Anna Dressed in Blood Book Review

Halloween might be over but this book took longer than expected.

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Cas is a ghost hunter like his father before him and his father before him. When Cas’s father is killed, horribly, by a ghost, Cas is more than determined to be a great hunter and eventually hunt down the ghost that killed his father. Cas and his mother travel, a lot, and come across a town haunted by a girl who has killed when they enter her house.

Anna dressed in blood, is the name she’s known as. When Cas encounters her he finds that she’s nothing like the rest of the ghosts he’s hunted. She’s stronger and insaner than most ghosts. Cas is suddenly surrounded by something he isn’t use to, friends. With their help Cas learns that it won’t be easy to send where every he sends the ghosts but he finds Anna captivating.

When I read the summary, and has been in my to read list for a while, I was fascinated by the concept. Boy kills the dead that doesn’t stay dead and meets girl that is dead and they fall in love. Easy enough. What I found was that it didn’t hook me in as much as the description did. It took roughly a good hundred pages to even interest me.

The relationship, if you call it that, between Cas and Anna was a bit too quick and that made it feel out of place. He meets her then can’t stop thinking about her and all of sudden he’s in love. The quickness of it didn’t make it seem genuine, which is sort of the main point of the story.

One character I did appreciate was Cas’s mind reading friend Thomas. I did enjoy the ending but it did take over two hundred pages to finally make it interesting which it was makes the whole book a let down. I will say that I do want to know what happens to Cas, Thomas and Carmel. So that is something.

Will I continue the series? Probably not right away, and do hope I pick up someday and see where the characters leave off. For now, Anna Dressed in Blood will have to do.

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A Court of Wings and Ruin Book Review

There has been a few books where I gasp out loud, scream, cry, yelp, aww, and curse, and all while holding my chest in fear of my heart ripping out of my chest. This is one of them.

If you have not read any of the first two books this is a fair warning that it will have spoilers. Read at your own risk!

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Feyre has now returned to the Spring Court with Tamlin, pretending that her mating bond with Rhysand has been destroyed and she is still in love with Tamlin. Which intrigued me more. Feyre turned into spy! Keep your friend close, enemies closer. While she’s playing her role of Tamlin’s beloved who has been “rescued” she now has access to Tamlin’s men, numbers, strategies etc. Although, the King of Hyden, the big, evil bad guy of the story, managed to brake the bargain between Rhy and Feyre, their mating bond is still fully intact and with it they can still communicate, telepathically.

But not everyone is fooled, meaning Lucien, who was someone she trusted, who along with Tamlin sold her and her family out, but is now her sister’s mate. The shock of it in the last book still held and I was very surprised that I was very interested in seeing how that plays out.

The relationship between Feyre and Lucien was a mixture of old and new. Feyre relied on Lucien to stand with her with things began to fall with Tamlin and he didn’t. With the case of her sister, Lucien is another person and the betrayal side. What makes it interesting is that Lucien, though chosen wrong before, is aware of his mistakes and though it’s difficult to tell if it’s from the goodness of his heart or the mating bond, Lucien and Feyre must team up to survive was lies ahead.

Now the King of Hybern is readying an army and controlling the cauldron, it’s all out war. You see people who have hated each other for centuries now working together. A different Tamlin that I was not expecting. Then another one entirely. I swear that guy gave me whiplash. Questions were answered, though like an series more appear.

A Court of Wings and Ruin has action from beginning to end. I was on the edge the entire time. There were parts where I had to stop and silently scream, “WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK!” True story.

There was a part of the book, that I won’t say which part, reminded me of Aragon and the army of the dead from Return of the King which is a pretty awesome scene. I love the complexity of the characters and how they manage to deal with what is handed to them. Not just Feyre or Feyre’s sisters but with Lucien, Amre, Rhys and other new and returning characters that I’m hoping to get more of in the next book.

What amazes me is the difference each book has. With the first book, I found it was new discovery, and first love and sacrifices. Book 2 was of self discovery and the true value of love and one self. This one was of family and togetherness.

I never thought that I would be rooting for Feyre and Rhy but damn it, they work and I ship it! If these book have taught me anything is that to expect the unexpected. There were moments where I just couldn’t put it down and when I did have to it, the agonizing thoughts of what is going to happen replayed in my head until I was able to pick up the book and start where I left off.

