A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas – Book Review

We’ve been patiently waiting for this book for years, and as soon as I read that first page it felt like I was home.

As I started this series, I thought back to when I first met Sarah at The Hay Festival in 2015. I remember listening intently to Sarah’s passion and love for this series, unbeknownst to the never-ending joy, emotional comfort and magical wonder it would bring me. Fast forward six years, and here I am, once again enamoured and emotionally ruined after experiencing the incredible masterpiece that is A Court of Silver Flames.

There’s something wonderfully familiar and comforting about Sarah’s writing, it takes you by the hand and leads you back into this incredibly detailed and limitless world that many of us readers like to call home. It warmly welcomes you to join these characters on their journeys of love, self-discovery and bravery, and I can’t help but consider them as family. It’s silly, but these characters and the world Sarah has created makes me so emotional and have become apart of my soul. Words will never express how much I adore this series and the wonder and escape that it has granted me. And for that, I will be forever grateful. Thank you, Sarah, truly.

As much as I adore Feyre and Rhys, it was time for them to pass the pen on and for Nesta’s and Cassian’s story to be told. And what a story it was. Nesta is hated and broken. But her journey isn’t about ‘fixing herself’ because, in reality, she isn’t broken, she’s hurt and trapped in her spiral of self-loathing. Sarah explains Nesta’s hostility and fears with grace and understanding. Her character arc isn’t as simple as ‘getting over it’ but is instead one of delicate and powerful determination and acceptance. Her struggle is painful and messy, and it’s not pretty or clear on how she’ll learn to move forward or if she’ll learn to move forward at all. Sarah always portrays trauma and mental health beautifully, she doesn’t sugar coat things instead she shows them as they are which is real, complex and relatable. We see brilliant, vulnerable sides to these characters that we haven’t really explored before, all of which are depicted gracefully from beginning to end. We are not all easily healed. Healing isn’t always a straight journey, it’s a mountain climb, one step forward two steps back and once again Sarah manages to capture that in Nesta’s journey, one which I am honoured to have taken alongside her.

This series has always been about family, and Nesta’s new chosen family and friends are her support system and gives her the strength to fight. She accepts the love she thinks she deserves but, it is through Cassian’s steadfastness and Gwyn and Emerie’s sisterly bond and unified support that helps her tear down the stone barriers from her past to form a loving environment from which she strengthens and blossoms. Like the House of Wind, Nesta finds a home for herself and learns to face the darkness and to focus on what brings her joy, it was a pleasure to witness her grow, and I particularly enjoyed watching her fall back in love with music.

And then we have Nesta’s relationship with Cassian, a relationship that starts with playful and witty remarks and escalates into sexual teasing and mutual wanting. Cassian refuses to give up on Nesta, and it’s his dedication that ignites a relationship that rattles the stars. It’s clear why these two are mates, they are two sides of the same coin and compliment each other beautifully.

The smut. Hot damn. Is it too forward to say that I loved it? I’ve taken my first steps into adulthood alongside this series, and it’s refreshing to see these book mature with its reads and develop into something so much more. Those intimate scenes between Nesta and Cassian are wild and passionate yet controlled and loving, this was different kind of love and one, which I have fallen head over heels for.

I should also mention that addition Azriel chapter, it was EVERYTHING! And I could 100% see him with our little warrior Gwyn. Don’t you just love it when Sarah teases us with new relationships!

As expected, I cried a lot at this book. Every time I read these books, I give my heart to these characters, and they return it broken, battered and yet filled with more love and wonder than before. There were moments, like the Winter Solstice and those final chapters, in which these characters achieve ultimate happiness and found myself crying with joy because everything was perfect. There’s so much more that I want to discuss but I think it’s best if I hold off on the spoilers for now!

Once again, Sarah has crafted an emotionally intense and beautifully perfect masterpiece that has gifted me with a reading experience like no other. These characters mean the world to me, so being able to join them again on another adventure was the ideal escape and one I wished would never end. It was the perfect ending – and new beginning – to Nesta and Cassian’s relationship and a journey that will stay with me forever. I finished the entire book in 24-hours, and I’m honestly considering re-reading it again soon because I loved every page so much. Like us, Nesta has found her way home, and she is a reminder that we all deserved to be loved and to have the courage to go out into the world, face our fears and climb that mountain.

Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

Crescent City is a perfectly crafted masterpiece. Once again, Maas excels at creating a unique fantasy world filled with an equally fantastic cast of characters and an unexpected storyline that is never once predictable. Like I’ve said before, I could read Sarah’s shopping list and I’d love it, there’s just something wonderfully magical about her writing that sends me head over heels and into her captivating worlds and adventures.

I didn’t read the synopsis before reading as I wanted to go into it blind, so those first few chapters left me stunned and savouring every page. I’m huge murder mystery and crime solving fanatic so this combined with the art of Sarah’s writing was everything I wanted and more. Everything was perfectly paced and pocketed with revelations and of course some unexpected surprises! Admittedly the world building was slightly overwhelming thanks to its intricate detailing and the unique blend of fantasy and futuristic but it wasn’t long till it became second nature and a world that I want to discover more of.

Sarah has the ability to perfectly craft an imaginative and compelling storyline that is enhanced by her breathtakingly attractive and witty cast of characters that you can’t help but instantly love. Bryce is strong-willed, quick witted, emotionally raw and has her fair share of flaws and problems; everything about her was quintessential Maas and I loved her. Crescent City is ultimately her journey of self-discovery and acceptance, and it was a privilege to have been able to share it.

Now let’s gush about Hunt! I think the reason I’m still single is that I’m waiting for one of Sarah’s fictional heartthrobs to come and sweep me and my high expectations off my feet! Him and Bryce at two sides of the same coin. Together they fill the voids of pain inflicted upon them and enable them to experience an undying love that will endure and overcome anything thrown their way. Their interactions are heartfelt but shadowed by their battling wit and sarcasm to create a thoughtful and well paced romance with fleeting moments of sexual tension and, of course, heartbreak.

Right from the first chapter I knew this was going to be a five star read that I’d struggle to put down! Everything about it has been crafted with delicate precision and endless imagination, it’s perfect.

The 5 W’s Book Tag

These upcoming weeks are a bit mad work wise so my apologies if I don’t post as regularly but one of my blogging goals this year was to stick to my posting schedule. This might mean that you’ll get a few more book tags than usual as they’re always fun and easy to do. I’ve seen a lot of people do this tag and I always love reading other peoples answers so I hope you enjoy reading mine. Let me know if you’ve done this tag in the comments as I’d love read your answers.

1 – WHO? Who is an author you’d love to have a one on one with?

I’ve already met Sarah J Maas but I’d love to go out with her and just gush to her about all her books and characters! I’d also love to go out with Leigh Bardugo and maybe get some insider knowledge about the TV show adaptation as well as persuading her to cast me as an extra or something. I’m thinking a ladies lunch or afternoon tea somewhere where we can discuss all our favourites books and characters.

2 – WHAT? What genre or style do you most gravitate to?

Fantasy! I just love exploring different worlds as well as all magical and mystery elements they have. My aim this year is to read more adult fantasy but also to challenge myself and read genre’s that I wouldn’t usually read. It’s going well so far as I’ve read a lot of contemporary and romance reads, books that are all getting me in the mood for Valentines Day!

3 – WHERE? Where do you prefer to read?

I love curling up somewhere cosy wether it be on my sofa at home or in my bed at university, I just like to be warm and comfortable.

4 – WHEN? What time of the day do you prefer to read?

I’m a morning person, so I usually like to read a bit of my book before I start the day but at the same time I always enjoy a quick read in the evening before I go to bed. I think reading is always a good way to start and end the day.

5 – WHY? Why is your favourite book your favourite book?

I don’t really have one ‘favourite’ book, instead I have about 5/6 so I’ll just pick a few of my absolute favourites.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson – I apologise as I swear I mention this book in every post  but it honestly is incredible! The characters, the world, the storyline, all of it is wonderful and I can’t wait to read more of his books this year.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I’m obsessed with all the magic in this book and its ability to transport the reader to the beautiful yet mysterious world of the Night Circus. If you haven’t read this book yet then I highly recommend that it finds a spot on your TBR pile.

