| BOOK REVIEW | GRAVE MERCY BY ROBIN LAFEVERS

Grave MercyGrave Mercy
Author : Robin LaFevers
Series : His Fair Assassin
Genres : Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Publication : April 3rd 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Synopsis : Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
     Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

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I really enjoyed this book ! There’s a slight fantasy aspect perfectly mixed with historical fiction !

Plot

It takes place in Brittany, before it was won by France, right during the war for their independence ! I found it highly interesting !

The main character, Ismae has been trained by her convent to become a skilled assassin, in order to achieve Mortain’s will. On her first important mission, she is sent to get an eye on Duval, and finds out whether is truly is a traitor to the Duchess.

Why be the sheep when you can be the wolf?

It’s not solely centered on the romance, far from it. The historical aspect is the most important part, in my opinion. And it is perfectly mixed with action scenes and romance.
I learned so much while reading it ! The romance is quite nice, too. It’s not forced on us as it can sometimes be, you know ? It’s very cute and feels very natural !

Another thing I really enjoyed was the fantasy aspect added to this book. Mortain, an old God siring young girls so they can become his weapons, his hands !

Good intentions are only lies the weak tell themselves.

It’s pretty slow paced at the beginning but it’s only so the back story and history can be explained to us. This book is also about politics games so you can’t expect a fast pace with these scenes haha !

It’s beautifully written and the characters are really convincing !

Characters

  • Ismae is a very interesting characters. She has such a character’s development. At the beginning she is very obedient to her reverend mother but she quickly learns to think by herself and to trust her own instinct. Highly skilled in poisons, she is lso very talented when it comes to killing.
  • Duval is such a gentleman. He doesn’t trust Ismae but will protect her at all costs ! Once he realizes she is worthy of his trust, that she isn’t blinded by the what the convent taught her, he treats her as his equal.

 

Overall I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it ! If you’re not used to reading fantasy, that can be a perfectly good pick to start !

4 stars

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About the author

 

Robin LaFeversR.L. LaFevers (Robin Lorraine when she’s in really big trouble) grew up surrounded by shelves of old dusty books and a passel of brothers. She has also spent a large portion of her life being told she was making up things that weren’t there, which only proves she was destined to write fiction. She is the author of over fourteen books for young readers, including THEODOSIA AND THE SERPENTS OF CHAOS, (Houghton Mifflin, 2007) which received starred reviews and was a Junior Library Guild selection, a Booksense Summer Pick, and nominated for the Malice Domestic’s Agatha Award, and the NATHANIEL FLUDD, BEASTOLOGIST series. Her first young adult novel, GRAVE MERCY, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Spring of 2012. She currently lives with her husband and a demonic cat in Southern California and spends her days gazing longingly at ancient artifacts or wallowing in old forgotten texts.

 

 

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| BOOK REVIEW | THE WINNER’S KISS BY MARIE RUTKOSKI

The Winner's KissThe Winner’s Kiss
Author : Marie Rutkoski
Series : The Winner’s trilogy
Genres : Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication : March 24th 2016 by Bloomsbury Children’s

Synopsis : War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?

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It’s the final book in The Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski ! I really enjoyed this trilogy and this installment ends perfectly this incredible story ! This review will spoil you if you haven’t read the two previous books.

Plot

It starts with Kestrel imprisoned. A lot of awful things happen to her during her captivity. Arin is told the truth and decides to go and save her.

You don’t need to be gifted with a blade. You are your own best weapon.

This book was a roller coaster for my little heart ! Deception, betrayal, friendship, romance, cunning strategies etc… You can find all of these and even more into this book !
I enjoyed everything in this story : how Kestrel came back stronger than ever, the war strategies, the cultural melting pot, the writing style… Really, this book is amazing !

It’s an epic story, and I got surprised more than once while reading it ! Although I really liked the plot, I LOVED how the characters were written ! And not just Kestrel and Arin, but also the side characters !

This book was everything I could have asked for ! It was mostly action-packed, surprising and so beautifully written ! Sometimes, the last book can be a little disappointing compared to the rest of a series, but I can assure you that it wasn’t the case at all with that one ! It was an amazing read and it ended perfectly this awesome and stunning trilogy !

The reason you enjoy my company is because I look like how you feel.

