Two New Book Reviews
A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Page Count: 626
Format Read: Hardcover
Genre: New Adult Fantasy
Keywords: Depression, Love, War
Kid Appropriate: Teens and older
It is no secret that I absolutely adore Sarah J. Maas’ books. They are filled with snarky characters, beautiful worlds, romance, adventure, magic, and Fae. The perfect combination of my favorite fantasy elements.
Now this book is possibly my favorite I have ever read from her. I remember being absolutely blown away by it, the twists that she wove into the book before and expertly revealed here or the growth of vague, two-dimensional characters into full-fleshed beings. It is a beautiful book and almost everyone I know that was not a huge fan of its predecessor, A Court of Thrones and Roses, loved this book.
Now, if you don’t want any spoilers do not read further.
While anyone that has read this book will probably remember quite vividly the immense amount of smut that filled this tome, it was something other than this that struck me as important and I am glad to have read as a young adult. Many books in the young adult genre tend to focus on the power of first love. Many heroines meet their one true love and that is that. There is no other great love. There is little dating or learning about what is and is not acceptable in a relationship. Feyre breaks this message by realizing that the boy she ‘dated’ in her home village was absolutely not for her (never fooling herself into believing she loved him), then she falls for Tamlin.
Tamlin loves her, that is clear. However, it is the fact that she falls out of love with him and realizes that his controlling behavior is not right or healthy for her that really struck me. The message is that you do not owe anyone a place in your life. By moving on and finding happiness eventually with Rhys she sends the message that the end of a first relationship is not the end of the world and that you deserve happiness regardless of your past relationships.
I wish this was a more common theme in books for younger readers. Reading this as a teen/early 20-something was important for me, teaching me how to handle life as I continue to grow up. We learn even when we read fiction. This one teaches us it’s okay to be wrong.
Author: Jessica Townsend
Page Count: 461
Format Read: Paperback
Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy
Keywords: Magic, Acceptance, Competition
Kid Appropriate: Absolutely
Not many books can literally give me goosebumps and send me hugging my dog quite like Lars Kepler’s Joona Linna series.
I have read the first four books in this series: The Hypnotist, The Nightmare, The Fire Witness, and The Sandman. Each one has freaked me out while irresistibly drawing me into finishing these 500+ page book within a day or two. These books are scary, twisted, addictive, and brilliant fun.
Each tale is equally captivating and unnerving as you follow our Finnish protagonist throughout the mysteries he encounters in Sweden, each book revealing more and more about him. By book four I was sobbing at the end and am now patiently (well not at all patiently) waiting for book five, The Stalker, to be available in the United States’ Kindle store. Apparently, it will not be available until February 2019. However, for all of you that have yet to discover this series you have plenty of time to catch up!
I cannot recommend this series enough! Check it out if you’re looking for a spine-tingling mystery series that’ll keep you hooked.
Note: The cover above is the one that I originally read the series in. The American editions have since been re-released with new covers.