Review : A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Hey guys, I know it’s been a while but my computer broke and I just got it back right before July 4th and then the crazy 4th of July weekend came and so I’m behind on A LOT of reviews and a Wrap Up/TBR post.  Which is to come probably in a big bulk between tomorrow and Tuesday.

ANYWAY, WITHOUT FURTHER ADO:

16096824A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas 
Published: May 5th 2015

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.

So, as many know this was our June Readalong book and thanks for the people who joined us in this read along (we’re going to try another one for August, so if you have any books to suggest please let us know!) it was great and the forum discussions were really good!

This book, I think so far is my top book for 2015. I cannot believe the amazingness that was this book. It was just beautiful and the end was just so great I had to read it twice to make sure it was right. Sarah J Maas just blew me away with her writing the most though. I don’t think I’ve ever picked up a book and had so much trouble setting it down to do things like go to work or eat. I’ve never read one of her books before (which is why I picked up Throne of Glass this month) and I’m so glad that this was my first book read by her.

I honestly still cannot fathom how she wrote all her characters so perfectly. Even the evil ones! I hated Amarantha, but at the same time, I loved her for being so amazingly written! And her plot line and backstory was amazing. Which leads me to say, that Sarah J Maas had the plot and storyline on point from beginning to end. The whole thing was just…fluid and always in motion and there wasn’t one point where I was just like “okay let’s get moving”. Although I did hear a lot of people had trouble with the beginning of the book, but I didn’t.

The pace was fast and yet the whole book had so much detail but I still wanted more,I hope there’s more detail in the next books and I hope to see more courts and go deeper into characters. Tamlin was great and his relationships with all the characters were wonderful too. I hated Fayre’s family until Nesta really turned out to be a bad ass. Which I was so happy about. But her character writing was just so amazing. There was literally not one bad thing about this book.

Props to you Sarah J Maas. You literally took my breath away with this book (and so many feels).

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ARC Review: Those Girls by Lauren Saft

18249315Those Girls by Lauren Saft

Expected publication: June 9th 2015

Some girls will always have your back, and some girls can’t help but stab you in it.

Junior year, the suburbs of Philadelphia. Alex, Mollie and Veronica are those girls: they’re the best of friends and the party girls of the school. But how well does everybody know them–and really, how well do they know one another? Alex is secretly in love with the boy next door and has joined a band–without telling anyone. Mollie suffers from a popular (and possibly sociopathic) boyfriend, as well as a serious mean streak. And Veronica just wants to be loved–literally, figuratively, physically….she’s not particular. Will this be the year that bonds them forever….or tears them apart for good?

Lauren Saft masterfully conveys what goes on in the mind of a teenage girl, and her debut novel is raw, honest, hilarious, and thought-provoking, with a healthy dose of heart.”

In the synopsis of Those Girls on GoodReads, it says “Lauren Saft masterfully conveys what goes on in the mind of a teenage girl, and her debut novel is raw, honest, hilarious, and thought-provoking, with a healthy dose of heart.” This is a very interesting way of describing this book because I didn’t find of that to be true.

Right away, I felt like I was suppose to hate the characters. Now, I’m not a fan of unlikable main characters because I want to like the main character. I want to connect with them and relate to them in some way. Or I want to be like them, I want to feel empowered by them. None of the characters in Those Girls are likable or empowering in any way. Each of the three girls are amazingly mean. Like, holy crap these girls are mean. Not just to everyone around them but also to each other. I have no idea why they’re friends because they are so mean to each other. I couldn’t even understand why they were so mean. I’m still confused as to why they were so mean. By the end of the book, I hated each character so much.

I couldn’t really find the main point of the plot. I was kind of lost in the overwhelming meanness of the characters to really pay attention to much else but towards the end of the book, I started looking for “the point” but I couldn’t really find it.
I feel like this book was suppose to be some sort of insight on teenage girls but if that was the case, it was very poorly done. This book does not “masterfully conveys what goes on in the mind of a teenage girl”. I don’t know any teenage girls that could relate to these characters. I would never have connected with these characters as a teenager. I’m curious to know why the publishers think Those Girls’ characters convey any sort of reality of the main population of teenage girls.

The writing was actually really good though. If I rated this book purely on the writing, I would give it 5 stars. But those characters are what brought it down to a 2.

Overall, I didn’t like Those Girls. The characters were over the top mean and just nasty to each other. I was vaguely entertained at first but maybe that was because I started this book late at night and I wasn’t thinking clearly. I wouldn’t recommend this book but I am still interested in the author. I’ll be checking out her future books but I’ll remain hesitant with her characters.

