A Court Of Thorns And Roses Review.

A beautiful retelling of the beloved Beauty And The Beast, Sarah J. Maas will have you up reading under the covers until late past your bedtime with this fast-paced mix of adventure and romance that’ll have you clamoring for more.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre 16096824kills 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.

Feyre lives a simple life. She and her family were once wealthy, but after her father lost their fortune, and their mother, they live in a small hut in the forest. Her father is unable to work, so Feyre must do everything for her father and her two sisters. She hunts for all of their food, and one day, when she nears the bordering wall between her country, and the faeries country, she sees a wolf. Only, it’s not a wolf, and she knows it.

“We need hope, or else we cannot endure.”

It’s a faerie. She’s been warned about faeries all her life. They’re ruthless killers who can only be stopped by a small number of things, including ash arrows, Feyre’s chosen hunting weapon. If you are spotted by a faerie, you might as well kiss your life goodbye, because you’re dead. There is no escape, your fate is sealed. Feyre knows she shouldn’t shoot the wolf, but something in the wolf’s eyes speaks to her, like he’s almost as desperate as she is. As if the faerie wants her to shoot him, so she does.

The next night, while she is preparing the food she got last night, another faerie bursts into her house, disguised as a wolf, and demands that she must pay the price for killing a faerie, die right now, or leave her family forever and go live with him in his court in Prythian, the faerie country. A place no human has ever been known to survive.

“Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

Feyre has no idea why she is there, only that she must remain there as his captive. She quickly learns that not everything is as it seems there, and she wants to figure out what’s really going on. She soon finds herself in places she never thought she’d be, for reasons she never thought possible. Will she make it out of this adventure alive? Read and find out.

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”

Wow! I’m sorry to say that I hadn’t read a Sarah J. Maas book until this one. I was really missing out. This book is a masterpiece and should be appreciated as such. The word is vivid, the writing amazing, and the characters mesmerizing. This book gave me so many feelings, and I loved every second of it. Maas’ poetic, beautiful writing captured me from the very first page, and I practically devoured this book.

Overall.

I give this a 5 out of 5 stars, and would recommend this to anybody, because this retelling is better than the original. Sarah J Maas weaves a world you want to go to. Maas’ beautiful retelling will have you clamoring for the sequel.

A Court Of Mist And Fury Review.

An incredible follow up to the heart wrenching retelling of The Beauty And The Beast, Sarah J. Maas delivers a novel that’s even better than the first.

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep 17927395cost. 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.

“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.”

Wow. This one was great. I was really surprised by this book, but in the best possible way, as in, I read almost 300 pages of it in one sitting.I never expected any of what I got from this book. It felt new and real and it was stunning. This book has dragged me out of a very long reading slump, and I am so thankful for that.

The book starts out after Feyre is back in the Spring Court with Tamlin, and she is learning how exactly to be the wife of a High Lord. She and the rest of Prythian is still trying to deal with everything that happened with Amarantha and Under The Mountain.

“There are good days and hard days for me—even now. Don’t let the hard days win.”

In dealing with these issues, Tamlin and Company are gone for a majority of the time, and Feyre is left either by herself or with her newfound friend, High Priestess Ianthe. Ianthe is the main one who is helping her step into her new role as Tamlin’s bride. Feyre, of course, does not want to stay behind, so she is constantly trying to go with Tamlin, so he locks her up inside their mansion and never lets her leave, not even for short periods of time. Needless to say, she is not happy. If you don’t remember, Feyre made a deal with Rhysand, the High Lord of the Night Court, while she was Under the Mountain. This deal forces her to spend one week a month with Rhys in his home in the Night Court. She made this deal to keep herself alive, but, what does Rhys get out of this little bargain? Maybe he’s not who everybody thinks he is, and maybe Tamlin isn’t either.

“No one was my master— but I might be master of everything, if I wished. If I dared.”

It’s a massive 624 pages, so it seemed a little daunting at first, but once I started, I could not stop. It is beautifully written, mind-blowing wonderfulness. The pace of the plot was perfect, I never got bored, and I absolutely adored all the new characters. The new setting was equally as enchanting as the people who lived there. I wish I lived there. Sarah J. Mass’ meticulous descriptions of Rhy’s world made you feel like you were there, and then some.

