Wednesday, May 18

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

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

Published By: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Date Read: May 7, 2016
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 640
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From Goodreads:
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.

"The issue isn't whether he loved you, it's how much. Too much. Love can be poison."

I have been such an enormous fan of Sarah J Maas ever since I was lucky enough to get her debut, Throne of Glass, for review. I fell in love with her writing straight away and have devoured every book she has wrote ever since. I could not wait for the release of A Court of Mist and Fury. I really loved the first book in this series and I couldn't wait to see how it was going to progress. I was not disappointed at all with this book. It was utter perfection and possibly my favourite Sarah J Maas book to date.

Fayre went through hell to save Tamlin and his people and no matter what she can't forget the things that she had to do. But it was worth it to save the person she loves.... right? Fayre has to come to terms with the new High Fae powers that she now has and she has not forgotten the deal that she made with Rhysand. Can she stand by her deal while still being dedicated to Tamlin?

This book is 100% a game changer in this series. Everything I felt about these characters has completely turned around. Fayre is without a doubt the most amazing character. I love her. She's totally kick-ass and amazing and I loved her throughout this whole book. She goes through such a transformation and every time she made a decision I was 100% behind her.

The boys... I went through such a massive change of heart with these boys. At the end of A Court of Thorns and Roses I liked Tamlin but really liked Rhysand. Let's talk about Tamlin first. He was kind of overwhelming in this book. I went from liking him to disliking him, being annoyed at him to absolutely hating him. I cannot stand that High Lord. Rhysand however, I am absolutely 100% Team Rhysand. He is everything any book loved could want in a book boyfriend. He is gorgeous, snarky, teasing and hilarious. Every scene with him in has me either laughing out loud or seriously swooning. I adore him!

A Court of Mist and Fury was such an amazing book. For its 600+ pages I could not put it down and I devoured it. It is without a doubt my favourite book of the year to date. It was amazing. Moving and heartbreaking; full of action and suspence and romance. Everything I could possibly want from a YA Fantasy book was jam packed into this incredible book. I adored every moment of it and I am left reeling dying to get my hands on the next book! I loved every moment of it. This is definitely a must-read for everyone. Sarah J Maas is without a doubt one of the best authors I have ever read. If you haven't read her stuff yet I highly recommend that you do!

"I'm thinking that I was a lonely, hopeless person, and I might have fallen in love with the first thing that showed me a hint of kindness and safety."



 

Monday, May 9

Early Review: The Problem with Forever

The Problem With Forever
Jennifer L Armentrout

Published By: Harlequin TEEN
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Date Read: May 1, 2016
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: eARC from Ink Slingr PR
Format: eARC
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From Goodreads:
For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

The Problem With Forever is one of those books that the moment I heard about it I needed it in my hands. Why? Because it's a Jennifer L Armentrout book and I have just adored every single thing that she has written and The Problem with Forever is no exception. From the very start of this book I was completely enamoured with it. It was just so moving and this may be the most heartbreaking book Jen has written to date.

Mallory is such an amazing main character and I really sympathised with her right from the start. I was completely heartbroken for her right from the beginning of the book and the more I read and realised the impact of her childhood on her life it just made me want to reach into the book and just hug her. She is so much stronger that she realises for dealing with everything she did and I just adore that you can really see the difference in her at the beginning of the book to her at the end. She makes such a transformation in this book and it was just amazing to see.

Rider is 100% one of my favourite JLA boys of all time. I mean he still doesn't quite replace Aiden St Delphi from the Covenant series but he is very very close. One thing I loved about this book is that Rider has a bad past too. I know that's not good, and I don't mean I loved that he was hurting due to his past because it completely broke my heart, but so many books in this genre have the heroine with the bad past and the boy comes along and saves her, I loved that Rider shared that past and needed saving too, he just didn't know it. It was such a difference from other books in this genre and I loved that.

