book review ▽ a court of mist and fury by sarah j. maas

book review ▽ a court of mist and fury by sarah j. maas

a court of mist and fury by sarah j. maas

basic information:

★ pages: 640

★ genre: young adult, fantasy, romance, adventure

★ release date: may 3, 2016

★ rating: 4/5 stars

★ links: goodreads // amazon

★ series:

book one: a court of thorns and roses

book three: untitled (expected arrival: 2017)

★ 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. With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

review:

plot: 4/5

I really liked the story line of this book. Most times, with a heroine, we forget the psychological pain they may have experienced, and this book never lets it fall to far out of your thoughts. You must remember that Feyre, strong as she is, is broken, and experiences pain just like any of us. But her pain is not the only aspect of this story, and I feel like the synopsis of the book doesn’t do the rest justice. The King of Hybern is currently trying to start war, and Feyre and her friends are trying to stop it. It’s a very interesting dynamic, to accompany the thread of Rhysand and Feyre’s budding friendship.

characters: 4.5/5

Rhysand, my son. I loved him in A Court of Thorns and Roses, but now I love him even more! How is that possible? And jeez, I promise you, you will leave this book upset with someone characters and loving others even more! My favorites were Rhysand, Amren, and Cassian, but of course, Rhysand is my all time favorite (I don’t know if you can tell, but I have a thing for characters with black hair and internal conflicts), and he’s just so cute, honestly.

writing style: 3.5/5

I didn’t like the writing style as much as I could, I felt like the writing itself was an attempt at fancy, with casual words spread about. I just feel like either it should be regal writing, or casual, not both.

overall: 4/5

final thoughts:

I liked this book, all the way up until the end, when I LOVED it. Please check it out, even if just for the ending (which I’m telling you, is super awesome).The book is a smooth ride, easy to read, and all around wonderful. Please give it a look, but make sure you read A Court of Thorns and Roses first!

love,

alexis

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book recommendations ▽ two: may 2016

book recommendations  ▽ two: may 2016

Hey guys! Sorry this is so late, but I’ve been so unbelievably busy these past few weeks I barely even have time to pick up a book! In April, I made a book recommendations list, and I figured I’d continue the trend with stuff I read from this month! There will be 1o books in this list, and I really hope you guys read some of them!

10. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Red Queen was actually really good! I went in not expecting much, because my friend had told me she didn’t like it, but by the end, I was SCREAMING. It was absolutely gold! Please read it if you haven’t.

9. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

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As most of you may know, the Lunar Chronicles is my favorite series of all time. Everything about the books is spectacular and I honestly don’t think I’ll ever love anything more. So of course, when I finally bought Stars Above,  I almost cried because I was so happy. I finished the book moderately quickly, and please please PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE if you haven’t decided to pick them up even after all the praise I have given this series, GET IT NOW.

8. The Summer I Turned Pretty (series) by Jenny Han

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These books are pretty cute, even though you can pretty much tell what’s going to happen because they’re pretty cliche. My only real problem with these books were the covers, because I hate these covers SO MUCH. They are just so awkward! I don’t like it.

7. Super Mutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki

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This book is so adorable! The drawing style is so amazing, the jokes are hilarious, and it’s inappropriate in a way that’s totally not offensive. There’s an LGBT character in the book, and I just relate so thoroughly I thought I might have BEEN her. If you like graphic novels! Give this one a look!

6. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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This book was really nice! Honestly, I don’t really know what to say about it without giving too much away, but I can say Rhysand and Lucien are my favorites! This book and the second, A Court of Mist and Fury (which I’m reading right now) are getting really popular, so I suggest you read them now!

5. Me Before You

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This book DESTROYED MY SOUL. I didn’t cry or anything, but Will Traynor, my poor, poor son, was so upset and that made me upset and I didn’t want to be upset. The love story in the book is very adorable, and Louisa was an eccentric but relatable character. I’m really excited to see the movie, since I haven’t yet, but if it’s any bit as good as the book I know I’m going love it.

