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I’m finally done with all my finals! My last lab final was YESTERDAY and I’m feeling so great right now. FREEEDOM! (For a small bit, anyway)

I did a post on 5 books I loved but haven’t reviewed last week, but it was actually supposed to be about TEN books. It became into a loong post, so I thought I’d do a part 2 with the other five books, which is this post.

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quickly inserting a Pinterest graphic here because I made one 😛

Let’s dive in.

 

[1] A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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If you’ve been in the book community for a while, you WOULD have heard of ACOMAF. If not, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? GO CHECK OUT THE BOOK, LIKE, RIGHT NOW. (Not kidding. Btw this is the second book in the trilogy so please check out A Court of Thorns and Roses first)

There are about a gazillion reviews on ACOMAF out there. Most of those contain one or more of the following:

  1. Extreme flailing over anything and everything in the book
  2. Mostly about Rhysand, though, because OH MY WORD, RHYSAND MY BAE ❤
  3. Also the awesomeness of The Inner Circle/The Court of Dreams
  4. ALL THE ROMANCE AND SMUT
  5. Rhysand purring, talking, walking, flying, BREATHING
  6. Badass female characters
  7. FEMINISM
  8. Also, did I mention Rhysand??
  9. Oh and the reviews most likely contain a lot of sentences in all caps.
  10. BECAUSE NORMAL SIZE DOESN’T DO JUSTICE

Before I try to climb out of this post and shout in your face about this book, I shall stop.

I took the easy way out and decided that there are already enough reviews out in the world, and I might as well keep myself (relatively) sane by not even trying to write the review. #sorrynotsorry

[2] All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr

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This is not one of those books that leave you extremely happy and hopeful by the end. This is not those 5 stars.

This book gets 5 stars because it TOTALLY and COMPLETELY WRUNG my heart out and left me hanging as a speechless ball of sadness.

  • This book is about two people. Two very inspiring people. They’re what the common people of the world went through during World War 2.
  • First, we’ve got Marie-Laure who is blind. Her relationship with her father and how she went about in life was so inspiring. I LOVED reading from her POV. She lived in France, before moving later when the Nazis took over Paris.
  • Then we’ve got Werner from Germany. He is really good with machines and can pick apart and fix things. This intelligence takes him far in the Hitler Youth and later he diverges.
  • For a LOT of the book, we get the story in 2 parts—that of Marie-Laure and that of Werner. Their individual journeys from when they were kids is shown.
  • Only very later, through every single decision and consequence, they meet. I DID ask myself why did the author drag the backstory so much. But later I realised that every small thing from their backstory matters.
  • This is not a love story. This is a story about two people from two countries and war. This is a story about those small things that common people went through. This is a story about those very short moments of happiness that some managed to have.

If you didn’t gather, I am VERY passionate about this book. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to write a proper review, because I want to talk about EVERYTHING (including spoilers). I really want to reread this book soon, because even though it seems boring for a long while, when everything comes together it is a BEAUTIFUL MASTERPIECE. And I think this is one of those books that don’t lose their charm through rereads.

[3] Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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First, can I take a paragraph to talk about the absolute AMAZING GEM that Lady of Midnight is? I had a VERY hard time choosing between LoM and LoS to talk about here. I haven’t reviewed both. Because HOW. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO PUT MY FEELINGS INTO BOXES? LoM was bloomin’ amazing. But somehow, LoS TOPPED IT.

*calls bestie* Hem, save my heart plis I’M DYING.

^ that was legit me. When I could get away from the book for about two minutes, I frantically texted and sent voice notes to both my best friends GUSHING about anything and everything in the book. That book was LIT.

