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Book Review- A Court of Mist and Fury

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Book- A Court of Mist and Fury (book #2 of ACOTAR trilogy)

Author- Sarah J. Maas

Publication Date- 3rd May, 2016

Publisher- Bloomsbury

Warning: this review may contain spoilers from the first book A Court of Thorns and Roses, so do not read this review unless you have read the first book, or unless you don’t plan on reading this series. You can read my review on the first book here.

Remember in my first review, when I said that ACOTAR is not one of my favourite series? God, I was such a stupid child then. I ABSOUTELY ADORE THIS SERIES, I LOVE IT TO PIECES- I LOVE THIS BOOK FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART AND THE DEPTHS OF MY SOUL.

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Okay, excessive fangirling aside, ACOMAF is one of my favourite books. Maas has really outdone herself. Absolutely wonderful character and plot development, gripping story from beginning to end, and oh so steamy- I can fault nothing with this book. This is Maas’s best work- it has everything I could wish for. I don’t even have the words to express my undying and eternal love for this book.

Feyre has survived Under the Mountain. She has survived Amarantha and all the horrible trials. But she hasn’t survive the terrible nightmares Under the Mountain came with. Haunted by the decisions she was forced to take, Feyre has become a dimmed and hollow shell of what she used to be. And Tamlin’s over protectiveness and choke hold on her does nothing to help her worsening condition. Strangled by the claustrophobic atmosphere of the Spring Court, Feyre has no choice but to seek amnesty at the Night Court, where she slowly finds herself healing amongst the court of dreamers. Where she finds herself falling for violet eyed Rhys, who will do anything and everything to ensure Feyre’s happiness. But as war with Hybrens lands becomes imminent, Feyre yet again has to ready for battle- battle that may tear apart her world, her family, and her soul. For love, she cheated death, and for war, she will become a weapon.

What I Liked:

Okay so the plot for this book was such an improvement from the first book! In most trilogies, the second book usually goes downhill, but it was the total opposite in this case! It was a huge book- a good 600 pages, but I read it in one sitting and loved every page. The plot kept escalating through the book, and at times, left me at the edge of my seat, biting my fingernails in anticipation.

Everything was so well thought out and every event was tied together so well. The planning, the scheming, it was so perfect it left me in awe. Maas is such an intricate writer. She leaves no loopholes in the plot and ties up every event to make one massive plan and plays it out soooo well.

Just like the first book, I adored the name of this book. I won’t talk about it much, because I personally love the moment I understand the reason for the title of a book, so I think everyone should have that “oooooh” moment as well.

Coming to the characters. Feyre- oh she is such a strong and amazing character. She grow so immensely in this book. Broken, tired, and shredded from Under the Mountain, she becomes such a strong, powerful character in this book. Her growth is gradual, and so painful to read about. I felt so furious and sad on her behalf in the first half of the book. But it just makes me more proud to see what a determined, fierce, luminous(literally) and passionate person she becomes. She’s definitely in my list for top 10 badass females.

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Coming to Rhysand….OMGOMGOMG *squeals in delight at the mention of his name* I ADORE HIM HE IS MY BOOK BOYFRIEND, HE IS MY HEART AND SOUL. Hot, kind, understanding, powerful, hot, respectful, a feminist, cunning, and did I mention hot? That cruel and unforgiving mask we saw in the first book was just that- a flawless façade which cracks only for his friends and hides a kind, compassionate and beautiful person. His sarcasm, his humor, his kindness and his almost ridiculous self sacrificingness (yep i just made a word) reminds me of a Herondale you know? He is such an essential and wonderful character in this book. I knew I was right about him in the first book! I knew he wasn’t the horrible, cold fae he was pretending to be!! Ahhh I love him so much.

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I hated Tamlin in this book. I despised him. Some things he did could be forgiven with time, but what he did at the end? No forgiveness for that. I can’t say more without spoiling things, but lets just say I wouldn’t mind seeing him driven over by a bulldozer.

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All the secondary characters were amazing as well. Mor’s bubbliness and cheerfulness which hides her lethal killing senses, Cassian’s *swoons* perfect balance of sass and sweet, Azriel’s shadows that hide his true feelings and Amren’s absolute awesomeness to make this perfect and dynamic family.

I hate Hybren. I hate Jurian. AND OH GOD I HATE THOSE HORRIBLE MORTAL QUEENS. All of these people should be burned alive and fed to the wolves. Reading about them makes me want to go all Celaena Sardothien on them. UGH THEY MAKE MY SKIN CRAWL.

The romance was…HOT DAMN. Super steamy, sensual, I was fanning myself on all Feysand scenes. But aside from all of that, they both are so well matched. Sarcastic banter, sweet glances, and the perfect mutual understanding between the two is what makes them so great together. Rhysand is protective, but he doesn’t force anything on Feyre and knows that all her choices are her own to make. I ship them as much as I ship Will and Tessa, which is like really saying something. Along with them, I’m a crazy shipper of Nestain and Morriel. Nesta and Cassian- the two wild cats suit each other well. I don’t care how much they snap at each other and pretend to hate each other, I SHIP IT. And Morriel- my sweet Azriel needs Mor. I don’t get why Mor pushes him away, so I hope she has a good reason for it, because Azriel deserves to be happy. I have so many ships and I ship them all so much, if any of them sink, I’m going to sink along with it too.

The ending. Oh my god the ending. It left me stunned but so happy. Just the idea of the vengeance Feyre will wreck in the next book makes my heart swell. The conclusion couldn’t have been better really, it left me so excited for the next book!

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What I didn’t like:

Nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada. This book was without a doubt, 10000% perfect and had nothing I could fault.

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars. The perfection and beauty of this book makes me want to cry. A must read for all fantasy lovers!

