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A Court of Wings and Ruin Book Review

I started reading A Court of Wings and Ruin on May 3rd and finished it on June 3rd at 11pm. I didn’t even review it on GoodReads after I finished it like I normally do. I needed to sit and stew on it for a bit. So it’s not the morning after and I’m ready to review it.

To start things off, this review will be separated into two main sections. I will have the spoiler-free portion first where anyone can read it without worries of being spoiled. I will try to refrain from spoilers of any of the books so that you can read this review even if you haven’t read any of the ACOTAR books. Despite the fact if you have any social media, I’m sure you know a huge spoiler of ACOMAF. But I’ll refrain from mentioning it.

Then there will be a spoiler filled section that I will warn you all about so that you can leave if you plan on reading it. If you’ve already read it, awesome. Go ahead and continue into the spoiler section!

Please please please refrain from spoilers in the comments of any kind. I know that limits what you can comment. If you want to talk spoilers, send me a private message or email. I’ll answer as soon as I see it.

Now, before getting into the actual review, I would like to thank Jessica over at JessicaMarie493 for dealing with my mixed emotions. And I still haven’t decided between Az and Cass. I will make my choice soon enough, but I have a feeling you won’t like it ;D

Now, let’s get into this!

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In case you don’t know, this book is the third book in a series that follows our main character, Feyre, after she kills a faerie in the woods.

I have so many mixed feelings about this book. I loved it but at the same time, there were so many different things that I had huge problems with. If you would like more detail on those things, go to the spoiler section (but only if you’ve read it).

There were so many things that didn’t go the way that I personally would have liked for it to go. And not to mention I felt like I couldn’t even trust my own impressions of people. Sarah seems to have a way about flipping characters on their heads, and I don’t mean this literally. Her characters just seem to change overnight. It’s strange and unrealistic. But I could get past that a couple times. It’s frustrating when I can’t trust a single character because I don’t know if they are really bad or if they are going to be truly bad.

Now, another huge issue that I had with this book was its pacing. It’s broken up into 3 different parts. The first part I read super quickly. The third part, I read fairly quickly, but the middle dragged on and on.

This book is 699 pages long (I only remember because I was like, “really? Can’t make it 700). But I feel like that could have been cut down 100-200 pages by taking out a lot of the middle chunk. There were certain parts that were of importance, but most of it just seemed to be a waste of my time. I know for a fact that I’m not the only one who felt this way, either. I was talking to my friend about it. She also believes that it should have been cut down.

That’s not to say that I didn’t like this book because I truly did. Despite everything that happened and the things I disliked, I really did thoroughly enjoy it. It made me laugh, cry, angry, and just gave me all of the feels.

I love the main family of characters. And Lucien. I have to say, I love Lucien. Not as much as Cassian or Azriel, but he’s up there.

After a lot of thought about this, I’d have to say that I give it a 3.75, or a 4 on GoodReads and Amazon. I knew for most of the book it’d be a 3.5 but the ending bumped it up to 3.75.

I still highly recommend this series to anyone. But be prepared. Each of these took me a month to read.

Now, let’s get onto the fun part. This will be mostly complaining, so be prepared.

Spoiler Section (Don’t read past this point if you haven’t read the series)

There. Now I can’t be blamed for spoilers.

Now, I’m just going to get right into this. I despised the ending. 95%. I’m glad that nothing really bad happened to all of the characters but come on. Seriously? It’s a freak war and you don’t have any repercussions for it except their dad dying? Oh, Amren is dead. Nope, she comes back even more perfect than before. Oh, Cassian and Azriel both almost died? Cassian twice! But nope. They’re perfectly fine now.

It ended too perfect for my liking, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. I still love this book and I still recommend it.

Now, the pacing. The middle was just a huge waste of time for me. Like, I don’t mind being in the world a little longer but it just dragged so much. I didn’t have that point where I just couldn’t put it down until the last hundred pages. It’s frustrating.

And I HATE Feyre. I truly did by the end of the book. She didn’t have any faith in her sisters. She couldn’t believe that they were anything more than helpless rich girls. And I tried using the excuse that Nesta treated her like crap but, yeah. She’s been through more than enough to make up for that. Nesta is a tough girl. She was stronger than Feyre realized and I hate that. And Elain wasn’t just that little girl with “doe eyes.” She was so much more. She’s saying strange things and instead of talking to her about it, you bring in a healer to help fix her because you think she’s crazy? Come on. Have some faith in your family.

