Saturday, 18 June 2016

Lady Renegades - Book Review


Started: June 5, 2016 | Finished: June 16, 2016

Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins
Published by Putnam Juvenile on April 5th, 2016
Genre: YA, fantasy
Pages: 264
Book Edition: Hardcover, ebook
No. of times read: 1 
Links: Goodreads



Synopsis:
Just as Harper Price starts coming to terms with her role as David Stark’s battle-ready Paladin, protector, and girlfriend—her world goes crazy all over again.
Overwhelmed by his Oracle powers, David flees Pine Grove and starts turning teenage girls into Paladins—and these young ladies seem to think that Harper is the enemy David needs protecting from.  Ordinarily, Harper would be able to fight off any Paladin who comes her way, but her powers have been dwindling since David left town…which means her life is on the line yet again.
Rating: 3/5

My thoughts:

This was my least favourite out of the trilogy. In the beginning the narrative felt very repetitive, almost like the author was continually trying to remind us what happened in the first two books. It's to be expected, but it was a little bit too much (At least that's what I found). The book was a very easy read though, and I liked the story, I just didn't love it like I loved the first two books.

I enjoyed the road trip between the girls as they went to find David. Blythe joining them to try and redeem herself was interesting. I love the female companionship in this book, it was to see these three girls work together towards a common goal. Also enjoyed going through Harper's conflict of what would happen when she found David. The final chapters with David and Harper were my favourite because I love them so much. The ending wasn't what I expected before I read this book, but it made sense and I'm okay with it. I'm not sure yet if I'm happy about it, but I'm upset with it if that makes sense.

Overall, I did like this series! I'm a big Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I can see why people compared Harper to Buffy as they are similar in many ways. I loved that about the series and it's what drew me to it. I would recommend it as I personally did find it very interesting.

Have you read the Rebel Belle trilogy? What did you think of it?

Monday, 6 June 2016

A Court of Mist and Fury - Book Review


Started: May 6, 2016 | Finished: June 5, 2016

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury Children's on May 3, 2016
Genre: YA, fantasy 
Pages: 624
Book Edition: Hardcover, Ebook
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis: 
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.

Rating: 5/5

My thoughts:

I want to rating this way higher than 5 out of 5 stars!! This book was that good! I honestly think this is the best book I've ever read, and I've read a good share of books. But I've never been so captivated by this book. But I really wanted to take my time reading it since I knew that once I finished that would be it until next May (I'm already crying about!!).

Before writing this I re-read my review on A Court of Throns and Roses, and my oh my have my opinions changed drastically since then which I think was the point. Before I get into this review, I want to say that somethings might be spoilery, especially if you haven't read any books in this series. If you haven't, I'd imagine you wouldn't read this review, but I just want to put that out there before hand just to be on the safe side.

After the events of ACOTAR, it's safe to say that Feyre is broken and suffering with PTSD which is understandable considering she literally went to hell, died and was resurrected as a high Fae. I thought they dealt with Feyre's issues in such a real way, and it was so well done. Feyre's journey again continues to be the most amazing thing about these books. To see her go from being so broken to embracing her powers and learning to be strong again was spectacular!

RHYSAND! Where do I begin! If you read my ACOTAR review, I barely talk about him, only that I was a bit wary about him and I was. I didn't know what to make of him, and everything he did for Feyre in the first book. I wasn't sure if it was genuine or if there was an ulterior motive. But after this book, it's very clear what his intentions were, and it was so good! I'm in love with him now. If you read this book, and aren't converted to Team Rhysand, I don't know how that's possible and I'll never understand. His backstory and everything about him is just phenomenal, I just don't know how to put into words how much I loved him in this book. The love story between Rhysand and Feyre was by far the most beautiful thing about this book.  I won't get into too much because you'll just have to read it, but everything about them was right and good. He did everything right. I love that nothing was rushed, that they took their time and let it all happen naturally.

Tamlin. Re-reading my review of the first book, I'm almost embarrassed because my view of him is completely different. But like I said, I think that's the point. You were meant to fall in love with Tamlin in the first book like Feyre did, but then you get a new perspective of him and you start to think back on the first book and realize that it is plausible. I do believe Tamlin loves Feyre, but in the completely wrong way. His love is too possessive and completely selfish. He took away Feyre's right of choice, and it's very hard to root for him after that. I don't ever want him with Feyre again, but I do hope that Tamlin is redeemed a bit in the third book. We'll just have to wait and see on that.

The secondary characters are amazing!! I love the Night Court and all of Rhysand's inner circle. They're perfect! I also loved getting to explore other courts as well in this book, like the Summer court. The adventures in this book where so exciting and kept you on the edge of your seat as the saying goes. The sex scenes are rather steamy, but so well done! This book is perfection in 600+ pages!

Everything about this book made me want to go back and re-read ACOTAR with new eyes because it gives you this new perspective. I love it, I love everything about this book!! I can't rave enough about it. Everytime someone asks me for recommendations now, this is the first series that will come out of my mouth. Sarah J. Maas is by far one of the best writers around, and I need to read every single one of her books now. I could go on and on about this book! It was, like I said, the best book I have ever read!

Are you reading the ACOTAR series? What are your thoughts?

PS. Today is my birthday!! Happy Birthday to Me!

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