Life Update! (School, Hiatus, Reading)

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Hello, hello! It’s been a while since the last time I posted anything. Over a month to be exact. And if I’m being completely honest, I haven’t been involved in the reading world since I last posted. Life has been busy, but I have had some time to collect my thoughts and get the motivation to post again.

Now, when most book bloggers go on a hiatus, it’s because they fell into a book slump. However, that isn’t how my absence started. In the past, I haven’t been having that regular “want” to read that most readers get. It felt more like I “needed” to read. And honestly, I enjoyed reading so much that I didn’t mind it at first. However, after some contemplation, I started asking myself if reading was actually right for me. Was this just a hobby that I would end up quitting? So, I ended up challenging myself to taking a break from reading.

Let me just tell you, taking away something really important is quite the experience. At first, I didn’t know what to do in my free time. But, after a few weeks, it started to feel more like myself again. It was just me without books. However, often times I would end up contemplating if I should pick up a book or not. And most times I ended up going back to my phone and spending hours scrolling through random YouTube videos. But, I’ve started to not like the idea of spending my free time watching the lives of other people.

So, here I am now. I haven’t picked up a book in over a month, but I feel like after getting back into blogging, things will change. I want to use my blog as motivation to read more. Knowing that I have only finished one book this year is very depressing. However, I know that with enough motivation, I can go back to reading every day! I cannot wait to get back to doing what I love!

So, you may also be thinking something along the lines of “What did you do while you were gone?” Well, school has been a big priority for me. I wrote my first semester exams, and have now started my second semester of my Sophomore year of high school. Although my current classes are quite challenging, I am enjoying all of the new information I am learning. Along with school, I have also been playing on my school’s junior varsity basketball team. I truly am not the greatest player, but games and practices add up for an amazing workout!

Besides that, my life has been pretty boring. However, I am hoping that reading will help make my free time more exciting. Before I wrap-up this post, I just wanted to thank all of you for sticking around during my hiatus. Somehow, this blog managed to reach 200 followers while I was gone, which is AMAZING! I cannot wait to get back to posting and talking about books with all of you!

Happy Reading,
Alaina

 

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)Information…
Title/Author: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses (#3)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: ✭✭✭✭✩

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

I will admit, A Court of Mist and Fury was definitely better than this finale. Not that ACOWAR was bad, it just lacked it some things that I really wanted to see. Things that were in ACOMAF that I was hoping to see again. But, this violence-heavy novel definitely kept my attention and satisfied my needs for the ending of this trilogy.

What I liked…

Let’s dive straight into what I loved most: the violence. I’m usually never a lover of violence, but this book was filled with so much of it that I started to really enjoy it. Obviously, most readers expected to see a big war at the end of the book (TOTALLY OBVIOUS) but there was so much more violence. I can’t even count how many fights there were in the novel. It was bloody and awesome. Whether it was just a training scene between Cassian and Rhys or it was a full-out war, there was enough violence in this book to last a lifetime!

I really enjoyed reading about the evolution of each character throughout the series. As ACOWAR is the final book in an intense, fantasy series, we got to see the end of each character’s evolution. Whether we are talking about the differences between Feyre from ACOTAR to ACOWAR or how both Elain and Nesta changed between ACOMAF and ACOWAR, it’s a big difference. Every character changed, for better and for worse, and it was really neat to see how each character changed throughout the series.

I also really liked the huge shifts in the storyline. It still ended how anybody who has read ACOTAR would expect it to end, but there are scenes in ACOWAR that you wouldn’t expect to happen… EVER. There are both people that you would never expect to come to the Night Court’s rescue and major cliffhangers that WILL drive you insane. Some of these unexpected scenes you will hate, while others you will love. But let me tell you, you definitely will not hate Tamlin as much as before.

Finally, I have to talk a little bit about this gorgeous cover. I don’t think there is one thing I dislike about this cover. The background is a beautiful shade of green and Feyre looks both beautiful and fierce in her “Charlie Bowater inspired” dress.

What I didn’t like…

I found that this novel lacked a lot of romance that I was anticipating. I constantly read reviews that listed this book as “NA” or “Too mature for young readers,” and it made m believe that this novel would be romance-heavy. But honestly, there weren’t many romantic scenes in this book . . . Unless you are talking about Cassian and Nesta, whom I loved. But I found that this book didn’t have enough romantic scenes between Feyre and Rhysand to satisfy me.

I also found that this book lacked a lot of Lucien scenes. After the events of ACOMAF, I thought that Lucien would be in almost every chapter of this book. But about a third into this book, Sarah J. Maas sent Lucien away until the end of the book. He had so much potential in this book and we were unable to see most of it.

Favorite quotes…

“Night Triumphant- and the Stars Eternal.”

“I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have… the wait was worth it.”

Overall…

Although this book wasn’t able to beat ACOMAF, I was still really able to enjoy it. It was filled with enough violence and humor to last me through 2018. In the end, I gave this book 4/5 stars. If you have not picked up this series yet, you need to go run to your local bookstore and grab a copy of A Court of Thorns and Roses. Although you might have mixed feelings after the first novel, the last two are worth starting this trilogy!

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Happy Reading,
Alaina