Amazing series by SJ Maas!

Court of wings and ruin

Action-packed masterpiece!

As war bears down on Prythian, Feyre finds herself deep in enemy lands at the Spring court. She is determined to make Tamlin pay for the betrayal that cost both her human and Fae family so dearly. To do so, she must play a deadly game of deceit and it will take every weapon in her arsenal, and more to ally the High-Lords to protect the two worlds she loves so dearly.

What a roller-coaster, magnificent masterpiece! Maas weaves a fantasy world full of adventure, beauty, treacherous betrayal and romance. She adds additional characters in this installment with rich back-stories that deserve dedicated novels of their own. I was already in love with the rich characters of the Night court but this novel continued their stories of personal growth, making me fall in love all over again. This one is action-packed and will have you in tears, in stitches and swooning!

 

Top favorite fantasy series!

Court of mist and fury

Fantastic fantasy!

 

Feyre died under the mountain, at the hands of Amarantha. Now, reborn as Feyre curse-breaker, she returns to the Spring court to take her place at the side of the man she loves. But she cannot forget the things she was forced to do to save Tamlin’s people anymore than he can forget watching her die. Then there is the matter of her debt to Rhysand, High-Lord of the night court, who arrives at the most inopportune moment to collect on Feyre’s promise while the threat of war looms.

Epic, fantastic, thrilling and romantic are just some of the words I would use to describe this installment of the series. Rhysand has quickly become one of my favorite characters of all time and definitely book-boyfriend worthy! The chemistry and often gentle tenderness he has with Feyre makes for a gripping page-turner.

Feyre’s personal development is a beautiful, perfect arc. From broken human girl to fierce warrior, she makes the change with a wonderful cast of strong supporting characters by her side, each with his or her own, richly woven back-story.

The fantasy world of Prythian is richer, lighter and full of hope in this novel. The detail with which Maas spins this emotional, imaginative and descriptive tale is breath-taking. This is definitely one of my favorite series!

A very different flavor to the usual Maggie Stiefvater

All the crooked Saints

 

Miracles

Owls are attracted to miracles and the little Colorado town of Bicho Raro is teeming with them. Pilgrims come to the town in search of the Saints of the Soria family, hoping for their own miracles. But miracles are strange things, and sometimes require more than just the Saints of Bicho Raro to be completed. Sometimes it takes a miracle for the pilgrims to reach inside and find their own answers and once in a while, miracles can happen even to the saints themselves.

Maggie Stiefvater is hands down my favorite author. Her writing is always lyrical and symbolic and I marvel at her creativity and talent. This book has an entirely different flavor to it. I struggled a lot to get into this story. At one point, I considered giving up but I continued, searching for the hidden gem. There is a huge amount of underlying symbolism in this novel. While the story in itself was gentle and not awe-inspiring for me, the message it carries of hope, of the darkness we each carry and our ability to slay it together, is.

Get ready to open your mind with Dan Brown’s “Origin”.

Origin

 

Where do we come from? Where are we going?

Professor Robert Langdon is intrigued when he receives an invitation to a mysterious presentation from his friend, futurist Edmond Kirsch. He is even more curious when, just before the presentation, his friend admits that he has made a break through scientific discovery that will change the face of religion. But Kirsch’s presentation is cut short when he is assassinated on live television. Robert Langdon and Kirsch’s friend Ambra Vidal are determined to find the password that will release Kirsch’s discovery to the world.

Dan Brown remains one of my favorite authors. It’s impossible to read a Dan Brown book without opening your mind to new ways of thinking and emerging with more insight, and often more questions, on the other side. Origin seeks to answer the greatest questions of all time: Where do we come from and where are we going? Brown tackles the conflicting schools of science versus religion with boldness and tact. Like a true scientist, he provides the facts and encourages each reader to find his or her own truth.

