A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas

‘Be glad for your human heart, Fayre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all’

-Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses

Okay don’t judge me but I didn’t have high hopes for this book and after the first chapter I thought my pre-conceptions to  be correct. Briefly the book as is about a human girl called Feyre who whilst trying to provide for her family hunts something that isn’t quite human. As a punishment for her crime she is swept away to the realm of the fae where once she enters she can never leave. But as the book progresses it seems her captor may have stolen not just her freedom but her heart.

The book is a lose retailing of beauty and the beast but only the characters physical characteristic and small part of the story shows this. When in fact the book is something truly unique with a very clever twist. The first couple of chapters of wasn’t sure how I liked pace of the book or where the story was ultimately leading to. But as I progressed and gained a better understanding I began to thoroughly enjoy Sarah J.Maas’ clever retelling of a classic story.

Although I am not new to the author after previously reading her throne of glass series ,which very rarely I gave 5/5 stars, her style of writing in this book seemed a lot slower to begin with but then very quickly developed towards the end of the book. But the slower set pace did allow us to learn more about Feyre’s past and understand the characters main drive in life. Survival. I believe I as a reader grew with the character but unlike Fayre I grew to love the two main secondary characters Lucian and Rhysand. Lucian’s struggle and past can be seen from the visible scars he wears but still can see humour in the darkest of times. Whereas we finish the story knowing very little of Rhysand pasts and court; I believe he is a character to not be misjudged and the author is definitely not finished with his story yet.

By the end of the book I was captivated by the wonders of the Fae world and the mystery it still keeps. So much so I have already begun the next book ‘A court of mist and Fury’ which already I believe will surpass my expectations and make me fall in love with the series even more.

I would highly recommend this book particularly to fantasy lovers who enjoys the games that the Fae play. With beautiful descriptions, alluring characters and a captivating tale I believe this book deserves 4/5 stars.

Obsidian, Jennifer L. Armentrout

‘ the day my internet was hooked up was better than a hot guy checking out my butt and ask for my phone number’ Jennifer L. Armentrout, Obsidian

 

I never thought reading a book about aliens would be for me but Jennifer L. Armentrout has made me fall head over heals with her portrayal of extraterrestrial beings. Through previous writings of this author I new to expect and enjoyable thrilling read. She has a great sense of humour which is shown through the main character Katy, who I can relate to her book obsession very much.

The book is told through the single point of view of Katy Swartz who has recently moved to town and befriends her neighbour Dee Black and unknowingly enters a world she did not believe possible. If Jennifer L. Armentrout succeeds most at anything it is creating strong female lead characters that do not wait to be saved but instead instead find their inner strength in order to protect everyone else. She can stand on her own even when having to deal with a very obnoxious, egotistical, over protective male character Daemon Black who would do anything to protect his family. Daemon perfectly described by Katy as ‘ A beautiful face, Beautiful body and Horrible attitude. it was the holy trinity of hot boys’ , the boy next door which in like most YA books is hiding something. What Katy doesn’t realise that by uncovering the secrets of her neighbours family she unwillingly not only puts them endanger but also herself. At the end of the book Katy has changed in many more ways then one.

There are many reasons why I enjoy this book  and the rest of the Lux series but mostly because of its originality with no love triangle in sight. By the end of the book I wish Katy is my best friend and if Jennifer l. Armentrout could magically conjure up my own version of daemon.  The book and the series has its own dramatic twists some that I couldn’t of predicted which makes it such a thrilling read as I can not compare it to any other books I have read. It is a stand out series which made me fall in love with reading and the adventures I could go on just through ink on a page.

A stand out series which I would recommend to anyone I meet in this world and others.

If anyone has read this book or recommends any other exciting reads drop me a comment.

4/5 Stars