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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas book review

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Blurb

Feyre’s survival rests on 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 covered by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence and the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him goes 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.

Omgeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Feyre hunts in the forests for her family and herself to survive. Her father and her two sisters, Nesta and Elain, don’t seem to appreciate all that Feyre does for them.
The youngest of her sister’s, Feyre never got to learn etiquette and how to be a ‘lady’ like her sister’s. Her mother died when she was young and her father lost the fortune they had, so all she had known is poverty and the cold. 
Then one day in the woods, Feyre kills both a deer and a wolf. The following day however, comes a Faerie in wolf form, telling her that she must go with him because she murdered a faerie and the treaty demands it.

Feyre leaves her family and follows the wolf to his home. There she finds out that the wolf is actually a High Fae called Tamlin.

Tamlin wears a jewelled mask on his face from the curse that struck their land years ago. It’s not just him but his whole court too.

Feyre really hates her predicament but with her life and the rest of the courts life in danger, it’s not long before Feyre’s hatred of Tamlin turns to passion.

If Feyre doesn’t admit her feelings for Tamlin soon she could lose everything she’s grown to love to the Curse that struck Tamlin all those years ago….

OMG THIS BOOK!

I love love love love the Throne of Glass books that Sarah J Maas wrote so I just knew I was going to love this one too.

This book is a fantasy and has a sense of Beauty and the Beast to it. Tamlin being the Beast obviously. 

Knowing that Feyre cannot see Tamlin’s face because of the jewelled mask makes everything better I think because she falls in love with him, not what he looks like. She gets to know the person he is and isn’t that what everyone wants?

Feyre has learnt to grow up quick. She’s had to care for her family who doesn’t seem to appreciate all that she does. Her eldest sister Nesta can be spiteful and hard and only cares about the money Feyre brings home whereas Elain is soft and fragile. Her father lives in his own world and dotes on Elain instead of the others. When Feyre kills that wolf and has to be taken into faerie you can almost feel her willing her family to fight for her. But they don’t. She takes living in faerie in her stride, even though she hates it and it’s inhabitants. But the longer she stays there the more she sees the beauty of the place and the beauty of Tamlin.

Tamlin. Ah baby! Haha. (Yes another book husband!) He’s powerful and definitely gets angry quickly, especially when the people he cares about gets hurt. He loves Feyre and will do anything to keep her safe, even if that means sending her away and letting the curse take over everything.
He’s loyal and protective and makes a great power couple with Feyre.

Lucian is Tamlin’s emissary and best friend. He knows how to wind up Feyre and even if he hates her to begin with too he grows to care for her. Not in yhe same way Tamlin does, but he strives to keep her safe. He is very loyal to Tamlin.

Amarantha… BITCH haha

Rhysand I definitely want to get to know more. I don’t know if he will be a bad guy or will turn into a good guy. He was kinda both in the first book and I have no idea how to take him!

This book is full of fantasy, magic, fighting for love etc it has the sense of Beauty and the Beast like I said and I love that story so anything that has that element in is fine with me!

Just like with the Throne of Glass books, Sarah manages to transform you into the world she has created. Everything in the book had a twist and a turn and it always kept you reading and wanting more. 
I love the world’s she creates and it features faeries which is another thing I love too.

Sarah really knows how to write fantasy YA and after how this book ended I really really need the next book.
It kept you hooked from the very first page to the last.

Even though the book is classed as a YA, it does have a mild NA vibe… Especially in a few scenes 😉 but you’ll have to read the book to know what I’m going on about.

5 out of 5 stars

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Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime by Mizuki Nomura

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I’ve been behind. Not only on book reviews but on reading too. I haven’t had a lot of time and I was going to do some yesterday but it was my birthday so I didn’t. 
Anyway I found time tonight to do these two!

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Blurb

The Book Girl brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘devouring a good book’ in this fun, charming, fantasy novel series about the wonders of the written word. This series is sure to please fans of YA fantasy and librarians across the board!

Tohko Amano is a book scarfing goblin who spends a lot of her time in the library with her one friend Konoha Inoue.
Konoha spends most of his time writing stories for Tohko and trying to ignore his past.
Chia Takeda comes into there lives when she wants Konoha to write her love letters to the boy she loves. Konoha feels uneasy at first but soon agrees to it when Tohko persuades him.
At first things are okay but they soon start taking a dark twist…

I just started watching Anime and my friend told me about these books that she has. It’s not like Manga (which I haven’t read yet either) but they do have illustrations in them.

When I started reading The Book Girl it was fun, light and charming. I loved the idea of a book eating goblin because in a way wouldn’t us book girls want to know what our favourite book tastes like?

Soon after the fun and charming narration turned dark. Things were happening at you couldn’t quite get your head around them at first.

