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I just a big nerd, to be completely honest.

Let’s Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

By Jessica
Teen Advisory Group member


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I’m going to start off this review by saying that I’m a big fan on Sarah J. Maas. Scratch that. I’m a HUGE fan of Sarah J. Maas to the point it’s kind of scary. If there was one thing (other than Harry Potter and Sherlock) that I obsess over, it’s definitely Maas’s books. That being said, I don’t mean any ill-will towards the third book of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (the beautiful, drool-worthy cover shown above), but it wasn’t my favorite.

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Let’s Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas


It’s been awhile since I finished A Court of Mist and Fury and it’s still on my mind. It’s been months (!) and I’m still thinking about it. A lot of authors (especially in the young adult genre) make the romance aspect of their story so predictable. Not Sarah J. Maas though! She threw plot twist after plot twist in this story that my head is still reeling after all of it.

^^ my face throughout the whole entire book

Even though this book is categorized as “young adult”, I would consider it more as a new adult series. There are some sexy times that aren’t censored like most young adult novels. Beware.

One thing I love about this series is the character development. You start off thinking you understand each and every character in A Court of Thorns and Roses. Then you read A Court of Mist and Fury and then you realize that all the things you found holy were a lie because the author decided to throw in some important backstory. Like most people after a major event, the characters change, hence the character development. Each story gives a little more insight into who each character is. A wise ogre once told me, “[People] are like onions. [People] have layers. Onions have layers. You get it? We both have layers.” It’s exactly like that. Every book is like peeling another layer of each character.

If you like finding new OTPs (One True Pairing), then you’d really like this series. There are many couples that I can help but (silently) squeal whenever I think about them because I love them so much. There were some times where I squealed out loud in public when I thought about my OTPs and I’ve gotten some strange looks. It’s okay though. It’s totally worth it.

I find that whenever I read young adult/new adult romance novels, I don’t like the female character because she acts like a damsel in distress all the time. Like, honey, that boy won’t help you unless you help yourself first. Then, in other times, the female is unnaturally emotionally strong. I mean that girl won’t even blink an eye if a puppy was kicked. What will it take to get you to feel sad? Thankfully, that’s not the case with Feyre (the main female protagonist). She’s strong, but she’s also human. She’s feels emotion, dang it, but she doesn’t act weak.

Overall, I liked the story because it was fast-paced and intense. It was like I was on a roller coaster the whole time. There were times where I had to set down the book to wrap my mind around what happened.

If you like fantasy romance novels that are filled with action, heart break, and hot guys, you’ll definitely enjoy A Court of Mist and Fury. My only suggestion is to start with the first book, obviously.

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Let’s Review: Throne of Glass

There are normally two reactions to this book:

1) Ew, the main character is annoying.

or…

2) OH MY GOODNESS THIS BOOK IS THE CENTER OF MY FANGIRLING WORLD!

I’m the second one, and I wanted to share with you one of my all-time favorite fantasy series.

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Warning: Excessive fangirling detected ahead. Proceed with caution.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas starts after Celaena Sardothian, a famous assassin, was sent to the Salt Mines of Endovier as a punishment. She was given the opportunity of freedom if she participated in this competition to become the King of Adarlan’s Champion (a.k.a. the person to do all of the King’s dirty work). To disguise her from the other people in the castle, she was Celaena during the events and Lady Lillian during the parties.

Something evil lurks inside the castle, and it wants death. One by one, competitors start to turn up murdered, and Celaena has to figure out what’s causing them before she ends up with the same fate.

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Lord Hafafafafafafah (Part I)

(Editor’s Note: The following is the beginning of a story started during the November meeting of Teen Writing Group. Much hilarity ensued, and Teen Writing Group was never the same again. Join the writing madness every second Wednesday from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Anyone in middle school or high school is welcome. Now, back to the story…)

 

Once upon a time, there was an unicorn, and his name was Sprite (don’t question my naming-skills, okay?). Anywho, there’s also this land, far, far, away, which was once called the Fluffy Cloud Island. All things good changed when the land was overrun by the dictator of Lord Hafafafafafafah. (Again, don’t question my naming skills. I’m thinking of these at the top of my head right now. Don’t judge.)

Anyway, let’s start at the beginning of the story: who is Lord Hafafafafafafah (Lord H for short, because it sounds ridiculous for such an evil person) and how has he become this dictator?

Lord H was actually Cupid Hafafafafafafah, from the royal line of Hafahs. Cupid Hafah was the first man in the family, and his heir was Cupid Hafafah, and HIS heir was Cupid Hafafafah, and so on and so forth. So if you count all the “fa” in his Lord H’s name (which if you did, you need to find something better to do with your life), you would know that he is the sixth in his line.

Lord H was a cute little thing when he was born. Tiny, pure, squawking like a chicken out of its coop. You know, baby stuff. You’d think that such an innocent child wouldn’t commit such atrocious acts, but he did, reader. Oh, he DID.

As a child, he was pampered. His father was the High Lord, which is one step down from the King. Unlike most of the lords in the government (well, *ahem*, “government”), his father, Cupid Hafafafafafah was a kind man. He believed in forgiveness and second-chances. However, the rest of the government’s view was, unfortunately, different. They found that the High Lord’s kindness was a weakness when it came to ruling the Fluffy Cloud Island. One day, they decided they had ENOUGH with his forgiveness bull-crap and ended his life.

So yeah. It was pretty bad for the unicorns, especially Sprite. You see, Sprite knew the High Lord like a bear knows honey. They were besties, ya hear me? Sprite found the High Lord lying on the cold hard ground of the forest of rocks and heard his last words.

“You *wheez* need to *cough cough* tell my *choke* family the WiFi *cough hack* password.”

If you don’t know what WiFi is, it’s the Wizard Files where it has the names and information of all the people of the land. It also has a handy dandy booklet called How to be the High Lord 101, just in case something tragic happened and the High Lord isn’t there to mentor his heir. (Side note: the booklet was made after Lord Hafafafah was killed by a stampede of angry dragons for calling one of them a hoarder).

Sprite raced to the Hafah’s household and knocked on the door.

(to be continued)

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About the Teen: Jessica

I thought that because this blog has been a teensy bit quiet for a while, I’m going to end the streak and introduce myself!

So, hello!

The name is Jessica, and I love, love, LOVE to read. Some of my peers think I’m super strange because I love reading “a little too much,” as they would say.

I’m super awkward when it comes to people and my social skills… well, let’s just say that if given the choice, I would rather stay home and watch Netflix than go outside.

My favorite color is sky blue, and I’m bipetual (the word was from a TV show I watched long ago, and it means that I like both dogs and cats). I don’t watch TV often, but I’m a big fan of the BBC Sherlock TV show. I also enjoy watching Steven Universe and the Big Bang Theory.

Anyway, my favorite books (aside from Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series) are:

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Help by Katherine Stockett

Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Red Rising by Pierce Brown (I haven’t read the rest of the series yet)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

An interesting fact about me: I hate, absolutely HATE, the word moist. Even just typing it makes me cringe.

Now go watch BBC Sherlock if you haven’t already. Please? Pretty please with a cherry on top? It’s totally worth it.

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