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A Court Of Mist And Fury: Oh My Hotness


Genre: Fantasy / YA

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

“To the people who look at the stars and wish……To the stars who listen – and the dreams that are answered.”

Recap per Goodreads**: Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Courtβ€”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 loomsβ€”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 futureβ€”and the future of a world cleaved in two.

Review: This book is a lot..it’s long…there is a lot of information to process. However, this novel is SO SO good thanks to the brilliance of Sarah J Maas. Out of the four books published so far, this one is my absolute favorite. It has all the feels and I mean ALL the feels. There is mystery and action and adventure and romance. The plot is unique and not predictable. I didn’t see half of it coming. Yes, I’m sure, Reader, that you will have a premonition at the start of many scenes where you think…..Oh this cannot end well……and your premonition is going to be right …but what your premonition doesn’t know is HOW it all goes to hell. And the HOW is the best part.

For those who have read ACOWAR, please continue reading. If you have not, go, read it and come back! This is novel is hard for me to discuss without giving away spoilers. You need to experience this on your own first!

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❀ I am a sucker for a slow burn. I am a sucker for a love triangle. I am also a sucker for a book with a lot of angst. So the slow burn relationship that is Feyre and Rhysand is by far the greatest I’ve read in a while. Holy Hell. And when it comes to a head, it is extremely hotttttt (that’s what she said).

❀ Rhysand is everything you want in a hero. He is the most self sacrificing, loyal High Lord you can find. There is always a noble motive behind his actions. Most see it as being arrogant or evil but it is really Rhysand playing the role of a dark prick to help the greater good. It is really just Rhy being smarter than the other courts. And his actions are down completely out of love…for his people, for his friends, for his mate. It also doesn’t hurt that Rhy has the body of a God with the bonus of wings.

❀ I love every private scene that Feyre and Rhysand had. Every single one. Some are sweet. Some are intense. Some are romantic. Some are dramatic. Some are hot as hell.

❌ Tamlin is a worthless sack of manure. He’s selfish, lazy, weak. He has crazy anger issues. And most importantly he lets Feyre whither away right in front of him. In the beginning of the novel, I thought maybe the cause of his character change was his own PTSD. I once thought he was noble and good…but the truth is Tamlin has been a worthless sack the entire time…Book 1 included. When he locks Feyre into a dungeon of his own making, I nearly lost my shit. OK, it isn’t exactly a dungeon since it is the entire palace but the girl just spent 3 months locked in a cell. How can he EVER think this is OK? And then the end of the book? Fork you, Tamlin. Fork you. (Isn’t it ironic that Tamlin is giving me anger issues?)

Recommendation: This is a must read. I don’t care if you don’t even read the first novel (A Court of Thorn and Roses), read this one.

**Note: I decided to use the recap from GR which is not my norm because I don’t want to accidentally give away too many spoilers by recapping the book or run the risk of not giving enough information that you decide not to read it.

Book Reviews

March: In With A Thriller, Out With A DNF……

Oh, March. You came in promising with a thriller and went out with a surprising Did-Not-Finish. But in between? You were full of Lisa Kleypas, romance, fiction and fantasy. March also introduced the first ever Book Boyfriend feature.

For book reviews, I averaged 3.7 stars for the month with one novel earning a 5 star review and one ending up on my DNF shelf on Goodreads. Not too shabby, March.

March Reviews Summary:

πŸ“š The Other Woman | Sandie Jones | Thriller

πŸ“š Mine Till Midnight | Lisa Kleypas | Regency Romance

πŸ“š Seduce Me at Sunrise | Lisa Kleypas | Regency Romance

πŸ“š My Little Secret | LA Casey | Romance

πŸ“š Throne of Glass | Sarah J Maas | Fantasy

πŸ“š All Your Perfects | Colleen Hoover | Contemporary Fiction

πŸ“š The Royal We | Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan | Chicklit

Coming Soon (Tentatively, Subject to Change):  An ARC review of A Palm Beach Wife by Susannah Marren, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas, and An ARC review of By the Light of Embers by Shaylin Gandhi just to name a few……

Book Recommendations

Need a Weekend Read?

