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

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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

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love? (Amazon, Heir of Fire Kindle Edition)

This book is: soo good. Although, the first time I read this book, I was not a big fan. Not because the book is bad, but because the book shifts its narrative every few chapters, which I am not a big fan of. Due to the fact that readers get to read from several different characters’ perspectives, it could sometimes be very confusing before one understood, for example, who the witch Manon is… Now, after I have read this book about seven times, I appreciate all the tidbits of information one can glean, and also the access to some of the series other characters’ minds (opinions, feeling etc.) all the different narratives gives you.

The plot is: a bit confusing and unclear. Especially if you compare this book’s plot to the other books’ plots. However, if you finish this book and read the following books in this incredible series, you’ll understand everything that’s going on. In my opinion, this is a necessary bridge between the first two books and the following masterpieces (N.B. books 4 and five, not “5.5” or six).

The beginning is: a bit slow and somewhat confusing.
The middle is: building up the plot to become something great.
The crescendo is: oh my, oh my. Amazing and kick-a(ss)-licious!
The finish/ending is: funny and promising.

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

– Sofia Sundfors

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted? (Amazon, Throne of Glass Kindle Edition)

I adore this series, and love, love, love this book!

The plot is excellent
The beginning is fantastic!
The middle is alluring!
The crescendo is magnificent!
The ending is not what I had in mind, but an intriguing ending for the following books to build upon!

The characters are unique in many ways. They also all have a lot of room to grow and evolve into the best characters they can be.

The world Maas has created is amazing and written in a way that leaves the reader with lots of questions, but also with answers to a few of them. The remaining questions will be answered throughout the following books, I’m sure (update; yes, answers will be forthcoming in the following books). It leaves you excited to read on!

The language used works well with the book, its contents and its audience(s).

The themes are classic yet modern, in an amazing twist/blend kind of way.

I highly recommended reading this book if you’re looking for a great fantasy book with a kick-ass heroine and a series packed with twists and turns that will not let you down.

– Sofia Sundfors

Trying To Live With The Dead (The Veil Diaries, #1) by B.L. Brunnemer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Hi, I’m Alexis Delaney. I’m your average 17-year-old girl. Except I can see the dead. And talk to the dead. And push them away and, well, help them move on. So..okay, I’m not your average 17-year-old girl. For years I’ve been struggling to survive the souls still roaming around. The shitheads always seem to find me. Moving from town to town every few months never helped either. More dead just always find me. But things are changing for me now. I’m moving in with my uncle Rory and cousin Tara. I’m finally going to be able to do normal teenage stuff I’ve been missing out on. Right?

Well, if this one bitch of a ghost could leave me alone on campus that would be great. Especially since I haven’t told my new friends about my abilities. Can you believe this? Five good looking guys practically adopt me on my first day of school, and I still think they’re a bit nuts for it. Now if I can only just keep my life with the dead from mixing with my normal life, everything would be great. Yeah…I don’t see that happening either. But I’m going to give it a shot. Who knows? It might work. (Amazon, Trying to Live with the Dead Kindle Edition)

This book is: fantastic!

The plot is: amazing.
The beginning is: intriguing, sad and loving.
The middle is: wonderful.
The crescendo is: heartbreaking and filled with fear and suspense.
The finish/ending is: sorrowful but also heartwarming (if that makes any sense ).

The characters are: wonderful.
The worldbuilding is: just right.
The language is: perfect for this book/genre/audience.

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Yes, without a doubt. It is a great start to a new, fantastic series.

– Sofia Sundfors