Books and Music Tag!

Hi there readers! I'm here with a tag today, the books and music tag! Kyera from Kyera's Library tagged me for this(thanks so much!) Go check out her blog if you haven't already, her reviews are amazing!!

Rules:

  • Tag the creator of this tag (Debbie @ Debbie’s Library) and the person who tagged you
  • Pick 5 songs (or more) that you just have to listen to whenever they are played
  • Pick the books or characters that you think fit that song the best, and explain why you picked those books or characters
  • Tag some friends!

My Songs:

Warrior- Beth Crowley

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Okay I know I cheated a bit with this song, cuz this song is specifically made for this book, BUT OMG ITS SO ABSOLUTELY PERFECT FOR JACE AND CLARY THAT I HAD TO MENTION IT. This is defintely what Clary would sing for how she discovered the Shadowhunter world, and for everything that happened in City of Bones. Every time I listen to this song, the entire story runs through my head. UGH THE PERFECTION. There's this line in the song- "You're my mortal flaw, and I'm your fatal sin," and god, isn't that like so fitting and perfect for Jace and Clary?

Carry you- Union J

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Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Okay so this is totally Tobias singing after the end of Divergent and throughout Insurgent when Tris has become all sad and angry and reckless and stuff and when there's all that building tension between Tris and Tobias- I can literally imagine this happening. I think this song is like a perfect fit for the book.

 

Castle- Halsey (omg I love Halsey so much)

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Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

OMG so this is Aelin when she finally goes all queen mode and decides to conquer the world. Its such a poweful and almost goosebump raising song, and I think it fits Aelin perfectly. I can't say much without being spoilery, but this is really what I imagine as the theme song for the Throne of Glass series.

 

Stay with me- R5

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

If you've read Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows, you'll probably understand why I chose this song. Oh my poor, sweet Julian- this is such a perfect song which sums up what he must have been going through after the end of Lady Midnight.

 

Tired- Alan Walker ft. Gavin James

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

This song reminds me sooo much of this book. This is what Rhysand would sing for Feyre after everything that happened Under the Mountain and after what happened to Feyre. Again, I can't say anything without spoiling things, but please read this series because Oh My God, it's really worth it.

 

A thousand years- Christina Perri

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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

This song reminds me of Will, Tessa and Jem so much, I almost feel like crying every time I listen to it. I can imagine Tessa singing this for both Will and Jem, and if you've read Clockwork Princess, you probably understand why. It physically makes my heart ache and almost brings tears to my eyes- ugh i love these three soooo much.

So that's all! I tag:

A Mess of a Reader

Reading with Rendz

BooksInNeed

BookJunkies

Egg Reader

and anyone else interested in doing this tag! Do tag me back, I'd love to see your answers too! Comment down below and tell me if you agree with my song choices! Thanks for reading!!

Book Review- Scarlet

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Book- Scarlet (#2 of The Lunar Chronicles(

Author- Marissa Meyer

Publication Date- 5th February 2013

Publisher- Macmillan Publishers

This review may contain spoilers from the first book of the series- Cinder, so do not read this review unless you have read the first book or unless you don’t plan on reading this series. (you’re making a mistake BTW)

Okay so let me put this right out at the beginning. Marissa Meyer is one of my queens of fantasy and fiction. Her writing is absolutely fantastic and I really can’t get enough of her books. Gripping storyline, amazing characters, humor, sarcasm, really, is there anything her books don’t have?

Scarlet was such a great read. Though I liked Cinder a teensy weensy bit more, I still adored this book. (I only liked Cinder a bit more cuz of my ridiculously huge crush on Kai)  A retelling of Red Riding Hood, Meyer effortlessly entwines the two plots, keeping the base of the fairytale the same, yet making the story completely original and unique.

Scarlet Benoit, a fiery farm girl lives with her grandmother in a small town in France. Or atleast- used to until two weeks back. Her grandmother is missing, and Scarlet is ready to do anything to find her. So when she encounters a mysterious street fighter- Wolf, who may know the whereabouts of her grandmother, Scarlet has no choice but to take his help, despite of her distrust for him. But somehow, she is irresistibly drawn to Wolf, and he to her. At the same time, halfway across the world, Cinder has become the Commonwealths biggest fugitive, and is still coming to terms with her real identity. In her attempts to flee from prison and meet with Dr.Erland, Cinder is forced to take the assistance of ridiculously annoying and flirtatious Captain Thorne- who flirts with anything that looks remotely female. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel the mystery of her grandmothers kidnapping, they stumble into yet another when their paths collide with Cinder. Now, all of them together have to stay two steps ahead of vicious and bloodthirsty Queen Levana, who will do everything in her power to conquer Earth- starting with the Commonwealth…and Prince Kai.

What I Liked:
I love the way Meyer gives her fairytales a modern twist. I’m not a big fan of retellings- I feel that authors twist up the fairytales rather crudely and end up over dramatizing and ruining the timeless tales, but that doesn’t happen with this series. Though the foundation of the story is the same, Meyer makes it so much more layered and intriguing.

I loved the plot. The pacing of the story was good, and I didn’t ever find myself getting bored. Meyer juggles between different POV’s well which gives us different perspectives of situations happening in the book. The plot isn’t over the top or very complicated, but that simple storyline is written so intricately. I can visualise everything clearly in my head and I felt everything the characters felt.

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Coming to the characters- I really liked Scarlet. I love how much she cares for her grandmother and I love how brave she is. She’s ready to take on anyone and anything as long as she gets her grand- mere back. Headstrong, a bit short tempered, but still a kind and compassionate person. I found it adorable when she had a gun aimed at Wolf, but still made him a tomato sandwich because he was hungry- if that’s not cute, I don’t know what is. (has this really become my idea of a cute first meeting and date? This is why I’m going to be forever single). But I don’t think I connected to Scarlet as much as I did to Cinder, though that’s probably because the first book was entirely about Cinder, wheras this book was focused on a lot more than one characters.

