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A Court of Books and Quills

This site is dedicated to book reviews and other book related things. May have the occasional movie review.

First blog post

Hey Guys, This is my first blog post and I wanted to describe what kind of content would be featured on this blog. I will do mostly book related posts, for example book reviews and book tags. Occasionally I will do a very anticipated movie’s review. Many different kinds of books will be featured on this blog from various authors such as Sarah J. Maas, Cassandra Clare, Leigh Bardugo, and many  others.

Featured post

Hello!! I’m finally back after a really long time. I’m so sorry I took so long to post again but life got in the way. Spring break is finally upon us therefore I am back. Okay so February was a really lousy reading month for me because I only read two books one of which was on my January TBR but I didn’t get to read in January. 

The first book I read in the month of February was Crown of Midnight by Sarah J.Maas. This book was amazing and gave me all the feels. If you’ve read this book you know exactly what I’m talking about. The second and last book I read in the month of February was TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY by Jay Asher. This book was gripping and very enthralling. By that I mean it was literally all I could think about but this was a very fast read. I finished the book in about three sittings.

As you can probably tell my TBR pile for this month is very large. That is because I have spring break this month. Which means more reading time. Currently I am ready The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan. I know I am very late on the Percy Jackson train and I have owned these books for I good year so I thought what the heck. Let me just say I am OBSESSED. I love these books. 

Okay enough about my Percy Jackson obsession, the next book I plan to read this month is Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I have heard so many amazing things about this book and I am so excited about the movie. Plus I’ve been in the mood for a nice contemporary.

 The last book I am planning to read this month is Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. The first two books of the series were extremely fast paced and exciting but when I got to this book last month and tried to read it I started to fall into a dreadful reading slump which thank God I am out of. So this month I want to give this book a second try.

Carve the Mark: Problematic

Hello guys, I’m so sorry I haven’t been so active on my blog recently it’s just that life and things got in the way. Anyway today I am here to talk about a pretty serious subject this being the problems that are surrounding the book Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. I wrote this blog post after being on booktube for an hour watching videos about Carve the Mark and about the problems it posed. I was later lead to Veronica Roth’s tumblr blog post explaining all of her thought process behind creating and writing this book. I think that most people that are asking for an apology are being a bit irrational, but hear me out although she did address in the post that the religion and racism were things she had made taking bits and pieces of other cultures she had learned about. Not appropriating them but just using those traits to make a new fictional culture. I do not agree with the whole scarification. She herself admits she should have been more careful while writing about the subject and although I believe this is true. I do not believe people should be bullying other people or the author herself. If we are this critical with people’s mistakes then how do we expect to make the world a better place. The way that the book deals with scarification does not make me want to pick this book up so I believe it is best left unread by me at least. This post was not in any way meant to be hurtful or judgmental of the authors and these were just my personal thoughts on the book Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth.

TBR Takedown 5.0

This post was created by @leaninglights on twitter. This is my TBR Takedown in the following order.


January TBR

I know it’s kind of late to do a TBR for this month because its half way gone but, anyway. I really like having monthly TBRs because they help motivate me to read more. Lately I have been in a reading slump, which I’m strongly hoping to get out of but here’s my January TBR.

 

 

1.City of Fallen Angels By Cassandra Clare

I’m so excited that I finally read this book. I have been wanting to pick it up for about a year but I received it this year as a Christmas present along with the other two last books in the Mortal Instruments Series. As I said before because this is so late in the month I have already read this book and may write a review very soon.

Goodreads Synopsis

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6752378-city-of-fallen-angels

 

2. An Abundance of Katherines By John Green

This is also a book I have been planning to pick up for some time and I received it for Christmas. So I’m super excited to finally read it.

Goodreads Synopsis

Katherine V thought boys were gross
Katherine X just wanted to be friends
Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail
K-19 broke his heart

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun--but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49750.An_Abundance_of_Katherines?from_search=true

 

3. Throne of Glass By Sarah J. Maas

Let me just say I know I am super behind with this series but I now have all of the five books in this series. So I am planning to marathon it.

Goodreads Synopsis

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her ... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead ... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined. (Goodreads summary)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7896527-throne-of-glass?ac=1&from_search=true

4. Crown of Midnight By Sarah J. Maas

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.
It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

Goodreads Synopsis

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17167166-crown-of-midnight

My Top 6 Most Anticipated New Releases of 2017

I am so excited for what 2017 will bring and one of those things being new books coming out this year. These books are in no particular order because I couldn’t decide which I was most looking forward to.

Windwitch (Witchlands #2) By Susan Dennard- January 10th

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I have been looking forward to the release of this book for a while now. I really enjoyed Truthwitch and am super stoked for the story to continue. I really enjoy her writing style as well which of course I am also looking forward to.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth- January 17th

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I am so excited for this book, ever since I saw Christine (polandbananasbooks) on Youtube  did an interview with Veronica Roth I have very much been looking forward to reading this. I really like Veronica Roth’s Trilogy of Divergent. So yeah super excited.

King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) By Victoria Aveyard- February 7th

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I am going to be honest. I have not read these books yet but I am looking forward to them nonetheless. I have heard tons of great things about this series and I am so excited to read this trilogy from beginning to end.

The Beast is an Animal By Peter van Arsdale- March 7th

Image result for the beast is an animal by peternelle van arsdaleFrom what I have heard so far this is a sort of retelling of the Beauty and the Beast, except much darker. I really enjoy fairytale retelling especially ones with unexpected aspects.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3) By Sarah J. Maas- May 2nd

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What can I say? It’s Sarah J. Maas. What is there not to be excited for. I loved ACOTAR and ACOMAF. coughRhysandcough. Plus we can’t ignore the name of this blog because yes. Okay, but in all seriousness I love her writing style and amazing plots.

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) By Cassandra Clare- May 23rd

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This is another obvious one. Cassandra Clare is the amazing author of the Mortal Instruments, and Infernal Devices Series. Both series that I adore. She has an amazing writing style. She make very relatable yet badass characters and lets talk about her amazing stories. The first book from the Dark Artifices follows two parabatai, that fall in love. I am very anxious to see what will happen to the characters.

 

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