Brown’s descriptions of Spain and in particular, Basilica de la sagrada familia, are so vivid and exquisite that his book is sure to ignite a fresh wave of tourism. His references to technology and how it could shape the future of humanity are both exciting and frightening. It may be fiction, but I hope that each of us hears and heeds the underlying messages of warning and of hope for a better future.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The hate u give

Hard-hitting but inspiring

There are two Starrs. The one who goes to the preppy suburban neighborhood school and the one who grew up in drug-infested Garden Heights. Starr balances between her two lives, drawing the lines so that they never meet until…

Starr witnesses a police shooting of a childhood friend. Soon, she is thrust into the spotlight as the community seeks the truth and demands justice.

These are the kind of stories I love most – thought-provoking and hard-hitting. Angie Thomas addresses highly controversial topics in a gripping and creative narrative. Topics like modern day racism, hidden, disguised and perpetuated with words, money, and laws are laid bare, forcing the reader to dissect and examine each situation and intention.

Angie Thomas knows how to draw you in with witty dialogue and scenes that invoke all of the senses, including those of the heart. I love the familial and community scenes. There is tragedy, anger, and heart-ache in those scenes but also, a sense of community, sticking-together, sharing and greater-good.

While the topic may be tragic, I found the book uplifting and enlightening. It carries a message of hope and raises awareness of the society we should all be striving to build – one where the color of your skin truly doesn’t matter and where we all come together as one community to uplift one another.

There’s nothing frilly about this court

Court of thorn and roses

Fickle and lovely

Feyre never set out to kill the wolf. She never would have touched it had she known it was something more, something ancient and powerful from beyond the wall. But she hadn’t really had a choice, had she? The wolf had been hunting her prey and she needed that deer to feed her family.

So, she’d killed it.

Now, a creature has come to claim revenge for the life Feyre took. The only way she can atone is death – or she must consent to live out her life in the magical fairy kingdom across the wall.

Feyre makes the only choice she can and heads off to the lands of the fairies, where fearful, dangerous and beautiful creatures live. She soon discovers that her handsome and frightening captor is more than he seems and that a dangerous sickness threatening the land of fairies could spill over into the human world, obliterating everything. Can the fairy-Lord crack Feyre’s, hardened heart? Will Feyre be the one to break the curse and free the fairies from the blight?

I’m an ardent Sarah J Maas fan. Throne of Glass is one of my favorite series, and yet this book exceeds my expectations. There is something so poignant, raw and beautifully descriptive about her writing. She brings to life a world where beauty and horror live side-by-side, survival is king and the strong toy with the lives of the weak. There is nothing frilly about this magical world beyond the wall, it is cruel and lovely, with characters who are both fickle and deep.

I’m enchanted by this world beyond the wall and I can’t wait to find out what lies in store for Feyre!

Oh, what a wonderful world!

Written in red

 

In this world where humans are prey, Meg Corbyn’s odds of survival are slim at best. As a blood prophet, owned and kept by her human Controller, she’s had little exposure to the outside world. Now, she has escaped and finds herself at the mercy of a world she doesn’t understand.

Pursued by her Controller, Meg finds refuge in the unlikeliest of places – the Lakeside courtyard, a business district operated by “The Others”, the supernatural predators who control the world. Here, she begins to learn about the world of the humans and “The Others”. She makes some unlikely allies and friends, and her unusual kindness and innocence soon have “The Others” re-evaluating the relationships between their kind and the humans who work for them in the business district.

But Meg’s Controller wants her back, and he will stop at nothing to require his property, even if it means destroying the tenuous peace between the humans and “The Others.

Oh, what a world! The detailed intricacies and characters are like a carefully drawn map and each corner reveals yet another delight. What a magical, beautiful and brutal place this is, full of every kind of creature you could imagine. Each has its place within this political and familial society of “The Others”.

It is a delight to meet each character and to unravel their strength’s, weaknesses and quirks. Each character has its own journey and they come together in a beautiful tale of friendship told by a very talented author!