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

 

Mug Monday & Bookmark Talk

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Krasilnikoff; Brightest Star Mug, Pink

Topic Of The Day

Bookmarks

 

Hi and welcome to Mug Monday!

With all life´s chaos dealt with I thought it might be a great idea to sit back, kick my shoes off and just enjoy the fact that I´m existing. To take a week to do absolutely nothing besides stare holes into the air and appreciate the little things in life- Something I really enjoy doing.

The weather has been improving ( that´s a lie. Our weather is a little confused lately. 15°C with rain yesterday and 26 °C and sunny today) and since I´m a person who likes to sit outside and just enjoy my natural growing garden ( the lawn mower is still broken ) I actually took my new lifestyle book out and began reading under the burning sun.

 

While I was enjoying reading about the Danish way to live it suddenly dawned on me that I bought new bookmarks!

Yes. Bookmarks. The things I don´t usually buy because I´m one of those creative people who uses toilet paper and other wonderful objects to mark a place in a book.

Here´s my special list of  12 Things You Can Use As Bookmarks. 

But that´s over. Done with. I´m trying to be more organized now.

And since I can´t find the 1 million bookmarks I already have I started buying new ones. Fancy ones. Practical ones.

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Fine…. They don´t look fancy per se, but they´re fancy compared to 3 layered toiletpaper.

What I love most about my new purchase is: the bookmarks have a rubber band that goes around a book, as well! That band keeps the book closed and prevents the bookmark from falling out ( which has also happened to me a few times )!

An absolute win situation for me.

Here´s to new bookmarks and trying to use them!

 

Much Love,

Morgana xx

 

 

 

 

 

Stop Interrupting The Reader

Being interrupted while reading – There´s nothing more aggravating.

I actually hate when someone interrupts me in my moment of peace, solitude, escape.

Not only do I read because I like to read, I also read because reading takes me away from the one thing I want to get away from: Stress or life in general.

The feeling of diving into a new world and being able to envision a life I wish existed is something magical. When I´m into a story I´m truly invested. When someone comes and does the unthinkable…. I, then, also want to do the unthinkable.

But I don´t. All I do is throw nasty glares or annoyed faces or raise an eyebrow. Nothing helps, though. Some people can´t take a hint. Or, they don´t want to.

throughout the years I´ve come up with different strategies on how to avoid being ripped away from my reading session. I´ve done the ” Not now.” and I´ve even held up my index finger to silence the person interrupting. I´ve even gone into hiding… but they always find me.

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This is why I´ve now been forced to create a list of people who annoy the BLEEP out of me. My new list is called People Who Need To Go Away.

And high on my People Who Need To Go Away list is my beloved Mother In – law.

I love to read outside, on the patio. It´s a place where I´m surrounded by bushes, plants and food I haven´t managed to kill with my non-existent green thumb. My little piece of heaven, if you will. The only problem with my heaven is… I can´t hide. You see, we live next door to my husbands parents. We have separate properties. Our gardens are separated by a flimsy wooden fence. And I swear on all that´s pink and fluffy… every time I´m outside reading a book my mother in – law feels the need to come over. But she doesn´t just come over. She actually sits, then sighs and asks for something to drink and wants to talk knowing perfectly well that I was reading. I mean –  I wouldn´t dream of interrupting someone if their nose was stuffed between pages.

I get it. She´s bored. Being retired can´t be all that flashy but for the love of God…. She´s an avid reader too. WHY do that to me? Why think it´s a good idea to bug me while I´m reading an important scene?

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I assure you all that I do not have a “I need attention” sign flashing over my head, nor do I have a sign hanging around my neck that states the same.

 

” I know you´re reading but I have to tell you something.”

 

Another candidate on my People Who Need To Go Away list is my husband. The man I vowed to love and cherish for the rest of our lives together.

If he keeps interrupting me then I see a dark future ahead of us.

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I love him. I truly do. But he has this thing about him that annoys the fickle out of me.
Some time during the day I´ll get a text or a call from him asking if we have plans for the evening. When we don´t have any plans I usually tell him that I had planned on catching up on some reading, to which he answers with “Cool. I´ll catch up on Call Of Duty.”
Fair enough, right? When the kids are in bed I´ll be busy reading and he´ll be busy gaming. But that´s not how it works.

I´ll prep my reading bed on the sofa and get comfy and he´ll…. while his game uploads he´ll turn to me and start talking, even though I´ve already started to read.

“You won´t guess what happened today.” He´ll say.

I haven´t mastered multi – tasking yet so I can´t really listen to him and read at the same time. So I stop reading and listen. Hours later ( including multiple interruptions ) he´ll ask, “Am I interrupting you?”