Eagle in the Sky by Wilbur Smith – I haven’t mentioned this book for a while but this is the first book (aside from the Harry Potter series ) that I read and instantly fell in love with. This book is a tragic romance that made me cry more than I’d care to admit, but Smith’s writing captivates you and presents such a beautiful story.

BONUS! How do you go about selecting what you’ll read next?

My downfall is that I don’t have any – I just pick anything. But one of my reading goals this year is to tackle my TBR pile and I’ve started setting myself monthly TBR’s to help give myself a bit of structure. The only thing is that I keep getting distracted by new releases and titles up for request on NetGalley!

Empire of Storms – Sarah J Maas

This book was massive… in every sense of the word. The stakes were huge, the story was huge, the fights were huge and the actual book was nearly 700 pages! For this reason this book took a long time for me to read, that doesn’t distract from the value of the story or the writing, it’s just I was very busy and the book was massive!

Empire of Storms is the 5th book in the ‘Throne of Glass’ series by Sarah J Maas, a much loved series for many people but especially for Amy and I. I will try to keep this post spoiler free in terms of this book, but I can’t keep any promises for previous books in the series, so this perhaps isn’t the post to read if you’re only on book two. So this book picks up from the dramatic events of the previous book, Adarlan has fallen and the group have to figure out what to do. The best way I can describe this book is that the characters are basically planning a war against Erawan and the Valg. However they also have Maeve to think about and her potential threat.

What I liked about this book was that all the characters had such a part to play in the story, especially all the main people. Even though I found it a ‘planning book’ it was still really action packed and interesting. Also unlikely relationships formed, which I loved and can’t wait to see how they develop. And obviously previous relationships continue such as Aelin and Rowan, which I’m sure you’re all happy about and believe me this book doesn’t disappoint on that front! I love everything about Sarah J Maas’s writing style, she describes things so well and has developed this world of hers so wonderfully, it is honestly so rich in detail now it’s amazing!

Apart from having a massive gap from reading this book, when I did finally get back to reading it I always wanted to read more. I always find this with Sarah’s books, she makes me want to read them and want to know what happens next! This is definitely the case with the end in the book, it was set up in a way that I am SO EXCITED for the 6th installment, and interested know how they’re going to get out of a bit of a sticky mess…

One thing I would say about this book is that it is quite complicated and really political so it probably wasn’t the best book to read at this point in my life, in hindsight. It was hard to get my head around all the different plots and political view points (I am really rubbish at politics) when I had just started university… But nevertheless that was my fault. Another thing I struggled with was trying to remember every little detail of the previous books that were brought up in this book, but this is probably my bad memory… The final ‘negative’ thing is that it was a little slow at some points, this was probably because they had to set up for all the big scenes and the plot, but it wasn’t really easy reading, if that makes sense…

Anyway, in conclusion, I really did like this book. It picked up a lot more towards the end and had me constantly reading over Christmas! If you’ve read the other books I highly recommend reading this book, because obviously there is so much left to the story that is really exciting to learn about. I’m going to give this book 4/5 stars – I can’t wait for the 6th!

My Top 5 Favourite Authors

I thought I’d do something different from our usual book reviews and share with our follows my favourite authors and hopefully encourage some of you to pick up some of their books! Please feel free to share your favourite authors in the comments as we are always on the hunt for new authors and books!

