Book Review : A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

 

I bought this book because of its cover. Can you blame me? I love the style of the unknown woman’s dress (or whatever it is) and the ink on her arm. Plus the simple font style of the title. The cover is stunning.

I seriously had no idea that this is a fairy tale re-telling of Beauty and the Beast until I saw some fan arts on Tumblr. This is also the first Sarah J. Maas book that I’ve read and I am now a fan of her. No wonder why a lot of readers love this book and the Throne of Glass series.

synopsis

Feyre is a Huntress.

She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price…

Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy’s kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captor’s body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked – but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre’s feelings for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she’s been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadows grows.

Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.

my thoughts

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Feyre is a very strong protagonist. I admire her determination and love for her family. She will do anything just to keep her loved ones safe even if it means sacrificing her own life. She is a huntress and a painter. Wow! Tamlin is Feyre’s love interest. At first, I wasn’t sure with him but it changed. He is sweet, passionate and incredibly hot. Together with Lucien and his great sense of humour, the three of them make a great team. Now let’s talk about Rhysand. I admit that I also like him. There is something intriguing with his personality that makes me want to know him more. Amarantha is the female version of Lord Voldemort. Enough said. I adore all the characters in this book and how they’ve developed throughout the story.

The story is captivating. It is well-written, and gripping. I can’t imagine how Ms. Maas does it. This book will get your attention and will bring you to Phrytian together with Feyre and the other characters. The story of Beauty and the Beast is familiar to most of us but Ms. Maas made her recreation more interesting by adding mystical creatures and unexpected twists. I also love the world-building in this book.

At first, I thought;“What would be the second book all about? It seems like everything turned out good.” But then there was a scene towards the end that convinced me that a second book is indeed a must. I don’t want to be specific with this one because I might spoil you. I just know that this is a part of a trilogy when I finished reading the book. It’s actually written at the back under the synopsis. Now I have to wait until next year for the sequel.

It is so hard to write a long review of this book without giving spoilers. So better grab a copy of A Court of Thorns and Roses before I say some things that will spoil you. You will not regret it!

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Series : A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Edition : Paperback (416 pages)
Publisher : Bloomsbury Children’s (May 5th 2015)
Genre : Fantasy, Young Adult, Retelling
Date Read : September 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday : Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With

Weekly meme hosted by Broke and Bookish.

September 1: Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With

Another interesting topic. Characters are one of the important things to me when reading a book. If I didn’t feel anything for the character, especially the main ones, it affects the way I read the book. Except if the storyline is exceptional. Here are the top ten (in no particular order) characters I couldn’t click with.

Juliette (Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi) This girl is powerful but she’s not using her powers good. I’ve only read Shatter Me.

Teresa and Thomas (The Maze Runner by James Dashner) These two. I just cannot connect with them and I cannot connect them together.

Gayle and Peeta (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins) I am not Team Gayle or Team Peeta. I’m Team Katniss and Team Prim.

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Monthly Recap : August 2015

bye august! bye summer!

Happy September 1st. I can hear christmas bells and smell christmas cookies. Let’s start with some great things that happened in my life last August.

  • I’ll be getting my ID next week. We went to Ausländerbehörde for my residence permit and we’re happy because we didn’t have problems. That also means that I can now work.
  • We’ve started going to a different gym and we love the new ambiance.
  • We bought an action camera! We want to record simple events in our lives.
  • We went to Funeral for A Friend’s gig in MuzikZentrum. It was fun!
  • I updated my book blog! Yey!

I am satisfied because I’ve read more than 4 books (my maximum per month) and I was able to read the books on my TBR List. I think having a reading buddy helps me a lot! Thanks to Joyce.

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  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – 5 / 5 stars (My Review)
  • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – 4 / 5 stars (My Review)
  • Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris – 3.5 / 5 stars
  • Angelfall by Susan Ee – 4.5 / 5 stars
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – 4 / 5 stars (My Review)
  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – 5 / 5 stars
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Friday Finds : Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). Hosted by teh awesome Jenn of A Daily Rhythm.

It’s Friday again and I’m here to share my Finday Finds for this week.

24611587SLASHER GIRLS & MONSTER BOYS
by April Genevieve Tucholke

Edition: Hardcover (400 pages)
Publisher: Dial Books (August 2015)

A host of the sharpest young adult authors come together in this collection of terrifying tales and psychological thrillers. Each story draws from a mix of literature, film, television, or even music to offer something new and fresh and unsettling. Even better? After you’ve teased out each tale’s references, satisfy your curiosity at the end, where the inspiration is revealed. There are no superficial scares here. These are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror, to the supernatural, to unnerving, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for anyone looking for an absolute thrill.

I love terrifying tales and thrillers so I think this book is perfect for me. Also, I haven’t read any books from these authors so I think this is a good start.

Feel free to share your Friday Finds. Happy Friday!

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Book Review : The Selection by Kiera Cass

the selectionSeries : The Selection #1
Edition :
 Paperback (327 pages)
Publisher : Harper Teen (March 2013)
First Published : January 2012
Genre : Young Adult, Fiction, Dystopia
Source : Hugendubel Buchhandlung
Date Read : August 2015
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For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

My Thoughts

This was a read-along with my reading buddy Joyce for the month of July.

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The book’s cover made me buy it. I had no idea what this book is all about and I thought this is like an “American Idol” kind of story but it’s not. Maybe because America’s last name is Singer and she sings. The Selection is more like “The Bachelor”. I personally don’t like the idea of the competition (The Bachelor) so I was a little unsure of my feelings towards the story but I’m glad that I still ended up enjoying it.

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Currently Reading : The Last Summer Of Us

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“Is it better to lose someone slowly, or fast? Is it better to see them fade – knowing you’re helpless to hold on to them and watching them slide into the darkness – or is it easier to have them torn away from you in the night? Easier to say goodbye a hundred times, never knowing for sure which will be the last, or to say goodnight and never speak again? Which hurts the least? I don’t think either of us could tell you.” – p. 23

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On Music : Top Five Favorite Albums of All-Time – Punk / Rock Edition

Aside from reading, I also love listening to music (even while reading). I grew up listening to different kind of music my parents love. My mom listens to Air Supply, The Carpenters, ABBA, and Bee Gees while my father loves The Ramones, The Beatles, and Queen. Of course they also love listening to the songs of Filipino artists (Original Philippine Music) like VST and Company, Juan dela Cruz Band, Asin, Boyfriends, and a lot more. Me? I also listen to what my parents love and through out the years, I’ve discovered new awesome artists and music genres.

I would like to share my Top 5 Favorite (Rock / Punk) Albums of all-time (in no particular order). I will never get tired of listening to these songs.


Riot! by Paramore (2007)980x980-AC0B87F3-964B-462A-A1E90B60337AF426

In 2007 , a friend of mine introduced me to Paramore’s All We Know is Falling album. I instantly fell inlove with their songs and found out that they also released a new album that year. I got my copy and listen to them almost everyday. Two years ago , I watched Paramore live in Hamburg and it was so awesome. I love this band so much. (Some favorite songs from this album : That’s What You Get, When It rains, Hallelujah, Miracle.)

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