4 for your soft (and safe) heart stars!!! (update to add links of Aubrey and Lex) Henry Cavill as War.
FIRST OF ALL Notes for safety gang. For those of y4 for your soft (and safe) heart stars!!! (update to add links of Aubrey and Lex) Henry Cavill as War.
FIRST OF ALL Notes for safety gang. For those of you who don't know there's a group of Goodreads romance readers who hate to find things in our reads that ruin our fun. We don't have time to waste with cheating, rapist heroes, and we consider other woman interaction as cheating. It ruins the romance for us. Happy endings are a must for many of us.
Cheating: (view spoiler)[ NO (hide spoiler)] Other Woman after meeting: (view spoiler)[ NO Yay!*dances the conga* (hide spoiler)] Other Men: (view spoiler)[ NO (hide spoiler)] Violence: The graphic violence ratchetes up. In comparison, Pestilence's violence was less in your face. Doormat heroine: In my opinion no. That's the reason for my high rating. I love Miriam more than Sara. Abuse: (view spoiler)[Phychological yes. Physical No. Not like in Pestilence Sexual there were rape attempts but thanks god the heroine does everything in her power to stop rape (an impossibility during war times, war and rape come hand in hand) and eventually the hero stopped the sexual abuses that occurred in his camp because Miriam herself was attacked. There's not a single time when H gets involved in those crimes. How sad I have to point out, it should be a given that NO HERO SHOULD EVER RAPE OR APPROVE RAPE but you know that lately we can find rapist heroes in books marketed as romance. However, for a while War ignored humans, he acted very indifferently towards them, after all he's there to kills us, so there are mentions that there was rape in his camp. He stopped this when he fell for the heroine, but careful if this is something that can trigger you. (hide spoiler)] HEA: (view spoiler)[ Sort of. It's more like a Happy for now, but the good news is that it seems like the couple of book 1 Pestilence is still well and happy!!! So I'd say in Famine, book 3 of this series we will find all our people still happy. I'm really excited about that. (hide spoiler)] Bareback sex. (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] Mismatched sexual pasts: Yes because REFORMED MANWHORE!!! He doesn't have eyes for anyone after meeting the heroine. Thank you so much for that Thalassa. Would have preferred if his past hadn't been mentioned at all but it didn't play anything with the romance. No X's, no slutshaming of the x's. No OW drama. The romance was great, in my opinion. RELIGION: I praised Pestilence to no end because it approaches religion in a non-religious way. This book follows the same BRILLIANT neutral approach. If you looked up the world "religion" in your ebook reader it will return 9 results and none of them favors a religion above another.
Case in point Result 2 of 9 All religions want the same thing-salvation. I can hear my father's voice like an echo from the past. We're all the same or
Result 4 of 9 But not everything is normal. After all, there's no indictation that religion exits here. Granted, I've only been at camp for a day, so maybe I just need to be patient. However, so far there have been no calls for prayer and no public sermons. I haven't seen anything that indicates which god -if any- these people believe in.
Anyone who disagrees with my POV, could you please quote which parts of the book contradict my statements?
I didn't find anything here that could be offensive to the Abrahamic creeds: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. If anything, the mentions of religion in books like City of Bones and Angelfall are potentially more risky to become offensive for some creeds because the protagonists of those books, Jace and Archangel Raphael question the idea of God and their own biblical origins. Yet those books are insanely popular so I applaud Thalassa for the very unique way she transformed 4 biblical figures into interesting Romance heroes in a way that can be respectful to all creeds. BRILLIANT. It almost makes me give this book 5 stars.
There are some things here that didn't work for me personally but those have nothing to do with safety or romance. As a safe romance I highly recommend this book, almost as much as I recommend Pestilence. If you read only for the romance there's a lot of good things to find here. However, fans of post-apocalyptic books that don't care much for romance might find difficult to suspend disbelief around some situations because (view spoiler)[ it's not realistic to expect that dead bodies can be move around by supernatural powerful beings without making human sick. People who work around dead bodies follow certain procedures. There were other unrealistic things here that didn't ruin my enjoyment. If you're here only for the romance I don't think any of those things will bother you. (hide spoiler)]
I suggest to approach this book not as Post-apocalyptic story but as a VERY unique, VERY original Paranormal romance that stepped a tad bit into erotic romance territory (not as much as A Court of Mist and Fury, but unlike that book, War isn't marketed toward 11-13-year-old-children). Just don't expect this book to be as unique as Pestilence. The whole premise is still way different than most Fantasy romances out there. It's compelling and makes for a fun read, but some aspects of this story aren't as original (some overdone romance tropes here that in no way ruin the entertaining factor of the book) or thought-provoking as Pestilence. It's a totally different book with a totally different Hero, who isn't as willing to show his vulnerability as his brother, our dear Pest the conqueror.
Side note ABOUT THE BRILLIANCE OF THIS BOOK considering a bussiness perspective inside this spoiler tag. DON'T READ unless you're interested in the behind the scenes of publishers and the agenda against indie authors: (view spoiler)[I can't be the only one who notices that lately indie authors have been targeted by members of the GR community. Also there has been a lot of false advertising in the GR features. I want to point out that false marketing is a huge trigger for me because I PAY FOR MY OWN BOOKS AND UNLIKE MANY INFLUENCERS, I'M NOT PURSUING A CAREER IN PUBLISHING. This book has been marketed honestly so I recommend it. I've been saying all along that many people in Goodreads post reviews that hide problematic content of books published by the big five publishers or/and try to discourage readers from discovering authors like Laura Thalassa among many other talented writers. Why? Because many people including influencers think wrongly that the only way to get published is by getting an agent and/or the good will of the big publishers. If you're doing that, if you're covering up p@rn content or posting fake reviews to hurt this author or any other, hoping to gain the good will of publishers you're selling yourself cheap. My contacts tell me that publishing contracts lately aren't Stephanie Meyer's-contract-great. This book opened at number 7 (I heard it peaked at 5) on release day on AMAZON with no pre-sales period, and barely any marketing at all other than the author's hard work that reflects in having been publishing ORIGINAL, UNIQUE series in the past 6 years consistently and gaining new readers each time.
This book is still top of several amazon lists and it has been consistently on the top 100 for weeks. This author didn't start with these numbers. She kept working and publishing until she got them.
Thalassa, Shannon Meyer, C.N. Crawford, Jaymin Eve, among many others might not be as famous as indie stars like Howey, Forrest, Hockings, Hoover, Ward, but if what authors Brianna Aubrey https://brennaaubrey.net/ and Jex Lane published on their blogs is true these authors must be receiving within the week of their release what many of the trad-published authors will receive as advance. Maybe more. http://jexlane.com/faq/
And many traditionally published New adult fantasy authors, currently marketed as YA by their big five, can't get 3500 Goodreads ratings within their first month of release. Even well-known authors. This book is sold exclusively on Amazon, no paperback yet and is already past 5000 Goodreads ratings.
So if any of the Goodreads top reviewers who are using their Goodreads accounts and blogs to attack indie authors or hide problematic content of the big five publishers is reading this post, please consider other options that don't imply posting lies in our Goodreads community. Maybe there are other ways to achieve your dreams that don't require you to scoop low. (hide spoiler)]
Now let's back to the book.
Reading this book as part of a Buddy Read was one of the best reading experiences I had this year.
Vicky- Death QT Fotini- Pestilence QT Chikiboom Mother-shocker QT April- Death QT Laura Elizabeth- Pierogi Princess Bunny Mouse- War QT Charlene- Sleepy Charlie QT Tracy- Iron Maiden QT Jordan-War QT Karen-Pestilence QT Parvati Patil- Desmond Flynn QT
I like the QT's review form. It was a great tool to analyze objectively my rating.
