Long overdue ACOWAR review….

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Title & Author: A Court of Wings and Ruin

Genre: Fantasy, Romance & Young Adult

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Publication Date: May 2nd 2017

Pages: 699

Format: Hardback

*Spoilers for ACOTAR & ACOMAF*


Tears of joy, sadness and basically every other humanely possible emotion….

It has been over a week since I finished this gorgeous, heart warming, tear jerking, amazing book and I’m still reeling from what happened. The only bad thing I could possibly say about this book was the fact that some threads didn’t get tied up but I guess that’s for future books and I am super excited about the next books in the series, more feysand! What more could you want!?

I have a huge love for camaraderie and its definitely evident in this series, the inner circle never ever bored me and the sense of family you get from them is so warm and nice. There all there for each other and I absolutely loved reading about them. I don’t think I could come up with the words to describe the inner circle because there just so… unique and well adorable as well.

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It’s so hard to talk about this book without letting something slip, I love spoilers myself but I would never want to spill the beans with this book, its too good to spoil. Though I’ve never really been the kind of person to talk about something on and on, that was totally thrown out the window when ACOWAR came out and I picked it up from my local bookstore. I was barely containing my excitement and happiness.

I definitely expected most of the story line, but I really enjoyed the time Feyre spent messing up Tamlin’s court and there were definitely some moments that I never ever saw coming, and Ianthe definitely deserved everything she got. Feyre stepped up her game in this book, in ACOMAF she was still recovering and learning about her powers but nothing was holding her back in this book and I LOVED IT!! The Hybern battle was also expected but that did not help when the tears started falling, Sarah definitely knows how to break someone’s heart and then slowly put it back together.

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I loved Feysand so so much in this book, I could read about them forever and over and over and I especially loved my edition of ACOWAR that I got which has a few fan arts and there so so gorgeous. I’ve been thinking about getting the ACOTAR colouring book for some time now and the fan art has basically convinced me so hopefully I’ll be getting that soon!!

A Court of Wings and Ruin is a beautiful conclusion to a gorgeous trilogy….

I’m pumped for the next books in the ACOTAR world and I could not be more happy with how Sarah finished up the trilogy, I’m hoping we’ll see more of Feysand and the Inner circle but I can safely say that I’m satisfied with where there story ended.

The next book of Sarah’s that comes out is Tower of Dawn and thus starts the countdown and excitement for it!! Anyone else excited about the new ToG book?? Let me know what you thought of ACOWAR in a non-spoilery way if you’ve read it!!

5/5 WINGSPANS!

SO IF MY LOVE FOR ACOWAR DOESN’T CONVINCE YOU TO READ IT THEN I DON’T KNOW WHAT WILL…

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)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. – Goodreads Summary

-Isabella OX-

Hauling books & ACOWAR tears… of happiness

Anyone’s dream really, well any bookworm who loves lots of books and Sarah J Maas which is basically the definition of me as well some purposefully sprinkled chocolates on the side to accompany the books. Though that’s not what I’m all about, it might as well be since ACOWAR came out.

I do have to say I was a year late to the ACOTAR world as I was still caught up with the Throne of glass series and I was IN love with that series so there wasn’t room for much else but I am SO SO glad that I picked up ACOTAR last year. It’s been an emotional roller coaster ever since and I would only change it if I could go back in time and read it all over again.


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MY ARMS ARE SORE FROM LUGGING THESE AROUND

But I still love them, the only trouble is finding a spot on my bookshelves, maybe a change is in store for my bookshelves plus the other thing is getting around to reading these guys. I’m proud to say I’ve read 3 so far with all of those being last month…. I swear half of my May might just be taken up by reading and rereading ACOWAR…. lets hope so.

I hadn’t even planned on getting this many books this month, and sure I know lots of other people get loads of books every month but I’m usually pretty good with my book buying. Half way through this month I had around a quarter of what I do now, a lot of good books came out in April and even more to come in May so maybe I was getting ready. Maybe. Probably not.

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I definitely got a range of different books in April but these would have to be the ones I’m really looking forward too, I’ve already read Geekerella which I thoroughly enjoyed and I think I also like the fact that these are a bit girly as well, I haven’t read a girly book in quite a while. Of course I’m excited about the rest of the books I got but I do have to say I’m now dreading where to put them. Rearranging books is taxing and I almost always give up halfway through, especially now that the number of books I’ve got get bigger and bigger every month.


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SHOULD MY TEARS BE HAPPY OR SAD THAT ACOWAR IS COMING TO AN END??

