Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She steps into the world of the superrich, working for Leonard Gopnik and his much younger second wife, Agnes. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her new job and New York life.
As she begins to mix in New York high society, Lou meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. Before long, Lou finds herself torn between Fifth Avenue where she works and the treasure-filled vintage clothing store where she actually feels at home. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself: Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?
Funny, romantic, and poignant, Still Me follows Lou as she navigates how to stay true to herself, while pushing to live boldly in her brave new world.
I´ll say this once. I´ll say this twice or as many times as I please- Louisa Clarke is my all time favorite book heroine!
I´ve had the pleasure of accompanying Lou on her journey through 3 books. I can´t really say that I´ve had enough.
I want more!
A reader meets Louisa in `Me Before You` ( book #1) who temporarily takes care of a paralyzed Will Traynor. `Me Before You` ruined me beyond words.
In book #2, `Me After You` we meet Louisa again, only she´s filled with grief and can´t seem to find a way out of her pain after Will´s death. Then she meets someone new. Sam. `Me Before You` was another tear-jerker.
In `Still Me` a reader finally get´s to see the wonderful Lou finally step foot into life and explore the unknown!
It was a joy reading about Louisa finding herself… Because that´s that this book is about.
With who Louisa will start / end her journey is not my story to tell, neither am I going to say what the quirky, good-natured Louisa goes through while on her self finding trip.
It´s emotional. It´s thoughtful. It´s reality smacking someone in the face and guiding them to a happy place.
I loved this `Still Me` just as much as I loved `Me Before You` and `Me After You ` . Even if `Still Me` didn´t make me cry or leave me with a nasty book hangover… I still enjoyed reading the book.
Would I recommend this book? Yes yes YES!
Would I re-read this book?I´m not sure. This isn´t really something I would pick for a re-read. I´d much rather like for the story to continue.
The Cover – 5 stars ( This is a dream book cover for me.)
The Story – 5 stars ( There wasn´t anything exceptionally mind-blow-worthy about this book but it was still a great read.)
The Characters – 5 stars( I seriously think Louisa Clarke is all the magic. You just can´t help but fall in love with her kindness. Without her the story would be half as good. I also think it´s safe to say that Sam doesn´t come close to Will. His relationship with Lou seems unfitting at first but in this book he grew on me. They were a great match. Lou, the sunshine of the year and Sam, the less emotional type.)
My emotional state after finishing this read – Utterly satisfied.
I´m giving `Still Me` ( Me Before You #3) by Jojo Moyes 5 out of 5 stars
It´s no secret that I´m a full blown romance reader. It´s my prefered book genre. Although I pretty much welcome any book genre I tend to lean more towards the lovey-dovey stuff.
Good question. Certainly not because I´m a hopeless romantic myelf. I´m far from it, actually. When confronted with romance in reality I usually don´t see it happen.
When my husband and I first dated he invited me to his place and made a heart shaped pizza for me. To this day ( 17 years later!! ), my husband hasn´t forgiven me for not noticing the heart and the effort he put into that romantic moment. And to this day- I didn´t see a heart shaped pizza. All I saw was food. Who can blame me for overlooking the romantic aspect of that moment!
Being a non – romantic person doesn´t mean I´m entirely immune to romance. I definitely recognize the full on love in books. I can spot a romantic scene in a novel from a mile away. I can smell romance before I open a romance book.
But what is it with romance novels? WHat´s the appeal? Is it really wise to want to suffer through a fictional character´s pain after a devasting breakup?
I have no idea. All I know, as a reader in the heat of the moment, is that it´s exciting. I´d even go so far and say reading about heartache and heartbreak is… fun. It´s all about the feels, am I right? Oh, THE F.E.E.L.S!
Maybe that´s the reason why I´m a not so romantic person. All these romance novels I´m reading exhaust me and drain me of every ounce of emotion. Who knows.
Speaking of romances…. Today´s Monday Mug & Book Feature is for a romance.
`Play On` by Samantha Young is one of those full on romances with the typical emotional rollercoaster ride ( review )
It´s a cute read. It´s deep. It has quite a few ” Da hell..?” moments. It´s a Drama 2.0 read.
With a romance like that I can´t have a cup of hot chocolate without my love mug.
Yupp. You read that correctly. I have a love mug. It´s extra large and pink. What´s not to like love about it? And it matches the cover.
As for the other book genres… Here´s a rundown on what book genres I tend to grab after when the mood strikes me:
Believe it or not- I do love me some other worldly fiction. I like reading about bodies that don´t really exsist, exsisting in worlds as non exsistant as the creatures themselves. If a romance is included then you probably won´t hear me complain.
Same as with paranormal.
Nothing beats a good horror book, especially when it´s graphic detail. These types of stories make me turn on every light in house and sleep with a baseball bat under my pillow. I do love me some horror.
Mystery / Thriller
Yes and no. I usually don´t fancy mysteries or thrillers because I can´t handle the uber-suspense. If there´s a little from both added to a horror or a romance then I´m fine.
Action & Adventure
Anything that keeps my heart rate in the high digits is welcomed ( besides thrillers).
The only genre, besides religion, that doesn´t do anything for me.
As an adult and a mother I see the importance of this genre. It´s all about feeling little minds.
I´m over 30. It goes without saying that goodle is my best friend and my worst enemy when it comes to health issues. Having a book on health won´t help my cause.
Self help? In my opinion- there are too many self help books for all kinds of issues people may suffer from. Too many people giving advice that probably doesn´t work for the mass.
Religion/ Spirituality/ Prayer Books
Without wanting to start a war ( because the world has suffered from enough of those religion-based wars already) I´m going to say 3 simple words: I´m not religious. Religion has made enough people do crazy stuff ( still does). Books on religion don´t tickle me the slightest.