Characters: 5 stars How can't I love Miriam more than Sara? Sara was a good heroine, but she was more willing to accept Pest's logic and his role in our extermination until almost the end of book 1. Miriam? (view spoiler)[ she fought her husband's mission from the moment she met him. She knew she was no match for her "husband" physically, that she wasn't accepted by the people around him, that she wasn't even properly trained for war, but she did what she could to save as many lives as she could. And she killed a couple of rapists. I read some reviews calling her wishy washy and I strongly disagree. Miriam didn't waver in her purpose, not even when passion consumed her. And under those terrible circumstances I can understand why she needed sex. THIS WOMAN WAS SO LONELY! Sex became a mean for her purposes and a way to connect to someone else. And I applaud a heroine that ENJOYS sex! I can't stand behind that STUPID idea many romance writers have that man can't and won't resist sex, while women not only can, but somehow should if they want to get their happy endings. How many times we have read about separated couples and find H sleeping around during the separation and the stupid h waiting in disgusting, unequal celibate? I hate those kind of tropes and that's why I love this book so much. (hide spoiler)] War on the other hand was so difficult to love AT FIRST. (view spoiler)[Half the book he made me miss his brother Pest. Remember when we met Pestilence he was minding his own business when Sara shoot him? And he was in pain! And he asked Sara for a bit of humanity, a bit of MERCY a bit of HUMANITY even though he was the most powerful being we have met so far within this post-apocalyptic world! He was vulnerable and strong at the same time ever since the opening chapter of his book. And later he becomes even more vulnerable and even MORE POWERFUL as love finds him. War shows no pain, no physical vulnerability and his devotion to Miriam seems at first more like a dominance thing than true, passionate love. But eventually War shows us how he fell hard for Miriam and in doing that we could see a little of compelling vulnerability in him. Like Miriam I was surprised when I realized I was in love with War. I didn't even realized when that happened! I was sure I didn't like War at all even after the 65% mark, and suddenly, I didn't know when, I didn't know how. I was rooting for him! I was smiling when he was smiling and got dead worried when things seemed to go terribly wrong for him. It was magical!!! (hide spoiler)] Character relationships: 4 stars It was only War and Miriam and for me it was hard at first to root for them. I was rooting solely on Miriam. In general, Thalassa's books are always focused on the couple and their relationship. There wasn't an equivalent of the elderly couple here like there was in Pestilence and I missed that so much. Pace: 5 stars Despite my not caring much for War and his raids this book grabbed me and it was difficult to put down. The last 25% of the book is unputdownable. Ignore the DNF's reviews because this book saves the best for last.
Steam: NO STARS. I remember several sex scenes but only two worked for me. One of these sex scenes was as disgusting as the one described in a court of wings and ruin, but Hey! at least this is marketed towards adults and not to 11-13 YO children. I also hated the overuse of porn language. Nothing wrong with dirty talk, but Rhapsodic is one of my favourite books ever and that kind of classy, romantic, creative, not over-descriptive and yet supersteamy sex scenes is what rocks my boat. In other words I only liked the sex scenes that were similar to those of Pestilence and Rhapsodic and there weren't enough of those.
Beginning: 4 stars The opening chapter didn't pull me the way Pestilence did, but if you don't compare, it was still engaging and well-written. Middle: 4 stars
Ending: 5 stars The last 25% is the best part. Overall: 4stars Trigger warnings for (cheating?, rape?, gratuitous angst?): I already posted my warnings, and I wouldn't call the angst that comes with the end of world as "gratuitous angst". The title itself is a trigger warning. What I liked the most about War in 10 words or less: I can't say everything I liked about this book in 10 words. So many things worked well here. Again if you don't compare to Pestilence you may enjoy this one a lot. What I didn't like about War in 10 words or less: An ancient powerful paranormal being using modern porn language.
Thank you QT's for inviting me to read with you. I'm so glad to see honest, real users who PAY FOR THEIR OWN BOOKS (not a single ARC or booktour review on this BR) enjoying a safe book like this one. Bravo QT's.
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Update 07/22/19 I finished the sequel of this book some hours ago and I have to tell you that I was seriously underating this series. I'm upping my ratUpdate 07/22/19 I finished the sequel of this book some hours ago and I have to tell you that I was seriously underating this series. I'm upping my rating to 5 stars beacuse book 2, War has some issues, but it's another safe book that in no way ruins the good things built in Pestilence. If you like me hate cheating heroes and OW after meeting I highly recommend this series.
I also want to point out that Goodreads is a site to express our opinions about books and to discover new books. Any member of our community trying to prevent you
a) from expressing your honest opinion, whether positive or negative about this or any other book b) from discovering this author's books because they would prefer if you paid more attention to the New adult fantasy (marketed as YA) of the big publishing houses.
is someone that if I were you, I would block.
I'm tired of seeing campaings pro/anti books based on their content (Twilight? Fifty shades? Carve the mark? Damsel? Black witch, Pittacus Lore books?) or stupid parameters like indie vs. Traditionally published, Harper vs Simon and Shuster, Amazon books vs. Penguin books etc.
Let the material speak for itself and readers decide by themselves
Nobody has the right to tell the readers DON'T FALL FOR THE COVER OF THIS BOOK, THIS BOOK IS PROBLEMATIC, THIS BOOK IS THIS OR THAT, THE AUTHOR OF THIS BOOK OFFENDED MY FRIEND. in other words, many people in goodreads always tell you don't read this book. There's good and terrible edited books in the traditional published world. Lately bad edited books from the big publishers are a frequent occurency. There's Good and terrible edited books in the indies world. As a reader what we want is good stories and who publishes those stories is beside the point. The fact that some times content offends a group is something that I'm free to ignore or not. But don't act like if I enjoy Twilight or Fifty shades or tHE SELECTION, or Carve the Mark or Pestilence there's something wrong with me and don't try to force me into your triggers. I have triggers of my own, thank you very much.
So please don't use our Goodread platform to prevent people to read books they might enjoy. Trash the book all you want in your review if you want to. But don't use your review to try to prevent a book reaching its target audience. In the case of Thalassa and Sarah J. Maas books the target audience is the 17 and older readers. That's not what goodreads is for. I have specific triggers (cheating, rape, Other woman) and I love reading reviews that give me information about those triggers but I would never use my negative reviews to prevent people who might like a book better than me, to read it because its message offends me. That's immature. I have no time for immature readers so I'm starting to unfriend and block readers according to what I perceive are misleading reviews.
If you like me are a reader who pays for your own books and are tired of the same old same old of the fantasy and romance genres I suggest you to ignore the haters and give the Four Horsemen a chance. Or at the very least Rhapsodic. A book in my opinion, much better than all the New adult fantasy (which is currently marketed as YA ) by publishers like Wensday books and Bloomsburry. Distrust anyone who tells you Thalassa isn't an author worth reading.
One last thing. Many people who trash this book are big supporters of the big publishing houses and dont' want you to discover that some indies (key word being some)are publishing great stories that you're missing out. Just because some top Goodreads reviewers and Booktubers don't pay for their books (or want to get a publishing contract with traditional publishers) and NEED TO SUPPORT the traditional pulsihers doesn't mean the rest of us, that all we want is a good story to read, should follow their advice. I'm here to discover books, and I don't care the publisher behind it as long as I enjoy the story. And Thalassa's stories are some of the most original ones I've read in a long time. And to top it all safe!!! It's so difficult to find safe books nowadays so if you like me hate cheating, sad endings and OW after meeting don't let anyone keep you away from Thalassa's books.
ORIGINAL REVIEW NOTES FOR SAFETY GANG:
No Cheating, No Other Woman No Other Men, plus Virgin hero!
More info on safety below
Jason Lewis as Pest!