I’ve got 99 pages left to read of ACOWAR and by the time this post is up I will have finished it, and though I’m silently nervous about the end I’m also SO SO excited because the build up has been… I’m not sure if I’m ready to say goodbye to Rhys and Feyre but I do know that ACOWAR isn’t the last book based in that world. I’m not sure if the future books are based off of Feyre but I’m just happy that I don’t have to reread the series over and over but then again I’m not complaining about that either. Especially with the last book in the Throne of glass series coming up next year plus a few novellas and novels as well.

I’ll hopefully have a review up in the next few days if I’m emotionally stable but otherwise tell me what you thought of ACOWAR (without spoilers) and tell me how you rearrange your bookshelves!!

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A bookish panel I only dream about…

Though I’ve never really had the opportunity to see more than two authors in the same room for a signing or a panel, I still definitely have a dream panel that I would just love to see in real life and hopefully not forget. Though my memory is bad, I would hope that I would remember my dream panel forever and forever and I seriously think it’s cruel that I love so many authors that don’t visit Australia.

What I would give to meet just a few of my favourite authors and although I plan on going to many conventions when I get older I’ll never get over the fact that signed copies are rare, when I see a signed copy of a book I like I’m straight away thinking of all the ways I can get it, even if it involves grovelling because I’m pretty much shameless… most of the time. Thank you to EventBrite for teaming up with me, and I’m glad to say I’ve used EventBrite in the past and hopefully I’ll be going to more bookish and non-bookish events in the future!!

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FAVOURITE AUTHORS, FAVOURITE BOOKS OR BOTH??

I’m going to start with favourite authors, although I have a lot of people I would love to see and listen to, some wouldn’t make me go all crazy with excitement. Which rarely happens with me, I’m more of an secretly excited kind of person, where I can go crazy without anyone seeing me which I’m sure some people could relate with and I’m not going to lie that meeting authors is hella nerve racking, especially if their like one of your favs though that’s never happened to me I know I’d be a hot mess, or actually the opposite being a cold mess.

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FANTASTICAL FANTASY WRITERS….

Maggie Stiefvater is one of the most romantic and thourough fantasy writer that I’ve ever read and I would choose her over and over again and I hope that never changes. I may not have read all of her books but… I’m getting there okay?

Sarah J Maas deserves a place on every single book panel EVER. Denying that would be blasphemy, I mean I just got ACOWAR 2 days ago and I cannot stop thinking about it, or mumbling incoherently about it because its just… it’s just angelic you know? You get me?

Richelle Mead… now this was SUCH a toss up between quite a few different authors but then I worked out that they could fit on my next list, or maybe the next few lists. I remember reading this series and then not reading anything other than her writing because I couldn’t stop, eventually after a long while I broke through my faze but I’ve always been quite fond of her writing and now that I think about it I should really reread some of her books.

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DO I LOVE ROMANCE TOO MUCH… OR AM I A ROMANTIC PERSON??

I’m probably going to go for the former but nevertheless I’m starting with;

Diana Gabaldon, although I am yet to finish the the Outlander series I loved the first book SO much, and even though it wasn’t all about the romance I loved reading it and I know that once I get my greedy hands on the rest of the series I’m going to enjoy it… a lot with a side of tears as well.

Stephenie Meyer just has a thing for making you feel lovey dovey, I may be wrong but I’ve enjoyed every. single. one. of her books. I’m yet to finish the Twilight series but that will change shortly… at some time in the future.

Jennifer L. Armentrout has yet to disappoint me in her writing, I’ve read around 6 of her books so far and I’ve loved all of the them, and even though I only read some of them not too long ago I also feel the urge to reread them.


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I may or may not have a reading obsession with romance but now that I think about it I barely read anything that doesn’t have even a little bit of romance in it, I really need to read some other stuff. Although I would love to meet SO many other authors, the ones above would most probably be the ones I get all crazy cold mess over. As well as my tendency to read romance I also realised that I don’t read a lot of male authors, now I really need to broaden my reading horizons.

Though I feel like I’ve left quite a few authors out I’d love to hear who would be on your dream panel and if you want to know more about EventBrite, and find some events by you then just head over here.

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Can Strange the Dreamer be anymore dreamier???

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Title & Author: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Genre: Fantasy & Young Adult

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Publication Date: March 28th 2017

Pages: 544

Format: Paperback


Strange the Dreamer really is all about dreaming…. and gods.

Laini Taylor is obviously a goddess of writing fantasy because it seriously felt like dreaming while reading the book. The world that she created will probably always be one of my favourites from now on, it was so detailed and I just loved reading about Weep and how real Lazlo’s dream felt. I also enjoyed how much we learned about the world and how the different characters had such different inputs to the story.

I’m super glad I picked this book up as I’d heard so many good things about it and its SUPER pretty, I love a pretty book but not as much as a good story.