4.Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

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This book was pretty weird. Not in a bad way, but the ending was so confusing, I’m still not sure I know what was going on. If you want a low-key psychological thriller, you should definitely pick up this book.

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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AGH THIS BOOK WAS SO CUTE. I loved it so much, and I really relate to Cath in the sense that I am an obsessive fangirl, and books don’t really get written about fangirls except to paint them in a negative light, and I am all for Cath loving Simon Snow and being represented in a completely human way.

2. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

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This book is SO GOOD. Shahrzad’s love for Khalid is so pure and he is humanized in the best way possible and their love story is just great. They overcome all sorts of obstacles (namely them hating each other) and have some crazy adventures together. And they’re POC! What more could you ask for?

1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Oh boy. Ohhhh boy. Based on Simon Snow from Rainbow Rowell’s fangirl, Carry On is the greatest book ever. Literally, I spent the entire first half of the book going, ‘where’s Baz?’ and then he showed up and I immediately fell in love. Baz and Simon were so cute together, and Baz’s feelings toward Simon can only be described as the cutest puppy dog of unrequited love. And Penelope? How was she so great? I don’t know, point is, if you haven’t read this book, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

Well I hope you guys enjoyed my book recommendations! I’ll be doing these once every month, and check out the previous one here!

Side note: I am changing my featured image of art from watercolor to Monet! Really excited, he’s an artist I am really starting to enjoy.

Love,

Alexis

monthly wrap up ▽ may 2016

monthly wrap up ▽ may 2016

Hey guys! As you all know, today is the last day of May (or at least, it was when I was writing this). And it has cone to that very important time where I wrap up my month, and get ready for the hectic one I have ahead of me. Let’s get started!

what i read this month:

▽ milk and honey by rupi kaur

▽ me before you by jojo moyes

▽ a court of thorns and roses by sarah j. maas

▽ the wrath and the dawn by renee ahdieh

▽ the fever by megan abbott

▽ wink poppy midnight by april genevieve tucholke

▽ the summer i turned pretty by jenny han

▽ it’s not summer without you by jenny han

▽ we’ll always have summer by jenny han

▽ carry on by rainbow rowell

▽ fangirl by rainbow rowell

▽ purple hibiscus by chimamanda ngozi adichie

I read a LOT more than I expected to this month, which is really great! I’d really like to keep this pace up, even though I know that might be kind of hard. But I’ll do my best!

books i bought this month 

▽ the program by suzanne young

▽ matched by ally condie

▽ carry on by rainbow rowell

▽ me before you by jojo moyes

It turns out, I didn’t buy any of the books I planned to. Which I’m totally fine with, and I took some home from the library, so if I like them enough I can just buy them later! Which, is exactly what I did with Carry On, because that book is pure magic (ha! see what I did there?)

tv i watched this month:

▽ empire

▽ jane the virgin

▽ arrested development

I finished season 2 of both Empire and Jane the Virgin, and ended both wanting to stab myself in the face. I also rewatched Arrested Development, against all better judgement, and 100% skipped season four because I cant bring myself to watch that beautiful show be ruined by season four.

movies i watched this month:

▽ captain america: civil war

I solely watched Captain America, which I do not regret because CAPTAIN AMERICA MET ALL OF MY EXPECTATIONS, OK. Get ready for the fangirling, because I loved it so so much. Everything was perfect about it, Black Panther, Spiderman, Bucky, Steve, Wanda, just everything! If you haven’t seen it yet, stop whatever you’re doing. Go right now. Do not come back until you have finished.

music i listened this month:

▽ 7/27 by fifth harmony

▽ dangerous woman by ariana grande

loving you is… by thedogandtherabbit (a playlist)

I listened mainly to these things, and to more fan-mixes on 8tracks for books I read (ex: a carry on playlist while i read carry on). I absolutely love thedogandtherabbit’s playlist because a. it’s kylux and b. it introduced me to a band i really like, miiike snow! 

how i did on my goals:

▽ read three books (purple hibiscus doesn’t count)

Well I read WAY over three books! I read 12 books, and it’s good to know the amount of books I can read in a month! 

