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A Court Of Wings And Ruin | Sarah J. Maas

“Only you can decide what breaks you, Cursebreaker. Only you.”

“You bow to no one,”

Breakdown:

  • Book: A Court Of Wings And Ruin
  • Series: ACOWAR – Book Three
  • Author: Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis:

“Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings 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.”

REVIEW + SPOILERS:

“Night Triumphant – and the Stars Eternal.
If he was the sweet, terrifying darkness, I was the glittering light that only his shadows could make clear.”

I can not explain to you how excited I was to read it. I didn’t even wait after finishing the second one before launching straight into this one. There were a million unanswered questions and a million more things that I needed to know, RIGHT. NOW. However, there was ONE main thing I was looking forward to reading in this book.

A. The SPRING COURT. TAMLIN. LUCIEN.

The previous book, >ACOMAF<, ended with Feyre giving herself up to Tamlin in order to save her real family and true love. Obviously, I was dying to know how she was going to behave whilst she’s there. Especially after she pretended to be in love with Tamlin. Who is an absolute idiot by the way.

B. Rhysand, may he be mine.

Rhysand is a great example for men out there. He is strong, smart and supportive. His priorities are set straight. I need me some Rhysand in my life. He never forced Feyre to do anything she doesn’t want, he simply guides her. Every thing with him is always a choice. He cares for her, waits patiently for her to recover, helps her heal and completely understands her needs. He manages to balance between his own emotions and hers.

“I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have… the wait was worth it.” 

C. The All Truthful Mor

Mor is annoying as hell. We finally find out why she’s been avoiding Azriel this whole time. And it’s NOT ok. I completely understand her reasons, her feelings are justified and so is her ‘secrecy’. But keeping it to herself for 500 years and counting is just too much. She is being selfish. Especially when she knows how that he has been waiting for her this whole time, and honesty from her will finally help him move on. I’m not saying she has to tell the world, I’m just saying that it would’ve been better if she took Az somewhere private and explained her side to him. Azriel is also to blame. Morrison has made it clear that she hasn’t encouraged him in pursuing her. She has dated other people through out this whole time and refused him. He should finally take a hint and try to get over her. This whole situation with both of them is just soo complicated, I want it fixed! I just love them both so much!

D. Tamlin. Ugh, Tamlin. He is such a sore loser. I swear, the whole time he was there I just wanted to slap him.

Conclusion:

I LOOOOOVE this entire trilogy! And I’m definitely looking forward to the next ACOTAR books that will come out. I heard we might be getting three more in this universe so YES!

For the past AWESOME parts:

Final Rating:

“We’re all a broken, in our own ways – In places no one might see.”

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August 2017 | Monthly Wrap Up

Welcome September! And Goodbye August! Hello red leaves, the cool breeze and flying scarfs. Hello Fall!

Reading in this past month of August has been very lucrative for me. I managed to finish a whooping number of books. Well, at least what qualifies as “whooping” for me which is eight books this August! Without even planning to. Since I’m currently on vacation and my siblings are busy living in their own world, I’ve had a lot of free time in my hands. Continue reading August 2017 | Monthly Wrap Up

Unedited Clace Cave Scene, Shh!

Yes, thats rightt! Do you remember that ehm, Dirty Scene from City of Heavenly Fire. Well, Cassandra Clare has shared the scene with us, her loyal subjects. I for one, has been left drooling over this steeeeamy scene. So obviously I has to share with you all! Sooooooooo…..

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Caraval | Stephanie Garber

 

Caraval Blog Tour Excerpt Invite

– Admit One-

-To be used once, to gain entrance into Caraval-

-Main gates close at midnight- 

-Anyone who arrives later than this will not be able to participate, or win this- year’s prize of one wish. 

I, like a lot of people, used my magical admission ticket and entered this shimmering world of Caraval. Admittedly, it wasn’t one I had planned to go to, but I don’t regret it nonetheless.

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for a good while now. Finally, after weeks of speculating whether it’s worth my time or not, I went for it.  Unsurprisingly, it was very captivating. To get you up to speed, heres the synopsis:

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.”