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I didn’t know much about this book going into it, but as I learned more about Lazlo I was definitely sold on him. He’s such a nice character, I couldn’t help but like him and I hated everyone who was mean to him, I literally wanted to slap anyone who made Lazlo upset.

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The first chapter of the book, really the prologue didn’t exactly faze me while reading the first 100 pages or so because I had no idea what it was about but as I came to the end of the book I started dreading what it really meant and I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t say anything more. Sarai was definitely a character that gets sprung on you all of a sudden but I’m so glad that I actually liked her because if I didn’t then…. anyway Sarai and her friends really bought a new element to the story and I really liked how the story unfolded and every little twist and turn because it really got me thinking.

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I can’t really believe I’m saying this because I LOVE romance but I kind of didn’t enjoy it in this book, of course I loved there first kiss and the little things but it felt sort of generic to me and it definitely wasn’t my favourite aspect of the book.

Strange the Dreamer was definitely dreamy, but the stranger the better.

I definitely loved the world and the story line and I loved Lazlo, I never got bored while reading about him and even though I hated the ending, (in a good way) I’m still nervous about the next book because of where Laini left the first one.

I don’t want to read the second book but then I do at the same time! There’s a lot to love about this book and there’s also a lot of characters to hate and despise and wish were never born! You’ll get what I mean with the moths when you read it which you definitely should!!

4/5 Moths!!

So if the gorgeous cover doesn’t make you read this then I’m sure the picture of a moth will!! Though if I’m being honest I thought it was a butterfly when I saw it….

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The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around – and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly.

Since he was five years old he’s been Strange the Dreamerobsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries – including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage. – Goodreads Summary

Frogkisser is not like Princess & the Frog….

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Title & Author: Frogkisser by Garth Nix

Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade & Young Adult

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Publication Date: March 2017

Pages: 336

Format: Paperback


Frogkisser really does have a lot of frog kissing….

Though all that lovely frogkissing comes later on in the book. Let’s talk about Anya and her really annoying sister. Like seriously one of my least favourite characters in the book, maybe even more then the evil stepstepfather. Morven was like a vacant child who could only be happy when she was either in love or had all the attention in the room. I’m glad that this wasn’t the same for Anya because then I wouldn’t have gotten through this book AT ALL.

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Moving on from Morven and on to her sister, I really liked Anya’s take on things whether it be the quest, her sister or the talking dogs. At times throughout this book it was a bit childish for me, but obviously that would happen considering this is a middle grade book with mixture of young adult in there too. Often at times I didn’t like Anya, she seemed a bit selfish at times and although it was to be expected as she was a princess I still thought she would see things a little differently to her sister. Anya did grow throughout the book and I really liked seeing her react to the different animals and people she collected during her quest but each person she met had a real impact on the story. Nearly every character you meet along the way has a magical aspect to them which was so so awesome to read about. The magical part of this book definitely kept me reading and Anya’s little quest group was definitely another thing that kept me going.

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I especially loved Ardent, he was the adorable little puppy who tried to be protective and manly all the time but then he couldn’t help himself if the puppy tendencies came out at the wrong times. It was one of the cute and funny parts of the book, Ardent was definitely one of my favourite characters as well as the good wizard. I won’t go into spoilery detail about the Good Wizard but that part of the book was definitely my favourite bit in the book apart from the ending.

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I definitely got into this book quite quickly, almost straightaway it was all about the quest and what Anya was going to do and I was glad that it wasn’t a gradual build up to the problem. The problem was there straight away and Anya had to find a way to fix it, not just for her sister but as she goes on her quest she learns things that she could never have learned while she was at the castle.

Better than Princess & the Frog or just as good??

I’m really glad I picked Frogkisser up when I was book shopping because it was such a nice princess book to read. I really enjoyed the story because there were so many problems along the way and all the characters, even Morven, really added to the story and made me enjoy it even more!!

I love the Princess & the Frog but I can definitely say I really like Frogkisser too and I would even read it again if I was in the mood for frog kissing!!

3.5/5 Frog Kisses!

So if you like frogs as much as I do then go read it!!

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Talking dogs. Mischievous wizards. An evil stepstepfather. Loads and loads of toads. Such is the life of a Frogkisser.

Frogkisser!Princess Anya needs to see a wizard about a frog. It’s not her frog, it’s her sister’s. And it’s not a frog, it’s actually a prince. A prince who was once in love with Anya’s sister, but has now been turned into a frog by their evil stepstepfather. And Anya has made a ‘sister promise’ that she will find a way to return Prince Denholm to human form…

So begins an exciting, hilarious, irreverent quest through the Kingdom of Trallonia and out the other side, in a fantastical tale for all ages, full of laughs and danger, surprises and delights, and an immense population of frogs. – Goodreads Summary