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

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

Can I please just take a second to mention soapgate? Because even though there is so much wrong with it (*cough* fanfic for profit *cough*), it has amused me highly and could not be more appropriate to this review.

I’m so glad that I’m leaving this book with tears in my eyes and love in my heart. Because I was daunted. Tiny letters and 700 pages and bad pacing? I doubted whether I would get through it at all, let alone as quickly. But Sarah J Maas has done it again, she took my heart and ripped it to shreds, but still made me fall in love.

“I would have waited five hundred more years for you.”

As mentioned above, let’s start with the bad pacing. My only downside of this book would have to be the slow pacing at the start. I spent so long having to push through the dreadfully slow parts before hitting the turn-paging last bits of the book. But I have to say, it was worth it to get to the good, turn-paging parts.

Also, the characters! I found it great having Feyre’s sisters in the family and I loved all of their different personalities. So many deeply personal scenes (shoutout to Mor and that scene between Feyre and her in the camp which I loved!), had me rooting for each and every character.

“A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have… the wait was worth it.”

There is no other way to describe it, but everything in these books feels so alive. The characters, the land, the politics, the love…everything is vivid and real and crammed with emotion. The only thing I have to say is that I don’t know if I quite need another 3 books. I’m happy about the novella, but I’m also happy where this book left off. Although I loved them so much that I’m sure I’ll continue reading when the time comes, so who am I to complain?

Also, I cried.

★★★★★
5 stars

-Beth

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T5W: Items on Your Bookshelf

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Hi readers! I’m very happy with this weeks topic as I get to trawl my way through old topics from before I joined this meme. I’ve chosen something very different, and I’m going to talk about items on my bookshelves.

I actually keep a lot of possessions in front of my books/in the corners of my bookshelves. I’m going to list just a few of them below!

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Candles are the first thing that came to mind, because I love them! My favourite candle is definitely my Woodwick candle, which I found second hand for only £2.50.

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I adore this mug, and I keep makeup in it to stop it getting worn.

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I bought this light for my boyfriend for Christmas, and it looks so awesome at night.

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I have a couple of bookish Funko Pops, including the one above.

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The only section of our bookshelves that are actually donated to something other than books is for our MTG cards! My boyfriend and I have started teaching ourselves how to play Magic and we’re both loving it so far.

What do you have on your bookshelf?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! Vacation Reads

What defines a vacation read? For me, the perfect holiday book is fun, lighthearted and easy to read. Contemporaries are the best for long summer days on the beach, and today I’m sharing some of my ideal vacation reads with you.

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Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.
Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is a whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.
And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

I love Jenn Bennett’s books, and what could be more holiday-ready than a book set on the California coast?

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Taylor Edwards family might not be that close – everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled, but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets some devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Matson might just be my favourite contemporary author, and I’d recommend any one of her books for vacation.

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The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.
As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

This one is one I read more recently, and a contemporary I absolutely loved. If you’re looking for lighthearted with a twist, look no further.

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Jesse, Vicks and Mel couldn’t be more different. Jesse, a righteous Southern gal who’s as thoughtful as she is uptight, is keeping a secret that she knows will change her life forever. Vicks is a wild child: seemingly cool, calm and collected on the outside, but inside she’s furious at herself for being so anxious about her neglectful boyfriend. And Mel is the new girl in town. She’s already been dismissed as just another rich kid, but all she wants is to get over some of her fears and find some true friends. 
But for all their differences, the girls discover they’ve got one thing in common – they’re desperate to escape. Desperate to get the heck out of Niceville and discover their true ‘badass’ selves! Even if it’s just for the weekend … One ‘borrowed’ car later, it’s time to hit the road and head for Miami. Hearts will be broken, friendships will be tested, and a ridiculously hot stranger could change the course of everything.

This one is definitely due a re-read but I adored this book! It’s the book that started my dream of going to Epcot which I’m still wishing and dreaming about.

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Sophia has spent her life ping-ponging between different countries and schools, so, in theory, saying goodbye should be easy. But now she’s leaving Tokyo – the place that finally felt like home. The only way she can get through this is to make her final week perfect. Then Jamie Foster-Collins shows up, just in time to ruin everything. Jamie and Sophia used to be friends . . . and his return stirs up feelings she thought she’d forgotten. Suddenly, hours and minutes become meaningless. Only time spent together, exploring the hidden streets of the city they love, is real.

I’m pretty sure I read this while I was on vacation in Madeira last year, and it was just perfect.

