Spring Cleaning Tag

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It’s time to make your bed, but you’re going to have some friends over later and want to pick the perfect book to place on your nightstand for them all to see that you’re “reading”. Which book do you choose?

I don’t know honestly. I don’t really care about whether my friends know what I’m reading. But I guess, when at its most tidy, my nightstand usually holds my Bible and whatever book I’m reading at the time.

Oh no! The house needs dusting, but you just can’t put that book you’re reading down! What book would you buy on audio just so you could continue the story while cleaning?

I don’t even need to think about this because I’ve already actually done it with either The Fifth Season or The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin. Don’t remember which one exactly. But basically I would have done it with any of the books in the series. Are you surprised? Is there any post I don’t mention this series?

Darn it! The ceiling is leaking! Turns out Mass-Market Paperbacks are the best things to soak water up! Which popular book do you use to soak up the water?

I’m not sure if this question is asking me for a book I own in mass market paperback format or one I wouldn’t mind using to soak up water with. :/ If the former, then I’d just used a rag because the only books I own in mass market paperback format are my old Lord of the Rings and Hobbit books and there’s no way in hell I’m using those as mops. If the former, then I have a nice collection. Maybe my Red Queen books. Or Caraval. The Sin Eater’s Daughter.

Bathrooms need a good scrubbing, and your 2007 Cosmos are a little outdated and need replacing. What book do you place in the bathroom for some light reading for when people need to take care of business?

Either a poetry book, such as Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. Or What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe. Because both can be read in short bursts and I don’t want to encourage anyone to spend too much time in the bathroom.

Family is coming over, but you have no idea what to make for dinner! You read somewhere that tearing up the last chapter of a book whose ending you hated and sprinkling it in a casserole dish makes for the perfect meal! Which book do you choose?

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Gotta love some hate casserole. I can’t think of any book where I specifically hated the ending. The only book I can think of where I hated a specific part of it but generally enjoyed the book, is A Court of Wings and RuinAlthough that part was not the ending. If you want to know which part and why, you can read my discussion on it, but beware of spoilers.

Organization is key, right? When it comes time to organize your bookshelf, you realize you have enough room (and money) to get three new books! Which books do you buy?

Hmm… hard to choose. But since I have to, the books on my wishlist I currently want the most are

  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seannen McGuire
  • The Shadowed Sun by N. K. Jemisin
  • Alloy of Lay by Brandon Sanderson
  •  Saga Vol. 4 (I get 4 because both Saga and Every Heart a Doorway are very short, so they’ll fit on my shelves 😀 )

Finally, some peace and quiet! But, before you can relax, you realize you forgot to send your Aunt a thank you gift for the lovely “ADULT LIFE FOR DUMMIES” book she gave you for Christmas (maybe she’s trying to tell you something?). What book do you send to her to show her how much (this is sarcasm) you appreciate her gift?

Well obviously I’d choose my book for the title. I’m not sure if I’d go for something sweet and to the point such as:

Or go for something more subtle like:

I guess it would depend if she sent me anything else beside the offending book.

 

Sequels I’ve Read in 2017

I am very bad about reading sequels. I start series and then I never finish them. I’ve talked about this before, in various posts. But I do read some sequels and I’m trying to be better about it. So this post is a sort of pat on the back to myself. I’m not going to count re-reads, because those don’t really count.


A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

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This is one of the few series that I read the sequels straight away, or in the case of this final one, as soon as it came out. I loved it. I love the series and I loved the conclusion. So good.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

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Another great sequel. I am excited to continue with this series hopefully soon.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Mass

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Another series that I kept up with and pretty much read as soon as it was out because I love this series. Unfortunately, this one was probably my least favourite in the series. I still really liked it, but I had some issues with it. If you want to know more, check out my discussion.

Attack on Titan vol. 2 & 3

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I read the first volume and then quickly read the next two, but they count so I’m including them!