I loved Wolf! I know he’s a dangerous street fighter and can tear people apart and whatnot, but to me, he’s just this adorable, awkward little teddy bear. Sure he’s deadly, but he reminds me of a lost puppy who needs a hug. I loved how he didn’t know what a tomato was- like that was so innocent my heart just melted into a puddle. But even then, we don’t know much about him- his past and present both are still kinda a question mark. But seriously, reading about him makes me all warm and fuzzy and I just want to go and give him a bone crushing hug.

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Cinder is still my favourite character. Her growth in this book is clear- but she’s still the same awesome person she was in the first book. It amazes me how strong she is. Her life was turned upside down, and she learns all these dark secrets about herself- even then she stays so strong. She has no time for self pity and is just so hardworking. I love that she isn’t only doing what she is told, but still makes her own decisions- instead of going to meet Dr.Erland, she decides to go looking for answers about her past first. Though it was a rash decision, it worked out well for her, which is what matters the most. I like Captain Thorne as well- flirty, funny, and super charismatic- he’s a very entertaining character. But even he is still a mystery and we don’t know much about who he is, so I’m hoping that changes and we get to know more about him in Cress.

So there wasn’t much of Kai in this book, (that makes me so sad). But whenever he was present, I would always get flutters in my stomach and would bat my eyelashes flirtatiously. ( yes, i know I’m weird thankyou very much) I can see him grow, and see him get stronger, but REALLY THIS BOY HAS TO LEARN TO TAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS. His decision at the end of the book? Really?? Really Kai???? I understand his reasons, but boy that wasn’t smart. *shakes head reprovingly but still swoons thinking about him*

I hate Queen Levana. Evil, cunning, arrogant and UGH soooo fake, I want her ripped to shreds. AGH I HATE HER I HATE HER I HATE HER.

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On to the romance, I ship Wolflet so much!! I love how they both balance each other out and are so endearing. I love how Scarlet teases Wolf, and how Wolf gets so shy about it. I wish the romance had developed slower though. I mean they barely knew each other for a day and were already so infatuated with one another. But even then, they are a really really reeeeaaalllllyyyy cute couple. Though Kai and Cinder didn’t meet in this book, that can never change the intensity with which I ship them. I hate how Kai thinks Cinder just manipulated him with a Lunar trick to make him fall for her, cuz OF COURSE NOT YOU BUFFOON. (though admittedly a really cute buffoon) I need the two of them together, like NOW. They both are perfect for each other, and I really miss their cute and light banter.

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The ending was smart- just like Cinder, it wasn’t a MASSIVE cliffhanger, but it’s more than enough to get me craving for the next book.

What I didn’t like:

So I didn’t feel as connected to the new characters in the book as I had to the characters in Cinder. I felt they weren’t as developed. Also, I wanted the romance to not be insta love, you know how much I ABHORR insta love, though I didn’t mind it as much in this book. I did want it to develop slower than it did though.

Rating:

I would give this book a solid four out of five stars. Even with those few flaws, the book was amazing and really fun to read. It had the same sarcastic humor and the same great plot which makes me love Meyer’s books. Definitely a book I would recommend to other readers.

Thanks for reading! Have you read Scarlet?  Do you plan to? Comment down your thoughts on the book and series, I love a good discussion!

Cake Book Tag!

Hi there readers! So today I’m taking part in the Cake Book Tag! This is such a fun tag so thankyou so much Egg Reader for tagging me for this! Go check her out, her blog is really amazing, and her reviews are awesome!!

Okay so there aren’t too many dark books I read but I think I’m going to go with The Young Elites by Marie Lu- its evil, dark, mysterious, and really really interesting! Marie Lu is such an amazing writer! The series left me feeling really moody, but it was a fantastic read!

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I’d probably go with Red Turban White Horse by Nandini Bajpai. Summery, light, and fun, it was a really cute read. I would also recommend The Zoya Factor by Anuja Chauhan- its suuuuper cute and sweet, and totally left me with flutters in my stomach and this goofy smile on my face.

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Hmm there are quite some books which leave me a bit mixed. One of them would probably be Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. It was quite good, but I still didn’t like it as much as I thought I would! This book was really hyped for me, so I ended up disappointed, because I didn’t find it thaaat great.

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UGH THERE ARE SO MANY OF THESE. I’d probably recommend The Infernal Devices to every single person ever- it’s such a beautiful beautiful trilogy that the entire world should read. I’d also recommend The Lunar Chronicles, I love this series soooooo much!! There are many more books like A Court of Thorns and Roses that I would recommend to everyone, but I’ll stop before I go overboard.

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So I usually finish any book I pick up, even if I don’t like it, but the one book I could NOT bring myself to finish was BZRK by Michael Grant. It was just weird and boring and dragged and disgustingly gruesome and I just couldn’t read it.

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I think the Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi will take this. I love the way the series is written, it’s really beautiful and different. I love the way Mafi writes something and cuts it out- it like how someone would write in their diary. Her descriptions are strange yet beautiful and I love them.

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I tag:

Fire Breathing Book Dragon

Hannahs Novel Nonsense

Obsessions of a Bookaholic

Sweet and Unholy

and anyone else who wants to do this! You're free to use the art, but please keep the credits of the artist in the picture! And do tag me back, I'd love to read your answers for this tag! Thanks for reading!

Kiss, Marry, Kill (Book Edition)

Hi there readers! I’m back here with another short game- something which we usually play in school, except that I’m doing a book edition of it here! The rules are simple- I’ve written down a list of male characters from books I’ve read and I simply run a finger over the list and randomly stop- I do this three times for each round, and the three characters I choose become my guinea pigs. I’m doing 5 rounds of this game, so enjoy!

