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A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

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Summary:

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings 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. 

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.  (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

In this finale to the series, we finally get to see how things work out after the fallout from trying to steal the cauldron at the end of the last book.  It starts with Feyre in Tamlin’s court, but she’s quickly reunited with Rhys. I was worried that may be something drawn out, but the book starts out quickly.

The thing that I love about Maas’ books are that they’re unpredictable.  This one felt like there was so much going on that occasionally it was difficult to keep up.  We have a lot of new characters and a lot of new backgrounds to try to understand.  That isn’t a negative per say, but it does mean that you have to be really paying attention as changes come from every angle.

There were some absolutely fantastic scenes.  I loved seeing the negotiations among the different courts and I hope that we’ll be able to see more of those characters in future books.  It’s difficult to say much about the ending without revealing spoilers, but needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed.  I’d highly recommend this one to anyone who is a fan of the series, but the second book is still my favorite.

Warning: Contains repeated violence and sexual content.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it?  Fans of the series or else you’re going to be particularly confused.

Want to read the whole series?

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)

A Court of Mist and Fury

Summary:

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.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This book is one of those very rare occasions where the sequel is better than the original book.  It was totally mind blowing and has me in full-on book hangover mode for days afterward. 

The story starts out slow with Feyre trying to understand how to operate in a world after the events Under the Mountain.  She is stuck with very contradicting feelings and some gifts that she didn’t realized she had received.  Quickly, in what I’m now realizing is Maas’ MO, the twists and turns come thick and frequent throughout the book.  It’s very hard to write a review of the book without revealing any of the twists, so I’ll just say: I absolutely adore this book.  I cannot wait until the finale of the series and to find out what happens next.  “A Court of Thorns and Roses” was very good, but “A Court of Mist and Fury” brings this series to the same level as “Throne of Glass”. 

Warning: Contains repeated violence and sexual content.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Fantasy fans that aren’t afraid of some darker themes, but still want a whimsical twist on the storyline.  But read the first book before this one!

Want to read the whole series?

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

  • Untitled (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

  • Untitled (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4)

  • Untitled (A Court of Thorns and Roses #5)

  • Untitled (A Court of Thorns and Roses #6)

Juliet Takes a Breath

Juliet Takes a Breath

Summary:

Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff. 

Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle? 

With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.  (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This book had a really slow start for me and I was pretty skeptical when reading the “excerpts” from Harlowe’s book, but I was eventually won over.  Understanding and bearing witness Juliet’s journey to shy and unsure young woman who is learning to be comfortable in her own skin was absolutely wonderful – and often hilarious.  There were multiple moments I was laughing out loud.  Sometimes I felt I could never relate, and then on the next page I related so well to Juliet, Harlowe and all the other characters it felt like Rivera was inside my head.  I think alternating between challenging my way of thinking and completely understanding is what made the book so thought-provoking and stuck with me.

Rivera tackles extremely complex, politically charged and touchy topics with compassion and non-judgement that I have never encountered before.  This is not a book at a superficial level that dismisses people’s perspectives, but instead tries to address the complexities in a way that anyone could understand.  I’d highly recommend this read even if you don’t think you’re directly impacted by the topics because I think it will help you step into someone else’s shoes and understand the trials others face on a daily basis.

Warning: Contains sexual content and repeated strong language.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Anyone trying to understand a little more insight to feminism, LGBT or minorities and the intersection of any of the above.

 

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

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Summary:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.  (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

As a huge fan of Sarah J. Maas’ “Throne of Glass” series, I knew that I HAD to give her other series a shot.  While still containing violence and some heavy topics, this series still felt a bit “lighter” than the other and perhaps more accessible to more people.  That effect may because the book is set in a fantasy world where Fae are extremely powerful.  But please don’t think this is a bubble-gum YA book, there are still many dark themes throughout.

As usual, there were multiple twists in this book that I didn’t see coming and I absolutely loved it.  Maas does such a good job making you want to say “WHY?!?!”, but of course the books would be much shorter if things lined up perfectly.  For example, I thought the book was almost over and then I realized that I was only 2/3rds of the way through.  In an effort of avoiding spoilers, I’m just going to say: nothing is what it seems, and there’s always a reason something happens in Maas’ books.

Warning: Contains repeated violence and sexual content.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Fantasy fans that aren’t afraid of some darker themes, but still want a whimsical twist on the storyline.

Want to read the whole series?

  • A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)

  • Untitled (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

  • Untitled (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4)

  • Untitled (A Court of Thorns and Roses #5)

  • Untitled (A Court of Thorns and Roses #6)