Book Review A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Mass

A Court of Mist and Fury written by Sarah J Mass is a sequel to her best seller novel “A Court of Thorns and Roses”. A Court of Mist and Fury was published in the year 2016. The story revolves around Feyre, Rhysand and Tamlin.

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2

Author: Sarah J Mass

Language: English

Year of Publication: 2016

Page Count: 626

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Adult Fiction

Characters: Tamlin, Feyre, Rhysand

Ratings: 3.25 

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Book Synopsis: A Court of Mist and Fury (Goodreads)

Feyre is immortal.

After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.

She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two.

Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury

O…kay I thoroughly enjoyed book one “A Court of Thorns and Roses” and book two, sadly I cannot tell the same. I felt the book was over dragged and over hyped. I think the series became an hit only because of book 1. 

So many things went wrong with book “A Court of Mist and Fury”.  Sarah J Mass had built her characters in a more appealing way in “A Court of Thorns and Roses”, but she completely ruined them in “A Court of Mist and Fury”. She started destroying with Tamlin, who till that point I considered as a good book boyfriend. Tamlin became an overbearing, over protective  and what boiled my blood is he also became insensitive towards Feyre’s suffering.  So imagine my conflict when I had to start hating the one character I loved most!

Sarah J Mass, I felt like you completely changed the characteristic of Tamlin and made him an ass prick only because you wanted us to lean towards Rhysand and start hating Tamlin. I did not like that not a bit!

Now, don’t get me wrong. i love Rhysand but a voice in my head keeps telling me I love Rhysand and Feyre’s pair only because Sarah made sure of it!. She made sure of the readers hating Tamlin and falling for Rhysand. 

In the process of reading the book, somewhere in middle I could not stand Feyre too. That Feyre whom I considered a strong willed girl was dead! I mean imagine my horror when I thought she was a brave, strong willed girl was turned into a guilt eating, Zombie who is just perishing in front of Tamlin. She herself could have taken a stand when Tamlin became overbearing. She could have raised her voice and made him realize his wrong doings. Instead of that, she became a zombie. Come on Feyre! For god sake  you are an immortal now. you could have done something! Another major issue with Feyre for me was, I hated her when she did comparisons between Rhysand and Tamlin. I hated it even more when she used to guilt for having feelings for Rhysand! 

I have problem with this mate thing too.! I mean Feyre felt Tamlin not because she didn’t love him, she left him because she was suffocated of his overbearing and possessiveness (can someone ask Ana Steele also to follow Feyre’s footstep here?!) But after coming to know about Rhysand being her mate, she thinks her relationship with Tamlin was doomed from the start! 

I loved Cassian, Mor, Amren and Azriel. I loved their banters. They helped Feyre in so many ways. Feyre started blooming again because of Rhys and his friends. She again started fighting for herself and her beloved ones. 

I wish Sarah had edited the book more precisely. Most of the times I left the story was dragged unnecessarily. The cliffhanger Sarah J Mass leaves the readers in the end of book 2 will leave the readers to go mad. You just cannot restrain yourself from grabbing the book 3 .

I give this book a 3.25 stars.

Favorite Quotes : A Court of Mist and Fury

“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.”

“To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.” 

“I fell in love with you, smartass, because you were one of us—because you weren’t afraid of me, and you decided to end your spectacular victory by throwing that piece of bone at Amarantha like a javelin. I felt Cassian’s spirit beside me in that moment, and could have sworn I heard him say, ‘If you don’t marry her, you stupid prick, I will.” 

“If you were going to die, I was going to die with you. I couldn’t stop thinking it over and over as you screamed, as I tried to kill her: you were my mate, my mate, my mate.” 

“She is my mate. And my spy,’ I said too quietly. ‘And she is the High Lady of the Night Court.’

“He locked you up because he knew—the bastard knew what a treasure you are. That you are worth more than land or gold or jewels. He knew, and wanted to keep you all to himself.” 

About the Author: Sarah J Mass

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

 

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Book Review A Court of Thorns And Roses

Book Review A Court of Thorns And Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses written by Sarah J Mass was published in the year 2015.The book is a fantasy fiction dealing with Faeries and High Faes.

