As a reader who has a hell of a lot of books on her TBR I have been quite strict with myself when it comes to rereading, however, in 2020 I’ve decided to allow myself to reread favourites each month to keep myself interested and enjoying reading. Enjoyment is key and a reading slump is my biggest fear.
These are the books that are either nostalgic to me or are ones that I absolutely love that I want to reexperience.
In summery I really want to reread a bunch of books that I absolutely loved reading the first time. I’ve already started my reread of the Twilight Saga and Harry Potter and I’ve reread ‘The Simple Wild’ so I am definitely taking this very seriously!
I was scrolling through WordPress reader, because who doesn’t, when I camp upon a tag. I’d seen this tag before and had even attempted it but I got distracted and forgot to finish it. So we are back, this time to actually complete the tag.
Did you forget about Kilorn? Well you shouldn’t have! He may not be the centre of attention but he has stuck by Mare’s side since day one and didn’t even hesitate to join the Scarlet Guard. Just like Kilorn, your loyalty and bravery are your most admirable qualities. Rise, Red as the dawn.
Sure, sometimes you act without thinking, but your determined to do what you believe in and you’re often coming from the right place. Try to keep your faith in the world around you – your ability to find the beautiful in the ordinary is a gift.
Shockingly. you’re an overwhelmingly sarcastic bookworm. You try to look on the brighter side of things, but your snarky sense of humor hides depths of concern. You’re probably the most responsible of your friends, as they know they can always count on you.
Yes, you can be known to be feisty and sometimes you feel like life can be unfair. But you won’t let that get in the way of your happiness. You use your charm to your advantage and won’t take any nonsense. But when you finally let your barriers down your personality shines and so do others around you.
The embodiment of beauty and grace, your gentle heart and soft words soothe the bitter hearts of those around you. Your kindness and courage are rarer than the strongest of high fae powers – never lose them to bitterness and despair.
You are outspoken, and walk to the beat of your own drum. You’ve always been different and take pride in your individualistic nature. Although you try to maintain a rebellious streak, you are consistently told you are sensible. Remember, don’t kiss strange boys.
Yeah, no one better cross you. Mess with you and it’s a death sentence. You’re not one to play games and are willing to do whatever it takes to reach your goals – no matter how bloody it can get. But life doesn’t always have to be filled with hate! Just blood, lots of blood.
The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.
‘To the stars who listened, Feyre’ ‘To the dreams that are answered, Rhys’
I don’t think I can rave about this novella enough. I know I’m probably biased since I started and fell in love with the Court of Thorns and Roses series this year and honestly I could follow Feyre’s story anywhere, particularly in the Night Court.
You probably couldn’t say there was a great plot to this little slice of Feyre’s story, but being a novella that is assisting to bridge the gap between the initial series and the next, I couldn’t be happier with it.
The story follows Feyre in her first Solstice in the Night Court along with all the other characters we love, jumping between the perspectives of Rhys, Feyre, Morrigan, Cassian & Nesta. Allowing readers to learn more about each of these characters from their perspective.
I loved being back in the world and seeing how the Courts were managing after the events at the end of ‘A Court of Mist and Fury’. It just made me love the series and characters even more.
I honestly only wish their were more pages, although there could be 1.000 pages and all I would want is more.
The novella was thoroughly enjoyable to read and experience. If you are looking for a spectacular plot you may be disappointing, but if you are continuing the series it will be a great bridge novel for what is to come.
‘To the blessed darkness from which we are born, and to which we return’
Plot: 5/10 Ease of reading: 8/10 Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 6.5/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Are you Sarah J. Mass fan and have you read ‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’ yet?
For the release of ‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’ YA Chronicles have created a special edition box! When I placed my pre-order I was able to choose from receiving the paperback and some goodies, the hardcover and some goodies or both covers and some goodies.
Seeing as I already own the rest of the series in hardcover I decided to order the hardcover with the goodies!
Here’s what was inside…
Straight up the box was stunning, everything looked gorgeous the second I opened it.
on top was the spoiler card with the amazing ACOFAS artwork on it. Honestly I love it and definitely plan on keeping it. we also got a bookmark with the same artwork on it.
there was a gorgeous coaster with Feyre on it. This stunning design was created by Morganaoanagrom on Tumblr
we also got a ‘Throne of Glass’ Pencil case, which I will be using for my calligraphy pens.