I´m a history buff. A sucker for history. I probably have just as many history books on my shelves as romance novels.
Poetry is tricky for me. One the one hand I love reading poetry. On the other hand I can find certain pieces extremely frustrating.
I have a few on my shelves and would like to have more if they weren´t so expensive ( because history books are expensive too. I have to set my priorities somehow).
I love science. I love science books. Sadly enough, I don´t own that many.
Not really a fan of comics, to be honest, but I will flip through one of my husbands comics once in a while.
Cookbooks hold just as much value as a history book does for me.
There you have it. My likes and dislikes from the book genre world.
Is there a genre you prefer to read or even write? What is your absolute favorite genre?
Let me know in the comments below.
I hope you enjoyed Mug Monday!
Title: Play On
Author: Samantha Young
Publication Date: Sept. 12th 2017
Favorite Quote: “If you’re to be mine I need all of you to be mine, because all of me is yours.”
Dark Romances and the nasty book hangovers attached.
Have you ever suffered from a book hangover? I have. Many others have. A book hangover is when you´ve finished a book and realize you aren´t ready to jump back into the real world. You´re still in the book world. For me- Book hangovers are a tad more dramatic. I´m a daydreamer. When I finish a book ( and I loved the story ) I tend to suffer for a super long time, thinking about the events characters went through, if I would have acted differently, etc. Weird, I know. Thank God I don´t suffer all too often from those pesky feelings.
When I think of book hangovers I think of one author- J.M. Darhower.
I remember, way back in the early blogging days, when rumor had it that J.M. Darhower would release a new novel, `Monster in His Eyes`. Soon the cover reveal made it´s rounds through social media and I… well, I was reluctant to read the book because of the hype readers/bloggers created. I avoid overly hyped books with a passion because I always get disappointed when my expectations are too high.
Needless to say- I ended up buying the paperback a month after the book released.
What I thought would be another sappy romance turned out to be an action packed, nerve wrecking, gut turning, dark ( with a hint of erotic ) romance. A romance about a hitman who´s on a mission but get´s distracted along the way and needs ( seriously NEEDS) to stay focused on his task(s). Let´s just say that Ignazio / Naz is one unique character who you will fall head over heels for, no matter what he does.
For me, reading this book felt like I was a fly on the wall, in a room filled with dangerous Italian mafia, spying.
Jesus! What a mindblow story.
`Monster in His Eyes` sucks you right in and grabs tight, leaving you no other choice but to keep reading. The writing style is a joy. The characters are fabulous. I just have so much love for this book, it´s not even healthy, anymore. ( said the book psycho who´s writing this article)
And the best part? There´s a second book to `Monster in His Eyes`.
`Torture to Her Soul` picks up right where `Monster in His Eyes` left off. Let me tell you…. It´s different but OH SO GOOD. I´m surprised I didn´t have heart problems while reading the second installment because it´s filled with action, love and lots of angsty moments. Let´s say the story is brutally romantic.
Then there´s book #3, `Target on Our Backs`. What can I say that I haven´t already said? It´s just a piece of wonderful mafia art. A nice conclusion to a fab story with great sub-characters worth remembering * wink wink * ( Check out the Scarlet Scars 1&2)
I loved it. You´ll love it. My girl ( and fellow book chica) Kristi from over at KristiesBook Knook loves it.
You should listen to the convo´s Kristi and I have over these books. They´re worth gold.
For me, J.M. Darhower is a Goddess of dark romances.
As for my mug: the poor thing slipped in the J.M. Darhower shadow.
I call my red mug the Mafia Cup. For one- It´s red. Red suits a dark read, especially when there´s violence involved. Plus my mafia mug can hold a decent amount of hot chocolate which allows me to enjoy a few chapters before having to refill.
I can´t recall what possessed me to buy a red mug, though. I´m usually more of a cold color type ( lots of gray, blue, purple, etc.). All I remember is walking through the GreenGate shop and thinking “Why the hell not?”, which isn´t really a good reason to buy something. A knee-jerk purchase I haven´t regretted….yet.
That´s it for this week. I hope you enjoyed Mug Monday!
Until next week!
Title: Monster in His Eyes (#1), Torture to Her Soul ( #2 ), Target on Our Backs ( #3 )
Author: J. M. Darhower
Publication Date: 2014, 2014, 2016
Genre: Dark, Adult, Romance
Favorite Quote (s): ” Maybe Cinderella didn´t live happily ever after. Maybe, come midnight, she wanted to run away. Maybe her prince wouldn´t let her. Mine didn´t.” (Monster in His Eyes)
When you love people, you want what´s best for them, and sometimes what´s best for them isn´t you. ( Torture to Her Soul )
“Judge him by his actions and not by your suspicions” he says. “Because if the only measure of a man´s worth is what he does to make money, alot of good men would be judged unfairly.” ( Target on Our Backs )
Book– Dangerous To Know & Love by Jane Harvey-Berrick
I´m a person who´s mind runs a million miles per hour. I´m not much of a multitasker but I can think of many odd things all at once. I´ve been told it´s an Aquarius trait. Not that I would know. I don´t pay attention to star signs, zodiac readings or whatever else they´re called. I know my mind runs off while I´m doing stuff. A fact I can live with.
Monday and Wednesday´s are my days off. The girls are at my mom´s enjoying their beloved Grandma-time so that leaves me with nothing to do. Literally. With the house clean, laundry done and lunch cooked I have all the time in the world ( 4 hours to myself feel like an endless amount of time) to do the things I enjoy most.
Call me weird but… I like doing nothing. We live in a fast living world where everyone´s running from A to B all the time. There´s hardly any room during our busy lives to properly relax. Unless we make time. That´s what I do. I make a point out of doing nothing sometimes. Why? It´s important for the mind and body.
