For week 1 of June 2018, I was able to tackle two series: Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses and Jessica Cluess’ Kingdom Fire trilogy. Aside from epic reading adventures, I have been trying to dig my way out of the tunnel of sluggishness.
Books: Sarah J. Maas and Jessica Cluess’ Stories: Lights in Literary Form
While I am reading other books at the moment, my experience with Jessica Cluess and Sarah J. Maas’ stories was such a fun one. I hope to read more of their books in the years to come.
Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses
Feyre is the main protagonist in Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses. When her father loses all of his wealth, Feyre is pushed to provide for her family (two sisters and their dad). Unlike Celaena, Feyre has a timid air to her personality, which is something I enjoyed.
Upon shooting a faerie disguised as a wolf, Feyre is whisked into faery town (not what it’s called in the book). There, she encounters Lucien, Tamlin, Alis, and a mysterious ominous figure with power Feyre could never imagine.
My favorite part of this book was Lucien, Alis, and Feyre. I am going to write more about the characters once I finish the story arc. Lucien was a good friend who had experienced excruciating loss.
The way Sarah J. Maas set up the faerie realm was creative and original. She unpacks Feyre’s humanity as a catalyst for change in that realm. I keep hoping for more of her sisters. Nesta’s character took on a completely different role towards the end of the book.
A Little Humor:
I have not found enough fan videos for this series. But, I do like many a Tumblr post on it. Perhaps I’ll link to those posts later on. For now, I want to share this video of Whitney over at Witty Novels, where she is testing her knowledge of Sarah J. Maas’ character names. If you’re up for a laugh, give the video a try.
A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess
The biggest surprise is how there is no fandom for these books. Come on, fellow nerds, do not fail me! Henrietta Howel is a fierce force to behold. She and Rook have such a neat relationship where they orbit one another, often reflecting hidden aspects of their opposite counterpart (each other!). I am here for Blackwell and Eliza, Dee and Lily, and even Maria is fascinating.
Nerds, get on this fandom!
On the Way:
I am also reading a couple of other books. First, A Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman is taking me a while to get into. My main issue was that the characters are numerous and it’s hard to keep track of who is who. But, perhaps this will resolve once I read enough of the story.
In addition, I am tackling Richelle Mead’s Midnight Jewel. This one is a lot of fun. I am enjoying the main character so much. More geekery to come.
Other Great Things
I am obviously going to tell you about Dancing Hermione, who has iconic dance moves. This video below is my favorite.