I truly don’t know where book 4 will lead or the direction the series is heading since there is 2 more books yet to be release. The waiting for the next book is definitely going to be difficult since according to Goodreads book 4 isn’t set to release until 2019. Do hope that it will be worth the wait, but from what the last three managed to do my hope in it is pretty solid.

Maybe This Time Book Review

Ghosts. Mystery. Long last love. Good for a Halloween read, or in this case a reread.

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Andie was once married to North, ten years ago, and now she finds herself in his office. Andie returns the alimony checks and tries to erase everything that might remind her of her marriage to him. North a very dedicated lawyer asks her for a favor. North was given guardianship over his cousin’s children and is desperate for help. North asks Andie to become the children’s nanny and convince them to leave their house and move with him, which every other nannies have failed to do.

Andie agrees because it would help her out of debt and she can start anew with her boyfriend. When she arrives at their house she meets 8 year old Alice and 12 year old Carter, quite and very distance kids. These kids have dealt with death that most people don’t deal with in one life time. When Andie shows up she learns that not only are they damaged but…haunted. According to the housekeeper Mrs. Crumb, a rude and creepy middle aged woman, informs Andie that the house has ghosts.

Andie doesn’t buy into the ghost story and focuses on her relationship with the kids. She notices that her feels towards North haven’t gone away when she has to communicate with him which doesn’t sit well with her current boyfriend. Then she begins to see things, such as a young woman watching Alice sleep or a man in the tower.

The book has mystery, ghosts, humor, and some romance to tie it all together. I had read it years ago and rereading it just reminded me why I loved it so much the first time. It’s a great quick read, especially during Halloween.

A Court of Mist and Fury Book Review (The Court of Thorns and Roses #2)

The Court of Thorns and Roses was Beauty and the Beast, and this book was something else entirely!

Before I start I have to say I bitched and moan at the beginning of this book and so glad it was able to change my mind because HOLY FUCKIN FUCK DID IT TAKE ME ON A ROLLER COASTER!

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I was blown away by how much I enjoyed The Court of Thorns and Roses, so it came to no surprise that I was eager to pick up book 2 of the series right away. The first book had the essences of Beauty and the Beast which this book did still have a bit but it was something else completely.

Trying not to spoil anything but there is spoilers if you haven’t yet read Thorns and Roses. You have been warned!

Feyre and Tamlin have returned to the Spring Court and Feyre is having a difficult time adjusting and who could blame her after everything she has endured. Nightmares, not eating and when she would eat she would vomit, Feyre has slowing fading away. Here comes the spoilery territory about her relationship with Tamlin. The first book I found myself rooting for the guy! He was cursed, cared for his people, although Feyre was taken and kept at his homeland he treated her with respect and ended up loving her. What I did not, repeat DID NOT expect was to see Tamlin in a whole new light.

The more I read, chapter after chapter I began reevaluate Tamlin’s character and his relationship with Feyre. I hated it and to be frank, pissed! Why create a character so likable for entire book then switch it on the second?

Well I’ll tell you…because it works! The very thing that pissed me off from the beginning of the book ended up being my favorite all the way through. Confused and conflicted, you beat your ass I was and I’m glad!

It made it a much more compelling story.  The events that occurred Under the Mountain in the first book, is something a normal person who not be able to hand and sadly Feyre holds on to dear life. She’s broken and doesn’t feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel. Then she has to deal with her bargain to Rhysand. Now, Rhysand was someone I thought would be categorized as the Gaston of the series, and oh boy was I wrong. Rhysand reminded me of Cole from Charmed. Funny, charismatic, egotistical, scary when provoked and a backstory that explains a lot.

Rhysand steps in to start the bargain with Feyre and takes her to his home of The Court of Nightmares. Again, trying not to give too much away, Feyre  begins to see that it wasn’t just Tamlin wearing a mask for fifty years. You see two different lifestyles Feyre has to live in every month, one with Tamlin and the other with Rhysand. I’m very glad that her struggles weren’t quickly solved. She dealt with some heavy stuff that isn’t easy to overcome, so I’m glad it was addressed that way.

