Book Review: A Court Of Frost And Starlight – Sarah J. Maas

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Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

 

My Thoughts 2

 

I wasn´t a huge fan of the first 3 books. What was there to be a fan of? Stealing major parts from other successful stories and adding them to an already good story isn´t going to win any plus points from me. ( review- ACOTAR, ACOMAFACOWAR )

So, why did I read `A Court Of Frost And Starlight`( A Court Of Thorns And Roses # 3.1) by Sarah J. MaasA Court Of rost And Starlight?

Because I have hope. That´s all.

I don´t know why but I feel like the autor is just holding back. I could be wrong, though. Let´s hope I´m not wrong. Let´s keep our fingers crossed that the author will write a book that doesn´t have Rhys and Feyre ( MCs from books 1 – 3 ) in it.

I´m not going to beat around the bush with this one.

A Court of Frost and Starlight wasn´t fully a waste of time but it wasn´t a mandatory read, either. It was a book for devoted fans of the series.
When a blogger buddy ( it was Sabrina  @5171 Miles Book Blog )sent me a Whatsapp with the cover I felt my blood pressure rise. ANOTHER ONE? Good Lord above. Aren´t Rhys and Feyre ever going to call it a day? I thought the whole story was done after book #3 – It sure felt like everything was over.

Apparently not. So, as the good blogger I am…. I didn´t bother buying the paperback and went straight for the kindle version and began reading.

The truth? The ugly truth?
This book is about exchanging presents. Nothing more. It´s less about how the characters dealt with their lives after the great war ( although that was mentioned… if only a little ) and more about what each character was going to gift the other in great detail.

A shame, really, because the author had SO many options she could have chosen from for this book to make this an exciting read.

If it weren´t for the Nesta and Cassian scenes I would have eaten my carpet out of pure frustration.
Nesta and Cassian have a really gripping story going on and their spotlight is far over-due.  Unfortunately, Nesta and Cassian´s story is an over shadowed side story at the moment.

The author created SO MANY characters… she could have easily given a few more some major spotlight. But she didn´t. And now I´m not satisfied at all.

 

Would I recommend this book? No. Because 1) it cannot be read as a standalone. One has to read the other 3 bricks to understand this read. 2) It´s basically for the hardcore ACOTAR ninjas. If you are not a fully devoted ACOTAR fan nor a fan of having to start at book 1 to understand book 3.1 then I simply cannot recommend this read.

Would I re – read this book? No.

 

The Cover – 4 stars ( My favorite cover from the whole series so far. )

The Story – 2 stars  ( Not really what I would call a story when you get to read about Faeries going shopping for gifts. Nesta and Cassian saved the day )

The Characters – 2 stars ( My feelings haven´t changed for the characters so far.  All I´m now asking for is to be able to read more about Nesta and Cassian because those are the only 2 characters with substance. I wouldn´t mind seeing a bit more from Tamlin, if I´m honest. His character has so much potential.)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Feeling disappointed.

2 stars

Purchase Link

Amazon.comA Court Of rost And Starlight

 

Book Review: Cry, Heart, But Never Break – Glenn Ringtved

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Aware their grandmother is gravely ill, four siblings make a pact to keep death from taking her away. But Death does arrive all the same, as it must. He comes gently, naturally. And he comes with enough time to share a story with the children that helps them to realize the value of loss to life and the importance of being able to say goodbye.

 

My Thoughts 2

`Cry, Heart, But Never Break` by Glenn Ringtved is truly a treasure to have.

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Unfortunately, I wasn´t the one who purchased this book. I didn´t even know this book existed until my husband brought it home the other day.

The reason for that was: My husband´s work colleague´s brother in-law passed at a young age and he wanted to explain the meaning of death to his own children. To help them understand why their uncle wasn´t with them anymore, but help them understand in a child-like way.

My husband´s colleague googled for books and found this award-winning children´s book.

The only problem was: The book hasn´t been translated in german and his children don´t understand english, yet. He asked if I could translate this book for him so he could help his children understand what had happened.

I didn´t hesitate. Translating 32 pages is a piece of cake, especially when there´s only 2 sentences per page.

First off, I would like to say that this book is, indeed, perfect for children who are confronted with the loss of a beloved family member. I´d even go so far and say that adults should take a look inside this book, too.

The cover image and illustration art might not be overly inviting for children but it fits it´s purpose.

This isn´t a book about how to sugar coat death and make children believe in something we have no proof of knowing…

There is no mention of God or Heaven. No one sits on a cloud and looks down at the people still living. That option is left for a reader to include ( should they feel the need to add that kind of spirituality at the end of the story ).

This book get´s to the point with little words. It breaks your heart and gives you a sense of warmth in a time of sadness.

Wonderful.

“What would life be worth if there were no death? Who would enjoy the sun if it never rained? Who would yearn for day if there were no night?”  – Death

Sometimes adults fail to find the right words to help children understand. But there are books like this one that´ll help in the best way possible.

