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


A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) – Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: May 5, 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 416

Source: TBR Shelf

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

5 out of 5 stars


I loved everything about this whole book and I have no idea how I’m going to make coherent thoughts about it. I just finished this literally 5 minutes ago, and I NEED the next book. Right now.

This story follows Feyre who takes care of her family in her village, but finds herself in the faerie realm of the Spring Court with the High Fae, Tamlin and Lucien. Feyre despises the two, and their whole world, when she gets there, but everything gets turned upside down when she realizes how kind and loving Tamlin could be.

The curse set upon the land, the blight, comes from the Queen person and Feyre isn’t allowed any details about the whole situation. Tamlin sends her back to her family in order to keep her safe, but she feels the burning desire to return to the faerie realm. She goes back to the manor in the Spring Court and finds it in rubble, and decides to go after Tamlin and Lucien…

okay there are going to be hecka spoilers because I don’t want to conceal any of my thoughts about this. If you haven’t read this book you can leave, but keep on reading along for all the spoilers :)

I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK. Oh my lord. I read this slowly because I didn’t want it to end. Sometimes I drudge through books just to get them done, but I wanted this to last 5ever (it’s like forever but longer).

At the beginning of this I was so pissed off because her family didn’t care about her. Excuse me she is the one keeping y’all alive and you’re not being appreciative? Not okay. So not okay. She’s out in the forest trying to find you food and you’re bitching about how your shoes don’t look pretty enough… yikes.

I was a little surprised when she didn’t get attacked by the wolf/faerie at the beginning because I would have thought he would have tried to stand his ground, but it makes sense after you find out why and omg I loved everything about this.

I loved that Lucien and Feyre were sort of like siblings in the way that they bickered. I think if Feyre had a normal relationship with her sisters it would have been similar to that. She and Lucien become friends and it’s just so cute because she has a normal (kind of) friendship type of relationship. She’s happy because she has a friend, but mostly because of Tamlin.

Oh man. This hunky faerie stole my heart right from the beginning. Now, I hope that in the next book Feyre doesn’t second-guess their love because he just needed to break the curse, because he actually does love her. Tamlin has been what I’ve been looking for in a love interest in a book for quite some time. Right at the beginning I thought it was going to be a love triangle between Feyre, Tamlin, and Lucien, but then I realized that Lucien and Tamlin are too good of friends yada yada.

The sexy times of this. Holy shit. They had me shaken and stirred because they were so well written. Damnnnnnnn. They love each other so much and it just warms my heart to see people loving each other. I also LOVED that Feyre was totally open and happy about having sex. I feel like the “normal” YA books have a taboo on not having sex, and not enjoying it especially if you’re female. I think it’s ridiculous because all people should embrace their bodies, and I loved that Feyre wasn’t apologetic about any of her feelings.

One thing I’m kind of confused about are Tamlins claws. Do they come out of his knuckles or the smaller knuckles that are next to his nails? I was focussing too much on that, but I couldn’t help it.

The Spring Court just sounds lovely and I want to live there. Other than the fact that there are evil faeries roaming around… I LOVED the swimming in starlight scene. Awwwww. So cute. I just can’t sometimes.

Okay, I know that I’m probably not supposed to like Rhysand right now, but I’ve heard lots of people talking about him. I’m only assuming that he’s going to play a bigger role in the next book, but I started to kind of like him by the end. He was unapologetically himself even though he’d been broken down by Amarantha. I feel bad for him because he’s her whore, but it was the only thing he could do to save his people of the Night Court. Ugh. I just want him to by happy. But I kind of want him to be happy with Feyre. I’m not saying that I’m team Rhysand, but I could see my opinion switching to l him from Tamlin… *did I say that don’t hate me*

The ending of this book is epic and I loved every second of it. I was on the edge of my seat *bed* while reading this and couldn’t put it down. I should be studying for my final right now but I had to know what happened. I’m also starting the Randomathon readathon tomorrow and didn’t want to carry this over…. but you know. I should be studying. Curse you, wonderful books for distracting me from my work. *oh well probably not going to study anymore anyway*

I need the second book. I know that I’m going to love it, and I think I’m going to start it tomorrow because I’m looking forward to it that much. I don’t normally marathon series, but I have to know what happens with everyone. I already know this is one of my favorite series, because this is one of the best books I’ve read this year.

Thanks for reading to the end if you’re still here. Please let me know how you felt about this book in the comment section because I have to talk to someone about it!!!

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Getting Excited About Reading Again


If you’ve been keeping up with my blog you will have noticed that I am still reading quite a few books after coming to college. Yay! Go me. But a lot of the books I’ve been having to read are 2 or 3 stars, which is really hard to get excited about.

