Book Review | A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah.J.Maas

Bonjour, compadres! 

(Okay, I don’t know French.)

If you know me at all, you’d know that I’m a hardcore Throne of Glass fan (did I just say hardcore? K.), I really like the series, it’s one of my favorites of all time, and Sarah.J.Maas is also one of favorite authors. So now you’re wondering why I’m just reading ACOTAR right now? Becauseeee financial crisis and then I kept putting it off and off, until recently I got hold of the book and read it! In a few words, I loved it, though I had a few issues and I still prefer the Throne of Glass series.

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Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah.J.Maas

Pages: 416

Publication: May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury Children’s

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Magic, (NA, I’m not sure ://)


When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a Fae in the woods, the Fae’s friend arrives at her house to demand retribution for it and dragged her to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

“I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world.”

Characters

Feyre: I really like Feyre as a character and reading from her perspective was fun. I like that she has her own mind, that she is strong and passionate (and she paints! I paint too. Okay, that was awkward.) But Feyre is hot-headed woman and she tried multiple times to get herself killed (not intentionally, just too passionate). Feyre is kinda the quirky, kept to herself characters, the kind that has a lot in her mind but only says so much, in other words, she is so like me that’s why I love her so much.

“You look . . . better than before.”
Was that a compliment? I could have sworn Lucien gave Tamlin an encouraging nod.
“And you hair is . . . clean.”

Tamlin: As for our male protagonist, the supposed hot sexy swoon-worthy high fae. I love Tamlin, don’t get me wrong, I love that he cares, he tries, and he’s just so good and perfect. Tamlin, whom I expected to be a cold-hearted High-Fae turned out to be very kind and deary. Did I mention I’m a sucker for romantic hot guys? Tho I feel like I don’t know much about Tamlin’s personality, and his relationship with Feyre was not enough, I don’t know I just want them to have more time together, do more things together, more closure because for now I am not aboard the ship because i can’t see them together yet!

Lucien: who is also a Fae and he resides with Tamlin too. I really like Lucien. I feel like he’s a mysterious character even though we were given a lot of back stories about him, I just feel like I can’t predict him yet. Sometimes he’s cool, sometimes he actually cares. Sometimes I think he’s hot and young, other times he sounds like my dad.

Rhysand: I love Rhysand. (I’m climbing the stairs to board the ship. I also sensed a love triangle. Is it Feysand? I’m completely on board.) I was never a fan of bad boys, but this time….. I don’t know why I like Rhysand so much even when he showed up only in the end. I hate the thing he did to Feyre, you know, when they went to the parties, but I love him when he’s like behind-the-scene Rhysand. Anyway, Rhysand is a High-Fae too, he came from another court, the night court, while Tamlin and Lucien were from the spring court.

“Rhysand stared at me for long enough that I faced him.
“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

Amarantha, the villian. I love to hate her! I mean she’s evil and her evilness makes sense so I love to hate her LOLOL. Amarantha basically controls the whole Fae kingdom, and she’s obviously not a good ruler therefore there’s war.

Then we have the world building, I loved it. I loved the magical creatures Sarah created, they were new and fascinating. I loved the world, that they are divided into courts, the Faeries. The world is unique and rich and big and just there’s a lot more to explore. I can’t wait.

The writing style is of course, perfection and captivating. Sarah’s writing is always very entertaining yet poetic, like very sentimental but easy to read at the same time. ❤ and sometimes she’s just giving you life lessons, your mom’s style.

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”

As for the plot as a whole, I loved it too. I felt it was slow at times, Feyre was always in the house, but because of the fascinating world, there was always fascinating things that caught me in the story. I also really liked the twist at the end, I didn’t at all expect the story to go in that direction, and it was a very interesting direction of course. I only had a problem with the main relationship, Feyre and Tamlin, I feel like it wasn’t so exciting and they need to be together more. Other than that, it was amazing.