Now, I have mixed feelings about everyone ending up to be good. It kind of makes sense, though. Not really them all being good but definitely them all fighting against Hybern. I mean, it’s their land. They’re going to want to protect it either way. Everyone understood what Hybern would do if they won the war. It was really convenient that everything worked out for them though.

Another thing I had an issue with was the diversity. It just seemed to be trying too hard. I mean, I’m really glad that there was some diversity this time around, but it would have been nice from the first book and the diverse characters being more of a main part of the story. But that doesn’t really take away from the story too much. Sorry, but I appreciate it and want to read more diverse books, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to hate on a book because it doesn’t have any diversity. Hate me if you want.

Overall, I still loved this book and I can’t wait for the next ones. I am really hoping to get a story from Mor’s POV. I want to see her come out and see the reactions of everyone around her. Also, I need need need at least one book in Nesta’s POV. Definitely. Her and Cass are perfection. I’d also like one from Az’s POV. I think it’d be interesting to see what’s rolling around in the shadowsinger’s head.

I’d like one from Tamlin’s POV, also. I want him to change and I want the best for him. I’d have to say he’s a morally grey character in my mind. I mean, I can’t get past his anger issues but I hope that he can manage somehow. I kind of understand, don’t accept, but understand. I want him to get the help he needs and find the happiness he deserves after losing everything.

So I think that’s about it. Even though I had a lot to complain about, I still loved this book and plan on continuing. As I said before, I still recommend this. I’d have to say it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure read. It’s not the greatest book (ACOMAF definitely has it beat) but I still enjoyed it.

If you have any thoughts about this book you’d like to share, share your spoiler free ones below and message me privately about your spoiler ones. I will delete any spoiler comments, I apologize.

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Spoiler-Free Review: It Had To Be You by Lizzy Charles

**I was lucky enough to get an e-arc of this book by NetGalley and the publisher for my honest review**

Alright. First, let’s get into the breakdown before sharing my thoughts.

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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: N/A
Page Count: 184
Bought/Borrowed/Received From: NetGalley and Entangled Publishing
Pub Date: May 15th, 2017
Form: eBook/ARC
Plot Rating: 4/5
Characters Rating: 4/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Recommend To: Anyone who wants a nice and easy romance
Quote: “Babe, visualize where you want this story to end, not where you fear it will go.” – Edel’s Dad

This book follows Edelweiss, a girl who is going to her first ever high school. She’s always been homeschooled and spent her life travelling the world. She wanted to get the “full high school experience” before she goes to college. She even makes a list of things she wants to accomplish before she graduates. But what she didn’t expect was that she would have to sneak into an assembly with the most popular boy at the school.

This story also follows James, a football player with a strict military official for a father. This prankster is to the point where his father is ready to pull him from the boarding school he’s going to, which would ruin any chance he has of going to West Point like he wants. All of a sudden, the answer is in front of him, asking to be her fake boyfriend.

Edel’s father is the US Embassador and friends of James’s father. And James’s father wouldn’t take the chance of pulling James from the school knowing that he’s dating the Embassador’s daughter.

I didn’t think I would enjoy this book very much. I thought that it was going to be a cliche romance that I was just going to get annoyed with. And it definitely was a cliche romance. But I adored that portion of it. I saw someone’s review and they said that the side characters weren’t very fleshed out. I personally slightly disagree. You got to know some of the side characters pretty well. But that’s not the point of the story. The point of the story was to focus on Edel’s relationship with James and I adored that fact.

I enjoyed the refreshing character that Edel was. She owns up to her mistakes and doesn’t blame them on others. She’s a strong female character, in my opinion. She doesn’t depend on James to fix all of her issues.

Overall, I loved this book. I read it in one night. I would recommend it if you’re in the mood for an easy romance. It’s funny but also has it’s serious moments. I was frustrated at points but in the best way! I believe that this book is only going to be for purchase through eReaders, though. Let me know if you’re going to check this out or any other books that you think are quick easy romance reads that I would enjoy!

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Shadow and Bone Spoiler-Free and Spoiler Review

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I wanted to like this book so bad. I really did. I keep saying that. I tried to enjoy it. I just couldn’t. There were things that weren’t going the way I wanted and the story just overall bothered me. I’ll get more into that the more in depth I get with this.

