Review: A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.

Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.

Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms.”

REVIEW:

I really enjoyed this book, but I was also very unsure of this book. I have a love/hate relationship with Nesta. In the previous books, she doesn’t really do anything that endears herself to the reader. She always seemed outright nasty to Feyre for no reason.

Her actions don’t get any better during A Court of Frost and Starlight, where she seems to actively push everyone away. She has a lot of trauma that she has to work through and she clearly isn’t doing that at the start of this book. I think Nesta’s story is important to tell, and definitely relatable at times. We’ve all had dark times, this past year especially.

I enjoyed seeing things from her perspective. Seeing how upset she was about her treatment of Feyre, feeling like she couldn’t do anything to fix it. I also liked seeing her relationship with Cassian develop. I loved the friendships she built with Emerie and Gwyn. I also loved the relationship she has with the House of Wind and her love of romance novels. Nesta’s love of reading, especially romance novels is what makes her the most relatable to me. (Though, she loves to read but couldn’t take the time to teach her sister to read?)

This entire book, I just wished I had more of Feyre and Rhysand. Obviously, this is Nesta’s story, but the reason I fell in love with this book series is because of Feyre and Rhysand. I just wanted to see what they were doing, and what they were thinking. The entire time I was reading, I just kept thinking about how much I wanted to reread ACOTAR from the beginning.

One slight issue I had with this book is, was it necessary? Does it add anything to the series? The ending is so wrapped up with just a peek at what could happen in the future, that I think it hurts this book a bit. You have teases and hints of possible future plot lines, but the major threat is gone by the end. This was always my worry when I heard about this book coming out. I like that Sarah J. Maas wants to tell the story of different characters in the court, but I also want these books to feel like they are a natural part of the series.

If you are a fan of the ACOTAR series, you are definitely going to enjoy this book. I mean Sarah J. Maas knows her audience, and it checked off all the boxes.

Now I need to go reread ACOTAR!

RATING: 4/5

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Review: A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“The elves come for two things: war and wives. In both cases, they come for death.

Three-thousand years ago, humans were hunted by powerful races with wild magic until the treaty was formed. Now, for centuries, the elves have taken a young woman from Luella’s village to be their Human Queen.

To be chosen is seen as a mark of death by the townsfolk. A mark nineteen-year-old Luella is grateful to have escaped as a girl. Instead, she’s dedicated her life to studying herbology and becoming the town’s only healer.

That is, until the Elf King unexpectedly arrives… for her.

Everything Luella had thought she’d known about her life, and herself, was a lie. Taken to a land filled with wild magic, Luella is forced to be the new queen to a cold yet blisteringly handsome Elf King. Once there, she learns about a dying world that only she can save.

The magical land of Midscape pulls on one corner of her heart, her home and people tug on another… but what will truly break her is a passion she never wanted.”

REVIEW:

A Deal with the Elf King is a stand-alone but also the first in a new series of fantasy romance novels by Elise Kova. Each book focuses on a different couple, but the worlds are tied together. This is something you normally see in contemporary romance novels, but something super exciting to see in fantasy romance.

The artwork alone drew me into this book. I mean look at that cover! I’ve had a copy of this for the last couple of months, but it just kept getting pushed back. I read Kova’s Air Awakens series in January and absolutely loved that series. I love Kova’s writing style and world-building. She also has a way of just sucking you in, I couldn’t put this book down once I picked it up.

I loved the relationship between Eldas and Luella. It is a slow burn of the best kind. I love how much they complement each other, and the growth they bring about in each other as well. Sometimes I wanted to shake some sense into Luella because it felt like she was just being too stubborn. The payoff was so great though, so I can’t really complain. I also loved the mystery surrounding the Human Queens and their magic.

If you are looking for a great fantasy romance, please check this book out. It definitely checks off all the boxes and I love that it is a stand-alone. Also, if you are looking for a little more Eldas and Luella action, there is a bonus scene that is a nice little epilogue.

RATING: 5/5

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WWW Wednesday – March 3rd, 2021

Happy March! I took a bit of break from posting in February. Long story short, my anxiety and depression were kicking my butt and I kept getting really frustrated by my book choices. I’m back now though, ready to talk about the books I’ve been reading.

It is Wednesday, which means its WWW Wednesday! I’m answering the three questions below. Let me know you answers in the comments or share to your own blog! You can always follow along on my Instagram for more book talk.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading the talk of the book world, A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas. I had some fun pre-order drama with Barnes & Noble, that delayed me in reading this book by a week, but I’m now about half way through and enjoying it. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Nesta, so this book has been interesting. One big thing it is doing, is making me want to reread the ACOTAR series. I really miss Feyre and Rhysand. Obviously they are still players in the story, but I just want to hear everything about them. I feel like I’m going to need to schedule a reread in to help fill the hole.

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished reading A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova. I absolutely loved this book. It was everything I needed from a fantasy romance. I’ll be posting a full review to the blog soon, but if you love fantasy romance this book checks off all the boxes. I loved that it was a stand-alone, and the slow burn romance between Eldas and Luella is perfect. I definitely recommend!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have been really bad about picking my next book to read for the last couple of weeks. That being said, my hold on The Hating Game by Sally Thorne just became available at my library. I think this will be my next read and should be perfect after finishing A Court of Silver Flames.

Review: Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.”

REVIEW:

I keep bouncing between 3 and 4 stars for this book. Overall, I enjoyed it. I think the mythology and concept of this book are amazing. I loved learning about the Bone Criers and their beliefs and practices. What makes me hesitate between 3 and 4 stars is that I never really got sucked into this book. I’m not even quite sure what held me back, because it is such an original idea.

The novel is told from 3 perspectives; Sabine, Bastien, and Ailesse. I enjoyed the alternating POVs and it made the pacing better. Sabine’s chapters could get frustrating because I felt like she was running around in circles for most of the book. I also wish that time didn’t jump so fast. Bone Criers are tied to the moon. So important things happen on new and full moons, but all of the action happens on those nights and not much in between, even though weeks pass. I felt like it would have flushed out the romance a bit more between Bastien and Ailesse. I also think it would also have made Sabine’s chapters feel less chaotic.

Bone Crier’s Moon gets points for strong female friendship that doesn’t disappear the minute the love interest is introduced. There was a twist towards the end of this book that surprised me and sets up such an interesting dynamic in the next book. 

Overall, I think you should check this out if you are looking for something a little different. The mythology and world building are excellent and where this book leaves off makes me excited for the sequel.

RATING: 3.5/5

Have you read Bone Crier’s Moon? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

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