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?)
Okay yadda yadda, reading about curvy girls falling in love is a cornerstone of this blog, “we get it” I hear you all murmur. Well it’s not enough until I say it is. So let me hype these 15 something books for you all, but mostly for myself. Let’s make it fun and I’ll challenge myself to read all of them this year too.
Happy belated Valentines to the best people on the internet. (imo.) In honour of my favourite holiday, I wanted to pass the love to the new releases coming out in the first quarter of 2021 that have made it onto my radar.
I think the only joyous part of looking back at 2020 (or at least where I find the most joy when reflecting on the year that passed) were the books that made my year and the worlds I escaped too. I was really lucky to have enjoyed so much of what I read in 2020, but today I’ve picked the cream of the crop and the books that when I think about them, still make me absolutely giddy and excited about books and reading.
”We’re natural enemies, Reid. You’ll always be a witch hunter. I’ll always be a witch. And we’ll always bring each other pain.”
After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Dames Blanches, Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are on the run from coven, kingdom, and church—fugitives with nowhere to hide.
To elude the scores of witches and throngs of chasseurs at their heels, Lou and Reid need allies. Strong ones. But protection comes at a price, and the group is forced to embark on separate quests to build their forces. As Lou and Reid try to close the widening rift between them, the dastardly Morgane baits them in a lethal game of cat and mouse that threatens to destroy something worth more than any coven.
When it came out a year ago, Serpent & Dove was a welcome addition to the Fantasy Romance genre for me. I devoured it overnight and was really looking forward to reading this sequel and once again revisiting Reid and Lou’s deliciously angsty and banter filled romance. Unfortunately, the the excitement I had when I picked this book up quickly deflated and was instead replaced with bitter disappointment that can be surmised by this series becoming a trilogy instead of just staying a duology as originally intended.