I really liked A Court Of Mist And Fury! I like it so much more than A Court Of Thorns And Roses, and it's going to be a long wait for the next one.
SoI really liked A Court Of Mist And Fury! I like it so much more than A Court Of Thorns And Roses, and it's going to be a long wait for the next one.
So, Feyre's deal with Rhysand...I had no idea what to expect with it, but I really liked where it went. I loved Rhysand in this book (and he was definitely my favorite in ACOTAR), and after reading this book, I am completely sold on him and Feyre. Rhys and Feyre are equals, and they are on equal ground, much more than Tamlin and Feyre ever were. Rhysand is supportive and encouraging and better for Feyre than Tamlin ever will be.
Because honestly? Tamlin is horrible! Completely horrible...and he seemed like such a different Tamlin in this book, that I couldn't believe I liked him at first. I definitely want to go back to read the first one, because I can't help but wonder if I missed something. What happened in between ACOTAR and ACOFAM that Tamlin switched personalities? Was it there, but I didn't notice, or did he really change that much? Because how he treated Feyre wasn't okay, and I don't care what his reasons were, it wasn't okay. And when he came in, all apologetic, because she gone for ages, and he wanted her back? He doesn't deserve her, and she can a lot better than a guy who didn't realize he had a good person.
As much as I like Rhysand and Feyre together- and as much as I think that Rhysand is a better fit for Feyre after everything she's gone through- I dislike that Tamlin had to change so much just to make Rhys look like the better option. I think he is in a lot of ways, and I wish that Feyre had gone to Rhys in a different way, because I'm not a fan of how that was done, even though I like the end result. I guess I have some hesitations about Rhys and Feyre, more than I originally thought. But overall, I stick with what I said in the above paragraph.
I loved seeing the Night Court, and different it is from the Spring Court. I hope we get to see more of the different Courts as the series progresses.
Another thing I wanted to talk about is the series, but this book in particular, as a YA book. For me, it's more New Adult than YA, and that's because of the sex scenes. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with sex in YA, but in ACOFAM, they're more detailed than what you typically see in YA, and I'm hesitant to classify it as such. But it's not like there's a New Adult section at the library or the bookstore, and since it's fantasy (not contemporary romance), that's probably why shelved in the YA section. I'd say that it's probably appropriate for 15 and up.
Now that I have that out of the way, let's talk about how we see the consequences of everything that happened that happened in the first book. Things started to make a lot more sense, and that's because we learned a lot more about what's going on.
I also loved most of the new characters we see in the book, and they're all so memorable and distinct and wonderful, and they are just amazing! They really stand out and I can't wait to see more of them in the rest of the series.
My Rating: 4 stars. I dislike how much Tamlin changed just to make Rhys and Feyre work, even though I love them together. And even though I like it a lot more than ACOTAR, it wasn't quite a 5 star read for me....more
I thought The Jewel was an interesting idea, and it reminded me of quite a few dystopias out there- The Hunger Games, the Chemical Garden trilogy by LI thought The Jewel was an interesting idea, and it reminded me of quite a few dystopias out there- The Hunger Games, the Chemical Garden trilogy by Lauren DeStefano, The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, The Selection by Kiera Cass, and there was something about the book that made me think of Divergent too, and I think there's something about some of the events that happen in this book (and could potentially happen in the next one), that we could see elements of Divergent in the rest of the series. So basically, I was reminded of some of the more well-known dystopias out there, and it's why it ended being just okay.
I spent a lot of the book comparing to other books in the same genre, and that worked against the book, because it was similar enough to other books that I was bored and thought it to be a little bit predictable. I did finish it, and I did like it, because the overall idea was interesting enough to keep me reading and caught my interest just enough that I wanted to give it a try.
I thought Violet was lackluster. I think part of it is that she wants to tell people her name, instead of her lot number, but she's constantly referred to as 197 or the surrogate. That was one of the more interesting things about the book, because in a way, it makes her less human if she's nameless. I do wonder if that's partially why I felt disconnected, because everyone viewed her as someone who will produce a child, instead of an actual person.
The only thing I remember about her is that she plays the cello, but beyond that, I feel like there's nothing special about her. She's special but there seems to be no reason for why she's so special. At least, we don't find out what that is in this book. And if she's so special and can do things no one else can, why was she lot 197, and not lot 200? That makes no sense at all.
