After My Thoughts 💭:

Title: After

Author: Anna Todd

Published: 2014

Pages: 592

Genre: Romance Novel / Fiction / Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis:

There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER Life will never be the same. #Hessa

Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.

But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, and tattoos, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.

But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.

He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?

Unless…could this be love?

“I can’t help but think of the phrase ” sometimes it is better to be kept in the dark than be blinded by the light.”

My thoughts 💭:

Ok, so I was introduced to this book by my 16yr old 😳. Yes I did say 16yr old. I had no idea this book even existed or that they were in the process of releasing a movie for it. I was basically told “mom this is such a good book you should really read it” 🤔 ok I thought. Why not?

So this is basically a story about a girl (Tessa) who is going away to college for the first time. She is what I would call as innocent and naive as they come. When she gets to her dorm she meets her roommate who is the total opposite of her. She’s provocative, with tattoos and piercings and not a care in the world. She also hangs out with a group of friends that consist of the boy (Hardin) who little did she know, would turn her world upside down.

So when I started reading this I had no idea what I was getting into 😅. There seems to have been a lot of controversy about the book promoting emotional abuse. So this is just my opinion on how I personally felt. I actually enjoyed the book. To be honest I couldn’t put it down. While it is not the best written book, it definitely keeps you wanting to read more. I think if your reading it to critique the writing don’t bother.

It was more of a fun read for me. There is a lot of sexual content which I was shocked to know that my 16yr old read this (I actually cringed every time I read a sex scene knowing my kid read that😣) However, I personally loved the back and forth between Tessa and Harding, the constant fighting and making up, the I hate you I love you 😂. People may argue that there was emotional abuse but I have to disagree.

I mean yes, it was a very dysfunctional relationship, and no one should try to strive for their relationship to resemble this but both characters have their equal share of fighting, and let’s face it, this is a book meant for enjoyment not to be taken literally. I personally enjoyed it and can’t wait to read the next one. Would I recommend it? Yes. If your not sensitive to these things, but if you are then definitely not. I gave the book a 3 star rating because of the sensitive content which I understand could be triggers for some people, and also the writing.

Feel free to leave a comment. I would love to hear your thoughts if you’ve read this or heard anything about it.

Until the next one🤗🤗

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A Court of Mist and Fury: My Thoughts 💭

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury

Author: Sarah J. Mass

Published: 2017

Pages: 656

Genre: Ya Fantasy Fiction

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“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.”
Rhys clinked his glass against mine. “To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.”

Synopsis:

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 torn apart.

My thoughts 💭:

So after reading A Court of Thorns and Roses, which is sort of a Beauty and the Beast retelling, I absolutely fell in love with the characters and needed to immediately continue on to the next book, A Court of Mist and Fury.

“There are good days and hard days for me—even now. Don’t let the hard days win. “

Now A Court of Mist and Fury went in a whole different direction from book one that I did not expect. Talk about plot twist 😳. As always Sarah J Mass did a beautiful job with character development, keeping you on your toes, beautiful world building, some added humor and yes hot steamy romance🙈. Can we all just have a moment for Rhysand…🖤…ok moving on.

In this book there was definitely more action and adventure. The humor in it also had me laughing out loud a few times ( which I haven’t done for a while with a book). It was definitely unpredictable. You truly never knew what going to happen, and you just couldn’t help but want to go on to the next page.

Feyre’s love life takes a turn in this book which I did not expect, but definitely welcomed. I loved how her struggles in book one and everything she went through were addressed in this book and I love how you get to see her grow from it. The development on her character also allowed new and amazing characters to be introduced. It also allowed you to see the beauty of the Night Court and what kind of world that truly was.

The content of this book was definitely more adult than YA, which I’m not not complaining about because it’s one of the things I love about Mass. Shes not scared to take risk with the romance in her books. So far in this series this has definitely become one of my absolute favorite books.

Sarah J Mass has once again sucked me in to another amazing world with great characters, and I cannot wait to see where this story goes in the next book A Court of Wings and Ruin.

Please feel free to comment. I always love hearing from you.

See you all in the next review!!!!

A Court of Thorns and Roses: My Thoughts 💭

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J. Mass

Published: 2016

Pages: 448

Genre: Ya Fantasy Fiction

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“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”

Synopsis:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Characters:

Feyre: I love Feyre’s character. She was dealt a really crappy hand in life and put everyone else before herself, especially her family. It was interesting to see how long it took her to accept all the finery of living in the Spring Court and finally having to think of nothing but herself. When her character loves, she loves hard; To the point of doing the impossible as a human and almost sacrificing herself for someone who she hated so much in the beginning.

