A Month of Bookish Love| A Court of Thorns and Roses

Happy Tuesday Bookish Babes!

I hope you are all enjoying this month of love so far. I have another book I adore and this one is of fantastical proportions. ✨

I came to claim the one I love.”

With words as those I can’t help but swoon. But those words are uttered not by a rogue prince charming, but by a human girl out of her element who must go against all odds to save her beloved and a people who despise her.

Fairy tale retellings are among my top favorite stories to read. Even more so when you get a bad ass protagonist like Feyre who must complete herculean efforts among those that are strong, agile, and cunning… Fae. A Court of Thorns and Roses (a.k.a. ACOTAR) is a mixture of a Beauty and Beast retelling with the Scottish Ballad “The Queen of the Fairies.” If you know those, you may think you know what will happen in the story, but OH-Ho! You do not my friend. Sarah J. Maas makes this story as twisty as the deadly beautiful Fae realm itself.

ACOTAR made me swoon and gasp plenty of times throughout the book. It is romantic but sometimes books helps us deal with real life situations more clearly by setting them in a fantastical setting. In ACOTAR I learned what love is… and isn’t. It shows how far the human spirit is willing to go for the ones we love. How much we are willing to sacrifice. That when love demands more of us, we give it, freely despite the cost.

But it’s not just a traditional romance. There are also other types of love shown. The familial love that binds us in complicated and tangled ways. Feyre both loves and resents her family for the things that they’ve allowed her to do. The love of a country that has been taken over by evil, that forces Tamlin’s hand to do the unthinkable in order to save the Fae land he loves. Love underlines all their actions in thorny (see what I did there?) and intricate ways.

Full Disclaimer: ACOTAR is the first of a trilogy and the second book happens to be my favorite, but this is where it all starts. I strongly recommend you read this series because it’s just SO GOOD. But I do adore this book and its brave depiction of the ultimate sacrifices we make when we love, hard. ♥️

Be back next week with another Bookish Love Pick! Have a Happy Valentine’s Week!

xoxo, Gisela

Gisela’s review of A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)

Leave this world a better place than how you found it.

Reading about the inner circle felt like coming home after a long time away. I love their chemistry with each other, their banter, their funny moments (especially the scene where Feyre and Cassian drunk decorate the house- I was laughing hysterically). All the characters are just so themselves. Maas does such a great job of shaping their personalities and having all of them, even the side characters, have an active role in the story. No character, even one that says one line, is thrown in there carelessly. I love that about her. That is what gets me invested in these characters.

The only disappointing thing is that I have to wait a whole year for the next book. Sighhhh. ❤

Side Note: I’m happy Nesta finally got told to stop being cruel and being a brat. I completely understand that she has PTSD, but she’s been mean from the beginning. I can’t wait to see how she does in the next book. She needs breakthrough boot camp and to be nice to her sister Feyre.

Gisela’s review of A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)

Gisela’s review of Tower of Dawn

Words can’t describe how much I love this book! I know I’m the 1% that really likes Chaol and this book made me love him even more. I think I probably liked this book the best after Assasin’s Blade (another least favorite of many people).

It’s been a few days since I have finished this book and I still can’t wrap my mind around it so just beware this is one of those incoherent reviews.

Yrene is a new favorite character. She is intelligent and sassy. Her remarks to Chaol had my laughing out loud and vice versa. They had some of the best dialogue exchange. I think that is something I like best about Sarah. She is really good at how the characters relate to one another no matter if it is lovers, friends, enemies, or even random characters meeting on the street – each exchange is meaningful.

So much was revealed in this book too! I was screaming from all the damn revelations happening! I know some people wanted to skip this book (but really why?!) but DON’T! IT’S SUPER IMPORTANT IF NOT YOU WILL NOT GET IT!!!!!!!

The message behind the book was lovely also. “The world needs more healers.” I love my bad ass ladies and I’m all for them, but Yrene was bad ass in her own way. Instead of killing, she heals and it was beautiful. She’s going to change the world by healing it and I really hope she has a huge part in the final book along with Chaol (my boo).