Thank you Laura Thalassa for writing this beautiful enemies to lovers book. And their love conquered everything! I'm so happy LOVE was such an important part of their redemption! Additional thanks to you Laura Thalassa for trusting your talent and hard work SO MUCH as to avoid falling into the pattern of false/deceiving /misleading advertising. That speaks volumes of your quality as both: as a human being and a writer.A good book doesn't need false advertising, word of mouth and a good story will make the book a bestseller. This one is currently number one on several Amazon Lists.
I almost gave Pestilence a 5 Stars rating on honest advertisement. I might up my rating when I finished the entire series because I've been saying all along that False marketing has become my personal trigger and it's so refreshing to find a new adult book marketed as such!
When a "fantasy" book has characters who are older than 19 YO and feature explicit sex scenes there shouldn't be: a) False advertisement shoved through Goodreads on underage readers throats using Listopia and the Goodreads choice awards to give the impression that said book is a Young adult book
b) Campaigns to vote up and protect from erasing certain books in what is in my opinion big publishers' self-promotional lists aimed to promote new releases to underage readers (meaning YA 2017, YA 2018, YA 2019 lists in goodreads) Distrust those lists my friends! Plenty of books there are New adult and heavy on sex!
c) Censorship and campaigns against the few honest reviewers who mention explicit sex scenes in books marketed towards underage readers. (Note to goodreads employees and editors, please stop trying to hide the information we readers need to make informed decisions before reading a book.)
So in spite of the current state of the Goodreads community regarding false advertising (they will probably hide/censor this review) I'll be honest in this review disregarding the consequences (Note: Thalassa isn't pretending her book is Young adult, she has been very upfront and HONEST about the genre of her book and I commend her for that.) : Pestilence isn't a Young adult book, it's a New adult as the MC's are all older than 18 and there are explicit sex scenes. Plus there are some graphic scenes of torture and a massive epidemic. However, that's the brilliance of this book: Not many authors can weave brutality and romance the way Thalassa does. She did it before in her Fallen world series (one of my favorite New adult dystopias) and she did it again with pestilence. I'm impressed with Thalassa's writing ability.
Is this book perfect? Is this book for everybody? Honestly, no, but what book is? As I said, if violence and sex are your triggers perhaps you should skip it (you'd be missing out, but hey, we like what we like). The hero, Pestilence, is very stubborn about (view spoiler)[his mission of wiping out the human race, and he won't change his mind until almost the very end of the book, so a huge amount of human lives will be lost. However, the author makes a great job making you understand why he does this and you don't hate him. (hide spoiler)] I personally think that Thalassa could have made the violence of her post-apolyptic world way worse, but she didn't. She knew where to draw the line to make her book a very enjoyable experience and not one that will keep your bile rising up. I thought the combination of horror and romance was beautifully done.
So Pestilence starts 5 Years after The Four Horsemen of the apocalypse appeared on Earth. Pest is the first one to start their mission of wiping out the human race from Earth, and he takes his mission seriously. The internet has failed and some people aren't sure of what's going on. Several people have tried to kill Pestilence, but he's immortal. Sara doesn't know this and when her own attempt to kill Pest fails she'll become her prisoner. Cool isn't it? And let me tell you something. Pest is really sadistic at the beginning. He seems to have been observing for years how low our kind can scoop (Hitler? Rwanda? Bosnia? Sandy Hook?) and he'll hurt Sara physically so much that at one point you'll be wondering: Is this really a romance? To be honest I almost DNF at certain point. I can't stand a hero torturing the heroine and then root for her tofall in love with him. That's not romantic, but hang in there my dear romance-loving friends. Later in the book we'll be able to see why Pestilence is the way he is, and why he isn't the bad guy.
After a journey all over post-apocalyptic North America (think Angelfall) and several close encounters with death, a crucial point comes for Pestilence and Sara when they meet Rob and Ruth, an elderly couple. Rob and Ruth know what kind of death awaits to the ones who come close to Pestilence, yet they are religious, wise people. They realize Pest isn't a bad man, they know he's not doing what he does for fun and they above all notice the kind of feelings that are brewing inside him. He's already in love with Sara and it shows! So they'll welcome death with open arms after a long life of shared love and shared hardships. Honestly, I couldn't love this couple more. From their encounter with these two something changes in both, Sara and Pest and they'll start their own path through redemption. Through love, with love, because love. I thought that was beautiful!
Religion is managed well IMHO. Nothing is offensive or contradictory to the beliefs of the Abrahamic creeds: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Have you read City of bones or Angelfall? Both are insanely popular books that IMHO have a more risky, potentially offensive approach to religion. Jace the hero of City of Bones says that although he is a nephilim and has been blessed by the Angel Raziel he hasn't seen anything that makes him believe in God, he's convinced that even if God existed (and he doesn't bet on it) we are on our own. Archangel Raphael the hero of the Angelfall series is an atheist and he isn't even convinced God created him. Does this sound risky and potentially offensive to bible readers? It isn't, considering both books are insanely popular. In comparison Pestilence handles the religious talk in a more neutral way IMHO. According to Pestilence God exists, but Pest is convinced God is beyond religions so all religions deserve respect. I personally loved the way religion was handled here. It discusses religion in a non-religious way. Brilliant!
Two minor issues I had with this book: The ending and not enough grovel (view spoiler)[Hero trapped h when she tries to break up with him. I gave it a pass because he doesn't have experience with human relationships and she was very sick at the time, not trapping her could have lead to her death. I only wish he had groveled! and the cliffhanger ending. We got a HEA, but the Epilogue is 5 years after the final chapter and it opens a Pandora box. Our H and h are happy, but for how long? (hide spoiler)]
This book deserves all the praise is getting and I'm recommending this to my friends who loved New adult dystopian books.
SAFETY INFO (view spoiler)[No OW, No OM activity Bareback sex, but he's a virgin H tortures h at the beginning of the book. Not enough groveling NO CHEATING Some graphic violence (hide spoiler)]
Pre reading thoughts Beautiful cover?
No fake advertising? This is New adult paranormal/fantasy advertised as such. Amazing blurb? A talented New adult author who as far as I remember never writes cheating heroes or heroines? Enemies to lover trope? Edgy like The Fallen world series? Based on Apocalypsis mythology? Standalone?
One more time I'm here to tell you that this series is New Adult. Or if you're not familiar with the New adult genre you can call Maas' books Adult fi
One more time I'm here to tell you that this series is New Adult. Or if you're not familiar with the New adult genre you can call Maas' books Adult fiction.
Distrust any booktuber, Goodreads reviewer, Goodreads editor (the ones that are in charge of selecting the Goodreads choice awards picks and claim to do it based on shelvings), common sense media, magazines, Kirkus reviews and in short any "prestigious" website that tells you otherwise. Distrust, in particular, the Goodreads choice awards label. For more information on that Scroll down until you find the italic font.
The UK Cover comes with a warning of mature content.
That warning was also in the cover of Tower of Dawn (book 6 of this series) and it doesn't mean that Kingdom of Ash will treat us to those disgusting and vulgar erotic scenes we read in Empire of Storms (book 5 of this series) A Court of Mist and Fury (Book 2 of the Court of Thorns series), A Court of Wings and Ruin (Book 3 of A Court of Thorns series) and A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR Novella). I read Tower of Dawn not long ago and despite the warning, I didn't find the sex to be as erotic as in other books written by Maas as New Adult and marketed as Young Adult by her publishers. Hopefully the sex scenes in Kingdom of Ash will be like the ones of Crown of Midnight (Book 2 of the series that contains some non-explicit sex scenes) What makes the warning necessary is the tendency of some bookstores, libraries and audiobooks retailers to categorized everything that comes from a Children's imprint in the Children's section without reading the books first.