  1. Sarah J Maas – The Queen of fantasy and the author of my favourite fantasy series ‘Throne of Glass’. All her books are action packed and will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole novel. Not forgetting her incredible and badass characters who I look forward to reading more about in ‘Empire of Storms’. I have also been lucky enough to meet her and she is one of the loveliest people ever!
  2. Leigh Bardugo – She was one of my favourites when I read the ‘Shadow and Bone’ series but after reading ‘Six of Crows’ she is now one of my all time favourites who I adore! Again her world building and characters are so unique and loveable and I am counting down the days until ‘Crooked Kingdom’ is released.
  3. Wilbur Smith – He’s probably an author that many of you havent heard of, nevertheless I think he is one of the greatest authors as his writing is so captivating and beautiful that it is hard to put one of his books down. He also wrote my all time favourite books ‘Eagle in the Sky’ and I can’t stress enough that everyone needs to read this book as not only is it incredible but truly heartbreaking.
  4. J.K.Rowling – Of course J.K.Rowling had to make an appearance on my list of favourite authors because her writing and storytelling is just so magical and without her we wouldn’t have such a brilliant and iconic book and movie series!
  5. Morgan Matson – She is one of my all time favourite contemporary authors as her books and characters are always so cute and are hard not to love. I recently read ‘The Unexpected Everything’ and I have to admit that it is one of my favourite books of this year and it certainly in my top 5 all time favourite contemporary novels. If you’re looking for a really lovely contemporary that will just warm your heart and make you feel all the feels and emotions then definitely pick up one of her novels!

Amy

Pokémon Go Book Tag

When I saw we were nominated for this book tag, I got very excited as I am one of the millions of people around the world who is obsessed with catching Pokemon, Eleanor on the other hand isn’t the biggest fan so it will just be me (Amy) doing this tag! We were nominated by the lovely Becca @ShihtzuBookReviews and I recommend you go check out her blog!

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This is probably a very generic answer but it has to be Harry Potter as they fuelled my love for reading but if you’re looking for what started my love for YA then it would have to be The Hunger Games – thank you Eleanor for recommending it to me!

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I am a sucker for a classic especially Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin because it is such a beautiful storyline with some iconic characters which I love! Plus I’m also in love with the film adaptations and if it’s a horrible day or if I’m not feeling well, it will definitely be on my television.

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I’ve never been one for horror or spooky books but I recently read last summers thriller Girl on the Train which freak me out a bit especially when I made the decision to read it late at night….

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Don’t make me choose just one, I have thousands! Of course theres me and all my fictional boyfriends but the first one that came to my head was Cress and Thorne from the Luna Chronicles as their relationship is just so cute and I ship them so hard!

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Any book by Sarah J Maas, as her writing style is just so magical, easy to read and you can find adventure behind every page! Plus they have some pretty good fast paced fight scenes which I can guarantee will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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I started the Game of Thrones series ages ago and I managed to get half way through book three before I stopped. They are just all so long and I personally find them all a bit intimidating!

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Either Harry Potter or Throne of Glass! These are two of my all time favourite series and I wish they would never end! I would love to see J.K Rowling release stories about the Marauders but I am super excited about both Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts.

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I’ve just started the Snow Like Ashes series and I found it to be really awesome and action-packed which is what I look for in YA Fantasy novels. Looking on Goodreads the reviews weren’t all positive but that didn’t stop me and I was pleasantly surprised! You can add both me and Eleanor on Goodreads here.

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I would love to own the collectors edition of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit as their covers are just so elegant yet simple and they would look even better on my bookshelf! At £60 I better do a bit of saving!

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Red Rising, reminded me a lot of The Hunger Games but that didn’t really bother me as much as it did to other people as I loved the Hungers Games so it wasn’t a surprise that I fell in love with Red Rising as well!

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The Red Queen series. I adored the first book as it was just fantastic but the second book was a bit disappointing and certainly wasn’t as good as the first book. Fingers crossed the next book is better!

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The Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye as it’s a combination of Shadow and Bone, Red Queen and Ember in the Ashes! Although I haven’t yet read it, I’ve heard it’s a gripping mix of magic, high-stakes action, and romance.pokemon-tag11-lure-module

I instantly thought of Sarah J Maas for this answer but I thought I better pick someone else as I’ve mentioned her a lot in this tag! Leigh Bardugo is another favourite of my and I always get very excited when she writes another book! If you haven’t read her Shadow and Bone Series or Six of Crows stop what you’re doing now and go and read it!

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I know I keep mentioning Sarah J Maas but Empire of Storms is a perfect answer to this question! I love this series and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!!