Gisela’s review of Tower of Dawn

Gisela’s review of A Court of Wings and Ruin

The book, this series deserves all the stars in Starfall. I had no words when I finished this book at 1:00 a.m. and I am still struggling to put coherent thoughts together. Sit back and relax for a long rambling review/rant of the greatest book/series I have read yet…

This book had my heart thumping the whole time. THE WHOLE DAMN TIME. I was on this giant roller coaster of emotions because I did not know how this all was going to play out, especially with all the foreboding sprinkled throughout the entire book. I just keep catching phrases that would hint at something happening to two people in particular and every time I would catch those words, my heart would stop beating because I was terrified. Yes I’ve cried over characters before, but this somehow felt more personal. I was filled with so much anxiety and fear for them, and as much as I hate those two feelings, Sarah J. Maas is brilliant for conveying those emotions throughout the book.

Also (kind of how I mentioned in a previous status), although this book is fantasy, I couldn’t help noticing the parallels between Prythian and our current state of global affairs. I think that is what makes this series so relatable despite the fae and fairies – Sarah is able to weave in this tough issues: PTSD, loss, refugees, loyalists, nationalists, and so on and so forth. There were two passages in particular that I took pictures of because I felt like I was reading the news. Just replace all the fictional places with real ones and you got current events. I appreciated it though. It felt real.

The characters, dear cauldron, all the characters she introduced in the book, I was in love! Also, if I liked Lucien before, I love him now and I definitely need to hear more about him. Feyre of course was a bad ass and I loved her every second. She was honest and made mistakes but she became who she was meant to be. This book definitely had a lot more steamy parts and I know some people didn’t like it. But I DID. I love seeing how Rhysand and Feyre’s relationship plays out in ALL aspects, whether it is their friendship, their bond, their marriage, their love, their bickering. Because that is what it is. Their relationship is all that and more. So I appreciate ever second of their scenes together. ALSO I APPRECIATE ALL THE DAMN WOMEN EMPOWERMENT HE KEPT ACKNOWLEDGING. LIKE YES BOY YOU BETTER!

I can keep talking on and on about this book, this series. Sarah J. Maas I just want to say thank you, for letting me be a dreamer. For making me believe that yes, dreamers can change the world if you have the courage. I’m really upset that Feyre and Rhysand won’t be the central characters anymore, but I’m looking forward to learning more about other characters. Just please… pleasseeeeeeee include Feyre and Rhysand. Pleasseeeeeeeee.

Gisela’s review of A Court of Wings and Ruin

A review of Empire of Storms

I can tell you now, this is probably not going to be a book review but one of my book rants because I just have too many feelings right now after finishing this book. Also: there may be spoilers. You have been warned.

First of all, I have to point out the Maas is a flipping genius. How she makes every book that came before: from the prequel, Assassin’s Blade, to the four books that came before Empire of Storms connects, is beyond me. Every detail is flawless, the execution of those details are … just wow. I knew Aelin had something up her sleeve the whole time but I never would have guessed in a million years exactly what it was. I knew that all the people Aelin has met in the past would come into play later in the series, it was just a matter of when. But wow. Just wow. I had to rack my brain for previous information just to remember all the people that Aelin has helped before.

That might also be one of the only complaints about the book: is that there were SO many details, I felt like I had to keep a really good mental note of all the characters, and all the plans, and all of EVERYTHING just to keep the story straight. Maybe a companion book that explains certain things might clear this up. But it doesn’t hinder too much from the story. You just have to work for it a little bit harder.

I really want more of Dorian, to be honest. I think people underestimate him too much and I think he is much stronger than anyone really thinks. When he let out the warrior cry, gosh my heart soared for him. And Elide, I REALLY want more of her. I need more of her. I think she is also an underestimated character and is a lot more cunning than the other characters believe. I hope that in the next book she gets some incredible power that nobody knew about. I know it’s a stretch, but a girl can dream.

Aelin pissed me off many times in this book. In the end, I understand why she did it, I probably would have done the same. We do crazy things when we protect the people we love and we think we can do it all. But I really hope she learns to trust her court more. I think they are more than capable of it.

I tried my hardest to take my time with this book, and I read it slower than all the other books because I knew that once it was done, I would have to wait another year for the next one. *Sighs…

Side Note: I’m finally accepting Rowan and Aelin. I guess I have to let go any hope of her and Chaol. And I’m okay with that. Which by the way… I NEED CHAOL. Talk about underestimated characters.

A review of Empire of Storms