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Sarah J. Maas – A Court of Mist and Fury

It’s official. I’m not the smartest person. 3 days to go on my 2017 book challenge and 5 books left to read, and I go and pick a book that’s more than 600 pages long. Unfortunately I think that might have tainted my appreciation slightly as I was so annoyed with myself, but I’ll try not to let that affect my review!

We left the first book in this series in a really interesting place, Feyre had returned to the spring court with Tamlin, but bound to Rhys for one week a month as part of the bargain for saving her. Regardless, Feyre is happy as it means she can be with the love of her life. And of course the small matter that Feyre is now an immortal Fae, a conversion necessary to stop her from dying.

But quite quickly, the dream with Tamlin shatters, as he leaves her alone in the house for long periods of time, won’t let her join in with anything more dangerous than eating her lunch, and then resorts to locking her in the house to prevent her from leaving.

But still, she loves him and is going ahead with the plans to marry him as soon as possible. But of course, Rhys isn’t happy with those plans and turns up in the middle of the ceremony to take Feyre away to the Night Court. But this seems like it may be a blessing in disguise, as Feyre soon realises that her life with Tamlin was no life at all.

But her life with Rhys is about to get much more complicated, and much more dangerous…

I won’t go too much further into the plot as I don’t want to give away more spoilers than I already have, but all I will say is that this book for the most part feels action packed all the way through. There were a few times when it felt like it was going a bit slowly, but those parts didn’t last long.

I stand by my comment on my review of the first book in this series that although this might be a ‘young adult’ book, it’s definitely not aimed at the younger end of the spectrum. There’s quite a lot of graphic content in there which wouldn’t be appropriate.

And the ending. Wow, the ending. Nothing that I expected at all and leaving my thirsting for more, desperate to know what Feyre and Rhys will do next. I’m so glad I have the third book in this series checked out of the library already so I don’t have to wait, although I think I’ll wait a couple of days til the first of January so I can complete the last 3 books of my challenge first!

My rating: 4/5Average rating: 4.71
626 pages. Published in: 2016
Read in Paperbackon 28th-29th December 2017
Sarah J. Maas - Throne of Glass

Sarah J. Maas – Throne of Glass

I think the fact that I started this book 3 weeks ago probably gives you a good idea what I thought of it. It was only 400ish pages long, but it felt like a long hard slog to get to the end. The plot was just really slow and it felt like there was a lot of emphasis placed on certain areas and others were just skipped over entirely.

To say that the main plot line was a series of tests to determine the new King’s Champion, there were too many times where the entire test was skipped over in a single sentence telling you who had been eliminated, which felt like a bit of a cop-out – give me some action please!

That, of course, left much more time for the stupid love-triangle slash will-they won’t-they series of events which seriously dragged the book down in my estimation. I prefer my female leads to be a bit more kick-ass and a bit less doey-eyed than Celaena was, and more than once I just wanted to give her a kick up the backside and tell her to pull herself together.

It also felt like it took way too long into the book before any ‘real action’ started, it must have been over halfway before I felt it pick up – this is probably the main reason it took 3 weeks to read.

When I started reading, I reserved the next 3 books in the series on my library e-reading app so that I could go straight on to the next ones without waiting, but after 2 weeks of reading and not even getting to 50% through, I returned the others so someone else could have a go. I may come back to them at a later date and see if book two can pick up the pace somewhat, but for now I want to read something more compelling!

My rating: 2/5Average rating: 4.23
416 pages. Published in: 2012
Read in E-bookon 6th-26th December 2017

Sarah J. Maas – A Court of Thorns and Roses

I was recommended this book by one of the girls at the youth group I run on a Monday night. She’s only 12 so I had been putting off reading the book as I thought it might be a bit juvenile, but she’d mentioned it so many times that I thought I might as well give it a go.

I actually was pleasantly surprised. Unlike some of the reviews I’d seen on Goodreads, I found that the plot was well paced and not too shallow for a young-adult book. In fact, the girl at my youth group had mentioned that her mum wouldn’t approve of some parts of the book if she read it, and I can kind of see why. There was some adult language, and a couple of adult scenes. but they were quite mild really – I guess they just feel naughty when you’re young!

I spent the whole book waiting for a love triangle to start, and was so pleased when it didn’t. I find it quite annoying when you read young adult fantasy books and they all seem to have an infantile love triangle in just for the sake of it. It makes them very same-y and predictable.

I found Feyre to be quite a strong female character, willing to risk her life to save someone she loved. And then later on, willing to risk her life and that of her loved one to save the whole faerie world.

When I got to the end of the book, I was so looking forward to diving in to the second book, and was so incredibly annoyed to find out that I’d accidentally reserved book 1 and 3 on the library app but forgotten to reserve book 2, which has now been checked out by someone else.

Looks like I’ll have to wait until after Christmas to carry on reading. In the meantime, I’ll move on to the author’s other series – Throne of Glass. I’ve heard mixed things about this series – it’s won lots of awards but my best friend said she found it disappointing. We’ll see!

My rating: 4/5Average rating: 4.28
432 pages. Published in: 2015
Read in E-bookon 4th-6th December 2017

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