Tamlin: I hated Tamlin in the beggining of the story. I was always waiting for him to make the wrong move, or mess up. However, he never did. As much as he knew Feyre hated him and his kind, he still never treated her like a captive. Against all odds he fell in love with her to the point that he sent her away just to protect her. I ended up having mixed feelings about him because I wish he would have done more; even though I understand his reasons I still wanted more from him.

Lucien: I loved Lucien. From the beginning there was something just genuine about him. He was who he was, and you either liked him or you didn’t. Everything he did has a reason and a purpose. He was also that character that was loyal to a fault. He would do anything for Tamlin and not think twice about it. He would even give his own life if it came down to it.

Rhysand: Lets just say it, Rhysand was an Ass in the beginning. However his character is one that no matter how bad, or what he does, you cant help but be drawn to him. He is that bad boy you just love to hate. In the end I loved him. To see how far he went and stepped up for Feyre when it counted made me love him. Lets just say Im definitely ready for more Rhysand!!!


“Rhysand stared at me for long enough that I faced him.
“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.” 

My Thoughts: I am a Beauty and the Beast fan. I am also a huge Sarah J. Mass fan. So to me, this book was Amazing! (personal opinion obviously). This book sucked me in from the beginning of the story. It was such a smooth and easy read. I did not want to put it down. Its a mixture of fantasy, darkness, love, sex, and a few plot twist that left me in shock! Especially that ending!!

The character development was done well. I feel like I was able to get to know each one just enough. However, there was one character that I cannot wait to see more of. Yes! Rhysand. I feel like you get a taste of him in this book, but just enough to make you want a bite. I cant wait to see how he continues to develop in the story.

The level of sex in this book had me saying, Whattttt!!! This is a YA book? However, I feel like Mass is not scared to include this and some gory action in her books, which in turn makes readers like myself who are not so YA enjoy it all the more.

The world building as always, I believe was beautifully done. Her description of Prythian was perfect. You were able to imagine every detail, and picture every scene that was described beautifully.

All in all, Sarah J. Mass fan aside, this story is a fantastic addition to the YA Fantasy genre. It will definitely keep you wanting to turn the page to see what will happen next. I cannot wait to read A Court of Mist and Fury, and travel back to Prythian to get my next dose of Rhysand!

I will see you all in the next one! If you have read this, or not, I would love to hear your thoughts. We can discuss it in the comments.

An Ember in the Ashes : My Thoughts 💭

“You are full, Laia. Full of life and dark and strength and spirit. You are in our dreams. You will burn, for you are an ember in the ashes.”

Title: An Ember in the Ashes

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Published: 2016

Pages: 464

Genre: Ya Fantasy Fiction

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Synopsis:

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
 
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
 
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
 
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
 
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself. 

My thoughts 💭

So I had this book on my TBR for quite some time. It’s one of those books that everyone was ranting and raving about. So I bought it, and never read it. One of my fellow blogger and Instagrammer @gracedwithbooks, encouraged me to read it so I did. I will say it did not disappoint.

From the beginning of the book your immediately drawn in. The main character Leia, who comes from one of the strongest scholar families, is terrified of everything and anything. Until the most tragic thing possible happens to her. She finds herself working for the rebellion and enduring things from the commandment she never thought she could. All just to save her brother. In the midst of all this she meets Elias, who comes from one of the strongest families in the empire and is destined for greatness. She finds herself questioning if maybe not all Mask are the same. However he also is in a position that all he wants is to be free. When his path crosses Leila’s he too finds himself questioning everything he was trained to be. Little did both of them know that their paths were destined to be intertwined.

I loved this book! I thought the character development was done well. From the beginning of the story until the end you see Leia and Elias grow into who they are meant to be. They are both the complete opposite of each other and yet they are drawn together by destiny. They are forced to face their enemies, the empire, and themselves. There was action, friendship, love, lies, and deceit. There were so many qualities in the characters, that even as a reader, I think we can all relate to somehow. You were able to see their fears just as much as their strengths. I also think there was a good balance of action and romance. Neither was overpowered by the other. I also liked how each chapter is told from Leia and Elias perspective. Sabaa Tahir did a wonderful job in keeping the reader engaged and definitely wanting more with every page turn. I know I couldn’t get enough. I was glad to see that this book lived up to the hype. At least for me it did and I would definitely recommend it.

Now I can’t wait to get to book two, A Torch in the Night.

