Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson (Dance of Thieves #2)

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Containment by Caryn Lix (Sanctuary #2)

Ziggy, Stardust and Me by James Brandon

Let’s Call It a Doomsday by Katie Henry

Remember Me by Chelsea Bobulski

The Demon World by Sally Green (The Smoke Thieves #2)

Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning (Sea Witch #2)

Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Berube

#Murderfunding by Gretchen McNeil (MurderTrending #2)

Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman

Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry

A Dress for the Wicked by Autumn Krause

How the Light Gets In by Katy Upperman

Postcards for a Songbird by Rebekah Crane


The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart by R. Zamora Linmark

We Are The Ghosts by Vicky Skinner

No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter

Of Ice of Shadows by by Audrey Coulthurst (Of Fire and Stars #2)

The Last Hope by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie (The Raging Ones #2)

Start Here by Trish Doller

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

Gut Check by Eric Kester


The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert

Color Me In by Natasha Diaz

As Many Nows as I Can Get by Shana Youngdahl

Fan the Flame by Anna Priemaza

My Box-Shaped Heart by Rachael Lucas


These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch (Steam Raiders #2)

Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford (Crown of Coral and Pearl #1)

Wild Savage Stars by Kristina Perez (Sweet Black Waves #2)

Song of the Abyss by Makiia Lucier (Tower of Winds #2)

All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Mind Games by Shana Silver

Mini Reviews: The Wrath and the Dawn / The Rose and the Dagger

 Mini Reviews

Hey Bookworms!

Today I am bringing you two mini reviews of some of the books I’ve recently read.

Continue reading Mini Reviews: The Wrath and the Dawn / The Rose and the Dagger

The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty| REVIEW

reviewsThe Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty (Traitor’s Trilogy #1)
Published by Imprint on May 9th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
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The Traitor's KissAn obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.


3 Stars

** Received an ARC from Raincoast Books for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **

First Line:

Uncle William returned over an hour ago, yet he hadn’t summoned her.


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The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty is a historical (maybe fantasy) young adult novel about a girl who apprentices with a match maker to escape the life under her uncle’s care. Along the way she is brought in by the army as a spy to gather information about a political uprising happening right in the kingdom’s inner circle!

My Likes

Strong Female Character

The Traitor’s Kiss hosts a plethora of characters. But the one that stood out to me the most was Sage, the main protagonist. She is strong, intelligent, driven, and cunning. To work with the match maker she has to disguise herself as a young bride to be. She was even more cunning as she flew under the radar while collecting important information everywhere she went.

She used her intelligence to come up with ideas and plans for both her employer and the army. I liked how he never backed down from a challenge or her duties to both the match maker and the army. Beaty did a great job creating an empowering female lead.

To the Point Writing

Everything was to the point with Beaty’s writing. There was never any boring  info dumping. Her descriptions of the world were beautiful and the scenery was brought to life. When it came to the characters interactions with each other, it was all very distinct. Every character had their own voice and drive. Even when it was difficult to keep up with who was pretending to be who.

My own complaint here would be that the story flowed rather slowly. I feel like there should have been a bit more action or tribulations somewhere in the beginning to middle sections.

Sweet Romance

The romance between Sage and Ash was very sweet. Although I don’t want to give anything away, I felt that their chemistry was right and it never seemed too overwhelming to the story line. I felt like Beaty did a great job with making it seem real and built it up slowly over the course of the story.

My Dislikes

Racial Descriptions

I was a bit thrown off by some of the character descriptions. Sure this book hosts some PoC characters, but I felt like Beaty could have chosen better words to describe them. At one point in the ARC I remember reading a character’s skin being compared to the darkness of the shadows. To me that was quite off putting and there are better ways to describe character’s skin colors.

I hope stuff like that were changed or omitted in the final copy of the book.