The book is told through Konoha’s POV but you also see another narrator, someone unknown, who talks about there life. About how they are alone and puts on a front. How they killed someone and how they this mysterious person whose name starts with ‘S’ will be the death of them. 

Konoha has a secret of his own and I have a feeling we haven’t heard everything about his story just yet. If you’ve ever watched Natsume Yuujinchou, that’s who Konoha reminds me if sometimes. Sweet and loving and is sometimes alone. He’s friendly and quiet and easily gets roped into writing stories for Tohko to eat. I wanted to hug him haha.

Tohko is a book girl who eats books. She has knowledge of a lot of books. She’s funny and charming and you can’t help but love her. She’s easily likable just like Konoha. I’d love to know what a book about her would taste like!

Chia is aloof and clumsy and sweet. I can’t say much about her without giving much away but you definitely have to keep an eye on her. I wanted to take her hand and help her. She’s just so lovely and lost.

Konoha gets caught up in the mystery, determined to understand what happened but the girl Chia is being mysterious too.

Everything comes to a dramatic conclusion and even I was like WHAT?!

The book also has quotes from the book ‘No Longer Human’ which is also a big part of this book. I’ve never read the book and part of me doesn’t want to. It seems dark and alone and it would definitely take you to a dark place.

I did really enjoy this book. Obviously it wasn’t Manga but I can now say I’ve read a Japanese book 🙂

If you want a book that’s fun and that also takes a dark twist and is also Japanese then this is for you.

I can’t wait to read more about Tohko and Konoha.

4 out of 5 stars

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard book review

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This is a world divided by blood – Red or Silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to seventeen year old Mare, a Red girl from the poverty stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

But Mare possesses a deadly power of her own.
One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of her potential, the Silvers hide Mare in plain view, declaring her a long lost Silver princess. Knowing that one false move will mean her death, Mare must use her new position to bring down the regime – from the inside.

Now Mare has entered a game of betrayal and lies.

This is Reds against Silvers, Prince against Prince, and Mare against her own heart…

OH EVERYTHING THAT IS HOLY THIS BOOK!!

Mare Barrow is from the Stilts. She lives with her mother, father and younger sister Gisa. Her three brothers: Shade, Bree and Tramy are fighting in the war… The war for the Silvers.
Mare and her family are Reds and on her 18th birthday, Mare knows it’ll be her turn to join the army.

But a chance encounter with a boy named Cal, leads to something else.

Mare suddenly finds herself working in the palace and she’s witnessing Queentrial. Where the next queen will be picked to marry the eldest son of King Tiberias: Cal.

When one the Queenstrial contestants goes a bit nasty, Mare finds herself in trouble. Where she should have died, her powers were revealed.

It’s not long before the Silvers are hiding her in plain sight. Mare is now Mareena. The long lost daughter of Lord Titanos and is betrothed to the youngest son, Maven.

During her stay in the company of Silvers, Mare finds herself using her new position in order to bring down the Silver monarchy with the help of the Red Guard and her childhood friend, Kilorn. But what she doesn’t bargain for is falling for both princes. One is true and the other is false and it’s going to take a lot to find out which is which….

Oh my god this book!
Once I started I could not stop reading it. It sucked you in and held you there for a long time.

Mare Barrow is a brilliant female lead. She has powers that she didn’t know she had, she fights for what she believes in, she can be sassy at times too.  She knows what she wants and she’s going to get it. But being under the watchful eye of all those Silvers takes it toll on her sometimes. As it would anyone. She knows that one false move will mean her death and probably the deaths of her family too. She does what is asked of her but at the same time she’s planning the downfall of everything.
She hates being betrothed to Maven at first but when things happen she starts to see him differently. And Cal. He was the boy who saved her from conscription but being there has made her see him differently. But everyone tells lies in the Silver court. Everyone has an answer for everything and it’s hard to tell just whose lying and whose being truthful and Mare finds that out the hard way.
As it says in the book; “Anyone can betray anyone.”

Cal is the crown prince and the next heir to the throne but there’s something quiet and shy about him. He wants to change things but at the same time he won’t turn his back in his father. He’s torn.
Cal gets engaged to Evangeline (bitch!) and it soon becomes clear which one is going to rule when they eventually marry. Cal, however, has feelings for Mare and it seems as though Marr feels them back. 
But, like I said, Cal is torn. He knows the world needs to change and things should be different but he also knows that he can’t disappoint his father.
He’s a formidable fighter and his power is fire, just like his father’s.  But like Mare, Cal soon learns that anyone can betray anyone too. And it’s going to break his heart.