In my case, I like to read and drink hot chocolate during my relax time. I like to aimlessly walk around the house in my hot pink bathrobe and just appreciate the silence. I´ll sometimes look out the kitchen window and watch my neighbors chat on the street, I´ll watch others pass by my house with their dogs.. I swear, there´s nothing better than having enough time to appreciate the little things in life.
While sipping my hot cocoa I took an extra few minutes to admire the color of the mug. Speaking of mugs- An Ikea purchase ( because I can never walk out of that place without something from the Dining department). Was the color turquoise? Blue? Teal? Then I thought of how great it would be if a book cover had that same color. The search for the matching book cover began.
It took me a full hour of rummaging to find what I was looking for. Voila!
Okay, fine. Black, white and gray dominate the cover but there is a color splash of teal.
One of my all time favorite romances. And it´s an older one, too. Not one of those new romances where the Hero is some rich hot-shot who owns half a city and whisks a middle class 20-year-old off her feet with outrageous sex.
No. This is a simple, relatable romance. It´s emotional. I love it. `Dangerous To Know & Love` is one of those stories where you feel the character´s pain and just want to do everything to jump right in and help out. I remember I felt like a peeping Tom while reading Lisanne and Daniel´s story. They had a slow-moving relationship with relatable up´s and down´s. I didn´t really suffer from any emotional trauma after reading this book but I do remember feeling so utterly satisfied and excited.
There aren´t many books I cherish. I have a handful of books I call my romance Bible. This book definitely belongs to those.
Two hot cocoa´s later I realized I was rereading the book. Something I wasn´t planning on doing because I have more than enough books on my oversized TBR list. Books that are anxiously waiting for some attention.
I guess swooning over Daniel and Lisanne´s lovestory was more important. I have time, right? My TBR list isn´t going anywhere. A quick reread and another hot cocoa can never hurt… Especially not me. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed Mug Monday. Until next week….
Title: Dangerous To Know & Love
Author: Jane Harvey-Berrick
Publication Date: May 17th 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Favorite Quote (s): “I don´t want to be defined by this.”
“I´m so fucking happy you´re here,” he whispered. “It makes it hurt less.”
Nora O’Brien chased a dream from Indiana to Scotland, so sure it was the right thing to do. Three years later she was left in her adopted country with nothing to her name but guilt and regret.
Until Aidan Lennox entered her life.
Older, worldlier, a music producer and composer, the sexy Scot should never have made sense for Nora. But somehow, in each other, they found the light they were looking for, the laughter and the passion—the strength to play on despite their past losses.
But when life dealt Aidan another unlucky hand, instead of reaching for her he disappeared. The agonizing loss of him inspired something within Nora. It fired her spirit— the anger and hurt pushing her forward to take control and reach for her dreams.
Finally pursuing a career on stage while she put herself through college, everything is how Nora wants it. She’s avoiding heartbreak and concentrating on her goals.
Sounds easy but it’s not. Because Aidan is back. And for some reason he hates Nora.
He’s determined to be at war with her. And she has absolutely no idea why.
Samantha Young is my go-to author. When I´m in need of a gut twisting romance I always think of the author first.
`Play On` did not disappoint me. I´m a total confused mess when it comes to keeping track of new releases or even stalking authors. I´m always late when finding out the author published something new. I don´t know how late I was with `Play On` but it didn´t matter. I´m so glad I didn´t miss this one completely.
I won´t bore you with my own synopsis or any spoilers but I will say this:
If you love the author´s work then you´ll definitely like this one as well. If you love a slow grow romance where the characters have their own demons to tackle while finding love then this story is for you!
`Play On` is emotional. Heart breaking and heart mending at the same time.
I know some readers have a problem when characters have big age gaps. If you feel like you belong to that group and can´t stomache a 12 year age difference then I advise you to skip this read. Personally, age gaps don´t bother me. I like to read about a struggle ( if there is one). I´m a firm believer in young people having a beautiful old mind and older people who are older but young at heart. Love it. That´s what I got with `Play On´..
The only issue I have with this story was the Heroine, Nora. I liked her but that poor girl had no confidence what so ever. That usually leads to a character constantly questioning their own self-worth and that get´s slightly annoying with time. I would have liked for her to have more backbone despite the issues she´d dealt with before she met Aidan.
Besides Nora, the rest of the characters were fab. All loving, caring, fierce figures who were super engaging and interesting.
The end of the story didn´t knock me off my feet but it was still good.
All in all a great read. I´m looking forward to read the next book!
Would I reread this book?Yes. Probably.
Would I recommend this book? Yes. This is a must have for Samantha Young fans. It´s also a great read for romance lovers.
The Cover – 5 stars (It´s playful. It´s soft on the eye. It reflects the story. I think it´s great.)
The Story – 4 stars ( Nothing I haven´t already read before but since I like the author´s writing I enjoyed it alot.)
The Characters – 4 stars ( Nora was a small thorn in my thumb.)
My emotional state after finishing this read – Happy.
I´m giving `Play On` ( Play On #1) by Samantha Young 4 out of 5 stars
“I´ll expand my horizon and have a more open mind towards other genres.” I said.
Right before we waved the old year a goodbye and welcomed the new year Stefan ( the hubs) and I decided to make a list. Our very own 2018 New Years Resolution list.
Aside from the things we´d like to achieve together as a family, and as a young married couple, we thought it would be a good idea to make a separate list just for ourselves.