Audible is recommending the most erotic book written by this author to 11-13 YO kids
That's because usually, employees in charge of the classification of books will see the name of the imprint, the name of the author and assume the content is YA. They won't bother reading the book. If they read the book they will do it in a sloppy manner or they will be open to receive economic compensation from the publishers in exchange of classifying the books in a way that fits their marketing agenda. What' I'm saying it's not limited to this author. It's also true for other new adult books with explicit content that are currently marketed as YA (Damsel, Uprooted, Muse of Nightmares)
Common sense media, in particular, is a terrible website to get advisory information. There are more explicit scenes and violence in A Court of Mist and Fury than in A song of fire and ice (game of thrones) and they gave GOT a +17 rating and A Court of Mist a +14. Either the employee in charge of reading didn't pay attention or received something in exchange of a +14 rating for a book that is at least as graphic as fifty shades of grey. I'm not exaggerating. You can check the first 3 chapters of A Court of Mist and fury and see for yourself.
The warning is also necessary because all the characters in this book are adults the youngest being at least 20 YO. All of them face challenges proper to adults. Chaol, the Hero of book 6 of this series is 21 to 25 YO. Caelena/Aelin should be 19-21 YO. Are there YA books with adult-aged protagonists? Probably, but usually YA books with adult protagonists keep a tone that is juvenile. Nothing in Empire of storms (book 5 of the series) is juvenile. Wasn't Kaltain facing sexual harassment in book 1 and rape in book 3? Hasn't Caelena already been sexually active with at least 2 men, one of them several hundred years older than she is? Not to mention violence, prostitution, physical abuse, torture and a lot of adult themes.
Long story short this series is New Adult. I guess because six books ago there was a certain YA vibe many people who aren't familiar with the New Adult genre will make a mistake when classifying this books and shelve it as YA, but that's not because this series isn't New Adult.
If you are of age and like mature content in books I think you'll like this series. I stopped reading after Queen of Shadows (book 4) because I didn't like the way things were going. I put off reading Empire of Storms (book 5) because I read the reviews that mentioned how sexually explicit the scenes were between certain characters and that makes the books unsafe for me. (view spoiler)[ I was rooting for Manon to be with Elide and Dorian to finally man up and go for Aelin or get a new love interest that wasn't Manon. As I'm not a Rowaelin shipper, and I don't read Fantasy for erotic escapism I didn't want a vivid account of Aelin performing oral on Rowan and description of his 'velvet wrapped steel' and I dread reading a Manon-Dorian sex scene. (hide spoiler)]
I would also like to point out that many people label Throne of Glass series as High Fantasy and I disagree with that classification. The series is full of paranormal romance and fantasy romance elements. I would say Throne of Glass is closer to High fantasy than A court of Thorns but still some elements of the world building are too modern at times.
SAFETY INFO for safety gang readers who hate cheating, rape, love triangles and multiple love interests
Book 1 Throne of Glass features a love triangle. Chaol, Caelena, and Dorian. Just when you think (view spoiler)[ Caelena is still mourning her dead boyfriend. Prince Dorian who is mentioned is a manwhore and Caelena are getting together she breaks up with him. (hide spoiler)]
Book 2 Crown of midnight. Love triangle keeps going.(view spoiler)[ Dorian has feelings for Caelena but he doesn't fight for her, she lets his "friend" get her and she loses his virginity to Chaol and has several non-graphic sex scenes with him. Back when I read this book I was into Dorian and Caelena and those scenes almost ruined the book for me. By the end of the book Caelena has broken up with Chaol and is taking a ship to a foreign land so there's a long separation for this couple but you seem to think there's still a possibility for both Dorian and Chaol to get back with h (hide spoiler)] There's also mentions of rape, but those aren't graphic scenes.
Book 3, Book 4 and Book 5
Several new love interests for the original Love triangle(view spoiler)[ Rowan is a Fae several hundred years older than Caelena. They'll flirt in book 3 in a very slow-burn romance way. By the beginning of book 4, she reunites with Chaol in a non-romantic manner and Chaol seems to be rekindling his sexual relationship with a former flame, Nesryn. Caelena (Aelin) starts a relationship with Rowan. In the meantime, Dorian has fallen in love with another woman, Sorcha who gets killed and is about to start a relationship with a 3rd woman, Manon. By the time you finish book 6, you will have seen Caelena/Aelin having graphic sex and getting married to Rowan, Dorian falling in love with Sorcha and getting sexual with Manon and Chaol getting sexual with a 3rd woman. I think there will be more switching of love interests in Kingdom of Ash. (hide spoiler)]
WHY YOU SHOULDN'T TRUST BOOKTUBERS AND THE YA GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS REGARDING THE CONTENT OF THIS BOOK? Because a vast majority of booktubers have failed so far to mention that the Throne of Glass series contains erotic/explicit content in their booktube reviews even though they always discuss "young adult books". It could be unintentionally. It could be intentionally. The reason doesn't matter. They're contributing to the false advertising.
A few booktubers are being published or aspire to be published by the same IMPRINT of this new adult series. Others booktubers and book bloggers seem to want good relationships with the publishing industry. Even here in goodreads a lot of people aspire to be published or feel the need to "support" book sales, reviewers like that aren't independent and their reviews might show a bias towards certain popular authors. They won't say anything that can hurt the marketing agenda of the big publishing houses. Note: Bookables, Benji Alderson and Polandbananas have mentioned this series is New Adult, so of course a lot of booktubers can review books with honesty. I remember the Carve the Mark controversy and how people attacked the booktube community as a whole and I believe that's unfair. There's good and bad in any group and booktube isn't an exception.. Distrust only the booktubers who label A Court of Mist and Fury as Young adult.
On the other hand, The goodreads choice awards editors ignored the shelving system when they selected the categories for the goodreads choice awards last year. In the goodreads feedback group they told me that's how editors select categories: based on shelving.
At the time of the awards A Court of Wings and Ruin (the other new adult series by this author) was shelved primarily as fantasy and romance by GR users, but still the editors made it compete on the young adult category. Not in romance (primary genre), not in fantasy (secondary genre). They selected Maas books to be part of the young adult category even though there were more shelvings as Fantasy and Romance. You'll see Kingdom of Ash nominated again this year, but that doesn't mean the book is Young adult or that the content will be appropriate for the young adult market.
This review isn't meant to discouraging people from reading/buying the book. On the contrary. I'm inviting you to read this series if you don't have problems with sexual content and abusive relationships. Despite all the problems I have with the false advertising I enjoyed this series . And I have high hopes for Kingdom of Ash. I personally believe that after publishing two terribly-edited books the author will deliver a good conclusion to the series that launched her career. But again I'm warning you
♣ NEVER trust the information that you see on Goodreads, Common sense media. and booktube. In case you haven't noticed Goodreads has become a new releases marketed-oriented platform and not all the people who post reviews are independent reviewers.
If you like me have limited time to read books and you get triggers that ruin your reading experience here's a tip:
Don't look at the ratings, some amazing books have ratings below a 4.0 average and some books that I wouldn't recommend get inflated ratings by the authors fanbase. And as I said some reviewers might not be independent of the publisher's marketing plans.
Instead, go to the Amazon page (not anyone can post a review on Amazon, you'd need to make purchases constantly), make a search using a keyword for your specific trigger (in the case of YA books you can search for "sex" or "language" or "Inappropriate" ) See the information and then come to your own conclusion.
If there aren't enough reviews in amazon (the book releases on October 23rd) put the book on hold until there's more information available.
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I love it! I don't think it's MY Warner's eye? I love that it matches perfectly the rest of the covers of the*****UPDATE OCTOBER 6TH COVER REVEAL****
I love it! I don't think it's MY Warner's eye? I love that it matches perfectly the rest of the covers of the previous books!
I always imagine my man Warner's eye more masculine.
