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text 2017-08-03 23:59
July Recap
Rebound: A Boomerang Novel - Noelle August
The Breakup Support Group - Cheyanne Young
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas
Follow Me Down: A Novel - Sherri L. Smith
Stalking Jack the Ripper - Kerri Maniscalco
Ferocious (Vicarious) - Paula Stokes
The First Time She Drowned - Kerry Kletter
Bad Blood (The Naturals #4) ((The Naturals #4)) - Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Follow Me Back - A.V. Geiger

I finished a much loved series this month...The Naturals.  with the final book in the 4 book series, Bad Blood...loved it, btw.  I also really enjoyed the conclusion to Vicarious Duo, with Ferocious, which I received an ARC of.

 

I also finished up a few reading challenges, 3 of them this month, actually.  A few of the books I've read this month were read just for this purpose.  Like the Breakup Support Group, Stalking Jack The Ripper and The First Time She Drowned.  I'm actively trying to start less of these so I can finish some of the super long ones.

 

 

The BOOKS 

 

(Audiobook) Rebound by Noelle August

Finish Date:  07/02

4 STARS

 

(Kindle eBook) The Breakup Support Group by Cheyanne Young

Finish Date:  07/07

2.8 STARS

 

(Audiobook) A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Finish Date:  07/11

4.3 STARS

 

(e-ARC) Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith

Finish Date:  07/13

4.3 STARS

 

(Audiobook) Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Manisculco

Finish Date:  07/20

3.8 STARS

 

(e-ARC) Ferocious by Paula Stokes

Finish Date:  07/24

5 STARS

 

(Audiobook) The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

Finish Date:  07/26

4.3 STARS

 

(eBook) Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Finish Date:  07/30

5+ STARS

 

(Audiobook) Follow Me Back by AV Geiger

Finish Date:  07/31

3.7 STARS

 

 

9 Books Total 3,181 Pages (including Audio's)

5 Audiobooks, 2 eBooks, and 2 Netgalley e-ARC's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-07-22 19:55
Watch out...roses have thorns.
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas

 

Book Title:  A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author:  Sarah J Maas

Narration:  Jennifer Ikeda

Series:  A Court of Thorns and Roses #1

Genre:  High Fantasy, Fae, Romance

Setting:  Prythian Spring Court, Land of Fae

Source:  Audiobook (RB Digital)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

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Preserved Roses by Blackbriar  --If you've read ACOTAR then watch it…and you will see…if not…then still watch it, because it has the right feel. ♫

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

I need to have a clear head when I start a fantasy series, to really be able to immerse myself within it.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to do that while listening to this.  I just had too much on my mind.  That being said, I feel like this has the makings of  a 5 star read (even the narration was awesomely done) as evidenced by all the 5 star ratings out there for ACOTAR.    If I could change one thing about this it would be to make it a little shorter in length.  Long books always seem so daunting to me, that I go into them feeling less than excited as it is.

 

Essentially, ACOTAR is highly imaginative start to what might be a very appealing series.  The Beauty and the Beast aspect is only a backdrop to the story overall, because it really is so much deeper than that.

 

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.3/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  to be continued…

Total:  4.3/5

 

Will I continue this series?  Yes, and hopefully I'm able to fully immerse myself in it when I do.

 

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review 2017-06-01 20:43
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas

Maybe it's because I can see influences beyond the norm for YA fantasy, influences from sources I loved as a kid, like Lloyd Alexander and Andre Norton, that I really enjoy Sarah Maas' work. I find it easy to read, though not exactly simplistic, and entertaining in a blockbuster sort of way.

 

Feyre wasn't exactly a character I could relate to, and I found myself annoyed at her maybe more than I should have, but I understood her motivations, mostly, for being as confrontational as she was--fear--and as sometimes willfully dense as she could be--her behavior of Fire Night, I can only assume, was a product of her desire for Tamlin.

 

Tamlin's an inoffensive character, and if you think that's weak praise, you haven't read much romance, LOL! I found myself gravitating towards Lucien, I adored his snark, and the way that he actually seemed to build a relationship with Feyre. I loved the use of the different fairies, and the use of the Beauty and the Beast themes was well-handled--I especially liked why she returned home, and how her sisters were handled; it was really different for a BatB retelling. And the last hundred and fifty pages take on more themes from the myth that inspired the BatB fairy tale: Eros and Psyche, with Feyre having to prove her love through a series of tasks, and being made immortal at the end of it. Spoiler.

 

And yet it was that last hundred and fifty pages, that take place in the kingdom of Under the Mountain (aka Hades) that lost the book that star/half a star. I like Rhysand. I'm going to put that out there right now. He grew on me. But Maas has a problem, and that problem is her waning interest in her main male characters. In defense of Throne of Glass, it at least took a few books before it happened, where here it takes, oh, about three hundred pages. I just wanted more of Tam and Lucien, and much, much less of this character I was still getting my bearings with. And my resistance to him is also why I'm not rushing to pick up the second book, honestly.

 

All in all, though, a truly enjoyable book, and a new take on Beauty and the Beast, a notable one in a sea of BatB retellings.

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review 2017-05-29 18:03
Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses) - Sarah J. Maas

 

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.