▽ catch up on my supernatural

Literally, I am still so many episodes behind. i have so much to catch up. Literally didn’t do this. I need to get on this one.

▽ get to at least 10 followers on this blog, 50 followers on instagram, and 30 followers on twitter!

While I did get to 50 followers on instagram, I didn’t reach 30 on twitter or 10 on this blog, so I know what I need to work on.

▽ get a’s on at least 3 of my 4 exams.

I don’t know yet! Wish me luck.

▽ sign up for a book review website (if anyone has any good ones please recommend them to me)

I did! I think I need to sign up for some better ones. Please, if you have any good websites, please, please, please recommend them to me!

▽ complete the may bookstagram challenge! 

I did! It was so exciting to finish a challenge dedicated to book phtoography, two of my favorite things! I’m definitely going to participate in celinereads’s july challenge.

Thanks for coming back to see how my month went. Come back in another month for my July Wrap Up!

 

2016 summer reading goals !

2016 summer reading goals !

So, as a lot of people seem to be doing this, I decided I’d throw my hat in. As I have a lot of work this summer (three weeks of summer school, 2 weeks at fencing nationals, and two week sleep-away camp in new york), I know I can’t set my goals too high, but they can be high enough.

1. Get to 60 books on my Goodreads Challenge. 

As any book blogger must, I love to read. I am trying to find a reasonable amount of books to read this summer, and as I have already read 2 books in the past 2 days, I feel like this goal might not be too far fetched. I’d have 41 more books to read. I feel like I could probably (??) do this, but then again, I’m going to be all kinds of busy.

2. Read five classics.

This is something I’ve always wanted to do. Classics are ever so important, and there are a LOT I have been desiring. The ones I’m thinking of right now are:

★ Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

★ Inivisble Man by Ralph Ellison

★ Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

★ Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

★ Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

★ Inferno by Dante

3. Read a Memoir or two.

People are always going on about how good Memoirs are, and I really wanted to read Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance. I never got around to it, but now’s the best time! Some other ones look good, like I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, Yes Please by Amy Poelher, Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, and Mindy Kaling’s two books, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and Why Not Me?

4. Finish two series I started this summer!

I just recently started the series, The Wrath and the Dawn (I just finished it today! A review is coming soon ^_^!) and I’m dying to get my hands on the next one. And of course, I’ve heard The Raven Cycle is absolutely perfect, and A Court of Thorns and Roses, which I’ve just started, has a second book. Of course there’s more, like the Selection and Delirium, but this is all I’ve gotten to so far.

5. Read some of the sad books on my shelf.

Even though I checked out a grand total of thirty three books from my school’s library (and I’m nowhere near done), my poor shelves need some attention! I own three biographies, the Alexander Hamilton one (which inspired Hamilton!) and the Stephen Hawking and Alan Turning ones (which inspired The Theory of Everything and the Imitation Game in that order). Plus, I recently got Matched by Allie Condie, The Program by Suzanne Young, and I already own The Maze Runner by James Dashner, the third Vampire Academy book by Richelle Mead and the Private School Murders series by James Patterson.

 

Well this is it! My summer reading goals. This might get updated in the near future,  but for now, this is it. Thanks for reading!

Love,

Alexis

 

book review ▽ wink poppy midnight by april genevieve tucholke

book review ▽ wink poppy midnight by april genevieve tucholke

book title and author

basic information:

★ pages: 247

★ genre: young adult, mystery, contemporary, thriller

★ release date: march 22, 2016

★ rating: 3/5

★ links: goodreads // amazon

★ series: n/a

★ synopsis:

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

review:

plot: 2/5

The plot in the synopsis is next to nothing like the plot in the book. This sort of sets the book up as a love triangle, which it most definitely is not, and it’s honestly not as much about the three characters as I would have liked. The idea of the story was interesting, but the end of the book was unnecessarily complicated and didn’t resolve the story well enough.

