Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 624

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Warning: *Contains spoilers, I’m fangirling and I can’t help it!*

Where do I even begin? This book made me live and die, and live and die, over and over again. The year I have waited for this is really worth it. I had  my theories before but I really could not believe it when the story went to a different path from what I expected.

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In ACOTAR, we were left with a broken Feyre, a recovering Tamlin, and a stunned Rhysand. Each one of our beloved main characters are left with the nightmares from the horrors that Amarantha has done.

Then, in ACOMAF, we are brought back to what life is like for Feyre and Tamlin after Amarantha’s death. We are also introduced to the infamous Night Court. This is actually the part that I was most excited about in reading this book. We all know that last scene about Feyre and Rhysand. That moment when Rhysand staggered back when he looked at Feyre’s face. I speculated in that instant..that maybe they are mates. Oh and nobody forgets about the bargain that they made.So, we all knew that at some point in this book Feyre has to get to visit the Night Court. She did but not in the fashion that Rhys timed it. Lol, that made me cracked up. During the wedding, when Feyre was begging internally for someone to help her..and BHAM!!! Rhys comes out of nowhere to help her escape.

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While I enjoyed that scene very much, I cannot help but feel sorry for Feyre. I did not even expect that her situation with Tamlin would turn out that way. The loooove they had for each other seemed to burn out. I remembered the passion that they had in the first book but here they just seemed miserable being with each other.

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“Keyword: W-A-S” 😛

With every turn of the page, I cannot help but anticipate Feyre spending one week of every month with Rhys. Plus, the way she described the Night Court, I can’t help but wish it could be real. In my head, I was picturing it like Santorini, Greece. I don’t know but that’s how my mind conjured it up.

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*How I picture Night Court. Pic not mine. Source*

Oh, and let’s talk about Rhysand’s squad. Gods, I love them! I immediately fell in love with their attitude, powers, and individual mysteries. It’s like everything in Prythian is 100000000 times cooler in Night Court.

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Back to the story, all the plot twists and turns are fantabulous. I do think that Sarah has been able to craft this world into a magnificent level. I think she really did think through how each character arc would be. It’s not hurried. It’s not like what she did in Queen of Shadows with regards to Aelin and Chaol. This time, I felt like it was reasonable enough.

Another point that I want to touch in this review is how Sarah always makes her female characters strong. I love her for women empowerment. Let’s be honest. Feyre was suppressed by what Tam has done to her. He just used her as a trophy fiancee? I dunno. Don’t get me wrong. I loved Tamlin so much and I still do. However, if I were Feyre, I would feel suffocated too. Good thing Rhys has allowed Feyre to grow and to fight.

*sighs heavily*

Now, the fight with the King of Hyberia. I absolutely enjoyed the training that Feyre has received from the “SQUAD”. Oh, and their visit at the Summer Court was really entertaining as well. We also got to visit Nesta and Elain. I’m still annoyed with Nesta for not being so caring to Feyre, not like the way she does for Elain. I hope she redeems herself in the next book.

Also, the hate I have for the human queens runs bone deep. By the cauldron, how could they be so selfish!!! Urghhh!!! When they basically endangered my baby Rhys and Feyre and the rest of the squad, I want to strangle them so they could die. Lol, just kidding.

The last part, when all the sh*t went down. I wanted to shout at someone and throw the book despite its awesomeness. I just really can’t believe everything I have witnessed before the book ended but at least, we got a consolation with Rhysand’s POV at the last chapter. I really do hope that their mate thing will still enable them to message each other. I am just really worried with Feyre. I know my worry is useless given the fact that she’s somehow stronger and more powerful.

Fave parts? Uhmm..all the FeyRhys scenes, the part when Feyre retrieved Rhys’ ring from that scary creature, and moment when Rhy told Feyre that they are mates. So much love for those!!!

Lastly, I just want to say that this book is friggin sexy. Damn. 😉 ❤ #RhysandsWingSpan

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5-rating

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Sarah J. Maas in PH Book Signing RECAP

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March 13, 2016 has been officially my favorite day ever this year. I got to meet the Queen, Sarah J. Maas. The book signing event was hosted by National Book Store and was held at NBS Glorietta 1.

I went to the venue as early as 10AM the day before. I was 7th in line. The earliest attendee arrived at 5:30 freaking AM. Oh gods! I just love Sarah so so so much that I camped out for the first time in FOREVER. The whole experience was better because I met my new friends from the ToG facebook group that I am a member of. Also, it was so fun to discuss all things ToG and ACOTAR with them. (In my usual day, I actually yearn to have people to actually talk about this subject to. Can’t help but talk to my brothers who looks at me like I’m a crazy lady when I do that.)

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The whole event especially lining up for the book signing was surprisingly organized. There were “bouncers” who ensures that no one tries to cut into the lines and make “singit” as the Filipinos call it.

The loooooonggggggg waiting period was the hardest. I survived on foods and interrupted periods of naps the whole night long. When the BIG DAY for us came, we were all energized especially when it was time for registration. After that, it was as if the whole day was a blur.

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Then, 2PM came and everyone was excited. When, Sarah arrived, everyone was screaming and chanting and cheering for their ships! I love all the feels flood that day. I’m so happy to learn that there are many who are sailing with me in the DORAELIN SHIP. My fangirl heart could never be happier than this.

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Author interview came next. What really stuck to my mind was when Sam was brought up..and she told us that it was also hard for her to write about him. Also, when she said that she adapted the “I will not be afraid” line from ToG in her life. I was brought to tears and we can all feel that she was trying not to cry as well. Oh, she was also asked who she connects to the most among the 3 lead guys in ToG. Her answer was on the safe side but she described Dorian the longest. 😉 ❤ I was also overwhelmed with feels when she said how the Filipino readers are the best in the world.

