Ascension (Facets of Feyrie #2) by Zoe Parker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Ever get a job that sucks?
My name is Iza Black and my life IS the sucky job. I mean yeah, there are perks. Live-in maid service, free food and I get this purple, sparkly aura thing.  But there are way more bad parts. So many people, so much pain. Sleep has divorced me completely and I’m living their nightmares now too. I’m not sure I’m strong enough for this, that I can do what needs to be done. But I have to. Because it’s my job…because someone needs to. These people need violence to meet violence. Hugs don’t always fix things in our world. Then there’s Phobe. Frustrating, Phobe-the-jerk. How does he fit into this, you may ask? Keep reading and you’ll find out. (Amazon, Ascension Kindle Edition
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This book is: not as good as the first book, but almost, and I love it.

The plot is: great. It fills in a lot of gaps that the previous book left readers with and creates a few more for the following book(s) to reveal. Although, this book feels to me like a bridge between the hell readers (that is, the book’s characters) got to encounter in book one, and what the books to follow will be about. Nothing, at the same time as everything, happens in this book, and it just reads like a “bridge/springboard” to the following book(s) to me. Some of you might disagree, and you are welcome to do so.

The beginning is: enjoyable.

The middle is: crazy and great!

The crescendo is:… I have honestly no idéa. I can’t really remember a specific moment that I would truly classify as a crescendo, but, I might just have a terrible memory. If you have read the book, and have a crescendo in mind, please leave a comment and tell me about it!

The finish/ending is: cliff-hanger-ish…? It does not really bother me, but it leaves one hanging.

The characters are: fantastic.

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Yes. Although, readers might find some content triggering (so, do not read if you are under the age of 18).

– Sofia Sundfors

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Elusion (Facets of Feyrie, #1) by Zoe Parker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: The First Prophecy
Seed of Death and Dragon’s womb, suffering her fated tomb.
She, our savior, the Fallen’s soul, shall shed her blood to make us whole.
A vengeful Darkness she will arise, her love calls forth the Darkest tide
Yet, if her heart has ceased to beat, the world shall eclipse in Dark complete.

Pretend Ma told me the terrible things done to me were for the greater good. I’m not so sure about that. I am sure about that my time in this world is drawing to a close. I’m okay with that, I even wish for it some days. Then I met HIM. Mr. Glowy Eyes. I know that I’m a monster, and I’m CERTAIN that he’s much worse than that. But he also shows me something important. Very important. Do you want to know what it is?

Are you still waiting? Mr. Glowy Eyes is waiting, too. In the dark… Under the bed… I can’t promise he won’t eat you… But I can promise you won’t mind when he does. (Amazon, Elusion Kindle Edition)

This book is: fantastic! I have never read a book that is even remotely similar to this one, and I love it!

The plot is: unique, and empovering (but at the same time, it is heart-wrenching).

The beginning is: a bit confusing. Learning about the characters, the world, the different races etc. are intriguing, but it was a bit confusing the first time I read this book.

The middle is: amazing, heart-warming, funny, heartbreaking and every other emotion you would like to experience when you are reading a great book.

The crescendo is: … For me, “the crescendo” happened in the beginning/middle of the book, not near the end like it traditionally does. But whether you agree with me or not when/if you are reading this book, you will understand what I mean by saying that “the crescendo”, in the first part of the book, is amazing, just as amazing as the rest of the book.

The finish/ending is: heart-warming. It is also a great foundation for the following book.

The characters are: fresh. They are nothing like I have come across before in all of the other books I have read, and I love it. They have a depth to them, while at the same time, they have room for growth.

The worldbuilding is: enough, to too little. I prefer when there is just a little worldbuilding because it usually bores me to death, but this world intrigues me. I think there is enough worldbuilding in this book, but for someone who wants a lot of descriptive worldbuilding, well… then you might be disappointed.

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Yes, absolutely! Although, this book contains abuse, torture, rape, violence, (I cannot remember, but most likely some harsh language as well), all of these things happen to both adults and children, so, do not read if you are under 18 years of age or if content like this is a trigger for you.

– Sofia Sundfors

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OH MY GOD!

Synopsis: Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings 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. (Amazon, A Court of Wings and Ruin Kindle Edition)

This book had my adrenaline pumping so badly that my whole body was shaking almost as if I was having a seizure.

This book is beyond greatness.

Sarah j. Maas, wow, she is a skilled master of the art of literature, she is excellent at both writing and imagining incredible worlds of fantasy, love, horror, power, “kick-ass-ness”, and all other themes of importance. Just wow!

I love Maas’s other books to death as well so I wasn’t particularly surprised to find that this book was out of this world.

The beginning is: satisfying!
The middle is: full of intrigue!
The crescendo is: horrible, heart-wrenching, but perfect!
The finish/ending is: just right!

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Yes! This book is incredible!

– Sofia Sundfors

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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 cleaved in two. (Amazon, A Court of Mist and Fury Kindle Edition)

This book is: one of my favourites! It is soo good and I enjoy all the intricacies throughout the plot.

The plot is: wonderful. There is so much love, friendship, and kick-ass-ness that, as a reader, you will encounter everything you want from a great book.

The beginning is: heartbreaking, frustrating, and a weight in your stomach (you just want to smash some people’s heads in).

The middle is: amazing! I enjoyed every moment of reading this part of the book!

The crescendo is: s*it, s*it, s*it! I do not mean that the crescendo is bad, I mean that the crescendo has you sitting on the edge of your seat while crying and yelling at the top of your lungs “No! No! No!” or that “Maas, you cannot do this to us!” etc.

The finish/ending is: a relief! If you read (or have read) the book, you will understand what I mean by that!