I highly recommend this one if you like cunning and intriguing characters, political drama, and a sweet romance. Let me know what you guys thought of The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,




Erin BeatyErin Beaty was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, which means she can’t drive a tractor, but she won’t eat veggies that come from a can. She graduated from the US Naval Academy with a degree in rocket science and somehow always ended up writing her study group’s lab reports. After serving in the fleet as a weapons officer and a leadership instructor, she resigned to pursue her side hobby of populating the Church of Rome. It still amazes her when other people want to hear the stories that come out of her head.

She and her husband have five children, two cats, and a vegetable garden and live wherever the navy tells them to go.

Born and raised in Orange County, California, she’s lived in both Mykonos and Manhattan and is now settled back in Southern California, where she’s working on her next book.

The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson | REVIEW

reviewsThe Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson
Published by Sky Pony Press on May 9th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Retelling
Pages: 352
Format: ARC

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The Duke of Bannerman PrepWords are weapons. Facts can be manipulated. And nothing is absolute—especially right and wrong.

Tanner McKay is at Bannerman Prep for only one reason: the elite school recruited him after he brought his public school’s debate team to victory last year. Bannerman wants a championship win. Debate is Tanner’s life—his ticket out of his poor-as-dirt life and family drama, straight to a scholarship to Stanford and the start of a new, better future.

But when he’s paired with the Duke, his plans for an easy ride seem as if they’ve hit the rails. The Duke is the quintessential playboy, beloved by everyone for his laissez-faire attitude, crazy parties, and seemingly effortless favors.

And a total no-show when it comes to putting in the work to win.

But as Tanner gets sucked into the Duke’s flashy world, the thrill of the high life and the adrenaline of existing on the edge becomes addictive. A small favor here and there seems like nothing in exchange for getting everything he ever dreamed of.

But the Duke’s castle is built on shady, shaky secrets, and the walls are about to topple down.


3 Stars

** Received an ARC from Thomas Allen & Son for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **

First Line:

We’d been at the barbecue for less than two minutes, but several things were clear:

  1. I was underdressed.
  2. I had no idea how to pronounce several of the items on the menu.
  3. I had completely underestimated the length of time a group of moderately intelligent, narcissistic rich kids could hold a grudge.


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The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson is a retelling of the classic The Great Gatsby. I don’t consider myself a Gatsby expert, but I have read it more than the average person; more than 6 times over the course of my educational career. So when I say that this one definitely pulls it off I am telling the truth!

My Likes

Captures Gatsby Essence Perfectly

Like I said above, I’ve read The Great Gatsby many times in the past. So when I heard about this one, I was super excited. Let me start by saying The Duke of Bannerman Prep captures the essence that was the Gatsby himself.

The Duke was mysterious, rich, and threw lavish parties that were attended by everyone. Tanner was fascinated by the new world he has been thrust into as he is on scholarship at this private school. Together they were the epitome of Gatsby and Nick!

From the main plot points, to the relationships and hardships, everything fit so nicely together.

Good Cast of Characters

The Duke of Bannerman Prep hosts a wide cast of fun characters. From The Duke to Tanner, Kelsey, Abby, even Blake the hot headed jealous boyfriend. There was never a dull moment when it came to character interactions and I thought the dialogues were quite witty.

Nelson does a great job bringing these character’s to life and relating them to some of the characters from the original Gatsby tale.

Sweet Romance

Although is a slow burn, the romance between Tanner and Kelsey was very sweet indeed. I liked they worked their way up to relationship status through hanging out, studying together, helping each other out etc. It’s not often in the YA genre that we get a romance that isn’t almost instant.

Nelson took her time fleshing out the quirks and kinks of the relationship. Even through tough times the pair manage to pull ahead and work things out!

My Dislikes

Lack of Interest in Debate 

The Duke of Bannerman Prep is heavily filled with debate. Tanner is on full scholarship to Bannerman for debate. All the other characters featured in the story are also on the debate team. So when I say that debate is a huge influence in the story, believe me.

