June Wrap-Up, Haul + July TBR!

Hey Book Nerds! June is finally over, and that means I get to write another one of these fun, but long posts! June was a pretty great reading month for me! Although I had school exams, I still made time to read quite a few amazing books! In total, I read six novels and one short story! Not too shabby for a month filled with exams and final assignments, right? Anyways, in today’s post I am going to show you all of the books I both read and hauled in June. Also, I’m going to show you all some of the books I plan to read this coming month! So, let’s get straight into it!

(All of the reviews I have written for the wrap-up are linked in the titles. For the hauled books and TBR, all of the links will take you to the Goodreads page.)

JUNE WRAP-UP:

  • Hym and Hur by Phillip Frey (Short Story)
  • Letters to Strabo by David Smith
  • If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson
  • Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  • Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

I actually ended up loving so many of the books that I read last month, and a lot of them ended up being 5-star worthy. As you can tell, I was in quite the contemporary mood last month. I find that it is slightly easier to read contemporaries during the final month of school. Unlike a fantasy novel, contemporaries don’t have as complicated storylines and they are some can be very realistic.

I started the month off with two review novels, Hym and Hur and Letters to Strabo. Sadly, I wasn’t a fan of Hym and Hur. I found it very confusing and non-descriptive. The author also dove straight into the story without giving us much of any character description. On the other hand, I actually ended up enjoying Letters to Strabo! It was a very informative, educational read and I found myself continuously flipping the pages. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find myself enjoying the first 100 pages, but the last 100 pages and ending were amazing!

And then I went into a contemporary fling. It doesn’t happen too often but it was a great time to get some of them off my TBR! I started out with If I Fix You, which I actually ended up picking up a few weeks prior, but I wasn’t in the mood for it. But, I loved it! It is a quite unknown contemporary but, if you like boy-next-door stories, you might enjoy this one! Next, I picked up my first ever Sarah Dessen novel! I always see her novels at used book sales and decided to finally pick up Just Listen. AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! The whole concept of the novel was beautiful and there wasn’t one minute of this novel that I didn’t enjoy! Finally, I toughened up and fought through Me Before You. It was such a beautiful novel, and I couldn’t help but cry by the end!

And then, I tackled both Lord of Shadows and A Court of Mist and Fury! lord of Shadows was one of my most anticipated books of the year, and it definitely didn’t disappoint! It was a wild ride of cliffhangers and plot twists. I still don’t know how Cassandra Clare wants me to wait until 2018 for the next book! I won’t survive! The final book I was able to read this month was ACOMAF! It took me a long time to read this book, but it was definitely worth it. I absolutely loved all of the characters and the whole Night Court vibe! And I was able to finish the 700 page book in 3 days! That’s insane!

JUNE HAUL:

  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Well, I am all about saving money on books! For the most part, I buy books at list price since I am unable to buy books online. And I’m in Canada so books are pretty pricey. But, when I saw an unbelievable sale on this book, I couldn’t pass it up. Like, $7.00 for a paperback is amazing here so I definitely had to get it! Although they didn’t have it in-store for the same price, my mom graciously bought it online for me! Thank mom, your the best!

JULY TBR:

  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (my current read)
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black

I’ve got a mix of everything going on in July! My whole summer goal is to beat my TBR, so this is approximately a third of my physical TBR. I am currently rereading The Raven Boys to reintroduce my mind to Henrietta so that I can continue the series. The only other non-contemporary book on this list is The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, which I put down earlier this year. But, I’m always up to giving books another try!

The rest of my TBR is filled with contemporaries. Summer is the season for fun contemporaries so I decided to try to pick up a lot this summer! The Unexpected Everything is actually our BOTM for mine and Emily @ Who Gave the Write’s book club! I’m going to have a whole introduction to the club going up tomorrow, so stay tuned for that! Both Everything, Everything and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist seem like such fun contemporaries that I will be able to just breeze through! Finally, I also plan to pcik up The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Although this isn’t a super popular novel, it is always at thrift sales and I have heard quite a few people on Instagram love it. So, I’m going to give it a try!

THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow to stay up to date with all of my new posts!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

 

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REVIEW: A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)INFORMATION:

Title/Author: A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court Of Thorns And Roses #2

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Release Date: May 3, 2016

Genre: YA/NA, Fantasy, Romance

ISBN: 9781619634466

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 torn apart.

MY THOUGHTS:

When people say that this is better than the first book, they weren’t lying. Although I really enjoyed ACOTAR, I loved ACOMAF. It was everything I wanted it to be, and more!

After reading this book, it felt as if the first book was a prologue for this book. It told the story of Feyre, her “Beauty and the Beast” tale and her terrifying transformation. And then we jumped to the Night Court for the majority of this story. Although the scenes from the first book were frequently mentioned throughout, it was as if we had a new beginning. And boy, oh boy did I love it.

I came to hate Tamlin’s guts in this novel. Actually, no. I was furious with his actions. Although he (at times) showed how much he loved Feyre, he didn’t prove it to her. He was overprotective to an extreme level and gave her no freedom to roam the lovely gardens and forests of the spring court. He took away all of her needs and left her as a frail, traumatized Fae. But the moment he locked Feyre inside his mansion, he became an arrogant fool of a High Lord.