Maven. Damn he was okay to start with. The shy younger brother, living in Cal’s shadow. Just like Mare lived in Gisa’s shadow. He was sweet but damn it… I’m not going to spoil it but… I hope someone kills his mother though… I think she’s ruling him somehow.

Kilorn. The guy Mare grew up with and the guy she always tries to save. This time it’s him proving that he can save her. Or at least do something worthwhile.
I have a feeling Kilorn is in love with Mare and I kinda hope something happens there. Especially with what happens between her and Cal.

This book is full of intrigue and plot lines that keep you hooked from the beginning.
I love how these new Dystopian type books are coming in. Instead of the earth being destroyed one way or another these ones are about powers and strength. Of rising through it all. Of being the one to change it. They show the females as characters who are brave and strong. Who know their own minds and who know what they want. They are flawed in their own way too and they are all relatable one way or another.

I love the world Victoria has created and I love how easy it was to slip in to and get lost in and to lose yourself in another world.

I really really need The Glass Sword now. Especially after that ending.

The book has a cross between The Hunger Games, Divergent, a little of Throne of Glass and maybe a bit of the Grisha trilogy in it too. If you loved those books then you are definitely going to love this one. Like seriously love it.

I keep thinking about this book and what’s going to happen in the next book and I love it when that happens.

No wonder this books got movie rights not long after it came out. It’s bloody amazing!

5 out 5 stars.

The Heir by Kiera Cass book review

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Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

Just a quick warning… There will be spoilers from the first three books so if you haven’t read them then look away.

This story is set 20 years after the Selection books, Maxon and America are married and have four children together. But all is not as well as they thought….

Beating her twin brother, Ahren, by a few minutes, Eadlyn Schreave will be the heir to the throne once her father gives up. She’s been trained for this her whole life and as her mantra says; No one is more powerful than her.

But the family soon start to hear about an unrest within the people and the only way to give them something to look forward to so they can try to bring peace, is to hold another Selection… And Eadlyn is having none of it.

Eadlyn tells her father that she will give him three months to bring peace and to not expect an engagement at the end of it because she doesn’t want to marry.

35 boys arrive in the Palace and Eadlyn is less than impressed, because out of all them, none of them is worthy to stand next to her when she finally becomes Queen.

Then of course there’s Kile, the son of America’s best friend Marlee, the boy whose grown up in the Palace with her, the boy she can’t stand, but who is suddenly apart of the Selection process and the boy she suddenly can’t stop kissing either…

But there’s more than a bunch of 35 boys in the Palace, there’s also the unrest that’s stirring on the outside, her parents sudden health problems and her twin brother Ahren whose all set to marry the girl he loves…

Short and sweet summary because I always feel that I give too much away in my summaries so I’m trying a new tactic… keep it short and sweet.

I loved the first three books by Keira Cass. I fell in love with Maxon and America and all the things that made them who they were. They were easily likable and lovable and so was all the supporting characters so when I found out this book was going to be about their children, in particular the next heir, I was hoping for someone who was a cross between Maxon and America.

And then came Eadlyn and I gotta say, It was hard to love her. She seemed selfish and self centred . She wasn’t like her parents at all. The whole being the next Queen thing has gone to her head and she seems to think she’s the best thing ever.

I didn’t expect that from a daughter of Maxon and America! I was like WHAT?!
But I suppose not everyone is like their parents.

Ahren, Kaden and Osten are a little bit more like their parents. Ahren is kind and easily lovable, Kaden is the same and while Osten likes his practical jokes and pranks he’s pretty lovable too. They are what you expect from children of America and Maxon!

Apart from that, The Heir is different from The Selection books. We have a character that’s a little less easy to love, this time its a girl who has to pick a husband. I liked seeing that. We all knew in the selection books that it was Maxon who had to pick a bride and we all saw it from America’s point of view, of what it was like to be in the competition, of her feelings of the other girls and Maxon and how she had to stay true to herself.

This time we get to see what its like for the person picking. The stuff that goes on beyond the selection, the personal lives and how they rule. I liked seeing it from that angle. We got to see what the boys were like through her eyes, although she seemed to hate all of them at first! (she eliminates 11 boys in one go!)

Its clear that there are a few boys who pique her interest when it first starts.

Kile Woodwork. The son of Marlee and Carter (we see them in the selection books) is a book worm and likes to keep himself to himself. He wants nothing more than to leave the palace so he can start getting into architecture. He doesn’t particularly gets on with Eadlyn as they are always bickering but something changes throughout the Selection process. They start to see each other differently. He sees through the façade she puts up and she sees him than more than just a book worm. They do have a few secret kissing meetings throughout the book but whether that means she’ll pick Kile is to be seen.

The next contender that’s in the running is Hale Garner. He’s a suave fashion guy who manages to get through some of Eadlyn’s armour. He’s polite and easily likable and is the first one Eadlyn goes on a date with. Hale is a darling but whether she picks him is to be seen too.

