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review 2019-02-18 15:46
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas

A list of things I am suppose to be doing instead of this:

1.) Laundry- Always laundry

2.) Potentially paying attention to my children- They have Legos and Play-Doh. They don't need me

3.) Finishing invoices and taking inventory after being at sales events all weekend

4.) Figuring out how badly all of these new f'n tax laws are going to screw me over- My accountant is probably going to kill me

 

Other things I will probably do instead of any of the above things:

1.) Make another pot of coffee- How am I suppose to do any of the other things without more coffee?

2.) Update all of my reading challenges

3.) Schedule Facebook posts for my business

4.) Take a look the spirit schedule for the week and figure out how to wear yoga pants to work for the next four days

 

Anyway. 

 

Let me start by saying this book is not anything I would normally pick for myself. It has all of the characteristics of a books I avoid. Some of those things include over-promotion on sites like Amazon and Goodreads (which makes sense because they are the same) or books classified as romance. I'm not a huge romance reader. I'm just not. 

 

So then why did I read this book? It was gifted to me two years ago in a secret Santa book swap. One of my reading goals this year is to read more of my unread books on my physical bookshelves. I'm plotting a trip to my favorite used bookstore in the near future. Worst case scenario, I don't like the book and I can trade it for something else on my trip. 

 

This wasn't a bad book. I have definitely read worse and I have most definitely read better. However, I made the mistake of reading reviews at about the halfway mark. I try really hard not to read too many reviews about a book I am currently reading. Occasionally when I am on the fence about if I want to finish a book, I will see if any friends have read the book and read their reviews. In this case a lot of friends have read this particular book. Most of them mentioned how this novel was a re-telling of the Beauty and the Beast story. After digesting this nugget of information, the story telling became predictable. I was hoping for at least one plot twist but it never came. I was hoping that with this book being part of a larger series, the end would not be one of those happy endings wrapped with a big bow. This bow was big and it glittered. 

 

 

Maybe at this point you are asking yourself "How did you give a book three and a half stars when it doesn't sound like you really liked it?" 

 

That's an excellent question. Here's my answer- The writing wasn't terrible. Once I was through the first 100 pages, things took off. The plot moved along quick enough to keep my interest. The heroine wasn't overly whiny but at the same time she wasn't really anything special. Although I found myself confused about why she would find herself attracted to Tam in the first place. In my defense, I wonder that every time my children watch Beauty and the Beast. Don't get me wrong, gifting me a library would probably get you something but not a life long-head over heels-leave my family- kind of commitment. At the end of the novel, I found myself wondering why this book hasn't been created in to a cheesy movie franchise. It certainly has all of the necessary requirements along with the potential for Hollywood to get it all wrong. 

 

At the end of the day what does all of this mean? Not much. Will I pick up the next book in the series? Maybe when the day comes that my oldest daughter wants to pick up this series. It seems like it could be an entertaining mother/daughter buddy read. For now, I'm returning to my regularly scheduled mystery and historical fiction reading channel. 

 

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review 2019-02-12 04:55
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Empire of Storms - Sarah J. Maas

The last half was epic!
The first half, not-so-much. It was kind of boring. A whole lot of talk and no action. The second half though was something else, and the ending...
So it was pretty intense. Picture a fighting scene with such magnificent magical forces, dragons, witches, fae, shapeshifters... really this series has it all. When they come together though, holy crap. Page turn after page turn.
The ending was so intriguing and so intense. I have to wonder how the heck they will get Aelin. It's consuming my thoughts as I type. Yeah, I probably should go buy Tower of Dawn now.
Let me tell you what I didn't like about this book, and only this book in this series so far. I didn't like the vivid sex scenes, even though I wanted these two to hook up and do it like animals, I didn't really wanna read about it. Could've told us, but I guess not in such detail. It almost felt erotic,and that is a little much from a YA series.... 
Still, if you haven't read this series, please do. It's a fantasy series like no other. 

 

 

 

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text 2019-02-12 03:20
Reading progress update: I've read 90 out of 432 pages.
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas

I'm guessing this will pick up at some point. 

 

Honestly, I don't have very high hopes going into this book. It's everything I tend to stay away from. However, it was a gift and I'm trying really hard to clear my physical bookshelves. The high school student who babysits my children has already claimed it if I don't like it. 

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review 2019-02-02 07:35
Great start to this series (yes I'm late to the party)
Throne of Glass - Sarah J Maas

It can be somewhat on parallel with Hunger Games except on a fantasy setting and sans the dystopia. Celaena is quite the character to like. She’s witty, smart, she’s got the talk and has the walk to prove it, she’s everything you like in a strong female character and more. I love her sass and overall personality.

 

The plot itself was good and engaging to read. There’s a mix of everything. Mystery, intrigue, action, and romance. I’d have to say it’s a little bit too much of a mix. I was really more into reading about the competition and Celaena’s skills. The mystery aspect did not really capture my attention and didn’t think it was very exciting. Sure, it did keep you guessing but it wasn’t filled with any twists and turns one might expect in a mystery.  The romance was all right although I also didn’t think a love triangle was necessary in this one. (It was pretty hard to choose which one of the two were better. They both had their qualities that made them likable so I’m going to sit on the fence and be neutral on this)

 

I also enjoyed reading into Celaena’s and Nehemia’s friendship. I rather liked the bond they shared and Nehemia can hold her own as well so I liked how the two of them shared some common ground.

 

The ending was excellent and I’m going to be reading the rest of this. I hear it gets better! So I’m looking forward to getting the second.

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text 2019-01-21 10:53
Reading progress update: I've read 356 out of 438 pages.
The Assassin's Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas (Throne of Glass, #0.1-#0.5) - Sarah J. Maas
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