“To the stars who listen—and the dreams that are answered.”

I finished it a couple of days ago and I still have all the feels, and I do mean, all the feels. This book was the most incredible emotional roller coaster I have ever experienced. It has everything you could want in a novel. Off the charts everything. Characters, plot, pace, setting, substance.  Maas managed to balance a stunning plot with a beautiful romance, which is really hard to do in my opinion. I find that it is either one or the other, not both, and she did it flawlessly. There is not one single thing that I disliked about this book, at all. I was in the biggest reading slump imaginable, and Sarah J. Maas’ writing has completely pulled me out of it, so, thank you so much Ms. Maas.

Overall

This book was absolutely fantastic and I would sell my soul to get mu hands on the next book right now. It instantly became one of my new all-time favorites, right there next to Outlander and The Mortal Instruments. I recommend this for older teens and up, because it will blow your minds until you can’t even think straight, it was that good. 5 out of 5 stars for sure. If you read one series this year, make it this one.

If you have read this book please let me know what you think down in the comments!

Outlander Review.

Romance, danger, and mystery abound, this book will have you sweating, in more ways than one.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon Review On 802 Book Review.The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Claire Randall, the main heroine of the novel, is originally from England, 1945. The story opens with Claire and her husband, Frank, on there second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands. One day, they see a group of women dancing inside a circle of stones. The next day, Claire goes back to the stone circle, as she is a budding botanist, to go and pick up some plants she saw there. She is soon transported to the year 1743, and surrounded by men in kilts and red coats fighting. Not just fighting, but old school fighting, with axes and other close range weapons. She is captured by a group of burly men in kilts, and is forced to save one of there young companions, a Mr. James Fraser. She is swept up with this new crowd as their hostage, thus their story begins.

“Don’t be afraid. There’s the two of us now.”

Diana Gabaldon weaves a miraculous tale of chivalry, true love, tough times, and heartwarming moments in her debut novel, Outlander. This book has officially earned a spot as one of my all-time favorite books. It took me very long to read, but I flew through it once I picked it up again last week. I stayed up way to late finishing this bad boy up, and I can’t bring myself to regret the sleep I lost, no way. I loved many things about this book, the world, the plotline, the twists and turns, I pretty much loved the whole thing. What really sealed the deal for me was the characters.

The world, I had never been super interested in Scotland before, but I am now! The story takes place in 1743, in the Scottish Highlands. I always wished that I had been born in an earlier time period, I love how people dress, how people act, how they live, everything about the older time periods, like this one. It’s romantic, it’s beautiful, and Diana did not let me down on this front. She brought the old time-y feel, without reminding me of all the not-so-great aspects of this time period, like the lack of running water, and indoor plumbing. She nailed all the fabulous aspects of this world, this Jacobitism Scotland. The time period is really well written.

“Oh, aye, Sassenach. I am your master . . . and you’re mine. Seems I canna possess your soul without losing my own.”

The plot is another big point for me. Let me tell you, this book is massive. It’s 623 pages, with small print and thin pages. A lot happened in this novel. I loved how long and drawn out it was. We got to see exciting and fast-paced times, as well as happy and slow times. The pace of the book was really nice as well, it never moved to fast or too slow.

Now, onto my favorite part, the characters. I have a clear favorite here, and if you’ve heard anything about the book, or seen the TV show, I think you know already who my favorite is, a Mr. Jamie Fraser. I mean, don’t get me wrong, Claire is pretty great. She’s a kick-butt combat nurse during World War II, so she really knows her stuff.  Jamie is great for so many reasons, but most of all, he exemplifies chivalry. He tries to do right by Claire at all times. He’s funny, handsome, and he’s willing to duke it out for his friends and family, the man is practically fearless. He is goodness personified, and that is why he is my favorite and really just makes this story, it would not even be close to as good as it is if Jamie wasn’t in it.

Overall

This is a great book, and one of my new all-time favorites. Read it if you want to have an awesome time! I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars, and I will definitely be continuing on in the series.