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It’s been a year since Milly, Elyse and Leonie’s dad died, and a year since their last trip to Rome. Summer’s here again, and once again they are heading with their mum to Italy – but what’s it going to be like going without Dad? Rome still holds its familiar charms – the sun is still as warm, the gelato as delicious, the people as welcoming. But nothing is quite as it once was … 
With grief still raw for all of them, Milly is facing the additional awfulness of having to see Luke again – gorgeous, gorgeous Luke, who she had a fling with last year, and who she made a total fool of herself with – or so she thinks. What’s going to happen this time? What’s more, things between Milly, her sisters and their mum are rocky – Leonie is being tempestuous and unpredictable, Elyse is caught up with her new boyfriend, and Milly feels like she just doesn’t know how she fits in any more. 

And lastly I couldn’t do this list without mentioning this great read! It really made me feel like I was in Italy, which I loved.

Which books do you love reading on vacation?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Beautiful Quotes #90 / One of Us Is Lying

Beautiful Quotes is a weekly meme hosted by me, where I post some of my favourite quotes. Any other bloggers are welcome to join me in this and just link my blog!

Hi readers! I’m still in the depths of A Court of Wings and Ruin which I’m really enjoying. I’m hoping to have my review up for Thursday so keep your eyes peeled. Also…why has it taken me so long to carry on with this series?

On a completely different note, this weeks quote is from a mystery book. I visited a bookshop yesterday and saw Floored, a new release which includes 7 different perspectives. That reminded me of another mystery book which includes several perspectives, and that’s where our quote comes in!

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“I stand and hold out my hand. She gives me a skeptical look, but takes it and lets me pull her to her feet. I put my other hand in the air. ‘Bronwyn Rojas, I solemnly swear not to murder you today or at any point in the future. Deal?’
‘You’re ridiculous,’ she mutters, going even redder.
‘It concerns me you’re avoiding a promise not to murder me.” 

-Beth

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Stacking the Shelves #58

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga where we share books we’ve bought this week. Find out more and join in here!

I haven’t posted one of these in almost a month, which is probably a good thing as it means I haven’t bought books recently. But after talking with my boyfriend about which Harry Potter books we wanted to add to our collection (see more here), I decided to do a little shopping.

After visiting a few supermarkets, I ended up with these:

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It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

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When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Both of these screenplays are ones I wanted to read soon and they look gorgeous sat on the shelf next to each other, both shining with gold!

Did you buy any books this week?

-Beth

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

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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.

It’s taken me a long while to finally get around to carrying on with this series, but I finally am! My friend Amy has been reading them over the past few weeks, and she inspired me to pick this series back up. I read A Court of Thorns and Roses a few years ago and I was one of the very few people in this world who didn’t jump on this series. Yes, I liked it, but I didn’t love it like so many others.

But I had a pleasant surprise with this one! Maybe it’s because I’m enjoying fantasy a lot more recently, but I’m in love.

“To the stars who listen”

The world in this series is unlike any other, and I’m really enjoying the politics between the courts. I think I found it hard to follow in the first book, but it’s all making sense now I’m more used to reading fantasy! I’m also really enjoying the romance, because the rollercoaster of emotions in ACOMAF had me crying, laughing, cringing and punching the air. It teared my heart apart and sewed it back together so many times! I really enjoyed the slow build of sexual tension between Feyre and Rhys, and I even found the sex scenes not too bad. The only thing I will say is that they are very unrealistic in parts (*ahem* that lodge *ahem*), but I did find them well written other than that.

“and the dreams that are answered.”

The only downside I have to say is this book is longgg. And not only that, it can be a real slow-burner at times. For most of the book, I was kind of counting the pages, but somehow a few short bursts really made up for it. There is no doubt about Maas’ writing being absolutely beautiful and very poetic, and I found so many quotes and passages that I utterly adored.

So I’m very happy to say that Sarah J. Maas, you have stolen my heart back, and I’m looking forward to what’s to come!

★★★★★
5 stars

-Beth

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T5W: Books I Love With Tropes I Hate

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday post! This week we’re talking about books I love with tropes I hate. There are many I thought of while researching for this post, and here’s my top 5.

1.’There was only one bed.’

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This line is always something I notice in YA romance, the classic line when two ‘friends’ walk into a room and realise there’s only one bed for them to sleep in. It makes me roll my eyes every time, but I’m still loving A Court of Mist and Fury.

2. ‘I’m angry so let’s break up and inevitably get back together.’

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I loved this book so much, but it definitely falls into this category. So many contemporaries fall under this, when two people split up in anger and inevitably get back together towards at the end of the book.

3. Love triangle

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Twilight is a guilty pleasure of many of ours, myself included. I don’t really enjoy love triangles, but I agree it can work sometimes and I found this and The Vampire Diaries quite entertaining!

4. The Chosen One

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Who doesn’t love Harry Potter – the ultimate Chosen One read!

5. Find Yourself

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And another contemporary to finish up – the classic ‘my best friend has disappeared and I’m going to find her and find myself too’. But I did find this book really fun and definitely one to recommend.

Which books did you love that include tropes you hate?

-Beth

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