All about Books
This is the page where I will be discussing what I'm reading, reviewing those books and be open to suggestions to keep adding to my To Be Read pile. Honestly, I'm never going to get through that thing anyway, so the more the merrier.
Welcome back. I’m doing a book review today, on a series I adore for many reasons. Sarah J Maas is my favourite author, which came became apparent to me after I’d read the first few books in her ‘Throne of Glass’ series. Go read her books if you haven’t yet.
Just as a bit of a disclaimer, this will be have several more spoilers than my Goodreads review, since the book has been out for a little while now. However, if you’re like me and have a massive TBR pile (what bookworm doesn’t??) which includes ACOWAR, then please read the book first.
Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Part of a trilogy/series: Yes, book 3 in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series
Original publication date: May 2nd 2017 (UK and USA)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (Read May 2017)
As that review is quite long, I’ll turn this into a snap-shot version. After reading ‘A Court of Mist and Fury’, I kept thinking about it, even after reading various other books, so was beyond thrilled to finally buy ACOWAR. As well as nervous about how things would end.
1. Feyre now as High Lady of the Night Court. Also, she wears some amazing dresses.
2. Lucien and Feyre’s friendship. And Lucien in general. Though Feyre messing around with Tamlin and Lucien in the Spring Court was hilarious.
3. Feyre returning to the Night Court and their reunion. (Why can’t the Inner Circle and Velaris just be real????) The fact that Feyre and Rhys are mates makes me happy every time I think about it.
4. Feyre and Lucien Court hopping. Then Cassian and Azriel turning up in the Winter Court being wonderful and amazing. And fully healed. I’m pretty certain I cried.
5. The other Courts. Seeing both glimpse into them and meeting the other High Lords. Extra love for Tarquin in removing the blood rubies.
6. The one throne only in the Court of Nightmares scene- and the way Rhys and Feyre just owned the whole thing. Brilliant.
7. Viviane and Mor’s friendship. Viviane is a great character and I liked her pretty much immediately. Hope we see more of her in the future.
8. The immense amount of diversity in ACOWAR. Particularly with a main character which I did not see coming.
9. The Suriel, Weaver and Bone Carver returning. As well as seeing the library and meeting Bryaxis.
10. Ianthe getting what she deserved. And the whole of Hybern, really.
11. Tamlin redeeming himself a little bit made me remember that ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ happened and I didn’t always hate his guts.
12. Nesta and Elain’s transformations and what they deal with in being made High Fae.
13. The general banter of the Inner Circle. Lucien’s awkwardness was great, but I did feel sorry for him. I hope he can integrate himself there further.
14. Amren being her usual scary and awesome self. She did almost give me a heart attack- as did Rhys- but I’m willing to overlook that now on both accounts. (See point 18.)
15. Feyre and Mor in Adriata- and getting to actually, finally, see Mor fighting.
16. Realising just how much of a journey Feyre has gone on, and how much all of the characters have changed and developed.
17. Finally meeting Miryam, Drakon, Nephelle and their gang. Yay!!
18. Having everyone safe and alive. Just going to leave it with a quote from Azriel, which took me a few moments to believe was true: “It’s real.”
19. How the Court of Dreams have helped me personally. Whether that is through the things they’ve said or how they’ve looked out for each other, this series has let me deal with my mental health issues more and bring acceptance to that part of me. For which I’m grateful to Sarah J. Maas for writing these characters.
20. The series will be continuing!!
However, I did quite a bit of crying, as to be expected from these books. I couldn’t even see to read during Rhys’ pre-war speech to his family.
Also, when Cassian and Nesta faced the King of Hybern, there was a moment where I genuinely thought Cassian was dead…which hurt a lot. Similarly with Rhys and Amren.
Please again see point 18 on the list above and how glad I am of it.
These points are not exhaustive and there is plenty more I could add, but basically it deserves the five stars Goodreads allow. More actually, but unfortunately, there isn’t that option. If you haven’t read it yet- or even the whole series so far- I highly recommend doing so.
I’ve loved the first three books in Feyre’s POV. While we don’t yet know a lot about how the series will continue, I’m sure that the other books- and novellas- will be just as great.
Thanks for reading this post. Comment below if you’ve read the book/series. All the best.
