Sunday, May 6, 2018

Review: Heir of Fire

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love"

This is what I wanted to scream in my review of Crown of Midnight! This truth tea that precious cinnamon roll Dorian Havillard spilled all over Chaol. You cannot pick and choose what you love about someone, that isn't an option. When you love someone, truly love them, you love them despite the things that you do not/cannot accept.

Oh Chaol, you should have just listened to your friend - to your King before it was almost too late!

Yes, before reading this book I was a Chaolana shipper - but I fell in love with that buzzard Rowan right along with Aelin - and it will be glorious!!!

This is the relationship that I was waiting for her to have - the relationship that I have to say I have come to expect from Sarah J. Maas because of how beautifully she gave us Feyre & Rhysand or Cassian & Nesta if she ever decides to yank her head from her ass and stop being such a newly made Fae baby. Yes, I know they haven't got there yet… but Rowaelin is my new ship of dreams!

Their hands clasped between them, he whispered into her ear, "I claim you, too, Aelin Galathynius."

I am a sucker for a man that is there not to just play those gender associated games of protect the damsel, but to empower her and have her feel that equality - that partnership. Rhys does it for Feyre, are any of you surprised that Aelin has now found it Rowan? I'm not.

This book is about acceptance. This was about Aelin accepting herself, who she really is and that things can be beyond her control. The pain and guilt that she carries at the deaths of those she loved - her parents, Nehemia, her people - that she hasn't been able to deal with. She needed this, to see and feel and deal with the other side of her heritage and the other side of herself - her magic - before she could come to terms with what she could and could not do.

The visions of the past, where you hear her father recounting that her dearest friends were the characters in books because others were afraid of her and the power that dwelled within her… Heir of Fire wrecked me when thinking of little Aelin and all that she had dealt with in her life. Only Aedion, whom we were coming to know through his interactions with Chaol, had been there for her. There was and always will be a bond between them that will run very deep and not because they are cousins, but because they understand each other. They understand what it is like to hold even the tiniest shards of immortal power in their blood and to know that others react out of fear rather than attempted understanding. When they finally see each other again… I can't even continue on that thread because I know how it was and I … *gross sobbing*

Manon & Abraxos

HOLY HANNAH! I can't even deal with Manon, with Abraxos and that he is teaching her that she does have a heart. That that Crochan witch her grandmother made her kill spilling truth tea all over the floor before her death.

Manon, they made you in to monsters - I can't wait until you accept that you are not what they made you to be.

Abraxos - you beautiful baby wyvern who is so protective of his rider, his Manon. I can't wait to watch you fly to glory!

This book brought me so much in the feels department - so, so much! I will continue to torture myself over and over again until Aelin burns down the whole fucking world.

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Review: Crown of Midnight

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Believe me, Celaena," he snarled, his eyes flashing, "I know you can look after yourself. But I worry because I care. Gods help me, I know I shouldn't, but I do. So I will always care what happens."

Gods help me, Chaol, so will I!

This book broke me in so, so many ways! There is so much here that shows that this is not just the story of Celaena - Aelin - but it is the story of those who believe in freeing the world, even if it goes against everything that has been training and bred into you for your entire life. Crown of Midnight was about so much more than just Celaena winning her freedom it was about truth and consequences and that the ending should bring Chaol the answers to what, to who had truly been the King's Champion. Not just Adarlan's Assassin, but something so much more dangerous which means that Sarah J. Maas ended this book with the most perfect line where the truth hit home, made the most sense to hit and break and shatter a person in to so many bits that it left us all trying to pick ourselves up.

Chaol sank to his knees.

This was so important because the world had just broken around him. He had been loyal to King and country for so long that seeing the truth of the disgusting actions of the King - the truth - was going to break him. This was the moment that even though he continues to hope somewhere in the back of his mind, Chaol realizes that whatever there ever had been between him and the King's Champion was truly over. He knew that she wasn't going to be an enemy, even if he didn't want to admit it, but the love and adoration that they had shared… That was gone forever.

What's happening with Dorian, what's happening with everyone else is just as important but this book, this book was mainly about Celaena and Chaol to me and not just about their relationships with each other but the way the truth impacts their relationships with the world.

He pulled back, but didn't let her go. "Why are you crying?"

"Because," she whispered, her voice shaking, "you remind me of how the world ought to be. What the world can be."

