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Reflecting on A Court of Wings and Ruin

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Unanswered Questions

 

 

I first discovered Sarah J. Maas back in 2015 and just fell in love with the way she was telling stories. This trilogy has been a roller coaster, and I was so happy to hear that it wasn’t going to end with this book. I don’t think any of us are ready to let go of these characters. There are a lot of things that I’m still interested in learning.

 

 

**The following contains spoilers**

There are loose ends that I’d like to see tied up!

  • What’s going to happen between Nesta and Cassian?

    • How is Nesta going to deal with the death of her father?
    • How is Cassian going to deal with the guilt of Nesta saving his life during the final battle that killed so many others?
  • I want to know more about Elain, Azriel, and Lucien.

  • What happens when Lucien talked to Tamlin?

  • Will Lucien find out his real heritage?

  • What’s going to happen with Tamlin? Where is his story going?

    • While there is a lot of hate towards Tamlin’s character, I think his story arc is not finished. He loved Feyre, and, yes, that relationship became super toxic, but, at the end of the book, he loved her enough to let her go. Will he be able to move on, heal, and become the High Lord that the Spring Court needs him to be?
  • When will Mor come out? Will she finally find someone that makes her happy?

  • What about Eris?

    • This character is up in the air for me. To me, he is an extremely complex character, and I don’t think we know his entire story yet.
    • His relationship with Mor:
      • In the book (274-276), it is hinted that when Eris broke off the engagement with Mor, it cost him something. What is his side in that ordeal?
    • His relationship with Lucien:
      • He protected Lucien by telling Tamlin and refusing to participate in hurting Lucien and his lover.
      • Does he know that Lucien is actually Helion’s child?
    • Will he actually overthrow his father? And will he be a better High Lord?
    •  Is he horrible, or is he pretending to be horrible?
  • Vassa is the badass firebird that saved the day and turned the tide of the war. Who is her keeper? Can they free her? Will she be able to save her people from the other queens? What about the other mortal Queens? What happened to them? What will happen going forward?

  • Whose point of view will it be told from? Will it switch around? Will there be new characters?

For me Feyre’s story has been told. While I’d be happy to hear more, I’m eager to get my questions answered. (Plus, I don’t want Sarah to kill Feyre’s happy ending, so I’d rather she just leave Feyre and Rhys alone and happy.)

I’m interested to hear any theories about any of my questions! Or if you have unanswered questions from A Court of Thorns and Roses, I’d love to hear them!

Until next time!

-GW

Book Review: Grave Mercy

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Holiday Greetings!

I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays! If anyone is looking for a good book to settle down with over the holidays, I have a recommendation for you!

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Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

This book popped up as a suggestion and after reading the summary, I was more than curious about this book.

The story follows Ismae after she escapes an arranged marriage and arrives at a convent for young women who have been gifted by the God of death. Ismae embraces her new life as Death’s handmaiden, studying to become an assassin and wanting nothing more to do with the world of men. Eager to prove herself, she takes on her first assignment. Unknowingly to her, she has walked into the middle of war being played out, her actions helping to sway the balance. Shoved into the highest court of Brittany on a new assignment, Ismae is forced to re-evaluate who she is and what she believes.

Protagonist

Ismae is an incredibly strong character who has suffered greatly. She is an extremely relatable character who was thoroughly developed throughout the course of the novel. She faces conflict not only from outside sources but from within herself. Ismae, a young girl who was treated horribly by her father and then passed on to a husband who sought only to beat her into submission, found a home with women who were also gifted by the god of Death. Untrusting of the world outside her convent, especially the intention of men, Ismae wants nothing more than to prove herself useful to the women who saved her. When the convent’s intentions become muddled, Ismae must trust herself and her heart to do what is right.

Love Interest

It wouldn’t be YA if there wasn’t a love interest. Ismae begins to fall for someone she is supposed to be spying on; someone she may have to kill. A relationship starting with mutual distrust, it clearly starts to blossom into something more.

Antagonist

Without giving too much away, the author does a great job of not making it clear who the enemy is at any given point in time. The revelation of the antagonist is done extremely well. There are many enemies in the highest court of Brittany. Some snakes are poisonous while others are turning out to be harmless. A new threat emerges behind every corner, some striking closer to Ismae’s heart than she might care.

Final Thoughts

This books had me flipping through the pages just about as fast as I could read them. The world that LaFevers created is believable and lovable. The characters, good and bad, seep into your imagination and heart.

Whether you are looking for a good book to cuddle up with by the fire or something to enjoy out in this nice weather, this is a great choice. I can’t wait to get the second book in the series!!

Until next time!

-GW

Books I Can’t Wait to Get My Hands On

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As a avid reader, I am always looking for the newest books to consume and devour. These are some books coming out in the next six months that I am looking forward to!