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J Mass

Language: English

Year of Publication: 2015

Page Count: 448 Pages

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Characters: Feyre, Tamlin, Lucien, Rhysand and Amarantha

Ratings: 4 Stars

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Book Synopsis: A Court of Thorns and Roses (Goodreads)

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin-one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.

Book Review : A Court of Thorns and Roses

So, finally I read the book!!! This book was in my “To be read” since ages and somehow I just couldn’t buy this and read it. Couple of days ago in one of my social media group I saw n number of readers talking endlessly about A Court of Thorns and Roses and I remembered I had thought about reading this book long back. What other better opportunity than to read this on New Year?! So, I made a hasty decision and brought the book and started reading.

This book is your modern version of Beauty and the Beast!!!

This might disappoint the readers, Feyre unlike our Belle doesn’t read she hunts for the living! She is the sole bread winner for her family consisting of two elder sisters and a father. Feyre is introduced with a hunting of a deer and a faerie who is disguised as a wolf! Because she has killed a Feyre and as broken the treaty she is to go and live her life in Pyrathian with Tamlin, Lord of the Spring.

I loved the character development of Feyre. Upfront she is a strong girl who is taking care of her family though she is the youngest. But if you see closely you also see a teenage girl who also has cracks of vulnerability lurking there. I just wish Sarah J Mass had not made our heroine Feyre yet again another Mary Sue.

I fell for Tamlin like you fall by loosing your balance. That was how it was. I didn’t expect to fall for Tamlin at all then next second I realized I was already under his spell. Maybe he did cast his magic on me too. The Banter between Tamlin and Feyre or between Feyre and Lucien keeps the readers entertained.

This maybe just me, but somehow I left Tamlin and Feyre were just attracted to each other and considered that as love. Or maybe Feyre did love Tamlin and Tamlin loved Feyre because he knew she was going to break his curse. The love between them was kind off unexplained to me. It’s more like an inescapable gravitational pull.

The book starts with a slow pace and the story only quickens it’s pace in the middle. This might make few readers to think was it worth it! Trust me, keep glued and continue with the read the story during its climax leaves the reader wanting for more!!!

The Stunning setting, vivid description, humorous one lines and bit of action and a blood thirty  Villain, the book will definitely keep the readers engrossed.

The Hype over the book was definitely worth it!!!

I give this book a 4 stars.

Go on my fellow book dragons, if you haven’t read this book yet. Grab the book and read it as soon as possible. I bet you won’t be disappointed.

Favorite Quotes:  A Court of Thorns and Roses

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”

“Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

“I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.”

“You look . . . better than before.”
Was that a compliment? I could have sworn Lucien gave Tamlin an encouraging nod.
“And you hair is . . . clean.”

“Would you like me to grovel with gratitude for bringing me here, High Lord?”
“Ah. The Suriel told you nothing important, did it?”

“I might die of surprise,” Lucien said behind me. “You made a joke, Feyre.”

“I found him carefully studying me, his lips in a thin line. “Has anyone ever taken care of you?” he asked quietly.
“No.” I’d long since stopped feeling sorry for myself about it.”

About The Author:

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

 

 

 

Book Review The Search by Nora Roberts

Book Review : The Search by Nora Roberts

The Search written by Nora Roberts was published in the year 2010. The novel is a standalone and focuses on the lives of Fiona Bristow, a dog trainer Slash Canine search and rescuer and her love interest Simon Doyle.

Title: The Search

Author: Nora Roberts

Language: English

Year of Publication: 2010

Page count: 488

Characters: Fiona Bristow and Simon Doyle

Genre: Romantic Thriller, Adult Romance.

Ratings: 4 Stars

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Synopsis: The Search (Goodreads)

To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life—a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school and a challenging volunteer job performing Canine Search and Rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

Several years ago, Fiona was the only survivor of the Red Scarf Killer, who shot and killed Fiona’s cop fiancé and his K-9 partner.

On Orcas Island, Fiona has found the peace and solitude necessary to rebuild her life. But all that changes on the day Simon Doyle barrels up her drive, desperate for her help. He’s an intensely private wood artist and the reluctant owner of an out-of-control puppy named Jaws.

As Fiona embarks on training Jaws, and Simon begins to appreciate both dog and trainer, the past tears back into Fiona’s life. A copycat killer has emerged out of the shadows, a man whose blood lust has been channeled by a master with one motive: to reclaim the woman who slipped out of his hands . . .

