May Wrap Up

I had a good reading month! Thanks to having the month of May just wide open! I was able to read 9 books this month. Woot! So here is what I read in the order I read them and my Goodreads rating.

|May Wrap Up|

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Technically speaking, I started Red Queen two days before May started. But I am counting it as a May read.

I enjoyed it, I gave the book 4 Stars on Goodreads. 

Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads. 

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

This was another 3 star read for me. It was a little slow for my taste. 

The Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen

I gave this book 4 stars, mainly because I loved reading a story about a female ruler who cared for her people. There times it was slow but I overall enjoyed reading this one.

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins 

I gave this book 3 stars out of 5 on Goodreads. I didn’t have that wow factor that everyone else had. I thought the writing was good and I think that if it is in your TBR that you should give this book a chance.

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

This was another 4 star rating on Goodreads. I loved the conflict and the overall story. Marr did annoy me a little but I enjoyed this book. 

A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I loved this book. I loved the twist on one of my favorite stories. I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads. 

Lady Susan by Jane Austen

This was The Quirky Readers Book Club read for the month of May. It was different from Jane’s other stories which I liked, and it was funny. In the end I wasn’t all that impressed with it and I gave this one 3 star rating on Goodreads.

A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas

If you thought I loved ACOTAR then I am IN LOVE with ACOMAF. This was so good. Some book 2’s in series don’t always meet expectations. I loved book 2 more then book 1. I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads but I would put this book right up there with my love for Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I have found that I really like Sarah J. Maas writes. And will be reading the Throne Of Glass series as soon as I am able to. Just need to put a dent in the TBR pile first. 😉 

What did you all read this month? Let me know in the comment section!

Till next time

Brandy

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A Court Of Mist And Fury-Book Chat |Spoilers Included|


This book chat will be different because I have a ton to say and at some point I am going to add some  spoilers. I will warn you when you get to that part. If you like the spoilers added let me know and I will try to do more in depth book chats from now on!

I went all out for my reading experience, I made an essential oil blend to diffuse while I read. I found a sweet citrusy blend on Pinterest that consisted of 3 drops of Grapefruit 2 drops of Orange and 1 drop of Lime and 1 drop of Jasmine. It was perfect to have diffusing while your reading this book. Made me feel like I was at The Night Court. 😉

|My Non-Spoiler Thoughts|

So first off, my mind is blown. All the feelings I had with A Court Of Thorns and Roses went right out the window. I freakin loved book 2. Sometimes I find it hard to fall in love with second books in series but this one I had no problems. In fact I loved A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas more. I got the same feeling as I did when I read Six Of Crows. I adored it. I had my frustrations of course.

I found myself loving the character development I saw in Feyre. I felt she became more of her own person in this book, and not the same girl we went in the woods in A Court Of Thorns And Roses. Which is good because she literally went through hell to save the one she loved. There was no way she was going to be the same.

My feelings for Tamlin and The Spring Court changed. Everything I thought I was for changed very quickly. I love books that do that. I made I total 180 turn in my thoughts as truth was revealed and my eyes were open to the things I was blind to in the first book.

I easily gave this book 5 Stars on Goodreads. I recommend this book, but as a warning for those who may not like adult content, there is adult content.

 I am now going to get into some spoilers so, if you have not read A Court Of Mist And Fury now is your chance to go and read it and then come back so we can actually chat about this book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPOILER SECTION


|MY THOUGHTS(SPOILER EDITION)|

Okay, I am going to break my spoiler thoughts down by characters so that way it’s not too long. There is a lot more to the book then this, but these are just the thoughts that I really wanted to talk about.

 

Feyre

So Feyre goes Under The Mountain as a fiery human girl with only love given her the strength to save the man she loves from the evil Amarantha. Is beaten, bruised , tortured made to do three trials. Spending months in what had to have been hell itself, dies and is brought back. She walks out from Under The Mountain as High Fae. So there was no way she was going to come out of that the same person.

I loved how there was focus on the fact she was suffering from PTSD. Having horrible nightmares, she felt guilt and she felt alone. The one person who should have tried to be more understanding, had made things worse.

I felt so bad for her, because I can’t imagine going through all of that, only to feel like your being imprisoned and abandoned.

I loved seeing her take her destiny into her own hands and make some hard choices. She looked at what her life was becoming and the way she was being treated and she said no. She wanted to get to know who she was now that she was high fae. She didn’t want to sit there and just do nothing. I loved seeing her become a strong independent female.