I just started A Court of Thorns and Roses last night, and it reminds me how exciting reading can be for me. I LOVE reading about faeries and fey, and I love reading fantasy. So why don’t I read more of what I like?

That’s the real question, honestly. I think the reason I haven’t been excited for reading as much is because I haven’t been reading books I’ve been excited for. I have been looking forward to reading A Court of Thorns and Roses since everyone was super excited about it on Booktube right when it came out, but I put it off.

This leads to another question. Why put off books you’re excited about? I always do this to myself and I really want to kick this habit. I get wrapped up in all the books that I feel like I have to read, and don’t read the ones I want to read.

I always feel obligated to read the books I’ve had the longest or continuations of series, but sometimes that puts me in a rut. I want a new story with new characters sometimes!

I challenge you to embark on this reading-what-you-want journey with me!

Review: Yes Please – Amy Poehler


Yes Please – Amy Poehler

Yes Please

Title: Yes Please

Author: Amy Poehler

Release Date: October 28, 2014

Publisher: Dey Street Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 329

Source: Book Club Pick

Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central’s Upright Citizens Brigade? Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter on Saturday Night Live, and in movies like Baby Mama, Blades of Glory, and They Came Together? Do you find yourself daydreaming about hanging out with the actor behind the brilliant Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation? Did you wish you were in the audience at the last two Golden Globes ceremonies, so you could bask in the hilarity of Amy’s one-liners?

If your answer to these questions is “Yes Please!” then you are in luck. In her first book, one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy, Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice. With chapters like “Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend,” “Plain Girl Versus the Demon” and “The Robots Will Kill Us All” Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh. Honest, personal, real, and righteous, Yes Please is full of words to live by.

2 out of 5 stars


I feel like you really have to love Amy Poehler to love this book. I’ve never watched anything with her other than a few SNL skits, so I don’t know her as an actress or comedian. I feel like a hard-core Parks and Recreation fan would LOVE this.

I listened to 3/4 of this on audiobook, and it was definitely a lot easier to get through than just reading it on your own. I think her voice was nice to listen to, but one thing I really didn’t like was the fact that the audiobook and the paperback were different.

Not wildly different with completely different pages or even paragraphs, but some words were different and some facts did not match up. Why did this happen? Doesn’t an audiobook come out close to publication of the physical book? Because they should be the same. I don’t know if this is something petty to be complaining about but what can you do.

I think Amy was trying wayyyyy too hard through a lot of this. Just some of the wording she uses made me actually cringe. Again, I don’t know if this is how she talks normally in skits and her TV show, but I was not here for it. It’s just not my kind of humor. I don’t like sex jokes and I don’t find them funny. There were a lot of sex references in this book that seemed too out of it.

I didn’t hate this book, and I thought some parts were okay, but I just don’t think I’m a huge fan. I read this book for book club because we picked a memoir, and people didn’t want anything really substantial, so this came up. I was not looking forward to it just because I didn’t know ANYTHING about Amy Poehler.

I think she is a perfectly nice woman and she’s done some amazing and beautiful things, but I’m just not on board for everything. I feel weird giving someone’s life story a 2/5 stars, but it was mostly just for writing style. Again, I actually cringed when I heard her reading parts of this…

November Wrap-up + December TBR


YAY WONDERFUL READING MONTH!!

Read:

  1. The Iowa Baseball Confederacy – W. P. Kinsella *review*
  2. Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri *review*
  3. The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) – Renee Ahdieh *review*
  4. On the Merits of Unnaturalness (The Bone Season Novella) – Samantha Shannon *review*
  5. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic – Alison Bechdel *review*
  6. Jesus’ Son: Stories – Denis Johnson *review*
  7. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood *review*
  8. The Moth and the Flame (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.25) – Renee Ahdieh *review*
  9. Gilead (Gilead #1) – Marilynne Robinson *review*
  10. The Crown and the Arrow (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.5) – Renee Ahdieh *review*
  11. The Mirror and the Maze (The Wrath and the Dawn #1.5) – Renee Ahdieh *review*
  12. Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff *review*
  13. The Rehearsal – Eleanor Catton *review*

TBR:

  1. James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra – Colm McElwain
  2. Secrets for the Mad: Obsessions, Confessions and Life Lessons – Dodie Clark
  3. River Rising (Carson Chronicles #1) – John A. Heldt
  4. Ivy Introspective (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #2) – Kellyn Roth

Review: The Rehearsal – Eleanor Catton


The Rehearsal – Eleanor Catton

The Rehearsal

Title: The Rehearsal

Author: Eleanor Catton

Release Date: May 17, 2008

Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 320

Source: City of Literature Class

All the world’s a stage – and nowhere is it that more true than at an all-girls high school, particularly one where a scandal has just erupted. When news spreads of a high school teacher’s relationship with his underage student, participants and observers alike soon take part in an elaborate show of concern and dismay. But beneath the surface of the teenage girls’ display, there simmers a new awareness of their own power. They obsessively examine the details of the affair with the curiosity, jealousy, and approbation native to any adolescent girl, under the watchful eye of their stern and enigmatic saxophone teacher, whose focus may not be as strictly on their upcoming recital as she implies.

