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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

I am a huge fan of Sarah J. Maas’s books.  I’m really obsessed.  Like, I want to be Sarah J. Maas.  I adore her Throne of Glass series, and I have been dying to start her Court of Thorns and Roses series.  I was at the bookstore the other day to get the first book, but Barnes and Noble didn’t have the first book.  So, weak as I am, I bought A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOMAF), the second book  instead.  This, of course, drove my brother crazy because he doesn’t understand how I can read books out of order.  But, I know all of the spoilers from Pinterest, so I was fine.

(Spoiler alert!  If you haven’t read and you don’t like spoilers, stop now!)

I seriously loved this book.  It’s set in a place called Prythian where there are 7 Fae courts ruled by High Lords.  There are 3 celestial courts (Night, Day, and Dawn) and 4 seasonal courts (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall).  It’s about a girl, Feyre (Fay-ruh), who was betrothed to the High Lord of the Spring, Tamlin.  However, Tamlin is overbearing and overprotective.  A panic attack at a wedding and being locked in Tamlin’s house make Rhys, the High Lord of the Night Court, come and use the bargain between himself and Feyre to get her out of the Spring Court.  This leads Feyre to the Night Court where she makes friends and starts to heal from things that happened in the first book.

Feyre and Rhys have a budding friendship/relationship that blossoms over the course of the book that I am obsessed with.  I love the romantic relationships that Maas writes; they just warm my heart.  The love and devotion Rhys has for Feyre makes me happy, and I love it. 😀

All in all, 10/10, will read again.  (And will read the first book, too!)

 

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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl is a charming book about Artemis Fowl II, 12 year old leader of a familial criminal empire that he inherited when his father disappeared.  He believes that he has found evidence that fairies exist, finds a fairy, and procures the fairy holy book from her.  Artemis decodes the book and comes up with a plot to capture a fairy for a ransom of gold.  Meanwhile, Captain Holly Short of the Lower Elements Police Recon force (LEPRecon, get it?) has been tracking a troll below ground in the fairy city, Lower Elements.  When the troll has been subdued, she goes above ground to perform a ritual to replenish her magic.  Before she can complete the ritual, she is taken by Artemis and his butler/bodyguard, Butler (literally, his name is Butler).

Will the LEP pay the ransom?  Does everyone survive this rather tense interaction?

I really like this series.  The characters are all quirky and funny.  Eoin Colfer is a fantastic author that I really enjoy.

9/10, simply because it’s been a long time since I read it.  If I read it again, I’ll update my review.

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Posted by on September 1, 2016 in Artemis Fowl, Books, Library Updates, Series

 

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Charming by Elliott James (Pax Arcana #1)

The Pax Arcana series is simply a jewel.  If you enjoyed Percy Jackson as a kid (or now) you will most likely enjoy this series.

Charming is an urban fantasy novel about John Charming.  He isn’t a prince, nor is he descended from any, but he is related to a line of bad ass monster fighters.  He was a Knight.  Knights are magically obligated by a geas to protect magic people and the Pax Arcana, which is a magic spell keeping regular humans from finding out about magical people.  John is not longer a part of the Knights, but he joins a cobbled together group of monster hunters, headed by Sig, a mysterious woman of unknown mystical origin.

The book is first person narrated by John himself, and he is full of snark and sarcasm.  The book is a fast read, but thoroughly enjoyable.  A small warning for those who are too young/don’t like certain topics/ language in your books.  There are mentions of sex and some language in the series.  I didn’t mind it, but many of you might (or your parents might).  Sex is talked about more openly and in a way that I’m not used to, but again, I didn’t mind.

All in all, 10/10, would read again.

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Redwall by Brian Jacques

This was one of my first favorite books, to be honest.  There used to be a TV show/movie that played on PBS Saturday mornings, and I loved it.  Then, years later, my best friend told me I had to read these books.  She explained some of the story, and it sounded super familiar.  Eventually, I realized where I knew it from.  It is also one of the few books I physically abused.  I slept with this book.  I abused it so much that pages were falling out.  So, I have two copies; one loved copy, and one new copy.

I don’t usually like ‘animal’ books, but Redwall is more than an exception.  It is about a young orphaned mouse, Matthias, who is raised by the monks in an abbey called Redwall.  It is a safe haven for all of the forest creatures.   But, an evil rat, Cluny the Scourge, is coming to destroy the abbey.  Matthias, along with Brother Methuselah, start to look for the sword of Martin the Warrior, a warrior mouse who helped found the abbey.  This takes him away from the abbey while Cluny moves to attack Redwall.  The creatures of Redwall fight Cluny and his minions.  Do they win?  Read it to find out!