 

Tamlin

I’ll be honest. I was heart broken that Tamlin was so selfish and blind. She risks everything, and he did nothing to help her. All he did was lock her up and wouldn’t even acknowledge that 1. She was struggling. 2. She had powers and needed to actually learn how to use them. He was so controlling. now that I look back at A Court Of Thorns And Roses, I can see how he was always liked that. It is what I would have imagined if Belle had married Gaston.

Then because she realized that she wasn’t in love with him and knew she could never go back, he went to the enemy and used the situation to trap her. Ugh. I am not a fan of Tamlin. I can’t help but be so irritated with him.

 

Rhysand

I didn’t know what to think of Rhys at first. There moments while Under The Mountain that I thought he was a jerk. Only to find out that he knew Feyre was his mate the entire time. Everything he did was for his people, the city he gave everything to protect, and I fell in love with his dark, brooding character. He was complex and I just loved him. As he explains everything he has done, I was hooked. He didn’t force himself on Feyre, he didn’t lock her up, he let her be herself. He didn’t coddle her either. he made her learn to read and write, taught her to control the powers that she had. All the time never letting her know that he loved her till she was feeling the same.

My heart was crushed when I thought their bond was destroyed. Only to find that it was the bargain that was destroyed not the mate bond. He made her his equal before the mission because they both knew what may happen. He made her his Queen. Not his pet to keep in a box looking pretty. I also listened to Meghan Trainor’s Kindly Calm Me Down while I read the sweet moments between Feyre and Rhys.

I loved Cassian, Mor, Armen and Azriel. I just love how beautiful The Night Court is. Also can we also appreciate the fact that Rhys doesn’t have some earthy, woodsy scent like what seems to be what every YA male seems to smell like. He had citrusy scent and a hint of jasmine and I felt like I was transported right over to Velaris.

I am so looking forward to see Feyre make a come back on Tamlin in book 3. If you have read ACOMAF what were your thoughts?

Till Next time

Brandy

 

 

A Court Of Thorns And Roses- Book Chat


Welcome back to my little home here on the Internet! Today we are going to do a non-spoiler chat on A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas! 

Can we talk about how gorgeous this book photographs? I will start of by saying this… Are you ready? 

I have not read The Throne Of Glass series.. I know… I’ll ya’ll time to let that sink in.

So this was my first time reading a Sarah J. Maas book and I was not disappointed. I am a huge Beauty and The Beast fan ( Did you all see the trailer?!?!) and this re-telling was what I have started calling the big girl Beauty and The Beast. We are not in Disney anymore!

I have not read anything fantasy wise that focuses on the Fae. So I didn’t know what to expect. 

|My Thoughts|

We meet Feyre ( pronounced Fay-ruh). She does what she can for her family and it was irritating to see how everyone relied solely on her and hardly pitched in. Nesta, Feyre’s older sister annoyed me the most. 

Feyre kills something and a beast who is named Tamlin comes to take her away as a replacement. There the two begin to fall for the other. Then of course there is a villain that is going to Squash their dreams. Tamlin is High Fae and is also a High Lord. Then Feyre has to save her love from the clutches of An evil “Queen”. 

I loved it. I loved the different character personalities. Tamlin is sweet and trying to court a stubborn human who is the key to breaking the curse he has been under. 

It does have some steamy scenes, to warn you. So if you don’t like that kind of content, this book you may want to sit out. 

I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads and I am currently reading book two! And after I finished I may need to start The Throne Of Glass series. 

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Let me know!

Till next time

Brandy

The Girl On The Train-Book Chat


So this was one book I was really excited to read before I see the movie. I looked in my library for the past couple of months because it was always checked out. So I finally got my hands on The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins.

This book has a lot of hype and this one for me at least was not a book that I didn’t feel it. The writing is good, the story is told from mainly the views of Rachel and Megan. The there was Anna and it clicked who this horrible guy is. It didn’t shock me. I blame this on my Law and Order SVU and Criminal Minds reruns that I insist on watching every time they are on.

I felt bad for Rachel. She was trapped in a lie and she believed every word of it. Her life is in a mess and then she gets so wrapped up in trying to help with the case of the missing girl. Not realizing that she knew more then she thought.

Megan is the pretty girl who on the outside seems to have her life together only till we see that she is hurting.

Anna, I was just glad she had common sense in the end.

I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads.

  • Side Note*

I do not believe in “bashing” books. There are just some books that are not for me. Every book is someone’s hard work and just because it was not the book for me, does not mean that the book isn’t for some one else. I love that there are different books for different reading tastes. I enjoy stepping out of the box and reading something completely different then I would normally pick.

Have you given this book a try? Let me know in the comments below!

