A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
Published: May 1st 2018

Hope warms the coldest night.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. 

Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.


Well…I wish this wasn’t the review I’m going to write but I was pretty disappointed with this book. A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury and A Court of Wings and Ruin were all great! And being a massive Sarah J. Maas fan, I have familiarity with her novellas (*Ahem* The Assassin’s Blade) and I guess I expected more.

The Assassin’s Blade made me FEEL things, I just felt like this was a bunch of mundane just droning to be honest. Like seriously? Just a book about everyone at Christmas time? AND NESTA!? I mean come on, I know Nesta had a hard time turning but let’s be honest, she’s probably the strongest out of everyone will power wise. Personally, I think there was a lot more room for improvement and just overall a better story to be had.

According to goodreads there’s 6 books total, so we’re at the halfway point of the saga, and I hope to god Sarah J. Maas isn’t burnt out on the potential plot points already.

2/5 Stars

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

23766634A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Published May 2nd 2017

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings 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.

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What a wild ride.

I won’t be giving away any spoilers so this will be a fairly short review.

As one of my most anticipated books of all time, this book left me exhausted and maybe a tiny bit disappointed. I did give this book five stars and I did love it but I didn’t love it as much as the other two books, especially ACOMAF. It would have been pretty hard to top ACOMAF for me so I don’t hold that against A Court of Wings and Ruin that much. I can’t really put my finger on what about this book left me feeling like it was a little lacking but there’s just something there. I know that’s not very helpful but hopefully when I reread this series, I’ll find what I’m looking for.
This book was kind of predictable and I felt like it was a little slow at times. It is a pretty large book, 699 pages, so being slow at times wasn’t the end of the world for me. It would be difficult to have non stop action for almost 700 pages.
The character development in this book (the whole series, really) is amazing. Sarah writes some of the best character development I’ve ever come across.
One of my favorite things about this series is how the side characters are just as awesome and well developed as the main characters. I felt like a lot of the side characters got more time to shine in A Court of Wings and Ruin and I loved that.
The world building through out this series is amazing and I love the world within this series so much. It’s so well written and creative.
Overall, this book was amazing, crazy and well worth the month I spent reading it. It’s not my favorite in the series but I still loved it. If you haven’t pick up this series, I highly recommend it.

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Coffee Book Tag!

Hello everyone! I’m going to be doing the Coffee Book Tag! I’m sitting down this morning and looking for some posts to do (other than my extremely long list of reviews) while drinking my very yummy coffee, so I figured…why not do the Coffee Book Tag that I found all over the place in booktube. I found the original tag here on youtube, and I love all the questions!

1. Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

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2. Peppermint mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.
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I feel like I’m not the only one who re-reads Harry Potter during the cold months of the year. And I’m pretty sure there’s a Harry Potter Read-A-Thon around winter time as well. And honestly, there’s something cozy about reading Harry Potter snuggled up in blankets while it snows outside.

3. Hot chocolate: What is your favorite children’s book?
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The Chronicles of Narnia was a book I picked up for summer reading and it all snowballed from there. I love love LOVE the Narnia series and I actually started re-reading it recently. And I have to say, Narnia is such a magical place, and I absolutely love that this was one of my favorite series as a kid.

4. Double shot of espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
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I mean…COME ON THIS IS SUCH A GREAT BOOK. I literally could not stop reading and it was written so well and in a way where you think you know what’s going on but then everything gets turned on it’s head. I really REALLY great book.

5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere.
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The Diabolic is something I’ve been seeing everywhere lately and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!

6. That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout.
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I want to give a shout out to Tia Giacalone. She sent us a copy of her book Hey Sunshine when we were still a bit shakey on our feet as a blog. She sent us Hey Sunshine and Taylor and I both loved it! Hey Sunshine has a sequel as well as a third book on the way! Please check out Tia and her books they’re well worth the read!

7. Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.
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I was expecting SO MUCH MORE from Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I thought pirates and time travel would be so much cooler but…it kind of fell flat for me.

8. The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.
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Oh my goodness, this series has absolutely everything. All the highs and all the lows. This book has it all! I absolutely love Throne of Glass and it’s a GREAT series. Action, Romance, Wit, Mystery. It’s great.

