A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Hope warms the coldest night.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve.

Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

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Review

Note: This review the wrought with A Court of Thorns and Roses/Mist and Fury/Wings and Ruin spoilers, so if you haven’t read any of those books yet, skip this review.

If you haven’t read this book, however, no worries.

I keep wanting more Rhys and Feyre and the thought that this is the last book from their POVs is heartbreaking, but understandable.

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Recently Added to my TBR Shelf {May 2018}

This is a new series here on the blog, and I’m realizing that it’s pretty eye-opening.

At the rate that I’m adding new books to my TBR, I will have to read about 10 books per day for the rest of my life to get through them all. ::cringe::

Do you every just get overwhelmed with all the books and movies and music and other amazing media there is available out there? I’d want to be immortal just so that I could get through it all.

Sometimes, when I have a few spare moments, I almost go into a panic trying to decide what I should do. Should I listen to an audiobook? Read a book on my Kindle? Take a book off my shelf? Listen to a podcast? Watch a TV show or movie on Netflix?

It almost makes me sad to think of all the incredible stories I could be missing out on.

Does this happen to anyone else?


 

Here are all the books I’ve added to my TBR this month

(In order from date added.)


The Princess and the Fangirl (Starfield #2) by Ashley Poston
Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Ameriie, et. al
Flow (Grip 0.5) by Kennedy Ryan
Fallen Ink (Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs #1) by Carrie Ann Ryan

I didn’t realize that Geekerella was a series until I looked it up on Goodreads after posting my review. I immediately added the next book in the series to my TBR. I actually thought that Because you Hate to Love Me was on my TBR, but when I realized it wasn’t, I added it.


 


Elusive (Princess Presley Duet #1) by S.E. Hall
Asher (Inked Brotherhood #1) by Jo Raven
Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill
Hardball by C.D. Reiss

 


 


Bombshell (Hollywood A-List #1) by C.D. Reiss
Shuttergirl by C.D. Reiss
Blackmail Boyfriend (Boyfriend Chronicles #1) by Chris Cannon
Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot

After reading my first CD Reiss book, I kind of went on a spree adding all her books to my TBR. (I only add first books in series because I won’t know if I’ll want to read the entire series.)


 


A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh (Editor), Elsie Chapman (Editor)
Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1) by Amanda Foody
Wait With Me by Amy Daws
The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang

Ace of Shades has been everywhere lately, and so many great bloggers have loved it, I’m sure I will, too!


 


The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
Untitled Novella (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.2) by Sarah J. Maas
Untitled (A Court of Thorns and Roses #5) by Sarah J. Maas
Untitled (A Court of Thorns and Roses #6) by Sarah J. Maas

Clearly, after reading the latest ACOTAR book, I went ahead and added all the rest to my TBR.


 


The Merciless (The Merciless #1) by Danielle Vega
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller
Rush (Breathless #1) by Maya Banks

After reading Bentley’s review of Merciless, I added it to my TBR and asked him for Horror suggestions. He suggested My Best Friend’s Exorcism (the cover is so creepy!)


 

What books have you added to your TBR this month?

 

 

 

Favorite YA Series {Part One}

This week has been the perfect week to curl up with a book by the window and read all day. It’s been raining nonstop and it doesn’t look like it’ll subside any time soon.

Unfortunately, I have to work all week, but luckily I have a gorgeous view of the lake in my office, so at least I can enjoy that much.

Today I’m recommending my favorite young adult series. These recommendations are those that I’ve read at least two of the books in the series. There are several series in which I’ve only read one book that I love so far, but I’ll wait to recommend those series once I’ve read at least one more book.

I’m more of a new adult/contemporary romance reader, so my YA favorites aren’t vast, however, I do love a great YA series every now and then.

My reason for this post is two-fold: First, I’m recommending every series listed here and second, I’d love it if you could recommend YA series that you’d think I’d like based on these.

 
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Reading List: May 2018

Hello, May!

I have a Summer resolution and that is to go to the beach more. I’m literally minutes away from the beach and around only an hour away from one of the best beaches in the US and I’ve gone maybe 3 times last year.

It’s very sad.

This weekend I’ve vowed to take a family trip to the beach.

The beach is a great place to get in some reading! So, I’m going to share with you the books I’m planning to read this month and talk about the books I read last month.

I read a total of 11 books and re-read 3 in April.

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Freebie: Velaris The Court of Dreams Tourist Graphic

Hey there, Friends!

This month’s freebie is in celebration of the upcoming release of A Court of Frost and Starlight! It’s a Velaris design.

My thought is, if I ever get a chance to meet Sarah J Maas again, I want to get this printed on an acrylic block and have her sign it as herself and as the Inner Circle. Is that weird? Oh, well…

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Anyway, I’ve also uploaded this to my Redbubble store, so if you want to purchase it as a shirt or anything else, it can be done so through there!

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Favorite Quotes from A Court of Thorns and Roses

For this month’s Favorite Quotes post, I’m going to share my favorites from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

This is my all-time favorite series and while this isn’t my favorite book in it, I still really enjoyed this book. I’ll be sharing favorite quotes from A Court of Mist and Fury next month!

