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


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

GoodReads Summary:

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

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.

My Review:

My expectations were too high.

I loved ACOTAR and ACOMAF… but I am only mildly happy with A Court of Wings and Ruin.

SJM said that we would get the story through multiple people, and while that is semi true, it wasn’t enough for me. I didn’t see enough of the other characters for my liking… and we really needed character development for the inner circle and more information about Elain and Nesta. Feyre grew so much in ACOMAF so I felt it was the side characters time to grow.

I will say the witter banter was still there, which is always fun to read. And what Feyre does in the Spring Court was badass to a whole new level for her. The introduction of the other High Lords of the Winter, Day, and Dawn courts was super fun.

So while ACOMAF wil always be my favorite SJM novel (so far), I think ACOWAR is tying with her Heir of Fire (TOG series) for my least favorite.

Author Signing Event:

By some MIRACLE, The Ivy Bookshop was able to secure a visit from SJM herself… first time I’ve see her in Baltimore ever. So it was incredibly exciting to go see her. The questions she answered were hilarious- the inner circle’s Hogwarts Houses and how she came to terms with being a Hufflepuff; what the 6th book of TOG looks like; how Rhysand came to be.

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The bestie and I waiting for SJM
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SJM talking about being a Hufflepuff
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SJM + Husband signing

Rating: 3 out of 5Blog Signature

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Reviews, YA Fantasy, ya romance

Book Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

Goodreads Summary:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

My Review:

This series continues to get better and better. Mass’ writing has evolved over time and Empire of Storms is at the top.

As the second to last novel (that we know about because last year we received exciting news about novellas), Empire of Storms picks up right where Queen of Shadows finished. Between the first and the fourth book, Celaena Sardothian has evolved into her true self, Aelin Galathynius. She has used everything she went through to become the true Queen of Terrasen. And in EOS, Aelin must now gather her army and prove she is more than her enemy.

Old friends come back and new faces appear. EoS is a continuous adventure, switching perspectives of several different characters. We learn new back stories. Discover devious plots. Hearts change. Maas weaves secret after secret through the pages and when events happen, it usually blew my mind. And the end completely threw me for a loop. I didn’t see any of it coming.

I would put Sarah J Maas in the same story telling category as JK Rowling and JRR Tolkien. She is a story teller, a world builder.

Rating: 5 out 5Blog Signature

 

 

Tuesday Meme

Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year

Thank you to The Broke and The Bookish for this wonderful meme! If you want to learn how to participate, click here and check it out. Promise you won’t regret it.

I know Veronica and I did a Talking Bookworm Holiday Gift Guide. BUT! There are books I would love for Santa to leave me…

Liz’s Picks

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

 

 

The Wrath & The Dawn. You know my appreciation of a good series… I’m sure Santa does too.

 

 

 

Alexander Hamilton

 

While it’s not YA, I am obsessed with the Hamilton Musical so OBVIOUSLY I need the biography the musical is based on. Santa baby, won’t you leave Hamilton under the tree for me?

 

 

 

 

A Madness So Discreet

 

 

A Madness So Discreet. Who can’t resist a good YA Historical thriller? Hopefully Santa. Hehe.

 

 

 

99 Days

 

 

99 Days. I’ve always been a sucker for love stories… Maybe Santa is too?

 

 

 

Legend (Legend, #1)

 

 

Legend. While I’ve read her other series… I’ve neglected this series. Santa don’t let me neglect it no more.

 

 

 

Nightfall

 

 

Nightfall. Seems an odd season to be asking Santa to bring me horror/thriller books… maybe I should be asking Krampus for this one?

 

 

 

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

 

 

Throne of Glass. Ugh princes, thieves, warriors, killers, oh my! Hopefully Santa appreciates the magic this book would be bring me… And brings all the follow up books in this series too.

 

 

 

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)

 

 

An Ember in the Ashes. This has been everywhere and so I feel like the universe is telling me I need to read it. *sings* Oh Santa!

Reviews, YA Fantasy

Book Review: The Assassin and the Dessert (Throne of Glass Novella) by Sarah J. Maas

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Goodreads Summary:

The Silent Assassins of the Red Desert aren’t much for conversation, and Celaena Sardothien wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s not there to chatter, she’s there to hone her craft as the world’s most feared killer for hire. When the quiet is shattered by forces who want to destroy the Silent Assassins, Celaena must find a way to stop them, or she’ll be lucky to leave the desert alive.

Review:

I didn’t know if I wanted to read the Throne of Glass novellas. I asked Kayla to recommend me just one to see if I wanted to read them and she recommended this novella.

OMG. THIS NOVELLA WAS AMAZING. I was fangirling the entire time. I’ve also found a new book boyfriend. A new one. Yes, you read that right, a new one. His name is Ilias and he is the master’s son. I really really want him to show up somewhere in the ToG series. Is it horrible I want this love triangle or square or whatever to become more complicated? Probably, but I don’t care.

I really didn’t see Ansel’s betrayal coming at all. Towards the end I did get suspicious, but I couldn’t believe it. What I did believe was that the master knew. He seemed like the type of guy that would let things happen. Gosh I love him for giving Celaena the money to buy her freedom. Dang.

Overall, I absolutely freaking love it! I have a feeling I will be buying the complete novella bind up soon…

Rating: 5 out of 5