ROUND 1:

Kai from The Lunar Chronicles, Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses, and Aspen from The Selection

This round isn’t particularly hard for me, because although I like Aspen, he’s nowhere near the love I have for Kai and Rhysand. And though I adore Kai, I love Rhysand wayyy too much to not marry him. He’s just such an amazing personality in the book with all my dream qualities. (I have hearts in my eyes thinking about him). So I would kill Aspen, kiss Kai, and marry Rhysand.

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ROUND 2:

Tobias from Divergent, Peeta from The Hunger Games, and Warner from the Shatter Me trilogy

This one is pretty easy for me again. I absolutely despise Peeta, I’m all on Team Gale. (Don’t kill me please) I just never liked him and felt he was always a burden on Katniss. Though I like Tobias, Warner is so much more of a layered character. And I’m super attracted to bad boys so the choice was clear to me 😉 I would kill Peeta (with no qualms whatsoever), kiss Tobias and marry Warner.

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ROUND 3:

Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices, Rowan from Throne of Glass, and Maxon from The Selection

NOOOOOOO. THIS CANNOT BE HAPPENING. I love all three of them, how am I expected to choose?!? Ugh, and I thought this game was going well for me. Okay so I absolutely adore Will so there is no way I can kill him. Maxon was such a sweetheart throughout the series, so I can’t kill him either. I think I might kill Rowan? He’s kinda overprotective sometimes which gets annoying, considering Aelin is an assassin herself. So I would kill Rowan (sorry Rowan!), kiss Maxon, and marry my eternal love Will.

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ROUND 4:

Jace from The Mortal Instruments, Enzo from The Young Elites, and Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses

EASY. If any of the Herondales are in the choices, it’s not even a fair fight to the other characters- my love for the Herondales is beyond understanding. Jace is my spirit animal, I love him soooo much. I like Enzo as well, he’s a great character in the book, until dun-dun-dun happens. And all those who have read ACOTAR probably understand my not so favourable feelings for our dear friend Tamlin. So I would kill Tamlin, kiss Enzo, and marry Jace.

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ROUND 5:

Jason from The Heroes of Olympus, Percy Jackson (need I say where he’s from) and Chaol from Throne of Glass

Okay so I don’t like Jason. I don’t like him one bit. He can go marry a brick for all I care. I found him a bit arrogant in the series, so he never grew on me. Percy is my all-time favourite character. He’s grown so much through each series, and considering he was the first awesome fictional character I read about, I’ll always love him. So marrying him is clear. Now I’m one of the few people who actually LIKES Chaol. Yes, you read it right. I LIKE him. I think he’s a really good person, and the fandom is a bit too harsh on him. So I would kill Jason (probably with a brick), kiss Chaol, and marry Percy.

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That’s the end of it guys! I hope you enjoyed it! Do tell me who you would have chosen, and if I should do something similar for our amazing heroines as well! Thank you for reading this!is

Would You Rather (book edition)

Hi there everyone! So as I always do book reviews, I decided to twist things up a little and do something different. So here I am, doing a Would You Rather- just that it’s gonna be in book edition. I’m going to list down five questions and my answers for them. This should be fun!

1. Would you rather read only one book a year and remember everything or read a hundred books a year and remember nothing?

I think I would prefer to read a hundred books a year and remember nothing- I think I would go insane if I was only able to read a book a year. Also, that way, I would get to relive the story of so many books I love and experience all the emotions all over again if I don’t remember what happened in them. Definitely the second option- I’m all for crying over books over and over again!

2. Would you rather read a book with a cliffhanger ending or read a book with a heartbreaking ending?

This is really hard, because I hate both. I hate having my heart broken and my soul shattered, but I also hate having to wait for a year or more to read a book with a cliffhanger ending. But after a lot of deliberation, I would choose the book with the cliffhanger ending, because that way I get to imagine theories and alternate endings, but if a book has a heartbreaking ending, then I don’t even get to imagine anything else for it and just end up spending hours bawling my eyes out.

3.  Would you rather read a book that’s missing the middle chapter, or read a book missing the first and last chapter?

Definitely the one missing the middle chapter- I can deal with missing a bit of the action or romance, but I CANNOT deal with not knowing what happens in the last chapter- it would drive me crazy!

4.  Would you rather never read Harry Potter again or never read Percy Jackson again?

Okay this is a horrible question for any reader to answer. But as much as it would break my heart, I would sacrifice Harry Potter, because Percy Jackson holds a special place in my heart. It’s the first book which introduced me to the wonderful fictional world and I wouldn’t give it up for anything. Though leaving Harry Potter would break my heart, it’s a decision I wouldn’t regret. (Though thank god I will never have to make this cruel decision)

5. Would you rather read the physical copy of a book or read on a kindle or electronic form?

100% the physical form. I absolutely despise reading in an electronic and in fact do not even own a kindle due to that particular reason. I need to have the book in my hand to pet the cover, smell the book and to cradle against myself. (Yes I actually do this)


So that was it! I hope you enjoyed this as I actually quite enjoyed answering these questions! Do comment down below and tell me what your answers would be, and also tell me if I should do some more book edition games! Thankyou so much for reading!