Book Review : The Search

Nora Roberts books are my guilty pleasure. I read her books when I’m not in a mood to concentrate much or when just want to read romance and nothing else. When in need of complete love and romance you know whom to turn to now!

Let me tell you, I have read almost all the books written by Nora Roberts and only few I have read for a second time. I don’t keep any expectations when it comes to Nora’s books. I know she is done a fantastic job when it comes to romance and being a sucker for happily ever afters, I have very less to complain.

Fiona after losing her fiancee to a serial killer who kills her fiancee as a revenge as he failed to kill Fiona moves to Orcas in order to rebuild her life. She is dog trainer and also a part of canine search and rescue. Her best friends are her three Labs. Fiona with her dog training and volunteer work is not looking to start a serious relationship. But when Simon Doyle who has recently relocated to the Orcas Island for solitude everything changes. Simon a wood artist has acquired a pup and is looking for a dog trainer. Fiona and Simon’s path crosses and sparks fly. Both are like Chalk and Cheese, yet their chemistry is palpable. I adore Simon. He is so temperamental and cynical a complete opposite of a positive, cheerful Fiona.

If you are also a dog lover like me, you will fall even harder for four four legged darlings from the book. Jaws, Peck, Newman and Bogart. They keep the viewers entertained especially Jaws. You will just go “Aww” with Jaws and Simon’s scenes. They are so hilarious.

One more thing about the book which keeps the readers hooked is the light moments between the leads. Simon who is really very grouchy does have softer edges when it comes to Fiona. This is the first Nora Roberts Couple for whom I lost my heart to.

The bit of mystery/thrill element used in the story also kind off supports and Nora has done a more than Okay job with the thriller element. The reader might forget the book also has a serial killer in it.

The Search is very special book to me. This book is one exception where I actually read this book more than 5 times. I reason for me falling for this book might be very simple. I’m a dog lover. Or the reason for me to fall for the book might be a bit complex. I actually understood the pull of attraction between the main leads Simon Doyle and Fiona.

Looking for an put right romance where you wish you also had a boyfriend who is caring, protective and at the same time knows you can fight your own battles and all he has to do is stand beside you? Then this is the right book.

Go on and grab the copy and read it As soon as possible. The book might lag a bit with dog training and all but if you ignore that bit, the story is paced steadily and a quick read.

I give this book 4 stars.

Favorite Quotes : The Search

  • “- What is it about you?” he repeated. “How does touching you calm me down and excite me at the same time? What is it you want from me? You never ask. Sometimes I wonder, is this a trick?” His eyes on hers, he backed her slowly toward the bed. “Just a way to pull me in? But it’s not. You’re not built that way.”
    – “Why would I want anything I had to trick out of you?”
    – “You don’t.” He lifted her, held, then laid her on the bed. “So you pull me in. And I end up being the one who’s lost.”
    She framed his face with her hands. “I’ll find you.”
  • “Was he supposed to let Fiona cry on his shoulder now? He hated being the shoulder. He never knew what to say or do.
    Pat, pat, there, there. What the f–k?”
  • “ ‘You don’t have any neuroses, which is annoying. You have quirks, which make up for it a little. But you’re mostly irritatingly stable and normal.’ ”

About The Author: Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Come Sundown, The Obsession, The Liar, and coming in December 2017, Year One — the first book in The Chronicles of The One. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

Book Review Double Standards by Judith McNaught

Double Standards By Judith McNaught:

Double Standards by Judith McNaught was published in 1984.

Title: Double Standards

Author: Judith McNaught

Language: English

Year of Publication: 1984

Page Count: 310 Pages

Genre: Romance, Fiction

Characters: Lauren Danner, Nick Sinclair

Ratings: 3 Star

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Synopsis: Double Standards (Goodreads)

In the exclusive, glittering world of business superstars, Nick Sinclair was a legend…

The ruggedly handsome president of Global Industries handled his business the way he handled his women — with charm, daring and ruthless self-control. A man used to the very best, Nick hired Lauren Danner, and assumed the proud beauty would soon be another easy conquest. But Lauren’s flashing wit and rare spirit dazzled him — and slowly, against his will, he was intrigued, challenged — and in love.

Yet Lauren was living a lie, a charade that became more dangerous with every passing moment. Trapped in a web of deceit, she fought her growing love for Nick. Her secret could destroy his fragile trust — and the promise of life with the most compelling man she had ever met!