A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas

Firstly, I would just like to apologize for how late this review, it took a while to read because here in the UK it is currently exam season so both Amy and I have had our heads stuck in text books instead of reading books… Anyway, wow, I have waited such a long time to read this book, the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses, was amazing and I just couldn’t wait to jump back into this world! Although I try not to have high expectations, it just couldn’t be helped with this book, my expectations were sky high, but I am very happy to say that my expectations were met and even surpassed!

For those who don’t know, this is book follows from the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR). This book picks up a couple months after the horrific incidents from ‘Under the Mountain’ in the first book and shows how those events have impacted upon all members of the Spring Court, but especially Feyre and Tamlin. I feel as though readers should go into this book relatively blind, as I did, there is just a lot in the book that could easily be spoiled by mentioning any of the plot. I will try my very best to keep this review spoiler free but I can’t make any promises about not spoiling the first book ACOTAR, if you wish to read that review I will link it HERE.

So, on to my opinions! Firstly I really liked how this book really throws you back into the story, there isn’t an awkward re-introduction, things just start happening right from the start which gripped me straight away! This book really quickly became ‘that book’ that I would look forward to reading at the end of the day and it was always such a treat to come back to, especially after a long day of grueling school work! I would also like to add that I am really sad that I’ve finished it, I keep thinking that I will be able to continue the story each night and I’m crushed each time I realise that I’m going to have to wait a whole year before I know what happens next! Grrrr!!

All the main characters return from the first book mainly Feyre, who’s character development is truly fantastic in this book, she grows so much, I was actually really proud of her, especially after all that she had to ordeal under the mountain! Also Tamlin returns (obviously), my opinion of Tamlin was always changing in this book but he’s just as gorgeous as always, especially without that darn mask! Finally there is Rhysand, I’m still totally in love with Rhys, that hasn’t changed from the first book! I just loved how he would always manipulate a situation to be able to pop up and the most awkward times! Haha!

This book really is an emotional roller-coaster and I was either crying, laughing or gasping with shock (oh yes I gasped with shock A LOT!). However I would say that the main plot of the book was a little bit overshadowed with other themes of the book, so I kind of felt that I wasn’t as well informed as I probably could have been when it came to the ending, but this might have been because it was late at night and I was tired and zoning out a bit… The only other criticism is that the book dipped in action in the middle a little bit, but that part was really essential to the story, so although it was a little more dull, it was absolutely necessary!

I would also like to mention that this book is VERY steamy, and when I say steamy I mean adult fiction steamy, there is a lot of sex and adult themes! I looked up the age rating for this book and it said 14-17, but if I am really honest, I wouldn’t want a 14 year old reading those scenes, I know if I read that at 14 I would have… well let’s just say I would have learned a lot…! So if you are on the younger side, perhaps just be prepared? Or maybe wait until you’re older? I obviously don’t want to tell you what you should or shouldn’t read but I just want people to know that it is very graphic in places and is maybe not a book for tweens… Although saying that the scenes worked with the story and were very well written!

In conclusion I REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK! The twists and turns were AMAZING and it is unreal how much I want to read the next book. Even though I had a few (very small) criticisms, they didn’t lessen the quality of the book at all! One thing Sarah J Maas is very good at is continuing a story successfully! I’m going to give this book the biggest 5 out of 5 stars, I loved it so much! Lastly I have tried SO hard to keep this review spoiler free as I know not everyone has read it yet, including my co-blogger Amy, so please feel free to leave a comment but please keep it free of spoilers (I know it’s very hard!)

Queen Of Shadows – Sarah J Maas

Spoilers ahead! Sorry we couldn’t contain ourselves!! And also apologies for the capital letters and thousands of exclamation marks!! We both just loved this book so much!!

Amy’s Review:

Words can’t describe all the emotions I feel for this book; it blew me away. Sarah J Maas is the queen of fantasy and has created a book filled with so much action, emotion and just pure amazingness!!!

Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen returns back to Rifthold for vengeance and to face her past and future. As she tries to save the ones she loves she must also save her kingdom by freeing magic once and for all. With the help of her friends Aelin embarks on a dangerous and dramatic adventure whilst uncovering dangerous and life changing secrets.