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The actual book signing took place. When it was my turn, I was really freaking out inside and trying so hard to calm down. Oh my gods, it was as if I was starstruck. I felt that I met Aelin in flesh (and when I saw her husband, Josh, like he’s totally Dorian). I swear it’s like I met King Dorian and Queen Aelin in front of me. I literally was a loss for words and just said that I was so happy to see her and was trying so hard not to cry. *I know totally embarrassing, I hope Sarah was not freaked out by me* I thanked her for coming and that the camp out was so worth it bc I got to meet her. Too bad, the management was not allowing hugs..but at least I did the author-handshake with her.

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Thank you to Sarah for coming! We’re really blessed and overjoyed to have you here in our country. I hope you’ll come back with your hubs. To National Book Store, lots of gratitude from me for making the impossible happen. Thank you for making the Filipino book nerds dream come true. 🙂

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Best Reads in 2015

Another year has passed! Sure it is that all those months flew away so fast. In terms of how my reading went this year, I kind of slacked off and read less than I did last year. Nevertheless, I am still proud of myself for still  reading books even though I’ve got a busy schedule. So, here are my Top 10 reads in 2015.

  1. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

Oh gods above, everytime I think about this book, I get all sorts of feelings. I want to cry and laugh at the same time. This practically drove me crazy since I finished reading it. I will not tell much about this book but I swear you should read it. There are at least 2 more books to go for this series.

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2. A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Isn’t it too obvious yet that I love Sarah J. Maas? Lol. She’s really incredible in creating amazing stories and characters that you will surely fall in love with. I can’t wait to read more from this series. A Court of Mist and Fury I am waiting for ya!

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3. Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Another Fantasy novel in my list is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This is an action-packed story about outcasts but with special talents. Warning: Characters too much adorable to the nth level!

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4. Hero of Ages (Mistborn ##3) by Brandon Sanderson

Thank goodness for booktube! It’s because of it that I got to discover the fantastic Mistborn series. It’s unlike anything that I have ever read before. It may take some time and dedication to fully get on the excitement on the story but the effort will be so worth it.

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5. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

With any Rainbow Rowell book, you can never go wrong. In the beginning, I had my doubts about it but later on, I felt so much love for this story. It’s heartwarming and touching.

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6. November 9 by Colleen Hoover

This book made me drown in feels. With each turn of the page, I wanted to grab the characters from it and give them a hug. Whether it is a happy or sad scene, I just really want to protect them and keep them safe. Fallon and Ben ILY!

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7. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

I know. I know. I am late in the bandwagon. At least, it’s never too late right? After finishing the three books in TID, I am very curious to get started with The Mortal Instruments.

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8. Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover never fails me as a reader. As soon as I get into her books, I am having a hard time making myself stop and rest. It’s just so addicting just like Will and Layken’s slam poetry.

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9. Warrior Heir (The Heir Chronicles #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

A wizard story always fascinates me. Reading this is such a fun experience for me. Too bad, I haven’t read the other books in the series but I will surely get back to them.

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10. Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I’m super glad that I got to read this series! Reading Obsidian gave me  a strong sense of Deja Vu. It’s like reading Twilight all over again! I enjoyed my time diving into Kat and Daemon’s epic love story.

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That’s it! I am looking forward to another year filled with fangirliness and books! Happy New Year everyone!

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*Images not mine.*

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

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s (May 5, 2015)

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 416

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

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.

Can I just say how excited I was when I got hold of this book? It was released way back in May. I’ve been hunting book stores nearby just to have it in my hands. It was only just this July that I saw it sitting in its glory on a book store’s shelf. I had to immediately grab it and squealed!!!

I dunno how Sarah J. Maas does it but ever since I read her books, I fell in love with the Faes. Sure I was fascinated about them but I never read a good enough story that involves faeries. A Court of Thorns and Roses is set in a world where faeries and humans live under a treaty which keeps the peace in their land. When Feyre kills a wolf for the sake of her family’s survival, she was then captured by Tamlin ( a total hot fae!!) as her punishment for killing his friend (whom Feyre thought was just a regular wolf).

In my opinion, ACOTAR has this darker feel to it. Feyre’s family has been struggling to survive on a daily basis. The main character, Feyre, has to work hard just to provide for her family. She’s got this angst-y attitude which is totally reasonable because who wouldn’t be after being through a lot of tough times. Somehow, I loved Celaena of ToG more than her. Just because Celaena is so funny, sassy, and at the same time very bad-ass. Feyre’s is more serious though, so it took me longer to love her as a character. Actually, it was harder to fall in love with the ACOTAR characters than the ToG ones.

Now, on with the male leads..

Tamlin is someone who can be so scary but also lovable. I was all set on liking him until the real reason of him capturing Feyre was revealed. Don’t get me wrong, I also love him. He’s also humorous and sweet.  Rhysand , on the other hand, is the total opposite of Tamlin’s gentleness. He’s so dark and seductive (lol at my choice of words but he is!!) He’s got his intentions with Feyre but I still root for him to have a happy ending. Ughhh!! It is so hard with Sarah’s male characters. They’re so hot and easy to fall in love with.

The villain of the book, Amarantha was written in a way that will make you loathe her with all your being. However, once you found out the root of her evilness, you’ll get where she’s coming from.

Sarah’s writing style was definitely amazing. I mean the way she did all that world building made me almost want to live in Prythian specifically in the Spring Court. Oh and the magic system is wonderful. I loved it that I got lost in this beautiful world of Faes.

5-rating