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Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin

Hey guys.

I haven’t abandoned you I promise. I’ve been so busy and a little bit ill recently. Also wanting to get a few books out of the way. Though I wanted to finish this book, I did not want it to end. I’m kind of going to be reviewing all of the series so far as I read it a little bit too quickly. I did pause half way through Wings and Ruin as I felt it getting very heavy and I needed something a little lighter temporarily.

So onto the review. I have also got the summery of the first book just for a taster of the series but, boy, does it get good… and sad. I cried. I will be honest. I cried my bloomin’ eyes out. My other half was wondering what had happened. So when reading this last book, please have a box of tissues for the end.

Summery: Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

There were seconds in the series that I know were needed, but I felt they were a little slow. As you do, I trudged through them and appreciate them now. When you look back at them you realise how important they are. They don’t feel important at the time but there is a section with Feyre and Helion in the Middle (in Wings and Ruin). You will need the information.

If you have not read this series or even missing one of the books, I recommend it so much. I love this woman, Sarah J Maas, and appreciate her work so much. It makes me sad that I have to wait till 2018 for the next one but it makes me so excited that at least there is going to be another one. Thank you so much Sarah J Maas for showing us your world. You have created 2 incredible world and I, and many others, can only thank you so much for your hard work.

For such an incredible series and world that I feel I can enter any time. 5 stars.

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Review: Descendants 

Hey guys,

I was away for the bank holiday and now back to posting! What have I missed? I can honestly say you guys have missed nothing *lol*. Back at work which means that no extra reading time for me but managed to get it finished.

I have been reading Descendants by Rae Else. This story follows a subject that hasn’t been used very much. The gorgons and Medusa. I can only confirm one other series like it that I know of. Its a good thing and means I have something to compare it to but I wont forget that they are very different.

Summery of Descendants:

El, a seventeen-year-old has inherited an ancient and deadly power. She loses control of it, causing a horrific accident, and becomes the prey of a secret organisation, known as the Order.

Forced from her family and home, she hides in plain sight amidst the crowds of London, and is thrust into a world she never knew existed; one full of arete: beings with extraordinary powers like hers.

Arete are beings that can trace their lineage and powers from ancient Greece. They do not claim their inheritance comes from the gods, rather legend says they are descended from cursed beings, such as Medusa.

At the heart of their world is the kerykeion, the symbol that protects them from the humans and the humans from them. El is trapped between two factions, one that has built an empire around the kerykeion and another that is determined to bring it down.

As she is drawn deeper into the conflict, the only way to find the truth is to take matters into her own hands, and the line between friend and foe becomes dangerously blurred. 

I liked the book and can’t wait for the next one. The only problem that I have with the book is that there were several areas when I did not know where I was. I would get into the flow of reading and it would just stop. I could handle one or two of those moments but not when they keep happening.

One of the moments is towards the end when the car flips and ends at the bottom of a hill. Now I had no idea that there was a hill until it was mentioned later and everyone had run back up it. This lead me to rereading the whole part again to be just as confused as before.

When I was originally taught about “story writing” they would always tell you of “Show not Tell”. I love this. When an author has such a grasp on the story that they can show you everything you need to see without actually writing one descriptive word.

Don’t get me wrong, they story was great and with a little more coxing the plot will really shine thorough. I just feel it needed a little bit more work to smooth out the bumps. Something else that bothered me a little bit was how detached El was from her family. I can understand that she had been lied to and hurt but you wouldn’t just stop caring if they were killed. I felt that I wasn’t attached to the characters that much either.

For all the effort and plot I felt the book could be a very catching story however with the detachment and missing moments I feel that the book need 3 stars.

3-stars

 

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Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Hey guys!

So I thought I would finish some of the books I have been reading for a while. There is about 7 of them that I need to finish, from Inheritance and Court of Wings and Ruin. I’ve made a point to currently only read books that I have currently reading or from NetGalley.

On to this book. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. This book is filled with adventure and mystery. The idea is so different to what is in the industry right now. The idea was brilliant but I just didn’t like it. I couldn’t connect with the characters or find the middle ground with this.