It was my least favorite part of the whole story. I couldn’t relate to the topic, and I found most of those sections to be extremely dull.

I highly recommend this one if you enjoyed The Great Gatsby, like retellings, and fun casts of characters. Let me know what you guys thought of The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,




Katie NelsonKatie Nelson has always loved words and stories. Formerly a high school English and Debate teacher, she now lives in Northern California with her husband, four children, and hyperactive dog.

Paper Princess by Erin Watt (The Royals #1) | REVIEW

Paper Princess by Erin Watt (The Royals #1)
Published by Everafter Romance on April 4th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 370
Format: e-Book

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Paper PrincessFrom strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.


4 Stars

First Line:

“Ella, you’re wanted in the principal’s office,” Ms. Weir says before I can step inside her pre-calculus classroom.


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Paper Princess by Erin Watt is the first book of The Royals Series, about an orphan girl who gets taken in my her birth father’s best friend. Going from rags to riches we get to see the trials and tribulations of Ella as she maneuvers her new world and life style.

The Good

Paper Princess has become my newest guilty pleasure read. As many of you know, contemporary romance is not my preferred genre to read. I can rarely connect with the stories and characters as much as I can in fantasy/sc-fi, but this one is on a whole new level for me.

Becoming an orphan after her mothers passing, Ella Harper has faced more adversity and hardships in such little time then most people do in their entire lives. She shows immense strength and courage then any other seventeen year old I know. She also happens to be one the most gutsy and witty heroines I’ve ever enjoyed reading.

Then she meets Callum Royal, her birth father’s best friend who takes her in at his last dying request. With Callum, comes his 5 teenage sons. All hot and buffed up of course. But this is where the guilty pleasure comes in. Both authors know how to make chemistry sizzle between characters. It was definitely a slow burn and angsty romance that gets built from beginning to end.

I can say that I preferred Easton over Reed as character likability goes. But too bad things never work out the way I want. Well… more Easton for me I guess!

I absolutely loved the characters and the complexity of their stories. And that ending. Why must it be a cliffhanger? Things were going so well. Why?????

The Bad

I felt that the plot was a bit slow and it dragged at some points in along the way. That may be because of my lack of love for contemporary romance, but I felt like there could have been some scene cuts here and there to quicken up the pace a bit.

But other than that, I had no other misgivings with it.

Overall, I thought it was a very addictive read and can’t wait to dive into the sequel ASAP! Let me know what you guys thought of Paper Princess by Erin Watt. I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3



Erin WattErin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination.

Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun–and sometimes crazy–ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon | REVIEW


The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Published by Delacorte Press on November 1st 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: ARC

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The Sun is Also a StarNatasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?


5 Stars


First Line:

Carl Sagan said that if you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.


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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon is a stand out contemporary about a boy and girl who fall in love the day she is to be deported and all ways the universe tries to bring them together.

The Good


There is so many good things I want to say about The Sun is Also a Star. I guess we can start with what we see first, the gorgeous cover! The colors and the typography are just perfect. The design element fits so well with the overall message of the story as well. Seeing all those threads weaving into each other shows you all the endless possible decisions that we can make in our lives.

The plot is very linear. Natasha is being deported from America because of a mistake her father has made. She tried everything in her power to stop or delay this from happening. Daniel has the most important interview of his life that day, but he doesn’t believe that it’s his calling. Over the course of that one day, Daniel and Natasha meet and fall in love. It has a great message that depending on the decisions we make, we can greatly impact our lives in more ways then one.

It’s hard not to like Natasha and Daniel. Natasha believes in facts and science, while Daniel believes in love and emotion. You would think that these two polarizing personalities wouldn’t get along, but I thought it made for the perfect pair! As the story progresses you can’t help but care for these characters and fight for them to be together in the end!

Nicola Yoon knows how to tell a good story. Her writing is both factual and romantic. She makes everything her characters do and say believable like she is really 17 years old herself. I like contemporaries that are easy to read and enjoyable too. Yoon does exactly that and more!

