Sunday, May 14, 2017

MASH-UP REVIEWS - A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES & A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses & A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1 &2)
by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher - Bloomsbury
Release Dates - May 5th 2015 & May 3rd 2016
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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.
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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.

My Review(s)

So I read A Court of Rose and Thorns last year when A Court of Mist and Fury was coming out and I absolutely loved it! I never reviewed it though, so I thought after finishing ACOFMAF only a few days ago I thought I would do a non-spoiler mash review of both book - with lots of fangirling over two particular High Lords in the book too.

With the release of A Court of Wings and Ruin also by far the most beautiful cover in the series, that I can't stop stroking it. Haha. I found that hype didn't matter about this book because you can't help but be completely submersed by Sarah's writing and the of the world she creates...Prythian. I don't know what it is but I found this series of Sarah's to be here best out of the Throne of Glass series, I found it more beautiful I guess, the worlds with the realm are just dream-like almost, you can find yourself just sitting there reading ACOMAF in the Night Court under the stars, or reading on the balcony of Tarquin's house in the Summer Court.

What I also loved was the depth of characters we had, Feyre being the obvious choice to be a kick-ass heroine, whether she is mortal or immortal her character never ceases to amaze me with her courage, her strength, her bluntness or her lack of honesty. This is what every female character should resemble because I love her. Plus the fact she has quite a few Fae admired by her, that of Tamlin and then Rhysand. Speaking of the two - I found that I each loved them and hated them at certain times of this series, I can't confirm nor deny that one of these High Lords is just utterly magnificent in every sense of the word. But let me tell you this - don't judge a book by it's cover, this applies to the characters because you'll be surprised that what's on the outside is only a shell, a void that cover what they a truly are like. Behind closed doors and secret cities, they become the person they are, and Feyre soon realises this. Feyre, Tamlin and Rhysand aren't the only the characters that make this series, it's also The Inner Circle like Mor, Amren, Azriel, Cassian and Lucien. They craft their persona's through each other and they would always want to be part of their lives, they are family which I found to be beautiful. 

Sarah J. Maas is an incredible author that you can't help but feel entranced by her novels, By the end you feel drained and full of emotions because you know that nothing else will live up to these glorious books. Until the next one... 

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Thursday, May 04, 2017

RELEASE DAY REVIEW: WINDFALL by Jennifer E.Smith

Windfallby Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher - Pan Macmillan
Release Date - May 4th 2017
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Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined . . . and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.

My Review

The last time I read a book by Miss Smith is The Geography of You and Me (find my review here) and I absolutely adored it. Can you believe that is...... years ago and I can't believe I haven't read anything by her since. After reading Windfall lets just say's I missed her, her bright covers, her gorgeous prose and her gorgeous romantic-filled story from start to end.

After her parents died,, Alice has lived with her aunt and uncle, since she was 9. Her cousin, Leo is just so amazing and so cute too, that he protects her like his own sister. Alice has been in love with their best friend Teddy for as long as she can remember. On his 16th birthday she bought him a lottery ticket... 6 numbers including number 13...Alice didn't believe in luck until that day. Windfall is a windfall of life, in just one day everything can change, and everything can spiral out of control.
I think having this newfound wealth can be a curse in the beginning because it's falling into that uncertainty again of life, that they have both experienced. But it's the smallest things that once again brought them together. Money can never buy you everything you desire, it can pay for your happiness or love, so it's the person, it's up to both Alice and Teddy to see what it can do and how far it can go. 

What would you do with $140 million? If you won the lottery what would you spend it on? Teddy got kind of hot-headed when he won the money, he also changed him as well. He never had money before after his dad completely wiped them out. So he wants to give his mum a proper home, the home they had before, he wants to give her that back and it's those acts of kindness that really shine through his character, that's the Teddy we all love including Alice. Alice chose that ticket, those numbers, and she never knew that what would bring them together would be this piece of paper. Although Teddy offered half, she declined it, as her random act of kindness was not taking the money because she felt she didn't deserve it when it was her present to Teddy. It would also feel wrong in her parents passing they saved a trust fund for her and her future. She would feel wrong not to honor that. Alice not only found herself in this novel, but together Alice knocked some sense into Teddy. That you always need that someone even when your high above the clouds, to gradually get you back down to reality.   

This book is breath-taking, uplifting and it's a ray of sunshine to read. You can't not laugh, smile and cry and how kind and loving these characters are to you. What I felt that it was a reflection of life, that sometimes your so self-absorbed that you need a bit of perspective. You find yourself wondering what you can you do to make someone else's life just that little bit brighter. I like to smile and say hello to the bus driver, and thank you when I get off, that certainly just either starts and the ends the day in a smile. Like I said it's the smaller things that have the most impact and Alice and Teddy are a reflection of that. This book not only focuses on love and romance, but also kindness, family friendship and grief. Windfall has everything and more, you don't realise how much it impacts on you until you finish it. 

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Thank you to Pan Macmillan for the review copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

ARC REVIEW - PASSING FOR WHITE by Tanya Landman

Passing for White
by Tanya Landman
Publisher - Barrington Stoke
Release Date - May 15th 2017
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It's 1848 in the Deep South of America. Rosa is a slave but her owner is also her father and her fair skin means she can 'pass for white'. With the help of her husband Benjamin, she disguises herself as a young southern gentleman - and Benjamin's master. In this guise, the couple flee the South, explaining away their lack of literacy, avoiding those they have encountered before and holding their nerve over a thousand miles to freedom.Inspired by the amazing true story of Ellen Craft who escaped a life of slavery through a daring disguise and won freedom for herself and her husband. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 13+




My Review

Passing for White is the first book from Tanya Landman I have read and I absolutely loved it. I know Tanya by reputation of the Carnegie Medal for Buffalo Soldier as well as her upcoming novel Beyond the Wall - which I can't wait to read. 

Written in over 100 pages, Passing for White is an inspiring novel about how two slaves, who want freedom from their masters, have to runaway and 'pass for white' to do so. Rosa is a 'white' slave. Ben is a carpenters slave and the first time they met, he assumed that Rosa was the white master, the way she held herself and spoke, but she is far from that. Rosa has been a slave to this family for all her life, what she endures is quite simply awful and I hated to read what happened to her. But when she meets Ben it's like she can finally breath. As they embark on their journey to freedom we find ourselves experiences what life was like for a slave in the 1850s.

This is a beautifully raw novel and I was totally mesmerised by it. Rosa's character really struck a cord with me, I found that what she went through, the abuse of her master's husband every night that could impact on the life she could have with Ben was horrific. Both Rosa and Ben are the braviest characters I will ever know. I find myself not having read these types of books very often, awed and equally I guess educated in a way to recognise the depths that us humans had to go through in a time like that. A very dark and almost inhuman time unless you were literary, privileged and rich.

Tanya Landman's books are a force to be reckoned with and I can't wait to delve more into her prose. Next on my list has to be Beyond the Wall and then Buffalo Soldier

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


Thank you to Barrington Stoke and Nina Douglas for sending me a proof copy in exchange for an honest review - which I think I just did. 


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