5 out of 5 stars


I loved this book. I was so pleasantly surprised about this and I REALLY want to read more from this author. For my class I had to write a book review about the book, so I’m just going to copy and paste that here…. :)

In Eleanor Catton’s debut novel, The Rehearsal, two storylines are followed that eloquently and seamlessly blend together throughout the novel. Catton, an author from Canada, studied English at the University of Canterbury and completed her Master’s degree in Creative Writing at The Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington. The Rehearsal is Catton’s master’s thesis for her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.

The Rehearsal opens with a saxophone teacher talking with a parent about her daughter during music lessons. This conversation quickly unfolds and becomes the basis of the first storyline. During a music lesson with the saxophone teacher the main character, Isolde, is introduced. Isolde makes an excuse about not practicing for her lesson by confiding in her teacher that her older sister, Victoria, was raped by the instrumental music teacher at their high school, Mr. Saladin.

Many of the students that went to school with Victoria and Isolde made it apparent that the relationship between Victoria and Mr. Saladin was consensual. The students claimed to have seen the couple together on multiple occasions, and it is later found out that the two are still seeing each other. Because there was a news story leaked about the inappropriate relations between teacher and student, Isolde and some of Victoria’s friends are required to go to counselling sessions with the school’s guidance counselor to talk about what happened. Isolde meets a girl named Julia at the counselling sessions and they form a friendship.

The second storyline opens with a first-year college student named Stanley auditioning for the Institute for drama. He wants to become an actor, and going to this Institute is his dream. He goes through the audition process and learns that he gets into the school. The first-year drama students have to put on a show with no help from professors, and decide to take the local news story about the relationship between Victoria and Mr. Saladin and turn it into a play.

Isolde and Stanley meet and start dating; Isolde is fifteen and Stanley is eighteen. A few short weeks later Stanley gets called into one of his instructor’s offices and is questioned about his relationship with Isolde. The saxophone teacher saw that the two were forming a relationship and was concerned about Isolde’s safety. Stanley brings it up to Isolde and the two have a fight about it. To try and not make Stanley angrier, she invites her parents to go to the first-year student play with her. Neither she nor her parents know that the play is based off the affair with Victoria and Mr. Saladin. After watching the play, Isolde and Stanley’s families get together to talk about it and its content…

I was pleasantly surprised by this book because the first few chapters were quite slow and confusing with the different stories. While reading the beginning I was distracted by the fact that the language used in conversations was unrealistic. There were too many metaphors and large words to be a real conversation between high schoolers, but as the story progressed, so did the writing style. The Rehearsal has strong themes of sexuality, and there are many references to being lesbian or gay.

The main character Isolde is uncertain about her sexuality and uses Stanley and Julia to experiment to see if she likes men, women, or both genders. The saxophone teacher, who never gets a name throughout the novel, is also represented as lesbian, which put a unique twist on the story which I was not expecting.

The saxophone teacher had fantasies about one of her friends who she has been in love with, and places herself and her female students in her fantasies as well. This reminded me of the relationship between Victoria and Mr. Saladin. I thought it was interesting with different ways Catton used sexuality and intimacy throughout the novel.

Stanley and his fellow first-year students also dealt with sexuality and gender roles during the play they wrote and performed. One of the objectives with the play was to use a prop chosen by last year’s students to use as a main theme or motif to guide the play. The object was a deck of cards, so they spun that into drawing cards at certain points of your life in order to determine sexuality and gender. This was beautifully explained during the brainstorming process of figuring out what to make their play about.

One of my favorite things about this book was the fluidity of time. During the first storyline, the sections were broken up by days of the week, where in the second storyline they were broken up by months. My interpretation of this was that time passes differently at different ages. Because you haven’t experienced much life when you’re young, every single day seems long and monotonous, but as you get older time seems to go faster. It doesn’t seem like you break it up into days or weeks even, but months or periods of your life.

There was also fluidity with time in the sense that some scenes were repeated but from another perspective. Because time was represented differently in both the storylines, there were some discrepancies between when events actually occurred. It gave the reader a sense of knowing more than the characters, and that made the reader want to continue reading to find out when every person would find out information.