There are a few more things that I didn’t like such as it felt really hard to read. Its a really mentally heavy book for me and very dark. I’m normally alright with things like fantasy war and such but this was real world with peculiar people. The photos in it also make it seem really heavy. Even more so when you find that the photos are real.

I may read the next ones in the future but I won’t be reading them for a long while. I’m sorry Ransom Riggs, I loved the idea but it just didn’t work for me. 2 Stars.

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Review: Ahe’ey

Hey Guys,

I have a lovely treat for you. So you may have noticed my cool little sign. I have recently joined NetGalley to help me to do my reviews and also give you guys some great books. What could go wrong…. Maybe the fact I have downloaded 6 books already. And not like I have another 50 to read anyway… Woops.

Anyway. As you will see I have been recently reading Ahe’ey by Jamie Le Fay. I have included a short summery.

Morgan, a feminist who travels all over the world, lands in J.F.K for her latest meeting. Little does she know that she has been watched and admired but Gabriel for the last 3 years when he first saw her on the T.V. What she doesn’t know is how much danger she has unintentionally put herself in. Being the feminist that she is and safe guarding girls and women around her in the world she has put a giant bull’s eye on her back. 

Between Gabriel and the CIA can they keep her safe and will she be accepted into Gabriel’s weird and wonderful world.

Wow! I was so blown away by this book as it is so extremely relevant and now. Like literally now. I would ask where she got the ideas from, but I think you would know if you read it. This book is wonderful from the political to the fantasy, and everything in between. If you want something that gives it to you straight then this is the book fro you.

She could not have done any better. Its a long story but when you read it you know why and you understand why it has to be like that. It felt longer to me as I wanted to take my time and immerse myself with the characters. Become part of their world.

You know what is going on, as Jamie makes it obvious but she does this nicely. She tells you that she knows you know. You sympathize with all of the characters because you don’t know what will go wrong next.

Jamie keeps the book real and very down to earth. The fact that dragons and sword fighting has no blow back on the reality side as she blends the two worlds perfectly. Mixing the traditions of the old world of Ahe’ey and its tribes with the technology of our world, the new world.

Also from the ending that has been left, I would be distraught if there was not a second one. It doesn’t need to be a long series of 6 books but I feel that two would be the perfect amount. I am honestly blown away by the views and the personality behind this book. Behind the characters. Such strong belief and love went into this book. If you get a chance please find the time to read this incredible book.

Jamie and Morgan are inspiring. To create this book needed such creativity and understanding of our world and problems. For Morgan to try to solve those problems, yes in a fantasy world, but also through inspiring the people who read about her and understand the intent. I love a book with a good morale and this has one at every turn.

Bravo, Jamie! 5 stars. I am hoping people will read this and feel inspired by your views and belief. Find links to Jamie Le Fay’s website below.

http://www.angeelseries.com/

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Review: Blood Rose Rebellion

Hey Everyone!

I’m sorry I have been away recently. I have been crafting as I was above my Goodreads Challenge by 6 books, which is like 6 books for me; But now I am back on the ball. So many books are coming out recently which I have to read and with the release of A Court Of Wings And Ruin, next week on the 2nd, there is no way I can sit back and not kick up the feet with a book and some tea.

If you view or follow my Instagram, http://www.instagram.com/books_with_phoenix/, you will notice that I have been reading a fairly new book. Blood Rose Rebellion. A small synopsis below.

In a world with magic governed by nobility and the purity of blood one girl is Barren, Anna Arden. No magic can be used or controlled by her. Or can it. When she breaks her sisters illusion at a Debut, Anna finds she is not a regular magic user. She has something far more scary. She holds the fate of the magic world in her hands.

I have just finished Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves. Its not what I thought it was. I liked it. Its a very well written book and don’t get me wrong, if there is to be a second I would read it but, unfortunately I didn’t find this a special book. I loved the historical aspect as there aren’t to many Historical Fantasies at the moment and having a book set in England as well as other European countries that we can pronounce. But we also know these places. It makes the book hit home a bit more.