Book Review: Double Standards 

I’m huge fan of Judith McNaught. I love her Stories. It’s very rare when I don’t like her story telling or her characters Unfortunately This falls in that category. “Double Standards” is a simple story consisting of yet again two opposite characters brought together through a circumstance. I liked the story.

Lauren is a naïve, 23 year old woman who gets a job in Nick Sinclair Company as a secretary. She joins there with a hidden motive. I found Lauren a bit annoying. I know the book was written in mid 80’s but still I cannot understand how a lady can be that meek.

Nick was the strength for the book. If Nick wasn’t charming, amusing, possessive, the book would have failed miserably.

Unlike other books of Judith McNaught, I didn’t find the chemistry between the lead. It was cold. I felt the ending was rushed. It’s a onetime read. I wouldn’t consider it a great read or recommend anyone a must read. If you are looking for a quick read, not minding with the clichés…then go for it.

I rate the book 3 stars

 Favorite quote from the book: Double Standards

“What hap­pens to me if this slip­per fits?”
“I turn you into a hand­some frog.”

“How am I doing so far?” she asked, forcing a cheerful lightness into her voice.
“You’re doing very well,” Nick’s lazy voice mocked. “I’m half convinced that I’m invisible.”

“Leave the star on top,” said an achingly gen­tle, deep voice. “There’s al­ready one angel in the room.”

“Consider what an amoral, unprincipled cynicI am-think of all the improvements you could make to my character.”

“Hmmm,” he said, “Lauren Elizabeth Danner.Elizabeth is a beautiful name and so is Lauren. They suit you.”

Lauren said repressively, “I was named after two maiden aunts.One of them had a squint and the other had warts.”

“Lau­ren,” he began gravely, “I would like four daugh­ters with wob­bly blue eyes and stu­dious horn-rimmed glasses on their lit­tle noses. Also, I’ve be­come very par­tial to your honey-col­ored hair, so if you could man­age…”

About the Author:

Judith McNaught is a #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author, with more than forty million copies of her novels in print, in over eighty countries and more than thirty languages. She was also the first female executive producer at a CBS radio station. McNaught is credited with inventing the modern Regency Historical romance subgenre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review The Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Book review Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Turtles all the way down written by John Green was published in the year 2017. The book is a young adult fiction and revolves around teenager Aza Holmes, Daisy and Davis Pickett.

Title: Turtles all the way down

Author: John Green

Language: English

Page Count: 286

Year of Publication: 2017

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Characters: Aza, Daisy and Davis

Ratings: 3.25 Stars

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Synopsis: Turtles All The Way Down (Goodreads)

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

Book Review: Turtles All The Way Down By John Green

I’m not a big fan of John Green. Apart from his “The Faults In Our Stars” I could not relate to any of his other books. Reading his books like An Abundance of Katherines, Finding Alaska and Will Grayson Will Grayson were pure torture. I started the book The Turtles All The Way Down with null to minimum expectation. The first few pages were so snail paced I left like giving it up, but few of my online bookish friends told me to give it a chance. They assured me the story will pick up its pace. The story did involve me in some parts but not through out the books. I was not really disappointed with the book as I started with no expectations.

One thing I liked about the book was Aza’s musings about her anxiety. Her struggle, her anxiety and her helpless are all real and her musings are like a mirror. The reader connects to her very easily. I did get annoyed with Aza’s best friend Daisy. One instance where Daisy accuses Aza that she is tiresome and self-centred, you get annoyed because its very clear who is self – centred and annoying.

The blooming relationship of Davis Pickett, a billionaire’s son and Aza, a girl with mental illness does has its perks. You will definitely fall for their equation. I’m glad John Green didn’t end the story with uncertainties. He made sure we get a peek into the future of Aza.

Overall, the book is an ok read. With just 286 pages, you can finish off the book in couple of days or if you have more patience than me, I won’t be surprised if you finish the book in 1 day.

You have time and looking for a one – time book which hardly has ups…go for it. Otherwise, give this book a miss and read something better.

I give this book 3.25 Stars.

Favorite Quotes: Turtles All The Way Down

“Your now is not your forever.”

“Anybody can look at you. It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.”

“I was beginning to learn that your life is a story told about you, not one that you tell.”