The feels you get from The Sun is Also a Star are through the roof. It will have you laughing, tearing up, and annoyed with frustration (only because you care so much for Natasha and Daniel). One of the best contemporaries I have read in while!

The Bad


Guys, I know this is taboo and is mostly disliked in the book community, but there is insta-love to the highest potential in this one. But before you go casting judgement, Yoon does an amazing job at making you fall in love with her insta-love. That is all I have to say.

I didn’t think Yoon could top her first YA contemporary, Everything Everything, but she knocks it out of the park with this one! Let me know what you guys thought of The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,




Nicola YoonNicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason.

Everything, Everything is her first novel.

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven | REVIEW

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 4th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: ARC

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Holding Up the Universe

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.


4 Stars

* Received an ARC from Penguin Random House via Indigo for a honest review *

First Line:

I’m not a shitty person, but I’m about to do a shitty thing.


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It’s about the important things, like the way their face lights up when they laugh, or the way they move as they’re walking towards you, or the way their freckles create a map of the stars.

Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven is contemporary young adult novel that stirred up some controversy before release based off a touchy synopsis and a certain type of character. BUT I am hear to tell you that this book is wonderfully written and very real in the interpretation of an overweight character, as well as a one who is face blind. Here is why:

The Good

Firstly can we stop and appreciate this pretty cover for a moment? I love the simplicity of it all, and the colors used. It represents the story well in terms of Jack being face blind, hence all the blurred circles, but being able to see Libby perfectly, hence the one clear marble. Or was that just me thinking that?

Although the original synopsis stirred up quite a bit of pre-read controversy, I have to say it holds no stance on the overall end results of this book. Holding Up the Universe is about a girl who was once the most overweight teen in America, and one of the most popular boys at school who happens to suffer from Prosopognosia (face blindness).

Niven does a fantastic job at making the characters come to life with real life situations and topics like bullying, fat shaming, and the loss of a parent. You can tell she has done a lot of research on Prosopognosia and was able to explain it perfectly. I thought the characters especially Libby and Jack were well fleshed out and each had their own clear and distinct voice and narrative.

Although there was very little to do plot wise as I felt this was a very character driven story, I was never bored. I think this has to do with Niven’s writing style. She has a way of making you feel things you never thought you had inside you. This time around as it’s her second YA novel, she goes for a more lighter subject matter but is still able you make your insides turn to mush.

This is a beautiful story about being seen in more than one aspect. Libby wants people to look past her weight and see her for who she truly is, which Jack is able to do. And for Jack, he just wants to see and remember people, especially his family members. If there is one thing to take away from Holding Up the Universe, it’s the important message of self worth. Stop looking at your flaws, everyone has them, and start appreciating what you’re good at!

Dear friend, You are not a freak. You are wanted. You are necessary. You are the only you there is. Don’t be afraid to leave the castle. It’s a great big world out there. Love, a fellow reader

Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven


The Bad

Do I think Holding Up the Universe is as strong as her first novel, All the Bright Places? No, I don’t. I think her choice to touch on a more lighter subject matter was a good decision, but it just didn’t resonate with me as much as All the Bright Places did.

Plot wise, there really isn’t one. Did this affect the story in a negative way? No. But had there been more of an end goal here I think it might have made a bigger impact. It’s not to say that I didn’t take a lot away after reading it, I’m just saying there could have been more in my opinion.

Finally the romance. I found it rather dull. I don’t think Libby and Jack are endgame. I would much have preferred if they blossomed more with a strong friendship and appreciation for each other before jumping into a lack luster romance. I guess you can’t win them all.

It’s my experience that the people who are most afraid are the ones who hide behind mean and threatening words.

Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven

I do think there is a lot to take away from this book and I highly recommend everyone to read it. The message of self worth is one worth hearing.