No. I love it when I can´t finished a 10 page chapter in 2 hours. All´s perfect. Keep the questions rolling. It´s not like the book I´m TRYING to read means anything to me.

 

Next is my own mother. Bless her. I really love to her bits ( Mom, if you´re reading this please don´t call me at 7 a.m and ask what has gotten into me ) but my mom doesn´t care about interrupting me while I´m reading. As an avid reader herself, and a full-blown Goddess at multi – tasking. She´ll see a book in my hand and the look on my face and she´ll even listen to me whine. “Mom, hurry up, this book is good.”

She´ll give me the stinker look and say,

“At your age I…..”

I will leave that uncommented.

 

 

Then there´s the phone issue.

I´m not a fan of phones. Not when they decide to function while I´m reading. That damn thing is on fire when I pick up a book. It hasn´t necessarily helped that I´ve gotten rid of all  bookish social media apps and email notifications. No. I´ve come to learn that Whatsapp is my biggest enemy. The second I pick up a book I get a Whatsapp text. I give up after the tenth beep and fifth phone call.

Why not turn my phone off? I would if people wouldn´t start calling the landline because I don´t react to their messages or calls on my smart phone. Either way – I´m doomed.

A few honorable mentions go out to:

  • The mailman
  • The Lady who sells home-grown potatoes once a week
  • Jehovah´s Witnesses

These people can´t smell that they´ve interrupted my reading session so I can´t really complain about them. They just get me at a bad time while others tend to interrupt me on purpose.

 

There are 3 people who I CANNOT add to my special list.

Both my girls and my bestie, Mirjam.

My girls are like me- They love reading and spend a good amount of time hidden somewhere in the house and start groaning when someone ( mainly their dad ) interrupts them.

Mirjam is anal when it comes to reading so there´s a silent understanding on her part.

The rest? Everyone else is just vicious and cruel and they all have no problems what – so – ever interrupting me while I´m reading.

I´m not always blessed with endless hours to read. Sometimes life gets in my way and I have no other choice than to put any kind of reading on hold. But when I do have time?

Ha! When I have time.

The only time I have completely to myself, without ANY interruptions is at the ass crack of dawn when everyone around me is peacefully snoring and dreaming of ways to interrupt me while I´m reading.

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It´s not that I´m ungrateful. I do love having friends over and I enjoy spending time with my mother and I still love my husband… It´s just that they all have this sense that it´s okay to interrupt the reading lady when she´s not paying attention to the outside world.

I assure you, it´s not okay. It´s actually rude. I don´t squat down on the grass next to my mother in – law who´s reading outside next to her mosquito infested pond. I don´t even interrupt my husband when he´s checking his fb updates. Why? Because I know how annoying it is when you´re busy and someone wants to ask you a really insignificant question.

It feels like the world around me doesn´t read and therefore cannot understand what it means to be interrupted.

 

My only wish is for some peace while reading.

 

Do you get interrupted while reading? What do you do when people can´t take a hint?

 

Hope you all have a lovely day.

Much love,

Morgana, the desperate book blogger ❤

 

 

Reading List – May 2018

Good – bye, April. Hello, May.

 

Yeah, I know, I know. I´m late with my reading list…again. But I have a great excuse. One that will have you shrugging your shoulders as if to say ” So?”.

I was extremely busy. Busy as in I – had – to – be – social – for – once.

It was tough but I survived. My brother is married and now I need some quality time away from people.

 

It´s still early in the month, though. So, technically…. I´m not THAT late with wanting to present my reading list for May.

Ready to see my wicked list of books that I randomly picked to read and review?

 

A Court Of Frost And Starlight ( A Court Of Thorns And Roses #3.1 ) – Sarah J. Maas

A Court Of rost And StarlightGenre: Fantasy / NA

Pages: 229

Publication Date: May 2018

While I wasn´t happy with books 1 – 3 from the ACOTAR I´m still willing to give this “what happened after ” read a try. Why? Well, I don´t like unfinished business. The author created so many characters in books 1 – 3 that there´s a small chance we´ll get to see some of these characters get their own spotlight. Fingers crossed!

A Court Of Thorns And Roses , A Court Of Mist And Fury,  A Court Of Wings And Ruin

 

The Little Book Of Hygge: The Danish Way To Live Well – Meik Wiking

hygge Genre: Non – fiction

Pages: 240

Publication Date: September 2016

I saw this book on one of my book shopping sprees and had to have it. I haven´t read it yet but from the looks of it the book looks and feels like an oversized magazine about Denmark rather than being a self-help book ( it was also classified as Self Help ).  I´m loving the cover and loved what I saw while I scanned through the pages before I bought this little gem. I can´t wait to see what the Danish have that can improve my already weird and wacky lifestyle. I´m hoping for learning more about the country and what the people do that makes them so awesome.

