Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.
The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.
Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.
Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms.
When the premise of A Court of Silver Flames was initially announced, it stalled me in my tracks. Nesta’s bottled rage and brutal nature seemed senseless to me for a lot of the original trilogy, and I didn’t know how invested I was to read a 600-something-page book all about her.
In saying that… Sarah J. Maas quickly lured me into this story with her seductive narrative and the exploration of a more fragile Nesta’s, fleshing out some of the insurmountable trauma she’s faced in her time as a fae and as a human girl. Simultaneously, hooking me with winning characterisation and an unexpected redemption arc. (Because when do I not love those?)
Here’s the thing about writing Happily Ever Afters: it helps if you believe in them.
Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.
They’re polar opposites.
In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.
Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.
Beach Read, much like it’s name, is not at all what I anticipated it to be. Neither did I anticipate loving this book as hardly as I came too when I read the first couple of chapters. It crept up on me slowly as I became more entwined with January and Gus, much like they become entwined with one another and slowly, fall in love.
2020 is already turning out to be a different kind of reading year for me. We haven’t reached the end of January and my DNF (stands for: did not finish) tally is at SIX and I’m not mad about it. I don’t know who this new me is, but I like her.
Historically, I’ve never been good at actually utilising my Goodreads to-read shelf for anything other than stockpiling a list of books that look and sound cool. I was a reader who just borrowed books from my library immediately upon watching a booktube video that had praised it.
A few months ago, I changed that habit and actually began to reference my to-read shelf at the beginning of every month. Mostly because I noticed whilst I was favouring new releases, so many books I wanted to read had been put on the back burner.
Which isn’t a bad way to read by any means, but it wasn’t necessarily working out best for me. It’s not like the new releases, with all their hype and praise, were actually turning into 5 star reads. So I decided something needed to change and it started with utilising my Goodreads to-read shelf and have turned into something that’s actually functional.
There are only three tips on this list, all of which helped me achieve several of my own reading goals in 2019. I’m exciting to share these easy tips with everyone, so if you’re looking to elevate your reading and achieve some goals this year, definitely keep on reading!