Book Review – A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


From the moment that readers are introduced to Feyre, we are immediately immersed and enmeshed with a strong female lead who has been shouldering the burdens of the world on her shoulders. I sympathized with Feyre, and really came to root for her as she struggled to make sense of the Fairy world that she unknowingly threw herself into.

The characters don’t quite have perfect chemistry, but now that I am well into the second book I believe that that must have been purposeful. I’m glad that I waited to read the second book to rate the first one, because I think it better informs what the first book actually is intended to be for the reader. Because a Court of Thorns and Roses was so reminiscent of stories like beauty and the beast, I really found myself wanting to love the love story. There were a few plot twists that didn’t quite make sense but against the backdrop of the second book, I’m sure in the series some of these unexplained twists will come to light. I would not call this book a ‘cozy’ love story at all, but it’s very well written, and the characters extremely believable and relatable.

Overall rating: 🖤🖤🖤.🖤
Romance rating: flexible 16+

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Book Review – Serpent & Dove

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Haunting. Enchanting. The perfect mix of magic, love, and loss.

From the moment that the reader becomes acquainted with Lou, we understand that there is something unique and special about this world we are being introduced to. Thrown immediately into a secretive operation between Lou and her friend Coco, we become intimately familiar with the interworkings of the pair of witches.

Serpent & Dove has a pleasant and attractive hook, that constantly pulled me in. I was very nearly halfway into the book before I could even blink. From the moment I opened those pages, I was championing Lou and her seemingly hopeless attempt to escape and be free. Lou is incredibly relatable. Her assertive personality and quick wit pair well with her haunting backstory. I would love to be able to sit down to dinner with Lou.

The plot twists in Serpent & Dove held me constantly on edge. Shelby Mahurin weaved a masterful love story, mystery, and action/adventure sewn onto the backdrop of what I could only compare to 18/1900’s London. Her scenes were vivid, and her story compelling.

I have already reserved the sequel, Blood & Honey, at my local library, and I have a feeling that I will have to own a physical personal copy of Serpent & Dove in the very near future. If you are a fan of drawn-out romances embedded within a colorful plot, I would HIGHLY recommend Serpent & Dove as your next read.



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Book Review – Circe

Circe by Madeline Miller

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Madeline Miller quickly made my charts as a favorite author with her retelling of the Greek mythology of Circe, daughter of Helios, the god of the sun. Miller portrays Circe as being the outcast of her own family, as well as an outcast from the gods themselves. Circe finds no true home for herself until she is sent to live the rest of her days on a deserted island. ⁠

It is in her solace that Circe begins to find who she is as an individual, apart from the disappointment forced upon her by her father, and apart from the wariness of the gods. Her tale is weaved with many familiar faces in Greek myth, such as Icarus and Odysseus. ⁠

The journey of Circe’s mending heart seemed to reach out and heal something within me, too. I walked away from this novel feeling as if the world might be both a little brighter and a little sadder, all at the same time. If you are a fan of Greek mythology and classic retellings, or have a penchant for subtle romances, you will enjoy this novel!⁠



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Book Review – We Were Mothers

We Were Mothers by Katie Sise

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


‘We Were Mothers’ was a dramatic break from my usual reading, and I opened her pages with no expectations. I was blown away by the realness that Katie Sise wrote into her characters. Somehow, it was as if every relatable housewife/mom/mother/sister/friend had been rolled into the character line-up: Cora, Sarah, Jade, and Laurel.⁠

The book quickly addresses the untimely death of Cora’s sister, Maggie. Though it occurred years ago, she and everyone around her seem to still feel the pain of her passing. It is revealed that Maggie’s death has some… extenuating circumstances, brought back to light by a series of events related to the sudden disappearance Laurel’s daughter, Mira. ⁠

The entire novel covers the span of a weekend, but it feels like so much more time passes than that. The internal dialogue and multiple perspective changes seem to slow the pacing down, hence the rating of only four hearts out of five.⁠

Even so, the pacing of the novel picks up rather quickly towards the end and becomes an absolute page-turner as you search among the fractured clues, trying to understand what exactly happened all those years ago to the beloved sister and daughter, Maggie.



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Book Review – The Song of Achilles

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Another beautiful read, authored by the immensely talented Madeline Miller. I found that I did not like this novel quite as much as I enjoyed ‘Circe,’ but this more than filled my quota for mythological retellings for the time being. ⁠

Upon first glance, you might think that this novel is about the life of Achilles, and in a way it is. However, it is more accurately about the life and influence of Patroclus, a cast-off prince who was exiled by his own father. Patroclus falls in love, goes on adventures, and faces the kind of loss that makes you weep.⁠

Miller took this age old tale, and revitalized it into quite the masterpiece.



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