This book brings us one of a multitude of betrayals, and as The Assassin's Blade proves they were not the first in a long line that have been dumped at the feet of Celaena Sardothian. It brings us love, it brings us passion, death, and it brings us the spark of a rebellion. The spark of a rebellion that has been hinted at since the beginning of the series, though this spark of rebellion that was being fanned by Nehemia Ytger, that knowing and wonderous beauty *gross sobbing*, doesn't ebb out and die - NO! That spark is going to grow… And it's moments like that above with Chaol where she sees the good, the honour of him and his actions and she sees what the world should be. What the world free of the markings of pain brought by that tyrant on the throne of Adarlan could be. It's a world that I hope she can create, cause that's what the whole series is about right? Freeing the world from the tyranny and corruption?

Sidebar - You know, it's so hard to write reviews for things you've read in the past for this reason… You KNOW where it's going, you can think of so many wonderful quotes to prove points and yet they don’t come from this one they come from Heir of Fire or they come from Queen of Shadows and you just want to drop them all along the page to prove your point but you can't because OMG…

That these betrayals break her… Well, that's an understatement! I had been all for Chaol and Celaena from the very beginning. The attraction with Dorian was good, but it was something else. There was some other kind of bond between them right from the start. Chaol though.. He was what she needed in that moment. That strength and solidarity, the stability that she needed after Endovier and she found that in the Captain of the Guard. So when Nehemia dies…

She stared at him, panting through gritted teeth, her breath coming quicker and quicker before she roared, the sound filling the room, his blood, his world: "You will never be my friend. You will always be my enemy."

That she cannot forgive what he knows, at least not in that moment is not surprising in the least. There is so much I want for Chaol but I think this was the moment that told us there was something better, something deeper for Celaena Aelin . It doesn't mean that the heartbreak that she feels in that moment, losing her best friend the way she had…

Gods how she even managed to come back from that! I don't… I don’t even know, because it was so hard for her to make friends up until that point and then to lose her best friend… Even if that friend had manipulated the situation so that it would spark her into action, spark her into taking up her mantle as the rightful Queen of Terrasen and that she needed to fight back… They've awoken the monster, and they will pay the price. The first is Archer Finn and believe me, for everything… He pays the price.

Hell hath no fury…

Oh yes, you woke the monster and, she will not be afraid!

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have read this twice and listened to the Audible recording once. I sobbed through some scenes, through the breathtaking beauty and of the domesticity that Feyre and Rhys are discovering.

We eased through the densely packed heart of the Palace, passing beneath a latticework of faelights just beginning to twinkle awake overhead. From a slumbering, quiet place inside me, the painting name flitted by. Frost and Starlight.

It's Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year (Christmas or whatever holiday like it that us mere mortals celebrate in this world!) and the anniversary of our wonderful High Lady of the Night Court's birth. Feyre is against the celebration of it - and I completely understand! I would be too if I were only turning 21 when my mate and my family were all over 500 years old - but the love they show Feyre, the same unwavering love that they have always had (excuse me while I wipe the tears away from my eyes as I remember her reunion with them in the beginning of A Court Of Wings And Ruin). Yes, I wasn't expecting this to be something that would tug at me quite so much - that it would pull on my heartstrings and make me hungry for more from this world quite as strongly as it did.

"Because you're the foundation, the one who lifts us. You always have been."

This was beautiful perfection! If you have enjoyed the series, and you love Rhys and Feyre, you owe it to yourself take this in and bask in its glory.

Thank you Sarah J. Maas for not putting these precious babies through more pain - oh come now I know that Cassian, Nesta, Elain and the rest of the Inner Circle have some coming to them… You wouldn't have so many companion novels planned if they didn't (please just give them their happiness in the end too!). It was beautiful to see this - to see moments that we've always wanted to see like (view spoiler) and the precious promise of something more for Amren and Varian because she's the precious cranky old aunt who's lost her heart to the male. Anyone who says fans won't read something like this, something without much conflict and just some pure unadulterated fluff (yes with some smut dropped in, how could you not ;) ) has not seen just how many people spent their well-earned coins on numerous copies of this Novella.

Thank you, as well, for that taste at the end of the ebook, just that little TASTE of what Cassian and Nesta will go through in the next installment. I NEED IT LIKE I NEED AIR!

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Review: Inception

Inception Inception by Bianca Scardoni
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

DNF @ 15%

I would have thought this would have been right up my alley. Yes, I read Twilight. Yes, I liked it. Yes, I've read Vampire Academy and L.J. Smith's many lovely Vampire Diaries books. Yes, I liked them. I like vampires and werewolves and witches.