“Because I wouldn’t want to die alone, I said,and my voice wobbled as I looked at Tamlin again,forcing myself to meet his stare.Because I’d want someone to hold my hand until the end, and awhile after that.That’s something everyone deserves, human or faerie.”

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah. J.Maas is a retelling of the classic fairytale, Beauty and the Beast, with a twist with Faes. The story and the world were rich and you’ll be fascinated from the first page to the last to the characters and you’ll love the steamy romances!

“I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.”

Overall, I gave ACOTAR 4.5/5 stars.

I honestly have no idea what the sequel is going to be about, I just know that I can’t wait!


 

Happy Reading,

Kimsiang @ STORIES&PAINTBRUSHES

 

Book Review | Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Greetings, friends!

Like everybody else, I know about Sophie Kinsella and the shopaholic series, tho I’ve never read them but I heard they are amazing and hilarious. (Okay, I don’t know why I said that, I was just trying to prove that I’m not from a cave.) I’ve also heard amazing reviews about this one, so I was very excited to pick it up and it didn’t disappoint! 🙂

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Title: Finding Audrey

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Pages: 286 pages

Publication: June 9th 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Genre: YA, Contemporary


Finding Audrey follows Audrey, a 14-year-old teenager, who has a severe case of anxiety after being bullied that she can’t even go out or have a social life and she needs to wear sunglasses even in her house to avoid eye contacts.

“It won’t be forever. You’ll be in the dark for as long as it takes and then you’ll come out.

As she is only 14, Audrey’s voice did sound a bit young tho it wasn’t much of a problem for me.

The story focused a lot on Audrey’s family as Audrey was always home. Her mom and dad were the stereotyped mom that was obsessed and believed everything the daily mail said and did whatever it takes for her son to stop playing video games. Her dad was the type that always agree with the mom even when he didn’t know what it was. I mean it was pretty cliche but it was very entertaining. And Audrey’s brother, Frank, a video game addict who wanted to play video as a career. Frank had his video game friends home often to practice for a video game contest which you could win a lot of money. One of Frank’s friends, Linus, caught Audrey’s attention. And a relationship was developed but there was Audrey’s anxiety issue in the way and blah blah.

“Although, as Leonardo da Vinci said: “Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge,”

Like I mentioned I really liked the family relationship in here, even though it wasn’t that realistic, I liked that it made me laugh. As for the romantic relationship between Audrey and Linus, I think it was very cute and all, with the note-passing and Linus being so sweet and just understood Audrey. However, it was a bit of an insta-lovey which I didn’t really like. I mean one moment Audrey was still struggling with anxiety then she kinda liked Linus then they were a couple.

“No!” Linus sounds really shocked. Shocked, embarrassed, discomfited. Kind of mortified. Like he can’t believe I would say that. (I’m getting all this from one syllable, you understand.)”

Another issue I had with the book was that we weren’t given a background story of Audrey’s anxiety. I want to know what happened to Audrey in the first place, what triggered her social anxiety and more.

“Sometimes I hope I’m building up a stockpile of missing laughs, and when I’ve recovered, they’ll all come exploding out in one gigantic fit that lasts twenty-four hours.”

In Finding Audrey, Sophie Kinsella dealed with social anxiety in a light funny way but with respect. I find myself relate a lot to Audrey’s issue especially the eye contact one as I’m pretty shy lol.

Overall, I gave this book a 4/5 stars.

I would recommend this book to you if you’re looking for a light fluffy comedy read. I have a friend who refuses to read anything related to depression or anxiety or just anything that is very emotional because, she said, she feels kinda suffocating with all those stuffs. So if you’re like my friend, I definitely recommend this book, because it gives you glimpses about what it’s like to suffer from anxiety too. 

Blog Awards | The Sunshine Blogger Award

Good day, everyone!