There was romance, but it didn't stand out, and there's not much to say about it, because it was boring, and didn't get my attention. It's undeveloped and sudden, and quite honestly, I'm not sure why it's even in the book.
I have a lot of unanswered questions about this world, and the little world-building we get doesn't explain much. It felt like it wouldn't hold up if you looked at it too closely, because we only get bits and pieces of why there are surrogates and not much else.
I'm honestly not sure if I'll be reading the next one. I don't necessarily have a problem continuing on with the series, and with how the last few pages went, I am curious about what's going on. It's definitely enough that I'm considering reading at least the next one, but I don't think it will be anytime soon.
I've never read The Handmaid's Tale so I'm not sure about that comparison, but I don't get the comparison to The Other Boleyn Girl. Granted, it's been quite a few years since I've read it, so maybe I'm missing something, but from what I do remember, I don't get the comparison at all.
My Rating: 2 stars. I wanted to give it a higher rating, because I do like the overall idea, but I was too reminded by the similarities to other books to really enjoy it....more
I really liked it! It's such a cute story, and even though it's one of the Roald Dahl books I never read as kid, I'm glad I finally got to read it. II really liked it! It's such a cute story, and even though it's one of the Roald Dahl books I never read as kid, I'm glad I finally got to read it. I remember liking some of his other books, and it's such an imaginative one. I will say that some of the gifts described at the end of the book were stereotypical, and that bothered me. And for some reason, the book didn't seem as magical as the movie did, which makes me hesitant to re-read some of Dahl's other books, because I feel like the magic and creativity of his books might not have the same effect on me as an adult as they did when I was a kid. It makes me wonder if maybe I'm too old for Roald Dahl, which makes me a little sad, because generally, I don't think you're too old to read anything. But in this case? Maybe it's possible. I'd still recommend it as a book, because I really like the overall creativity and the conversation that the BFG has with Sophie about how giants don't kill each other, and how kind the BFG is to Sophie.
My Rating: 4 stars. I really like the story, but it wasn't as magical as I thought it would be....more
After reading (and loving) The Selection series, I knew I had to read The Siren. Partly because I wanted to read something else by Cass, but also becaAfter reading (and loving) The Selection series, I knew I had to read The Siren. Partly because I wanted to read something else by Cass, but also because I love a good re-telling, and I thought it would be cool to read something about Sirens, which don't seem to come up very often. And I liked The Siren, but not as much as I thought I would.
I thought it was a cool idea, and I liked that it wasn't about re-telling the tale of Greek gods/goddesses, but instead focused on re-telling the story of Sirens. We got such a good picture of how girls became Sirens, and what life was like as a Siren. That actually really surprised me, because The Siren is a stand-alone and fantasy and just over 300 pages...and yet you get such a clear picture of the world and the hold that the Ocean has on these girls. For me, that more often than not, spells disaster, and it never seems to work well, but it did with this book.
Could things have been explained more? Of course, but all things considered, Cass did a better job with it than I expected. It has its cute moments, and it goes by fast. And it's an interesting idea, so I definitely wanted to keep reading to see how things turned out.
I thought the Ocean was really confusing at times- She did seem motherly at times, and yes, She did tend to go about it a little weird, but there were also times where I thought She made sense.
I'm not sure how I feel about any of the girls. There's certainly a bond between them, but Kahlen seems so different from Elizabeth and Miaka, and even Padma. She did seem depressed (which I understand why), and she did seem more traditional than the other girls, but that's probably because she's older than the other girls. By how much we're not sure, at least in the case of Elizabeth and Miaka, but definitely a lot older than Padma.
I don't know how I feel about Akinli, and I really wish we saw more of him. I get why we didn't, but the fact that we didn't really see him is probably why I didn't completely love him or their relationship. It felt a little bit too insta-love for me, and I wish we saw it develop more. I think I might have been able to believe in the whole soulmates thing if we saw more of them together.
I was surprised by the ending- I'm not sure how I expected things to end, but it was a surprise, even though I'm not sure how I feel about it.
It was more dull than I thought, and I had a hard time getting into it. Ultimately, I liked it, and the idea of the book was enough that I'm willing to overlook everything else. I wanted more action, and it was definitely a slow-paced book.
My Rating: 3 stars, because the idea is a pretty cool, and more developed than I thought, considering it's a stand-alone fantasy that's on the shorter side. But I also thought it could have been more developed in some areas, namely the romance....more