I like YA, even love Indie authors because sometimes you can find something AMAZING from an indie author (Chess Desalls I'm thinking of you here! Elise Kova - YOU TOO!). I keep thinking that I'm going to find someone who is going to do something kind of different with the paranormal older ya genre - and Bianca Scardoni kind of did, but then she also kind of didn't or at least there was no improvement on the mythos that Joss Whedon created for us in a certain blonde slayer.

The Slayer trope has been done by so many, but I'm pretty sure Buffy Summers is the one we all think of when we hear that word (especially if '99 was a banner year for you!). This just doesn't live up. Jemma Blackburn is definitely NOT Buffy Summers in any way, shape, or form - and I think that's what kills it for me. I can't even imagine anyone being able to live up to that expectation - but your heroine, your slayer, CANNOT be a whining little brat who can see nothing but how much the world is against her and moping in her every thought and action. Buffy didn't mope - her life, at times, sucked beyond belief. Jemma's had a rough past, but I swear she's more annoying than the one preachy Bennett sister that no one EVER really cared about.


I've posted the same thing there (and I wasn't the only one who said this) DEAR GOD DON'T LISTEN TO THIS BOOK! The Narrator is TERRIBLE! Every sentence is overly dramatized, as though she's trying to amp up suspense but I swear, it just doesn't make sense to amp certain things... Like, at all. EVER.

I hated this one. The writing hurt (the bits of it I read through the WhisperSync enabled Kindle Edition) and you could tell that this was either the debut novel, or it was very, very close to it. Poor word choices (some things really don't make sense - at all!), poor grammar... I think it wasn't edited - it certainly feels like it!

Will I ever try this again?

There's your answer!

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Review: Air Awakens

Air Awakens Air Awakens by Elise Kova
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

I promised to review this the day I finished it (I promise myself lots of things, but following through can sometimes be so very hard!) and yet, here I am after listening to the audiobook (PLEASE SAY THERE WILL BE AUDIO OF THE REST OF THE SERIES TOO!!!!) for a second time through this magical series opening and vowing to myself that I need to keep into the rest of this series because I MUST KNOW HOW THIS ENDS!
I think I love this book even more the second time through, which is saying a lot because I really loved it the first time around, so, shocking I know!

Rarely do I find a story where the MC is as compelling as Vhalla Yarl was to me. There’s always something about a woman who starts as, not nothing, but not what she could be – no anywhere near as strong as she could be. Everything Vhalla knows about her world, all the comfort that she feels within the safety and security as she yearns for knowledge… Vhalla could be anyone at the start of the story, any woman, becoming the hero that she needs to be for herself and for the world around her once she was awakened to all the possibilities. I love strong women, women who can be fierce and vulnerable, without apologizing for their ability to be vulnerable. Vhalla is all of that and so much more!
A sorcerer with battle scars, dead friends, and blood on her hands occupied the mirror.

Ok so, spoiler or no... THIS IS MY FUCKING GIRL RIGHT HERE! She's determined she's going to make them see what they did was wrong, what they continue to do is wrong, and that she is a person just like anyone else and I will be right here prepared to defend her to MY DEATH.

Vhalla is bookworm, working as an apprentice in the Palace Library. She often will read when she should be doing other duties in the library and she never lets the title of a book dissuade her from reading it. She is thirsty for knowledge, and the library allows her to drink her fill day and night. When we open the book, there is a storm raging outside and the return of a prince of the realm during said storm from the battlefield... injured, mortally so. This is how Vhalla becomes fully awakened... well, as fully as she can be before (view spoiler), but I digress...

Vhalla's magical abilities bind her to the prince she saved in the library, the man in black, the Fire Lord - Prince Aldrick - and there is no way to fight the attraction that grows between them from then on. The idea that like calls to like... I knew the moment I first read those notes from her phantom that they were going to be the couple to root for - the epic love story to end all others in the tale - and I was right!

Because you are the sorcerer to whom I am Bonded. A bond can never be broken, and it can never be replaced.

Every obstacle thrown in their way... I gotta tell you, this is one roller coaster ride of a series opener and I need to know more!
They were sending her to war, so she would go and become something they had every right to fear.

And I must know how it ends! On to Fire Falling right after I finish a couple of other indie marvels!

Five enthusiastic stars and two thumbs up!

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Review: Sleeping Giants

Sleeping Giants Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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