Are you new to the Shatter me series? I have to tell you that the series start in the young adult side and by book 3 we have more sex. Not graphic, mostly sensual imagery, nothing like the jump between Throne of glass book 1 (upper young adult) to almost porn XXX content that you'll find in Empire of storms book 5 of TOG (new adult/adult). But the financial success of this approach, starting as young adult and then change to new adult/erotica as the series progress, might become a trend, specially in books from the big publishing houses. Using some booktubers and sites like Kirkus reviews and Common sense media to hide the problematic content of a book is also common practice of the big publishing houses.
Either way I think it's time for honest reviewers, booktubers and librarians, to add information of sexual content and not try to cover it up as it has been the case with the erotic content of Sarah J Maas books. My friends read YA because they think , wrongly, that it's a sexless genre. We need this information of the content we'll find in a book to make informed decisions. I wonder how many parents really know about this tendency of market New adult/adult books with erotic content as safe for underage readers. Either way If I were you I wouldn't give certain series as a gift to underage readers now that Christmas season is approaching.
Don't take me wrong. I love the idea of Warner sexy times if that was the case. This book might actually sell more if the Publishers advertise as Warner sexy times! This is 2017 and new adult is a very respectable genre. Just add warnings in the blurb and make sure the reviewers mention this. Don't make reviewers and booktubers hide this information.
Is there an honest goodreads librarian reading this? Could you please add sexual content disclaimers in the Goodreads blurbs of A COURT OF MIST AND FURY, Ignite me and Empire of storms ?
Original prereading thoughts:
This has to be my most anticipated book of 2018! I just can't wait.
I just hope Mafi doesn't take the A court of mist and fury route and starts to write erotic scenes in a book marketed as Young adult. Ignite me was pretty much new adult, and I like that, but I'm tired of publishers and authors shoving sex-scenes down young readers throats without proper warnings. We have enough authors selling erotica to children like Elle Kennedy and Sarah J Maas without Mafi joining the crowd....more
UPDATE OCTOBER 6TH, 2017 back to original price, still free on Kindle unlimited
If you like me hate cheating heroes, I recommend you to get the amazonUPDATE OCTOBER 6TH, 2017 back to original price, still free on Kindle unlimited
If you like me hate cheating heroes, I recommend you to get the amazon version, it's the best and it's well-edited and safe of OW. Any other site is either incomplete or unsafe.
UPDATE OCTOBER 5TH, 2017 STILL 0.99 BUT PRICE GOES UP soon
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NOTE. This book ISN'T a dark erotica that romanticizes rape. This one is A SEXY PRO-CONSENT, (consent is sexy! So is a dominant, broody hero!) ANTI-RAPE AND PRO-LOVE BOOK. It's heart-wrenching but SAFE OF OW if you read the KU version and has a beautiful ending.
This one is one of the few books out there that is really sexy without falling into dangerous pro-rapeculture messages.
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You don't need to have a kindle, just an amazon account and the reading app. I have one app to read on my mobile!
I don't resent that this time is only for USA readers because last time there was a giveaway it reached the Australian store. Please authors don't forget to include all countries in your promos. We are all people!
I also want to point out that this book is safe of OW and WELL-EDITED if you read THE AMAZON VERSION. There are a couple of copies in other sites that are either incomplete or unsafe....more
This book was such an emotional rollercoaster! I laughed, cried, raged (because OW and OM, seriously authors stop doing that!!!) swoon (repeatedly) anThis book was such an emotional rollercoaster! I laughed, cried, raged (because OW and OM, seriously authors stop doing that!!!) swoon (repeatedly) and overall enjoyed myself. I'm so reading the sequel but I can't give this book 5 stars because it has everything I hate in a book and more! (view spoiler)[ 1) Slutshaming, seriously authors you are women, too. Will you ever stop condeming other women's sexual decisions? It was particularly annoying here because h might be subject of slutshaming in other books and in real life because she sleeps around a lot! Who does she think she is to call Zoe a slut?
2) OW and OM. In real life, I can understand when people sleep around as long as no one gets hurt, but in this story everybody got hurt! This is supposed to be a romance book. I didn't need a full, graphic detail of what happened between h and Paris... I meant Connor. The romance was ruined for me, but there was something about the writing that kept me reading.
3) Heroine wasn't H's first love, and his reason to act like a douche made me think that this Vanessa girl was more important to him than Cassie at that moment. Cassie was supposed to be the love of his life so all this mentioning of OW are so off-putting. This isn't a safe read. (hide spoiler)]
It might seem that I hated the book, but I didn't. In fact, Ethan is already one of my book boyfriends, (provisionally, I hope book 2 doesn't ruin him) but I won't fancast him like I do in some of my reviews. Not until I finish book 2 and until I find a gif. I need a gif for this book. Not of the hero but of the reaction he brings on Cassie.
Does anyone have a slow-clapping-vagina gif??? LOL I'll need it for my review! Cassie's train of thought was rather silly that way.
I want to write a longer review because Cassie's first time and the things I love about this book deserve more!!! If I had to choose my top 10 defloration scenes in books Cassie's will be certainly one of them. So sweet! I felt like I was there. I also love the sexual chemistry and all the description of their casting, their rehearsals, their acting classes. It was fascinating.
I'm on book 2 now.
So does anyone have a slow-clapping vagina gif? LOL I'll need one for my longer review....more
3.5 stars! No slut shaming no cheating no womanizers!!
Henry Cavill as Joshua!
Note for Harper Collins and Children bloomsburry imprints:
New adult exis3.5 stars! No slut shaming no cheating no womanizers!!
Henry Cavill as Joshua!
Note for Harper Collins and Children bloomsburry imprints:
New adult exists!
New adult is a genre!
Plenty of readers want to read New adult! Why do you keep pretending that New adult reads like A court of Mist and Fury and in this case The hating game are something that they aren't? Why do you mislead readers?
Readers like to read sex scenes and the readers who prefer clean reads should know what they're getting into.
This book isn't chick lit IMHO. This is New adult/erotica
Don't let the chick lit cover trick you, the sex scenes are graphic and steamy and this could fall easily in the New adult category (because the characters don't act like they're adults) and even erotica! Chick lit as far as I remember isn't as graphic as erotica and this book is graphic. It's 2017 dear publishers! People are more willing to admit that they like to read smut. A court of mist and fury is New adult no matter if you publish under a children's imprint name and any reader or GR librarian who denies it is lying.
So this New adult/erotica book coud have passed as chick lit had the erotic scenes been less graphic (no complaining! They were great!!) and if there had been more laughs.
I recommend this book to my safety gang. Is it hilarious? I don't think it is. I read this after re-reading another New adult book that is pretending to be what it isn't called Love me never. That book my friends is hilarious! I didn't get a lot of laughs from this one, that's why I don't consider it chick lit. I usually get more laughs and less smut moments with chick lit reads.
This wasn't as funny for me as books from other genres that aren't supposed to be funny like dystopian romance, and paranormal romance. Love-hate books should contain more and wittier banter. That's why I'm only giving 3 stars. And those stars are mostly for Joshua!
Joshua is adorable! He's not disloyal, he challenges the heroine without being abusive and he doesn't cheat. As of late non-cheating heroes are so difficult to find in contemporary romance! I really loved his chemistry with Lucinda! He has this bad boy vibe without ever crossing the line into abusive behaviour. I dont' think he slept around but perhaps I didn't pay attention?
Lucy's train of thought never made sense to me, and Danny appeared too much for my taste. I also thought that the cliche "hero taking care of sick heroine" scene took too many pages. Those are minor complains, in general this was a good book.
If you're looking for a low angst read featuring a non cheating, no manwhore hero this is a good option....more
When you want to read a romantic slow burner no violence and no insta-love Mariana Zapata is your author. I'm not saying I don't enjoy instant attractWhen you want to read a romantic slow burner no violence and no insta-love Mariana Zapata is your author. I'm not saying I don't enjoy instant attraction, but I also like to see the couple falling slowly into each other and get to know them. Good job on this one Mrs Zapata....more
UNSAFE READ ALERT! OTHER WOMAN DRAMA UNSAFE READ ALERT! OTHER WOMAN DRAMA
Dropping two stars and maybe dropping the series for good.