The plot was perfect. It was well paced and when I say there was action behind every page, I meant it! So many secrets were also revealed about almost every character which just made me scream with excitement or gasp in horror and shock. It was so dramatic, exciting and such an enjoyable read with so much going on!

Aelin is always a wonderful character to read about and with her you never know what to expect. I loved how she would sneakily do her own thing without telling the reader or the other characters so when it was revealed you felt you were right there with the other characters. She is still the ass-kicking, sassy and strong woman she’s always been and it was nice to see her develop more as a character, friend and Queen. I was so pleased when Aelin and Manon finally met, I had a little fit in my seat when I read it!! And it was so badass because they are such strong and powerful characters!

Sarah J Maas alway does a good job at creating and portraying the beautiful men in her books and Queen of Shadows wasn’t an exception. All of them are just perfect; they’re badass but kind and powerful yet gentle. At the beginning of the book, I was a little disappointed with Chaol at the but as we carried on he began to chill a bit. It was then ending though for Chaol that got me but I won’t give anything away! 

But when Rowan rucked up on the scene I nearly lost myself (again). I think I actually screamed. His relationship with Aelin is always a delight to read as one minute they all romantic with each other and the next they’re at each others throats with their humorous banter. I also loved his character development and how he slowly began to open up to Aelin and confess his feelings! Ahhh! Also Aelins relationship with Aedion was just so cute and I was overjoyed when they were finally reunited. The bromance between Aedion and Rowan again is something I really enjoyed and certainly want to see more of.

Throughout this series I have become so emotionally attached to these characters and the last few chapter I was a wreck. My heart was beating so fast and I was sensitive ball of emotion that could have exploded at any minute and that is what I loved about this book is that it made me feel like that.

This book has left me with so many new and exciting ships!!! I wasn’t totally with the whole Rowena ship but after this book I am the captain of that ship and 100% supporting it. Two other ships that were hinted in the book, were between Lysandra and Aedion and between Manon and Dorian! In my eyes these relationships could totally work and I hope they develop in the next book! However it is the relationship with Chaol and Nesryn, I’m a little unsure of and it’s probably because I have a huge fictional crush on Chaol and I think me and him would be a way better ship! But aside from that they are perfect! God, It’s all just so cute and lovely!!

I was so glad that I read the ‘Assassins Blade’ before hand as a lot of characters and references were made from the prequel so if your planning on reading it read the ‘Assassins Blade’ first. I loved that Lysandra came back but as a nicer and more mature character and I enjoyed learning about her past and secrets! If you know what I mean?! My whole opinion of her has changed dramatically and she is now one of my favourite characters who I hope returns in the next book!

Overall, I think it is clear to say I rate this book 100/5 stars it was just pure amazingness and now my favourite in the series. It was filled with action, adventure and a lot of emotions! Please just give me book 5 now! If you haven’t yet read the ‘Throne of Glass Series’ I HIGHLY recommend you do as it is a wonderful YA Fantasy which never leaves a dull moment!

Eleanor’s Review:

HOLY SHIT! IT’S GOING TO BE HARD TO DO THIS ENTIRE REVIEW WITH CONSTANT CAPITALS! However I will refrain myself! I don’t know what Amy has already written, although I know she wrote a lot, so I apologise if our reviews overlap because I am aware (from a very excited phone) that we have very similar opinions!
I’m certain Amy has already explained that this is the fourth book in the throne of glass series and has already written an overview so I’m just going to jump right into my opinion!

AHHHHHHHHAHHHHAHHHHHH!!!!!!! THIS BOOK WAS SO AMAZING! If I wasn’t at school I would have easily read this book within two days even though it is absolutely HUGE! I didn’t read the first three books that long ago so I luckily didn’t have much of a wait for this new book (I waited about a month) so I think it’s fair to say that I’m going to have a very hard time waiting for the fifth book!

Right, this book completely upped the stakes, new characters were added who I LOVED, and characters who we already know were developed and just got more and more amazing! Let’s start with Aelin… she just got so SASSY! Some of the things she did and her little schemes and plans were just beautifully crafted and were just so clever! At first I was confused as we didn’t really know what she was doing because we found out when the other characters found out, but that made the emphasis on the moment when we do find out all the more special and rewarding! She is such a good leader and has grown so much as a character, I think I’m actually quite proud of her!
On to Rowan, WHAT A HUNK! I SHIP AELIN AND ROWAN SO MUCH IT HURTS! He is just so loyal and amazing and I have created literally the perfect torso for him in my mind it’s unreal!!!!

Aedion… I just love the relationship between Aelin and Aedion, there is so much banter and there is an instant brotherly sisterly relationship as soon as their characters meet and it’s just so perfect I can’t describe. I don’t want to go on and on about different characters but I also LOVE Manon she is so BADASS! Also there are new characters like Elide who you just can’t help but love!

Okay, onwards! Sometimes the story was too intricate and complicated that I occasionally lost a thread which I would eventually pick back up but it did leave me a bit baffled sometimes. But that is purely because I was probably being a bit dozy and wasn’t paying full attention as I did read this book whilst falling asleep!
Also I don’t know how Maas did it, but she managed to make me emotional about a character I haven’t even met (because I haven’t yet read Assassin’s Blade). I don’t want to spoil it but there is a moment when Aelin visits a certain grave… I was so close to tears! Her writing is just so beautiful, I truly marvel how she can literally make you laugh and cry on the same page!

I’m so excited I don’t know what to say! I only finished the book about an hour ago so this is my raw reaction! I’m going to award this an easy 5 out of 5 stars if you’ve read the first three books then this book is an absolute MUST! PLEASE READ IT I’M BEGGING YOU!

Apologies for such a long review but we both had a lot to say!

The Assassins Blade – Sarah J Maas

Sarah J Maas you are wonderful. Again she has sucked me into the fantasy world of the ‘Throne Of Glass’ Series and hooked me with her intense and emotional stories.

The Assassins Blade is a prequel to the wonderful ‘Throne Of Glass’ Series and if you haven’t read that yet, I suggest you do as it it brilliant! It follows the journey of Celaena during her time at the Assassins Keep though various different short stories ability. It also stars Sam Cortland and we are able to learn more about his relationship with Celaena and his outcome.

First and foremost, Sarah J Maas you know how to create a book which made me feel all the emotions. The banter between Sam and Celaena was brilliant and witty and their relationship was beautiful. I’ve always been a team Chaol but after finishing ‘The Assassins Blade’ I am easily team Sam! He was so kind and brave and would do anything for Celaena! Why Sarah?! Why? It was also nice to learn that Celaena’s phrase she says when she’s nervous, originally came from Sam.

Whenever I’m scared out of my wits, I tell myself: My name is Sam Cortland … and I will not be afraid. I’ve been doing it for years.”

“My name is Celaena Sardothien, and I will not be afraid.”

Celaena’s character development was also nice to see, though it wasn’t as much as it is in ‘Throne Of Glass’ but it was nice to see her open up. But in this book she is such a badass but by the end of the book she is more caring and sensitive. I was also surprised to see that Dorian and Chaol made a brief appearance! Yay!

My favourite story was either ‘The Assassin and the Red Desert’ or ‘The Assassin and the Underworld’. I loved the characters in the ‘Red Desert’ especially Ansel and of course I loved the twist in the story which I certainly wasn’t expecting! ‘The Underworld’ for me was the hardest to read not because of the wiring style (that’s perfect!) but because of the emotions i went though. One minute I was laughing but the next I was sobbing my heart out.

I finished this book with a broken heart and at some points I couldn’t bring myself to read the next chapter because I knew what was going to happen and I was in the mindset that if I didn’t read, it then it didn’t happen.

Overall, Sarah J Maas has done another wonderful job at — me into her fantasy world and adventures. I’m so pleased that we were able to meet Sam and see Celaena in her original environment and some what comfort zone. I easily rate it 5/5 stars thanks to its intense but emotional storyline and beautiful characters.

I you haven’t already read this series, I highly recommend that you do and you can check out our spoiler free review here!

A Court Of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas

This review is a little bit different from usual as after seeing Sarah J Maas at the Hay Festival we both quickly picked up ‘A Court Of Thorns and Roses’ and started reading! As we both loved this book so much, we decided to both share our opinion with you all!! So without further ado, here are our reviews…. ‘A Court Of Thorns and Roses’ is a retelling of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ as well as ‘East Side of the Sun, West Side of the Moon’ and follows the journey of Feyre. When Ferye kills a wolf like creature to save her family, she is met by a beast who demands retribution! She must pay the price and spend the rest of her life in the Spring Court, located in the land of the Fae and home to Tamlin; a handsome and powerful High Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Amy:

Oh my this book is very pure perfection. I loved every moment and every page; Sarah J Maas you have once again hooked me with your wonderful writing and world building!! Growing up ‘Beaty and the Beast’ was my favourite disney fairy tale and I thought Sarah’s retelling was unique and nothing short of magical. I have to admit I did find myself a lot of the time comparing the events and characters to the disney version even though this book was so much more different than the disney film! The world she created was wonderful and her telling was rich and descriptive. The description of the spring court was certainly my favourite as it was so bright and colourful and a place I could only dream of visiting! I also love the contrast of spring court and under the mountain and made the darkness and the creepiness of under the mountain more dramatic! The characters I have to admit were my favourite part about this book! Feyre was such a strong and powerful woman who has amazing character development! At the start we see her as she may only be a minor character but I loved the development of Nesta who at the start was such a bitch but later in the book after she realised how important her sister was, I thought she became a better character who I hope we see more of her in the next book! Oh my cheeks are still flushed from Tamlin!! Isn’t he just the perfect love interest as not only is he caring and protective but a helpless romantic! When meeting Sarah J Maas at the Hay Festival she mentioned that there were a lot of shirtless men in the first book and even more in the second!!! Yasss! Lucien, I also loved as he helped bring humour to the book with his sarky comments and banter between him and Feryre! When listening to the talk with Sarah, she did mention she considered Feyre and Lucian to get together but I’m glad she dismissed the idea as personally I think they make better friends than lovers!! This book is steamy, I’m not kidding. The chemistry sparks right from the pages and we get some sexy times that made me swoon (Chapter 27, if you know what I mean…). I certainly didn’t expect it but I thought it was relevant to show how much Tamlin and Feyre love each other!! I can’t wait for the next book and to continue Feyre’s journey at the Spring Court and to see the aftermath of the events that occurred in this book! Overall, I am more than happy to rate this book 5/5 stars as it is a wonderful read which is very powerful and action packed as well as romantic! If you did enjoy this book I highly recommend you check out her ‘Throne Of Glass’ Series which again is very similar and one of my favourites!!

Eleanor: 

Holy shit! What a book! Now I’m going to try and say some different things than Amy because I don’t think you guys want to hear things twice… However our opinions are much the same! Unlike Amy, I’m not associated with the original Beauty and the Beast (please don’t kill me I was more of a Snow White gal). BUT this didn’t make any difference to the story at all, so don’t worry if you don’t know a lot about Beauty and the Beast, you’ll still love it just as much! I also LOVED the characters, but I also really liked the badies of this story, ehhggg I just wanted to punch her in the face! They were just SO EVIL, I love em’! This book never got boring either, you know when you get to the middle and it kind of slows down, yep that did not happen with this book! It was all go, go, go, I couldn’t keep up at some points. But this did mean that I never wanted to stop reading. So if you’re a true fantasy fan, then clear your calendar for approximately 3/4 days because I can guarantee that nothing else will get done… I don’t think Amy and I could sing the praises for this book any louder! It was honestly SOO GOOD! But, Amy mentioned this, there are some sexy fun times, so if you’re young (and I swear some of the kids meeting Sarah at the Hay Festival were about 9 which made Amy and I slightly uncomfortable…) anyway, please, please be aware. And if you are of a mature age, be careful as to where you read it… yep I was on a train… it was very awkward… I had to read discretely…. yep… I am also going to give this book a 5 out of 5 stars, it was just amazing!