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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Another series that I’m up to date with. At least I have a few that I’ve either completed or am up to date with.

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

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I adore this series. I cannot wait for the next one. Another one I’m up to date with!

A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor

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Finally continued with this series. I read the first book in like 2015 and loved it. I’ve been meaning to continue with it ever since, and now I’ve finally read the second one. Hopefully I’ll move on with the series soon.

 

MASSIVE Book Haul – 25+ Books

I’ve been buying books like crazy over the past few of months. So a book haul is long overdue. This is going to be pretty long, so let’s get right to it. If I have a review of a book, it’ll be linked.

 

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson | The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton | Sabriel by Garth Nix | Temeraire by Naomi Novik | The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare | City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare | Harry Potter and the deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling | The Bat by Jo Nesbo | Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

The School For Good and Evil by Soman Chainani | Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo | A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas | Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (20th anniversary Ravenclaw edition) by J. K. Rowling | The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

The Wrath and the Dawn by Rene Ahdieh | Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman| Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey | Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare | What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

Sketchy, Doubtful, Incomplete Jottings by Johann van Goethe | Ready Player One by Ernest Cline | Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Mass | Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff | The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valante | The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – DISCUSSION

***SPOILER ALERT: THIS DISCUSSION CONTAINS SPOILERS. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK AND DO NOT WISH TO BE SPOILED, READ MY SPOILER FREE REVIEW HERE.

As I mentioned in my review, this book was a bit of a disappointment for me. Not that it was bad. It was by no means bad. I loved it, of course. However, it did not live up to the awesomeness that was ACOMAF. And there were actually a few things that I didn’t like about it at all, that I felt were not executed very well. This is going to be both a rave and a rant in one. I have a feeling it will be very long. So prepare for gifs.

I’m going to fist start with things that bothered or annoyed me. Some are more significant than others, mostly it’s just me being an irascible old lady, but anyway. One thing that really annoyed me were the sex scenes. There were just so many of them particularly in the first half and I found them to be boring and unnecessary. Like, we get it. You two like doing the hanky panky. Can’t blame you. However, I do not need to know every single instance when the deed is done, or when you think about doing the deed. Especially that it’s so repetitive. Feyre’s toes always curl in her boots, her “core goes molten” all the time, Rhys’ ding dong is always proud and velvety and just ugh. WE GET IT. Now let’s talk about something more interesting please.

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The word “mate” was abused so much, it probably needs counselling. Can’t you just refer to people by name. “My mate” here, “my mate” there just… get a goddamn dictionary and find some other words.

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That’s about it in terms of writing. In terms of plot… I thought the book wasn’t very well paced. I feel like it would have done better as two 500 page books instead of one 700 page one. Some things were very rushed, particularly in the second half. Like… the whole ending with her dad and Drakon and the Phoenix queen was just dropped pretty much out of nowhere and just seemed like a convenient way out of the shit they were in. There wasn’t that build-up to it that Sarah can do so well. And I feel like that’s because there just wasn’t time. There was so much going on with Feyre and the squad, that there wasn’t time to focus on Lucien and what went on beyond Prythian. I would have really liked a few chapters from Lucien’s POV throughout to sort of learn what went on there properly, instead of having it explained in two pages at the end. The whole ending seemed very rushed and not that well executed, particularly knowing what Sarah is capable of.

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Her dad suddenly becoming useful and with enough foresight to go out and seek reinforcements before he even knew what had happened with Feyre… I didn’t really buy it. It didn’t seem very plausible to me and just… meh.

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I didn’t like Feyre as much in this one. I felt like she was becoming Aelin. And I like Aelin. But Feyre is not Aelin, you know. It felt like the two characters were sort of merging with each other and I didn’t like that. It’s like writing both series at the same time kinda took its toll and they’re bleeding into each other.

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I did like the scene with Feyre looking into the Ourobouros and accepting herself at last. That felt very empowering.