“You are as real as anyone, and your doubts make you more real, not less.”

“You remember your first love because they show you, prove to you, that you can love and be loved, that nothing in this world is deserved except for love, that love is both how and you become a person and why.”

“It’s a weird phrase in English, in love, like it’s a sea you drown in or a town you live in. You don’t get to be in anything else—in friendship or in anger or in hope. All you can be in is love.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review Tribute By Nora Roberts

Tribute written by Nora Roberts was published in the year 2008. The story focuses on  a big-screen legend, a small-town scandal and a young woman caught up in the secrets and shadows of both.

Title: Tribute

Author: Nora Roberts

Language: English

Year of Publication: 2008

Page Count: 451

Genre: Romance, Mystery

Characters: Cilla McGowan, Ford Sawyer

Rating: 3 Star

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Synopsis: Tribute (Goodreads)

The #1 New York Times bestselling author presents her latest blockbuster novel, the story of a big-screen legend, a small-town scandal and a young woman caught up in the secrets and shadows of both.

Cilla McGowan, a former child star, has found a more satisfying life restoring homes. So she comes to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to save the dilapidated farmhouse that once belonged to her grandmother—a legendary actress who died of an overdose more than thirty years ago.

Plunging into the project with gusto, Cilla’s almost too busy and exhausted to notice her neighbor, graphic novelist Ford Sawyer. Determined not to carry on the family tradition of ill-fated romances, Cilla steels herself against Ford’s quirky charm, though she can’t help indulging in a little fantasy.

But it’s reality that holds its share of dangers for Cilla. A cache of unsigned letters found in the attic points to a mysterious romance in her grandmother’s life—and may be the catalyst for a frightening, violent assault. And if Cilla and Ford are unable to sort out who is targeting her and why, she may, like her world-famous grandmother, be cut down in the prime of her life.

Book Review: Tribute by Nora Roberts

Cilla McGowan belonging to a family of performers was once a famous child star. Her grandmother was a famous actor and singer and her mother was also in the show bizz. Cilla is now working on becoming a building contractor. Cilla has returned to Virginia in order to restore her grandmother’s farmhouse which was neglected for the past 3 decades since her death. Things get twisted when an unknown entity vandalizes the property and she is assaulted. Cilla grandmother lost her life at the age of 49 and it was assumed that her death was a result was an overdose. But Cilla starts getting suspicious about her grandmother death after her property is vandalized and her best friend is attacked.

Cilla, busy with her renovation of her newly inherited property is definitely not looking for an affair. But the guy staying across the road Ford Sawyer and his dog is slowly growing up on her. Ford writes and draws graphic novels for a living. He is intrigued with Cilla from the first meet and she becomes an inspiration for his next graphic novel.  Their relationship gradually progresses, it’s not rushed. When Cilla is targeted again and again by an unknown force, Ford becomes protective and realizes his love for her.

Ford is the life of the book. He makes sure the reader falls for his charm. As Cilla and Ford explore their relationship, the menace surrounding them intensifies. The whole mystery surrounding the death of Cilla’s grandmother could have been written well. It’s no secret that Nora is a fabulous story teller when it comes to romance, but I cannot say the same for her narration of mystery. The mystery part keeps on dragging and it tests the patience of the reader as it’s not built up properly.

What I enjoyed while reading the book? Its main lead Ford Sawyer – his geekiness, his charm, his love and protectiveness towards Cilla makes the story enjoyable. The dream sequences between Cilla and her grandmother is written in such a way…it gives a peek into the past of the latter and by those dream sequences we get a glimpse of a former Super star. The one liner in the book is again a plus point.

The book did not really bug me that much. Could have been a quick read if it was edited out properly. I would give this book 3 star.

Favorite quotes: Tribute 

“I guess money can’t buy happiness if you shop in the wrong places.” 

“I saw you standing on a veranda you’d built with your own hands. And I loved you.” 

“Youlovetests?”
“Well, yeah. There are questions and answers. True or false, multiple choice, essay. What’s not to love?” 

“- I believe in us. – He kissed her again, swayed with her. – You’re the one I can dance with.” 