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Review: Sea of Stars by Amy A. Bartol

20977124Sea of Stars by Amy A. Bartol

Published March 31st 2015

“Eighteen-year-old Kricket Hollowell was looking for her place in the world when she discovered that the universe was bigger—and more dangerous—than she had ever dreamed. Now, whisked across space to the planet Ethar, Kricket learns that her genetic ability to see the future makes her a sought-after commodity…and the catalyst for war between her star-crossed parents’ clans. According to Alameedan prophecy, one house will rise to power and the other will be completely wiped out, and Kricket’s precognition is believed to be the weapon that will tip the scales.

A target of both the Rafe and the Alameeda houses, Kricket finds protection—and a home—in the arms of Trey, her Etharian bodyguard-turned-boyfriend. But her visions of what’s to come disturb her deeply, especially since she must discover whether the gift of foresight will allow her to rewrite the future, or if her fate is as immovable as the stars.”

I didn’t realize when I started this book that it was a sequel so I started the book fairly confused. I’ve heard that Sea of Stars picks up right where the first book left off and I didn’t find there to be a lot of recaping.
However, even though I was a little confused, I still really enjoyed this book.

Sea of Stars has a ton of action and is really fast paced. I spend most of the book in a daze because everything was so packed with action. I really liked that about Sea of Stars.

The writing was really awesome. It was really descriptive but not overly so. And the world building was insanely good. It’s so important for a fantasy to have great world building and Sea of Stars definitely delivered.

I loved the main character, Kricket. She was such a well written character and she kicked so much butt.

Honestly, I don’t have much to say for a review because I’m still trying to get over has action packed and fun this book was. I might have had a couple of heart attacks while reading this book.
I’m definitely going to be reading the first book and then rereading Sea of Stars because I really want to get more from Kricket and the awesome world that Amy Bartol has created.

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Review: Dying for a Living by Kory M. Shrum

D20959574ying for a Living by Kory M. Shrum

Published March 2nd 2014

 

“On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. As a Necronite, she is one of the population’s rare 2% who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don’t have to. Although each death is different, the result is the same: a life is saved, and Jesse resurrects days later with sore muscles, new scars, and another hole in her memory.

But when Jesse is murdered and becomes the sole suspect in a federal investigation, more than her freedom and sanity are at stake. She must catch the killer herself—or die trying.”

I’d never heard of this book before but when I seen a friend had read it and loved it, I wanted to check it out right away. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I had fairly high hopes. Dying for a Living definitely surpassed expectations.

Right from the being, this book caught my attention. The main character, Jesse, is so funny and sarcastic. She’s
independent and kicks a lot of butt. I’ve never read a book with a character like Jesse. I really enjoyed her as a character.

The concept of this book is really original and fun. I thought it would be over the top but the author had a little bit of a scientific explanation for Necronites and I really appreciated that.

The one little thing about this book is when I had to put it down for a couple of days, I had a hard time getting back into the story. Which is all me, nothing about the book. But that did make the last half of the book a little meh for me.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I was really surprised by how awesome this book is. I wish more people knew about this book because it’s really great.

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Review: Blur by by Steven James

18810282Blur by by Steven James

Published May 27th 2014

“The isolated town of Beldon, Wisconsin, is shocked when a high school freshman’s body is found in Lake Algonquin. Just like everyone in the community, sixteen-year-old Daniel Byers believes that Emily Jackson’s death was accidental. But at her funeral, when he has a terrifying vision of her, his world begins to rip apart at the seams.

Convinced that Emily’s appearance was more than just a mere hallucination, Daniel begins to look carefully into her death, even as he increasingly loses the ability to distinguish fantasy from reality.

What’s real? What’s not? Where does reality end and madness begin?

As Daniel struggles to find the truth, his world begins to crumble around him as he slips further and further into his own private blurred reality.”

This book! Wow!

Right from the start, Blur caught my attention. The first chapter was so suspenseful and that suspense continued though out the whole book. This book reminded me Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell in a way. There’s really nothing about these two books that are alike but Blur and Undercurrent both had the same kind of vibe.

Blur is so well written. I was really surprised by the writing of this book. Everything was written like how people actually talk and that made the book feel a lot of relatable in a way.

I really liked the main character, Daniel. He was such a refreshing character. Though out the entire book, he was so honest and open about the things he was seeing and what was happening to him. He told his dad everything that was going on. So many characters in books, tv, and movies hide all the crap that’s happening to them when it would be easier and better to just tell the truth. And Daniel did! He knew something was wrong and he went for help. He might be a fictional character but he’s setting a good example.
If more YA characters were like Daniel, the genre would be better for it. All authors should look at the character that Steven James created and learn. Because that’s how it’s done.

The plot of this book killed me. So many times I thought I knew what was going to happen. Three times I was so sure I knew. But it turns out I had no clue. I was on the edge of my seat during the last half of this book. I read this whole book in a day because I couldn’t put it down.

Overall, Blur is one of the best books I’ve read in 2015. I loved it so much and I can’t wait to see what happens in book two. I highly recommend this book.

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