The characters are: phenomenal. They are growing and have a lot more depth to them than they did before. You will also get to meet new and amazing secondary characters that keep the plot intriguing.

The worldbuilding is: perfect! In the first book, I thought that there was a bit too much, but in this book, there is not too much nor too little, it is just right.

The language is: suitable for the book and its audience.

The themes represented in the book are: love, friendship, hardship, sorrow, adventure etc. Everything that you would want in a good book.

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Absolutely, without a doubt in my mind! Why? Just re-read my review and you will understand!

– Sofia Sudfors

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5) by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: The long path to the throne has just begun for Aelin Galathynius. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down? (Amazon, Empire of Storms Kindle Edition)

This book is: a masterpiece – just like the previous book (book 4) in this series. There are so many secrets and twists and turns that keep you interested and make you not want to stop reading.

The plot is: pretty straightforward, but actually not. You might, might be able to see where this book is headed, but most probably will not. I love all of what this book has to offer, even though I would enjoy it very much if someone could strangle some Lords in the land of yours truly (I do not mean me, even though I am flattered that you thought so).

The beginning: starts off just (or almost) where the last book ended and is great. There are some humorous instances (if you are not easily squeamish).

The middle is: perfect; with lots of kick-ass-ness, scheming, and some romance.

The crescendo is: well… The crescendo and the ending of this book are kinda the same things in my mind, so I have to say that it is amazing, heartwrenching, kick-a(ss)-licious, OMG etc..!!

The finish/ending is: horrible, but in a good way. That is, it ends with a cliff-hanger (I hate cliff-hangers with a passion) that is heartwrenching, but it makes for an incredible plot for the “6th” (?) book. The current 6th book, Tower of Dawn, is, in my opinion, more like an “in-between” book. That is, like a book “5.5” and then the coming release of “Kingdom of Ash” is book 6 (not 7, as it is called right now (15/6-2018)).

The characters are: fantastic and evolving, and secondary characters have greater depth to them than before.

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Yes! This book is excellent!

– Sofia Sundfors

 

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Bloodthirsty for revenge on the two men responsible for destroying her life, and desperate to find out if the prince and his captain are safe, Celaena returns to Rifthold, the seat of so much evil. She has accepted her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, there are dark truths to learn and debts to be paid. Aelin must stay hidden beneath her assassin’s hood and draw on her mortal strength as Celaena to prevent the King of Adarlan from tearing her world apart. Only then can she fight for her people. (Amazon, Queen of Shadows Kindle Edition)

WOW!
This book is a masterpiece. It contains so many twists and turns that if you don’t have your head on straight you’ll most likely miss something of great importance.

All the characters are really, really well depicted and have a lot of depth to them. Like in the third book, readers get to read from the various point of views, which in my opinion, is both a blessing and a curse.

I very much enjoy how readers get such an in-depth and broad perspective of the story; how every single detail intertwines in such an intricate way that it sometimes boggles the mind. How in the world Sarah J. Maas even came up with half of the ideas are a wonder. Normally, as a reader, you wait impatiently for the one “aha-factor” in the book that’s either going to surprise or disappoint you; this book had like eight or nine really good ones. This is why I’m proclaiming this book to be a masterpiece.

Apart from great characters, an amazing plot, and aha-factors that are unreal, this book is also written in an English register that enables people with “lesser” English skills to still be able to read and understand what is said and done. This is not to say that the language is simplistic, but it isn’t written more difficult than needed, either.

To conclude: This book…
…has characters of great depth/quality.
…has lots of aha-factors.
…has an excellent plot.
…is written with good English = Not too simple or too hard English, which enables readers with various skills in the English language to read this book.

This book is a Masterpiece.

– Sofia Sundfors

Web-Design, School/Work & More

Hi guys!

Soo, you might have noticed that A Bookaholic’s Paradise has gotten a new design. What do you think about it? I quite like it, but that might be because I am too blind and unable to be completely objective in my regard to the design I have chosen/worked on for my site. It took me hours and hours to choose the right theme and to customise the theme to my satisfaction. It is OK if you do not like it. Actually, I want your feedback. Is there anything you want me to change/add/remove etc.? Let me know in the comment section below, or send me an e-mail to a.bookaholics.paradise@gmail.com

School/Work: I have one more exam before the summer holidays and I am studying like crazy right now. Hopefully, I will pass the exam so as not to have to sit a retake come August. However, I cannot study all the time, not only because I would go crazy and the fact that that would be boring, but because I also work at a Lidl supermarket in Sweden. That is, I need to work my shifts so as to be able to pay my rent and other bills (#grown-up-problems). How about you guys? Do you have a summer holiday coming up, or are you working/studying all summer? – which is pretty much what I am going to do, aside from a few days here and there.

Summer is here! My favourite time of year and, so far, a sunny, hot, and beautiful summer it is. For about one and a half month or so, I have had super sunny days and about 25-30 degrees hot outside all days long. For Sweden, where I live, that is pretty amazing and something out of the ordinary. Something that I am really looking forward to this summer is a day-long cruise trip from Stockholm to Mariehamn and back again with my mum. The trip is a birthday present and a mother’s day gift all wrapped in one that I hope she will enjoy (she knows about the trip already = no spoilers here). We will eat a fantastic breakfast, do some shopping, and we also have a trip to a spa booked. I hope the day will be a success. I might write a post with an update on how the trip turned out if you guys are interested.

I am currently listening to A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Mass (the book/novella set after the end of her A Court of Thrones and Roses Trilogy. So far, I love it, even though nothing has really happened… By the way, reviews on books two and three in the trilogy, and also the novella will come in future posts – so stay tuned!

Until next time (not including future book-reviews), keep reading!

– Sofia Sundfors