May held some of this years most anticipated releases for me. And boy, did they live up to it. I’ll go through a quick review of all four books and give a brief summary, ALL spoiler free! This is going to be a long post, but hang in there and settle down, because we have 4 amazing book reviews.
Book Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
My Rating: 4 Stars
Goodread’s Rating: 4.02 Stars
Amazon Rating: 4 Stars
If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.
Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.
The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.
But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.
Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.
“We seem weak because we want to.”
This book was amazingly good to the squeal Red Queen (Click to read my review of the first book in the series). However… It simply didn’t grab me like the first one did. Red Queen had me unable to put the book down, and I actually found myself liking the book more as time went on. Which is very rare. HIGHLY recommend reading the first. I also recommend reading the second book, but sadly it falls into the category of good but not great sequels.
That said, I still can’t wait for the 3rd book to come out!! This book despite some of the slow plots was still entertaining and I’m exited to see how it all plays out in the end. One thing I’m rather glad about is the romance aspect of this series. It confuses me to noooo end sometimes, but it’s not a main focus in this book. Though towards the end… not sure how I feel about it.
One thing that was also very different is Mare‘s conflict with herself. This is a compelling aspect to the book- seeing the main character really lose all sense of self and trying to find her way back.
“If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.”
While it also made the book interesting, it also made it slow. A lot more writing than dialogue in this book. Mare really struggles with the aspect of feeling alone and being someone she doesn’t wish to be- a monster- throughout this book. Having to do things that others do not wish to do, and feeling the affects of having to complete them alone.
“No one is born evil, just like no one is born alone. They become that way, through choice and circumstance.”
And Maven… GRRRR. CAN HE DIE ALREADY??!! Though his character is complex and very tricky. Expecially the ties and impact he has with the main characters in the book.
“Strange, my enemies know me best, and my family doesn’t know me at all.”
So glad we got to see more of Kal, though his character was quite an interesting development, but very predictable. Then there is always Cal… *swoon.*
So all in all,
82% on my scale
Book Title: The Hidden Oracle
Author: Rick Riordan
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Goodread’s Rating: 4.45 stars
Amazon Rating: 4.5 stars
How do you punish an immortal?
By making him human.
After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.
But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.
Ok, so on Goodreads I rated this book a 5 out of 5 star book. It’s probably actually a 4.5 star book.When I first picked up this book, I was a little nervous. Another Rick Riordan book? Set in the same world as Percy Jackson and 3 other series?…. yeah. I was, to say the least, a little skeptical. Expecially after my disappointment with the Magnus Chase series. But OH MY GOD. RICK RIORDAN YOU’VE WON MY HEART AGAIN ❤
This book takes on the point of view from the Greek God Apollo. Apollo is self centered, arrogant, hilarious asshole. One that you just can’t help but fall completely in love with. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed and felt more in love with a character as much as I did with this book. Apollo, whose been banned to earth as a human, (a very ugly appearance with more than appalling acne problems according to Apollo) goes on his first task to regaining his place in Olympus. He stays in Camp Half Blood for this book, and we get to see old and dear characters.
So here is a list of what I liked.
- Apollo – He was SO different from any other character Rick has written. Honestly, to me all his characters were starting to blend together and I swear I was seeing 4 Percy Jacksons. But Apollo is, and was, one of my favorite characters of all times. Reading from his point of view was beyond hilarious and fun. I also like how openly bi sexual he was!
- Meg – She was also very different than the normal Rick formula. She wears odd cloths, has a big attitude, and doesn’t take crap from anyone.
I also really loved Meg’s and Apollo’s relationship!!
Will put his hand on Nico’s shoulder. “Nico, we need to have another talk about your people skills.”
“Hey, I’m just stating the obvious. If this is Apollo, and he dies, we’re all in trouble.”
Will turned to me. “I apologize for my boyfriend.”
Nico rolled his eyes. “Could you not―”
“Would you prefer special guy?” Will asked. “Or significant other?”
“Significant annoyance, in your case,” Nico grumbled.
I’m sorry did you just say BOYFRIEND???!!
- So yes the Nico/ Will relationship. OH MY GOD. THANK YOU RICK. This couple is more perfect than anything I could’ve imagined and damn they are just adorable.
- Percy… but not so much – I like how Percy was in the book, but he wasn’t by any means a big character. He gets a break. I mean haven’t we put him through enough?! He shows up at the end, but once again the focus is on Apollo, not Percy.
Humor – I seriously haven’t laughed and just enjoyed reading one book so much. (I’ve probably said this too many times during this review.) But, hey! It’s true.
Then the glow become brighter: a holographic golden sickle with a few sheaves of wheat, rotating just above Meg McCaffrey.
A boy in the crowd gasped. “She’s a communist!”
A girl who’d been sitting at Cabin Four’s table gave him a disgusted sneer. “No, Damien, that’s my mom’s symbol.”
I loved this book, and it was so refreshing to read.
There was also a few things I didn’t like but can’t express in the review due to the fact they contain spoilers. *Hint it takes place at the end.
