Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Longest Books

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – longest books I’ve ever read.
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 Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

880 pages

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

870 pages

The Witness by Nora Roberts

757 pages

Night World # 3 by L.J. Smith

732 pages

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

720 pages

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

693 pages

Eona by Allison Goodman

637 pages

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

626 pages

The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima

598 pages

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

594 pages

What are the longest books you’ve ever read?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Summary: Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

Review: As much as I loved the first book, I loved this one more. I read it in about a day even though it’s over 600 pages long and I was a little overwhelmed when I was done. Not necessarily in a bad way, it’s just that so much happened and I had so many feelings that I was a bit lost when it was over.
In my review of A Court of Thorns and Roses, I talked about how I liked the fact that Feyre isn’t your typical hero; she does what she has to to protect those she loves even if it’s not “the right thing”. Some of these actions from the first book have resulted in her having PTSD. Partly because of the awful things that were done to her or that she saw in Amarantha’s court Under The Mountain, but a huge part of it is the things she herself did Under The Mountain. Even if we completely ignore the fact she’s been turned into High Fae (she’s literally not even human anymore and that’s an insane adjustment for anyone), everything that’s happened since the beginning of ACOTAR has been traumatizing. She’s trying, and failing, to cope as she comes to terms with who she’s become. This book had some of the best character development for her, particularly because it doesn’t happen overnight. Throughout this entire book she’s changing, growing, learning who she is and who she wants to be. A huge part of that growth is influence by Tamlin and Rhysand in vastly different ways but I’ll go into more detail about that later.
I slowly hated Tamlin more and more throughout this book. This seems to be the source of some contention for fans. Readers seem to either think his personality in ACOMAF is completely different from ACOTAR and that Maas forced it that way to make room for Rhys to be with Feyre; OR readers think it’s simply an extension of Tamlin’s personality that we didn’t see in ACOTAR but that was sort of amplified by the trauma of Under The Mountain. Honestly, I’m not sure what I think but it seems to fall somewhere in the middle for me. His change in ACOMAF definitely felt just a little forced but I’m also not surprised by it. As much as I loved him in ACOTAR, I definitely got that sense that he was a little controlling, a little possessive. Part of the problem might be that in the first book, that’s what Feyre wanted. She wanted to feel protected for once in her life, not have to do the protecting but after Under The Mountain she needed some semblance of control of her own life and Tamlin wouldn’t let her have that. I understand he watched her die and doesn’t know how to deal with that but even months later after Feyre’s tried telling him what she needs, after he’s promised to be better about it, he only gets more and more controlling. All that said, I still felt a little sorry for him right up until that last scene. I won’t spoil it for anyone but his actions at the end were the final straw for me. In my mind, there’s no excuse for what he did and I won’t forgive him for it.
Rhysand. Is. Perfect. Not that he doesn’t have flaws; of course he does. His flaws just made me love him more. Everything about Rhys’s story gave me all the emotions. It’s tragic and beautiful and funny. For me though, the main reason he’s my new favorite book boyfriend is for the way he interacts with Feyre. He works so hard to give her what she needs to deal with her trauma and he listens to her and respects what she says whether he agrees with her or not. He never tries to control her and actively gives her the freedom to act for herself to the point where, if there’s danger, he lets her handle it; he might step in when necessary but he never tries to fight her battles for her. This more than anything helps Feyre grow because she finally has the freedom to do what she needs to do for her own well-being. Rhys never treats Feyre as anything less than his equal and I absolutely adore that.
Rhys’s Inner Circle was one of my favorite parts of this book. Mor, Cassian, Azriel, and Amren are such unique, complex, lovable characters. I love that they, including Rhys and later Feyre, are a family first and the Night Court second. I’m beyond excited to see more of them in the next book.
Overall, this is one of my new favorite books. It had everything I want from a story; romance, friendship, complex character development, action, heart-wrenching moments, laugh-out-loud scenes, and an ending that just about killed me. I recommend this to everyone. Seriously. Just read this book.
I’d love to hear what you think. Thanks for reading!
-Antonia

WWW Wednesday

Hey, bookworms! It’s that day of the week again where we participate in the wonderful bookish post that was formerly hosted by Should be Reading and was recently taken over by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer three questions to give an update about what you’re currently reading, going to read next and have read recently. Feel free to leave your answers in the comments or link your post!