Making a list for myself did make me laugh out loud. I´ve never created a New Year´s Resolution list for myself. What would I write down? That I want to eat healthier? I try that every day. How about going to bed earlier? * wave off * I kissed that idea good-bye after my oldest was born. And saving money? Hey, being middle-class is also expensive. So what could I possibly add to my own New Year´s list? I wanted to add something meaningful because, let´s face it… Adding things like remembering to clean my glasses isn´t that meaningful.
I had an idea.
Morgana´s Revolutionary, Apocalyptic 2018 New Year´s Resolution Book List
Ha! Now, that´s something I can always work with. Books. It was only a matter of thinking about the stuff I would like to achieve regarding books or blogging. My revolutionary and apocalyptic ideas began to bloom.
Cut Down On Social Media
Yeah. Blogging can be tough, especially when you don´t know where to lay your eggs ( meaning, where to focus my attention ). In 2017 I was all over the place. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, Wattpad, Tumblr. Even Goodreads… Was being scattered on Social Media worth it for me? Absolutely not. I figured I´d have fewer headaches if I´d concentrate on a few social media that actually meant something to me.
A challenge for me. One I´m ready to accept because it´ll only benefit me in the long run. 2017 blogging is over. Gone. 2018 will be about being punctual, informative and fun, regularly.
Read More Out Of My Genre Comfort-Zone
For years I avoided genre´s such as Sci-Fi and Dystopian. On a few occasions I´d read a Fantasy or Paranormal but that was about it. I stuck to Romance novels because it´s what I enjoyed most. But Romance get´s boring after a while. Every character is broken-hearted at some point and most have their happily ever after ( after 1 or 3 books). Besides- I´m seeing so many fab cover features on Instagram… It´s time to expand my horizon. It´s time to find something non-romance. Or something otherworldly that involves romance. ( I don´t think I´m ready to kick romance completely.)
Use My Kindle More Often
I´ve mentioned many times before in my other posts that I´m a paperback lover through and through. Nothing beats a good old book. Nothing! I remember when the Kindle Paperwhite went on sale I was hell-bent on getting one. An e-book reader like the Paperwhite with all it´s pro´s and hardly any con´s? That thing had my name on it! Fast forward a few years later: I hardly have any books on my Kindle. I just can´t warm up to the e-book reader. Sure, it comes in handy when I travel but when I´m out of the country I hardly spend time reading. I´m out and about, exploring new places. No. 2018 will be my „Morgana´s going to buy more ebooks“ year. What a waste to pay loads of money for something that only collects dust, right?
Read More Books
Another challenge. Life is busy. I have 2 kids and a husband who often need my full attention. Plus work and appointments and whatever else I usually deal with. Although I make time for reading it´s not really enough. I used to read more, even with kids. When did life become so busy? No more, I say! This busy life needs to slow down.
So, there you have it. My outrageous, fantabulous, extraordinary list of 2018 New Years Resolutions. If you have any ideas for me to add to my list then feel free to comment them! Or just let me know what your bookish-resolutions are, if you have any at all. I would love to find out what your 2018 will look like.
Amy O’Connell is living your typical modern life – harried, overfull and totally stressed out (more-than-occasional glasses of wine notwithstanding). Between a husband who has become withdrawn following the death of his father, three girls with various degrees of independence, a high-stress job commuting between Dublin and London, and the distraction of a colleague who may or may not be making moves on her – what’s a girl to do? Then Amy’s husband announces that he is taking “a break” – six months to go to the other side of the world and “clear his hand”. What the everlasting…..?
Your husband wants a break. What do you do? Do you flip your top? Do you push him to go and enjoy his break or do you make him stay?
A break for me says someone in a marriage/relationship isn´t happy and needs time for themselves. I mean, that´s the only logical explanation I have because I, myself, have never been on one before so…. I got curious when I saw the book and read the synopsis.
It´s scary when you´re married or in a relationship to think about a break when you don´t even need one. But what would happen if I or my husband would reach that point? Hof would either of us react? Would we survive? Or would we split up and go separate ways?
The ride home from the bookstore was gruesome, to say the least. I had so many questions and needed answers from the chick-lit I had bought.
I love Marian Keyes books. She has an amazing writing style. It´s truly a pleasure to read her stories because they´re so easy-going with the perfect amount of depth.
`The Break`was a fun and exciting read with so many feels. I had so much love and hate boiling inside me but then again- I felt alot of understanding for the characters and their actions.
( Not the break part. That crushed me.)
Without wanting to give anything away I would say this is a relatable read. The idea of a couple that loved each other to bits, even after so many years of being together, suddenly being challenged by one tiny life choice… plus the involvement with kids and work and everything else that comes with life is really not too far fetched.
My kind of Chick-Lit!
I did not only enjoy reading this relationship romance because it made me go through the „what if´s“ afterwards… I also enjoyed `The Break`for what it was- Entertaining.
It took me 2 days to start and finish 568 pages, and boy… was my heart all over the place.
The only complaint I have it that the end was a bit „So, this happens,… color out the rest for yourselves.“. The end didn´t quite get as much attention as I hoped for.
A reader gets alot of well written scenes on what happened before the break, during the break, and after the break. It felt like the real closure didn´t get a proper spotlight moment.
Nonetheless- I still enjoyed reading `The Break` by Marian Keyes.
Would I reread the story? Sure. Sometime in the future, most definitely.
Would I recommend this read? Absolutely. Although it´s a rather larger book it´s well written and the reading flow is great. Chick-Lit lovers will definitely get a kick out of this one.
The Cover – 5 stars ( A total eye-catcher. Simple, in-your-face subtle…. I love it )
The Story – 4 stars ( As a whole I´d say it was really enjoyable. But the end didn´t really do it for me. I expected more.)
The Characters – 4 stars ( Great. All aside from Amy´s husband, Hugh. Would have liked for him to have more… more…. more.)