And there you have it! The Coffee Book Tag!
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Top 5 Wednesday : Favorite Villains

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube. And this week’s topic is Favorite Villains. Although we all hate them, there are a few that are our favorites that we just never forget about.

1. Queen Levana
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2.The Darkling
He’s so swoon worthy though….a bit messed up, but GAH, I swoon whenever he speaks.

3. Maeve
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4. Dorothy 18053060She’s so awful, just the way she acts like she knows everything and rules over everything an is such a jerk I can’t stand her!

5. He Who Must Not Be Named
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Review : Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

28260587 Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Published : September 6, 2016

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?
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I’ve been waiting and waiting for this installment to come out. I literally read it in about a week of having it (yes this is a very late review and yes this book is MASSIVE). And I was constantly running scenarios through my head on how this book could go. And as always, Sarah J Maas has completely killed it.

The twists and turns in this book were constant. So much so in a way that made you completely devour every page and morsel that Sarah J Maas put on the page.

In this book I feel like everyone grows be leaps and bounds and the character development in this book is ASTOUNDING. Elide becomes so amazing and Manon, who I have to say is probably my favorite character finally starts walking to the beat of her own drum.

It was very difficult for me to put this book down since every single one of Aelin’s plans were always so complex and so covert that you didn’t know what she was up to or what was going to happen until it actually did.

Every single person and movement and moment had a working piece in this massive contraption of a book. Every single thing had it’s purpose and you found it out as the book went on.

I cannot express how satisfied I was with this book. The seamless way Maas can interweave these stories into all separate directions and then bringing them all back together in the most perfect and flawless way. Manon still remains my favorite and I really hope the next book focuses on the Thirteen. There’s something about all her characters that they all have something within their personalities that make them strong and likable …after you hate them for quite a bit (that’s a jab at you Lorcan).

But this has been my favorite in the series so far and has been absolutely gripping from end to end.

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Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

20613470.jpgHeir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Published September 2nd 2014

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Timesbest-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

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While I do really enjoy this series, I don’t think I’d call myself a die hard fan like many other people. I feel like I’m much more of a casual fan of this this series. I have been putting off getting caught up on this series for a while, not just because the books are very large but I’ve seen a lot of very aggressive fans on social media and it was very off putting to me. But I’m really glad that I’m finally getting caught up on these books because Heir of Fire is my favorite of the series so far.
I really love the development of this series. The plot, the characters, everything about this series has developed and grown so much since the first book. Sarah is such an incredibly talented writer and I’ll always read whatever books she writes.
Now, the reason why Heir of Fire is my favorite of the series is Rowan. He’s such an amazing character and I love him so much. I love the interaction and friendship between him and Celaena so much. He’s such a well written character and I’m so excited (and scared) to see what is in store for him the in next few books.
I’d definitely this series to anyone who’s looking for a series to emotionally drown in.

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Stephanie’s review of Heir of Fire.

 

 

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

17927395 A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Published: May 3rd, 2017

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.


DISCLAIMER: IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK YET, DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW, IT CONTAINS SPOILERS

For the love of everything good in the world, get ready for the mother of all reviews. Because fasten your seat belts kids because here we go! I don’t even know where to begin with all the perfection that came from this book, I literally have NO bad words about this book. I’ve already re-read it 2 times coming to a total of 3 times read. So I’m just going to write this review the only way I think makes sense right now. Topics. DO NOT READ THIS POST IT WILL CONTAIN A MILLION SPOILERS

Characters:
I hated Fayre at the beginning of this book, I was so over it that she was just a lump of nothing. I understand PTSD and what not but after a certain extent I feel like Fayre could’ve stood up for herself a good while before she actually did. Other than that I love who Fayre has become. I cannot believe how strong and just bad ass she’s become. I think the most amazing character development happened with Fayre and I loved every minute of it.

Ugh Tamlin. GTFO please. I cannot deal with him anymore. I just want him to go away, he made me so mad especially selling himself out. I can’t even hear his name without getting mad at what a douche he’s become (YES I KNOW I HAVE STRONG FEELINGS ABOUT THIS.)