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What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m still working on getting through Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa on my Kindle. I haven’t picked it up since last week, but I’ll probably finish it in the next few days. I’m listening to American Gods by Neil Gaiman as I type this. I’m over halfway through and still somehow have six hours left. I’m also reading Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I finally picked it up and I’m glad I did because it’s super interesting and I’m only less than fifty pages in.

Antonia- A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. I cannot stop with this series. I blew through the first two books in a couple days and will probably read this last one just as quickly. I’m so glad Amanda practically threw these books at me.

What did you recently finish reading?

Amanda- I just yesterday finished Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I’m doing a reread of the series so I can finally read the last book that came out this year.

Antonia- I just finished A Court of Mist and Fury. I read this 600-something-page book in about a day. It was amazing. Expect to see my reviews of this series soon.

What do you think you will read next?

Amanda- After I finish Big Little Lies I will probably pick up Glass Sword, the second book in the Red Queen Series. I have quite a few books on my TBR list for this month but I don’t know what order I’m going to read them yet.

Antonia- I’m not sure. I barely started listening to the audiobook for The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg but got distracted by the ACOTAR series. There’s also a couple new books in The Dragon’s Gift: The Druid series by Linsey Hall that I’m excited to read. But I still have a bunch of new books from my haul from Book Outlet that I need to read so it’ll all depend on my mood when I finish my current read.

Thanks for reading! What are your W’s this week?

Book Tag – Inside Out

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Hi, friends! We’re back with another book tag! They’re just too much fun to stop playing. With so many different themes and ideas. I loved the movie Inside Out, so when I saw this one I knew Antonia and I just had to play. I found this tag done by Jenny @ Jenny in Neverland. We’re not going to tag anyone at the end to play, but feel free to do this book tag & tag us in it!

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Joy – What book brings you the most joy?

Amanda- This answer isn’t going to surprise anyone unless you’re a new follower. I’m going to have to go with A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. There’s just so much development and love and happiness and wonderfulness by the end of the series. Check out my reviews here – ACOTAR, ACOMAF, ACOWAR, and ACOFAS.

Antonia- The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. This will always be my favorite. I’ve had to get new copies because I wore out the old ones and I read it at least once a year. For me, it’s just one of those books that feels like an old friend every time I open it.

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Fear – The book that scared you more than anything?

Amanda- This is another easy one. I found this book on my Kindle through my book subscription. I was so spooked by this book that I ended up reading an entire book afterward because I needed something else on my mind before I tried to go to sleep. Secret of Mckinley Mansion by K.F. Breene was such an interesting read but had me turning on the lights so I wasn’t scared in the dark.

Antonia- This one’s easy for me because I avoid scary books and movies like the plague. When I was about fifteen though, I received the book The Devouring by Simon Holt as a gift and it scared the crap out of me.

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Disgust – What book grossed you out the most?

Amanda- Hmm, I think for this one I’m going to go with Come Sundown by Nora Roberts. I’m answering this one with ‘grossed out’ being more disgusted by something. There was a kidnapping aspect of this story that lasted way too long and it was honestly just disgusting to read the things that this awful human put one of the characters through. Check out my review here.

Antonia- My high school boyfriend wasn’t much of a reader but when he did read, he’d usually try to get me to read it too and I’d say yes to try to encourage him to read more. Hellbent by Anthony McGowan was one of those books and I hated it so much that it actually made me like my boyfriend less for liking it. A teenage boy dies and goes to hell then proceeds to try to work the system in his favor; which might have been a cool storyline if it didn’t include disgusting humor that young boys tend to enjoy, i.e. fart jokes and way too much mention of bodily waste.

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Sadness – Which book make you cry the hardest?

Amanda- This is either going to be Looking for Alaska by John Green because I reread this book once a year usually and it makes me cry every time or it’s the Air Awakens series by Elise Kova because I cried for a solid hour after certain events in these pages.