Unfortunately I didn’t find that connection that I normally do with great books. I liked it well enough and I’m hoping that, if there is another book, this one will grow on me a lot more and I will be able to flow into it easier. Please don’t disregard this though. Rosalyn Eves has put her heart and soul into this book and it shows. Its a very easy to follow story that in places will leave you wanting more.

For all of this I am going to give the book a solid 4 stars.4stars

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Review: Caraval

Hey everyone,

Guess what I have just finished? Caraval! My god. This book. Now I loved the idea of this book. Two sister trying to escape from an island that is tearing their sanity apart. Scarlett, the oldest, and Tella, the youngest, finally get their letter and tickets from Legend, the Caraval master. They are to attend Caraval a week before Scarlett’s wedding to her unknown Fiance.

I think that’s all I’m going to give you as the story talks for itself. This story shows you a love between 2 sisters and the trust between them. Even though they may be as different as North and South or Hot and Cold, they will always stand for each other even if it means hurting them.

Fantasy, mystery and love fill this book to the brim. The best part is that you don’t know whats actually happening until the last 3 chapters of the book. I can honestly say this had me screaming in fear.

Now there will be a second to this book and thank god is all I can say to that as you will see. I also worry that I’m either too easy when judging books or that I’m actually picking up extremely good books. But I believe that Stephanie Garber has done an incredible job with this book. She has made her own little word when no one wants to leave… Or can’t. You decide. Well done. 5 Stars.

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Review: Heartless

Hey Guys,

I have my lovely followers on Instagram for my latest read, and thank you so much for it. I gave 2 books, A Court of Thorns and Roses or Heartless. Now the response for Heartless was brilliant and I wanted to know what the fuss was about. Boy, was I in for a treat.

Now for those of you who have no idea what Heartless is about, then look no further. Marissa Meyer is a brilliant Author who twists classic fairytales around. The main series before Heartless was Cinder. This was an adaptation of… you guessed it. Cinderella. I started to read this and unfortunately this was a library book, and thust had to go back.

Heartless is another twist on things. This time we are in the world of ‘Wonderland’. Though Wonderland is the name Alice gave the world, and this story is well before Alice. The real name of the world is Kingdom of Hearts. Along with this kingdom you also have the Kingdom of Chess.

The story follows Lady Catherine Pinkerton. Falling in love with the Court Joker is not something she had planned on her cards. With her maid and best friend, Mary-Ann, they both plan their Bakery, but things go south rather quickly when she finds she is to become the new Queen of Hearts through marrying the King.

I love the ideas behind this book. The life of wonderland before Alice. It makes you see the Queen of Hearts in a new light and you sympathise with her. The thing with this story is it’s not a happy one. There is no happy-ever-after. If you want something different and something that is refreshing. I definitely recommend this.

Marissa Meyer is one to keep your eye on if you like your fairytales with a twist. It feels like a Lewis Carroll as all of the gibberish and nonsense are very well done. For this wonderful book I’m going to give her, her just deserts because she has done a wonder. 5 Stars all round for this. Well deserved.

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Review: Wintersong

Bonjour, 

Trying to get a little cultured today as I’m in France for the weekend. Cultured and grouchy. As every normal bookaholic does, they read into the petite hours of the morning. Perfect if you have wake up call of 5 am. Not great for night owls like me. I hate early mornings and it seems no lay in for me this weekend.

To top it off, my FairyLoot crate has been delivered today…. at home….. where I can’t open it. I think I have found my torture. 

The book is set maybe early 1400, that’s a really rough guess, and explains how the seasons change and who controls that. The Goblin King. The man that controls the living and the dead. Liesl, our main lady, has grown up with him in her childhood. Her sister and brother know all the stories and how dangerous the goblins are. When the seasons change and summer fades to autumn, this is the time of year the underworld and the overworld are at their closes points. A king can search for his bride.

Kathé, Liesl’s younger and prettier sister, manages to catch the attention of the goblins and the king. Not know that she has played into the trap and tricks of the Goblin King. Liesl would do anything to get her sister back to the world above even if that means sacrificing herself. 