This is probably the thing that bothered me most in this book. Mor’s “secret”. Just no. It felt so wrong to me, so completely out of character. It made no sense. I hated it. I absolutely hated it. I was so angry reading that part. I mean… you’re telling me that Mor, who is so completely unapologetic, was afraid to tell the people who love her beyond everything for 500 fucking years that she was into girls more than guys? And why? So her family wouldn’t find out and make fun of her? What? What? Just… What?

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How the hell does that make any sense? First of all, she has free reign from Rhys to slaughter her entire family if she so chooses, so why the hell would she care if they don’t approve of her proclivities? Secondly, she lived in a city that had been hidden from the world for a thousand years. Her family would never have found out. Rhys and the others would sure as hell not have told anyone if she had asked. It just makes no sense and it’s so unlike Mor.

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What’s more… she strung poor Az along for 500 years because she didn’t want to tell people she was gay? What the fuck? I mean… okay… keep your secret, but don’t be an asshole and string along the poor guy. At least have the balls to tell him no. Instead of dangling shreds of hope in front of him for centuries, and then whenever he inches a bit towards you, sleep with another guy to remind him that you don’t want him? What. The. Fuck. That’s such a cruel, douchebag thing to do and I was so angry. That took down Mor in my eyes so much and I’m so pissed, because I really loved Mor.

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Also… I’m kind of confused about the whole Elain-Lucien-Az thing… is it even a thing? I can’t tell.

Okay, I think I’ve exhausted the things that I didn’t like about the book. Now let’s move on to some of the awesome things that happened.

Feyre learning how to fly! Loved that. Particularly that we got to see more of Az, and I love him to bits. Something that I really liked about this, and it seems insignificant, but I really liked that it was so hard for Feyre to learn how to fly. So many times in books, heroes learn of a new ability and then instantly master it and that just seems so unrealistic. But Feyre absolutely sucked. And Az volunteering to teach her because he knows what it’s like to learn how to fly later in life… just… GAH. My feels!

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Feyre stealing Ianthe’s moment at the Summer festival thing. Feyre undermining Ianthe and making her look like a fool. Feyre rescuing Lucien from Ianthe. Feyre making Ianthe smash her own hand. Feyre feeding Ianthe to The Weaver. SO MUCH YES!

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Lucien. Just Lucien. I would have been so pissed if he had not come with Feyre. Also, surprisingly… Tamlin. I actually thought he had a very good arc. Probably the best character development in this book. It just made sense and it felt right. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Cassian and Nesta. They were so fjhsgwepruijeknvdswfenvk PRECIOUS LITTLE UNICORNS I CAN’T JUST KISS ALREADY!!! Me every time they were in the same room vvv

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Cassian going all primal warrior and becoming a vortex of hotness and death. Rhys fully giving in to his beast form and becoming a vortex of hotness and death (I wish we had gotten a better description of his beast form. I imagine a sort of black griffon type creature with bat wings). Helion giving in to his beast form and becoming a vortex of hotness and death (I imagine him like a golden white griffon).

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Seeing all the other High Lords and learning more about them. Also learning more about Amren and the Weaver and Bone Carver. Just learning more about the world and characters in general. Amren and Varian. The Weaver, the Bone Carver and Bryaxix being released upon Hybern’s army and Feyre and Rhys watching them like

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Rhys dying and being brought back to life like Feyre was. I thought it was a nice circle. Very satisfying. I wonder if now he has all the different powers as well.

The Suriel. So many feels!

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Elain and Nesta killing the King of Hybern! The viciousness in Nesta decapitating him. So much win. Just Nesta in general, actually.

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Alright, well I think this is more or less what I have to say about it. This post is already gigantic, so I’ll leave it at that. Let me know what your thoughts were.

 

May 2017 Wrap Up

May has been a busy, busy month for me. Loads of exams, very little time for reading. As such, I’ve only read 3 books and a poem in May. Here they are.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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I really enjoyed this, I can see why it’s so beloved, but I can also see why some people just can’t get into it. It requires a patient reader and if you don’t like magical realism, which many people don’t, you will not like this. But it very well written, very atmospheric and if you do enjoy that genre, it’s definitely a must read. I have a full review of it if you want to know more of my thoughts.