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Let’s start by discussing the writing since that’s easy. This book was such an easy read for me. I would have had it done quicker that I did but I ended up having to do homework. You could tell that Leigh Bardugo was still early in her writing when this came out. It’s not the best thing I’ve ever read but not the worst. Overall, I’d give the writing 3.5/5 stars.

Now onto the characters. There were several side characters in this that I wish we would have gotten to know slightly better. There’s a spoiler thought I have about Genya. Well, I have spoiler thoughts on all of the characters but there’s one single thing that I hated about this that I hope is fixed later on. The depth was just lacking for some characters. A lot of the side characters were just that. Sides. Like they were thrown in without a backstory. I enjoy when authors plan out every character’s life. But that’s just me.

Onto plot. In case you don’t know, this book is about a girl named Alina who suddenly finds out that she is the one and only person who can help the Darkling save the world. So, generic dystopian storyline. There’s a couple plot twists that I saw coming but were still fairly enjoyable and angering all in one go. The plot was just average to me. It didn’t really surprise me in any way. The world is well thought out on Leigh’s part and that’s awesome.

There was no reason for me to not like this book. I just didn’t. It fell flat for me and was just really dry to me. The ending picked up pace and that was awesome. Until the very ending. Then it fell off again. I hope that the next books are like the ending but not the very ending, if that makes any sense.

I gave this book a 3/5 star rating. I may bump it up to 3.5/5 but I doubt it. I would still recommend for people to read this book, though. I can definitely see why people enjoy it.

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Spoilers Ahead! If you haven’t read this book yet, don’t read past this point.

Alrighty. Let’s start this out strong. What the crap is going on with Genya. She knows that Alina ran away but that’s all we got with her. We don’t know who’s side she’s on or what! I really hope this is clarified in the next book.

The fact that Alina kept pointing out that she didn’t know if the Darkling was dead or not was a dead giveaway that he’ll be in later books. And I haven’t even looked at synopsis of those! Speaking of the Darkling, that’s my other spoilery thought.

I’m so freaking mad about the who Darkling situation. I couldn’t care less about the romance with Mal. I like myself the bad boy of the group. Alina fell for him WAY too quickly, even for her. I don’t mind insta-love most of the time but come on. They barely saw each other and all of a sudden she loves him? Even I find that to be a stretch.

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And of course, at the end when he lets her go see Mal in the prison, I was getting all the feels. Then I felt horrible for them because he’s crazy! Us loving him in the beginning was intentional. Great job there. But I feel like we should have just suddenly hated him. Which I mean, that could have been the case when we found out he was going to use Alina for his own personal agenda but I just didn’t feel it. I felt like maybe there was a good reason for all of this. Up until the end. Even now, I still hope that there’s something behind all of this so he isn’t completely the bad guy. Does that make me the bad guy?

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I just couldn’t seem to like this book as much as I wanted to. It was good. I just don’t think I enjoyed it as much as everyone else.

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A Court of Mist and Fury Review (Spoiler-Free and Discussion)

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I was going to have this review up on Monday but I finished the book Sunday morning and had a lot going on Sunday so I didn’t get around to reviewing it. But I’m doing it now!

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Starting out with the spoiler-free portion of this, I will just share my thoughts on the writing and my feelings on the actual story. Then I will warn you before going into the spoiler part of this review. I will be discussing my thoughts on specific parts of the story and how the author managed spin the story. Well, let’s get started with the spoiler-free review!

Spoiler-Free Thoughts

Sarah J Maas has become one of my favorite authors and she has been since I read A Court of Thorns and Roses. I adored that book. The writing style in both books is phenomenal. The books themselves are large books (size, not length necessarily) so as I’m reading, I feel like it’s taking forever for me to get through each page, no matter how invested I am or quickly I seem to be reading.

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I absolutely adored these two books. I’m mainly focusing on the second in the series because I just finished it but I have to refer to the first a few times, obviously. I absolutely loved this book. Everyone was saying that I would like the second one more and I didn’t think it was possible. But here I am, loving the second. It was so good that I preordered the third as soon as I finished the second. I have only preordered one other book. Sarah J Maas has definitely become an auto-buy author for me. I have yet to read the Throne of Glass series but I have the fourth and the fifth, knowing I’m probably going to love that series also.