Characters

  • Kestrel is such an amazing character ! She is so strong despite everything that happened to her. She is fierce, and so smart, and follows her heart, no matter the consequences.
  • Arin is such a babe, a swoon-worthy character ! He wears his heart on his sleeve ! Kind, honest and so desperately in love with Kestrel !
  • Risha is another fierce female character ! I wish we got to read more about her !
  • Roshar is such an interesting and complex character ! He is eaten alive by his guilt about his sister’s condition ! He holds Arin in high esteem but is too proud to show it.
  • Verex changed so much through this trilogy. Now he fights with his weapons to protect and save the people he cares about.
  • The Emperor is another interesting character. Complex and cunning, I wanted to know more about him !

If I die, you’ll survive. If you die, it will destroy me.

5 stars

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About the author

Marie Rutkoski

Marie Rutkoski is the author of the YA novel The Shadow Society and the children’s fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders, The Celestial

Globe and The Jewel of the Kalderash. Her next project is a YA trilogy that begins with The Winner’s Curse, which is scheduled to be published in March 2014.

Marie grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa and a PhD from Harvard University. Marie is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and fiction writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

| BOOK REVIEW | I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN BY JANDY NELSON

I'll give you the sunI’ll Give You The Sun
Author : Jandy Nelson
Genres : Contemporary, Romance, LGBT, Young Adult
Publication : April 2nd 2015 by Walker Books (first published September 16th 2014)

Synopsis : From the author of The Sky Is Every­where, a radiant novel that will leave you laughing and crying – all at once. For fans of John Green, Gayle Forman and Lauren Oliver. Jude and her twin Noah were incredibly close – until a tragedy drove them apart, and now they are barely speaking. Then Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy as well as a captivating new mentor, both of whom may just need her as much as she needs them. What the twins don’t realize is that each of them has only half the story and if they can just find their way back to one another, they have a chance to remake their world.

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There are books that stay with you for a long time. I’ll Give You The Sun is one of them, as far as I’m concerned.

Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.

Plot

I’ll Give You The Sun is narrated from two points of view : Noah and Jude. They’re twins. Noah’s POV is from is 13 years old self while Jude’s is from her 16 years old self. It allows us to see the schism that appeared between them. They were inseparable and now they’re like total strangers.
Another thing that changed drastically is their character. It’s like they exchanged their bodies ! Something really awful happened when they were 13 and it changed everything ! Since then, they’ve been keeping big and important secrets from one another.

Meeting your soul mate is like walking into a house you’ve been in before – you will recognize the furniture, the pictures on the wall, the books on the shelves, the contents of drawers: You could find your way around in the dark if you had to.

At first, I had a hard time getting into the story ! I think it took me a hundred pages to finally appreciate this book ! And oh God, I loved it so freakin’ much ! The writing style is exquisite, the characters so reliable ! The plot was a bit slow to actually begin but once you’re suck into the story, it’s such a page turner !

Characters

  • Noah is such a complex character. We only get his 13 Yo POV. He is very close to his twin sister, Jude. That’s the only person with his mom that he lets in. Because he is hiding something big, even from them.
    He is seeing the world through his artist eyes and it’s so wonderful ! He wants to study in a prestigious art school, and wants to dedicate his life to art.
    His older self, on the other hand, is reckless, partying too much, and quit drawing.
  • Jude was like a sunshine, bright and so colorful ! She also likes art but keeps comparing herself to her brother. Character-wise, she is Noah’s opposite. At the age of sixteen, we get a Jude uncomfortable in her own skin. She’s studying at art school but feels like she is a total fraud.

Maybe a person is just made up of a lot of people,” I say. “Maybe we’re accumulating these new selves all the time.

I’m so not gonna talk about the other characters because I don’t want the story and the characters ARE the story !

5 stars

Overall I highly recommend this book !! It’s a must read and it won’t leave you unaffected by this deep and meaningful story !