Book Review- Clockwork Angel

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Book- Clockwork Angel (#1 of The Infernal Devices)

Author- Cassandra Clare

Publisher- Simon and Schuster

Publication Date- August 31st, 2010

Okay so let me start by saying that I have already finished this series and have read The Infernal Devices at least a hundred times. I am reviewing it for two reasons- one, I was requested to review more Shadowhunter books in the comments (shoutout to you Katie!) and two, this series is the most beautiful, agonizing, heart touching and heartbreaking series ever which deserves to be read by the entire human race. So I will do my best to pretend I haven’t read the next two books and that I am totally unbiased even though I know the big secrets of the rest of the series. (I am VERY VERY biased, I’m just pretending I’m not). This is one of my favourite series in all YA books, and Clockwork Angel gives it a magical, painful, heart wrenchingly beautiful start. This trilogy will bring down a barrage of feelings and will wreak havoc on your emotions- brace yourself.

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When twice orphaned, sixteen year old Tessa travels the long distance from America to England in hopes to be reunited with her brother, she is unaware of the darkness shrouding her. At the port, instead of being greeted by her brother, Tessa is exposed to the horrors of the London Downworld- vampires, werewolves, warlocks, and other terrifying supernatural folk, who are only kept at bay by Shadowhunters- warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of an organisation called the Pandemonium Club, Tessa is faced with the shocking revelation that she herself is a Downworlder, with the rare ability to transform, at will, into another person. And the Magister, the shady figure who runs the Pandemonium Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own. Lonely and hunted, Tessa is saved by the shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she uses her powers to help them. Tessa soon finds herself falling for and torn between two best friends: Jem, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and Will (he’s mine), whose dark and mysterious past forces him to distance himself from everyone and make the world believe the worst about him. That is, everyone but Jem- and now Tessa. The search for the Magister pulls them deeper towards a plot which threatens to destroy all shadowhunters, and Tessa realises she may have to choose between saving her brother, or helping her new friends save the world…and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

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What I liked:

The book is set in the Victorian Era, which gives London a very timeless and mysterious feel. Clare makes the setting very convincing- I could just imagine old winding streets, buildings of stone, girls with dresses and parasols and everyone being really cordial and polite (everyone except Will that is).

The plot was outstanding. Clare is such an effortless writer- she weaves the most intricate plots with such ease. Though the book starts out a bit slow, it is still very intriguing, and after you pass the halfway mark, it’s a wild ride- I was constantly on the edge of my seat. There were many things happening in the second half, but I never felt confused and never felt things were over the top.  Everything is tied together, and the second you think all the secrets have been revealed, the plot twist punches you in the gut and leaves you stunned. The series is very original and unique, and I think this is one of Clare’s most sophisticated works.

However, my favourite part of this book is the characters. Real, relatable, it makes me so happy to read about such amazing characters.

Starting with Tessa- I really liked her. She isn’t my favourite YA heroine but she’s in the top 7.  She’s one of the few heroines who has no training, not much strength, but is so intelligent. Being an avid reader, Tessa thinks like a character from books (I know she IS a character from a book but that’s not what I mean). Smart and witty, she constantly proves her intelligence throughout the book. She’s very curious and eager to know everything, but at the same time also is confused and scared to be a part of the Shadow world- she just wants a normal life. Overall Tessa was a really strong and likeable character in the book.

Coming to my book boyfriend- Will Herondale. I love him. I absolutely adore him.  Charismatic, witty, intelligent, has blue eyes and black hair, not to mention his dark and unknown past. I am so attracted to boys with a troubled past. I WANT DETAILS. I want to know why he pushes everyone away and why he makes people believe the worst of him, why he pretends he has no feelings when he so obviously cares for everyone. He has a dark secret which forces him to do this, and this secret is slowly consuming him. It leaves me so distraught, because he NEEDS love, and I’m always tempted to just start screaming “LET ME LOVE YOU” every time I read about him. He clearly loves Jem- that’s one thing he doesn’t hide, and I love how much he cares for and protects Jem. His wit is amazing, his sarcasm usually ends up sending me into fits of laughter.

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Over to Jem- he’s my second favourite character in the series. Elegant, polite, kind, compassionate, he is the calm to Will’s storm. I hate how he is treated because of his illness and I feel very protective towards him. His affection for Will is obvious and very endearing- they both are closer than even brothers. I love how friendship is just as important- if not more, than love in this book, which makes it so unique, because nothing can taint a bond as pure as Will and Jem’s. I love most of the characters in this book but there are so many that I’m not mentioning them all.

Now to the romance. I normally hate love triangles. I feel like they usually takes all the respect from one character and makes them look bad. That doesn’t happen here. This is my favourite triangle, because the boys don’t hate each other- they care for each other’s happiness more than their own. And Tessa is so equally torn between the two. And both of them are so amazing in their own ways that I sympathise with Tessa’s position. Though I ship Will and Tessa more, I love Jem enough that I wouldn’t be able to bear seeing his heart broken. That’s what’s so unique about this book- the highlight of these three is more than love, its friendship- and love and friendship together is what makes it infinitely more beautiful.

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What I didn’t like:

Nothing. This was a masterpiece crafted and presented to us on a silver platter. You might find the first 100 or so pages a bit slow, but trust me it’s worth it.

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars. A complete package of joy, laughter, wit, sarcasm, blinding pain, frustration, despair, anger (I’m running out of emotions), this book is a must read for everyone.

Book Review- Red Turban White Horse

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Book- Red Turban White Horse: My Sister’s Hurricane Wedding

Author: Nandini Bajpayee

Publisher: Scholastic India

Publication Date: June 7th, 2013

Light and summery, Red Turban White Horse was such a fun read! I normally don’t read only romance books, I’m more of the “kill everyone and save the world” type, so when I do pick up a cute, romantic novel, I want it to be really good. I’m glad Red Turban White Horse was the book I picked. Warm, fuzzy, and so adorable, I loved everything about it.