Kingdom of Ash thoughts 💭

“Once upon a time, in a land long since burned to ash, there lived a young princess who loved her kingdom …

Summary:

Aelin has been enslaved by Maeve and has been made to endure the most awful forms of torture. To the point that she no longer recognizes what is real and what is not. Rowan has not stopped his search across the world to find her. War is finally starting to break out in every Kingdom while everyone is trying to make their way North. Maeve and Errawan have a few surprises of their own. Who will the witches side with? Evil is slowly falling and good is slowly rising, but in the end who will be left standing? You will have to read it to find out…

The end is finally here. I cannot believe I finished this series. I wanted to finish it before 2019, but I do have another life that doesn’t involve reading 😫.

Would you believe me if I told you that I walked by this series so many times in the bookstore, and it took me forever to finally decide to pick it up and give it a chance. Boy I’m glad I did!

Small Thoughts 💭:

So this is not an actual review. I just wanted to put down a few thoughts mainly I guess about some of the characters. Anyway this last book was such a roller coaster of emotions. From the start, everything that Aelin went through, I actually cried with her. For a second I thought they broke her, but….Umm nope I don’t think so, because she’s a bad bitch. And Rowan, Omg! Rowan. All I’m saying is if I had a caranum it would be him 😍. He would go to the ends of the earth, and to hell and back for her. He will forever be my number one bookboyfriend, actually book husband 😆. Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, No matter what anyone says or thinks about her and everything that she is put through, and what she has to possibly give up, she still gives so much more of herself than she has to. All for the love of her kingdom and the love of her friends, so that they do not have to suffer. She barred a burden that no one should ever have to bear and I know everyone has their own opinions, but she will forever be my favorite “Fire Breathing Bitch Queen”.

Dorian Havilliard, what can I say about Dorian? His story had so many twist and turns, especially in this book. I didn’t know what to think. But in the end I love him. He also made so many sacrifices and went through so much loss, and hate, and love, and above all self discovery. He became the king that he was always meant to be. He found love again in the last place he ever thought he would, with a Witch, and not just any witch but a Crochan Queen. Who would have thunk 😲. I absolutely love them together. They are the perfect combination. Mannon Blackbeak is probably the baddest witch I have ever read about. So until another one comes along, she will be at the top of my list. To endure the losses that she had to endure and still come out on top. Yeah definitely top of my list.

There are so many characters that I can just go on and on about, but just to give some name recognitions: Chaol and Yrene, Lorcan and Elide, Aedion and Lysandra, Gavriel, Fenrys. I mean all of them had such an amazing journey, I really could go on for quite a while but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone that hasn’t read it. There we’re so many things that happened, that I definitely did not expect. I cried, I laughed, I cursed🤭(you’ll see when you read it, if you haven’t already).The ending to this series was absolutely amazing and well done. It’s like you know you will miss it, but your also satisfied. It is definitely one that I will reread. People may say what they want about Sarah J. Mass but she definitely has a new fangirl 😁.

Now I need to read her next series A Court of Thornes and Roses 🥀, which I must say I’ve heard is quite juicy and steamy 🤭 hehe.

So until the next one.

Has anyone else read A Court of Thornes and Roses?

WWW Wednesday: What Am I Reading?

Good morning everyone! It’s been a while since I updated what I was reading. So I’m excited for this one. This is originally hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

The three questions to be answered are as follows:

What are you currently reading?

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Mass

I finally made it to this book. I cannot believe this is the finale 😩. This book has been an emotional roller coaster. At this point of the series I’m so invested in these characters that you feel for all them. My goal is to finish it before the end of the year but we will see. It’s a big book 😂. I’m going to be so sad when I’m done with this.

What did you recently finish reading?

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Mass

I just finished this and as in my previous review I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this book. It was a slow start, but after the beginning I couldn’t put it down. I absolutely enjoyed it!🥰 Love me some Chaol.

The Dark Awakening by D. L. Blade

This was an interesting read. I was sent to me by the author for an honest review. And I have to admit it took me back to my twilight days 😆. It was overall a good read.

What do you think you’ll read next?

An Ember in The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

So this is another book that I have heard nothing but good things about. It will be on my January TBR. I’m excited to read it as well.

Time to start setting my 2019 book goals.

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone. Till the next one.

What are you currently reading? Have you read any of these books?

Merry Christmas Eve to All!!!

“If a big, jolly guy grabs you and puts you in a bag, don’t worry: I told Santa I wanted a Good Friends for Christmas.”

“Winter Is here”

I love me some John Snow 😍

Just thought I would share a little holiday humor.

Well it’s Christmas Eve 🎄I hope everyone is with their family or friends or on their way to enjoy some good food and company. I know I sure am 🙂. I hope you all have a wonderful and safe night.

From me and my book characters, to you and yours have a Merry Christmas!!!!🎄 .