As you can probably tell, what was waiting for me was truly magical. I thoroughly enjoyed delving into this carnival. A spellbinding world that’s a wonderful break from the serious tones of my usual reads.

SPOILERS AHEAD

“Once inside, you will be presented with a mystery that must be solved. Clues will be hidden throughout the game to help you on your way. We want you to get swept away, but be careful of being swept too far away.”

Heeding this warning was apparently too much for me for I seem to have been swept too far away. They did not fail to mention this all throughout the book. But, as the days went by in the magical world of Caraval, what was real and what wasn’t overlapped. Just like the heroin, Scarlette, I completely fell for every single trick they made. So it comes to no surprise how very angry I am right now at how things ended. Angry In A Good way! ^^

MAJOR SPOILERS

Rant Mode: On

I feel…

So much anger. Soooo much anger.

Everything was a lie. And I mean alll of it. There wasn’t a shred of honesty in any of the passages written in this book. The reason I’m so angry isn’t because I was tricked. We were all warned from the beginning, so getting blinded between the pages of Caraval, and not being able to differentiate between reality and fiction is entirely on me. In fact, I salute the author, Stephanie Garber for being able to pull something like this off. I admire her for it, it just proves how well written Caraval is. ❤

However, What upset me the most, is how Scarlett dealt with the aftermath of it all. She shrugged it off like it was nothing. She forgave everyone for the hell they put her through like they didn’t torture her this whole time. The ending was very difficult for me to read. Perhaps it’s because I find it hard to trust people in general. So when one person betrays me, it’s game over.  Scarlett had the entirety of Caraval betraying her, they all watched as she made a fool of herself, and probably laughed at her while she frantically searched for her sister, one she believed was in very  real danger. Scarlett cried, was drugged, got yelled at, got tricked, lost sleep, lost her sanity, got abused by her father, almost got raped by her Fiancé and had to witness two people she loved very much die and experience very real pain and loss because of all this. Yet suddenly with a few words she was fine with all this. That right there seems to me like a very unrealistic ending. No one would be okay after going through all this just to find out it was all a well rounded play, a fake. Scarlett was tricked by her so called sister. She went through a lot of pain while everyone watched and laughed from the sidelines. Granted, I do understand why Tessa did what she did, but there were a million other ways to do it. This should not have been one of them.

MOVING ON

Rant Mode: Off

Apart from my obvious anger, I loved this book. The whole journey was well thought off, exciting and very adventurous. If i were to ever receive a Caraval ticket, you will most definitely find me there. I recommend this book to anyone who would be willing to overlook the whole Tessa thing. Besides, you know the book is great if it makes you feel all these feeeels. I’m soo caught up in this world, that if there ever was a second book, I’ll be the first to buy it! I know, I know..this post is bipolar.

Final Rating:

 ★★

For all you thrill seekers and magic dwellers!

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Mikah Hudson | Guard Me Sherlock

Heres the breakdown:

  • Franchise/App: Shall we date?
  • Story: Guard Me Sherlock
  • Route: Mikah Hudson

Guard Me Sherlock is a dating sim app that revolves around the world of Sherlock Holmes and his acquaintances. Characters from the original story that were added include Dr. John Watson (partner), Mycroft (Sherlock’s brother), Moriarty (Sherlock’s sworn enemy) and the great detective himself, Sherlock Holmes. This review revolves around the story of Mikah Hudson; a male version of Mrs. Hudson, who in the original Sherlock Holmes books is the landlady of 221B Baker street. In the stories of the previous characters mentioned,   Continue reading Mikah Hudson | Guard Me Sherlock

Cinder | Marissa Meyer

Breakdown:

  • Book: Cinder
  • Series: The lunar Chronicles
  • Author: Marissa Meyer

Cinder is the subject of my post. It is the first volume of the Lunar Chronicles. The main character is Linh Cinder, who was inspired by the story Cinderella. The plot takes place in New Beijing, the Eastern Commonwealth. A new post-war world where the humans live in fear of the alien folk, Lunars. The humans are plagued by an incurable disease. Cinder is being mistreated by most people due to her condition. The Emperor Rikan falls ill to the plague and now his son, Prince Kai must take his place.

