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WWW – May 30, 2018 Edition

Hey there innertubers, it’s Wednesday, and we all know what that means – it’s time for WWW! Which I will always and forever call “Whatcha Wreading Wednesday” in my head, and you can’t stop me.

This beautiful gem of a weekly post is brought to you by Taking on a World of Words, and on this blessed and hallowed day, we answer three questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

 

My favorite bloggy friend, Katie over at Pages & Pugs, sent me her ARC of Sadie, and I started on it yesterday! I’m only a handful of pages in, but I can already tell this is a “burning the midnight oil” sort of book. I’m also reading Breakout by Kate Messner for Netgalley review – it’s a middle grade book about an idyllic small town where all hell breaks loose when two men escape from the local prison. Talk about a heavy story. I’m really loving it.

What did you recently finish reading?

Girl Made of Stars, which is … ooooof. Review coming tomorrow. Oof.

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

This beautiful baby came in the mail yesterday, and as far as I’m concerned as soon as I finish Sadie no other books exist that are not called Legendary and authored by Stephanie Garber.

What’s on your WWW docket this week? Can’t wait to hear about it!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (as always, hosted by the inimitable Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl) is all about that bass. And by “that bass,” I mean locations. They are basically the same thing, you know? No? Okay then.

Anyway, the choice today was split between the top ten worlds you’d love to live in, or the top ten worlds you’d hate to live in. Being who I am, I figured I’d go for broke and choose the (to me) more interesting of the two – the top ten worlds I’d least like to live in. There is nothing particularly glamorous about this topic, so let’s just jump right in, shall we?

  1. Any book involving Jack the Ripper. Whether this is Maureen Johnson’s Shades of London series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, or anything in between – if the book is about finding, catching or otherwise detaining Jack the Ripper, I want to be far, far away from that mess.
  2. The Diviners universe. I love, love this series. Love it. But can you imagine how terrifying it would be to live in a place where serial killer ghosts are murdering your neighbors and your friends and loved ones are falling into a random sleeping sickness? This universe is so beautiful and cool and set in the 1920s and flappers and speakeasies and I am obsessed but there is just way, way too much creepy shit happening in this place.
  3. Panem. The Hunger Games continent of Panem might seem decent on the surface, but similar to Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery, I am not comfortable living in a place where I am terrified my life will be cut short any second now due to random chance – my luck was never the strongest in the first place!
  4. America in Neal Schusterman’s Unwind series. Another one that I just love, but the entire concept behind Unwind is pretty deeply unsettling if you stop to think about it – parents being able to choose to essentially “abort” their children once they are teenagers? I might be well outside the range of my parents being able to unwind me – and I was planned as far as I know – but still, I would have gone to school with kids who were on the chopping block and ugh.
  5. Westeros. All of it. I shouldn’t really have to explain this one, y’all. Wherever you are, you’re gonna die. I would hide on the wall with Sam and read books and make cute chubby babies but we’d still somehow manage to die.
  6. America in Gregory Scott Katsoulis’s All Rights Reserved series. This series doesn’t get enough love, but in Katsoulis’s dystopian America, you are charged a micro transaction fee for every word you speak unless it’s sponsored, or a “free” word. Our main character Speth (poor people get assigned “ugly” names) chooses to turn down her right to speech when she ages up to the working class, which starts a catastrophic landslide of bad events. Any America where I can’t say what I want when I want of my own volition is terrifying, but this world is straight-up horrific.
  7. The World of The GiverI can appreciate a world where there is no sadness or anger, hunger or greed. But this comes at the price of having no emotion at all: no happiness, no joy. And the world is literally black and white. I just can’t imagine the unbearable blandness living in this world must bring – then again, bored is an emotion so maybe everyone who lives there knows no different.
  8. Derry. Stephen King has more than one book written in this fictional town, so I can’t just say IT, but by “Derry,” I really mean IT. Because come on, there is a killer clown demon nightmare fuel monster in your sewers kidnapping your children and making them have weird sewer orgies. None of this is okay. Who would live here on purpose?
  9. Republic of Gilead. For anyone who has read – or even watched – The Handmaid’s Tale, this should be obvious. But being a female living in this dystopian post-America society is straight-up horrific, and I can’t imagine living like this, belonging to someone so desperately, being Ofsteve of whatever my nonexistent husband’s name is. And this one out of all the others on this list is the one that’s most likely to happen. How terrifying is that? No thanks.
  10. America in Ernest Cline’s Ready Player OneAgain, this is pretty straightforward and shouldn’t have to be explained, but a life where the only escape from the drudgery of my existence living in a “about to fall over any second” skyscraper made of trailers is a VR headset is no life for me. I love video games, I play them just about every day, but there’s a line in the sand you have to draw to keep it from overtaking your life and this book goes way, way beyond that.