Till next time

Brandy

Red Queen and Glass Sword- Book Chat

 

So I am going to combine two books for this review. I read them close together and I will address my thoughts for each one and my thoughts for the series over all. So I have to start with book 1: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I’ll admit that one of the reasons why I was really hesitant to read this was because of the mixed reviews. Either people really liked this book or they did not. I actually liked it. I enjoyed being in the world, and was eager to learn more about these powerful Red Bloods.

 

| My Thoughts |

To start off with I loved the fact that Mare was not your cookie cutter main character. We have this ordinary girl with extra-ordinary abilities.

Maven…..Maven…… What a piece of work. I didn’t like him and I am kinda glad my feelings were actually justified.

Cal… I loved Cal, even when I felt he was way to extreme. I loved him.

I better talk about the other book before I end up spoiling it for you.

 

Now to talk about Glass Sword also by Victoria Aveyard.

| My Thoughts |

Okay so there were parts of this that didn’t grip me the same way that Red Queen did. Just like there were parts of Red Queen didn’t grip me either. Mare actually annoyed me a bit. I was hoping to see her try and make things better but there were times were she was just way to focused on the plan and not on the people she was doing all this stuff for.

| My Thoughts On The Series So Far |

I started out giving Red Queen 5 stars on Goodreads. However after thinking about it, I ended up giving both books a 4 star rating on Goodreads. Despite having my issues with some parts I enjoyed reading them both and I am looking forward to seeing what happens in book three and seeing some character development.

What did you think about these books? Let me know in the comments below!

Till next time

Brandy

The Queen Of The Tearling-Book Chat

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I finished reading The Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen a couple of nights ago.

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness in this spectacular debut—the first novel in a trilogy.

Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom’s haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.

Long ago, Kelsea’s forefathers sailed away from a decaying world to establish a new land free of modern technology. Three hundred years later, this feudal society has divided into three fearful nations who pay duties to a fourth: the powerful Mortmesne, ruled by the cunning Red Queen. Now, on Kelsea’s nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of the Queen’s Guard—loyal soldiers who protect the throne—have appeared to escort the princess on a perilous journey to the capital to ascend to her rightful place as the new Queen of the Tearling.

Though born of royal blood and in possession of the Tear sapphire, a jewel of immense power and magic, Kelsea has never felt more uncertain of her ability to rule. But the shocking evil she discovers in the heart of her realm will precipitate an act of immense daring, throwing the entire kingdom into turmoil—and unleashing the Red Queen’s vengeance. A cabal of enemies with an array of deadly weapons, from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic, plots to destroy her. But Kelsea is growing in strength and stealth, her steely resolve earning her loyal allies, including the Queen’s Guard, led by the enigmatic Lazarus, and the intriguing outlaw known simply as “the Fetch.”

Kelsea’s quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun. Riddled with mysteries, betrayals, and treacherous battles, Kelsea’s journey is a trial by fire that will either forge a legend . . . or destroy her.  

|My Thoughts|

So I gave this book a 4 star rating on Goodreads, but I will be honest there were some points in the book that were a little slow for my taste. I loved how regal the Kelsea is and how she is willing to sacrifice herself for her kingdom. She is definitely not a girly girl, which I really enjoyed. I also enjoyed the fact that she didn’t have a romantic interest. She kind of has feelings for a guy but that wasn’t the main focus. The main focus was her coming into her own as a queen. I am interested in reading the other two books and see how the story progresses as well as seeing some character development in Kelsea.

Have you read The Queen Of The Tearling? What were your thoughts?

 

Changes

I had decided to take a break from blogging last week to figure out some blog details. It sounds dramatic, but as I grow as a blogger there are times where I really need to just step back and take a look at what I am posting, what I enjoy posting, and how I want to approach future posts. That’s the beautiful part of being on this journey is that I have never put myself in a box, because I was never really sure where my niche in the blogging community was. As I started figuring it out, I start pulling the wide net I casted in. So I took a break from posting, and I sat down and actually thought about this blog and made decisions as a blogger. I thought about the posts that I enjoyed posting and the people I have enjoyed meeting, and would love to meet in the future. I love the book community. I love posting my thoughts on the books I have read, and doing tags and writing my own material. So I decided to make it official, hello book community!

So may notice that yes I changed my name. I changed the template a week or so ago. The name is the same name as my Instagram, which is a nod to not only my love of books but a nod to my Scot-Irish heritage. My book club on Goodreads is staying the same.

I have some other ideas that I would love to do as well but one step at a time. So I am going to keep this blog post short so that I can get on to writing my next book review! 🙂

I will see you in my next post!

|Brandy|