This post is being written and updated as I read and further explore the book. My opinion may or may not change as I go along. Let’s see if this story was convincing enough.

Chapter 1-15

I don’t understand the hype over this book. No offense to it’s diehard fans or the author. I appreciate your enthusiasm and encourage you’re love for it. Nevertheless, this post or ‘review’ expresses my personal opinion of the book which may or may not resonate well with some of you. Let’s get started.

I didn’t like it. Wait. Just to be clear, I spent the better part of two years looking for this book. For some reason my local bookstores didn’t have it and ordering online was not an option. So after finally getting my hands on a copy of my personal white whale, I was over the moon! Naturally, I couldn’t wait to start devouring it page by page. However, I was sorely disappointed. It’s a very hard read. For me, it was a painful beginning that took me ages to get through. I couldn’t get past the first 10 chapters, it took me a month. Sadly, I’m not even exaggerating. I feel like she used the name ‘Cinder’ to attract audiences who are fans of Disney’s Cinderella even though the story largely does not relate to her at all. Apart from the obvious step-mother situation, existence of a prince and the protagonists sad life there’s nothing much.

SPOILERS AHEAD

The ‘fresh twist’ that everyone talks about is the fact that Cinder is a half cyborg and she is more mechanically inclined. In other words, the girl ain’t dumb. Which I salute. But the progression of the story is very slow and is ‘too much’. It feels like every page is a mouthful. The world she created is very complex and very sci-fy.

So prejudice aside, If I have to review this book then I feel I must give it justice and remove a few elements that are misleading.

  • The Cinderella part

Really that’s it. The promotion itself just ruined the book, so now looking at it as if it wasn’t meant to be a retake on the Disney story, with fresh eyes I will review the book. Again.

Chapter 16 -30

It’s ok. To be honest the plot is very predictable, we all know that she’s the lost princess and she is the cure. So there’s no room for surprise. This is honestly the hardest book I’ve ever had to force myself to read. Usually I gobble them up and by midday I’m done with it. But no, not for this one. Is there something I’m missing?

Her stepmother, Linh Adri is ruthless to the point of making me want to call the cops on her and remove precious Cinder and Iko (her robot friend) away from her. Adri forces Cinder to cook, clean and work everyday in the shop fixing robots and ports. From the money that Cinder earns, Adri uses it to buy unnecessary gowns for her daughters Peony and Pearl. As the story progresses, Cinder meets Prince Kai on several occasions and falls for his charms. Honestly, can I even blame her?  Oh and just to put it out there, Queen Levana, The Lunar Queen, sucks. She is an absolute bitch.

Chapter 31-38

…Or so I thought. To be honest, I stand by everything I said so far but the ending made it for me. I was expecting that after Prince or ehm excuse me, Emperor Kai finds out that she is a half cyborg and lunar and the lost Princess Selene everything will work out. She saves the day, they get married, bla bla bla and cue the Happily Ever aAfter. But no.. there’s another book? She doesn’t wrap anything up in this one? Emperor Kai doesn’t know??! No one is saved? Why? I want saved.

Bonus:

Linh Cinder & Emperor Kai Fanart by Lostie 815

Final Rating:

 ★★☆☆☆

Don’t Judge a book by it’s cover, it might be worse..

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Chronus Carlyle | Lost Alice

Hello Owlettes,

Heres the breakdown:

  • Franchise/App: Shall we date?
  • Story: Lost Alice
  • Route: Chronus Carlyle

For those of you who don’t know, Shall We Date?  is a dating sim game by NTT Solmare where you play through reading different worlds and making decisions as the main protagonist which influences your ending. For this post I will be reviewing the storyline of Chronus Carlyle from the world of Lost Alice. Continue reading Chronus Carlyle | Lost Alice