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About the author

Jandy NelsonJandy Nelson, like her characters in I’ll Give You the Sun and The Sky is Everywhere, comes from a superstitious lot. She was tutored from a young age in the art of the four-leaf clover hunt; she knocks wood, throws salt, and carries charms in her pockets. Her critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestselling second novel, I’ll Give You the Sun, received the prestigious Printz Award, Bank Street’s Josette Frank Award, and is a Stonewall Book Award honor. Both Sun and her debut, The Sky Is Everywhere, have been YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults picks (Sun, a Top Ten on Both YALSA and Rainbow Lists) and on multiple best of the year lists including the New York Times, Time Magazine, NPR, have earned many starred reviews, and continue to enjoy great international success, collectively published in over 47 countries. I’ll Give You the Sun has been sold to Warner Brothers and screenwriter Natalie Krinsky is currently writing the adaptation. Jandy, a literary agent for many years, received a BA from Cornell University and MFAs in Poetry and Children’s Writing from Brown University and Vermont College of Fine Arts. Currently a full-time writer, she lives and writes in San Francisco, California—not far from the settings of her novels.

| BOOK REVIEW | A CONJURING OF LIGHT BY V.E. SCHWAB

A Conjuring Of LightA Conjuring Of Light
Author : V.E. Schwab
Series : Shades Of Magic
Genres : Fantasy
Publication : February 21st 2017 by Titan Books

Synopsis : Witness the fate of beloved heroes – and enemies.

THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED…
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.

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This is the final book in the Shades Of Magic trilogy. This review will spoil you if you haven’t read the previous books.

Plot

It starts right where the AGOS’ cliffhanger left us, with Kell held prisoner in White London.

I was SO SO SO afraid of reading this book ! It’s the finale of one of my favorite trilogy of all time and I was terrified of how Victoria Schwab would wrap this up. But I loved it so much. It was what I was hoping for and so much more !

The first part is very fast paced, you barely have time to take a breath. But it doesn’t mean the rest of the book is slow paced, oh boy not at all !
A Conjuring Of Light has all the witty and funny banters, the page turner plot and the amazing writing style.

Reading this book was a hell of a ride ! Through all the book, I was fearing for the ending. I was so afraid of how this mayhem would end !

Love and loss,” he said, “are like a ship and the sea. They rise together. The more we love, the more we have to lose. But the only way to avoid loss is to avoid love. And what a sad world that would be.

I really enjoyed the relationships between all the characters, complex, intricate, real. Another thing I loved was their plan to defeat Osaron. I’ve never read anything similar ! And I can say the same thing for this whole trilogy : different Londons, Antari magic etc !

As I said above, reading this book was such an emotional ride for me, and for many reasons. It lived up to all my expectations and that’s rare enough that it deserves to be said !

The flashbacks were kind of painful to witness but I appreciated them a lot. Getting a back story for Holland was very important in my opinion ! It made him more human.

There were no dead moment in this book ! When a good thing was happening, it was instantly followed by a disaster !
I cried so much while reading this book ! But I also laughed, and said so many “awww” !

Interactions

  • Kell /Lila : Gaaah ! I have been shipping them since the first book so it filled my heart with fluffy unicorns and marshmallows hearts ! haha !
  • Alucard /Rhy : these two are my babies ! Two silly characters, stubborn and desperately in love with each other !
  • Kell /Rhy : I think the word bromance is what best describes them !
  • Kell / Holland : their relationship is definitively complicated but they truly respect each other !

Caring was a thing with claws. It sank them in, and didn’t let go. Caring hurt more than a knife to the leg, more than a few broken ribs, more than anything that bled or broke and healed again. Caring didn’t break you clean. It was a bone that didn’t set, a cut that wouldn’t close.

Characters

  • Kell is always the same. Worried about the aftermaths of his acts, again. He is so cute when it comes to Lila, like she is bringing something so important ! He used to be so cold, except for Rhy. But Lila cracked his shell ! He is also very protective of his brother. Some things never change I guess ! He doesn’t trust Alucard. On the opposite somehow he trusts Holland.
  • Lila is learning to master her powers. She doesn’t trust Holland, she totally wants to kill him for what he did to Baron. But he keeps helping her. She is too fierce to admit it though.
  • Holland is the most interesting character in my opinion. The flashbacks were so important to understand his behavior ! He tries to redeem himself in this book !
  • Rhy is a little less reckless in this book ! He has to grow up very quickly and we get to see a face we never saw before. He really cares for his people !
  • Alucard is so well. He is fierce, cunning, he will do whatever it takes to protect Rhy.

So to put it in a nutshell I LOVED this book ! It concludes perfectly this amazing trilogy !

Anoshe brought solace. And hope. And the strength to let go.

