Review: A Court of Mist and Fury & A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

I read both A Court of Mist and Fury and A Court of Wings and Ruin in two weeks, so instead of knowing exactly where one ends and the other begins, both stories have mixed into each other like a big blob of paint. Instead of writing two individual reviews, here’s a very long review of both books.

TITLE: A Court Mist and Fury Image result for a court of mist and fury
AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Feyre returns to the Spring Court with Tamlin after the events that occurred Under the Mountain, but soon realizes that they’re far away from a happily ever after.
GENRE: New Adult | Fantasy
RATING: 5/5
WARNING: Explicit sex scenes
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Top 5 Wednesday: Fitness Training

PROMPT

This can be interpreted a bunch of different ways! Fitness comes in many different packages. This can be about characters who are super fast, strong, agile, good at dancing, good at climbing, athletes, or foodies! Whatever it means to you. This is inspired by those routines you see in magazines for actors, but with more of an open mind and less body shaming.

Some of the training or skills on this list are not physical but I didn’t want to make list of only fighting skills, so there’s a wide range of skills from mind powers, creativity, and other deadly skills.

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Review: Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang

TITLE: Paper Girls Image result for paper girls volume 1 and 2
AUTHOR: Brian K. Vaughan
ILLUSTRATOR: Cliff Chiang
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Four paper delivery girls from the 1980s find the adventure of their lifetimes when they encounter strange people on Halloween night.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | Science Fiction | Young Adult
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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

TITLE: A Court of Thorns and Roses Image result for a court of thorns and roses
AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: When 19 year old Feyre, a human, kills a faerie she is forced to cross the wall and live among the vicious violent creatures.
GENRE: High Fantasy | Romance | New Adult
RATING: 4/5
NOTES: This is the first book in a series
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Mini Reviews: The Story Cure & Room

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AUTHOR: Dinty W. Moore
GENRE: Non Fiction / Self Help
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Moore diagnoses the different ailments writers suffer from and and offer a solution.
RATING: 4/5
NOTE: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review

As an inspiring writer, I looked forward to reading this book and Moore didn’t disappoint. He takes his role of writing doctor seriously, but he also does it with humor. He not only takes you back to the origin of what a story is but he also offers plenty of examples of the dos and don’ts of what to do with your writing. He goes over plot, characters, dialogue, voice, setting, and so on. If there’s something you’re struggling when writing, Moore probably knows what to do about it.

 

TITLE: Room Image result for room book
AUTHOR: Emma Donoghue
GENRE: Crime / Contemporary / Adult Fiction / Fiction
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Jack has spent his whole life in Room along with his Ma, but soon discovers there’s a bigger world than Room.
RATING: 4/5
NOTE: It was adapted into a movie 2015

I read this months ago and realized I never talked about it on the blog. I have no idea why because I adored this book and it’s gripping tale of survival.

The first thing that instantly caught my attention was the fact that the ENTIRE book is told from 5 year old Jack’s point of view. It’s Jack at age five telling his story instead of a grown-up Jack telling this story, so the language is incredibly playful. For example, he says “waterfall the milk” when he’s serving milk and cereal. I think this was my favorite aspect of the story, and I can only imagine the fun Donoghue had with it.

Although the story is from Jack’s perspective, it doesn’t shy away from horrible predicament they’re in, even if he’s unaware of it. Apart from ugliness of captivity, it’s also about the returning to a life of normalcy when you were born without knowing what normal was. That was so jarring for me to read about and equally fascinating.

Overall, I recommend the book and the movie.

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Top 5 Wednesday: When Sequels are Better than the Original

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–We’ve talked about series that went downhill, and series that are worth it, but which series were best in the middle?

Making this list was hard for me because I don’t normally read that many series and when I do I usually end up liking the first part rather than the sequels. Anyway, here is my list of sequels that are better than the original.

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July 2017 Update

This monthly wrap up is coming a bit later than usual, but I’ve been busy lately.

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This month I did most of my reading the last week of July because it was Booktubeathon! I also found a way to listen to audiobooks from my local library, so I got to reread a lot of old favorites and new books through there. By the end of the month I read a total of 14 books! Yes, that’s a lot of books to go through in one month. Yes, half of them were audiobooks. Yes, I’m counting them too.

I also had a huge book haul this month mostly because of school and because I’m a nerd, I like to get my books early. However, I did get a couple of books for fun like A Court of Mist and Fury, A Court of Wings and Ruin, and the other two books in The 5th Wave trilogy by Rick Yancey.

Because I’ve been reading so much this past month, I haven’t been watching a lot of TV or movies. I’m still watching Black Mirror’s season 3 which I love but because each episode is different it’s different from other shows that grab you and don’t let go. At the moment, I think the only show worthy or my full, undivided attention is Game of Thrones.

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Monthly Favorites

I really want to say Animal Farm is this month’s favorite, but I feel like that’s cheating because it’s not a new read. But, it still is my favorite read new or old. I also watched the animated film from the 90s, which I loved although they didn’t include Betsy the mare. Apart from that difference, I liked the animation because it was the old school 2D kind before 3D animation was the norm.

As for new favorites, I have three completely different answers.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas because it’s been a long time since I’ve delved into any fantasy series, and I enjoyed it.

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Dreamology by Lucy Keating because it was such a sweet and quirky read that really does boost your mood.

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Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang because it was truly weird and science fiction and reminds me of how much I enjoy stories that are unapologetically weird.

 

New Books I Read

  • White Fur by Jardine Libaire (2/5)
  • We Are Okay by Nina Lacour (5/5)
  • The Haters by Jesse Andrews (2.5/5)
  • Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea Handler by Chelsea Handler
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (4.5/5)
  • Fables: Snow White (3/5)
  • Paper Girls Vol. 1 & 2 (5/5)
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (4/5)
  • Dreamology by Lucy Keating (4/5)

 

Books I Reread

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