UNSAFE READ ALERT! OTHER WOMAN DRAMA UNSAFE READ ALERT! OTHER WOMAN DRAMA
Dropping two stars and maybe dropping the series for good.
Spoiler for this book and the sequels (view spoiler)[ Jack, the hero, works as a escort and at first I was okay with that because, he says that sex is rarely part of his job, he says that women usually hire him for non-sex stuff, like for making exes jealous or him going with them to proms and events. Stupid me! I believed him! I'm trying to read book 2 and after Jack and Isis kiss he not only keeps his job but his relationship with an ex-flame is stronger than I thought. If you don't like love triangles F/M/F avoid this series. That's a shame because Isis is one of my favorite heroines, she has serious self-esteem issues and she hides behind her humorous facade to try to survive. A heroine like her deserved better! Please don't tell me that's not cheating because he's not officialy dating Isis! It's 100% disloyal and stupid! I hate it.
Also he kind of dates platonically (at Isis insistance) one of heroine's best friends. It's a very platonic relationship that seems to be only to make Isis happy, but now that I know he's so close to Sophia I see his dating Kayla as weak, disloyal and traitorous. (hide spoiler)]
I'm taking back everything nice I said about Jack Hunter. I'm so glad I didn't pay for book two!
Original review. I feel tempted to erase it, but my friends liked it already so I won't eraset I'll just hide under spoilers.
4 I-couldn't-stop-reading-I-couldn't-stop laughing stars Thank you so much The dreamer for the book recommendation. I loved it. I thought that Cassandra Clare, J.K Rowling, and Jennifer L. Armentrout were the authors to go when you want to read cute bantering and female characters with the wittiest comebacks. I was wrong. Not even Isabelle Lightwood can contest Isis Blake's sass. The first 50% of the book was text-book of how to write a heroine with the smartest comebacks and the sassiest dialogue. Even her internal monologues were so entertaining. And she spoke some of her internal monologue aloud! Even better: she never became embarrassed about it! She's crazy like that.
Practically every page of the first half of the book is full of funny dialogue. I don't recommend reading this in public. It's very difficult to keep a straight face while reading this book.
That's not to say that I didn't find problems with this book. I'll address those later, but the fact that the protagonist Isis Blake is a Gem difficult to find in contemporary "romance" (notice the quotations in romance, I'll address that later) makes me want to give not 5 but 6 stars.
Isis Blake is a force of nature. One of the most complex heroines I've read in recent years. She's completly and unapologetically crazy, she can be as immature and childish as a 5-year-old one minute, and a very loyal friend the next. She can plant weed on a locker to get revenge of her enemies and then go home to cook dinner and take care of her depressed mother. She could be the girl you'd like to be your friend or the crazy freak you'd want to keep at an arm's length because she's just so unpredictable and so unapologetic. I personally wanted to hug her and offer her comfort. From the moment I read the first pages and the way Isis feels about love I knew that she had been hurt, both physically and emotionally and that all that humor, all those contradictory attitudes (one minute she calls herself ugly and feels insecure, another minute someone tries to bully her and she'll rise to the occasion by jokingly calling herself "hot") seemed to be rooted in her need to fight against the people who hurt her, against her internal demons, against her tragic past. I really got to understand her character and to feel as though she could be any girl I know. She's like a young Lorelai Gilmore (watch the Gilmore girls if you haven't) Lisbet Salender (watch the girl with the dragon tatoo Fincher's version) Buffy the Vampire slayer, and Jenna Hamilton from Awkward. Except Isis is wittier, sassier and way much more broken inside than all the other women I mentioned.
Maybe it's not so much that she's so strong as much of the fact that she's constant and true to herself and never acts OCC. To be honest I've read contemporary heroines that are sassy and strong, too. The problem is that at some point they act stupidly or more like the authors make them act stupidly. Isis can be silly at times, but never stupid. That wasn't a problem with this book, although there were other problems, but none of them were major for me. The hero compensated for that and now I don't even know if I should enter into detail into those problems as they are very personal. I feel most readers wont' have any problems reading this book unless they hate dark topics. Even if you don't relate or like the heroine at the very least I'm sure you'll finish the book quickly and be thoroughly entertained and laughing and enjoying the crazy situations. This is a good mix of comedy and dark topics.
I love Jack Hunter. He reminds me so much of another favorite of mine Aleksey from The V Girl UPDATE, I TAKE THAT BACK! JACK ISN'T LOYAL and he has eyes for other women !!!hate him!! I'm recommending this book to my group of friends who love Aleksey as much as I do. The leonine silent attitude. The fact that Jack's not a manwhore. He's a silent, broody jackass that can also be very caring. He challenges the heroine and protects her at the same time and their first encounter is in a situation in which both are in opposite sides of the war. He can be hurtful one minute and then dress as Jack Sparrow the next because he knows that SHE is crazy for (and as crazy as) Jack Sparrow. I love that so much. My only problem with him is that (view spoiler)[ unlike Aleksey who never loved anyone else, Jack seems too attached to a girl in his past. It's clear that he loves her in a way that isn't clear to me, does he love OW as a sister? or does he have other feelings? Love triangles aren't my thing. If he's really into that girl (I'm crossing finger the sequel won't be about that) I think he might enter the category of disloyal heroes, because he kind of dates one of Isis's friends (not exactly date, more like letting the girl kiss him so the friend would be happy and Isis would lower her guard and smile more) and I don't know if he's being disloyal or not to this other girl. And if he really loved her at one point that will ruin the book for me. I want him to love only Isis. (hide spoiler)]
WARNINGS with potential spoilers: This book follows the tendency of late to include strong language, dark situations (prostitution, PSTD, rape attempt, date rape attempt, suicide, bullying, drugs) in a YA read. There's no nudity or sexual situations (a descriptive make out with clothes on happens) , but just beware that lately YA romance is becoming more and more edgy. Also at the end of the book some situations will require your suspension of disbelief.
I'm recommending this book to fans of the enemies to lovers trope and fans of cute banter and slow burners. Perhaps also the fans of The coincidence of Kayden and Callie will enjoy this book (because there's pain behind the MC's attitudes) and the fans of Paper princess will enjoy the love-hate relationship and the reality-show-soap-opera situations full of drama. (hide spoiler)] Taking back everything I said about the romance in my original review, the 3 stars are all for Isis! That girl deserved more! After all the pain she went through, it's so unfair.
I'm upset! This is the last time I read unfinished contempoary series. I swear! (view spoiler)[Cheating (hide spoiler)] in the sequels is the worst!
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Warnings I want to set the example and start to write reviews for YA books with warnings for nudity, violence and dark themes. Thanks to ACOMAF (a courWarnings I want to set the example and start to write reviews for YA books with warnings for nudity, violence and dark themes. Thanks to ACOMAF (a court of mist and fury) trying to pretend that it's a YA book when in reality it's a NA book and then shove sex scenes in young readers throats, I've been asking my GR friends to add trigger warnings in YA books.
Nudity: None Graphic sex: None Gore and blood: (view spoiler)[ Some of it. At times it reads more like adult horror fare than YA, but it's only a couple of scenes. In this post-apocalyptic world some people are being fed to monsters and it's a disturbing scene (hide spoiler)] Dark themes: Some but that's what I love about it. (view spoiler)[ there's a mention of married women so desperate to get food that they try to get work as prostitutes for the angels. Nothing too graphic, but it's there. The crazyness of the mother seems to imply some child abuse. (hide spoiler)] Violence: Some, it borders horror but it compensates with playful banter and action scenes so it's never depressing or too scary
Ian Somerhalder as Raffe! That elfic face!! He'd be perfect.