 

Would I recommend this book? Absolutely. For all ages. It´s important for children to deal with certain situations because there are things that can´t be prevented, such as death. I´m not one to shove the issue in a child´s face but when someone beloved passes then I´ll definitely reach out for this book and tackle the topic.

 

Would I re – read this book? Yes and no. Although beautiful, it still is sad.

 

The Cover – 3 stars ( I think the illustration is a tad gloomy but it fits the topic.)

The Story – 5 stars ( It helps small minds and makes larger minds sit back and think. A fantastic read. Perfect.)

The Characters –  ( I don´t think it´s necessary to rate Death and the children who spent time with him. This is not something where character development plays a role.)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Teary. I had a hard time swallowing down the lump in my throat. But I also felt completely satisfied and less shattered than I thought I would be.

5 stars

Purchase Link

Amazon.com

 

 

Book Review: Cake – Carmen Jenner

Synopsis

A hilarious new rom-com from USA Today best-selling author Carmen Jenner. 

Poppy Porter’s ex is getting married … to her ex-best friend. To land her dream job of partner in the most prestigious firm on the Upper East Side, Poppy must now pull double shifts as their wedding planner and maid of honor. And the icing on a truly craptastic cake? Leo Nass. Handsome, infuriating, womanizer, and … the best man. Despite their longstanding loathing, Poppy doesn’t see Leo coming. Literally.

One ruined cake.
One archnemesis.
One hour to save the wedding.

Can they put their hatred aside long enough to save Poppy’s job and Bridezilla’s head from exploding?

Piece of cake, right?

My Thoughts

Fun fact- I don´t like watching rom – coms. I don´t like reading rom – coms, either.

The reason for that is:  I find them far too cheesy and full of clichés. And most of them take place in Manhattan…because that´s the place for rom – coms.

You´d have a better chance catching me reading a Sci-Fi than a rom-com. If I want to be dragged out of my comfort – zone then I will most definitely not start reading romantic comedy´s.

Believe it or not… There´s a huge difference when it comes to romances. There are so many sub categories to the genre.

It´s the „I can´t live without you“ and „You had me at hello.“ that has me constantly doing the face of all faces.

I cannot, by all that´s pink and fluffy, remember what drove me to buy `Cake` by author Carmen Jenner.Cake

I remember seeing the cover on all social media platforms and reading a handful of reviews. The next thing I remember is scrolling through my TBR list on my Kindle and POOF, there was `Cake´. So, my guess is that I made a mistake.

I was in for a surprise.

Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit Cake!

I actually enjoyed `Cake`. Like…really really enjoyed it.

The story? It was nothing new, or nothing I haven´t heard of a million times before. The story was the exact thing that usually bothers me with rom – coms.

Wedding planner gets a triple slap in the face when her ex wants to marry her best friend and has to co – plan their wedding PLUS be the maid of honor.

Things become interesting when Poppy, the wedding planner, has to deal with the groom´s best man – Leo, who´s also a childhood enemy of Poppy. They bump into each other more often than not.

The story takes place in New York and the Maldives ( of course! ) and cash is being tossed around as if someone had it growing on trees in their backyard.

So, why did I like this book so much?

Besides the humor ( which I fully appreciated ) it was the writing style and the way the characters were portrayed that made this read great. Poppy and Leo definitely helped me enjoy this book more than I was willing to.

Plus, there was cake. A lot of cake involved in this story. Who doesn´t love cake? Cake rules.

I couldn´t help myself. Falling for Leo and Poppy was not what I had planned but it happened anyways. Their overall chemistry was lovable.

What I also enjoyed was how movie – like this read felt. I kid you not… Reading `Cake ` felt like watching a Kate Hudson rom – com. ( I like watching Kate Hudson… not the romantic comedy´s she plays in )

The end was great. I liked how things played out for the MCs and the sub – characters.

Would I recommend this book? Sure. `Cake` is quite funny and entertaining. I don´t necessarily think that this book cured me of my dislike for rom – coms… but it did put a smile on my face more than once. That alone is reason enough to recommend this book. Maybe I´d be more open to rom – coms if they took place in Iceland or…. some other place that´s not in / near / around Manhattan.

Would I re – read this book? Not sure. Maybe. Maybe not. I have a strong feeling that this is a once – is – enough type of book. But who knows… I´m open for surprises.

The Cover – 3 stars ( The cover is nothing I´d go nuts over. And it´s definitely not the worst I´ve seen.)

The Story – 3 stars ( Uuhm… Not really unique but due to the writing style definitely highly entertaining. )

The Characters – 5 stars ( Loved them. )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Really happy.

4 stars

Purchase Links   Cake

Amazon.com 

Amazon.co.uk

Book Review: The Internet Is A Playground – David Thorne

Synopsis

The complete collection of articles and emails from 27bslash6 such as Overdue Account, Party in Apartment 3 and Strata Agreement plus articles too litigious to be on the website.