As I've only just started this blog, there is a lot I've written about lately. My original plans were to start in May, but then I couldn't for various reasons and am doing it now instead. As a result, this leaves me with quite a few posts dating back to that that time, in books and films. This is one of the reasons I've chosen to upload posts twice a week, as well as putting several of the earlier ones up at once.
This is one issue with being a bookworm and never having time to watch films. Happy reading.
Today I’m going to be sharing my first book review. I’ve written a shorter one on Goodreads, the link to which is below. My Goodreads reviews are often quite short since I don’t give away major spoilers.
(For this blog, I will try to do the same if you haven’t had the chance to read the book/see the film/other, but cannot always guarantee I won’t slip up at some point. I’ll put a disclaimer at the beginning of posts if I’m discussing something recent. )
With that out of the way, I’ve put some basic- and hopefully useful- information about the book and then the main review below. Enjoy.
Title: Gilded Cage
Author: Vic James
Part of a trilogy/series: Yes, book 1 in the Dark Gifts trilogy
Original publication date: December 2016 (UK)/February 2017 (USA)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (Read April 2017)
When I first heard of this book, I knew I wanted to read it and was bought it a few months after publication, so had limited chance to catch any spoilers. As far as I’m aware, Gilded Cage is the debut novel by Vic James, and is a brilliant start to the trilogy.
The scene is a modern England but society seems in a way to have gone backwards. The people mostly in the north are classed as ‘commoners’ and must perform a decade of slave days, either in one of the massive factory-type establishments or in the houses of the Equals in the south. The Equals have Skill, which can manifest itself as different abilities, but frankly some of what they use it for is quite scary and makes me glad it isn’t real. As I’m sure was intentional, the author likens everything to the old North/South divide in England.
For those reading this outside of the UK, some years ago only people from the south of England could do jobs such as being a news presenter, because they spoke more like the Queen’s English. Quite a few cities in, and nearer to, the north had dialects that were harder to understand, so those people were never allowed to have those kinds of jobs. This would have included me and my home city in East Yorkshire. Thankfully, not many people I know look at it like this now*, though it’s still usually there in the background.
*Unless you’re me and one of my best friends who is from London. We joke about things in this way sometimes.
The story follows the Hadley family who begin their slave days. The main POV’s are Abi and Luke, the two oldest children in the family. Abi tries to get the whole family into the house of one of the most powerful families there are, but Luke is separated from them and taken to Millmoor, one of the factory types in Manchester.
As it’s already set in the modern day England, there wasn’t a lot of world building as such as the cities are already there. It was the places of Millmoor and Kyneston, the house of the powerful Jardine family that were created and done really well, making me feel like I was there, and with them being clear enough that it didn’t make me feel lost when a chapter swapped POV’s. Aside from Abi and Luke, there is the POV’s from a lot of the Equals, mostly one of the Jardine brothers or another member of their family.
Onto the characters. I really liked the Hadley family. They felt like a normal family, stuck in situations they were forced into, but trying to do their best for each other regardless. Abi felt the need to be strong, as the oldest, in looking after her siblings or helping her parents and I admire her for that. Luke and their younger sister Daisy did a lot of growing up very quickly and they were both really good characters as well.
The powerful family of Equals, the Jardines, are on the opposite end of the scale. They have everything they could ever want and are proud of their Skill and heritage. The three brothers are Gavar, Jenner and Silyen, each with their own unique personality. However, their father is terrible to each of them in his own way and their mother is quite distant from just about everyone. Other members of their family come in and out of the story, but it is mostly to do with the brothers in the Jardine household.
Gavar is the one I would want to be around the least, as he has a temper though he cares a lot about his baby daughter. Jenner is definitely the kindest, though there are limits to this because of his position. I haven’t made my mind up about Silyen yet, though he’s very intriguing and draws you in. But he’s also scary in the way if he was going to put a knife in you, he’d probably apologise first, but smile while doing it. I’m looking forward to how he’s portrayed in the next book. All of the other characters are also clear, even the ones who aren’t in it much.
However, my one gripe is that the politics confused me a bit at times. I understood the main parts of this, and most of it easily linked into the story, but there seemed to be of rules and set ways when we are first introduced to the political aspects. I’m not sure it quite needed to be written like that, but it is.
All in all, I’ve given ‘Gilded Cage’ 5 stars. If you’ve read it, please let me know what you thought of it as well. Thanks for reading this review. All the best.