Disclaimer: This post contains all the spoilers in the world. Tread carefully!

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The Longest Book Tag

First of all, shout out to The Book Duchesses for tagging me for this one! Hop on over and check out their blog!

Contrary to what the title of this tag may have led you to believe, this tag is about the largest books you have in your library as opposed to being a really long tag 🙂

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So, don’t worry, I won’t keep you long!

Here are the rules:

  • Show the five biggest books on your shelves that you have read and tell a bit about them.
  • Show the two biggest books on your TBR and explain what you expectations are.
  • Last but not least, tag a few bloggers to do this tag!

Here are 5 of the longest books that I’ve read

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Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (756 pages)

Believe it or not, I read this book in one night… the night I bought it. Yes, I admit it, I loved the Twilight saga when the books were first released. It wasn’t until the movies came out that I couldn’t stand it anymore!

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Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas (693 pages)

I blew through this entire series in just a couple of weeks, so it all kind of blurs together. In other words, I can’t really tell one book from the next, it’s just all one story, so I don’t recall this book feeling any longer than the rest of them. Actually, considering the ending, I wish is WAS longer!

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The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata (673 pages)

The fact that a contemporary romance novel is on this list is hilarious. Typically, long books tend to be fantasy, maybe paranormal, but contemporary romance? Leave it to the Queen of Slow Burns herself to make it on this list. This is 673 pages of burning so very slowly.

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Wait for It by Mariana Zapata (670 pages)

Spoke to soon, MZ managed a second contemporary romance on this list. For me, her books never seem too drawn out even when they are crazy long like this. Wait for It was such a great slow burn, and such a sweet typical MZ story.
My review

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas (626 pages)

Obviously the length of this book matters not to me considering this might be my most re-read book of all time. You absolutely must read the first book in this series for the impact of this book to really hit you. There are no words. I was a shell of myself after reading it.

Two of the longest books on my TBR

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Galileo’s Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson (578 pages)

I literally picked this book up over 10 years ago. I don’t even remember what it is about and I refuse to read the synopsis before I read it again. I trust that it was interesting enough for me to buy it! Now, whether i ever get to read it before I die considering how many other books I have on my shelves is a different story.

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (507 pages)

Though I’ve never read the book, I know the story well through the many movie adaptations. By far, my favorite adaptation was the most recent with Michael Fassbender. Anyway, I expect that there will be many highlight-worthy lines in this book.

Your Turn!

I tag anyone who would like to participate! Make sure you link back to this post so I can read your response!

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

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Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

I vaguely remember SJM saying that this book was supposed to be a novella and, after reading it, I have no idea why she ever would’ve thought she could tell this story in so few pages.

I think part of the “issue” (and it’s not really an issue because I love this about SJM) is that it seems like every single one of the characters, no matter how briefly mentioned, in all of her books seem to have elaborate and interesting back stories.

I find that I want to know so much more about every freaking character that walks by! That’s how interesting she makes them and that is how well thought-out her novels are.

Speaking of which, I would love to see/hear how SJM maps out stories, because there are always so many bits and pieces that link together no matter how insignificant or far away it may seem in a previous book, somehow these things come up again later.

Like all of the books in this series, it took a little while for me to get into. But, I understand this going into it and I always end up really enjoying her books after giving it a chance, so I stuck it out and wasn’t disappointed.

If I’m being honest, I had no interest in Chaol’s story. I loved him in the beginning of the series, then I hated him, then I felt bad for him, but still thought he was being a jerk, and when I found out an entire giant novel was going to be about him, I wasn’t excited about it. Granted, I bought the audiobook as soon as it was available, but it also sat in my library for a really long time before I finally read it.

Partly because I wasn’t interested in hearing his story, but also because I hadn’t been in the mood for fantasy, and enjoying a book is a lot about timing for me.

 

Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars

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Elizabeth Evans has been the narrator for (I believe) all of the Throne of Glass books and I’ve always enjoyed her performances.

 

Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars

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There were so many little love stories happening in this one, but romance wasn’t really a huge part of this book. Not coming from a romance reader like me, anyway.

 

Re-read Worthiness: Maybe

I’m not sure… I have entertained the idea of re-reading the entire series and I just might when it’s finished, but until then…

 

Bookshelf Placement: Yes

I definitely plan on collecting the entire series for my bookshelf. Right now I only have one (signed) hard copy of Queen of Shadows (my favorite book in the series so far).

 

Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars

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There were so many potential book boyfriends in this one, but if i had to give them an overall rating, it’d be 4 stars. Chaol, actually, being one of the lowest-rated ones of them all. Sartaq is actually my fav book boyfriend in this book.

 

”Free” Reading Availability

Kindle Unlimited
Prime Reading
Audible Romance Package
(As of 02.25.29)

 

Reading List: February 2018

How in the world is it February already? SERIOUSLY.

Anyway, I almost wasn’t going to do the first part of this blog post in which I go back and see how I did on finishing the books on last month’s Reading List, but I’ve decided not to have shame in my game.

Nope.

I will, instead, accept that I am a failure. (She says before she even looks back on the list she made last month).

Alright, let’s see how she did, folks! (/end writing in third person. Sorry.)

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