5 stars

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About the author

V.e. Schwab

Victoria is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say “tom-ah-toes,” “like,” and “y’all.”

She also tells stories.

She loves fairy tales, and folklore, and stories that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems.

 

| BOOK REVIEW | THE WINNER’S CRIME BY MARIE RUTKOSKI

The Winner's Crime

The Winner’s Crime
Author : Marie Rutkoski
Series : The Winner’s Trilogy
Genres : Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication : March 12th 2015 by Bloomsbury Children’s

Synopsis : Lady Kestrel’s engagement to Valoria’s crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust …

While Arin fights to keep his country’s freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth.

Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them in this second book in the breathtaking Winner’s trilogy.

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This is the second book in The Winner’s trilogy. This review will spoil you if you haven’t read the first book, The Winner’s Curse.

Plot

We follow Kestrel, this time evolving at the Emperor’s. She is now engaged to Prince Verex. This book is way more focused on the political side of the story and it’s SO interesting ! While it took me time to get into the story in the previous book, it was so easy to dive back into this world !

I don’t mind being a moth. I would probably start eating silk if it meant that I could fly.

Kestrel is playing a very dangerous game against the emperor. She is colder, hiding her true feeling behind her pretty face.
It’s very intriguing and you can’t help but but want to know what the next move will be.
There are new characters such as Tensen or Verex. I really enjoyed learning about both of these.

On Arin’s side, things aren’t simple either. He tries his best to save Herran but the treaty isn’t really helping.

I really enjoyed this book ! The plot is really fascinating and intricate ! And that plot twist, oh god ! I’m happy I didn’t have to wait for the final book to be released !
I really like the writing style !

I also enjoyed how Kestrel gets closer to her father. She was seeking a real father/daughter relationship.

Arin’s love for Kestrel is the purest form of love. It broke my heart to witness how much he suffered. Even though it was for his own good. His journey isn’t the easiest but he always finds a way to get what he wants.

The story is gripping and heart-wrenching !

Her fierce creature of a mind: sleek and sharp-clawed and utterly unwilling to be caught.

Characters

  • Kestrel is way stronger and she risks a lot in this book. But by staying focused on what she had to do, she lost a lot.
  • Arin is so unpredictable ! I enjoyed this side of him, and also his neverending hope that Kestrel was who he thought she was.
  • Verex is a nice character. I learnt to like him and he is clever than his father thinks he is.
  • Tensen is a very interesting character, dedicated to his cause, no matter what.

5 stars

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About the author

Marie Rutkoski

Marie Rutkoski is the author of the YA novel The Shadow Society and the children’s fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders, The Celestial

Globe and The Jewel of the Kalderash. Her next project is a YA trilogy that begins with The Winner’s Curse, which is scheduled to be published in March 2014.

Marie grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa and a PhD from Harvard University. Marie is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and fiction writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

| BOOK REVIEW | THE ISLE OF BRIGADOON BY J.S. FIELDS

The Isle Of BrigadoonThe Isle Of Brigadoon
Author : J.S Fields
Series : The Source
Genre : Fantasy
Publication : February 1st 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Synopsis : After narrowly escaping the evil Source – Ambrose, discovering her mother was alive, and finally moving the Center of Magic. Reese finds herself on a floating island surrounded by yet another Source – Eva, with an ancient city of untold mysteries lying behind a magic wall. Still, for all she and her friends have found, they have lost their friend, Em to Ambrose, after a betrayal by one of their own.

Now, Ambrose intends to gather the forces of darkness to make a final assault on Reese and take the Center of Magic, the one thing he requires to destroy the world, and remake it as he sees fit.

Hope grows dim with every passing moment, and a strange prophecy warns of death, if Em is saved. What price would you pay for a friend’s life?

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I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you again !
This is the second book in The Source series. I read the first book a year and a half ago.

Plot

The first book was sometimes slow paced to allow the author to set the scene, the world and introduce the characters.
This book is far from being slow paced, it’s gripping, witty and really interesting !

If you dwell on the pain of the past you will find that it is the pain of your future.

I really enjoyed Brigadoon. I was particularly curious about this special place, I wished they stayed longer haha ! The eerie atmosphere, the new characters, it was really great ! I really enjoyed the chapters taking place at Brigadoon. And let’s be honest, I was dreading the next confrontation between Reese and Ambrose.