There were two cards with artwork on them, one with a short comic strip featuring Rhysand and Feyre and another with Rhysand and Feyre. They are totally gorgeous and I am definitely going to frame them at some point, both are drawn by Arz28 on instagram
We also got a candle scented ‘winter Solstice’ and created by Faerietales Candles its scented with toffee apple, spice and peppermint. There is also an amazing night court necklace from Sonnet and Fable which I am 100% in love with.
I am a bookmark user. I love bookmarks. I used to be a dog-ear the page kind of person, but I have grown (in my mind) to wanting to care for my books and make sure they say in good condition; So I evolved into using bookmarks.
I don’t mind the bookmarks you get when you get a Book Depository Order or Booktopia order. But I felt as though I wanted to increase my bookmark game and actually purchase a decent bookmark or two.
I began and ended my search on Etsy – an amazing online world that is filled with beautiful hand crafted things. In my bookmark search a happened upon ‘Dreamy & Co’ an Etsy store with amazing bookmarks. i was hooked. I wanted to order all of them. Alas, I did not. Instead I chose a few that really stood out to me in terms of the characters and things I enjoy in books.
So I picked up 4 bookmarks to begin my collection – I know I will be purchasing more!
First I picked up a Feyre bookmark from ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ there were two designs offered by Dreamy & Co for Feyre. It was so hard to choose which one to get but I ultimately loved the design on this one.
Secondly, to go with my Feyre bookmark I purchased a Rhys from the ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ Series. I loved this design so much with the wings and the colours. I thought it complimented the Feyre bookmark nicely.
Thirdly, I purchased another magnetic bookmark, this time from another series that I love. I decided to pick up a bookmark from the ‘Harry Potter’ series. There is a great collection of characters from the series, making it so hard to choose. But I’ve always had a soft spot for Luna and I love the design on this one with her Quibbler and Spectre Specs.
Lastly, I went for more of a traditional bookmark and purchased a second Harry Potter bookmak representing my Hufflepuff for life house. This design is so simple and elegant but I love it so much.
‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ By Sarah J. Mass (Book #3 in the Court of Thorns and Roses Series)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publish Date: May 2017 Series: A Court of thorns and Roses (Book #3) Pages: 699 Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Book Type: Fiction Purchase Locations:Book DepositoryAmazon BooktopiaAudible
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.
When I got to ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ I had already binge read ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ and ‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ and I was addicted! I just wanted to read more. I purchased the hardcover copies (just because) and I thought after reading the 624 page ‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ that I was on the home stretch, that was the thickest book. Oh boy was I wrong. ‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ was 699 pages! I could not wait to see how everything was going to go!
War was practically upon Perythian. It was interesting to see how each of the courts and the High Lords were going to react to the prospect of war and I was not disappointed. It was great to see all the characters develop in a situation that calls for so much.
‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ delivered. It gave us more back story to characters, development of the characters as well as development of the world as a whole. Which in my opinion is fantastically done especially for a third novel in a series.
There were places near the end of the story where I was so enthralled in the plot that I was almost in tears (almost because I was on public transport at the time). The plot is so well written that from page one you are enthralled, you feel as though you are there with Feyre and Rhys and the rest of the Night Court, and I just became more and more invested with every turn on the page.
I cannot wait to read ‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’ to see where the story goes.
I will say that I feel now I have very high expectations for any other Faerie based novel. ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ has developed such a strong group of Faerie Characters that it might be hard to match!
Ease of reading: 4/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
A Court of Mist and Fury By Sarah J. Mass Book #2 in the Court of Thorns and Roses Series
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publish Date: May 2016 Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses (#2) Pages: 624 Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Book Type: Fiction Purchase Locations: BookdepositoryAmazon Audiblebooktopia
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.
I don’t think I’ve been this addicted to a book/series in a while. I was able to finish the 624 page sequel to ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ in 6 days… While working full time. It’s some kind of miracle, I know.
The writing of Sarah J. Mass is just amazing. I am completely pulled into the world. She is able to make you feel one way about a character at the beginning of the story and completely reverse that thinking by the end.
I was unsure where the story was going to go after the events of ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’, wondering if it would in fact be possible to have more that could happen. Boy was I wrong. ‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ was just as action packed as the first novel.
I couldn’t put it down.
There was a great amount of action along side amazing world building – honestly if I could live in Pyrithian, I just might – as well as some incredible and realistic character development, not only for our protagonist Feyre but also for out support characters as well.
I honestly cannot wait where book #3 ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ is going to to take up, I’m here and I’m ready to find out!
My Third book in the 2018 A to Z Challenge.
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