 

*First off. If you have not read the previous books you should not read this review, because it will contain spoilers from the first two books.*

 

OMG. I loved this book so much. I didn’t think I could love it more than A

court Of Mist and Fury, but I did. I loved everything about this book. The writing, the characters, and the journey it takes us on.  It started out a tad slow but that could have been because she was back in the Spring Court. Also we get knee deep into and war is upon the people we learned to love and even maybe hate throughout the previous books.  

This book was a complete rollercoaster ride of emotions. I laughed one minute and cried the next. Or went from swooning to wanting to stab someone in the eyes. Plus it was action packed and had so many twist and turns I was thought I would get whiplash.

To of course not spoil anything about this book I will not go too much into detail about all the characters or of course what is happening to them, I will just make a quick overview and thoughts about them.

Feyre, loved her, while last book was all about her PDST this book is about healing and moving on for her, but also helping her sisters transition into the fay world.

I really liked that she was not just fine from one second to the next that she still had her moments and panic and not all was just forgotten. But I think what I loved most was her journey and how much she really has grown since book one. It is clear early on, how much she has grown and how far she is willing to go.

Rhysand .….My man Rhysand………. What is not to love about him. Again we saw how much he is willing to give to protect those he loves. But also how much he already went through to protect them. The more we know about him the more I love him, I didn't even know if it is possible to love him more. His speech before the final battle may or may not have left me in tears.

Lucien, as I mentioned about the other two books I always had a soft spot for him. I really like him but we still need to learn so much more about him. Even though we learn some really surprising things about him. As it ended in last book with his mating bond he deals with it in this book.  I’m not sure if it has been said yet but I have a feeling we see more of him in the next books. I have a feeling there is much more about him to tell.

Speaking about the next books and Lucien, I think we will also see and learn more about Elain. I really didn’t care for her in this book. She was a little left out of everything or so it felt like. We learned very little about her and her new Fae powers. She seemed more of a burden most of the time than anything else. I think or maybe even hope that we get more of her also in the next books.

Tamlin, yup he is still around and kicking. We also learn some new things about him. But overall I do not know if I ever can trust him. Though he does has his good moments in this book as well.

Mor. I loved Mor in this book and we also learn more about her and her past and what she would like for her future. I felt so much for her at times.

Amren, wow overall just wow. I always enjoyed her but this book toped it all. Again we learn much more about her as with most of the other players in the book. She also kind of take Nesta under her wing.

Now to Nesta, I figured she would be a power house but I had no idea how much or how much I would end up loving her and her growth. I really wpould ot mind a whole book about her, oh and Cassian of course.

Cassian and Azriel both of course play a big part in this book. I loved both of them and their journey and how much they would lay down for Rhys and the others in order to protect them all.

We met of course some new and old faces again. Some surprised me and I was shocked, thought I knew it all but boom we get a new twist.

 Overall, epic book and it left me wanting more. We get it all... love, hate, betrayal, humor, action .Some big sacrifices we made that left me in tears.

But the ending still seemed peaceful and just right for this epic journey throughout this and the other books.

I give it full 5 ★

 

 

Some of my favorite Quotes:

 

“It's a rare person to face who they are and not run from it - not be broken by it.”

 

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What we think to be our greatest weakness can sometimes be our biggest strength

 

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Why should I be scared of an oversized bat who likes to throw temper tantrums?

 

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Words had become as forge in and hard to reach as the stars.

 

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And in the distance, so faint I thought I might have imagined it, a beast’s roar cleaved the land

 

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A hand brushed my back. Then Rhys groaned, "If we're all here, either things went very, very wrong or very right." Cassian's broken laugh cracked out of him.

 

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Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

 

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review 2017-05-26 16:03
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas

I feel like it would be hard to find someone that doesn't rave about this series or any of the author's other books. I do really enjoy Throne of Glass, although it has been awhile since I've picked up the series and I definitely plan on going back to it even though I believe I'm multiple books behind by now.

I've always really loved faerie books and I definitely own quite a few series focusing entirely on them. It had been awhile since I read a book about them though and I'm really glad I ended up reading this book. With the combination of faeries, a well crafted world, and some Beauty & the Beast I knew I was really going to enjoy this book.

The beginning of the story was a little difficult to get into though. It was slow and uneventful for the most part until probably halfway through, which is why I didn't give this book five stars. I also wasn't entirely sold on the romance, possibly because I was too preoccupied with trying to figure out why Tamlin would bother bringing her to his world. It seemed a tiny bit too easy of a romance, especially considering the fact that Feyre hated faeries so much she killed one that wasn't bothering her.

Aside from the start of romance, I did like the relationship that developed between Tamlin and Feyre, even if at first I didn't really enjoy it. There were some sweet moments and clearly there was some chemistry between the two of them. I also really enjoyed the interactions that Feyre had with Lucian. I especially loved any kind of scene that showed the darker side of the faeries. The descriptions were creepy and I would need to know how Feyre was going to make it out of the situation alive.

I'm not entirely sure what to think about Rhysand other than that I hope in future books there isn't a love triangle. I did feel sorry for him because of his position in the court and it kind of made me wonder why the queen didn't just do the same thing to Tamlin, it would have been a lot easier for her. It was also pretty amazing that every character in this book that I disliked at one point, I ended up liking because there was always motive for actions, even if it's not entirely clear what that is at first.

I really did enjoy this book and will definitely be picking up the next one. I just hope it's as good as this one, if not better.

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