There’s new characters that are likable, funny, and a different feel from the last book where Feyre was pretty much alone the whole time. This book just feels different. From the romance, the friendships, the action, the mystery and it just become more and more difficult to put now.  As a book should be.

The Court of Thorns and Roses surprised and enlighten me, with Mist and Fury it blew me away! The ending just made you to scream and want to rushing into book 3. There are questions that need answers, there are events that I’m dying to know how they plan out, and more.

This series is one I’m beyond glad to have started and one I will recommended to anyone and everyone to read!

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Review

Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite Disney films. Make it rated R and you have yourself an invested reader.

I’ll explain more on it through the review!

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Feyre is the sole provider for her family, which consist of her father and her two older sisters. Living in poverty Feyre has to hunt for their next meal and one day she comes face to face with a wolf ready to eat her meal, a deer and herself. Knowing that if she dies her family would too, from starvation, she manages to kill the wolf before he could attack her. Everything changes when a bigger AF wolf arrives at her cottage and demands retribution for the death of not just his friend but a faerie. She’s given a choice of either dying in front of her family, who again would die without her, or go with him to his home of Prythian, a place no human is allowed to enter, and live forever there. Feyre’s father, the man responsible for their lifestyle, begs Feyre to live out her life with the beast and not return. So 19 year old Feyre leaves to be a captive in Prythian.

Prythian is divided, closed off to mortal is one section, but the rest they’re known as the Spring Court, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Dawn, Day, and Night Court.

Upon arriving Feyre learns that the beast is actually a faerie, but these aren’t your typical faeries. The only thing that defines them as faeries are their ears, pointy, and they can produce magic. At least some of them look the same. Once the beast, who is revealed to be named Tamlin, returns to his fae, short for faerie, form she notices that he, along with all his servants are wearing masks. Masquerade masks. It is revealed that a disease has infected their homeland and in doing so has cursed them to wearing the masks all time except in animal form. The curse has been active for nearly 50 years.

Feyre wanting nothing more than escaping and returning to her family begins to learn more and more about Tamlin and his kind. Time passes she begins to see the good and the very thing she was taught to hate and fear. But just as all is good danger emerges and endangers her life as well as everyone she’s grown to care for.

Now for the whole Beauty and the Beast aspect. Yes, there are similarities in this book which was one of the reasons why I ended up buying it without really knowing much of it. But what I found out was that even though it had the B&B theme it was it’s own story and was just as riveting.

A Court of Thorns and Roses might have taken Disney’s version of Beauty and the Beast as inspiration, or the real OG Gabrielle Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s version for the matter, but it made it it’s own, which isn’t easy. It went from awww totally shipping those characters to wow it’s going there to what the fuck just happened! The book had me and refused to let go. I was entertained, was on the edge of my seat, it had mystery, action, and romance. I wanted more the second I finished reading which is something that every book should make you feel.

I bought A Court of Thorns and Roses out of popularity and a comparison to my favorite Disney film and hoping I didn’t waste my money on a book I will end up disliking. After months of just sitting on my shelf I am relieved and disappointed that I didn’t read it right away. It was an amazing read and one I will continue with the series!

I might just do a spoiler review for it…

A Court of Thorns and Roses is now in development for a featured film.

 

The Raven Boys Book Review

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I was similar with Maggie Stiefvater, having read for previous series. This particular series was intriguing mainly the summary and how many positive reviews it had received. It’s a rare occasion where I buy the book before ever reading it, it happens but it’s rare. I tend to check it out in the library first, and if it meet my expectations and beyond, then it gets rewarded by being displayed on my shelf. I had high hopes and I was confident enough that this book was going to reach that level others have claimed it had reached for them.

THANK GOD FOR AUDIBLE!

I don’t give audible books enough credit. I wanted to stop a few pages in and abandon the 100 page rule. If you aren’t familiar with the 100 page rule it’s okay since I just learned of it myself. You should always give a book until 100 pages if you are leaning towards giving up. That 100 pages determines if it will get better or not worth continuing. I have only ever stopped reading one book and I don’t feel at all guilty for it and I didn’t even make it for the second chapter. Trust me, the book was horrendous. I try not to make it a habit of giving up on a book and I wasn’t going to start now.