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

5/5 stars

I don’t read poetry very often, but I always love Poe’s poetry and my reading this was long overdue.

 

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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A bit disappointing for me, I was expecting a lot more from it after ACOMAF. Still loved it, but I did have some problems with the execution, I think it was a bit rushed in places. I also felt like a bit of ToG was bleeding into it, especially in Feyre’s character. I talk more about these things in my review, if you’re interested.

 

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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I really enjoyed this, though it’s not nearly as good as Six of Crows. Which makes sense, since she’s had time to grow as an author between the two. I did still really like it, I loved learning more about Ravka (I love how Russian it was, I wasn’t expecting that) and the Grisha, which is something that Six of Crows wasn’t as focused on. Wasn’t a fan of the love triangle and I thought the “romance” between Alina and The Darking was unnecessary and unbelievable. But all in all, I did really enjoy it and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. Review to come soon.

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – Spoiler Free Book Review

acowarRating: 4/5

Genre: Fantasy, new adult

First published: 2017

Author: Sarah J. Maas

***SPOILER ALERT*** THIS IS THE THIRD BOOK IN THE SERIES. THEREFORE, THE SYNOPSIS AND FOLLOWING REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THE PREVIOUS BOOKS

Synopsis: Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

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I have to say… I was a bit disappointed by this one. It wasn’t by any means bad, but it failed to live up to ACOMAF and there were some things that I didn’t really like, that I thought weren’t done well or were too rushed.

That’s one thing actually, there were a lot of things that felt rushed, despite this being a 700 page book. I’m generally against unnecessarily dragging out series just to sell more books, but I feel like this could have been two 4-500 page books instead of one 700 page one.

But, first, let’s talk about the things I loved. I still loved the Night Court, of course. They were as fun as ever and I loved learning more about them. I loved seeing more of Prythian and meeting all the High Lords. One of the most surprising things that I loved was Tamlin’s character arc. I think in terms of character development, Tamlin’s was the best and most subtly done in this book. I loved learning about some of the more mysterious creatures, such as Amren and the Bone Carver.

I didn’t quite like Feyre as much in this one as I did before. I felt like she started sounding a lot like Aelin. I love Aelin, but Feyre is not Aelin. I feel like writing the two stories at the same time got Sarah to confuse the two voices a bit and I felt at times like I was reading Throne of Glass instead. Still, I did really like the completion of Feyre’s acceptance and forgiveness of herself that started out in ACOMAF.

One thing that really annoyed me, especially in the first half of the book were the sex scenes. I feel like there was an unnecessary amount of them. Like… we already know that Rhys is a hot hunk of fae High Lord and it’s hard to resist the urge to climb him like a tree, but we don’t need to be told every time it happens, especially not in so much detail. It was repetitive and it just got boring and I found myself skimming over those scenes. Also, the word “mate” was abused beyond reason.

I thought the pacing towards the end wasn’t very good. Everything felt so rushed. It just sort of happened all at once and there was often very little explanation and it felt like those things just happened because they were convenient for the story. And that’s why I think if this were two books, there would have been time to pace it better and properly explain and explore things. There were a lot of elements that were brought in, presumably as a sort of entré for the companions, but it just made it feel very rushed and sometimes confusing. There was just too much happening too quickly. I felt that some of the main cast’s stories were left hanging. And I know there will be subsequent books, but as far as the information we have now, those will not be a continuation of this story.

There are many other things that I enjoyed or disliked, but I can’t really go into them without spoilers. I have a spoilerific discussion  where I will be discussing those in more depth. Overall, I obviously loved the book, but it just wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. It was mainly due to the execution, I feel like it could have been done better, particularly knowing the kind of writing that Sarah is capable of.