  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
    • This is the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series. The series centers around Celaena Sardothien, an infamous assassin with a secret that could change the world in which she lives. It is a heart-gripping series that deals with love, loss, friendship, politics, and the bonds of family. It is an absolutely thrilling series that you won’t be able to put down from beginning to end.
      • September 6, 2016

  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
    • From the author of Anna Dressed in Blood comes this magical tale of three sisters, each heir to the throne, and each with unique magical abilities. Only one sister will be crowned queen.
      • September 20, 2016

  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
    • Long before the Queen of Hearts became the terror of Wonderland, she was just a young girl who wanted to follow her dreams. However, her mother had other plans for her. Having to choose between her parents’ wishes for her and what her heart wants, Catherine is tested in ways she never imagined. This is a riveting prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. 
      • November 8, 2016

  • Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
    • Princess Dennaleia’s future has been planned out for her since she was a child. She is betrothed to the prince of Mynaria in order to bring peace between kingdoms and protect her people from hostile kingdoms. Denna has magic, an Affinity for fire, which is a dangerous gift for the future queen of Mynaria, where magic is forbidden. Learning her place in this new kingdom and trying to keep her magic in check would be a lot easier if she didn’t have to face the Princess Amaranthine, sister of her betrothed. Within their tense relationship, they must work together after a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom in turmoil.
      • November 22, 2016

  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
    • From the author of Divergent comes her latest tale, Carve the Mark. In a universe where people develop unique gifts that help them shape the future, the story centers around Cyra and Akos. Cyra is the sister of a brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Her brother uses her gifts to torture his enemies, but she is smarter than even he knows. Akos is from a peace-loving country, where his loyalty to his family is limitless. When Akos and his brother are captured, he is thrown into Cyra’s world, and the two must decide to help each other or to destroy each other.
      • January 12, 2017

These are just a couple of boos that I am really excited about for this coming year! Let me know about books you can’t wait to get your hands on!

-GW

Books of 2016

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so I wanted to make sure that this post was a good one. One of the best things about coming into a new year is that the books we’ve been waiting ages for are finally released. There are so many great books to choose from, so I did my best to keep it short!

Books I’m looking forward to in 2016:

  • Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
    • I read two of her other books and absolutely loved her retelling of stories that we’ve already heard. This new book is based the story of Romeo and Juliet, but with a twist that will create a new and exciting plot line.
    • Date: September 27, 2016
    • Read more: http://www.rosamundhodge.net/bright-smoke-cold-fire
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
    • This is the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses. One of the most exciting books that I read in 2015, I was devastated when I learned that I had to wait a year before I could find out what happened next. The world that Sarah Maas created is beautiful and dangerous. Warning: these books will consume your life as soon as you open the cover. I am anxiously awaiting the sequel.
    • Date: May 3, 2016
    • Read more: http://sarahjmaas.com
  • As Death Draws Near by Anna Lee Huber
    • I recently found this series of books and I absolutely fell in love with Lady Darby. The series of books are called the Lady Darby Mysteries and the book coming out is the fifth book. They are set in 183o’s, making them lovely historical mysteries. The first book is set eighteen months after losing her husband. She is coming to grips with the abuse that she suffered from his hand and trying to figure out her place in the world now. Lady Darby is fiercely loyal to her family, not afraid to be different in a society that rejects the abnormal, extremely intelligent, and not afraid to speak her mind. This series has everything: a strong woman coming into her own, a love interest, and murder.
    • Date: July 5, 2016
    • Read more: http://www.annaleehuber.com/books.php

Until next time!

-GW

10 (Very Valid) Reasons Books Are Evil

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In honor of Halloween, I’ve put together a blog post about the most evil things I can imagine…books.

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  1. Books steal your sleep.
    • I start reading a book. The sun is out and shinning (but I am cuddled in bed, admiring the sunshine from inside the comfort of my own home). I keep reading as the sun dips lower and lower into the sky. The next thing I know it’s 12:30 at night. I consider, briefly, that I have a to get up early in the morning. I decide on one more chapter. Then another. By 1:30, I’m close enough to the end that I couldn’t possibly stop. Next thing I know, it’s 2:00 AM. Then of course, I spend at least 30 minutes going over the book in my head.
  2. Books make you forget to eat.
    • For reasons similar to those listed in #1. Time passes so quickly when you’re stuck in another world.
  3. Books make you cry your eyes out over fictional character’s deaths.
    • Self explanatory. Examples: Fred Weasley, Dobby, Primrose Everdeen, Augustus Waters, Rue, Professor Snape… (just to name a few).
  4. Books make you fall in love with fictional characters.
    • EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER EVER. Even the ones you hate, you love to hate them.
  5. Books are keeping you in a perpetual state of longing.
    • You long for the next book to finally arrive. Once you finally get all the books in the series, you long for the series to not be over. It is a never ending state of wanting something that you have to wait for or that will never come.
  6. Books tear your heart out and stomp all over it.
    • I refer to reasons 3, 4, & 5.
  7. Books rob your bank account.
    • I personally like physical books when I can get my hands on them. And those suckers are expensive! Especially when you are on a budget. And you go into the bookstore for one book. ONE BOOK. And you leave with five. Because…
  8. Books are sirens that call out to you from the bookshelves. Singing to you as you buy them and keeping you hooked as you read through every single letter on the pages until its done. And then it leaves you shipwrecked in an emotional crisis.
  9. Books hurt your back.
    • The best reading position is the most painful long term. Elbows propping up torso, book lying on bed in front of me. Back arched. Comfortable for a while. Ultimately painful. But it’s my favorite position to read in.
  10. Books always end.
    • This perpetuates the cycle of evilness–it ends, I long, I miss the characters, I go desperately to the bookstore to find a new love, I walk out broke with ten books, then I read them in uncomfortable positions, lose sleep, forget to eat, they tear my heart out, they end, and then I start over again. The cycle is vicious.

Here are my reasons for why books are evil. It is for these same reasons that I continue to read books. They are evil, but I love them.

Hope you enjoyed this article!

Please let me know if you have your own reasons for why books are evil. Or if you’d like to share a particular book that is especially evil!

-GW