After a few chapters in I still had no idea what was going on and I just couldn’t get into it. Then the audio book came to the rescue. I was able to finally finish it and a lot fast then if I had to read it on my own. I’m going to try and give the best summary I can because I’M SO CONFUSED!

Blue comes from a family of psychics but that special ability has skipped her. Just then when she sees a spirit, something she has never done. When a spirit is seem that means that person will die within a year, which means their still alive in present time. Blue was always told that when she kisses her true love he will die. So they spirit she has seem is of a boy she has never met, he will die within a year, and he is her true love.

Sounds intriguing right! Which is why I bought it before hand. These boys who attend a prestige private school are known as The Raven boys because of the raven logo of the school. One of them in particular is obsessed with finding a welsh king Glendower, and if found will be granted anything they want. The some of the boys have some serious issues and tend to fight each other. There are secrets amongst each other and you can kind of guess whose on the good side. There’s so much that I’m so confused about and it’s not just because there’s more books and it will continue the story but I really don’t know what happen.

I had to google the book to find out what I just read, or I should say hear. The ending went completely over head. There were things that I didn’t know happen and couldn’t believe it because I listened to the book. I probably should give it another try, considering I already purchased it. For the moment I’m really disappointed that it didn’t reach expectations. I wanted to love this book so much and be captivated by this story that sounds so promising. It just didn’t happen and I’m very sad about it.

I did read that it has been picked up for a television series which I’m excited for. Although the book didn’t do it for me maybe the show can make a fan out of me.

 

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) Book Review

Although it took my awhile to finish, subconsciously I knew I would be heart broken by the end of it. That and I accidentally read a spoiler and I just couldn’t face it!

Some spoilers if you haven’t yet read Lady Midnight!

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Emma and Julian are still struggling with their feeling for each other even though Emma has convinced everyone that she and Mark are now an item. Kit is still trying to wrap his head around that face that he’s a shadowhunter and a Herondale. We also get characters from Mortal Instruments, which made for a solid fangirling screams.

Lord of Shadows really dealt with a much more adult theme which worked very well. We have a family and friends in a household (Institute) all under the age of 25. So of course we should have emotions running wild. Learning about the curse of loving your parabatai, Emma leans on Mark to try to make Julian stop loving her. However, Mark and Christina being to question their feeling for each other, and not to mention that Mark’s ex is a fairy prince.

Not only to we get heart breaks from the young adults but we also see the kids growing up as well. With Kit trying to learn to find his way, he befriends Ty and Livvy and it was such an interesting thing to read. Kit was brought up to hate everything and anything associated with Shadowhunters and now he’s learn that he’s is one and that he’s related to one of the greatest one yet. Ty, whose autistic, becomes close to Kit who doesn’t treat him as someone whose a freak like everyone does or has. Their relationship is one I see them becoming something like brothers as Jace and Alec were in TMI.

With their hormones raging on, the Blackthorn family have a new mission and one that of course has some high stakes. The Black Volume, a book that Malcolm once had to raise Annabel from the grave is now up for grabs and if it’s in the wrong hands can lean to an another war.

Another thing that stood out to me while reading was how fitting it was to what our nation is facing. Not to get too political here, but we get a group of Shadowhunters go invested in creating a law banding Downworlders from having any say at all and registering them so they can be controlled. We see division amongst the Shadowhunters and even other creatures who disagree and try to make the law pass. It showcased the hate and discrimination from someone who doesn’t look like you and comes from somewhere else. That mentality leads to chaos and as heart breaking as it was reading it because it hits too close to home, it’s has hope attached because it shows that not everyone sees it that way. I applaud Cassandra Clare for that!

Can’t say too much without it being too spoilery, but we get a lot of love triangles or for some it’s a square. Friendship are tested. Secrets are revealed. New somewhat alliances. And Blood is spilled! Know that by the end you will cry. I have to be honest…more than half of the book I saw a spoiler, UNINTENTIONALLY, and dearly dropped by phone. That being said, knowing what was going to happen I still bawled my eyes out. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Lord of Shadows was a bit heavier hitting the much more mature topics and the ending was just heart crushing. It was amazing, which I didn’t expect any less. The torture begins with the wait for book 3 but I’m sure it will be worth it.