The characters in this novel were beautifully broken, and made you want to know everything about them. All the characters were struggling with something different, but didn’t know the best way to deal with their problems. Some of the opinions they brought to the foreground of the story made me really have to think about what I was reading, and how I felt about the issues they were bringing up.

I am extremely impressed with Eleanor Catton as this is her debut novel. The themes that were discussed were talked about eloquently and fit together with the whole story wonderfully. As I read I try and make predictions about the way a story is going to go, and I couldn’t seem do that with this. Every page contained something new and interesting that added to the story. Overall I enjoyed this book immensely, and I look forward to reading more works from Catton in the future.

Review: Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


Gemina(The Illuminae Files #2) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)

Title: Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Release Date: October 18, 2016

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 663

Source: TBR Pile

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

4 out of 5 stars


I’M SO GLAD I FINALLY READ THIS.

After much too long of waiting to read Gemina after Illuminae, I had to read a summary of the first book before starting this, and I’m glad I did because I would have missed out on lots of the ending. I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the next one!

Obsidio comes out on March 13, 2018, so I don’t have to wait a super long time which is nice. I’m going to try and read it right when it comes out, because I waited to read this for over a year… oops.

Gemina follows Hanna and Nik through drug scandals, hot jumpsuits, flirty messages, and combatting the end of two universes. But it’s casual, no worries ;) I enjoyed Gemina more than Illuminae, honestly. I think it was better crafted and I liked the characters more. The ending of this book omg. I was deceased when I was reading this. I was skeptical during one part because I was like wait a second there’s still more book left and this seems like an ending, but oh my goodness it was such a cliffhanger of an ending.

I am all here for Nik and Hanna to be together because they’re perfect. They joke around and he’s overly flirty which doesn’t fit his appearance very well because he’s supposed to be rough-around-the-edges with tattoos. It’s so cute. Also, did I mention the tattoos. I just imagine him to be super hot with dark hair and lots of intense tattoos everywhere and mmm I’m here for it.

This was such a well crafted book because there were so many random little plot points that you don’t notice until right at the end, and it’s just so impressive. The flower corsage. Never saw that coming and then I was like ‘woah dude how did you manage that one,’ then it all ends up making sense. HERE FOR IT.

Overall I really enjoyed this book, but just couldn’t give it 5 stars. I don’t know what it was that wasn’t 5 stars for me. I love the characters and the plot is super cool. I think it was just because I wasn’t DYING to continue reading. When I was reading I was enjoying it and loving it, but when I wasn’t I wasn’t thinking about getting back to it and devouring it, ya know? Idk. I am pumped for Obsidio, though :)

Series:

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

Review: The Mirror and the Maze (The Wrath and the Dawn #1.5) – Renee Ahdieh


The Mirror and the Maze (The Wrath and the Dawn #1.5) – Renee Ahdieh

The Mirror & the Maze (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1.5)

Title: The Mirror and the Maze (The Wrath and the Dawn #1.5)

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Release Date: April 26, 2016

Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Format: eBook

Page Number: 11

Source: Nook

The city of Rey is burning. With smoke billowing, fires blazing and his people fleeing, Khalid races back to defend his city, and protect his queen. But Khalid is too late to do either. He and his men arrive to find the city in ruins, nothing but a maze of destruction, and Shahrzad is gone. But who could have wrought such devastation? Khalid fears he may already know the answer, the price of choosing love over the people of Rey all too evident.

3 out of 5 stars


I’m sad that I’m done with this series now because I really enjoyed it. I’m so glad that I read the whole series in a matter of a couple months, and it’s inspired me to do the same with other series, so stay tuned for all of the series reviews coming up :)

This was a good short story, but I wanted more from it. It was so short, so I don’t even know why Renee Ahdieh wrote it, tbh. There wasn’t much you wouldn’t have known. That’s my least favorite thing about these novellas is that it’s exactly what you would have thought had happened. Give me a little extra content.

This novella followed Khalid during the whole shebang that happened right at the end of The Wrath and the Dawn when he found out that Shahrzad left the palace. He was devastated but knew that it was the right thing.

That’s literally it and it fell so flat for me. I ship Shahrzad and Khalid so much and have since the very beginning of the first book, so of course I wanted a novella about them. This was not the novella that I wanted because nothing new happened. He was sad. Of course he was. Idk, it wasn’t a bad story, just not what I wanted.

I was pretty meh about this if I’m being completely honest. I want the feelings that I had while reading The Rose and the Dagger again, though. I’ll have to re-read the duology sometime in the future because it was so guud. YAY FOR COMPLETING A SERIES!

Series:

The Moth and the Flame (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.25)

The Crown and the Arrow (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.5)

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)

The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)