Review: A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. MaasA Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Published: May 3rd 2016
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The stunning sequel to Sarah J. Maas' New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court--but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms--and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future--and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

I can tell you right now that this will not be your typical book review. A Court of Mist and Fury had to defy typical book reviewing because a) I refuse to give anything away and b) it is too awesome to be typical (or for me to give anything away). To be honest this book is probably my favorite book by Sarah J. Maas to date and that is saying a lot considering how much I loved both A Court of Thorns and Roses and Crown of Midnight. And the thing is, I was worried. I was worried about the page count (it is a HUGE book); I was worried about the direction of the story; I was worried that I wouldn’t love it as much as I loved ACOTAR. But Sarah did not let me down. She wrote a flawless book that I didn’t want to end, that I didn’t want to let go of, that I didn’t want to finish.

The thing about A Court of Mist and Fury is that it is more than a relationship book or a love story. It is more than a fantasy tale of war and fairies and magic and power. It’s a story about surviving after trauma; of seeing the light after feeling the dark and grabbing on to that light. It’s about facing your demons and coming out in the other side by being more, being better. It’s about loving and living and everything in between. And that is what made this book so powerful and important for me and made me love it. Is there a love story? Sure there is, and it is amazing and important and perfect. But there was so much more to the story. There were friendships and family and learning that sometimes you can just create your own family by meeting the right people.

What I loved about this story was how organic it all seemed to flow. Everything from ACOTAR worked into this book in a way you would never see coming. The tiniest of details in ACOTAR that we never would have had a second thought about all make perfect sense when woven into ACOMAF. Things are never what they seem and sometimes you have to look under the surface for answers and Mist and Fury does that and more. Learning more about these characters and who they are and what the stand for was an honor and a pleasure and I want to know more.

I have no idea what Sarah has in store for the last book of this series. We have never read a final book by her so who knows what it will do to all of us when we do. I do know that I was dead after reading A Court of Mist and Fury. I was crushed by the emotional journey and by everything that went down in the final pages. This book is going to stay with me for a long long time and I have to say…I’m not sorry about this one bit. If you haven’t read this series I implore you to do so and come and take the rest of the journey with me.

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And for fun I took this idea from Brittany (The Book Addict’s Guide). Thought I would show you what I went through reading:

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Thanks for letting me borrow your idea B!

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What I Love About A Court of Thorns and Roses

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What I Love About A Court of Thorns and Roses… It seems like such a simple statement to make. Like the answer should be right there, easy to put down on paper. But the fact is I love so much about the book it is hard to narrow it down (and be coherent about it). You see I fell in love with Sarah Maas’ writing when I read the first 3 books in the Throne of Glass series (1, 2, 3) but  she captured my heart with ACOTAR.

I guess that I what I can say I love the most…Sarah Maas’ fantastic writing.

You can’t really love every aspect of a book if it doesn’t have a solid author behind it and ACOTAR has just that. Sarah brought to life a story I was familiar with (Beauty and the Beast) and merged it with fairy tales and folklore I have never heard of. She gave layers to amazing characters that I have fallen in love with and ones that I love to hate. She brought my imagination to life with the world she created and made me absorb it all (and read the books twice already). From the characters to the settings to the fantasy elements to the fashion, there isn’t one things I can’t say I wasn’t in love with. She brought the story to a level that transcended past the word love and I can’t wait to see what is going to happen in A Court of Mist and Fury (which is 100% coming to Mexico with me so leave me alone at the pool people!).

And speaking of ACOMAF, I have a feeling we will be visiting a certain Night Court in this book. Here are some of the dresses I think Feyre would be wearing:

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All found on Pinterest.

So what do you love about A Court of Thorns and Roses? What are you most excited for in A Court of Mist and Fury?

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A Court of Thorns and Roses Prize Pack

If you follow me on here or anywhere on social media I’m sure you have heard how much of a fan of Sarah J. Maas‘ books I am. I was a hard no when it came to fantasy books until Alexa convinced me to read Throne of Glass. Since then my reading life has never been the same.

A Court of Thorns and Roses Prize PackA Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Published: May 3rd 2016
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When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin-one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this USA Today and #2 New York Times bestselling first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down, and features a teaser for the next book!

On May 3rd the paperback of Sarah’s second series, A Court of Thorns and Roses (and the second book A Court of Mist and Fury), will be out in stores. In celebration Bloomsbury is allowing some lucky reader the chance to win a paperback of A Court of Thorns and Roses. If you are familiar with the series then you need to add this to your collection. If you are new to the series don’t miss the chance to read it. Seriously one of my faves (stay tuned for a post detailing why in the future)!

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Blog Tour: Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah – Erin Jade Lange {GIVEAWAY}

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Blog Tour: Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah – Erin Jade Lange {GIVEAWAY}Rebel Bully Geek Pariah by Erin Jade Lange
Published by Bloomsbury
Published: February 16th 2016
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"The Breakfast Club" gets a modern, high-stakes reboot in this story of four very different teens and a night that changes them forever.

The Rebel: Once popular, Andi is now a dreadlocked, tattooed wild child.
The Bully: York torments everyone who crosses his path, especially his younger brother.
The Geek: Tired of being bullied, Boston is obsessed with getting into an Ivy League college.
The Pariah: Choosing to be invisible has always worked for Sam . . . until tonight.

When Andi, York, Boston, and Sam find themselves hiding in the woods after a party gets busted by the cops, they hop into the nearest car they see and take off—the first decision of many in a night that will change their lives forever. By the light of day, these four would never be caught dead together, but when their getaway takes a dangerously unpredictable turn, sticking together could be the only way to survive.