It’s got

  • Julian effing Blackthorn.
  • HE IS A BLOOMIN’ GENIUS.
  • Emma who is badass and sarcastic, but she was also quite annoying in LoS with her hot-and-cold signals to Julian.
  • THEN THERE’S JULIAN. His plans, schemes, and everything he devised?? I. WAS. AWED.
  • We got to see Magnus and Alec’s kids! WE GOT THEM FAM. I don’t need anything else!
  • MARK BLACKTHORN. That cinnamon roll ❤ Whyyy was he so cute and charming and the BEST EVER.
  • I started REALLY LOVING Kit Herondale in this book. Obviously, we got to see way more of him in this book and YAS I LIKE. My favourite was interactions between him and Ty.
  • And of course, we’re not done talking about everything PRECIOUS in this book without talking about..
  • TY BLACKTHORN. I would totally claim him if I wasn’t shipping him with Kit so much. HE IS SUCH A CUTIE PATOOTIE I WANT HIM. I absolutely loved reading all of his parts.
  • Also, #hellyes to proper autism representation.

This book left me in pieces by the end. All the highs, lows, twists and everything… and then we get THAT ending. Whoa. Name me speechless.

 

[4] Leo by Mia Sheridan

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I don’t think I’ve mentioned a romance book until now. I usually review all the romance books that I love. I probably COULD review this one as well but.. I just don’t feel like.

Have you ever read a book and not wanted to talk about it so that no one will argue or say something against it? That’s me with this book. If I go on Goodreads and see the reviews, I probably would find a few reviews that would change my view-point. Even if I read the book again critically and I made observations, I might not like it that much. But I DON’T WANT TO.

It’s not very special but this book left me feeling so good in the end. Leo was my first Mia Sheridan book, and one of the first adult romances I read and I simply don’t want to ruin that feel I got. I am sentimental about this book, and I don’t deny it. I don’t know why I’m so reserved on it, but I am.

Here’s what the book is basically about:

  • Evie and Leo met in foster care when they were kids, and they connected immediately. They fell in love and made promises about always being together against the world, as you do.
  • But then, Leo gets adopted in their teens and they’re ripped apart. For all the new promises made about writing letters, calling and keeping in touch regularly, Evie never got contacted by Leo again.
  • Years later, a stranger named Jake appears and claims to be Leo’s friend. He says that on his deathbed, Leo made Jake promise to check up on Evie.
  • Cue sexy attraction and love. Also slight suspicion because why did Leo never call???

There was a twist in the end, and I figured it out a couple chapters in advance but OH MY GOSH. I really liked the story, okay?? okay. That’s it.

 

[5] Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

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I read this book for the first time in my early teens. That was before I knew Goodreads and the internet book community. I simply saw it in the library and picked it up. It remains to be one of my all-time favourite books. Until now, I’ve reread the book and watched the movie multiple times. In fact, this was the first book-to-screen adaptation I’d seen, and the one which made me believe that books are always better than the movie.

The charm of the book wasn’t there in the movie. Even though this book is actually small, there was SO much cut out in the movie that it could as well be a different story. I quite hated the movie. There was HARDLY ANY RESEMBLANCE.

  • The book is about Ella who, as a baby, was given the “gift” of obedience. Whatever someone tells her to do, she HAS to do it, or she doesn’t feel well.
  • This fact is kept secret, though. Only her she, her mother, and another person know.
  • Her life becomes even more hellish when her other dies and a step-mother and two stepsisters are added into the mix.
  • One day, in the cemetery, she meets the young Prince and they become friends.
  • Ella is sent to a boarding school (for young girls) and we get those shenanigans.
  • Also, there’s this really nice friend Ella makes.
  • What I loved most was how the book wasn’t about ONE thing. It wasn’t only about the curse, or the Prince. It was them plus her determination to not let the curse stop her from anything and how she went on to live her life.
  • There is a moral in this story disguised under curses, fairies and ogres. It’s that nothing can stop you if you have the determination to push through it.

I think this is the perfect book for kids and pre-teens. Maybe older peeps might not love it as much, but since I’m already in love with it, I don’t mind reading it even now.

 

 

Aand I think I’ve written mini-reviews for all of these. This post has become longer than the last one I wrote! So I’m gonna quickly stop now and enjoy some freedom from exams (by reading books, of course). Adios, peeps!

 

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Are there any books that you have LOVED but haven’t reviewed? What are your all-time favourite books? Let me know in the comments!

 

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