What do you think of my list? Got any to add, or a link to your own? Let me know down below!

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Review: After Anna by Lisa Scottoline

Review: After Anna by Lisa ScottolineAfter Anna by Lisa Scottoline
Published by St. Martin's Press on April 10, 2018
Pages: 388
Format: Audiobook
Goodreads

Nobody cuts deeper than family...
Noah Alderman, a doctor and a widower, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie, and for the first time in a long time he and his son are happy. But their lives are turned upside down when Maggie’s daughter Anna moves in with them. Anna is a gorgeous seventeen-year-old who balks at living under their rules though Maggie, ecstatic to have her daughter back, ignores the red flags that hint at the trouble that is brewing. Events take a deadly turn when Anna is murdered and Noah is accused of the crime. Maggie must face not only the devastation of losing her only daughter, but the realization that her daughter's murder was at the hands of a husband she loves. New information sends Maggie searching for the truth, leading her to discover something darker than she could have ever imagined.

Maggie lost custody of her daughter, Anna, when she was still an infant. Years later, Anna – now almost 18 years old – gets in contact with her mother one bright Easter Sunday morning. Maggie – who has now remarried and has a doting husband and adorable stepson – is beyond overjoyed. Anna currently attends a boarding school in snowy, remote Maine where her father unceremoniously dumped her. Dear old dad has passed away in a plane crash, and Anna wants to take this chance to reconnect with her mother. Unfortunately, it’s all downhill from there …

Rating: 

How I’d Describe This Book to a Friend

I listened to After Anna as an audiobook, which worked well for the formatting of the novel. There are two narrators – Maggie and Noah, her husband. Told in a dual-perspective “before and after Anna” method, we learn early on that Noah – a mild-mannered pediatric allergist – is on trial for murder. Say what? Record scratch: trial for murdering his stepdaughter, Anna.

With Noah taking the “after Anna” chapters, we see him navigate a ten day trial, going over all of the damning evidence against him as his lawyer tries desperately to keep them both above water. Maggie, meanwhile, takes the helm of “before Anna,” discussing Anna’s move to their home in Pennsylvania, and the relationship she shared with her, a tenuous bond between mother and daughter who barely know each other. Noah promises upside down and sideways that he is not responsible for Anna’s tragic murder, but it certainly does not seem that way when the opposition gets to him in court.

We feel for Maggie – her desperate desire to not alienate her stepson and husband, while still forming a bond with her daughter. When Anna starts to express an intense dislike for Noah, citing him making advances on her she is uncomfortable with, Maggie becomes torn and anxious, afraid to lose either one of the people she holds closest to her heart. Her struggle really endeared her to me, and I found her to be such a strong female lead, which was awesome. Maggie is never going to sit around and let the world happen to her – she happens to the world.

The Bottom Line

After Anna is a domestic thriller with a gut-wrenching plot and a story that will keep you up at night wondering what you’d do in Maggie’s shoes. Would you defend your husband, or your daughter? And what if he is accused of murder, but swears up and down he did not do it – who do you believe, your husband or your daughter who can no longer speak for herself?

I took off half a star because there is a point near the end of the book where the police are doing some pretty important police things, and I am pretty sure Scottoline says “hustled” at least 15 times within 10 pages.

But seriously, if you like family dramas, domestic thrillers, courtroom mysteries … you’ll love this book. Give Anna a chance. (Or don’t. It’s your call).