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Mini has a wedding to plan. And she has to plan it fast. It has been seven years since her mother died, and living with her geeky dad and brainiac sister has made Mini very knowledgeable on calculus and cars- but not so much on planning big Indian weddings in America. So when her sister Vinnie decides to get married, it’s Mini’s responsibility to make sure the wedding is the best day of her sisters life. The budget is low, and the pressure high, but Mini has her new Mini Cooper, two months of summer break, and her terrific sense of style to blitz through this wedding. And of course, she has mysterious and smoking hot Vir at her side. As Mini rushes to arrange lehengas and flowers, food and the guest list, she also has her own love life to deal with. And if all this didn’t call for a disaster, the monster hurricane headed right towards Boston may just be enough to blow the entire wedding away.

What I liked:

I love that the plot of this book isn’t overly complicated. A lot of times in all these cute novels, unnecessary drama is pushed into the story to make it more interesting. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case here. A short and sweet read, its something you can just breeze through. Even though the book is based in America, the characters are Indian. Its always refreshing to read about characters from different backgrounds, and you can relate to a book more when the characters are of the same nationality as you. There were many cultural and social references to India, which for me, made the book closer to home. Indians don’t take weddings lightly, marriages are massive celebrations, and this book did complete justice to a typical desi wedding. Though the book is light, it was also quite deep at parts. It highlights loss, grief and sadness in a way everyone can relate. This book is the complete package- I was laughing, blinking back tears, and relating to the characters all through the book.

I really liked Mini. Sassy, spunky, smart and stylish, she is a very likeable personality. Not to mention the fact that she’s a Potterhead, which immediately makes her ten times more awesome. She loves her family so much, and loves her dead mother with a beautiful ferocity. Even though she has so much responsibility, she doesn’t shy away from doing what she has to, and is really hard working. Though I really like her, I hate how once she gets mad at someone, she clams up and completely stops communicating with them. It’s like saying, “I want an explanation for what you did to me but I’m so mad at you that I won’t even let you speak.” That really drives me crazy, but oh well, everyone has their flaws. Her sense of style is impeccable and her designing skills are on point. Confident and cheery, she’s such a lively personality in this book.

There are so many great secondary characters in this book! I loved Vir. Sarcastic, sweet, kind, understanding and super hot, I was fangirling every time he was mentioned.

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(he still wouldn’t be my book boyfriend though, my standards are very high) Even though he’s really rich, he wasn’t snobby or arrogant. I love how much he cares for Mini and how he’s willing to give her space when she needs it, but is still always there for her. I love Mallu Masi, you might not like her at the beginning but trust me, this classy woman is amazing! I loved most of the characters in this book- though they all have their faults, the most beautiful thing tying them together is how much they care for each other.

The romance was so so cute!! Mini and Vir are the perfect couple. The dialogues were great, not very sappy, but still bordering on very slightly cheesy, which actually just ended up as very sweet. It left me feeling warm and fuzzy, with a goofy grin plastered on my face, and a high pitch squeaky voice every time I talk about them. It’s the kind of romance you would want in high school- endearing, a little cheesy, but perfect all the same.

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What I didn’t like:

Okay there is actually nothing I can pin point. This book isn’t perfect, it’s not even in my top 5 really, but there isn’t anything I can individually pick out and label as “not good”. If I really nit pick, maybe Mini was too perfect? Pretty, smart, stylish, maybe that gets a bit unrealistic. But I’m just picking out minor things now, the book is on a whole very charming and sweet.

Rating:

I’ll be giving this book a four out of five. Sweet, deep but not preachy, this book is the perfect summer read! Give it a go on a weekend when you’re looking for a light read, it’ll be worth it!

Book Review- A Court of Thorns and Roses

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Book- A Court of Thorns and Roses (#1 of the trilogy)

Author- Sarah J. Maas

Publisher- Bloomsbury Children’s

Date of Publication- May 5th, 2015

After reading the brilliant and brutal series Throne of Glass, I picked up A Court of Thorns and Roses, confident that Maas’s writing will blow me away once again. I’m glad to say it didn’t disappoint. Though not as much as Throne of Glass, I really loved this book. Sensual and cruel, this book left me tangled in the Fae world, and itching to read the next book. It isn’t my favourite book, not by a long shot, but it was an impressive read. This is a hard review to write, because almost EVERYTHING in this book is a spoiler. I can barely say a word without giving away the plot twist, but still, I’ll try my best.

Feyre is a huntress. Surviving in the cold and ruthless forest, hunting to keep her two ungrateful sisters and pathetic father alive, Feyre is a stone cold killer. Separated from the lethal and deadly land of faeries only by a wall, Feyre, like all the other villagers, hates those twisted creatures and has no qualms about killing them, provoked or not. So when Feyre sees a doe in the forest, a doe which could fill her families stomach for weeks, she thinks nothing of shooting the wolf which was about to attack the doe. But the wolf was no ordinary wolf, it was a faerie. Feyre soon realizes that everything comes at a price, and the consequences for killing the faerie are severe.  Dragged to the magical land of faeries as retribution for her crime, Feyre discovers that her mysterious and deadly captor is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. But to her surprise, her captor Tamlin, instead of ill-treating her, gives her everything she could have ever wanted- food, shelter, and safety. Slowly, Feyre’s hostility for Tamlin turns into passion, and she finds herself entangled in the deadly game of faeries and an ancient, nearly unbreakable curse. With the fate of the entire faerie realm in her hands, Feyre must break the curse- or be broken herself.

What I liked:

I absolutely loved the name of the book. It’s very fitting for the faerie realm- breath taking and alluring just like roses, right until you prick yourself on the ugly thorns that remain hidden until they tear you apart. It’s not very often that the title of a book fits the story so well, but it really does here.

