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review 2017-05-31 18:35
#38 - The Crown's Fate by Evelyn Skye
The Crown's Fate (Crown's Game) - Evelyn Skye

The Crown’s Fate is the second book in the Crown’s Game series. The Crown’s Game was amazing, I rated it 5/5 stars and naturally, I was excited to continue on with the series. I read The Crown’s Fate pretty quickly after getting my copy. It was really great!

I did not rate it 5 stars because it was not as good as The Crown’s Game in my opinion; maybe because The Crown’s Game was the first book and I discovered a new (amazing) world, new characters etc. Still, I gave it 4 stars, which is good, because I enjoyed reading it.

 

The Crown’s Fate begins right where The Crown’s Game ended and I was excited to meet my old friends again. Everything that happened to the characters in this book made them change so much. Even more so that in the first book, they went through a lot and learned so many things about love, loyalty, friendship… Still, the characters are not what I liked the most about this story (as I already said in my review of the first book). What I preferred was again, the setting. By reading this book, you know the author really made a lot of research about the subjects and obviously knows a lot about Russian culture. I love it!

 

What is really great about the characters is the lack of romance. There is a sort of love triangle, where love does not equal romance. Not really. I cannot put words on this but I think it was well done.

 

I do not really know what to say about this book, it was a great continuation of the first book and I am happy about how it ended. I don’t have a lot to add, really, if you liked the first book, read this one, you won’t be disappointed. The one thing I want to mention is that I liked the fact that our characters wanted to build something new, even if they knew it would not be the easiest path to follow. Not because they were oppressed by the system or anything like you can read in a lot of YA books, here, they were actually in the minority and they have a great life. But they want to change the way Russia is and make people more equal. That was great.

 

I will definitely read anything this author writes, this was her debut series and I will definitely keep an eye on her projects to come.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-22 21:10
#36 - A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas

MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT!

 

Feyre went through a bit of a transformation in ACOMAF, the most obvious one is that she becomes a Fae. But it is not the only one; Feyre has lived a nightmare under the mountain and she has done things she will regret for the rest of her (immortal) life. But that also made her stronger. At the end of ACOMAF, she is not the same girl she was, so be prepared to meet the new Feyre in ACOWAR. She is deadly, unforgiving and you’d better not be her enemy, (just saying).

 

I have a million thoughts about this book and I feel like this review is gonna be a mess(I also feel like I’m often saying that). I won’t be able to write anything coherent with a structure and all that. It will just be messy (don’t say I did not warn you).

 

Feyre is back in the Spring Court with Tamlin and she is acting like she lived a nightmare in the Night Court (because Rhys is such a bad guy), but she is actually plotting her revenge to tear the Spring Court apart. Tamlin is such a brat, I want to strangle him. Seriously he was getting on my nerves after a few pages (my opinion has not changed but the end of the book made me a bit more sympathetic to him. Just a bit). Lucien is not as naïf as Tamlin (seriously, I don’t understand how he could not see anything happening, is it possible to be that blind?!) and he begins to have doubts about Feyre’s intention. Alis also knows Feyre is up to something and she asks her to liver her out of it. Well, a lot happens and in the end Feyre destroys them. The court is not trusting Tamlin anymore and it is chaos. Feyre leaves with Lucien (after smashing Ianthe’s hands. That was brutal, by the way).

 

 

Then it is the long awaited reunion between Feyre and Rhys (don’t tell me you were not waiting for it), and I was kind of disappointed. Too much sex, not enough talk. The sex scenes were not really to my taste and they weren’t necessary I think. But anyway, I was so happy they were finally back together. Feyre also gets to see all her friends, but most importantly her sisters (who are also Fae now) and it is not such a happy reunion. Nesta is as cold as ever and really protective towards Elain, while the later is depressive. They are trying to find a way to resist Hybern and they are planning a meeting with the other High Lords to try to form alliances. A lot of stuff happened, Feyre is making new dangerous "friends" and searches for some powerful objects that everyone is afraid of. Then the war happens and miraculously, everyone lives. I was so ready for someone to die, I thought it would be Cassian and I was so scared, but I was ready. But nothing happened. Well, yes, Rhys dies. Oh no, he came back from the dead. Just like Feyre. I did not believe it for one second. And it happens so fast that you don’t even have the time to be sad.

 

There is also a tiny bit of diversity in this book and I did not expect it. It was a great twist in Mor/Cassian/Az story. I loved all the new characters and I’m glad to see more of some of them. Nesta is my new favourite, honestly. She is so great! I also did not expect to see Feyre’s father. Maybe it should have been obvious but I almost cried when he appeared (well, it was not a long apparition, but still). Feyre is ready to do anything to protect those she loves (Rhys is beating everyone in this category, is this male even real? He is probably Abnegation).

 

I’m really excited about the new stories to come about this world because Sarah J Maas did a really good job building all this. I loved every page of this book and I am so sad it’s already over. One word to describe this trilogy: perfection

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review 2017-05-10 09:00
#33 - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

I am not used to classic, English not being my first language, I tend to avoid older books as the languages used is often more complex and requires more concentration. However, this book was surprisingly easy to read. I really enjoyed the author’s writing style, which was quite simple but beautiful.

 

My problem was the ending; it felt rushed. The book was really short and could have been a little bit longer with a slower ending. I was a bit confused about what was happening because it was just too fast.

 

Still, I am glad I finally read this book because I really enjoyed it. Onto the movie(s) now!

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review 2017-05-06 11:32
#32 - Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Second Chance Summer - Morgan Matson

Contemporary books are not my favourite, I liked them from time to time but it is definitely not what I read the most.

Morgan Matson's books are always great, funny and emotional. This one was definitely more emotional. I don't often cry while reading, but the ending made me sobbing. I was cleaning the house while listening to the audiobook and I had to stop and sit down, it was too much, too emotional.

I also love all the flashbacks through which you can understand what happened; it was really easy to follow even on audiobook (which is definitely more difficult for me usually).

Taylor is a nice character, but even if she is the main character, I did not really connect with her. All the characters are great and I felt that even if the story is told through Taylor, the other characters were also well developed and I felt I knew them as much as I knew Taylor.

It is really a great book worth reading if you love contemporary and you are not afraid to cry.

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