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Audiobook Review: A Court of Mist and Fury

So, we have been pretty slack about getting some reviews out there lately and I’ll tell you why: Sarah J. Maas.

MAASshakesfist-(1)I’m not kidding! I have been stuck in a cycle of re-reading A Court of Mist and Fury (Seriously, I’ve read it physically four times since it came out and have now finished the Audiobook) and Lyvie has started a re-read of the Throne of Glass novels.

It’s a huge compliment to Maas, obviously, since she has managed to capture our attention over and over.

Anyway, back to my Audiobook review.

I’ll admit to you that the only other time I’ve tried to listen to an audiobook, it failed miserably.  I think a lot of it is that my mind tends to wander when I listen to music, so when I tried listening to an audiobook when I was on the elliptical or the treadmill at the gym, I was too distracted by the stimuli around me and would miss entire sections of the narrative.

ACOMAF audiobookFor listening to A Court of Mist and Fury, I chose a different way of listening.  What I would do was put on my workout clothes and my headphones and I’d just walk around my local area, or walk around on my lunch break listening to the novel.  I don’t know if me already being so familiar with the novel played a role in how focused I was on listening and savoring every detail, but I finally understand why people enjoy them so much.

I have no idea if the narrator, Jennifer Ikeda, has done other audiobooks but I really enjoyed the subtlety she used to indicate the different characters speaking, and she did a great job of showing the emotions through her voice.

The audiobook is almost an entire day long – seriously, it’s 23 hours and 16 minutes long, but the time just flew by.  It encouraged me to get out of my house and out of my office (on my break) and spend some time wandering around listening to what is one of the best sequels I’ve ever read.

If you don’t already have an audible account, you can get this audiobook for free, and it is yours to keep.  Unfortunately, if you do already have an account, you’d have to pay around $41.99 on Audible to get access to the book.  It’s a steep price, but it could be worth it if you really wanted it.

However, there is the option of purchasing it from iTunes and it’s a bit cheaper, running you only $27.95.

I’m really glad I chose to re-try the whole audiobook thing, and I’ve already queued up my next “read,” A Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi.  I hope that I like listening to a novel I’ve not physically read yet as much as I enjoyed one I was extremely familiar with.

So my bard rating is for the audiobook experience, as I’ve already rated the novel 5 bards.

Audiobook:

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Release Day Blitz: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

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I’m so excited to be a part of the Release Day Blitz for Sarah J. Maas’ Queen of Shadows, and feel honored that I get to share the news (a.k.a. SHOUT IT EVERYWHERE) and provide a great giveaway!

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If you haven’t read the Throne of Glass series, be sure to check out all the details provided below. This blitz includes a giveaway for the first three books in the series (US ONLY).

About the Book: 

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Title: QUEEN OF SHADOWS

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Pub. Date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 656

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Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass

series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her.  But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Read Chapters 1-5 of Queen of Shadows HERE!

 

sarahjmaasAbout Sarah:

Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series–Throne of GlassCrown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade–as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, will release worldwide on September 1st, 2015.

A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

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Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

ACOTARWhen nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

So when I decided to re-read the Throne of Glass series when I was on vacation, I should have taken A Court of Thorns and Roses with me too.  I’ve had this book since it was released back at the beginning of May but for some reason put off reading it until this past week! I never said I was the smartest.

Anyway, I’m so glad I finally picked up this book and read it.  Fair warning to those who are picking up this novel, there is a lot of exposition.  However, I do not think this is a drawback in any way, because it really puts you in the middle of the story immediately.  There is so much detail that Maas puts into her world-building that makes everything so wonderfully realistic.  I actually felt like I was actually apart of the scenery when reading this, and her descriptions make everything come alive.  I don’t know about anyone else, but world building is my number one love in fantasy novels.  It is something that I think Maas has improved upon since the first Throne of Glass novel, although even that novel was seriously strong.

Feyre, at first glance, is definitely more approachable as a character than Celaena.  Feyre is pretty beaten down by her life supporting her ungrateful family.  She is uneducated and had to work for everything she had or did, whether it be a small rabbit to feed her family, or the paints she couldn’t afford to feed her passion.  She willingly accepts her fate when she is forced to atone and still manages to be unbeaten by those circumstances that took her away from her family.

Tamlin, oh my.  He certainly has his hands full with Feyre, who is full of fire and spits insults at him almost constantly.  It’s easy to see in his actions that he is trying to make this whole experience bearable for her, but she continually shuts him down.  It’s pretty entertaining to read.  But he definitely grows on you as a character just as much as Feyre begins to see what a good man he is.  Now, there has been some debate that I’ve seen about Tamlin’s actions during the Fire Night ceremony, when he sleeps with another Faerie within a few hours of coming and expressing his desire for Feyre.  I will say that yes, it does seem like something sketchy to do.  However, this is a fictional world where these Faerie practices are considered the norm.  In addition, it is mentioned that the Faerie women wait to be chosen, so they are willing participants in this.  If anything, I really thought that Tamlin desiring Feyre so much that he searched for her instead of choosing one of the Faeries at first really shows where his heart lies.

Anyway, I’ll get off my soapbox.  Now, the secondary characters in A Court of Thorns and Roses are just as strongly written as the others.  I adored Lucien, for his undying loyalty to his best friend, for his rapier wit, and even for the times he decided to trick Feyre into doing something stupid.  Alis for being so loyal to Tamlin, her nephews, and to Feyre in the end.  Rhysand I haven’t decided on yet.  He obviously has some devious motives, but he also saved Fayre’s life more than once.  What is his angle?

I’m extremely excited about the second installment, which has (for now) just been named A Court of Thorns and Roses #2, but will have to wait until 2016.  It’s a good thing the fourth Throne of Glass novel comes out in a little over a month, because I will have to get my Maas fix!

5 Bards.

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