Thursday, 20 April 2017
A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J Maas is the first book in the A Court Of Thorns And Roses series and is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
In order to keep her family alive, nineteen year old Feyre kills a wolf in the woods. Shortly after a beast like creature demands retribution for it and takes Feyre to the magical land she has only heard about through legends. Feyre discovers that the beast isn't an animal but a powerful immortal faerie called Tamlin.
As she is held captive on his estate, the feelings she holds for Tamlin turn from hatred to passion which destroys all the lies she was told about the world of the Fae. However, an evil shadow is taking over the faerie lands and Feyre must find a way to stop it before it destroys Tamlin and the faerie world forever.
First of all, I want to say how surprised I am at how much I loved this book. I am not one to choose a fantasy book to read, however, I was itching to read it because of everyone constantly going on about and because the third book in the series is coming out next month.
Within a few chapters of this book I knew I was going to enjoy it and found it incredibly intriguing. I really liked Feyre as a character and could see some of the similarities between her and Belle from Beauty and the Beast. As for Tamlin.... Ugh I REALLY liked him. I kind of have a crush on him even though he is a fictional character. At the start of the book when you first meet Lucien, I kind of disliked him, but once the story progressed I started to really like him like the other characters.
Amarantha was one of the wierdest, most evil villains and I loved her!
Throughout the whole book, every chapter would end with so much drama that I couldn't just put it down and carry on with my day. I ended up being five chapters from finishing it and then couldn't sleep until I had finished it.
One of my favourite parts was Fire Night/Calanmai/The Great Rite (chapters 20 and 21). It was so juicy and not what I was expecting at all. Equally, I loved the part with the Summer Solstice because it was so cute and romantic and the part with Rhysand because it was so tense.
When I finished chapter 27 I couldn't believe that chapter had actually happened and wasn't ready for it to happen at that precise moment. Chapters 31 to 34 just sucked me in and I couldn't stop reading. Finally, chapter 36 all the way to the end was by far one of the best book endings and had me hooked all the way to the end. I just couldn't put the damn book down until it was finished. Ever chapter was better than the previous and when I got to the end chapter, I wanted to cry because it was so good.
A Court Of Thorns And Roses was by far one of my favourite reads of 2017 and I ended up giving it 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Thursday, 13 April 2017
Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy follows Tess Durbeyfield from a young girl where she finds out that her she descends from the d'Urbervilles, a wealthy family, to a woman and is set in 19th Century Wessex. (That's the best description I can give as I never know how to describe classics.)
I don't know where to even start with this one... I was really craving a classic and have been wanting to read Tess of the d'Urbervilles for ages, so choosing it to read next was a no brainer really.
At first I was incredibly confused for so many reasons. 1) it was told in third person, 2) it was old English and words were written how you would say them with an accent, 3) it was nothing like what I was expecting.
For the first part of the book (there was seven parts in total) I was so confused and kept sating "eh?" at everything. However, I think it was partly down to me reading some of the book as an audiobook. I can't read a book via an audiobook, I need to be actually reading it.
I really liked the second part of the book, Phase The Second: Maiden No More. I was quite interesting. I also really enjoyed Phase The Third and Phase The Fourth and they were one of my favourite parts. My absolute favourite part was by far Phase The Seventh: Fufilment, like WTAF?! It was just so unexpected.
Even though it wasn't that long, it took me forever to finish, but that is just down to it being a classic. Since I am not used to old English and how classics are written, it takes me a while to process what they are actually saying and what is going on.
Overall, I ended up giving Tess of the d'Urbervilles 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Thursday, 6 April 2017
March was quite a disappointing month for me as I only read three quite small books. However, that is because I chose to read a classic half way through the month and it takes me forever to finish a classic (two and a half months to finish Pride and Prejudice).
Even though I only read three books this month, I am incredibly happy with the books I have read because it means I am on track with one of my reading goals, which is to read more diversely.
At the start of the month I knew I wanted to start reading contemporaries again, but since I have so many unread contemporary, I didn't know which to read first. After much consideration, I decided on If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo. I absolutely loved this book! It was unlike anything I have ever read and was just damn right amazing. I ended up giving If I Was Your Girl 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
After reading If I Was Your Girl, I wanted to stick with reading contemporary, so I chose A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard. My friend Ashleigh over at A Frolic Through Fiction, read this and raved about it, and she never raves about contemporaries unless they are incredible, so that meant that I needed it in my life. Again, I freaking loved this book! It was so adorable and just amazing! I fell completely in love with Rhys and Steffi, they are just so cute! I ended up giving A Quiet Kind of Thunder 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Finally, I read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Another friend of mine, Abbie, told me I needed to watch the trailer for the film adaptation of the book, so obviously I did and I immediately needed the book in my life. I really enjoyed it and fell in love with Olly and Maddy. I ended up giving Everything, Everything 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
What did you read in March?