But final say-
92% on my scale
Book Title: The Rose and the Dagger
Author: Renee Ahdieh
My Rating: 4 Stars
Goodread’s Rating: 4.3 Stars
Amazon Rating: 4.5 Stars
The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.
In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.
Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.
The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.
Before I get into the review, it was a worthy sequel and conclusion to the Wrath and the Dawn. Which I enjoyed a lot. However… I found the same problem that I did with the Glass Sword, it just didn’t live up to the first. I LOVED it. Just a few minor things for me that made the book not quite a 5 star book, but really close. Renee is an amazing writer, and her books I swear are black magic. The anticipation, betrayal, dark twists and turns leave you on the edge of your seat and wanting more.
I did love the new aspects of this book- magic, seeing more of background characters in the first book. It wasn’t all about Khalid, which I actually liked a lot. Don’t worry though Shahrzad/Khalid shippers, there is a lot of romance in here that will leave you swooning. But what I liked is how it was more developed and mature.
There was also a new character Irsa, Shazi’s sister, that I surprisingly really liked. Her story was something else that just captivated me, and broke me at the same time.
It ended very strong and I think overall this series is something I place high on my favorite series shelf.
No. He was not here to wreak revenge.
For revenge was trifling and hollow.
No. He was not here to retrieve his wife.
For his wife was not a thing to be retrieved.
No. He was not here to negotiate a truce.
For a truce suggested he wished to compromise.
He was here to burn something to the ground
87% on my scale
Book Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Mass
My Rating: 5 Stars
Goodread’s Rating: 4.7
Amazon Rating: 5 Stars
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.
“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”
If you thought you liked A Court of Thorns and Roses, you will be blown away by A Court of Mist and Fury. If you Haven’t read either of these books yet… what … what are you doing.
I knew I’d love this book, but seriously this book is perfect. I didn’t have one damn complaint about any of the book. It was everything I wanted and more. I think this is officially my favorite book of all time, and more importantly the best sequel to a book I’ve ever read.
Why I liked this book: *Contains Mild Spoilers*
The Romance –
The romance was different from a Court of Thorns and Roses. In book 1, the romance was fast and all consuming between Tamlin and Feyre. The romance to me felt weird and forced. I didn’t like it AT ALL.
But don’t worry. A much better candidate which was introduced and developed upon-Rhysand. That relationship had me from book one, and just completely blew my mind in book 2. While there was some oh-so-steamy romance in this book. It was however, not the focus of the book… like at all. It was a subtle, seductive, and had me head over heels screaming in love while only being simply a sub plot. It was hot and sexy, and just…
“And I wondered if love was too weak a word for what he felt, what he’d done for me. For what I felt for him.”
“I heard every word between you. I knew you could take care of yourself, and yet … ” He went back to his pie, swallowing a bite before continuing. “And yet I found myself deciding that if you took his hand, I would find a way to live with it. It would be your choice.”
I sipped from my wine. “And if he had grabbed me?”
There was nothing but uncompromising will in his eyes. “Then I would have torn apart the world to get you back.”
Feyre’s Growth Throughout This Story–
I didn’t realize the growth that Feyre needed, or that she was even in desperate need of change. But the journey from the first page of the book, to the last page of the book with Feyre was amazingly well written. After the events from A Court of Thorns and Rose, how could Feyre not be different? I was very impressed on how much time Maas spent on her characters and making sure they had such a beautiful arch. Feyres’ aspirations and views on everything changed, and Tamlin was not with the program.
Which leads me to my next point.
I Hate Tamlin–
I didn’t really like Tamlin in book one. Thank GOD I didn’t, because his true character was completely reveled in book 2. Now this isn’t like the whole incident with Chaol in the Throne of Glass series. It showed the mask that Tamlin played in book one to win Feyre over, only to revel that is actually he is an utter ASSHOLE to Feyre. Overprotective to the point of prisonment is beyond me.
Thank god we washed our hands of him… or did we?
“And I realized—I realized how badly I’d been treated before, if my standards had become so low. If the freedom I’d been granted felt like a privilege and not an inherent right.”
I Love Rhysand–
“He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”
I thought Rhys was dark and mysterious in book 1. Naturally I was drawn to him. Then during book 2 we saw a completely different side(s) of him. He was sweet, caring, loyal, a lovable smarts, flirtatious.. oh god the list can go on and on.
It also wasn’t the weird whip around change that happened in the Queen of Shadows. It was simply a women who grew and changed. Happening to find someone who completed her.
I absolutely adored all the new characters. They brought a vibe that I really liked, and I appreciated how it focused on building those relationships as well. Instead of just focusing on the romance.
Having steamy scenes are nice… but in book 1 I swear they were every other page. It was also a little bizarre. In this book it was matured and placed better. Also well written.
The Book Overall and The Ending–
The book overall really displayed how well Sarah J. Maas’s writing has really grown. A Court of Mist and Fury was just one amazingly well written thing after another. I’m in awe. Also her ending was a huge cliffhanger. Which makes the need for the next book madding.
99.9% on my scale
That’s the end to my May Wrap up and Reviews. I read a couple other books but I already wrote reviews for them- Book Reviews
I’ll be writing a new post on my June TBR.