Let me know what you guys thought of Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3



Jennifer NivenHolding Up the Universe is Jennifer Niven’s second book for young adult readers, her first being All the Bright Places, but she has written four novels for adults —American Blonde, Becoming Clementine, Velva Jean Learns to Fly, and Velva Jean Learns to Drive — as well as three nonfiction books, The Ice Master, Ada Blackjack, and The Aqua Net Diaries, a memoir about her high school experiences. Although she grew up in Indiana, she now lives with her fiance and literary cats in Los Angeles, which remains her favorite place to wander.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (ACOTAR #2) | REVIEW

A Court of Mist and FuryA Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (ACOTAR #2)
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 640
Format: Hardcover

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

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.


4 Stars


First Line:

I vomited into the toilet, hugging the cool sides, trying to contain the sounds of my retching.


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He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.

A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas

The Good

To start this off I want to clarify that I went into this book with a negative outlook. I read review after review and only the issues seemed to stick in mind. A hero becomes the villain, the villain becomes the unsung hero. Sounds like the typical story telling of Sarah J. Maas. But what I take away from this sequel is understanding. I get why Sarah J. Maas did what she did and I’m ok with that.

A Court of Mist and Fury takes a 180 turn from ACOTAR. Feyre and Tamlin are back in the Spring Court and are dealing with all the horrors that occurred Under the Mountain. Tamlin has become over protective of Feyre and won’t let her have much freedoms. Feyre feels boxed in and only has her nightmares, night sickness and thoughts to herself. That is until she has to oblige to the deal she made with Rhysand Under the Mountain. Once a month she has to spend a week with Rhys, no questions asked!

I loved the character developments we get in ACOMAF, the good and the bad. All three main characters are dealing with a different kind of PTSD. For those that don’t know what that is, it stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Feyre began to grow on me this time around. I find her character annoying in the ACOTAR and wished she get a mind of her own. This time around she rebels, doesn’t take no for an answer and learns to harness her new found Fae powers. Tamlin becomes protective. Too protective. He locks Feyre away and won’t let her leave the estate. He has good intentions, but his actions don’t go over so well with Feyre. Hence the hero becoming the villain. Rhysand was Amarantha’s whore for 50 years Under the Mountain. Everything he did, he did for his friends and people. Including the deal he made with Feyre had a major reason in the end. So the villain now becomes the hero.

The romance between Feyre and Rhys begins to heat up and slow builds over the course of ACOMAF. I never felt that things were rushed, or that it was insta-love. Rhys became the man that Feyre needed. Not a master, but a partner and friend. By the end of ACOMAF I was rooting for them.

Sarah J. Maas kills it again with her world building. We are introduced to the beautiful Night Court and new characters as well. It was an exquisite world built among the chaos. I felt like I was living in the Night Court at times. Walking down the streets, eating the lovely food, and seeing the beautiful architecture.

We are also introduced to 4 amazing new characters. All a bit mysterious, dangerous, and courageous. You can’t help but connect with at least 1 or all 4 characters. Amren, Cassian, Azriel, and Morrigan. My favorite was Azriel. He seems like a troubled soul and I couldn’t stop myself from falling head of heels for him! I can’t wait to see more character development for those 4!

I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.

A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas

The Bad

As per usual, the main problem I have with A Court of Mist and Fury is the writing. I don’t know what it is about Sarah J. Maas’ writing that rubs me the wrong way. But I feel it to be really choppy at parts. It doesn’t flow 100% of the time in my opinion. She is amazing are world building, but when it comes to dialogue, that’s where things get a little messy for me.

The plot of ACOMAF is also a very slow build. I get that it’s a sequel and sequels tend to be more of a character and world build more than a plot driver, but I found myself a little bored at times. If it wasn’t for the exciting bits of action and romance thrown in between certain parts of the story, I think it would have taken me even longer to get through.

My mate. Death incarnate. Night triumphant.

A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas

Overall, I think it was a great sequel and I like the direction it’s going in right now. Let me know what you guys thought of A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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Sarah J. MaasSarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.