Starting this month off with an award! I was nominated by Ariana over at The Quirky Book Nerd for The Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you so much, Ariana! Ariana is very talented with blogging and her blog is amazing, check it out! 😀


 

The Rules:sunshinebloggeraward1

-Thank whoever nominated you.

-Answer the questions.

-Pick five bloggers to answer your questions.


 

Ariana’s questions

1. If you could travel to any period in time, where would you go and why?

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I would go to the golden age which is the 1920s Paris or sth but there was a war going on so… I think I’d go to 1960s New York or London or Paris. Mostly it’s because I really like vintage stuffs and the fashion in bot era too.

2. What is your favorite under-hyped novel?

The distance between us by Kasie West. I think the reason most people don’t pick this book up is because of the cover, and I totally understand that. But really, this book is one of the best contemporary romance I’ve read! 😀 it’s funny, quirky, sweet, romantic, swoon worthy and everything really.

If you want to know more about this book, I’ve a book review here.

 

3. What type of music do you enjoy listening to the most?

It depends on my mood, really. I like sad songs but also pop rock R&B sometimes. 🙂

4. What are three books you absolutely refuse to read?

50 Shades of Grey, Twilight, The Mortal Instruments. Just…no interest I guess? Tho I’ll definitely pick up the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.

5. Do you prefer series or standalones?

I’m not sure on this one. It, again, depends on the story. :///

6. What are your favorite and least favorite book to movie adaptations?

Love, Rosie. It’s one my favorite movie and I cried! Just know i don’t shed my tears that often which is like twice a year so this movie is definitely something eh?

My least favorite book to movie adapt rink is The Scorch Trials. It’s not the same as the book most of the movie. Tho I really like the quality and filming styles and stuffs. It’s very cool and pretty.

7. What is one food you never get tired of eating?

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French Fries. I mean, come on, who  doesn’t love French fries? I’m a French fries monster!

8. What are the most difficult and most rewarding things about blogging for you?

Blogging daily is very difficult because I tend to procrastinate a lot and there’s like a million things I want to do in a day :(((

The most rewarding thing is the nice comments and fangirling! 😀


 

Nominees…

Annelise from The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange

Aldii from Perfection in Books

Mariana from fireheartbooks


 

My Questions…

  1. Do you judge books by their covers? What is your favorite?
  2. What is your spirit animal?
  3. Which Hogwarts houses do you belong to?
  4. What is your worst fear?
  5. What is one thing you used to hate about yourself?
  6. Black or White?
  7. Your all-time favourite animated movie?
  8. Describe yourself in one word 😉

And that’s all for this post! Happy Reading!

Love,

Kimsiang @THESPINESBREAKER

Monthly Wrap-up | February 2016 wrap-up

Hi, friends!

February has come and gone, this year is travelling at the speed of light! At the beginning of this year, I set a reading challenge for myself, which is to read 80 books. Looking at the result of these two months combined, I’m starting to feel like my goal is a bit too ambitious.

Anyways, let’s get to wrap-up!

Book haul

I have been on a book buying ban from the middle of February because guilttttt! But the first half of February I acquired two books and they are *drums roll*

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  • Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by  Sarah.J.Maas

Wrap-up

Looking on the bright side, I read 7 books this month, which is quiet an improvement.

The books are:

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  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella – 4/5 stars
  • November 9 by Colleen Hoover – 5/5 stars
  • The Truth by Jeffry.W. Johnston – 3/5 stars
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah.J.Maas – 4/5 stars
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – 4.5/5 stars
  • Me before You by Jojo Moyes – 5/5 stars
  • Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider – 3/5 stars

Blog posts

Looking on the not bright side, I posted very little in February. I posted only four posts and all of them are book reviews:


And that’s all I have for this wrap-up. I hope you enjoyed it. How many books did you read this month? Did you get any new books? Feel free to comment down below! 😀

I wish March will be great for you!

Love and Happy Reading,

Kimsiang @ TheSpinesBreaker