I loved the story of this book. Based on Beauty and the Beast, Maas effortlessly weaves the timeless tale into this story. There are many parallels which can be drawn between the two books, making the story a fairytale, but at the same time, anything but a fairytale. The book is a perfect balance of love and hate, caution and recklessness, beauty and monstrosity, and cruelty and mercy. Feyres hatred for faeries is justified, but I think I fell in love every time I read about a faerie. I love how the faeries are described- twisted, dark and cunning, but with an ethereal sort of beauty. Maas writes very descriptively and vividly, her descriptions were enough to visualize everything very clearly, showing what a great writer she is. The plot twist was shocking and unexpected- I couldn’t have turned the pages faster than I was doing at that moment.

I really really liked Feyre. Cold and wary, she has been fending for her family since the age of fourteen, and has never been given anything in return. She has no reason to smile or to trust, and is very assessing and calculating when she is taken to the faerie realm. Even though she is illiterate, she is very intelligent, and proves it in many ways throughout the book. She is ready to do anything for those who she loves, and is brave, almost to the point of stupidity. She can be very sarcastic as well, and I love her occasional outbursts of humour.

Tamlin is a very interesting character. He has little control over the horrors happening in the Fae world, even though he is extremely powerful. He is distraught over the approaching evil, and has his reasons for holding Feyre captive. But he constantly protects her from harm and is noble and fierce, ready to do anything for his land and people. He is smoulderingly hot around Feyre, and gives her everything she wants- he genuinely cares for her well-being. He at the same time does have a volatile temper, though he usually holds it at a tight leash. Though I don’t agree with all his decisions, I do really like what he stands for.

Now coming to the character I both love and hate- Rhysand. I’m so conflicted on my feelings for him. I want to hate him, I really do, scheming, arrogant, evil, and twistedly charming, I want to despise him for how he treats Tamlin and others. But somehow, I feel like all that swagger is a façade, and everything he did to Feyre has a bigger purpose. And he helped Feyre when no one else did, and saved her from breaking, even though the ways in which he did it were UGH. Plus, his violet eyes and charming smile make it REALLY difficult for me to hate him. I do however, hate the bargain he makes with Feyre, but as I said, I think there is a bigger purpose to what he does, even though that doesn’t excuse his actions. I think he has a major role in the next book, and I’m keen to see whether it’ll be good or bad.

Coming to the romance, well, it was INTENSE. Steamy, passionate and sensual, Maas infused such a strong bond between Tamlin and Feyre. It wasn’t love at first sight- it was slow developing and cautious, but it was electrifying. But even with this, I felt something was lacking. No matter how much the romance developed, somehow I could never ship Tamlin and Feyre as much as I wanted to. My opinion on this is probably in the minority, but something just felt off to me between the two of them- I’m not sure if that’s what Maas intended or whether that’s just me but I don’t think those two are good for each other. I hated the sacrifices Feyre had to make for Tamlin, and I hated the horrors she went through for him near the end of the book. I think she sacrificed too much of herself for him, and he didn’t do nearly enough for her. Though I love both of them as individual characters, I don’t ship them as much as I want to.

The ending was very well thought out. There was no cliffhanger, but it left enough unanswered questions to make me eager to read the next book. I for one am very excited to see what the next book has in store for us.

What I didn’t like:

Well for starters, I think the book was quite slow paced. It took a while for the story to get going, so readers might feel a bit bored before the actual plot comes into play. The beginning may seem a bit dragged, so I wish that there had been more happening even at the start.

I also wanted more action in the book. I think the romance was a bit more than the action, and I would have preferred the opposite, because in this book, the actual action stuff only happens in the last 150 or so pages. Some more thrill and danger would have made the initial part of the book more gripping as well.

But even then, this book was a great read, and I’m glad I picked it up and stuck through it till the end!

Rating:

I would give this book 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 out of 5, I would have liked more action and a faster pace, but even without this, the book was hooking enough to make me love it and was well written and planned. Definitely something I would recommend to fantasy lovers!

Book Review- Lord of Shadows

 

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Book- Lord of Shadows (#2 from The Dark Artifices)

Author- Cassandra Clare

Publisher- Simon and Schuster

Publication Date- May 23rd, 2017

Okay guys, grab some coffee and make yourself comfy- this is one long review.

Three words which come to my mind when I think of this book- all consuming, dark and utterly torturous and heart wrenching with so much pain and joy at the same time. Was that more than three words? Oops, my bad. I loved EVERYTHING about this book. From the dynamic characters, to the intricate plot, the humour, the shivers up your spine romance, the diversity- someone save me, I can drown into the Shadowhunter world forever.

For those of you who haven’t read Lady Midnight, the first book of the series, you can first read my review on that and then read this- there may be a few spoilers from the first book but they’ll be minor and I’ll try to be as vague as possible on them.

Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn are parabatai. They can be everything to each other, but they can never fall in love. Obviously, that’s exactly what they do. Emma learns that the parabatai curse can destroy her and Julian, so she does everything to try to end Julian’s feelings for her. But nothing can break a bond so strong. Their only hope is the Black Volume of Dead, an ancient and cursed book which in the wrong hands, threatens humanity. The search for the book leads them to the forbidden faerie lands, where no one and nothing can be trusted, and then to the London Institute, home of their ancestors. Driven by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, the survival of the Blackthorns now depends on the book. But at the same time, the Cohort, a nasty and extremist group of the Clave arises, who are set on dissolving rights of all the Downworlders (vampires, werewolves, warlocks, faeries) no matter how loyal they are to the Clave. They will do anything to expose all of Julian’s secrets and seize power for themselves. And even worse, a new and darker threat- the Lord of Shadows- the Unseelie King arises. Intent on procuring the Black Volume before the Blackthorns so as to start a war against Shadowhunters, the king sends his best hunters to find the book, forcing Julian to devise a dangerous scheme relying on an unpredictable enemy. Will the book be found? Will the parabatai curse be broken? And will the Blackthorns survive?

