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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury

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Title: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Pages: 640
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, New Adult
Purchase: The Book Depository

❝ 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 cleaved in two.

As befits a bookworm, my gift for graduating University was a book. Wonderful in itself as that was, I was slightly horrified (and trying hard to hide it) when I unwrapped A Court of Mist and Fury. I strongly disliked the first book in the series and had in previous months harbored no intention of reading the second installment. Since I had received it as a gift I decided to give it a shot anyway, and it blew me away!

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

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Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Release Date: May 5th 2015
Pages: 416
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, New Adult
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon

❝ 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 grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.❞

I sincerely wanted to like this book, I really did, but it left me feeling underwhelmed. To sum it up, A Court of Thorns and Roses did not live up to its hype.Continue reading

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Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

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Title: Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1)
AuthorE.L. James
Publisher: Vintage
Release Date: May 25th 2011
Pages: 356
Genre(s): New Adult
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon

❝ When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
 
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires. ❞

I have never suffered so much while reading a book, wishing so badly it was over already. And no, it’s not even because of the erotica. I’m still wondering how the hell this got published, why it has become a bestseller and why it is commonly listed as “a great love story”. I started reading Fifty Shades of Grey because I had read a lot of reviews about it and was kind of curious what had gotten people so worked up. So I decided to give it a try, intending to have a good laugh about it if it did turn out to be as horrible as I’d heard. And guess what? Even a good laugh was impossible.

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