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Spring Cleaning Book Tag

The sweet Jess over at Reading With Jessica tagged me in the Spring Cleaning Book Tag! I love tags, and I get extra-excited when I am tagged in them personally rather than a free-for-all because it enables me to feel like I have friends, LOL. Oh, life. Anyway!

The struggle of getting started: A book or series you struggle to begin because of its size.

I am going to go with the Throne of Glass series – not necessarily because they are too long, but there are so many, with so many short stories. I have tried so many times to read Throne of Glass itself, but it just bored me to tears. I don’t think this series is for me – which is fine, I adored A Court of Thorns & Roses and can’t wait to read the next book.

 

Cleaning out the closet: A book or series you want to unhaul.

These have already been unhauled, but I owned the first 5 in this series before giving up on them entirely. I wanted to like Clare – I really did. Everyone did! But I read the first 3, got sidetracked for years, and when I went back to try City of Bones again it … didn’t work for me. I might pick them back up again one day, but I doubt it.

 

Opening windows and letting fresh air in: A book that was refreshing.

I will sing the praises of Eliza and her Monsters forever and ever. It not only makes anxiety relatable, but it gives us a character who is as deeply entrenched in Internet culture as I was as a teenager, and it gives us what is probably the most realistic YA romance I’ve ever read. Everyone – everyone – needs to read this book.

 

Washing out the sheets: A book with a scene you wish you could rewrite.

This is probably cheating, but I don’t care: any YA book that shoehorns in some random make out/heavy petting/sex scene. I feel like 75% of YA novels throw in some random “bonus” love scene that you could remove entirely and it wouldn’t change the plot of the book at all. This is what stops me from rating a whole bunch of books higher in stars – the world is about to end or something, do you really need to stop to admire your boyfriend’s alabaster skin and crimson hair?

 

Throwing out unnecessary knick knacks: A book in a series you didn’t think was necessary.

Novellas. Legitimately, any novella book probably does not need to exist. Off the top of my head, the Lunar Chronicles is a repeat offender on this list.

 

Polishing doorknobs: A book that had a clean finish.

Everything I’ve ever read by Shusterman has had a similar reaction from me – “what!?” and a desire to chuck the book across the room. That’s how you know you really got me, and that I’m chomping at the bit for more. Scythe in particular had an amazing ending, but Neal Shusterman has absolutely gotten the art of crafting a conclusion down to a science.

 

Reaching to dust the fan: A book that tried too hard to relay a certain message.

“Hey, fellow kids. I am a cool and relatable author. See what happens when you trust a random guy you meet at the park? He locks you in his house and threatens to trap your sister with Down Syndrome in his torture basement. It’s normal, I swear. Just don’t go to the park. Your friends’ husbands are also probably evil, too. You will spend hours contemplating who among your own is most likely to be a sociopath. You’re welcome.”

 

The tiring, yet satisfying finish of spring cleaning: A book series that was tiring but satisfying to get through.

I was privileged enough to get to the A Series of Unfortunate Events books as they were released – I was right at the target age range, and even though I had grown out of middle grade books by the time the 13th and final book was published, I had grown up with Snicket and was so happy to have done so. This series expanded my vocabulary more than anything else – at least, I give it that credit.

This was a blast to do – thanks again for tagging me, Jessica!

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WWW – May 23, 2018 Edition

Hey there innertubers, it’s Wednesday, and we all know what that means – it’s time for WWW! Which I will always and forever call “Whatcha Wreading Wednesday” in my head, and you can’t stop me.

This beautiful gem of a weekly post is brought to you by Taking on a World of Words, and on this blessed and hallowed day, we answer three questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

 

I am 19% done with Girl Made of Stars, and 38% done with All We Ever Wanted on my Kindle app for Netgalley review. These are both incredible books!

 

 

What did you recently finish reading?

Jennifer Brown’s tough but honest and very necessary Bitter End.

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

  

Maybe All of This Is True, possibly Olivia Twist (May Once Upon a Book Club selection), or Legendary, which I will drop everything like a hot potato for when it comes in the mail on Tuesday.

Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts? Let me know!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books With Unique Character Names

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (as always, hosted by the inimitable Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl) is all about one of my favorite fantasies: names. I am not in the business of procreating any time soon, but damn if I don’t have a laundry list of favorite baby names should that moment arise – as do, I suspect, thousands of girls everywhere.

I took a leaf out of Jana’s book today, and went with ten names I consider “unique” from books I’ve read. This began as a fairly challenging task, but actually grew easier over time as I went back through my GoodReads archives! Check it out:

1 & 2. Ari & Dante – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

3. Citra – Scythe

4. Dimple – When Dimple Met Rishi

5. Feyre – A Court of Thorns & Roses

6. Harper – Rebel Belle

7. Magnus – Magnus Chase & the Gods of Asgard

8. Minnow – The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

9. Speth – All Rights Reserved

10. Tella – Caraval

What do you think of these names? Do you agree that they are unique? Would you add any? Let me know down below!

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Review: Bitter End by Jennifer Brown

Review: Bitter End by Jennifer BrownBitter End by Jennifer Brown
on May 10, 2011
Pages: 359
Format: Paperback
Goodreads

When Alex falls for the charming new boy at school, Cole -- a handsome, funny, sports star who adores her -- she can't believe she's finally found her soul mate . . . someone who truly loves and understands her.
At first, Alex is blissfully happy. Sure, Cole seems a little jealous of her relationship with her close friend Zack, but what guy would want his girlfriend spending all her time with another boy? As the months pass, though, Alex can no longer ignore Cole's small put-downs, pinches, or increasingly violent threats.
As Alex struggles to come to terms with the sweet boyfriend she fell in love with and the boyfriend whose "love" she no longer recognizes, she is forced to choose -- between her "true love" and herself.

I have now read two books by Jennifer Brown (this one and Hate List), and I have fiercely loved both. She does not sugarcoat issues that teenagers are experiencing, or try to pretend they do not exist. Instead, Brown goes out of her way to make these things relatable – in Hate List, we develop a slow-burning empathy for a young man who performs a school shooting, the exact sort of person we’re expected to never understand. And in Bitter End, we see the side of many relationships that we’d prefer to pretend doesn’t exist: partner abuse.

How I’d Describe This Book to a Friend

Alex is your typical high school senior. She has a part-time job at a local cafe, loves to write angsty poetry, and spends her free time with her two best friends since diapers, Bethany and Zack. Her mother died when she was very young, on her way out the door to soul search in Colorado, and her father has been a shell of a man ever since. Determined to find answers, Alex, Beth and Zack have concocted a sweet coming-of-age-story road trip for right after high school – have been planning it for years. They are thick as thieves, and nothing is going to get in their way.

Until Cole moves into town, that is. A basketball star, intelligent and well-mannered, when Cole is assigned to Alex’s tutoring session her heart races involuntarily. Even better, he likes her poetry! He stands up when she enters a room, he opens her car door for her, he teaches her to play the guitar. She is so very in love, so very smitten, and so, so confused when he clamps his hand around her wrist one day, anger streaking across his face as he calls her a slut. She is in love with Zack, Cole just knows it, and he refuses to share. Alex is overcome with sadness, but when Cole comes around later with apologies and tears in his eyes … well, how can she stay mad at him? He said it won’t happen again, so it won’t.

Right?

The Bottom Line

There were a couple of moments in this book that really took my breath away. I’ve been in an abusive relationship before, and Brown really nails Alex’s internal monologue on the head. She doesn’t skimp on details – lets us see exactly how this poor girl is feeling – how in love, how confused. She doesn’t want to be “the abused girl,” she doesn’t want to tell her sisters who are distant at best and cruel at worst. She can’t let her father know, and her best friends who have been slowly distanced from her via the wedge Cole is driving between them … it would all fall apart like a house of cards. Alex has met Cole’s family, and she understands him – she gets him. We see his broken home. We see Alex’s love for him – that pure, unparalleled love only a teenager in puppy love can give another for the first time.

And that’s what makes this book so hard, and so necessary.

I won’t say anything else about the plot because it would do a disservice to Alex and her story, but please read this one. If you have a teenager, if you work with teenagers, get a copy of this for them, for your library. Kids need to read this, need to know they aren’t alone. And sometimes we all need a reminder that love does not have to hurt.

