Throne of Glass Review

So, another Sarah J. Maas. I can’t say I enjoyed this book as much as A Court of Thorns and Roses.

It was good, but read a bit like books people update online – some of the chapters felt like fillers.

Celaena was annoying at times, but I loved how girly she was, as well as kick ass.

I didn’t really connect with the romance, but this has time to develop in the rest of the series.

I can’t say I enjoyed the ending much either – but I’m not really a big fan of demons etc.

I loved the begining though, so I’m hoping outside of the competition to be Champion, book 2 will be better.

Overall, definitely worth the read, but nothing stunning.

I will continue reading the series as I’m doing a readalong with my discord group.

Rebecca.

Moxie Review

Jennifer Mathieu is a genius. An actual genius.

So Moxie is started by a girl who is fed up of how sexist her school is. Everything from the uniform checks to the guys who get away with everything is just so damn accurate.

Even if you were pretty invisible at school you’ve probably had your bra strap pinged or had someone make inappropriate comments. Every woman knows someone who’s been harassed.

This book really highlights how the little things are actually a big deal and should be sanctioned even if your school just passes it off as boys being boys.

Even the way girls get in trouble for skirts above the knee, for wearing too much make up. Heck I know girls who weren’t even wearing any make up get handed wet wipes.

I wish every school had to read this book in citizenship or whatever because everyone can learn something from it.

On to the story – the main character, Vivian, is excellent. She’s a quiet, shy girl who decides she’s had enough of it all.

I loved how the girls all rallied together. The ending was perfect. The friendship was excellent.

I loved Vivian’s relationship with her Mum. It was endearing and her Mum was just the right balance of cool without being undrealistic.

I loved the romance and how it showed that guys aren’t all bad and can learn when they get things wrong.

I loved how to showed girls are often discouraged from leadership roles in school and encouraged to do more supportive things.

Basically, it was the best contemporary I’ve read in a while and didn’t even mind that it was predictable.

I’m just happy girls growing up have books like this to read!

Do you have any favourite contemporary YA books? Let me know in the comments!

Rebecca.

A Court of Wings and Ruin Review

So I finished off the trilogy!!! And it was super good – such a rollercoaster. The first half built slow, but the second half was just a whirlwind of feelings and I cried multiple times.

The book tied up so many endings. The Suriel, The Bone Carver, The Weaver…

I enjoyed the ending, and Elain and Nesta had perfect endings. I loved their touching moments with Feyre. And their father.

There were huge amounts of woman power, love and friendship. I’m glad that all the courts came together – something I really hoped would happen. It was good to see so much more of the world explored. The banter between the High Lords was excellent.

The setting reminds me of the woods where I live

I’m excited to read A Court of Frost and Starlight – a novella – but perhaps after a little break.

Rebecca

A Court Of Mist and Fury – Review

What can I say? This book was really long, and suffered a bit from classic middle of the trilogy not much action but lots of character development. Which I actually quite liked.

There was one particular character where I didn’t like what Sarah J. Maas did with him. Won’t spoil it but I’d rather he remained the same as the first book and didn’t just get made into a jerk with no development.

I enjoyed Feyre’s development. She’s a very strong character but still shows the feeling and empathy that I loved in the first book.

I loved the romance. So much romance. Looking forward to how that continues in book three. It’s better now it isn’t as love triangle like.

Again, I adored the scene setting – it’s a really beautiful fantasy world and I’m glad Sarah built on it from book one.

My sister took some photos at Arundel and it reminded me of Spring Court.

I’m not sure how I feel about the alternating points of view at the end so I’ll have to see how I find it in book three if it continues.

Rebecca

A Court of Thorns and Roses Review

So I’ve been putting off reading another fantasy series for a while – mostly because I like re-reading the same ones. But there’s been so much hype around Sarah J. Maas that I had to try ACOTAR or Throne of Glass. I went for ACOTAR first.

It’s one of those books that plays with all your senses. The description is simple but rich, making it easy to fly through the reading. Feyre is slightly less hardened than your usual fantasy heroine – her emotions are ever-present and she’s one of the most empathetic protagonists I’ve read for a while, which is definitely not a bad thing.

The romance was slightly disappointing, following a pattern that’s overdone in YA fantasy. But there are more books for that to change – I hope it surprises me.

I enjoyed the complexity of the characters – some of them are very grey. I loved the Court system and hope it is explored more in the rest of the series. I’d also like to see Feyre with her family again as I feel her sisters still have room to be developed.

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Now I’ve got a Kindle (thanks Dan), I’m hoping I can read more fantasy – though I’ll always adore Kristen Cashore, Trudi Canavan and Maria V Snyder.

Hoping the rest of the series doesn’t disappoint!

Rebecca

The Snow Child Review

Hi everyone!

I’ve had The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey downloaded for a while – and I kinda wish I’d read it over Winter because it has a really nice snowy theme to it. I’ve recently watched Wild Alaska and that helped me picture the setting so well.

It was an emotional story, related to a fairy-tale. Faina was a super character and I was left wondering if she was real or not for the beginning of the book. I loved how Mabel and Jack looked after her but let her be, and how they sort of became parents to Garrett too.

It built slowly, with the second half being a much faster read. It breaks your heart in many places, but also makes you smile and appreciate those you love. The relationships build beautifully. The imagery is perfect – you can really picture the wild, remote setting and feel how cold it is.

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The ending is bittersweet, both sad and happy. I enjoyed part 3 of the book the most. It was predictable / there is lots of foreshadowing, but this is the way it’s meant to be, and the sadness still hits you hard.

Definitely going to give it a re-read one winter.

Rebecca

 

Together Review

Hi there!

On my recent trip to Dartmoor I read Together by Julie Cohen.

It had one of the most unexpected twists I’ve read for a while.

The story went backwards, from a couple in their 80s to when they were 20. I’m glad it went backwards though because if the twist happened at the beginning I wouldn’t have been able to carry on.

I found myself disliking the characters more as they got younger, which I think was the point.

I liked the little hints in the future that got explained in previous decades.

I loved the romance, which is why I hated the twist.

I loved how Emily was the one with the successful career – and how Robbie didn’t care and loved her for it.

I’ve written spoilers below the picture .

Rebecca.

Spoilers:

I can’t write this review without spoilers. How were Robbie and Emily half siblings? How? How did they keep that a secret? I hated how Emily got swept away by this romance when she was 20 but loved how the romance was when they were older. I love how Robbie became a decent human being – but the reverse character development made the book get more difficult to enjoy.