Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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Synopsis

“A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.”

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.

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy
Number of Pages: 705
Publishing Date: May 2nd, 2017

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(I kept contemplating whether or not I wanted to post a review for A Court of Wings and Ruin because I read it so long ago but I decided I should since I’ve reviewed literally every single Sarah J. Maas book that I’ve read so far and I don’t want to end that reviewing streak.)

I had so many high hopes for this novel, I truly did. A Court of Mist and Fury was so good. So good. It’s quite possibly one of the best books I’ve read and I’m complete Sarah J. Maas trash but, to be completely honest, this wasn’t my favorite book by her. I felt like the plot was all over the place, the writing felt so repetitive, and the last 100 pages are what I’m most grateful for because those pages are what saved the entire novel.

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Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

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Synopsis

When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Title: Queens of Geek
Author: Jen Wilde
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Number of Pages: 288
Publishing Date: Mar. 14th, 2017

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This book has diversity, important issues/topics that are addressed, two adorable romances (one of those being a f/f romance), fandoms, and a fandom convention all packed together in one young adult contemporary story that contains witty writing and own voices representation. Honestly, what more is there that I could want from a book? Queens of Geek is definitely one of my favorite novels that I’ve read this year. It was witty, funny, and so relatable. Everything about this book was so well done and I flew through it… in one day… and one of those reading sessions was at 3am because I could not stop reading this book… and I eventually had to force myself to go to sleep so I could wake up and immediately start reading again. Putting that aside, this book was so amazing and I fell in love with it from the very first page.

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Review: A Million Junes by Emily Henry

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For as long as Jack “June” O’Donnell has been alive, her parents have had only one rule: stay away from the Angert family. But when June collides—quite literally—with Saul Angert, sparks fly, and everything June has known is thrown into chaos.

Who exactly is this gruff, sarcastic, but seemingly harmless boy who has returned to their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, after three mysterious years away? And why has June—an O’Donnell to her core—never questioned her late father’s deep hatred of the Angert family? After all, the O’Donnells and the Angerts may have mythic legacies, but for all the tall tales they weave, both founding families are tight-lipped about what caused the century-old rift between them.

As Saul and June’s connection grows deeper, they find that the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers seem to be conspiring to reveal the truth about the harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations. Now June must question everything she knows about her family and the father she adored, and she must decide whether it’s finally time for her—and all the O’Donnells before her—to let go.

Title: A Million Junes
Author: Emily Henry
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Number of Pages: 350
Publishing Date: May 16th, 2017

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The classic saying is, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” And, metaphorically, that’s obviously true. We should never judge something’s core by its outer appearance. But when it comes to actual books… we all do it at one point or another. That’s exactly what I used to do when I was trying to figure out which book to read next. Whether or not it was right for me to pick my next read based on its cover, I used to just pick the prettiest book and hope it would amaze me. Through trial and error I came to the conclusion that my method of reading had no real pattern; some books proved to be just as gorgeous as their outer layers while others just… didn’t. Around that time was when I discovered the magic of Goodreads and book reviews, so I decided to stick with picking the books that I wanted to read next based on the information I knew about them rather than how much I fell in love with their covers.

A Million Junes is an exception to the rule that I made for myself.

I’m going to be honest — I bought this novel not only because I really enjoyed Henry’s previous novel, The Love That Split the World, but also because the cover of A Million Junes is absolutely, gorgeously stunning and it caught my eye as soon as I saw it whilst online book shopping. And, soon enough, I had ordered a copy and it arrived at my doorstep soon after. I knew nothing about the story except for the fact that this book was inspired by Romeo and Juliet and that was enough for me (I’m always yearning for young adult books inspired by Shakespeare). One of the challenges for BooktubeAThon a couple of weeks ago was to read a book that you bought because of the cover, so, naturally, I chose A Million Junes for the readathon and hoped that the inner textual contents would emulate its cover by being beautiful, magical, and whimsical. Needless to say, this novel is all of those things and more.

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