The Problem with Forever is without a doubt one of the most emotional and heartbreaking books I have ever read. It's utterly heartbreaking, moving and stunning. Jennifer has done it again. She drags you in with her amazing writing style, shatters your heart into a million pieces and then starts to gradually patch it up again. I loved every moment of it and this is definitely my favourite JLA contemporary book. It blows all of the others completely out of the water.

If there's only one YA Contemp that you read this year make sure it is The Problem With Forever. It was beautiful and perfectly heartbreaking. I loved every moment of it. It's definitely a must-read for any JLA fan and lover of YA Contemporary books. It was soul-destroyingly perfect! Prepare yourself for the emotional trauma you will experience at the hands of this book. Every tear is worth this beautiful story.


Wednesday, May 4

Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1)

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1)
Ransom Riggs

Publication Date: June 7, 2011
Date Read: April 16, 2016
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 352
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From Goodreads:
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

"We were like astronaughts floating through a starless universe."

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is one of those books that you think sounds totally awesome yet it sits on your shelf unread for years. I bought this one not long after it released years ago and it wasn't until I saw the trailer for the upcoming movie that I picked it up to read it. I am so glad I finally read this book because it's a pretty special one... unlike anything I have ever read in a perfectly awesome way.

Jacob always thought his grandfather was just making up stories. The boy whose stomach was filled with bees. The girl who could fly... it was impossible. But after Jacob's grandfather is killed right in front of him he starts on a journey to find out more about him... and he stumbles on something magical and amazing and peculiar.

This book was pretty slow at the beginning. It really took me a while to get into it because it took so long to introduce us to the characters and Jacob's start on his journey to discovering the peculiar took quite a while. I am so glad I kept on reading though because the more I read the more I fell in love with it. This book is a story of self-discovery and adventure and I loved every moment of it.

Jacob is an awesome main character. One thing I adored was that we went on a journey to discover th truth through Jacob. I sometimes find it difficult getting into YA books with a male main character as I am so used to reading ones where we see the story through the females eyes but I just loved Jacob. He is awesome and as he was discovering the truth so were we and that was awesome.

One thing that makes this book so unique is the pictures. I've never read a book where the story is accompanied by pictures and it fit the story and added more to the story perfectly. I can't imagine having listened to the audiobook of this book because although the story is wonderful all by itself you would be missing out on so much by not having these pictures. It'd be such a shame so I would urge anyone interested in this book to skip past the audio for this one and get the full unique experience by getting the book.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is just what it says on the tin... Peculiar... in such a perfect and wonderful way. I loved every moment of it and if anyone loves a good adventure fantasy this is definitely the book for you. It's full of intrigue, mystery, danger and a small dash of romance. I loved every moment of it and I cannot wait to continue the story in Hollow City.

"I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was."


Sunday, May 1

Wrap Up: April 2016


Hey Guys,
Can you believe April is over already? April was an incredibly slow month. Exam season is almost here so work is just insane right now which means not much time for reading. So this month it is more of a book haul than anything as I only managed to read 1 book. On the plus side, I got caught up on a lot of the TV shows I love. Hopefully May will be a better reading month for me.

Book Haul:

Hardcopies



The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater's Daughter #2) by Melissa Salisbury
The Darkest Part (Living Heartwood #1) by Trisha Wolfe
Losing Track (Living Heartwood #2) by Trisha Wolfe
Fading Out (Living Heartwood #3) by Trisha Wolfe
Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Perculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs
Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Perculiar Children #3) by Ransom Riggs
Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarry
Walk the Line (Thunder Road #2) by Katie McGarry
 A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J Maas

E-Books


Bought:

Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles #4.5) by Marissa Meyer

For Review:

The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout

Books Read in April 2016:

  
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs - 4 Stars

Reviews Posted:


Challenge Update:

 January:
Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

February:
Didn't read any of them

March:
The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2) by Danielle Paige
Ensnared (Splintered #3) by AG Howard

April:
Didn't read any of them






There is no Top 3 of April as I only read 1 book.

April TBR:







What did you read this month?