I loved Cole, but sometimes loving him just felt like I was on a roller coaster and I couldn’t catch my breath between dips and turns. And sometimes I just wanted off.

He whispered things. Apologies. Excuses. Promises. They bounced off me, impossible to absorb. I believed him and I didn’t. I hated him and I didn’t. I loved him and I didn’t. I hated me and I felt sorry for me. Words had no meaning. There was no past and no future. It was as if all I had to do was live through this moment and everything would be all right.

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WWW – May 16, 2018 Edition

Hey there innertubers, it’s Wednesday, and we all know what that means – it’s time for WWW! Which I will always and forever call “Whatcha Wreading Wednesday” in my head, and you can’t stop me.

This beautiful gem of a weekly post is brought to you by Taking on a World of Words, and on this blessed and hallowed day, we answer three questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

When Alex falls for the charming new boy at school, Cole — a handsome, funny sports star who adores her — she can’t believe she’s finally found her soul mate . . . someone who truly loves and understands her.

At first, Alex is blissfully happy. Sure, Cole seems a little jealous of her relationship with her close friend Zack, but what guy would want his girlfriend spending all her time with another boy? As the months pass, though, Alex can no longer ignore Cole’s small put-downs, pinches, and increasingly violent threats.

As Alex struggles to come to terms with the sweet boyfriend she fell in love with and the boyfriend whose “love” she no longer recognizes, she is forced to choose — between her “true love” and herself.

Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton.  Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she’s strayed from the person she once was.

Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville’s most prestigious private school. Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn’t always fit in—and her overprotective father doesn’t help—but in most ways, she’s a typical teenaged girl, happy and thriving. Then, one photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame.

At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together—all questioning their closest relationships, asking themselves who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning.

Right now I am coming around the curb to the end of Jennifer Brown’s Bitter End (61%), and the eARC I am working on currently is Emily Giffin’s new release coming out this summer – All We Ever Wanted (8%).

What did you recently finish reading?

I won’t even put a synopsis of this one because … come on, you know it.

I have genuinely not completed a book in a week – my habit tracker for this past week is just a solder’s row of sad, black Xs. Luckily this Jennifer Brown book has pulled me out of the slump.

What do you think you’ll read next?

 

Luke and Toby have always had each other’s backs. But then one choice—or maybe it is a series of choices—sets them down an irrevocable path. We’ll Fly Away weaves together Luke and Toby’s senior year of high school with letters Luke writes to Toby later—from death row.
Best friends since childhood, Luke and Toby have dreamed of one thing: getting out of their dead-end town. Soon they finally will, riding the tails of Luke’s wrestling scholarship, never looking back. If they don’t drift apart first. If Toby’s abusive dad, or Luke’s unreliable mom, or anything else their complicated lives throw at them doesn’t get in the way.

I pre-ordered a few books that came out this week – why is it always a dry spell followed by 2-3 new releases on the same day?! – so I’ll probably get started on this puppy next. I am a sucker for a book about jail, prison, or incarceration in general. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I blame it on Orange Is the New Black.

Have you read any of these? Any interest you? Let me know down below!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Five Books I Disliked but Am Glad I Read

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (as always, hosted by the inimitable Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl) is a really interesting idea – what are the top ten books you’ve read and disliked, but are ultimately glad you read anyway? Unfortunately for me and purposes of today’s TTT prompt, if I hate a book, I generally put it down because life is just too short to read books that you hate.

I decided to not include required reading for school on here, and so I could only come up with 5 books for this prompt – I likely could have done 10 if I’d been able to include books I hated in school, but I feel dishonest saying I’m ultimately glad I read them because I am not, and will never be, grateful for A Separate Peace.

So, being a Ravenclaw who is also a not-so-closeted book snob, I decided to go with my own take on the theme: Top 5 Books I Read Just So I Can Intelligently Explain Why They Suck.