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There are so many things that I didn’t see coming. I was literally hand over the mouth and figuratively jaw to the floor more times than I can count. Sarah J Maas is just wonderful at creating characters. I feel like every single character was developed enough that you either despised them or loved them. There was no characters that you were left without feelings about. At least, characters that actually had a part in the story. I don’t want to get into those feelings in the spoiler-free portion due to spoilers but if you have read this book, you will definitely hear about them.

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I very highly recommend not looking up anything past spoiler-free reviews for this book. I would recommend not reading any comments on anything that is related to these books until you read BOTH. I was almost done with it (I literally had like 20 pages left) and I took a phone break. Of course, I figured I’d join a group on GoodReads for these books. Well, I ended up accidentally reading a comment and it spoiled a pretty big plot point for me. And that ruined the shock of it. Definitely stop reading this now and go buy/borrow A Court of Thorns and Roses. Once you finish A Court of Mist and Fury, then come back and read the rest of this review!

Spoiler Discussion

*Don’t continue if you haven’t read this book!*

Let’s start with characters so I can gush about Rhys. No, you know what, let’s save the High Lord of the Night Court for the end. I need to start by talking about Rhys’ close friends/family. I love how in depth their characters were. They each had their own background stories and problems that they had to deal with. They knew what lines to cross and when. I was literally laughing out loud several times with the interactions between all of them and Rhys. Then toss in Feyre and it gets even better. I adore how close they are and how strong they are together.

Nesta and Elain. Those two fit into their roles so well. Elain was the innocent (or not?) little sister. She knew what was going on but her sisters would risk their lives just to protect her. Both of them have. I definitely enjoyed the fact that at one point Nesta is questioned about why she let her younger sister go out and hunt in the freezing cold while she sat at home. Something I hadn’t noticed until I was sitting here thinking about how much Nesta cares for her sisters is the time that they had some extra money and Nesta got Elain and Feyre gifts. She didn’t spend the money on herself. She got things for her sisters to enjoy. That just goes to show that she always put her sisters first.

Lucien. Freaking Lucien. Ugh. He was supposed to be Feyre’s friend! I understand that he was with Tamlin first but he should have tried harder! Tamlin was in the wrong and he was killing Feyre from the inside out (I’ll complain about that later). Lucien sat there and did NOTHING! He tried to talk Tamlin out of it but that was where it ended! The spoiler I mentioned earlier in this post was that someone talked about Elain and Lucien being mates. The person had said that Lucien changed once he realized that. No! No! NO! He didn’t! He didn’t bother trying to save Feyre! He ran over to Elain and tried comforting her AFTER the fact. Then when they got back to the house, he was still the same! Ugh. Lucien, you better get your head out of your… Ugh. Now, imagine my feelings for Tamlin.

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I can’t even begin to choose who I want to talk about first. I know I want to save Rhys for last. I guess I’ll talk about Feyre and her character progression next. Save my stronger feelings for the end. Now, Feyre started out as the tough girl who would hunt so her family could survive in ACOTAR. Then after everything went down with Amarantha, Feyre changed completely. I absolutely LOVE the fact that Maas showed this side of Feyre in such detail. We got to see what in Feyre changed. She stopped painting completely. She stopped imagining what she would paint. She entered rooms and looked for exits immediately. She couldn’t look at colors without comparing them to the innocents that she killed. Then, gradually after leaving the Spring Court, you saw her progress back into her “normal” self. She was noticing colors. She stopped looking for exits as much. She started to become the strong woman she used to be, using her weaknesses as strengths. Oh, and can I just throw in the fact I love how sarcastic she is? She would have to specify when she was meant something. The growth in Feyre makes me love her character. I can’t get over how much she has gone through and overcome. And now she is a character that makes me proud to love her.

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I’m going to mix this up a little bit. I’m not going to talk about Tamlin and Rhys separately. I’m going to mix my feelings in with the plot because their characters are HUGE with all the plot stuff so I don’t want to be repeating myself.

You start out loving Tamlin in ACOTAR. You are supposed to dislike Rhys. As soon as Rhys came into the story, I knew I was going to love him. I was going into this book expecting to be torn between Tam and Rhys. Then Tam became Tamlin. Everything he was doing was making me hate him even more. Then, of course, Rhys swoops in and saves Feyre right when we all needed it. Every time. The care that Rhys has for Feyre was showing from the beginning of the fight with Amarantha. I will say that while I was reading ACOMAF, I was thinking about how it seemed that Feyre was moving on quickly, which she was hating herself for. But then everything is all explained! They are mates! It was a natural instinct for her to want him!