Recently one of my best GR friends created a poll for underrated books and I had to mention this one. Other than some enthusiastic fans in GR, devianart and Tumblr it's not like the fandom is big and it deserves to be one of the biggest fandoms ever! This is one of the best Post-apocalyptic books I've read! It combines paranormal romance, with action. And the best is that you can recommend it to your male friends because it's action packed and the romance isn't central, but it's still a huge part of the book.
This book portrays Angels in a different light. They trigger the end of the world and have the humankind hiding for fear of them. Penryn Young is one of the few survivors in the San Francisco Area. She's fierce and bad ass and one of the best heroines ever. She's somehow in charge of her family, her sister Paige and a very crazy mom.
While moving from one post-apocalyptic place to another Penryn witnesses an angel fight. Raffe single-handly figthing four angels more and putting a very good fight at that. Still outnumbered and weakened when they cut his wings, he ends up under the care of Penryn.
Penryn and Raffe have a rough start and they even try to hurt each other at one point, but later they start to trust each other. Like in any love-hate relationship book, we find sassy dialogue and funny banter. While we follow Penryn and Raffe in their journey through devasted Sillicon Valley to find Paige we enter a world of horror and destruction and we discover that the angels are fighting for power and that some scheming and political games will affect humans. Very intriguing and very well-woven.
This book is the one that initiated me into indie authors like four years ago. I used to see indie titles here and there and I always thought that they wouldn't be any good because if the big publishing companies didn't want them, it must be because something was bad with indies. That's what I thought by then. Then I read this book and I can tell you: THis books is as good if not better than plenty of YA titles by big publishers. The pace is flawless, the plot is excellent, the writing compelling and it's never boring. YOu may or may not like this book, but you won't get bored. I finished it in one sitting and I have re-read it multiple times.
I'd say the violence in this book might scare readers under 13? I don't know, some times young kids love gory stuff. Other than that and some dark themes I think that this book is good for 14 and older readers.
Give this book a chance. If you're not used to read dystopias or post-apocalyptic books I think this one can be a very good option for your first dystopia because it's easy to read, fast-paced, action-packed and still it has some romantic elements. Penryn and Raffe are a great couple and their sexual tension is off-the charts. I also appreciate that like many YA heroes, Raffe is way more mature than plenty of adult books heroes. He's one of my favorite book boyfriends.
This book ends in a huge cliffhanger but thankfully the series is complete.
If you're a Kindle Unlimited user don't pass the chance to borrow this book and its sequels. Believe me, you won't get bored.
UPDATE: Reducing stars from my original million of stars rating because my taste in romance has changed, because safety issues and because NOT ENOUGHUPDATE: Reducing stars from my original million of stars rating because my taste in romance has changed, because safety issues and because NOT ENOUGH GROVELING.
UNSAFE READ ALERT UNSAFE READ ALERT
Rape/dubious consent (view spoiler)[In My humble opinion and I don't expect everyone to see it the same way I do, the consent is dubious all through out the book. For starters because neither of them want to be married to each other. For me it's clear H and h want each other badly and it might seem that all sex was consensual, but there are several consent issues here, that go beyond the sex because this couple was forced to marriage and manipulated to have sex in order to (view spoiler)[ produce a heir and I can't blame Alexander for getting angry, I just wish he had gotten angry at his idiotic father in law, not a Daisy, (hide spoiler)] I didn't find it blatantly rapist, because the way it's written it makes me feel as though they want each other and agree to the sex, but I'd be careful with this one if dubious consent is your trigger. (hide spoiler)] CHEATING: (view spoiler)[Techically not, but here's the thing: After H and h have kissed and have sex, Alexander is still fliriting with other women. I prefer heroes who have eyes only for the heroine. Besides she was taking her wedding vows seriously and he knew it, so he should have been respectful. I didn't hate it that much because this flirting with OW was used to give Daisy very funny lines. (hide spoiler)] OW= Othe woman: (view spoiler)[Graphic sex scene with OW. It's not at present time, it was part of the heroe's flashback of the time when he was a teen. Now several decades later he still works with OW and he even teams up with her to punish Daisy for something she didn't do. Because he trusts this woman he has known for decades more than he trusts his wife he has been with for only a month (hide spoiler)] HEA (view spoiler)[ Yes, but it came withot enough groveling IMHO (hide spoiler)] In spite of this issues know I'll re-read in the future because:
1) Excellent writing and character development. All the characters are well-written. You may love them, you may hate them, but all of them are compelling and true to themselves. All of them, including the bullied teen, Heather move in a rather grey zone. They aren't totally innocent or totally evil.
2) DAISY MARKOV is still one of my favorite heroines ever! She's not a doormat, or at least I can't see her that way after so many re-reads. Why? Because this is my personal opinion: WOMEN WHO TAKE THEIR WEDDING VOWS SERIOUSLY AND TRY HARD TO SAVE THEIR MARRIAGES (Knowing well their own limits) AREN'T DOORMATS THEY ARE STRONG. But I can see why so many people in this modern world where couple divorce when their romantic/sexual expectations aren't met would see Daisy efforts as weak, specially after the "accidental" physical abuse. (More on that tomorrow, when I'm ready to write more about this subject) I'll only say: To each their own.
3) This is still as addictive as I remember. Once I started I couldn't put it down and I hated every moment I had to stop reading.
4) The animals! Sinjun and Tater! I love how Daisy found herself thanks to the animals and the danger and cuteness of her interactions with them is amazing.
So what is this book about? The book opers rather strong, the heroine, Daisy, is getting married to a total stranger and she can't even remember his name when it's her turn to say her vows. Isn't that cool? The said stranger takes her to the rural side of the USA to the circus where he's determined to break his wife and make her see she's not cut for his life. Except that Daisy is taking her marriage vows seriously and won't go away without a fight.
Is this abusive? Totally, but I admire Daisy strength. I'll write more on this later as my lunch hour is over.
MORE TO COME!
Original review Oh Alex! I didn't know what to expect from this book and I'm not dissapointed. I highly recommend this one to every one who loves contemporary romance....more
UPDATE APRIL 12TH ADDING PARENTAL GUIDANCE AND SAFETY WARNINGS because kirkus reviews, some GR librarians and most booktubers won't tell you the truthUPDATE APRIL 12TH ADDING PARENTAL GUIDANCE AND SAFETY WARNINGS because kirkus reviews, some GR librarians and most booktubers won't tell you the truth. This is a New adult book not as close to erotica as ACOMAF but still. I'm also changing my original 5 rating to a 3.5 rating
PARENTAL GUIDANCE SEX/NUDITY 8 out 10 (view spoiler)[Descriptive make outs. Heroine is sleeping with a villager at the beginning of the book but it's not a graphic scene, some nudity descriptions, a graphic sex scene,including oral, between Tamlin and Feyre . Ritual sex is mentioned as part of a ceremony called Calanmai (hide spoiler)]
VIOLENCE/GORE 7 out of 10 (view spoiler)[ descriptions of torture to heroine, some of it by one of the love interests (Rhysand), a villager is burned alive during days because the villains mistook her for the heroine. The elder sisters of the heroine are emotionally abusive and unhelpful, they reap the benefits of heroine's sacrifices for themselves without lifting a finger. (hide spoiler)]
SUBSTANCE USE 6/10 as every single character in this book is 19 or older or a milleneal ancient fae alcohol consumption is present. Mostly at meals and during a ceremony called Calanmai
(view spoiler)[In this series we have two heroes: Tamlin is the love interest in book 1 and he has sex with another woman after meeting the heroine because it's part of a certain FAE ceremony that keeps fae strong. They aren't together yet so it's not exactly cheating but that's the reason I didn't connect with Tamlin. Well the OW sex and the whole begging- on-his- knees- to- a -rival- for- the -heroine's -safety. That was just stupid. (hide spoiler)]
In book 2 (view spoiler)[the love interest switches, Rhysand who appears as the villain in book 1 becomes love interest and Tamlin becomes a jerk, no one roots for Tamlin after chapter 4 because he acts stupidly. But we get a very graphic sex scene of heroine and Tamlin together at the beginning of A COURT OF MIST AND FURY. As someone who is team rhysand I didn't enjoy that sex scene. I got very happy with the rest of the book because Tamlin dissapears and later there's a lot of sex with Rhysand, but yeah, this is an unsafe read. (hide spoiler)]
So my original rating changes to 3.5 I can't rate lower in spite of the safety issues because book 2 is one of my all time favourites.
