Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses Author: Sarah J. Maas Genre: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult Format: Audio, via Audible Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
As a reminder, I review sequels a little different from other reviews. I am going to hide the description from the main page so you will have to click “Continue Reading” due to potential spoilers from previous books in the description or my review.
Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses Author: Sarah J. Maas Genre: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult (Some may say YA, but I’ll explain below) Format: Audio, provided to me by eStories. Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda Description (Source: eStories):
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.
Overall Assessment: Wow. I’m on a roll with listening to amazing books this month. I could.not.stop. listening to this book. I found myself devising ways where I could listen to this book as much as possible and finished it in only 2 days (it was a 16 hour book!). For my note about why I would not classify it as YA, there are a few steamy scenes. More steamy than other YA novels, but tastefully done and not overly graphic. Just be prepared for a little more romance than usual.
TLDR; Strong heroine, a good amount of romance, likable characters, unique story.
Title: Heartless Author: Marissa Meyer Genre: YA, Re-tellings, Fantasy Format: Audio, narrated by Rebecca Soler Description (Source: Amazon):
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.
Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
I waited for a few months after buying this book because I knew it didn’t have a HEA. –This isn’t a spoiler because we know what a miserable evil nightmare the Queen of Hearts is.– Anyway, I hesitate reading any book that doesn’t give me the warm and fuzzies at the end. If you are looking for warm and fuzzies, do.not.read.this.book.
With that being said, ohmygosh. This book was so good. I could not find enough excuses to listen to this book, I even cleaned my carpets for extra listening time, lol!
Time for the Harry Potter Moment of the Week, hosted by Lunar Rainbows. This week’s topic is….
Would you rather take a class taught by Lockhart or get detention with Filch?
I am currently reading Chamber of Secrets with my sons so this is very fitting. We actually just read the part where Harry and Ron serve detention tonight! Lockheart is unbearably annoying to me. One of my very least types of people in the world are vapid narcissists.
With that being said, I still think I would rather take a class with him. The great thing about narcissists is that generally you don’t have to actually pay attention to them, you just need to appear to be paying attention.
I pretend to listen to people all the time, especially when I’m reading and my husband continues to talk to me about things like, “who got into the baseball hall of fame this year”.
Flich is just such a miserable old miser. I am someone who absorbs the emotions of people around me. Spending four hours with Filch would probably turn me into a maniac.
UGH Sorry this post is so late, btw. My 5-year-old has a stomach bug so this is the first time I’ve been able to sit down today.
The Announcer calls my name, but she does not speak to me. This macabre spectacle has nothing to do with me. And everything to do with them. This is all for the thousands below – the compliant citizens of Otpor, the witnesses to my Execution, the silent and transfixed. This is their moment. Their reconditioning.
In a future post-apocalyptic Paris, a rebellion threatens to upset the city’s perfectly-structured balance and plunge its citizens into anarchy.
Two generations after the Execution of Kane 148 and Otpor’s return to Orthodoxy, forbidden murals are appearing on crumbling concrete walls – calling citizens to action. Calling for Resistance.
The murals will change the utopian lives of all citizens. But, for Anaiya 234, they will change who she is.
A Peacekeeper of the uncompromising Fire Element, Anaiya free-runs through city’s precincts to enforce the Orthodoxy without hesitation or mercy. Her selection for a high-risk mission gives Otpor the chance it needs to eliminate the Heterodoxy and Anaiya the opportunity she craves to erase a shameful past.
But the mission demands an impossible sacrifice – her identity.
This book took me a while to get into. It wasn’t until probably 25% of the way in that I was interested enough to want to continue. It wasn’t the plot, that is actually really good, but the writing style. I’ll include some quotes below to show what I mean.
Once I got past the writing style, the story completely drew me in. I will probably read the next book when it comes out.