My emotional state after finishing this read- Satisfied and waiting to read something new from the author.
I´m giving `The Break` by Marian Keyes 4 out of 5 stars.
Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
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.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.
This trilogy accomplished one thing: It made me rethink my standards because I´m slowly convinced that my standards are set too high.
Why? I´ll get to that after I release the ball of energy from my brain via dramatic rant.
A quick rehash – I avoided this series for a long time. I discreetly kept my distance and watched hundreds of bloggers throw out posts after posts about the ACOTAR series.
I caved in. I bought the books. I wanted to see what the fuss was about.
1.739 (!!!) pages later… I´m wondering why I keep ignoring my gut feeling.
Honest to God, I have no idea where to begin with my review here as there´s so much going on in `A Court of Wings and Ruin` book #3 by Sarah J. Maas.
I will start off by shouting out the fair warning about spoilers in this review. Simply saying that this book wasn´t good just doesn´t cut it. I will have to go in-depth with explaining my thoughts and reasons as to WHY this wasn´t my cup of tea. Not even my cup of coffee / hot chocolate or glass of ice-cold coke.
Book #3 starts off with Feyre being back at the Spring Court. Yupp. She tricked the evil enemy and decided to live with Tamlin ( the other supposedly evil enemy ) to save the ones she loved and to possibly find a way to win the war that´s threatening the world.
This is where I have to interrupt because this part just proved I was right before in my review for A Court of Mist and Fury. Tamlin wasn´t the bad guy. He was painted out to be one but wasn´t. He wasn´t Rhys. That was the problem. He loved Feyre and acted out of love. Continued to act out of love and acted like a normal jealous guy/faerie.
I liked his character and would have loved for him to have a happy moment. Besides, Feyre playing the Martyr twice…. uhm…. Let´s say once is enough. Twice is just silly.
Feyre returned to the place that ruined her and acted as Rhys´s spy, gaining all the info on Tamlin`s plans for the war that was near.
When she felt her job was done she practically dusted her hands off her skirts and left the Spring Court, taking Tamlin´s best friend, Lucien, with her.
That scene was a bit more colored out with more deception and mind games but it still had no purpose other than to create more drama and to introduce more characters ( because this book, too, could have been at least 300 pages shorter ).
After a few hurdles Feyre and Lucien made it back to the Night Court where alot of war plotting took place.
It was time to look for alliances and gather them to create a force that would eliminate the evil King for good.
That spanned throughout 699 pages.
And somewhere inbetween all the plottings a reader got a glimps of the romance, the saving of cities, and readers also got to witness how Feyre´s human sisters were dealing with their new lives as faeries.
Here´s the thing- A writer creates a world with 7 realms and only 2 get full attention throughout 3 books.
The Courts of Prythian
After finishing this trilogy the Night Court felt like it was the size of Russia and the Spring Court felt like Area 51 in Nevada. A fenced in piece of land, abandoned and lifeless where the Night Court was full of sparkling stars and rainbow rivers and cities filled with happy people…. ( you get my point).
A reader does get a small glimpse of the Autumn Court but only because Feyre and Lucian pass through it. The Autumn Court could have used a little more details and love because I can imagine that place being truly beautiful.
The Summer Court- well, Feyre, Rhys and Co. visit that place / or had business to take care of there but it wasn´t enough. The author gave the sub characters more attention than she did the Summer Court.
The rest of the courts felt non existant. Sure, they were mentioned and if I remember correctly… a meeting with all the high lords was held at the Dawn Court ( I could be wrong, though. It could have been the Day Court as well).
Back to the story:
After alliances were made the war began.
Now, I´m no expert on the arts of war. I will admit, though, that I´ve been spoiled when it comes to reading about war. I want it to be graphic, I want to feel the character’s pain, I want to see worlds crashing to the ground and people fighting for the greater good. I want to see some crazy shit happening because magic is involved.
I wanted to FINALLY see super Faerie Feyre go all bad ass on the battlefield with her 7 different powers. I wanted her to unleash her beast and wipe out all evil. Maybe even have a one on one stand-off with the evil King and battle together til the bitter end. After all, her character had been worked up to that point. Feyre, the deadly Faerie with the abilities to turn anyone to dust ( I´m being dramatic. No, I´m actually not being dramatic. That´s how she was portrayed).
Instead, I saw none of that happen. Absolutely nothing. Sure, she went off and dealt with a few issues but there was no unleashing Capt. Planet. Why create a character like hers if the author doesn´t intend for her to do anything with her powers? It´s pointless.
There were beings more badass than Feyre was. Faeries that unleashed their inner beasts and slaughtered the evil. Even Feyre´s own sister hid something super powerful inside her and released her unknown powers against the King! Why wasn´t Feyre able to do that? Disappointment at it´s finest.
Tamlin entered the picture in between. Even Feyre´s father. Some long-lost, hidden away Faeries and Faerie hybrids entered the war. But what did it take to end the war? Someone who knew they had the power but waited until enough died to go ape-shit.
When the war was over history repeated itself ( the ending scene from book #1 repeated itself). Someone was dying and only through the help of all the High Lords from all 7 courts was it possible to bring that being back.
My over all opinion? No. Not everything was God awful. There were a handful of scenes that were definitely great. But a handful doesn´t make up for the rest.
Right now, I don´t understand the appeal. I have a good head on my shoulders. I even think myself intelligent enough to understand events that happen in a book. I do not understand how this book was so successful. I do not understand why people haven´t picked up on the stuff the author obviously stole from other books. I cannot wrap my head around the fact that ACOTAR is a bestseller. Because there´s nothing genius about it. No twist in the story. No surprises. Nothing that made my heart skip a few beats.
