Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas ♡♡♡♡.5

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas is a book I picked up because I love the Throne of Glass series. And this book doesn't disappoint.

The story takes place in a magical world where faeries live just across a wall. Feyre and her family are barely surviving the winter, and when she kills a faerie disguised as a wolf, she must pay the price by venturing across the wall with Tamlin to live out the rest of her days.

I love faerie stories, and Sarah J. Maas's writing is so detailed and wonderful, I couldn't help falling in love with this story.

A Court of Thorns and Roses straddles the border between YA and New Adult. Probably a bit too mature for most teen readers, but it doesn't necessarily follow many the tropes associated with New Adult. Although I think more stories like this one, where the plot is more than just about the romance, is an example of what New Adult needs if it wants to maintain its staying power.

I can't wait to read the next book in the series, A Court of Mist and Fury.

A Court of Thorns and Roses on Goodreads

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas ♡♡♡♡

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas us the third book in the Throne of Glass series. I loved the first and second book, but Heir of Fire was a tough one.

The story continues to tell Celaena’s story, and it chronicles her struggle of coming to terms with who she really is. In an attempt to remain spoiler free, that's all I'll really say of the plot for this one.

This book took me months to read, which was a surprise since the first two took me about a week, maybe less, to finish each of them. But this story was slow moving and followed some new characters who I didn't care for (and their stories are likely set up to come together with Celaena’s in books to come).

Once I got to about ¾ of the the way through, the story really picked up, and for me, that was its saving grace.

I am hoping Queen of Shadows will be a much faster read and a bit more action packed like the first two were. Either way, I can't wait to find out what happens with Celaena.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Beautiful Burn by Jamie McGuire ♡♡.5

Beautiful Burn (The Maddox Brothers, #4)Beautiful Burn by Jamie McGuire is the fourth and final book in The Maddox Brothers series. I loved Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster, but I have to say, I only really enjoyed Trent story from this new series. The rest, including this one, just weren't there for me.

This book is mostly about Ellie. She is a rich, alcoholic who is used to getting what she wants and hurting everyone in her path along the way. She hooks up with Tyler Maddox about 15 minutes into meeting him, pushes him away, and we watch as they try and make things work throughout the story.

Because I love Beautiful Disaster so much, I was hoping for the same with The Maddox Brothers series, but I have been very disappointed, and Beautiful Burn was no different. Ellie was a fairly unlikable character. Even when I was able to get on her side, the stakes weren't high enough. I understand that wealthy people have problems just like everyone else, but I never believed her parents really wouldn't take her back. The story felt rushed; there were big gaps in time and then Tyler would blurt things out which would quickly move the story along. It's like the story was trying to make sure we saw the whole cast of characters we had met in previous books, but it made the timeline of the book feel awkward.

I think I'm at the point where I say it's okay to love two books from an author, but not enjoy any of the rest. I don't think I will be reading any more books by Jamie McGuire; I loved two out of six books, and think I can be content with that.

Have you read anything by Jamie McGuire? What did you think?

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Score by Elle Kennedy ♡♡♡♡

The Score (Off-Campus, #3)The Score by Elle Kennedy is the third book in the Off Campus series. I read the first two books in the series back to back, so I was ready to love The Score.

This third installment tells the story of Allie and Dean. Dean is Briar University’s most infamous player. Allie loves to be in relationships. But when Allie and her long time guy break up and Allie spends the night with Dean, Dean starts to reconsider his player status.

Having met Dean in previous books, I was looking forward to getting this story. I enjoyed watching Dean work to be with Allie and seeing their relationship blossom. My only qualm was not seeing much of a change between the characters when they were single and the characters when they were in a relationship. I expected at least some of the ways Dean flirted to change at least, but the sexual innuendos never ended.

Overall, this was a great read. And I'm already wondering if there with be more books in the series!