Antonia- Way too many. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman was probably one of the first. The Shack by William Paul Young was another that made me inconsolable. Maximum Ride Forever by James Patterson was really bad; I’d cry after the fact just talking about it.

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Anger – Which book pissed you off?

Amanda- Triangles by Ellen Hopkins (reviewed here). This is one I read recently. The book itself didn’t piss me off. It was a really good book, but specific characters within the stories just made horrible choices that I don’t like or respect and it really pissed me off.

Antonia- Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima. I adore her books and I was so excited for this book to come out (it’s the first in a spin-off series from The Seven Realms series). I couldn’t wait to see older versions of all my favorite characters and then something terrible happens to one of them in the first chapter. I was so mad and upset about it that I immediately put the book down and refused to finish it for a really long time.

What books make you feel all the Inside Out emotions?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday- Red, White, and Blue Covers

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week we’re given a new prompt for a top ten list of all things bookish. This week is top ten books with Red, White and Blue book covers (in honor of the 4th of July). I was a little surprised how many books I have with these colors though not many have all three. Here are my choices for this week:

Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn

School’s Out – Forever by James Patterson

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Eragon and Eldest Omnibus by Christopher Paolini

 

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

 

Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

Year One by Nora Roberts

 

Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

 

 

I’d loved to see all the pretty covers everyone else came up with. Thanks for visiting!

