Review to come when I'm not busy reading everything in the series and feeling things, so many things. (Read: Dorian and Aedion and Manon and asdfghjklReview to come when I'm not busy reading everything in the series and feeling things, so many things. (Read: Dorian and Aedion and Manon and asdfghjkl.)...more
After being disappointed by the first book in the series, I wasn’t looking that forward to the second one. Except it hadOh, but I am feels right now.
After being disappointed by the first book in the series, I wasn’t looking that forward to the second one. Except it had everything I ever wanted. And Rhysand.
But first things first: Feyre. As mentioned, I didn’t very much like her and she was one of the main reasons I didn’t enjoy the first book as a whole. But that was before. ACOTAR left her in a really bad place. And it changed her. Suffering from PTSD both her own and someone else’s, Feyre goes through such development that managed to leave me utterly pleased. I still wouldn’t call her my favourite heroine, but the delivery of her change and how it is transformation and growth rather than suddenly opening her eyes is incredible. Also heartbreaking.
Another thing that has improved is plot. As in, this book has an actual plot. With assassination attempts and robbery of deadly fae and court infiltration and preparations for war. MUCH AWESOME.
Naturally, with plot come the characters. MUCH FEELS. In ACOTAR, Feyre’s surroundings were limited to Tamlin, Lucien and Alis. Who, let’s face it, don’t have much personality even when combined. Or fun. And frankly were just boring all around. In ACOMAF we have the Night Court. MORE FEELS. Honestly, I don’t even know what to say about this. Except maybe scream AWESOME. Because it is. The characters themselves, their shared history, the dynamics, the bonds, the chemistry. All of it is marvellous and complex and just… FEELS. It truly feels like a family and something that Feyre deserves. And something that I could read about more and more and more. They are the kind of characters that grip you and steal your heart and can possibly make you forgive any possible flaw a book may have.
Then, there is the romance. WHAT CAN I EVEN SAY. I’m just screams. And feels. And also spoilers. So let’s just say that the romance is awesome and it makes me wanna cry and also why isn’t that man real and just. Damn.
And last and perhaps most awesome is the world. In this book, at long last, Feyre ventures beyond her pretty cage and experiences the world of fae from her now immortal eyes. She travels all around Prythian, from the snowy mountains in the North to the warm seas in the South. It’s magical, beautiful, rich and just so, so vivid. Particularly the Night Court. (Admittedly, the Night Court also has the advantage of having Rhysand as decor but still, I AM NOT BIASED.)
All in all, a total favourite and I cannot wait for the third book. I’m dying waiting for it. I neeeeeeed. ...more
One of the reasons I don't consider myself a romance reader is because about 90% of contemporary romances I pick end up being huge disappointments. AnOne of the reasons I don't consider myself a romance reader is because about 90% of contemporary romances I pick end up being huge disappointments. And I don't expect much from them in the first place. So why do I do this? Because of the remaining 10%. Or, those books that punch me in the face with feels, sweep me off my feet, and remind me why I do love romance, that romance can be so, so good. You know, those books. The kind that Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday turned to be.
Leo Loves Aries is one fantabulous bunch of cliches and tropes. Starting with the ever glorious friends to lovers. Theo, the oblivious but hilarious hero, manages to get himself and his sister a very, very nice roommate. And from then on, they click. So nicely. What I really like most is that Theo and Jamie's love story truly starts from a friendship and that friendship affects everything. It's in their daily life, it's in their conversations, it's at the core of their romance. Even when the sexual tension smacks Theo in the face, almost literally, it's still about being friends. And that's beautiful.
Another walking talking trope is Theo himself. To be honest, sometimes I find oblivious main characters to be annoying. Or unrealistic. Theo, however, is neither. Or, well, he is ridiculously oblivious but it is so rooted in his view on friendship that it works. Sure, his utter blindness was at times upsetting, mostly because it hurt Jamie and you, the reader, could see it. But Theo, being the precious boy that he is, made it work. In his own oblivious way. And, well, when all is said and done, he sure makes up for it.
In addition to Theo and Jamie, Leo Loves Aries provides a nice cast of sidekicks. From the beautiful and athletic Sean who is entirely too close to Jamie if you ask Theo, to the incredible Leone who sees way more than her brother despite being blind. What I love most about them is that they add to the tropes and the entertainment, but don't add any unnecessary melodrama. Not even the ex-girlfriends and ex-boyfriends. (Also, the moms. Oh, the moms. WHAT INCREDIBLE MOMS THIS STORY HAS.)
So, we got the characters. But even the greatest of them can be ruined by a boring environment. There is nothing boring about Leo Loves Aries. Because the dialogue in this book just shines. Sparkles. Attracts.
