ACOWAR REVIEW



A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3)
by Sarah J. Maas
Bloomsbury | May 2, 2017
       Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
       As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
A Court of Wings and Ruin was my most anticipated book of 2017. I read A Court of Thornes and Roses and didn't enjoy it. I didn't plan to read A Court of Mist and Fury because of this, but I did, and it's my favorite Sarah J. Maas book to date. I was over the moon when I received my copy. I was prepared to embark on this emotional rollercoaster ride.

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Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Carina's Book Blog
After reading the Six of Crows, I gave into the hype. I only enjoyed the end because that's where all the action happens. Bardugo writes of an "impossible heist", yet I wasn't excited by it. I expected a fast-paced and high-octane story, but the writing was dull and lifeless. It's ironic how a grand heist can be boring. I was excited about the next installment but was extremely disappointed by Crooked Kingdom. It couldn't hold my attention, and it was too long. The plot sounds promising and full of life, but it develops slowly. Bardugo orchestrates something elaborate and grandiose, but she failed to ensnare my attention. She created a diverse group of lovable thieves, but they can only do so much for the story.
Watch Ocean's Eleven or Reservoir Dogs instead.

CONCLUSION OF TMI | REVIEW



City of Heavenly Fire (TMI #6)
by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry | May 27, 2014

         Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.
         The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris-but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?
         When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee-even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned...

STARTING A BLOG | PART III : DESIGNING

Designing is easily one of the most fun and frustrating parts of blogging. There are many beautiful blogs out there and you need to make yours stick out. In this post, I have accumulated some resources and tips to help you in your designing endeavors. 

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS REREAD UPDATE


So if you follow me on Goodreads, you know that I recently reread City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass (the first three books in the series). I reread the first two books a year ago and made the decision that I hated this series. I think I was unhappy with the series the second time around because I was in a really bad book slump. After rereading the third time, I understand why I fell in love with this series in the first place. It's an imaginative world and has a compulsive storyline. However, I thought City of Bones was a bit haphazard. Clare introduces the world and her jargon and it's a lot to take in. Things become more clear as you read, but the words and world were kind of thrown at you. I don't know if it was intended to be like Clary being introduced to the world (probably was), but it felt like it. 

I see everything with new eyes this time around because I know what's going to happen. I was able to pick up on all these foreshadowings, which made me FREAK OUT. Clare drops these hints that you don't really pick up/understand, but they come to fruition, you remember the first time it was mentioned, and then you realize what a genius she is. She drops hints about her future books and it makes your jaw drop. 
This time around, I found Jace annoying. I used to think he was charming, he's still somewhat charming, but his charm became annoying and obnoxious. He's at a 9 and needs to bring it down to a 7 or lower. I think I disliked all characters this time around... except for Magnus. I found them all a bit whiny, lol. I was able to appreciate the diversity of the book a little more. Clare creates characters from every corner of the world and incorporates demons from various cultures. One that really stood out to me were the Japanese ones, I'm a little more acquainted with these because of manga and anime. I loved the mention of the oni demons and the possible mention of the shinigami. (She mentioned this demon with a katana and it reminded me of the shinigami in Naruto)

By reading the series the third time, everything became clearer. I skimmed through the books the first time and now I'm taking my sweet ass time with it. I'm not reading for the sake of reading, I'm reading for my enjoyment now! It's funny how I hated this book in my book slump, but it brought me out of my slump. 

Yes, this series is hyped, but you should read it. It's always great to read about new worlds and see the creativity of people. It's a beloved world with a set of characters that grow on you. I should be reading the fourth book, but I'm taking a break and reading Sherlock Holmes.

WELL DESERVED HYPE | ACOMAF REVIEW


A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thornes and Roses #2)
by Sarah J. Maas
Bloomsbury | May 3, 2016
        Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court,but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.
        Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms-and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future-and the future of a world cleaved in two.

MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2017 REVIEW



Wintersong
by S. Jae-Jones
Thomas Dunne | February 7, 2017

      Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.
      All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
      But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
      Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS SHOW REVIEW

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If you're like me, you've read The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket as a child and it's very precious to you. It was thrown at me by my sister and it encouraged me to read more. I loved the books because it was dark, informative, entertaining and easy to read. I would make my mother take me to the library, borrow 5 books at once and finish them in a week. After reading up on the series, it's wickedly smart. I would not have been able pick up those allusions and comprehend the story in its entirety as a child. The series can be enjoyed by people of all ages!

The television adaptation definitely reignited my love for this series, but the adaptation was another installment in The Series of Unfortunate Adaptations. I think I'm the only one that didn't enjoy it because I've seen glowing reviews everywhere.

BEST READS OF 2016

2016 was a terrible year. David Bowie's death, the election, David Bowie's death... I can't continue because it's gonna make me depressed. But, there were amazing books this year!!!! Here are some of my favorites from 2016, in no particular order: (If you click on the titles, it will lead to my review)