SPOILERS:

characters: 3/5

In this book, the main characters, Wink, Poppy, and Midnight, are supposedly a liar, a villain, and a hero. In the end,  I’m still confused as to which one was which. Wink takes after her brother in the most disturbing way possible. She is quiet, on the cusp of psychopathic. She lies to everyone, and is absolutely the person no one thinks she is. She has no reaction to anything, and is the driving force behind all of the evil in the book. This was an interesting plot twist, but the convoluted writing made it more obvious than it could have been. Poppy, was visibly evil. The entire book, she was sociopathic, and cared about no one with the exception of herself and Wink’s brother. It was utterly upsetting, and even at the end of the book, Poppy said she had changed, even though to me, it was pretty obvious she had not. Midnight has just the WORST luck with girls. Poppy attempts to string him along, and Wink turns out to be the biggest liar in all of history. It goes to say that Midnight might actually be an idiot, because literally every single decision Midnight makes is the GLARINGLY wrong one each time. With the exception of leaving Wink without saying goodbye, he is just wrong. The supporting characters were too involved in a way that didn’t make them really important, but just quirky extras in the book. The characters were interesting, but all of their actions were lacking depth. 

writing style: 4/5

The writing style was really nice, with the exception of some repetitve descriptions and some overly complicated exposition. The book offered some beautiful similies and metaphors, and the characterization of Wink, Poppy, and Midnight were so wildly different that I barely believed that this was the same story. I would love a book about each of the characters individually! 

overall: 3/5

final thoughts:

The book is a little frazzled, but if you can accept that, than it’s a exceptional book for to read! Also, the cover is really pretty and you could just get it for that. (*^_^*)

love,

Alexis

the ‘would you rather’ tag!

the ‘would you rather’ tag!

Hey guys! So of course, I wanted to post, but I didn’t know what to pot about. So what better than a book tag?

Nobody tagged me in this, but I found it on Goodreads and it looked fun so.

1. Rather read only a series or stand-alone books?

I would so much rather read a series. I get so upset when I read stand-alones. Like, I need more of the characters. One book is too little. In fact, series sometimes are too little. I’d honestly rather the books just went on forever.

 2. Rather read a book whose main character is male or female?

I mean, I am a girl, so it’s always great to see female representation and the media. But sometimes it’s more fun to be in the head of a snarky boy because they’re always really funny. But I still say girl.

 3. Rather shop only at Barnes & Noble (or other actual bookstore) or Amazon?

BARNES & NOBLE. FOREVER.I don’t get to go the bookstore very often, but walking into one is like walking into a new magical place. And when i go into a bookstore, it’s wonderland. And I always end up getting more books then I meant to, and end up crying on the floor for 45 minutes because I only came for one book and ended up grabbing 112 in the first 3 minutes I spent there. That’s always fun.

 4. Rather all books become movies or tv shows?

TV shows! With the length of TV shows, it’s way easier to fit all of the small details from the book into the show, and they’re always leaving stuff out in movies, purely because a movie can’t be 1000 hours long. A TV show can ^-^.

 5. Rather read 5 pages per day or read 5 books per week?

5 BOOKS PER WEEK? PLEASE! I read 6 books last week, (Wink Poppy Midnight, Carry OnFangirl, The Simmer I turned Pretty, It’s Not Summer Without You, Purple Hibiscus), and that’s actually the most fun I’ve had in a while (with the exception of seeing Captain America: Civil War). But the real question is, would I have time for TV? Because I watch a LOT of tv.

6. Rather be a professional book reviewer or an author?

Would this entail special writing powers? Because I would LOVE to be an author. I’ve been trying to write books for years, but I can’t elaborate enough on my thoughts to finish anything. I could write the most important chapter of a book in a page and then have no idea how to spread it out. Any book I could ever write would literally be like 30 pages at most. But I would definitely rather be an author.