Now, I love the passion between the Goblin King and Liesl. That’s wonderful. I love the story and where it comes from. A German folk story come to life. But it did not need to be as long as it was. Not just did it feel long but it took me a week to read it. One thing I really did like was the way it was ended. You know that’s the end and it’s not a happy ever after ending. It was real.

But I’m afraid that’s all I liked. Unfortunately, due to the lack of connection between me and the book or character I can only give the book 3 stars. 

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Review: King’s Cage

Hey Guys,

So I mustered all of the courage I could to read this book now. It was such a brilliant and bad idea. The next isn’t out until February 2018. I’m going to go insane.

Now if you are reading this I’m hoping that you have some idea about the Red Queen series. If you don’t…. where have you been for the last two year! Go down to your nearest book shop and go get it…. Why are you still reading! GO!

I’m kidding… Kinda. Anyway, Mare Barrow is a red blood just like her family and her town and most of their world. Apart from the royals, your lords and ladies of the world. They are silver. Red are the slaves, the workers. Where as Silvers, live their lives in pure luxury.

Their world is ridden with lies, traitor and king killers. Also helps that half of them have the ability to control elements and such. The incredible thing with these people is its only the Silvers who have this gift. That’s what makes they Lords, Ladies, Kings even. Or so they through. When Red people start to show up having powers of their own this causes pandemonium in the world. With a cast out king and another on the Throne who shouldn’t be the Reds and Silvers bring havoc to the lands.

Sooo juicy. I am in love with the series. Now the lady to thank for this masterpiece of a world is Victoria Aveyard. *Applause* You are one talented woman. She has created a world much like our own with the wars that plague the lands and how we turn against our own. It kind of makes it hit home sometimes. Now please do not get me wrong, that is not a bad thing.

She does not go over the top about war and when the scenes happen, there is always the worry that it will either be to much or not enough, but its not. She has the right amount of drama and tension as well as the rush you get from Mare’s and Cal’s adrenaline. She cuts it perfectly. We don’t need to know how the war was stopped we just need to know who won. You get that. You get it all.

Now the end…. My colours. If you are following me on Instagram I may have made a small, teeny tiny comment about a tear or two that I shed at the end. Slight under exaggeration… It is heart wrenching. Mare deserves everything good to go right from the time she gets back. Does she get that though… No. The one person in the world who she trusts more than anything…

As a conclusion, I can only say incredible. Excellent. It is definitely a must have read that will blow your mind away and make you cry. Yes and you know it. I cannot fault this woman at all… both of them. The story is so captivating and inspiring. Never give up. Never think you are to small or not great enough because you are. That is what Victoria Aveyard says through this book. Well done, another 5 stars from me.

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Review: Frostblood

Hey Guys,

Its been a week roughly since my last review. Being back to work means… well they should be read slower, though that not really happening.

Today I bring you new books. What lovely creations these are. Frostblood by Elly Blake. This is about the clash between 2 rival elements. Fire and Frost. Elly Blake creates an incredible world where frost has covered the land and Firebloods are almost extinct. The murderous and mad Frost King has taken the land with the help of the a dark force.

It is Ruby’s job to bring that land back to what it is supposed to be but at what cost to her. Great loss shows her a path that has been destined for her for centuries.

I have to say that I honestly wasn’t sure how to handle the review of this book. Don’t get me wrong I loved it and I feel its been written very well. There’s so much description and a new world with wild new creatures. Frost tigers that are white and blue and are designed to hunt Firebloods. I feel that that books I pick up at the moment are great… and that’s where I struggle. I cant go and give every book I read a 5 but I feel Elly Blake deserves a lot of credit for this. I have looked at the other reviews and the average is 3.9.

I can honestly say that I loved this book and that I would recommend it to anyone for a good read. Its thrilling and has, as all my picked books do, an incredible heroine that is ready to risk her life for a world and people she does not know. So for that I am giving Frostblood 4 stars but I’m sure the next one will be better yet.

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