There is also the over confident Ean Cabel, who tries to impress Eadlyn on the first day. Then there’s Henri Jaakoppi and his translator Erik who are both so so sweet. There’s a moment between her and Henri, as well as one between her and Eric.

There are a few boys too who get kicked out for bad behaviour too.

Throughout it all though Eadlyn gets a few home truths, mainly from her twin brother. Its clear the public dislike her and Ahren manages to shed some light as to why.

The whole book had the makings of the first book in the series. I had to re read bits from the first three books just to feel some love! As I said, Eadlyn is hard to love but throughout the book you do get to see little chinks in her armour to the person she is underneath. In the next book I hope we get to see more of the girl she is when she lets her guard down, because underneath it all there has to be a girl whose insecure and scared.

I loved seeing some of the old characters from the other books too. It was great to see that Maxon and America are still as in love as they were back in the other books, Marlee and Carter, as mentioned are there too with their children. So is America’s old childhood boyfriend and friend Aspen Leger and his wife Lucy, there story is pretty heart breaking though.

Overall Kiera created a world that was easy to fall into again. You get caught up in everything that goes on. In the selection books I rooted for America throughout it all but in this one its hard to pick just one guy. At the moment I’d say Kile but it always manages to change because they each have their own quirks and reasons for liking them.

And then of course there was that ending… OH MY GOD WHY DO THAT TOO ME BECASUE MAXON AND MY HEART AND FEELS!!!

KIERA!!

5 out of 5 stars

Every Last Breath by Jennifer L Armentrout book review

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Some loves will last ’til your dying breath.

Every choice has consequences – but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin – the deadliest of demons – has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her… including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death,  Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city – and her race – from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side – and then fight like hell…

Every Last Breath follows straight on from where Stone Cold Touch ended and the bomb that was dropped on them all.

Layla is trying her hardest to keep it all together because her best friend Stacey is not handling it all well. But when she’s back at Roth’s apartment, Layla breaks down and gets comforted by him.

The next morning Layla gets a straight talking from Roth’s best demon friend Cayman and she finally makes a decision between Roth and Zayne. (Not spoiling it but let’s just day I was in happy land!)

From then life looks great and she gets a taste as to what her life could be like. But The Lilin is still wreaking havoc. In fact he’s getting worse.

In a showdown between Roth, Layla, Zayne, the other wardens, The Lilin and the stone gargoyles he’s brought to life, they find something out that changes the course of this cycle and could mean the end of one of them.

And it’s a sacrifice they are willing to take….

So I can’t really give too much away and yeah that was a short summary but I don’t want to spoil this book because OMG IT WAS AMAZING!

As you know JLA is one of my favourite authors and I really cannot fault her. This book ended The Dark Elements trilogy brilliantly and I was totally 1000% behind Layla’s man choice 😛

It wasn’t all just hot men and hot make out sessions… It was about sacrifice and love and making the best decisions.

Layla is a great character and a lot of things get revealed about her in this book but she still remains kick ass. She has her moments a breakdowns but she still comes back stronger than ever and determined to make things right… and still manages to occasionally infuriate her man.

Roth. Roth Roth Roth. I love him. Yeah he’s arrogant at times but he’s so protective and has so many feelings. And for a demon that’s something unheard of. He is kick ass. The dude can fight in his human form and his true form and still look damn sexy doing it. He reminds me of Daemon. They way he acts and how he loves. It’s just… mmmmm… Roth 😍 in this book he deals with so much and still manages to come back on top. There’s a few heartbreaking scenes for him in this and I love how much his changed from the first book til the last one.

Zayne. Okay so after what happened in book 2 he’s lost some of his soul and isn’t how he used to be. He’s still nursing guilt over what happened to Layla too and then… well he doesn’t get a good ride in this book. Even though I liked Zayne in the other books I couldn’t love him like I did Roth. I felt as though he held Layla back where Roth encouraged her. In this one he’s not so involved with Layla’s decision making skills, in fact Zayne isn’t in this one much but when he is he’s angry a lot and that’s what he’s like now. It is hard to see but not has hard as Roth’s heart breaking in certain scenes.

I’m team Roth okay?! Haha

This book was great. I love how JLA manages to mix love and kick ass scenes together. How she gets the balances just right and how the main character always gets a happy ending. Because after what they’ve been through they definitely need it.

I love this book trilogy. I love all JLA books.  Maybe that’s why she’s one of my favourite authors. Her YA books are epic and her NA books are real. She has great writing skills and she finds the perfect balance.

I could gush about JLA all day 🙂

Brilliant ending to a brilliant trilogy.

5 out of 5 stars