Said confrontation was far from what I was expecting ! There’s blood, betrayal and multiple fights.

All books are magical, whether they are enchanted or not.

I really enjoyed reading this book ! It’s well written and you can’t help but want to find out how Reese and her friends will survive the next obstacle life will throw in their way !

Characters

  • Reese is now way stronger than ever. But she needs to learn how to wield her power properly.
  • Erik is solely focused on getting Em back. It got on my nerves to be honest. I understand how difficult it must be but still, there’s so much to achieve and he needs to stay focused !
  • Eva is a strangely interesting character ! She is mysterious and a great guide for Reese and her friends.
  • Quinn was such a comic relief ! He is one of my favorite characters, he made me laugh so much !
  • Dani is such a fierce warrior. I really appreciate her.

4 stars

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JS FieldsJ.S. Fields is a YA author. He is from Kentucky – born and raised. He is an Engineer by day and fiction writer by night. He also has an unhealthy obsession with all things post-apocalyptic.

Author of debut novel: Center of Magic and now the sequel entitled: The Isle of Brigadoon.

| BOOK REVIEW | A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN BY SARAH J. MAAS

A Court Of Winfs and Ruin

A Court Of Wings And Ruin
Author : Sarah J. Maas
Series : A Court Of Thorns And Roses
Genres : Fantasy, High Fantasy, New Adult
Publication : May 2nd 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

This is the final book in a trilogy. This review contains spoilers for the two previous books.

Synopsis : A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings 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.

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I really loved this book ! Even though I have to be honest, ACOMAF is still my favorite of this trilogy !

Only you can decide what breaks you, Cursebreaker. Only you.

Plot

I was really afraid of this book, of how this journey would end. I adored the previous book, A Court Of Mist And Fury, and I was afraid of being disappointed by this finale.
The first part of this book is very similar to ACOMAF’s : taking place at the Spring Court and slow paced. But this time Feyre is playing a dangerous game of deceit.

If ACOMAF was more about Feyre’s journey and somehow more focused on the romance, ACOWAR is way more plot-centered. It’s less focused on the characters this time.

Night Triumphant- and the Stars Eternal.

I have so much to say about this book but I can’t because of spoilers ! How frustrating is that ! Anyway, this book was a roller coaster for my emotions ! I don’t know how Sarah J. Maas does this magic, but EVERYTIME I grow so attached to her characters ! It’s almost painful.
The plot is amazing, the author has crafted an intricate story that leads to these fabulous last 200 pages.

It’s terribly gripping and I really enjoyed the bonds, the relationships between the characters (old and new). It’s an addictive read and I had so many difficulties to leave the world when closing the book.

Nonetheless, there are a few things, two actually, that bothered me a little. First, it’s how much the word “mate” was hammered. I mean, we got it, there was no need to repeat it so many times !
Secondly, I was slightly disappointed with the final battle. I don’t know if this book is still considered YA or not (I would say the latter, regarding some scenes haha) but it was too “gentle” for my taste. Again, spoilers.

The stakes are much so much higher in this book !  I really enjoyed how the story wrapped and I cannot wait to find out who Maas will focus her next book on.

My rage had become a living thing inside my chest, an echoing heartbeat that soothed me to sleep and stirred me to waking.

Characters

  • Feyre is darker, deadlier but also more poised, more mature. She knows who she is, who her family is and what she’s capable of, especially to protect her loved ones. I really love her as a character. She is fierce, sometimes reckless but she has such a beautiful soul.
  • Rhysand is my precious baby ! He is definitively bookish boyfriend material. Kind of perfect. Devoted, kind, selfless and never deciding for the others.
  • Lucien surprised me in this book. I had pity for him, at times. He is in a delicate situation.
  • Tamlin changed so much, where is the lovely Tamlin from the first book ?! It’s difficult not to hate him !
  • Nesta is also another kick-ass woman ! I really enjoyed her banters with Cassian !
  • Amren is such a treasure. So deadly powerful, I know, but I can’t help but find her cute ! Her reactions can be so adorable !

It’s difficult to talk about every character, especially while avoiding spoilers so I’m gonna end it here.

Overall this trilogy will stay in my top 5 for a long long time !

5 stars

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Sarah J. MaasSarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.