What I liked:

The plot was brilliant. Let me be a Potterhead for a second- it was bloody brilliant! Though it was a 700 page book, it still seemed short- I was never bored, even for a second. I loved that there were POV’s from almost all the characters, it makes the book so emotional as you connect to all the characters. The plot twists- oh my god. Everytime I relaxed, thinking nothing can shock me more now, I was proven completely wrong. There were so many “WOAH” moments which left me stunned. Clare makes every line significant and meaningful, nothing is mentioned just casually- each sentence ends up having some importance. The humour was perfect- dry and sarcastic, these lighthearted moments were necessary as a reprieve from the building darkness in the book. I adored the references to all their ancestors- the visit to the London Institute brought back a flood of memories from The Infernal Devices. I also enjoyed all the visits from the old characters- it makes the book more emotional and refreshes the old books.

I love how this book subtly hints at reality. The Cohort, which is a group of shadowhunters, are prejudiced against Downworlders and want their rights restricted. When you actually think of it, this is so close to reality, for just like the Cohort, people are prejudiced against muslims or lgbtq’s. So it ends up highlighting issues in the real world as well, which is something not many books do.

There is a lot of diversity in this book- we have a gay couple, a lesbian couple who were there in previous books as well, a few bisexuals, a trangender, and an autistic person. Who do we not have? I love how Clare includes everyone making this so much more than a book- it becomes a platform to raise awareness.

Now let’s start with the characters. Emma- oh I love her. I cannot emphasize enough on how real she is. Reckless, sassy, fiery- she’s such a strong personality. One of the best shadowhunters of her generation, Emma does so many near impossible things in this book. I love her protectiveness for the Blackthorns- there’s little she wouldn’t do for them. Her friendship with Cristina is great- they both balance each other out so well.

Coming to Julian, I love him, but I’m also a bit scared of him. People seem to think that he’s a sweet and gentle bunny, but in reality, he would destroy the world to make sure his family lives. He deceives, schemes, cons and lies to people so guilelessly that it frightens me. He is ruthless and will sacrifice anyone and anything for his family. He’s one of the only protagonists I’ve read about who is almost evil, but doesn’t realise it. He tip toes a fine line between good and evil, and I’m curious to see which way he’ll sway after the end of Lord of Shadows. God, I love him.

On to Ty, Livvy and Kit. This is probably my favourite friendship. Ty and Livvy were such a perfect unit that I never thought anyone else could fit with them, but Kit was such an easy fit into their group. Aloof in the beginning, Kit grows into such a Herondale that I want to cry. His attachment to the Blackthorns tugs at my heart, because he’s never loved anyone like that before. I love how he accepts Ty’s autism without a blink of the eye and I love Ty’s fascination for him. These three together are basically Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and Mary- oh the perfection! Dru was also a more developed character in this book. I wasn’t that invested in her in Lady Midnight, but she really grew on me. You can’t not sympathise with her- always left behind on missions, always having to babysit, because she’s considered too “young”. But she does have her own secrets to hide so it’s all worth it.

And oh! How could I forget the witch of this book- Zara Dearborn. Let me be a Potterhead once again- THE FOUL, LOATHSOME, EVIL LITTLE COCKROACH. She has to die. Not exiled, not suspended, no mercy, nothing. She is a taint to shadowhunters and is a cruel, evil, scheming horror who has to die painfully. I’ll stop before I throw the laptop against a wall.

There are many great characters who I haven’t mentioned but I won’t because they are a bit of a spoiler. Let’s just say that Dru has two very important secrets, and I have a very big hunch about the identity of one of them. Then we have some people from the previous book who aren’t exactly what we expected them to be. I won’t name them so you’re gonna have to read the book to find out!

On to the romance, oh there were so many couples! Starting with Jemma- if you thought Lady Midnight was painful, you’re in for some real torture. Who was the idiot who said words can’t hurt? Cuz the words here will stab you over and over again. There is a lot of angst in here, but it never annoyed me, it just made me ship them harder. Their alone time in Cornwall was much due and exactly what we needed. 😉

Now to Mark, Cristina and Kieran- well they’re entangled in a complicated but beautiful mess. Even though there were lies and secrets on the way, I’m really rooting for these three. Yes, three, not two. Though it won’t seem like it in the start, these three are made for each other and I’m eager to see how they play out.

And now to our youngest ship- Kit and Ty. Give me a second to squeal. These two are so adorable. Ironic that the sarcastic Herondale seems to be falling for the boy who doesn’t understand sarcasm? It’s a great match. Kit understands Ty in a way not many people do, and Ty trusts Kit the way he trusts very few. The openness between the two cracks my heart and I really hope their close friendship turns into more.

Over this book, many secrets are brought to light, which drives the family even closer than before and ties their bonds even stronger. It’s beautiful and touching to read about and makes you feel warm and fuzzy.

And finally, coming to the end- it left me emotionally drained. If you thought the ending of Lady Midnight was bad- I don’t know what you’ll think of this. I was shattered and ruined and had run out of tissues by the time I finished- I’m never going to heal from that. It left me stunned, I was practically a zombie once I had finished the book. If I was the kind of person who threw books, I would be flinging this book across the room everytime I thought of the ending, and then probably running over to make sure I didn’t read the ending wrong. I think what happened will be a driving force in the next book and I’m unsure if what happens next will be good or bad.

What I didn’t like:

I hated the ending. It’s what is expected from Cassandra Clare but I hated it. I hate that I will have to wait two years for the next book. But in all seriousness, there is NOTHING I hate about this book. It was perfect.

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars. Clare has outdone herself and presented us with a masterpiece. It’s a must read for everyone and nothing that I can fault. I’m sorry this review was so long but there were a lot of things I had to talk about, so thank you for reading the whole thing!