Oh, that flirtatious witty banter that sends off such sparks! This is what so many romance stories lack, in my opinion. This chemistry, these sparks that are the beauty of love stories that are only just beginning. It's not about the happy ever after, it's not about the sex. It's about clicking. While being attracted to each other. And not realising it.
Leo Loves Aries turned out to be exactly the kind of romance I like. It's ridiculously cute, sexy but not overly so, witty and funny, with adorable characters. Plus, friends-to-lovers and obvious-to-everyone-else are the tropes that can work so, so marvellously if done right. And here it is done very, very right. Much love.
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Review to come when I'm done flailing. And possibly have shoved an entire cake down my throat. BECAUSE THIS WAS SO CUTE. Oh my god. THE CUTE. I had to stay up til 7am to finish it and I'm so freakishly pleased right now....more
First things first: CHARLES AND BRAN AND SAMUEL. I have no words. Only feelings. AT LAST. All three. In the same space. Interacting. So beautiful. I'mFirst things first: CHARLES AND BRAN AND SAMUEL. I have no words. Only feelings. AT LAST. All three. In the same space. Interacting. So beautiful. I'm tears.
The entire Aspen Creek pack in general, to be honest. I'm forever sad we only ever got a glimpse of it from Mercy's side but... This is definitely better than nothing. And makes me even thirstier for more.
Another AT LAST point is witches. There have been some in the universe so far, but never to this extent. It was... interesting. And not just because of Bran. Though, that, of course, was the highlight. (Also, Bran's past. Bran and Leah. Just, Bran. #UnapologeticBranFan)
Quite fast paced and not particularly plot heavy, more romance than fantasy, and a nice treat that shows a different side of the Mercy Thompson world. I didn't like it as much as the main series, for various reasons but... Still pretty good. Even the instalove wasn't that bad due to the circumstances. Looking forward to more (Bran)....more
This book can be split into two parts: Before Rhysand and After.
Before, the book is boring. It gathers what seems like every YA paranormal romance clThis book can be split into two parts: Before Rhysand and After.
Before, the book is boring. It gathers what seems like every YA paranormal romance cliche that I strongly dislike and as a cherry on top, has an annoying heroine in the middle of it all. There is much whining, then pining, then some more whining.
More disappointing still is the fact that this book isn't particularly Beauty and the Beast. Sure, there is captivity and glorious books and I guess Lucien could be counted as a talking teapot solely due to the same level of awesome but... Honestly, it feels more like Cinderella romance than any other tale, particularly in the beginning. Especially because there isn't anything particularly beastly about Tamlin. (Creepy, maybe, but that's a topic for the next book.) Yes, there is a deadly curse that needs to be broken, and yes, it does somewhat follow the tale but something is just... off. The vibe is wrong. Something is just... missing. Or maybe I'm just picky.
Now, After... After. Rhysand, for all intents and purposes, is also a walking talking YA romance cliche: dark, handsome, mysterious. Probably tortured. Probably self-loathing. Clearly there for the romance and drama, the triangular kind. HOWEVER. What little dialogue he shares with Feyre is far more entertaining than ANY long conversations she's had with Tamlin. Because Rhysand has personality. Depth. He is fun, to read and to read about. His motives may be glaringly obvious, but it is how he goes about them that truly captivates. And best of all, he brings out interesting sides in Feyre. Which, honestly, I did not expect because she isn't exactly my fave. Rhysand makes the stuff that was boring Before interesting.
All in all, A Court of Thorns and Roses is the kind of paranormal romance that doesn't really offer much new, except maybe being sexy on the level of New Adult rather than Young Adult. And it falls a bit flat with certain characters for me personally, but... Rhysand totally saves the day. Cauldron bless that fae....more
This is the second holiday romance I pick this month season and it is the second romance that successfully kills any usual desire for Christmas chick-This is the second holiday romance I pick this month season and it is the second romance that successfully kills any usual desire for Christmas chick-lit in me. While The Winter Wedding was too short and not deep enough in my opinion, One Wish In Manhattan is too long and... well, boring.
A single mom going across the ocean to search for her daughter's Christmas wish of finding her father has such a potential to be magical. Christmas is the time of miracles, is it not? Unfortunately, the story was just... A lot of talking and going to places. With constant location changes between this apartment and that building.
The characters, too, were not particularly interesting. Oliver the sexy millionaire seemed to have a lot going on for him, with his fear of death and panic attacks, but he just has to also be the usual playboy who simply hasn't met his Cinderella yet. The Cinderella, on the other hand, is, of course, all too capable of everything. She even manages to land two jobs while on vacation.
So, honestly, I was just bored. I had to skim the last 100 pages because I just wanted to be done. The romance had some spark in the beginning but lost it pretty soon after. The non-romantic plot could have been more dramatic, maybe. And I cannot believe I'm saying this because I'm a huge hater of any kind of drama. But that's how meh everything was to me....more