 OH MY SWEET BABY. BLESS THE MOTHER AND THE CAULDRON AND EVERY SINGLE STAR IN THE SKY BECAUSE I JUST CANNOT. From the moment he appeared in this book I couldn’t stop. I’m a woman obsessed for Rhysand. He’s so hard and soft and he’s so complex and amazing .  I loved seeing his true self and the place he calls home and the way he protects the beauty of Velarys (I literally gawked at Velarys) And I have to say, the fact that he knew Fayre was his mate from the start and just kept himself contained and let HER come to her own decision about him and her was absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t handle it. I loved his back story and how he got his what I like to call squad.

But all in all these characters were amazing. I want to be a part of the Court of Dreams! I can’t believe how amazing they all are. I just want more of these characters they’re all so different and dynamic and I can’t express how much i love every single one of them.

World: I WANT BE IN THE NIGHT COURT FOREVER. I cannot deal with how amazing it is. I cannot applaud Sarah J. Maas anymore because my hands will fall off because the world building was absolutely amazing! I love love LOVE Velarys and everything it stands for! I couldn’t get enough of it all

Plot/Story Line:  There is absolutely everything you could possibly need in a book in this one. Love, Romance, Action, Gore, Mystery, Cliff Hangers… I really want to go into every aspect of this book but I honestly can’t because this review would take FOREVER. There was so much in this book. From the moment Rhysand comes to take Fayre where you hate him for taking her away, and watching Fayre grow into herself.  And then the aspects of like The Weaver in The Wood which I STILL CANNOT GET OVER AND THAT EFFING RING OMG. There was just so many good things. And as always very well written. I cannot get over it. This book has so many elements to it and not in a bad way. Maas finds a way to cram so much into a book and make it feel like you went through a 700 page book in a matter of minutes. I literally finished ACOMAF in 3 days and I need more.

I loved every angle of this book, every word, absolutely everything. For that reason, I refuse to rate this star wise, because I feel like it exceeds the 5 star rating we usually use.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses Giveaway!

announcementHey everyone! If you’d like a chance to win a copy of A Court of Thorns and Roses  we’re hosting a giveaway that corresponds with our The Shadow Queen read along! Just use our custom hashtag #bibliomonthlyreads across any sort of social media or comment on our goodreads discussion threads to enter for a chance to win!

As most of you know A Court of Mist and Fury is coming out soon, so if you have yet to pick up A Court of Thorns and Roses or would like another copy, and want an opportunity at a copy of it join us!

Also,his year we’ve scheduled our read alongs all year long, and plan to do a giveaway each month with each read along which we’ll announce at the beginning of each month. So here’s a peek at our schedule, which IS subject to change.

April 2016- Tell The Wind And Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
May 2016- The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
June 2016- This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab *We’ll be reading this with Bibliophile Academy Group*
July 2016- Down With the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn
August 2016- The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter
September 2016- A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
October 2016- Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo
November 2016- Heartless by Marissa Meyer *We’ll be reading this with Bibliophile Academy Group*
December 2016- Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys

Hope you all choose to join in with us. Look forward to reading with all of you.

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March Read Along Has Begun!

Just a quick post to let you all know the March Read Along has begun today! It’ll take place from today to the end of the month, the discussion boards will be set up today and be open all through the month so we can freely discuss the book together as time sees fit for everyone!

So if you want to discuss join our goodreads group and keep an eye out for the forums/boards to pop up sometime today and/or tomorrow.

If you don’t know we’re going to be reading The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
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Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.


And if you haven’t heard, we’re doing a give away with this book as well. We’ll be giving away A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas because well…A Court of Mist and Fury is coming out soon and we want someone to get a copy if they so choose so if you post on any social media show us your progress of reading and how you’re liking Shadow Queen by using #bibliomonthlyreads

I hope you all join us. Looking forward to reading with all of you.

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March Read Along and Giveaway!

March is around the corner and we’re all thinking about what we’re going to read. I know my TBR pile is a good four books tall right now, but there’s one that I’m looking forward to reading and hoping all of you will read it with me and Taylor. For the month of March Taylor and I will be reading  The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine and we hope you’ll all join us through means of social media and goodreads discussions.

We’ll be using #bibliomonthlyreads as a tag on instagram, twitter, tumblr and facebook. And when using these tags you’ll automatically be entered to win in our read along giveaway this month for a copy of  A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas! So please join us in enjoying this newly released book! And please comment with any questions at all!

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