  • Twilight: do I have to explain this? I don’t think I should have to, but just in case … if you want your kids to enjoy a nice, wholesome story about glorified stalking and teen angst with teenage vampires who set unrealistic boyfriend expectations by sparkling like pavement in the sunlight, look no further.
  • 50 Shades: This is Twilight for adults. I cannot even dignify giving it more space on this page.
  • Catcher in the Rye: The proto-hipster, Holden Caulfield himself! Possibly the first young adult character to be a Nice Guy, definitely the first YA character to decide he has been friend-zoned, I give you Asshole In A Red Plaid Hat.
  • The Fault in Our Stars: I really don’t like John Green’s writing. There, I said it. I did at one point, but the older I’ve gotten, the more he rubs me the wrong way. He writes teenagers with the vocabulary of a 50 year old, and there are plenty out there who do talk like that – myself included, 15 years ago or so – but damn, I can only take so much glorification of illness and Lurlene McDaniel-esque “we’re soulmates 5ever even though I have a horrible disease that will kill me any day now,” ugh. And the thing about the unlit cigarettes? Oh come on.
  • Eat, Pray, Love: This is like Wild, but bad. I will always secretly despise anything or anyone that suggests the way to fix your problems is to go find yourself in another country. Some of us have debt, Karen. Anyway, this woman goes on a journey to discover herself and ultimately does so by … finding a man. I feel like that’s the opposite of what should have happened.

Is this controversial? Probably! Do you hate me now? Let me know in the comments!

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Review: A Court of Thorns & Roses By Sarah J. Maas

Review: A Court of Thorns & Roses By Sarah J. MaasA Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 5, 2015
Pages: 416
Goodreads
five-stars

Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price ...
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre's presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to think of this book – the series receives rave reviews, and so I bought the set of the first 3 with a gift card I got for Christmas, but I was not expecting much. After all, I really didn’t like Throne of Glass at all and didn’t expect this one to go much better. I was pleasantly surprised, however.

Rating: 

How I’d Describe This Book to A Friend

Feyre’s life sucks. She lives in a hovel in the woods with her crappy sisters and her well-intentioned-but-also-crappy father – times are hard, living in a world post-war where the faeries beat down the humans and relegated them to a specific portion of the land, a line that must never be crossed. Feyre hunts in the woods near their home to make ends meet, but it barely works and nobody else lifts a finger to help her. So when, one day, she spies a wolf in the woods going after a doe, she does the only thing she can: she shoots it, clean through the eye.

Only problem with that is that oops, it wasn’t a wolf, it was a faerie. And they don’t exactly take kindly to people murdering their friends and family in cold blood, as is made incredibly clear by the raging beast-man bursting into her cabin and screaming at her. Humans don’t take kindly to faeries either, largely because this just serves to solidify the “faeries are jerks” impression of them.

What follows is the typical Beauty & the Beast story – Feyre gets taken hostage and carried to the castle of the High King of Faerie (well, the Spring court anyway, there are 6 others) to serve out a life sentence. She discovers when she arrives though that she is hardly prisoner – Tamlin, the High Lord who can turn into a beast at will and also has what I only assume are Wolverine-esque claws – doesn’t give a crap what she does, as long as she doesn’t leave. Feyre spends her time exploring the grounds, getting to know Tamlin at mealtimes as well as his best friend and (basically) bodyguard, Lucien. Tamlin even has a large library, similar to the Beast, although Feyre is illiterate (I told you her life sucked) and can’t truly appreciate a lot of it the way she wants.

As time goes by, Feyre learns that there is more to faeries than she thought – maybe they aren’t all terrible people after all. But a blight is here, and it could strike the human world at a moment’s notice. It’s starting to affect everyone, human and faerie alike. What’s an illiterate teenage girl with excellent sharpshooter skills and Stockholm Syndrome to do?

Bottom Line

I enjoyed this book thoroughly – I always love the suggestion that faeries aren’t as cute and innocent as we make them out to be – sorry, Tinkerbell. The only negative I’d give it is that the romance is a little heavy-handed, and I am really not feeling Feyre with any of these eligible bachelors. But alas, I know the Love Triangle is an important factor in most YA lit, so I will let it slide. I hear a lot of people say that the second book in this series is the best by far, so I am excited to get into that one once I get to that point in my TBR pile.

What do you think of ACOTAR? Let me know down below!

five-stars