 

My Thoughts

There are only 4 things in life that have the ability to make me cry from laughing so hard ( 4 things I can think of ).

  • The movie – Men In Tights ( Mel Brooks is just ❤ )

  • My 38-year-old husband trying to impress 12-year-old boys with his non existent skateboarding skills.

  • The Breathalyzer Fail video ( this particular one )

 

  • David Thorne´s emails.

 

 

Now, I´m all for laughing and having a great time. You could actually be my best friend for life if you have a sense of humor ( or if your humor matches mine ). I also love brilliant minds. People who can think quick and give answers that´ll literally knock the wind from your sails. There´s nothing like a good comeback that sits / stings / burns others.

Have you heard of David Thorne?

If you haven´t then I highly recommend you read some of his emails  here or buy his book, `The Internet Is A Playground`.  the internet is a playground

I swear on all that pink and fluffy… this guy is a genius. A genius jerk who has the ability to make me laugh uncontrollably.

`The Internet Is A Playground` is only one of many books that have a collection of his wild and bizzare email exchanges with victims  people.

Whether it´s an email exchange with his neighbor, Justin, or an email exchange with Shannon about her missing cat, Missy…. All emails had me in a laughing fit.

 

It´s obvious that David Thorne ( the true victim ) feels harassed and harasses the people who contact him. It´s extremely painful to read some of the poor soul´s replies as they struggle to keep up with David Thorne´s responses or give decent replies at all. But hey…. everyone get´s what they deserve… Either Karma kicks in or David Thorne shoots back.

I´d rather have David Thorne send me an email than have to deal with Karma.

My favorite email exchange would be from David and Justin, the neighbor with the blinding floodlight.

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Snippet taken from David Thorne´s Site

 

With his bedside lamp off, the shades drawn and the covers over his head… he read a book with sunglasses on! DO YOU SEE WHAT I MEAN? 

And then there´s this. This is what made me fall off my chair from laughing so damn hard.

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Snippet taken from David Thorne´s Site

I can´t even.

I´ve seen some people rant against David Thorne and feeling offended by the things he has published or feel pity for the “victims” when it´s clear that most of them are just idiots asking for it.

Of course, David Thorne crosses a few lines and pokes at the bee’s nest. He´s provocative. But it´s all in the name of humor. It´s about having fun when there´s no reason to have fun. Lightening the mood.

I love it and can only recommend his work.

Would I recommend this book? I would. Over and over and over again.

Would I re- read this book? ( see answer above )

The Cover – ( I don´t really care for rating this cover because it´s not significant.)

The Story – ( What story? The book is filled with email exchanges.)

The Characters – ( Each victim deserves a medal for surviving  David Thorne. And David Thorne deserves a medal for trying…  )

My emotional state after finishing this book – I´m in heaven.

5 stars

 

Purchase Links  

Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk    Amazon.de

Review: Back To The Club ( A Swingers Story) – Ava Sterling

Synopsis

 

Four is better than two.

Bianca and Chris have been married for years with mixed results on keeping their intimacy alive. Their one spike in recent memory was going to a swingers club. They didn’t do much that visit, but it was enough to spark their curiosity, especially Bianca’s.

A year later, Bianca wants to go back, but she has to convince her husband, who prefers quiet nights at home. She pulls it off with the help of some flirting, but what Chris doesn’t realize is that Bianca intends to do far more than last time.

She wants to experience another couple.

(This explicit, 4,500 word story is intended for adult readers only.)

 

My Thoughts

Ava Sterling delivers a hot short story that´ll change the color of your panties within 10 minutes!

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I stumbled upon this read while scrolling through my WordPress reader and found a snippet I could hardly ignore. I had to read more. I demanded more!

Every romance / erotica / mature 18+ reader knows sex in books can go 2 ways.

The sex is either extremely good or extremely off-putting.

`Back To The Club` ( A Swingers Story ) by author Ava Sterling was sensual, sexy and oh so good.
And the sex was good ( emphasis on the word `good `).

 

A really well written short story about a couple wanting to keep things interesting in their marriage.

I loved it.

There´s nothing better than reading a story that has great sex in it. ( well, the type of sex I enjoy reading about ) If the sex in a story can make a reader´s vamoomoo react then I´d say the story / author has done their job well.

A slow burn, nail bite worthy scenario that leaves you begging for more!

I definitely want more.

Would I recommend this short story? Yes. I´m sure many erotica readers would appreciate the sensuality and intensity of the theme. You don´t have to be a fan of the swinger community to enjoy this read.

Would I re – read this short story? I would.

 

The Cover – 4 stars ( It´s a catchy cover with great colors. Perfect for the genre.)

The Story – 5 stars ( Yes. There was a story and I appreciated that this short read gave some background info before diving into the nitty-gritty. And, to be honest, the story is relatable. )

The Characters – 5 stars ( Authentic. Relatable. I saw where they were coming from )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Wouldn´t you like to know…* wink *

5 stars

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