Original review This has been an excellent year for me in books. This retelling of Beauty and the beast left me wanting more but it was totaly a worthy reading.
Sara J.Maas gets better with each book she writes I honestly like her style and her vivid imagination.
What I liked the most about this book was the romance. I wasn't expecting it'd be so well developed but I wantmore and even more.
I like this book better than red queen.
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I loved this book. it kept me at the edge of my seat with so many twists and turns. I loved that Daemon was trying his best to win Kitten's trust andI loved this book. it kept me at the edge of my seat with so many twists and turns. I loved that Daemon was trying his best to win Kitten's trust and erase all the jack ass attitude of the first book.
Re-read: Amazon sent me a letter to update the book. Love it EVEN more the second time.
First and foremost. I DON'T WANT IT TO END! I WANT MORE PLEASE!!!!!
Thank you Mya Roberts for writing this beautiful, epic LOVE STORY.
Now the theme itself is so HORRIFYING that for a while I debated whether I wanted to read the book or not. Usually rape is not something I want to read. In fact I read the reviews of the V girl first before reading and most of them were accurate, rape is not something that we get to see graphically . I can't stand rape. I just can't. But the INTELLIGENT, MATURE, ALMOST POETIC approach the author used to tackle this difficult topic was brilliant. There's rape, the blurb says as much but it's more than a menace, a threat to the people who live in this world. 90% of the book the story is more about the Heroine's fight, about her feelings, not about rape for the sake of bringing drama. Nothing like game of thrones style.
It's sad to think that The V girl society is very realistic. I think our own society has come to accept rape and abuse as something that can't be avoided. From where we stand as society where rape culture is fed on us daily to the moment a society like this becomes a reality...i'm sad to think about it but it may happen. it seems like whenever there's war there's crime. Looting, Murder, torture, rape, slavery. Honestly just see what Hitler did. I'm sure his high comanders had green card to do whatever they wanted to the people they oppressed. Countless of TV shows, movies and books talk about torture and murder during war. They never talk about rape and that's sadly the reality every women of every country that has been invaded has to live. For them or for someone they know.
YOU HEAR ME PLOT
and subplots too. There's a good story here that made me cry, laugh, throw my kindle to the garbage (literally) swoon REPEATEDLY.
Because ALEKSEY FURST! A SOLDIER WHO DOES WHAT'S RIGHT! what the other soldiers should do. PROTECT PEOPLE and he wasn't expecting to fall in love with Lila but he did. It's a very difficult situation for this couple. On the one hand she FOR OBVIOUS REASONS hates soldiers. On the other hand IT'S PROHIBITED TO HAVE A FOREIGN AND AN AMERICAN getting married and the punishement is torture. (rape? no problem. Love? heaven forbid! how come?)
But aleksey fights his way to get Lila's heart, he changes for her, he risks everything for her, and little by little she'll find that Aleksey is not her enemy. He's there to LOVE HER not to take advantage of the situation.
Would he gain her heart and have the honor to be the one who deflowers the heroine?
There's plenty of sex. yes but it's portrayed in a way that fits the plot perfectly.
And when you reach the 85% mark you'll be ready to cry and soak your kindle. Its that dramatic. And what comes next is horrifying.
But thanks god there's something that Roberts had in store for us that we weren't expecting. (view spoiler)[A HEA (hide spoiler)] just when things looked to be going for the worst, just when I thought happiness wasn't possible, I learned that there's hope and I ended up smiling. It was so beautiful.
Now a warning. The book is BRUTAL, HORRIFYING AND NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. It's super dark and for your sake if you're squimish I suggest you skim or even avoid chapters 53 and 54. I'll repeat AVOID CHAPTERS 53 AND 54 if you're squimish. They're brilliant but not for the faint of heart. Even so I think Roberts did a great job in presenting a scene like that only when was needed. She didn't overuse the horror of the situation to bring more drama. I think it was beautifully handled. I'm a fan and I'm recommending this book to everyone on my list.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
As I said in my twilight review. In real life I wouldn't let anyone treat me like Patch Cipriano treats Nora. In books I like the idea of the bad boyAs I said in my twilight review. In real life I wouldn't let anyone treat me like Patch Cipriano treats Nora. In books I like the idea of the bad boy that you don't know if you hate or love. The stalkery things serves to provide drama and keep the pages turning.
I'm young but I'm not stupid. I know that's not what mature, good relationships are supposed to be. But we aren't talking about reality here. It's fiction and I know the difference between reading an abusive relationship and enjoy it for the kind of chemistry and drama it brings, than pursuing that kind of relationship in real life.
The stalking thing is part of multiple romance book, it's a good plot device that I enjoy because it tends to SAVE the heroine's life.
I don't know if I'll continue with the series. I didn't particularly like any of the characters except Patch. But it kept me reading and swooning so for me it's a solid four. It would have been higher if Nora and Vee would have been good characters. I tend to prefer books with strong heroines. I want them to fall in love deeper. So far is more lust than love, but I really think they can really work it out and I hope they do.
I wonder all the haters who gave 1 star to this book... how many stars do they give to the godfather and the silence of the lambs? If they rated them higher than 3 stars...does that mean they are secretely killers?
And we got our valentine. When we'll get Magnus? Magnus is the one who will seal the deal for me.
I still prefer Jonathan Rhys Myers. He would have been perfect...if only the jack sparrow wig had been ommitted :P
If you didn't like the first book of the series I don't blame you. It was the worst overall but once you get to city of glass you'll love the series and then you can read the beauty of clockwork angel and clockwork prince.
I'm tired of people ripping this book to pieces and secretely devouring it. I don't believe you for a second that you didn't enjoy it if you happenedI'm tired of people ripping this book to pieces and secretely devouring it. I don't believe you for a second that you didn't enjoy it if you happened to have ratings and long rants about the following books.
Accept it! Stephanie Meyer kept you reading her very long books! And you are only complaining about stalking tendencies because YOU know this is fiction.
I DON'T WANT A GUY WATCHING ME SLEEP. In real life that's creepy.
BELLA COULD HAVE GOTTEN HERSELF KILLED MULTIPLES TIMES IF IT HADN'T BEEN FOR EDWARD's STALKER tendencies. Again in real life I don't want to date a stalker. In a fictional realm some things are necessary to keep the woman a vampire loves alive and the readers turning the pages.
AND IF STEPHANIE MEYER IS SUCH A BAD WRITER BY ALL MEANS GO AND WRITE A BETTER BOOK. Good luck with that!Let's see how many agents push for your book.
Now don't you like junk food? Do you really only eat select cuisine? Admit it! You put crazy stuff in your McDonalds french fries and then claim is the most delicious thing ever! Not every meal has to be a delicattessen and not every read has to become the next War and peace. You just don't read the book.
I find the people who says I'm stupid because I ADORE TWILIGHT to be snobbish, arrogant and insufferable.
I like twilight and I'm proud I like twilight. Plenty of people wouldn't read or write if it hadn't been for twilight. The publishing industry would have lost money if girls like me hadn't started reading book like twilight. Millions of women around the world got to love twilight and they're not stupid, they just don't share your taste in books.
6 STARS TO A SIMPLE HOUSEWIFE WHO TOOK THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY BY STORM.