Book Report: May 2017

Haven’t read as much as I probably could have in May, mainly because of that there have been some other stuff (good stuff) happening in my life, making my head buzz and keeping me from focusing on reading. But I’m still happy with what I accomplished during this month and I’m looking forward to June!

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A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3)

Started: May 2, 2017
Finished: May 5, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars


“We’re all a broken, in our own ways – In places no one might see.”


Actual rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Alright, so, first of all, this book had everything I wanted and more and I do love it a lot. But you can tell it was originally meant to be the final novel of the series as everything other than a few added loose threads was solved. This is why I’ve taken the rating down by half a star (Goodreads, we need them, like, now) – and why I can already tell this book won’t be my Book of the Year unlike its two predecessors.

And with that out of the way I can actually gush about this book. Because oh my God these characters and this world = the best! And from here on I will hide this review behind a cut because I do have trouble talking about this without revealing spoilers.

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Night Court Chocolate Stars (recipe)

Happy release day to A Court of Wings and Ruin!

I decided I needed a snack while reading this – and decided to bake what I’m going to call “Night Court Chocolate Stars”. The recipe can be found below the cut; it’s based on a Swedish chocolate cookie, but I added some twists to it. As the base is Swedish the measurements are in deciliters, tablespoons and teaspoons. Tablespoons and teaspoons are the same size as they are in the US and UK, while 1 deciliter is somewhat less than half a cup.

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A three month book report

First of all I want to apologize for not posting for so, so long on this blog. The last month has just been… hectic is almost too small of a word to describe it, but yeah. I started working at a new school mid-August and even though I’m really enjoying it it always takes a while to get into the rhythm and routines of a new workplace. There have been some conflicts that needed to be solved in my class, some conflicts in other classes that I needed to deal with, injured children rushed to the ER (luckily it wasn’t as serious as it first looked) and, yeah, a lot of things.

I also haven’t posted a book report since June. The one I was supposed to post for July never went up because first I was up hiking in the Swedish mountains and right after that I started at the new school and everything about it just got pushed to the back of my mind. The one for August was, similarly, ignored because of the ton of things I had to deal with at work.

The tempo of both August and September have forced me to not read as much as I would have liked, but I haven’t gotten behind on my reading plan because I read so much in July thanks to the triple readathon I did back then. So I’m still on route to completing my goal and if I get my reading back on track now that I feel a bit more comfortable with work and stuff I might actually be able to read more than I thought I would this year.

Because of the length of this book report I won’t add any comments to the Book/Worst/Surprise/Disappointment of the Month.

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Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)

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Started: September 9, 2016
Finished: September 30, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars

Excuse me, Sarah J Maas? Yeah, I have something to say. You cannot kill me twice in the same year. Alright? That’s not fair.

Honestly, though, HOW GOOD WAS THIS BOOK??!!

Definitely a lot better than QoS – the story line here felt more solid and the characters more settled into who they are. I’m still not that into the Rowan/Aelin ship, but there were other ships in this book and I ship them all. And I’m terrified for their future because that ending basically broke all of them apart.

I’m not even sure how much I can write here because, let’s face it, it is the fifth book, everything I say is probably going to spoil some small piece of what’s going on. So I’ll settle for these words; old favorites returning from Assassin’s Blade, lots of interesting new places and characters, magic, starting to feel that this series is a prequel/sequel to ACOTAR, EPIC ending and WHERE THE HECK IS CHAOL???!!!!

Everyone alright with that? Good, because I’m not going to be okay until I have the final novel in my hand. Next September.

Help.

Monthly Report(s): April & May 2016

Yeah, so I never had time to post a monthly report for April in May – work took up 99.9% of my time, basically. But now I’m basically done for the summer (I have four work days left but they’re basically just “closing up shop” days) and I have time to write blog posts and stories and read quite a lot (I’ve finished 3 books already since Friday, guys). Very, very happy about this!

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A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2)

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Started: May 4, 2016
Finished: May 13, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars

I rarely, rarely, rarely use this word but FUCK! FUCK FUCK FUCKITY FUCK!

Alright, so remember how in awe I was over ACOTAR last year? And that I named it my #1 book of 2015? And that I added GIFs to my review of it and my GIF when it came to Rhys was this?

Well. Well. Let’s change that, shall we?

God, this book was so absolutely brilliant and it dealt with a lot of minor details that I had picked up on in the first book – but because of how good that one had been as well I had just ignored them at the time. There’s the ruling of the Spring Court, which I already then thought was very… rigid compared to how you perceived Tamlin. As the Spring Court was now back to normal – or as normal as it can become after Amarantha’s tyranny – you got the full view of that. Add a PTSD High Lord and the cracks really start to show – and Feyre falls into those cracks, but doesn’t even realize it until Rhysand comes in and demands that she meet the terms of their bargain.

Once you get to the Night Court you really start to realize how different things can be done. How different Rhys actually is – that he has so, so many layers and so many faces that he has had to show off to maintain peace. You find out about Rhys and Tamlin’s past – which was possibly the only letdown in this story because I’d hoped for something a bit more dramatic – and the divisions within the Night Court itself. You finally get a kingdom in a fantasy novel that is themed around darkness that isn’t just evil! Do you know how happy I am about that?

I’m also so ridiculously happy that the retelling aspects in this one were much more vague than in the first one. Yes, Hades was the Lord of the Underworld and Persephone was the Goddess of Springtime, but the retelling of the myth is not as apparent. It is rather re-imagined in a way that pleases me – especially since I’m writing some stuff on Greek mythology at the moment and that Hades is the main character of this stuff… Anyway; what I think SJM wants to point out with this is that just because of that something is labeled “night” or “dark” or whatever it doesn’t immediately equal “evil”.

The ending of this novel was amazing. I have no other words to describe it and even now – several weeks later – I’m just mind blown by what happened. We have so many new players to take into consideration in this deadly chess game and it both scares and thrills me!

Aaaand I’m also very angry that it’s an entire year until the next one comes out. FUCK