Feyre was a super strong Faerie but the focus was on how she needed to be independent and become Rhys equal. Feyre´s independence was stressed out to a point where it became eye roll worthy. There is a shadow of 2.0 Social Justice warriors in this book and it´s annoying.
The author made a point out of Rhys giving her the power and to put Tamlin down for wanting to keep her safe. Communication would have solved the Tamlin / Feyre problem. I guess powerful orgasms are gold and talk is overrated.
I´m far from being hateful with my opinion. I just…don´t understand. Do readers ignore the faults in a story when they read? All I know is that I will definitely listen to my gut feeling because I´m spending far too much precious time with this read.
Would I reread this book/series?
Would I recommend this series?
It reeeaaallllly depends on the reader. But if I were forced to give a quick answer I´d say no.
The Cover – 2 stars ( Same style, different color. Green. My opinion on the cover hasn´t changed and I don´t think it ever will. Although, the german book cover is truly beautiful. )
The Story – 2 stars ( please reread my review.)
The Characters – 2 stars ( It´s a sad thing when a reader finds the MC´s and 90% of the sub characters rather dull. The only two characters I truly loved were Cassian and Nesta. Whatever they had going on got me interested and I would really like to find out more about them, together…in a book…hopefully. And Tamlin. Despite how the author let him develop… I liked him. He sure did have a temper. Lol)
My Emotional State After Finishing This Read / The Trilogy Fed up.
I´m giving `A Court of Wings and Ruin` ( A Court of Thorns and Roses #3 ) by Sarah J. Maas, 2 generous stars.
I´m giving the `A Court of Thorns and Roses` Trilogy ( in my opinion ) solid, well deserved 2 stars.
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
After reading the publicly acclaimed „ EPIC“ novel `A Court of Thorns and Roses` I decided to go against my gut feeling and continue with book #2, `A Court of Mist and Fury` by the ( also ) publicly acclaimed genius Sarah J. Maas.
Only this time, instead of making notes while reading the story ( as I would usually do )… I decided to take on a different approach and just read the damn story first. So, basically, I´ve had more than enough time to think about the story and sort out my thoughts.
A quick reminder: Review contains mild to major spoilers. If you hate spoilers then I advise you to come back after you read the book / series yourself.
* pushing glasses up my nose *
It all starts off with the tagline on the book cover.
“For love, she cheated death. For her world, she will become a weapon.”
Not bad, right? It would have been more awesome if she were a weapon at all.
Feyre ( Heroine ) turned into a Faerie, gaining all the powers from each Lord from the different Courts of Prythian. She was the ultimate weapon of destruction after her change. Or, she could have been.
Think of her as Captain Planet without green hair. But did she do anything to show off her powers? No. I mean- If I had so many magical abilities then you can get your ass I´d be outside testing them out and putting them to good use.
Feyre? Not so much. Actually, she did nothing of the sorts. The little powers that slipped from her here and again weren´t enough to display her as the ultimate Faerie.
That was a major disappointment. I expected flying ice daggers, fire pools, mind control, manipulating enemies, etc etc.
Another thing that bothered me beyond means was the fact that Tamlin ( the Hero from book #1) was turned into a villain.
Just because my husband doesn´t agree with me doesn´t make him the bad guy.
The Tamlin topic sends a warped message to it´s readers.
When the going get´s tough, leave. Tamlin and Feyre´s relationship after what had happened Under the Mountain was strained. Feyre felt empty and out of place and somehow she became depressed.
Apparently- Tamlin had some issues, himself, he had to deal with but wasn´t the type to openly work on those issues ( issues that aren´t really clarified). The minute he tries to keep Feyre safe is when she flips her top and leaves him….behind his back.
She´s escapes the evil Tamlin * snorts * and runs into the waiting arms of the Lord of the Night Court. Tamlin´s enemy / the most feared Lord of the country.
Call me old fashioned…but, Feyre could have given Tamlin time to sort his issues out. Maybe could´ve, should´ve considered helping him? But what do I know. * wave off * I´d probably be banished by the 2.0 Feminists for even thinking about staying with someone before leaving when times get rough. I´m all for leaving someone when there´s no reason to stay anymore….but a hit and run action? Leave when he´s gone without telling him? He didn´t do anything to make her leave. It was all on her. At least go with style. Call the relationship off.
Remember: Feyre went Under the Mountain to save the LOVE of her life. Quite a few chapters from book #1 were dedicated to the LOVE she had felt. She was determined to set him free and lift the curse and free all the other Faeries. Then the love was gone and it was Tamlin´s fault? Hahaha. Nice try, Miss Author.
After Feyre left the Spring Court she settled in nicely at the Night Court and learned to read and write ( something she could have also done at the Spring Court,,,just saying) and she faced her own issues with the help of Rhysand ( a.k.a Rhys, the new almighty Hero). He gave her the love, patience and crayons she needed in order to become the Faerie she needed to be.
To say I was disappointed would be an understatement.
Up until that point I was annoyed by the faults in the story.
And this made my blood boil.
All y´all Game of Thrones readers will know who Bronn is. Bronn´s da man. Seeing a Bron is reason enough to believe that the author´s thinking cap became too heavy and slipped, making her snatch another name from another successful story.
Back to the Faeries:
Feyre learned that the feared Night Court didn´t hold up to it´s reputation. Neither did it´s Lord, Rhysand. The bad ass, fearful Faerie was a soft kitty that purred quite alot. ( I´m not kidding )
And here´s a little something that might tickle you guys: His orgasms shake mountains. Literally. I asked my husband if his orgasms were powerful enough to knock over the trees from the nearby forest ( since we don´t live in a mountain area). His answer was a confused look.