 

Little Black Book – Otegha Uwagba

little black book

 

Genre: Non – Fiction

Pages: 113

Publication Date: June 2017

 

I´m a working woman. I want to see what the toolkit has to offer. Maybe I´m doing something wrong that I´m not aware of? Who knows. All I know is that I like the package of this book. Not so much the fact that it´s also in the feminism category. I´m a little suspicious about that because if there is anything I dislike more,  it´s a book written by a 2.0 feminist who wants to shove her extreme beliefs down my throat. Let´s hope that this is just a simple “how to juggle work and life” booklet.

 

Ash Princess  ( Ash Princess Trilogy #1 ) – Laura Sebastian

Ash Princess

Genre: Fantasy / YA

Pages: 432

Publication Date: April 2018

I can´t have a reading list without including at least one fantasy read, right? I don´t know why… but I´m actually looking forward to read `Ash Princess`. Sounds like something I´m in desperate need of.

 

And of course, I´ll be working off my TBR list while reading these awesome picks.

Let the fun begin!

 

Much love,

Morgana xx

It´s Time To Tackle The TBR List

A book lover has 3 enemies.

  1. Time
  2. Money
  3.  The blasted TBR List

While some of you might see only 2 out of the 3 as a true problem.. I consider all 3 points a pain in my spring chicken bum.

Time is always working against me. There´s never enough money at the right moment for the newest release / newly discovered book. And that good for nothing, ever-growing TBR list keeps getting longer by the day / week / month.

 

The Struggle is real.

It´s like a vicious cycle that never ends.

If I do, by some miracle, have money for books, then I usually don´t have time to read.

The end result: I buy the books I want and they land on the TBR pile. And since I avoid ebooks I literally have a pile of unread paperbacks, neatly stacked somewhere safe, with the false promise that I´ll one day read those books. ( I have more unread ebooks but since I´m avoiding my Kindle… those may never meet my eyes )

book stack pile

It´s the same crap every month.

But it´s time to break the never-ending cycle. It´s time to be the breaker of TBR lists.

I am so done. Fed up. Tired of looking at all the pretty paperbacks and thinking I´ll get to those one day.

The brutal truth is- I bought all those books for a reason. TO READ THEM. At some point in my life, they all sounded awesome. Why I haven´t read them?

Because something always got in my way. New releases, social life, the latest fb gossip, a hot bubble bath session, dinner… There was always something that kept me from diving into the books on my dusty TBR list.

Not anymore.

My grande idea: To tackle the TBR list.

Now, hold on a minute.

I know there´s no way I will EVER be able to get rid of the mile long TBR list. I´m doomed for life. All book lovers are. Even the occasional readers who have miniature TBR lists are doomed. There´s no escaping. We´ll all die with a TBR list one day. ( What an awful thought. Bah. )

But wouldn´t it be fab if our lists weren´t a mile long?

Think of all the money we could save if we touched the books we already possess instead of buying new ones or accepting new advanced reader copies!

 

So, the idea of tackling the TBR list is there. Now on to the next step.

 

How Does One Tackle The TBR List?

I can´t speak for others but my idea looks like this:

  • Avoid social media
  • Avoid bookstores
  • Avoid Amazon

And while avoiding the internet altogether I´ll do the unthinkable.

  • Pick a book from my TBR pile and start reading.
  • Pick another book after I´ve finished the last.
  • Pick another one until the TBR list looks somewhat presentable.

Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, it is simple in theory but it won´t be an easy task. I can already smell the sweet scent of failure in my near future. That doesn´t mean I can´t try, right? RIGHT?

 

So, let´s raise our drinks ( Mugs, cups, flutes, bottles ) and make a toast!

HERE`S TO TRIMMING THE EVIL TBR LIST!

How long is your TBR list and have you ever attempted to downsize it? If you have then tell me your secrets! I´m dying to know how you did the unthinkable.

If this post has inspired you to tackle your own TBR list then feel free to join in on the fun! Shared pain is half the pain! Let´s create a miracle together. If not then I´ll be sure to give you updates on how I´m suffering from not buying the awesome new releases. But be warned- I´ll be moaning and nagging a lot while reducing the TBR list.

I hope everyone has a great day!

 

Many hugs,

Morgana ❤ ❤