Lucien, on the other hand, I was able to bear the presence of. He was truly a light and kind-hearted fae who was being ruled by Tamlin. You could tell from every scene that he was featured in that all he wanted to do was roam free. Although he couldn’t allow Feyre to run of into the forests, he wanted to. And then in the end, his quick love for Elain was super sweet! He needed something in his life to soften the fury within him.

Now, Feyre Darling! I absolutely loved her character throughout the story.In the beginning, she was a frail, newly-born Fae who was traumatized from all of the events Under The Mountain. And her fiance, Tamlin, was no help to her healing progress. All she wanted was a breath of fresh air, to visit cities within the court that she had never seen. But, you know, Mr. Bossypants had a little hissy fit over letting his prized possession out of sight for five minutes. And then the “partial” wedding happened, and I truly fell in love with this story!

The introduction of the Night Court was beautiful, but it wasn’t what I expected. When I think of night, I think of an infinite span of darkness, filled with speckles of shine and light. It’s also usually pretty chilly at night. Not, daylight and season-change. I love how the Night Court wasn’t all “night.” With how the sun works, it could never have been just night. But it was pretty nice to have Velaris shine bright in both sunshine and moonlight!

I swear, if there was anyone that I came to love in this book, it was definitely Rhysand! Ahhh, he was just the sweetest Fae ever! In the previous book, I actually found him to be quite the pervert. He always “snarled” and tried to spend so much time with Feyre before she even knew him. But, once his reasoning came out, I couldn’t help but love him. He had been through so much. After being under Amarantha’s thumb for fifty years, being free and with his friends was a miracle from him. But with Feyre there, it was as if Rhys didn’t have to hide. He had a mate to love, share his secrets with and endlessly kiss.

The mating bond was something incredibly new to me. Although I have read about certain bonds in other books, I have never read about a mating one. But I’ve got to say, I loved it! Feyre and Rhysand’s bond was strengthened the moment their were revealed as mates. They were more connected and free to loving each other.And their embracements were intense. It was also awesome because their protection for each other was enforced more. Feyre had her magical powers from the seven courts, while Rhysand had his Illyrian wings and his Inner Circle.

How could I forget about the Inner Circle to this point? They were some of my favorit characters! The first one introduced to us was Mor! She was that stunning, golden-haired fighter that you did not want to make mad. Then it was both Azriel and Cassian. The shadowsinger was such a superior addition to the group! Although he was a lot like the other, he also had a silent side to him that made him the perfect spy. Cassian, on the other hand enjoyed being as rambunctious as possible! Last but not least, we had Amren. Amren was a bit of her own mystery throughout the novel, but she was still capable of being as badass as everyone else. From what I think I know, Amren is something else stuck in a human body. Everyone in the Inner Circle were kind-hearted, and understanding! SO much, that I couldn’t help but love them!

One of my favorite scenes of this story was Starfall! Who didn’t love Starfall? It was such a majestic night in the Night Court! It was one of the first times that Feyre actually had the opportunity to have as much fun as she wanted. I loved how the whole crew spent the night getting drunk, and dancing until they couldn’t feel their toes. This party was definitely better than the Nymsar that was happening in other courts.

If anyone thought I was going to forget to mention the famous chapter 55, you are wrong. I didn’t actually know what to expect from this chapter. I always thought, maybe a war? But holy dynamite, it was SEX! Not what I expected. But, I feel like if this is what a mating bond is like, the moment that Rhys and Feyre are reunited in ACOWAR, it’s going to happen again. I was so sure that we were going to get a Rhysand offspring from this chapter.

The ending of this book scared me to death! I hated that they even went to Hybern to begin with, it was a death trap. The moment Jurian walked down those stairs, alive, I was so done. Lat we saw of him, his decapitated head was watching Amarantha’s every move, and now he’s alive. But, he wasn’t a pleasant person anymore. He teamed up with the King of Hybern and watched as both Azriel and Cassian’s health deteriorated from ash arrows threaded with bloodbane. I hated watching both of them at such a weak point, since they are both such strong and powerful warriors! But the moment Feyre’s sisters, Elain and Nesta were brought into the mess, my focus went straight towards them. It went there because I never expected the King to change them into Fae. I also never expected Elain to get a mate the moment she was changed. Although Feyre technically had a mate as a mortal, I didn’t think Lucien and Elain would instantly be mated the moment she steppe out of the “fae-changing” barrel. I also wish that Cassian was well enough to see Nesta change. Although he has never admitted his love for her, it’s obvious.

Overall, I couldn’t help but give this book 5/5 stars. It was amazing and so much better than the first book. Although I probably won’t be able to read ACOWAR for a few months, I am so excited to get to it. I cannot wait to see how Feyre and Rhysand’s romance strengthens, how the Archeron sisters feel as Fae, and how bad this “war” is going to be!

THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you enjoyed my review! If you loved this book, be sure to comment some of your thoughts below! Don’t forget to like and follow to stay up to date with my newest posts!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina