A Court of Mist and Fury Sarah J. Maas

Fayre is a survivor. From her childhood with family who didn’t understand her, her teenage years where she provided for that same useless family, to her time in Prythian and Under the Mountain. She survives. She’s basically a much more interesting Destiny’s Child.

Since the events of the first book, Fayre has become an immortal with a mortal heart. She’s never had to think about whether her actions are good or not, as they’ve always been inherently good. Now, she’s something the world hasn’t seen in a very long time, she’s Made, and the choices she’s made and the choices of those around her start to weigh down on her until she’s all but crumbling.

Cue the High Lord of the Night Court, sensing her unraveling through their bond, coming to reclaim the bargain made during the tasks in the first book. Rhysland is everything Tamlin is not, and when he steals Fayre away on her wedding day, she begins to realize he’s much more than what he’s let people see.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas is a monstrosity of a book, in pages, not plot, and I struggled getting through it and the Thanksgiving holiday in one week. And while I made an absolutely terrible pumpkin pie, I had a great time sinking my teeth into this story, where magic comes alive as you turn the pages. Character development, story building, adventures – a lot is packed into the binding. If you haven’t started this series yet, I highly recommend.

Goodreads rating: 4 of 5 starts

Would I read it again? Yes!

A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Mass

A few weeks ago I came across a book cover by Sarah J. Maas and decided then that I need to read the series it was from. So several years late to the game, I’ve gone full tilt into A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

I spent the weekend reading this first installment, ignoring my unpacking and cleaning and dived head first into this fantastical faerie novel. Feyre is a starving mortal girl, a huntress, and the heroine of our story. We meet her when she’s creeping through the forest near her family’s cabin, trying to secure them something to eat for the night, and hopefully the next few days. When she comes across a wolf, a faerie in wolf’s clothing stalking a deer, she quickly decides which will be her prey, before she becomes it herself. Little did she know that the arrow loosed into the faerie wolf’s hide would forever change her life.

Feyre broke the ancient Treaty between Faeries and Humans in that one desperate moment, and she’s dragged from the world she knows to Prythian, and the Spring Court. Her captor is Tamlin, High Lord, but he doesn’t want a captive anymore than she wants to go with him, but the only other option is death. When Feyre awakens from her journey, she uncovers a mythical world of color, music, and Faeries doomed by the Blight, but what is it and why can’t it be stopped? Together, they must race against time to stop a curse before it dooms them both.

I. freakin. loved. this. The descriptions, the characters, the twist 2/3 of the way through. So good. I even put a pause on my original 90210 rewatch because I couldn’t put this book down, and not much as ever stopped my love for the original bromance between Dylan McKay and Brandon Walsh. I can’t wait to start the next in the series, and while I’ve heard that as we get further down the line it becomes a bit of an undertaking to get through, I’m still excited to see what’s next.

Goodreads rating: 5 of 5 stars

Would I read it again? Yes!

Payback’s a Witch (Blackwood Bay Witches #5) by Misty Bane

Dru’s got some interesting new neighbors in the fifth installment of Misty Bane’s Blackwood Bay Witches series. Joe & Laura Collins moved in with a bang, and go out with one too.

It all started when Dru got an invitation to Joe’s 60th birthday bash, by way of a swarmy con man turning up in her bookshop and staring at her chest. Despite her unease, she dicides to take her boyfriend, Harper, along to see their mansion, friends, and mega-Church/cult associates party it up, a mere handful of hours after someone set their lawn on fire.

Dru’s just nosy and she’s okay with it.

But the party quickly unravels into a three-way who done it mystery when Dru accidentally trips over Joe’s dead body at the party. It quickly escalates into all parties pointing fingers at each other, but Maui, her talking cat, is the real hero of the book.

There’s one more Blackwood Bay Witches mystery available from the set I purchased, but I think I’m going to save it for another time. While these are cute and cozy it’s definitely time to mix it up. I’m not sure what I’ll pick up next but I hope my readers will join me in my next adventure.

Goodreads rating: 3 of 5 stars

Would I read it again? I don’t think so.

Broomsticks and Bones (Blackwood Bay Witches #4) by Misty Bane

Dru Rathmore is going to Hogwarts.

Just kidding. But she is going to Crocus Academy, ~Hogwarts light~ for a week. She’ll be dorming with teenagers, which she’s not thrilled about, but doesn’t have to wear the uniform, which she is thrilled about. And she’s there to learn to ride a broomstick.

But naturally, as soon as she arrives, she stumbles upon a secret Crocus Academy is hiding. Whispers are all around about who killed Savannah Scott. The resident Mean Girls think Ella (the quiet, shy one) did it, Ella thinks they did it, and Headmistress Bevil wishes they’d all shut up about it.

But threatening notes start showing up under Dru’s dorm room door and her handsome Guardian/boyfriend, Harper can only help her via his transformation skills. No boys allowed in this one. Dru enlists Granny and her cat to help solve this mystery, and the escapades they get up to are some of the best in the series.

Broomsticks and Bones by Misty Bane is my favorite in this cozy, witchy mystery series. It takes us out of Blackwood Bay for new adventures and Dru’s skills get to develop more, which usually end up with more high spirited hijinks.

Goodreads rating: 4 of 5 stars

Would I read it again? Yes!

Words Can Just Shred Your Insides

“It’s amazing how words can do that, just shred your insides apart.” – Lauren Oliver

They really can. Some ~10 years ago I read If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin. I read the book in a matter of hours and felt like I had been on a roller coaster of emotions. By the end I was in tears. And then I picked it up again and savored it a second time, taking in the highs and lows, the tearful parts, the sweet moments. I cried for days and thought about it for longer. I still do now, from time to time. I picked it up a couple of years ago again and realized it no longer brought out the same whirlwind of emotions in me, but Nowlin used her words to create something that has stuck with me through all the books I’ve read, and that’s special.

Has this ever happened to you? Tell me about a book that’s shredded your insides.