With cinematic storytelling and compelling emotional depth, critically acclaimed author Erin Jade Lange takes readers on literary thrill ride.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Don’t ever let your idea of what a book is get in the way of what a book really is. What do I mean by that? When I went into Rebel Bully Geek Pariah I had an idea in my head that it was going to be a story that was reminiscent of The Breakfast Club. I expected high school shenanigans and maybe 4 different POVs. I expected something that read like an 80s/90s teen movie for some reason and I don’t know why. After realizing Rebel Bully was not what I was thinking I reread the back and realized none of what was in my head was even alluded to. Instead it hunts at exactly what the story is, 4 kids that seem to be in a wrong place at the wrong time situation that spirals out of control and snowballs into an unexpected night.

Rebel Bully Geek Pariah is a story that basically takes place over one night. It’s told from Sam, the pariah’s, POV and follows the situation she finds herself in when a party is broken up by the cops. Up until this night Sam has always been invisible and suddenly she finds herself trying to stay alive with the help of Andi, the rebel, Boston, the Geek, and York the bully. What Sam thought her night was supposed to be quickly turns into her running with these other misfits to save all of their lives.

To be honest it is really hard for me to review this book without giving anything vital away. What I can tell you is that the 4 characters are very different people yet also the same. They are all searching for something in their lives, a place to just fit. They also all have built up their stereotypes so they can each have a place. But they are also all very lonely. I can also tell you that the plot is really well done. As the story unfolds each part entwines with another part leaving things connected and the reader trying to figure out just what is going to happen. It was written very well because of this and made the story a quick read.

Basically once I cleared my head of The Breakfast Club comparison that wasn’t I found Rebel Bully Geek Pariah to be a great and interesting read. I was enthralled by what was going to happen and how everything would unfold. In the end I was really happy to have read it. I just recommend you have an open mind when you do read it, and you should definitely read it.

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About Erin Jade Lange

author, journalist, obsessive-compulsive list maker.

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Erin writes facts by day and fiction by night. As a journalist, she is inspired by current events and real-world issues and uses her writing to explore how those issues impact teenagers.

She is an only child, so she spent a lot of time entertaining herself as a kid. This required her to rely heavily on her own imagination, which is probably why she became a writer.

Erin grew up in the cornfields of northern Illinois, along the Mississippi River in one of the few places it flows east to west. She now lives in the sunshine of Arizona and will forever be torn between her love of rivers and her love of the desert.

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Review: The Fixer – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Review: The Fixer – Jennifer Lynn BarnesThe Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: The Fixer #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Published: July 7th 2015
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four-stars

This thriller YA is Scandal meets Veronica Mars.

Sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick has spent her entire life on her grandfather's ranch. But when her estranged sister Ivy uproots her to D.C., Tess is thrown into a world that revolves around politics and power. She also starts at Hardwicke Academy, the D.C. school for the children of the rich and powerful, where she unwittingly becomes a fixer for the high school set, fixing teens’ problems the way her sister fixes their parents’ problems.

And when a conspiracy surfaces that involves the family member of one of Tess's classmates, love triangles and unbelievable family secrets come to light and life gets even more interesting—and complicated—for Tess.

Perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars and Heist Society, readers will be clamoring for this compelling teen drama with a political twist.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Just this past year I became a fan of the TV series Veronica Mars. I’m not sure why I never watched it before. I mean I love Kristen Bell and the idea of a teenage PI. IT just seemed to pass me by. But after some urging I ended up basically binging the series and the movie and I LOVED it! It had great romance and plot and snark. It was basically awesome. So when I was told The Fixer was Veronica Mars meets Scandal (although I don’t watch Scandal) I knew I needed to read it. Although those comparisons have the tendency to mislead I went for it anyway. I was not disappointed. The Fixer is totally Veronica Mars meets Scandal and I LOVED IT!

The Fixer is about Tess, a 16 year old girl that have been living with her grandfather for years even though his health is declining. When her sister Ivy gets wind she swoops in and brings her sister to live with her in D.C.. Suddenly Tess is going to school with rich and powerful teens in the political world. As she starts to get herself settled she learns her sister has a reputation as a Fixer, someone that helps the politically powerful fix problems they get themselves in. Not meaning to Tess’ reputation begins growing as a Fixer herself. And when a case comes in that effects both Tess and Ivy their worlds are both flipped upside down because really not everything in Washington is as it seems.

I seriously love a good mystery! I love a page turner that even if you think you know what is happening you aren’t sure if that is really what is happening. The Fixer does all of that. It keeps you guessing even when you think you have it figured out. So much in fact that you could care less if it is revealed you were right the whole time. The pace was fast but not overwhelming and the writing and plot was on point. The story doesn’t have much for romance but I was okay with it this time as everything worked even better without one.

I have never been to DC (it’s on my list of US places to go) so I found the setting awesome. Since I’m not familiar with any of the places mentioned it was fun to kind of make a picture up in my head. It was also a pretty unique setting as not many YA books actually take place in Washington politics. The city added to the story in the long run as the powerful people in Washington only made things for complicated for Tess and Ivy. Definitely a high point in The Fixer.

I liked Tess a lot. She had a sass to her that was fun and real. She wasn’t as snarky as Veronica was on the show, but she could hold her own. She had an amazing strength to her that I really loved. And she never once backed down when she thought she was right about something. But she also remained a teen which I think was important to the essence of the story. I also liked Ivy and all the other “minor” characters. They brought something to the story that was unique in terms of their personalities, but was also cohesive to the story telling. A+ in characters for sure.

In the end I really loved the vibe and storytelling of The Fixer. It was billed as Veronica Mars meets Scandal and I could see that with every turn of the page even without watching Scandal. It wasn’t some contrived story about a teenage PI. It seemed real and natural and made me happy to have read it. I can’t wait for book 2!

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