Rhys mentioned how when Feyre was still human, he couldn’t stop thinking about her. After their first meeting, Feyre couldn’t stop thinking back to him either. Then she became a fairy and she started to fall for him. It all makes sense. Everything was so thoroughly thought out by Maas. It shocked me. There was one part in particular that I keep remembering. When Rhys was explaining everything to Feyre, he mentions the painting on her drawer on the dresser. A tiny little detail that we as readers are meant to overlook until this point! I was shocked. The thought and planning behind this book makes me realize that I’ll never be that great of a writer.

In case you didn’t realize, I gave this 5 out of 5 stars.

So, in case you haven’t noticed, I loved this book. If I read faster, I would definitely reread this series. But I’m a super slow reader so I’d rather read more books that I haven’t yet. But I do know that if I want to read a book I know I’ll love, I’ll read these. Now time to crack into Throne of Glass!

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My Heart and Other Black Holes Spoiler Free Review

My Heart and Other Black Holes

I just finished reading My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. This is the story of a girl who wants to commit suicide but keeps putting it off for one reason or another. She finds a group on a website she uses called “Suicide Partners” and she decides that’s exactly what she needs.

I really enjoyed this story. Its outlook on depression was interesting. I didn’t read the author’s note but because it started on the page opposite of the last page of the book, I caught a glimpse of it. Warga started writing this book during a dark time in her life and I think that definitely shows in the book. As I was reading it, I could was wondering what the author had gone through that caused her to be able to write how a girl viewed the world while depressed. I absolutely ADORED the fact that Warga showed that just because someone doesn’t seem depressed or fit the “stereotype” for someone who is depressed, doesn’t mean that it can’t hit them just as hard.

If I remember correctly, this is Warga’s debut novel. I will definitely be checking out more by her when they are released. Now onto the next one!

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Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children Review


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As you can tell, this is a review of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. This is a story of a boy, Jacob, who goes to an island that his grandfather told him stories about to find out if the stories he was told are true or not. Obviously, they are real. I don’t count this as a spoiler because this was given away not only in the synopsis but also if you know anything about this book (um, refer to the title).

I enjoyed this book. I didn’t absolutely adore it but I did enjoy reading it. I am excited to see the movie now to see what kind of spin they take on it. I cannot wait to finish reading the series, either. This book is left on a cliffhanger and I just want to know what happens! I own Hollow City so I plan on adding that to my TBR for November.

I gave this book 4 stars because it was definitely good but there were some things in the story that I didn’t quite understand. They weren’t part of the plot and didn’t take away from the story but there were a few things that I didn’t get. I could have looked them up but like I said, they didn’t take from the story so it was fine to just ignore them. Let me know what you all thought of this book and please keep it spoiler free unless you message me privately through email, Twitter DM, or Instagram messages. Thank you for reading and I’ll post links for this book and contacting me below.

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Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

 

I just completed reading Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I have to say, I absolutely adored this book.

When I first started it, I wasn’t too sure. I loved the writing style but I couldn’t seem to get into it. I’m not blaming that on the book, though. I work full time from 10pm to 7am and I am a full time mom of a one year old – fifteen months to be exact. So I don’t seem to really sit down and read without any interruptions. By the time I finally got to that point, I was near the end of the book. And I flew through the rest. I couldn’t put it down.

I can’t even express how much I love this book. The fact that I finished this book and I loved it as much as I did means so much to me. I haven’t enjoyed a book like I enjoyed this one in so long it’s shocking. But that’s a whole different story that I will tell in a different post!

The twists and turns that this book has are just phenomenal. I’m not going to lie. I was going to give this book a lower rating but the ending is what really pushed this book over the edge for me. I gave it 5 stars on GoodReads. It was gruesome and wonderful all in one (I hope these reviews get better with the more that I do).

I found out the biggest thing on page 251 of the 318. I was freaking out on break at work but I couldn’t say anything until I got into the car with my husband because a girl I work with wants to read this once she finishes all of James Patterson’s books.

I absolutely cannot wait for the next couple books of this series and anything else that will be released by Maniscalco. Let me know what you all thought about this book and let me know what you want me to read next!

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