 8. Rather be a librarian or own a book store?

I thought about it, definitely a Bookstore. Because I could read all the books in my store, and you could decorate however you wanted, and your books would never come back in poor condition because you sold them! And you could read all the books you sell.

9. Rather only read your favorite genre or your favorite author?

Favorite genre. Because what if that author stopped writing? Or if they stopped writing in that genre? Then I would be sad forever. I don’t like horror but what if Marissa Meyer started writing horror? Would I just be terrified forever? That sounds awful.

 10. Rather only read physical books or eBooks?

Physical book! That means I could own it and my bookstagram game would slowly rise. Also I love the feeling of books, and it’s not the same with an eBook.

I hope you guys enjoyed! Comment if there are any book tags you want me to do, and make sure to like and follow!

love,

Alexis

 

something random: one

something random: one

hey guys! occasionally, I like to write a little bit of poetry, and I was too busy to write a new book review or post so I figured I’d just show you guys a little bit of it! Definitely tell me if you like it, I’m excited for any feedback whatsoever.

Speaking of which, I post a lot of it on my Archive of Our Own, so if you ever want to check any of it out over there, just click the link above!

one: stupidity

i.

a light sadness

consumes you

ii.

and you body tells you

it is nothing

iii.

and your brain tells you

it is fine

iv.

but your heart,

oh, your stupid heart

v.

it makes you

love playlists

vi.

and brings tears to

your eyes

 

two: puppets

i.

she has carefully

attached strings to each

ii.

both of my knees

my hands, my feet

iii.

i move with a grace i have never possessed

iv.

and whenever she lets me move on my own

i can no longer stand

v.

she is my puppeteer.

 

three: untitled

i.

“kiss me softly”

he leans into your lips and breathes

the life you so desperately need

ii.

“kiss me rough”

he grabs your jacket

and pulls you close,

his eyes a mad scramble back to sanity

iii.

“why can’t you kiss me?”

his sad stare holds you at bay

but you know best. (you push him off)

iv.

“i guess now you can kiss me.”

fingers through his black hair

a smirk

the smile of a victor

v.

“kiss me, lovely”

his bouquet of roses will never die

and the ring on your finger

will never fade

 

four: newfound

i.

and you are of the same

the children of the almighty one

ii.

your home given new life

and yet

destroyed

iii.

and you along

cast down from your place in the skies

iv.

in him

you found sanity

you found happiness

v.

you found love

newfound– an emotion

vi.

not known where you are from

vii.

he teaches you about these things

what they’re like

who he feels them for

viii.

maybe one day

just maybe

you’ll be on that list.

 

five: you are not in wonderland

i.

“another lover hits the universe.”

ii.

a smile

a laugh

a- i don’t know

but whatever

it’s

iii.

amazing

it’s rushing into your veins

your bloodstream

making you feel alive

yet hazy

like your white dust

like your little blue caplets

with their addictive taste

iv.

like him.

his name,

only in the back

of your long past full mind

but his hair, the color of pale gold

his lips, pale and colorful and boring and brilliant

v.

and you

love them

can’t get

enough of them

you kiss

and you kiss again

and again

and again, again, againagainagain

moremoremoremoremore

you wanted more of him

vi.

nothing

could be better than

your beer

your cocaine

your heroin

but here he was

vii.

lucien carr

illusive carr

viii.

beauty.
“the circle is broken.”

 

Of course, some of these are fandom prompts, ‘newfound’ is hanstiel from supernatural, and ‘you are not in wonderland; is allucien from kill your darlings. The third one was some sort fandom thing, but I really don’t remember which it was from, because I didn’t write it down. Whoops. But these are just some of my favorite things that I’ve written from my little folder of poetry on my laptop. If you guys ever want me to write something else, totally hit me up! I really want some prompts, because I don’t know what to write.

love,

Alexis