Mid-evil sexting via paper and pen and a hint of magic was quite an amusing part of this story, though. I did get a kick out of that.
All jokes aside….
This book was long and stuffed with far too many descriptions. Too many details that killed the story for me. Too many events happening for no greater purpose.
There was no need to paint a character as a villain when his actions didn´t even make him one. There was no need for the author to constantly compare the Heros from book #1 and book #2.
„ Tamlin kept me locked up. Rhys gives me freedom.“
( note: that wasn´t the actual dialogue but it comes pretty close)
There was absolutely no need to give each sub-character a full background story.
The 624 pages could have easily been reduced down to 270 if the author would have ditched the many details ( details that didn´t enhance the story in any way ).
What I did like, though, was the end. I was surprised, myself, because after reading tons of unnecessary info, the end picked up and the author delivered quite an awesome scene. But not mind blowing enough for me to rave about it, though.
So, there were two things that this book focused on:
Rhys and Feyre´s relationship
As I´ve said in my A Court of Thorns and Roses review, I can see why young adults would love this story. It´s your typical fantasy with dramatic moments that touch young ( and maybe older ) hearts.
I can see why others would go nuts over the characters because they´re full of….everything and nothing.
But was this book better than the first one? In a way- Yes. In other ways- It wasn´t.
I bet you´re asking yourselves why I’ve bothered to continue this story if I´m not liking it.
Well, the little hand written recommendation from the bookstore that was taped on the shelf underneath these books said that book 3 was amazing and a MUST READ. I´m waiting for a miracle to happen.
The Cover – 2 stars (The same as the first just a different color. I get that it´s better when books in a trilogy match but that blue….. Nope. Dull.)
The Story – 2 stars ( I have to admit that the author used her imagination a bit more for this story, but the added bits and detail- overload were so pointless. I say fire the editor.)
The Characters – 1,5 stars ( No growth, just a different Court with a different Lord. One I didn´t appreciate. Super powerful Feyre´s actions were disappointing. All the sub-characters had ( thanks to the heavy descriptions and details ) just as much of a say as the MC´s. The idea the author had of shoving the new Hero down my throat backfired. )
My Emotional State After Finishing This Read– Annoyed.
I´m giving `A Court of Mist and Fury` ( A Court of Thorns and Roses #2 ) by Sarah J. Maas 2 out of 5 stars.
Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
I have two book titles for you.
Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games.
Add a hint of Breaking Dawn and a sprinkle of the Oscar line „ After all, tomorrow is another day.“ and you don´t have to read `A Court of Thorns and Roses`by the #1 NYT bestseller, Sarah J. Maas, anymore.
Now, brace yourselves. This is going to be a long review with minor to major spoilers. Shall you prefer not to be spoiled then I highly advise you to leave and come back after you read the story yourself.
For weeks I´ve had to look at the rather unflattering book cover of `A Court of Thorns and Roses` on Instagram. Every Insta-blogger insisted on getting on my last nerve with this book. With what reason? Because, D´uh…. it´s an awesome book ( so everyone said).
Someone needs to define the word `awesome` to me again because ( and I quote the brilliant comedian Dylan Moran )
`Mountains and rivers and the fact that I´m still breathing is awesome.`
This story? Not so much.
I´ve avoided this book for a very long time and succeeded in ignoring the Instagram features as well until one fine day….
I decided to go book shopping. Mind you- it´s one of my favorite pastime activities, even if I never walk out with a book, I still love to find out what´s new, etc.
I saw this.
This had me thinking.
I read at least one hundred online reviews, all outstanding and love gushing towards the story. I was nearly blinded by the million insta-feeds for this book….NOW I was seeing tiny, short book recommendations for the one book I´ve been avoiding for so long.
I must have looked like a lost, helpless fool because a sales woman walked right up to me and asked if I needed any help. I thought „ why not“ and asked her if the book was really as good as the recommendation stated.
15 minutes later I was exhausted and caved. I bought the book. An hour later I was at home and opened the book.
I, involuntarily, choked on my own gum.
A map…. of Westeros? Oh, for crying out loud. Really?
Isn´t it funny how Prythian looks like Westeros. And Westeros looks like the UK.
But wait….this gets better. The UK lacks of something significant.
A wall. * faint * For anyone who has read or even heard of the great wall of Game of Thrones… it´s up north where there´s constant cold weather. The wall keeps the bad guys out.
Now look at this and tell me the author wasn´t “inspired” by this idea.
Someone was not in a creative mood that day, huh?
Can you imagine how my mood shifted from suspicious to curious and then dropped to being annoyed? I hadn´t even started reading the dang book and already, I wanted to wrap it up in nice paper and gift it to my neighbor.
But I didn´t. Instead, I read the damn thing from start to finish.
And while I read I had quite a few discussions on the side with people who hadn´t read the book but who had read Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games. Screenshots were sent back and forth, comparing the names of the characters from both books, scenes from the books, etc.
A name from A Court of Thorns and Roses: Hyburn
A name from Game of Thrones: Qyburn
That and the map and the wall. I had a feeling the Wildlings from GoT were the humans from ACOTAR. Both parties bothered by what was beyond the wall until both realized there´s a mutual enemy who had to be dealt with. ( I JUST SPOILED THE PLOT)
If I thought my annoyance couldn´t get any worse, I was wrong.
But the story of ACOTAR shifted. My hopes for a unique story reappeared.
A poverty-stricken family, suffering for the next meal was introduced. Two sisters and their father, huddled in a beaten cottage waiting for the youngest family member, Feyre, to come home from hunting so they wouldn´t have to starve to death.
Not bad, right? I thought it was a nice change to read about a poor family struggling to survive.
What wasn´t so nice was- The characters. Although poor, Feyre´s family were spoiled little shits, whining after their long lost wealth and not accepting their future.