I was looking through some of my past e-book purchases and found three that I want to recommend without a full out review…….for now…I totally reserve the right to do a full review later on…

Genre: Thriller / Mystery

Have you read Emily Carpenter before? She’s a former screenwriter that is fairly new to the writing novels. And her books are pretty intense mysteries. Every Single Secret is my favorite of her books to date. So if you are in the mood for an all out psychological thriller, this one is for you!

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Romantic Comedy

I am a HUGE Penny Reid fan. Neanderthal Meets Human (Knitting in the City #1) was my first encounter with Penny. However, when recommending Penny to anyone I like to start with this novel. Why? It introduces the Winston Brother Series and has the Knitting in the City Series Characters in it as well. It is considered to be #4 in the Knitting Series yet 0.5 in the Winston Brother Series…….therefore, you are introduced to not one – but TWO – Penny Reid series. Plus, Penny Reid is a force to be reckoned with.

Genre: Young Adult / Fiction

This book was recommended to me by one of my besties. It is a super cute YA book about two misfits who bond over music. It is super sweet, heart warming and emotional. And there is conflict, mostly abuse related, too. It’s not all cupcakes and rainbows. If you are in the mood a read regarding first loves, this one is for you!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Book Reviews

YA GEM: A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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

Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

Review: Feyre, a human girl, is forced to live in a magical kingdom after she murders a Faerie. As time passes, Feyre discovers that there is more to her life sentence and her captor, Tamlin…..far more than what meets the eyes. Her feelings for him turn from hatred to passion over time. However, an ancient curse lurks unbeknownst to Feyre…..a curse so evil, it have Feyre fighting not only for her life but the life of the entire Faerie kingdom.

ACOTAR is the first book I read by Sarah J. Maas but it is not and will not be the last. In a previous blog post, I sang her praises and rated a few other novels in this series. CLICK HERE to read.

Although a fantasy novel is a little out of my normal comfort zone, this definitely delivers. It has action / adventure / mystery / romance. It has a total Beauty and the Beast vibe with magic, evil forces and faeries. It has the elements of a slow burn (I’m a sucker for slow burns). And it is so full of little details that I found myself taking notes throughout just so that I wouldn’t miss anything.

For those who have read ACOTAR, please continue reading. If you have not, go, read it and come back! This is novel is hard for me to discuss without giving away spoilers. You need to experience this on your own first!

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I have so many awesome thoughts and comments on ACOTAR (it’s a long novel) that I have decided that I’m only going to post a few or we could be here all night (no lie, we really could) 😊:

❀ Feyre has a true bad-ass Katniss feel to her and Tamlin, ever the stuffy noble, will eventually grow on you as he did Feyre. Their relationship goes through the many stages of a slow burn: hatred, respect, admiration, red hot passionate love. There is a scene right after the Great Rite finishes between Feyre and Tamlin that is SUPER HOT! πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

❀ Many times, I felt like reaching into the story and knocking some sense into Feyre. Example: for a woman with such a bad-ass personality, she totally caves too quickly when told she needs to go home. She makes it too easy. She doesn’t question..she just does. Not questioning is very un-Feyre-like. Badass, fearless Feyre would remember what the Suriel told her to do. This meek version of Feyre did not. But then……this clever, clever author that is Sarah J. Maas must have suspected her readers would feel this way because as Feyre really begins to process everything that eventually leads her to return to Prythian, the following little nugget is written, “Stay with him, fall in love with him and all will be righted. If I had stayed, if I had admitted what I’d felt… None of this would have happened.” Exactly, Feyre…..Exactly…..Now we are on the same page.

❀ Rhysand, the High Lord of the Night Court, is quite the mystery. His actions don’t always match his persona. I can’t figure out if he is a good guy, a bad guy or a little of both. I am not afraid to admit that I have a major book crush on him……dark, handsome, mysterious, gorgeous eyes…what’s not to love? He has such a bad boy vibe. And who doesn’t love a bad boy?

❀ Sarah’s writing style is amazing. In the middle of reading a pretty awkward scene or a heated discussion, the author will write a line that is quite humorous. My favorite line that had me laughing out loud as I read, “Perhaps it was my raging hunger making me hallucinate the piss-poor attempt at flattery”.

❀ Creativity: I’ve never read a story even close to this one. As a bibliolater, I have read a lot and to come across something like novel was truly extraordinary.

Recommendation: Read it! Readers of any genre will like this novel. The book is long but you won’t find it to be a problem at all. It will captivate you the entire way and leave you wanting more.

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