Stacking the Shelves #8

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Hi all! It’s been a super weird week here in England as I’m sure it has been for most of you. I’m up and down with everything that’s going on, but I really want to share some more posts with you guys to keep us all busy and entertained!

It may have been a strange few weeks, but it’s been a good month for books. Here’s a few I’m really excited about!

House of Earth and Blood: Exclusive Edition - Crescent City 1 (Hardback)

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Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. Every night is a party and Bryce is going to savour all the pleasures Lunathion – also known as Crescent City – has to offer. But then a brutal murder shakes the very foundations of the city, and brings Bryce’s world crashing down.
Two years later, Bryce still haunts the city’s most notorious nightclubs – but seeking only oblivion now. Then the murderer attacks again. And when an infamous Fallen angel, Hunt Athalar, is assigned to watch her every footstep, Bryce knows she can’t forget any longer.
As Bryce and Hunt fight to unravel the mystery, and their own dark pasts, the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the deepest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir …

I picked up the Waterstones exclusive as soon as it came out. It’s gorgeous and has red sprayed edges. They ship internationally if you’d like to order one!

Secret Title (Hardback)

I also managed to grab a copy of the UK tour edition, as I was a ticket holder before the tour was cancelled. It’s so, so pretty!

What did you buy this week?

-Beth

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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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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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