-Antonia

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Summary:
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court-but at a steep cost. Though now she has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigated its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms-and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future-and the future of a world torn apart.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sarah J. Maas expands Feyre’s world beyond even her wildest imagination in this seductive and stunning sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses.
Review:
This is the second book in a series that I love very much. So if you’re open to reading whatever, don’t even read this review, just go buy the whole series and binge read them all. I promise you won’t regret it.
Okay, now for the actual book. A Court of Mist and Fury starts three months after the end of the first book. At this point, Feyre is trying to figure out who she is now that she’s a High Fae. She’s not the same person that she was when her story started. She’s done some things that she can’t unsee and a part of her wishes that she died under the mountain. You would think that because she and Tamlin survived and she saved everyone that all would be flowers and butterflies, but that’s not the case.
In an attempt to get everything back to normal in the Spring Court, the wedding is the big event to show that everything and everyone is okay and life is back to normal. Surprise! Tamlin proposed to Feyre and they’re going to get married. This is how it was it was told to the readers. For some reason, (I’d say for the sake of keeping the book a reasonable length because it’s six hundred pages.) we don’t get to see the proposal, just a brief story about it happening. This shows me that it’s not a hugely significant event, which it is, but not in the way you would think it is.
It’s extremely obvious that all of the people in this story are just trying to get through the days and pretend they’re okay. They’re all doing the best they can to try to get back to their lives before Amarantha. It’s clear from the first page that Feyre is having the most trouble with this. She’s not at all the same person she was. She wakes up every night vomiting from her nightmares. She just can’t seem to get it together. She doesn’t even want to paint anything. It’s honestly sad because she’s not the same Feyre without thinking about painting everything. She’s not in a good place at all.
I think the wedding was too soon, a rushed attempt to get life back to normal. She’s not excited to plan it or even to attend it. She leaves all the planning to Ianthe, who sucks and you’ll learn why. Even her dress, which Feyre hates, but doesn’t do anything about it. The Feyre from the first book would have said, “hell no, I’m not wearing this.” But she just lets it all happen. The day of the wedding Alis literally pushes her outside to the aisle. Alis says, “You sound like you’re going to your funeral.” And “it’ll be over faster than you can blink, she promised and gently pushed me into the last of the sunlight.” SHE LITERALLY SOUNDED LIKE SHE WAS GOING TO HER FUNERAL SO WHY DID EVERYONE LET HER GO THROUGH WITH THIS.
Now I get to talk about my favorite character in this whole series, Rhysand. It was just too perfect for him to swoop in and save Feyre on her wedding day. His grand entrance when coming to claim Feyre for their agreed upon week at the wedding totally suits the personality that he presents. He’s my favorite villain, probably because we learn that he’s not actually a villain, but he’s my favorite even before that.
The first week that Feyre spending with Rhys at the Night Court, he learns that she cannot read. So she spends the week writing ridiculous sentences that he gives her. It’s hilarious and silly and the break that she needed from pretending that she’s alright.
So this book actually made me mad, but its 100% Tamlin’s fault and Lucien (who is supposed to be Feyre’s friend, but is too worried about following orders and putting out a good image for everyone else.) Feyre told them over and over again what she needed. I think she actually said “I feel like I’m drowning” at one point and they still wouldn’t listen. Wouldn’t let her go help other towns, they wouldn’t let her leave the property to ease Tamlin’s fears. They didn’t listen to what she was screaming that she needed because what Tamlin needed was more important and that pissed me off so badly. I just don’t understand how he couldn’t or didn’t see what he was doing to her. How could he continue to choose what he wanted over what she was telling him she needed and not see how that was affecting her? I just don’t see how he can justify anything that he did to her and I 100% support Feyre leaving.
So Feyre goes through some huge character development in this book. After everything she went through and did under the mountain to save Tamlin, she’s come out a different person. She’s become a broken girl instead of the one who was willing to fight whoever and however she needed. But as she tells Tam over and over again what she needs and she sees him prioritize his needs over hers, she realizes that she’s becoming a different person; she’s not the same girl that fell in love with Tamlin. She’s a girl that has no faith in herself or her feelings or her choices and it’s just so so sad. This book is pretty heartbreaking for the sole reason of having to see and feel what Feyre is going through and that no one is helping her until Rhys comes to save the day, AGAIN.
Once Rhysand saves her from the Spring Court, again. We meet a whole new set of friends. They’re funny and caring and silly and so full of love for one another. Feyre learns some things about the Night Court and similar to in the first book, everything she thought she knew is wrong. She learns the truth about the Night Court and why Rhys acts the way he does. Rhys and his “court” are more than just that. They’re a family instead of subordinates taking orders. They listen and argue and care about one another. Once Feyre is in the Night Court Rhys tries to get her involved in the craziness of the world but he doesn’t order her around or push her. He offers her choices and lets her decide. He does exactly what she begged Tam to do for her and she didn’t even ask Rhys.
One of the things I loved most about this book was finally getting to see more of Prythian. Being introduced to Velaris, the Night Court’s secret Court of Dreams, it’s essentially described as a utopia. A place that Rhys has done anything and everything in his power to protect. I would have loved to see Velaris through Feyre from the first books eyes, what her thoughts and how she would have wanted to paint it. The other place we get to visit is the Summer Court, which is my favorite. If I was in this world, I would be a part of the Summer Court. The city sounds incredible and I just loved getting to see more of the world Feyre now found herself immersed in.
I don’t like to give spoilers, so I’m sorry if it seems vague or out of place, but once Feyre starts to realize that her relationship with Tamlin wasn’t as romantic and perfect as she thought it was hard. It was hard to feel that with her even though I had realized it long before her. It’s almost like she blames herself for coming out from under the mountain a different person when Tam’s the only reason she went there at all. Tamlin couldn’t love her how she needed to be loved and it broke her. So when she started to develop feelings for Rhysand she was understandably conflicted. Seeing it all from the outside (and also I’m rereading this series) it was super obvious that these two were so good for each other. It just takes her a while to come to that same realization.
The ending of this book was incredible. Don’t finish this book unless you have the next one though. Hello, cliffhanger. The way Sarah J. Maas ended this book was not at all expected. It was a total twist but in the best way possible. With all the craziness and drama that went down in the last pages, the ending leaves you wanting so much more, but also saying “what the hell just happened” at the same time.
So if it wasn’t clear already, I love this book and I love this series. I love all the characters, even the ones I don’t like. I recommend this book to those like me that are no longer “young adults” but still love to read the genre. I wouldn’t say younger kids should read this because there are some pretty sexy scenes. This whole book is beautiful. The writing is beautiful, the places we see are beautiful, the characters, the struggles, the drama, it’s all beautiful and heartbreaking and will change your life. So read them and love them forever like I do.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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