The beginning felt cold. It felt clinical. Emotionless.
Meeh. It was weird.
But things changed for the family after Feyre killed and skinned a wolf during her hunt. It was the one event that changed everyone´s lives forever.
Normally, in Game of Thrones, killing someone / something would result in being beheaded but in this one…. Feyre wasn´t executed for killing the wolf / Faerie ( yes, Faeries could shapeshift. Who would have thought, right? I didn´t know Faeries could bite like vampires, either, yet it happens in this one.). Instead, Feyre was given a choice. To go and live with the Faerie in the faerie land beyond the invisible wall or die on the spot.
Tough and easy choice if you ask me. Of course, Feyre walked into a new future. A future with food and probably share a nice fluffy bed with an elf Faerie, to pay for her crime. Without much of a fight Feyre left her hungry family behind and walked into a better future.
Fast forward- Feyre falls for the Faerie who took her and lives for months with him as his guest.
( Insert Disney´s Beauty and the Beast song, Be Our Guest )
She learned to love the lands she once so hated and was sent back due to highly confidential faerie business.
What a buzz kill, right? Fall in love after planning so many escapes and hiding knives and being 80% of the time bitchy… only to be told she needs to go back home. The hateful efforts all for nothing. * snorts *
But wait- before Feyre was sent on her way, the Faerie Lord, Tamlin ( the Hero ) took it upon himself to give her a few last minute shags before he patted her bottom and waved a white laced hanky after the carriage.
( Note: that wasn´t how it exactly happened. The truth- He screwed her for the first time after he announced she had to leave and then immediately sent her back home to the human world. How romantic. Lol) Still a buzz kill, and we´re only halfway through the story. There´s more to come.
Being back home wasn´t as great as Feyre had planned it would be. She loved the elf Faerie, High Fae, Lord of the Spring Court, Tamlin, and wanted to go back and help him face whatever threat was on it´s way to destroy her pretty Lord. Because it wasn´t enough to be the most powerful Fae in the lands of Fae. It wasn´t enough having the ability to turn into a wolfish beast with horns to slaughter the evil. It wasn´t enough to be more beautiful than Prince Charming himself. He was a lost cause when he was taken.
Now, this was the point where I got excited again. Feyre, the former huntress, was going to help her beloved Lord! Back at the faerie mansion she found it empty, shredded and ruined beyond words. Feyre was too late.
Fast forward again- After the old maid from the fluffy mansion gave the „stupid human“ the truth and directions to where Tamlin was being held as prisoner she sprinted off to a place hidden under a mountain where an evil woman ( who´s name WAS NOT TO BE OUTSPOKEN in the first half of the book) held all Fae lords and their folk captive.
This is where the Hunger Games come in. I swear to God…. when the hand was raised in tribute to the fallen I couldn´t help but laugh.
So, Game of Thrones, a spark of Harry P. Now Katniss Everdeen?
The big question is- Will Katniss Feyre be able to save the one she loves and free the people of Prythian? There´s a book #2 and a book #3. You can figure it out for yourselves.
I mentioned Bella Swan above, remember? Yeah, everything became so „clear“ towards the end. * snorts *
The bottom line- The book would have been so much more enjoyable had the author used her own imagination instead of picking the good bits from other successful stories. I know writers can´t really reinvent the wheel ( to always come up with new things to write about) but a little creativity wouldn´t have hurt. There were quite a few fine written scenes I hadn´t recognized from other books that I actually enjoyed. The rest was just eye roll worthy.
The characters were 2 dimensional. Flat. They had less feeling than I have when it´s time for my monthly strawberry week. There was potential, though. I saw all sorts of great things happening for each character when I started reading. They just never progressed. How am I supposed to feel anxious about certain characters when they´re all emotionless? It´s impossible.
And if I ever read another „ she clicked her tongue…“ I´m gonna file a complaint. One that´s longer and more alive and colorful than this review.
Speaking of writing- The writing was… okay. Not what I would expect from a fantasy story. With ease I read through 416 pages of head-scratch-worthy info. Took me 2 solid days and another few hours to process the clutter I read.
Still- I haven´t completely given up hope. Rumor has it that book #2 is so much better. So much sexier ( so they say. Although I didn´t see much sexy schmexy in this one, so… fingers crossed). So full of everything fabulous. I´d like to be the judge of that myself. I want to see if Feyre will time travel through the stones of Craigh na Dun and meet a hot Highlander named Damie. The possibilities are endless.)
Despite my full rant I´m gonna go ahead and recommend this book. Why? Because I can see why so many people would love the story. If you haven´t read the books I´ve mentioned above then you might be able to enjoy the emotionless adventure ( if a reader doesn´t care for such important nonsense.)
I will say that if you ARE a fan of Game of Thrones or The Hunger games….stay away from this read.
I can see the appeal. But I don´t like it. It´s not for me. There are books out there that are more gripping with less obviously copied bits.
Would I reread this book? Probably not. I´ve got Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games on my shelves already.
The Cover – 2 stars ( It´s not my cup of tea. I find it dull.)
The Story – 2 stars( If the author had added more of her own voice instead of others then it might have been a 4 star read. There was a hint of romance but the rest was full of Feyre´s hateful thoughts. )
The Characters – 2 stars( Emotionless. 2D. Although each had alot to offer… nothing came through. A pity, really. But if I had to pick characters I enjoyed most it would be Tamlin and Lucien. I didn´t care much for Tamlin and Feyre as a couple. )
My emotional state after finishing this read- Confused. Worried I won´t get to see a fanfic in the other installment.
I´m giving `A Court of Thorns and Roses` ( A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas 2 out of 5 stars.