About the Author: Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Come Sundown, The Obsession, The Liar, and coming in December 2017, Year One — the first book in The Chronicles of The One. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review The Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

The Crooked Kingdom written by Leigh Bardugo was published in the year 2016. The Crooked Kingdom is the sequel to the The Grisha Series Six of Crows. The Second installment follows the revenge saga of Kazz Brekker and his team on the Merch Jan Van Vck  and Pekka Rollins.

Title: The Crooked Kingdom

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Language: English

Series: Six of Crows #2

Year of Publication: 2016

Page Count: 536

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult fantasy Fiction

Characters: Kazz Brekker, Inej Ghafa, Nina Zinek, Waylan Van Vck, Jesper Fahey, Mattahias Helvar

Ratings: 3.5 Stars.

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Synopsis: The Crooked Kingdom (Goodreads)

Welcome to the world of the Grisha.
After pulling off a seemingly impossible heist in the notorious Ice Court, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker feels unstoppable. But life is about to take a dangerous turn—and with friends who are among the deadliest outcasts in Ketterdam city, Kaz is going to need more than luck to survive in this unforgiving underworld.

Book Review : The Crooked Kingdom

After Six of Crows, I couldn’t wait for the next installment! I was on edge and Amazon took a while to deliver my book! Was all the anticipation and anxiety I had before the read the The Crooked Kingdom was worth it? I’m not so sure. Hands down Six of Crows was one adrenaline rush for me, but I cannot say the same for The Crooked Kingdom. I felt the story was unnecessarily dragged at times.  I’m not saying I was bored through out, there were some really exciting moments in the book like last 80 to 100 pages where everything starts happening at a time and you feel like you’re also sucked into the Chaos of Ketterdam. The twists and wits provided by Kazz Brekker is over the top and you cannot help but fall for this man a bit more.

what went wrong for me with this book was it had too much of hype courtesy of Six of Crows and that expectations could not be handled by Leigh that effectively.

Every single character has grown tremendously in crooked Kingdom.

In Six of Crows, the vulnerabilities were like a smoke but in Crooked Kingdom, the vulnerabilities of the main characters are like shadow, they are always there, very much present only not visible in the dark!

I think Leigh in making Kazz look smart and cunning, she made him a Gary Stu (Male version of Mary Sue). I mean I cannot digest that Kazz was always I mean always a step ahead! He outsmarted each and every person out there and he was able to guess the thinking of others properly! How can a 17 year old be perfect with his revenge plan?!

Nevertheless, I loved him but I only wish Leigh had made him look more like a teenage boy which he was than make him something else! I used to forget that Kazz just like all other main characters is also just a teenager!

I loved Inej, the wraith has so many angles and shades. Unlike Kazz she is not ashamed to show she is human and vulnerable.

Nina, Mattahias, Wylan and Jesper banters are very entertaining. Without Jesper and Nina I think the book would have become a serious read which would have been a difficult read to be honest.

I don’t know why the death of one the main characters (I’m not gonna mention and ruin the read for you all, Chill!) didn’t surprise me. From the part 1 Six of crows itself I was under the impression that the character wouldn’t have a happily ever after. But the intensity and the emotional surrounding of the death did break my heart. I wish their was a better ending for that character. Leigh I wish you had proved me wrong. I just hate sad endings.

In Six of crows, I was feeling to many emotions at a time , but in crooked kingdom my emotions were just flat! So many things were happening and getting dragged somewhere in the middle of the book I realized, the read has become mechanical and I’m not feeling much! I think the jolt came for me during the death scene and I realized we are almost at the end!

I give this book a 3.5 stars. I would definitely recommend my friends to read the series. My only advice is not to have too much of expectations for Crooked Kingdom. It’s not as great read as Six of Crows. It’s a decent one time read!

Favorite Quotes : Crooked Kingdom

“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”

“Has anyone noticed this whole city is looking for us, mad at us, or wants to kill us?”
“So?” said Kaz.
“Well, usually it’s just half the city.”

“She smiled then, her cheeks red, her cheeks scattered with some kind of dust. It was a smile he thought he might die to earn again.”

“This action will have no echo.”

“Don’t worry, Da. People point guns at each other all the time in Ketterdam. It’s basically a handshake.”

“Nina glanced from Inej to Kaz and saw they both wore the same expression. Nina knew that look. It came after the shipwreck, when the tide moved against you and the sky had gone dark. It was the first sight of land, the hope of shelter and even salvation that might await you on a distant shore.”

 

 

 

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