the different renditions of them so when I’m at the library reading a blurb and faeries are mentioned I’m getting it.

Wicked lovely by Melissa Marr

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Again, library, faeries…… but I HATED IT. I’ve tried reading this series 4/5 times because I’m that committed to faeries but I just can’t do it and I don’t think I’m going to try again.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

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I attempted this far too young and this was a big book for 10 year old me so fair to say I never finished it but I did get through a fair chunk.

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi

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I loved this series but I always forget about it or that I read it but the art in it and the creatures is beautiful. I love having that in books, I love supernatural things and really developed insights into them and I find that the visual is quite rare and unfortunately I have no drawing talent or I would create my own creatures for different series. Seriously, I would love to create a bestiary of all different fantasy species and the different variations and series…. I’ll never do it but I’ll always dream abut it.