10/10, would read again!  (and beat up another copy)

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The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

If you like wacky literary books with lots of references, this  book is for you!

The Eyre Affair is set in an alternate universe 1980s England where the Crimean War went on for 100+ years.  Our hero, Thursday Next, fought in the Crimea, has come home, and is now a member of the LiteraTecs SpecOps.  The LiteraTecs deal with all kinds of literary fraud and crime, including a fraudulent Hamlet sequel.  However, a new bad guy, Hades Acheron, is trying to get inside Jane Eyre and change the story.  Can our hero save Jane Eyre?

Side note, one thing I super love about these books is that Shakespeare is pretty much a religion in this alternate universe.  Different people believe certain authors actually authored Shakespeare’s works, and some go door to door trying to convince people they are right.  There’s plenty of other stuuf for the Shakespeare enthusiasts among us.  So, check it out!!!

10/9, cause I love it, but it’s been awhile since I read it.  I may update the rating some other time.

 

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K.Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

My Harry Potter reviews will come later, but I figured I would review Cursed Child while it was still mildly pertinent.  (Warning, SPOILERS ABOUND)

I wanted to like Cursed Child.  I really did.  Being aware and reminding myself that it is a play and is meant for a different medium didn’t help.  I really, really tried to like it.  But, there were too many things, story wise, that didn’t sit right with me.

Let’s start with Albus Severus Potter.  First, let’s all acknowledge that his name should be Remus Rubeus or Arthur Rubeus.  Second, I have no problem with Albus being a Slytherin.  However, I do have a problem that we never really see why Albus is a Slytherin.  Hermione, Ron, and Harry prove time and time again that they are Gryffindors.  Luna is creative and strange, proving herself a Ravenclaw.  Cedric is kind, just, and a good finder proving himself a Hufflepuff.  People’s sorting makes sense, if not at first, then later on in the book and series (i.e., Neville Longbottom).  We don’t get that with Al, or Scorpius either.  Cunning and ambition are what Slytherin valued.  We know that pure-blooded status no longer matters, so far as sorting goes, and Slytherin is not the house of evil and meanness.  But, we never see Albus or Scorpius act with ambition, nor do we see either show much cunning of any kind.  We see both consistently act in friendship, which are often considered Gryffindor and Hufflepuff traits.  I know that friendship is not only a Gryffindor or Hufflepuff trait, but it is usually attributed to them most.

My next issue came with the whole ‘Scorpius-is-Voldemort’s-kid’ crap.  That was such a dumb move, and I couldn’t stand it.  I also hated that Rose Weasley abandoned her cousin because he became friends with Scorpius on the train.  Look, if Harry said it doesn’t matter that Albus be sorted in Slythernin, then IT SHOULDN’T MATTER THAT ALBUS IS IN SLYTHERIN OR THAT HE BECOMES FRIENDS WITH SLYTHERINS.  And those sentiments should have been ingrained in Rose Weasley as well.

Also, I couldn’t stand Harry’s relationship with Albus.  I understand that they were trying to show that Harry’s not a perfect Dad, but really?  We had SEVEN BOOKS to prove that.  Why can’t Harry just be happy?  I really prefer the headcanons that Harry is the most supportive and loving Dad that could ever Dad.  Can we go back and change that?  Harry can be a loving and supportive parent without being perfect.  He can give his kids candy and sweets that he didn’t get growing up and still  be flawed.  But, you can’t tell me that Harry Potter, the boy under the stairs, would miss so badly, or that Ginny would let him.

Next on the list, the ladies.   I love Ginny Weasley, and I hate what they’ve done to her.  In my mind, she is very much like Lily Evans, and Lily Evans would not just sit by while her husband screwed up her child.  Heck, Molly Weasley wouldn’t sit by while her husband screwed up her child.  They’d smack him upside the head and set him straight.

I could go on and on.  How things went down in the alternate universes (Hermione is Snape?  Snape smiles?), DELPHI IS VOLDEMORT AND BELLATRIX’S DAUGHTER, Scorpius not being more broody, etc., etc., etc.  But, I’ll leave that for others who have/will write their own reviews.

I would watch Cursed Child, cause I hope that watching it would be better than reading it.  It read like a bad fanfic from someone who doesn’t know how to write exposition and writes in script.

5/10 out of hope that watching it is better than this.

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2016 in Books, Harry Potter, Library Updates, Series

 

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