What’s On My Nightstand?

A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Hi everyone! Thank you for stopping by to check out my brand new series ‘What’s On My Nightstand?’ 🙂 I thought it would be fun to write a review of the books that I am reading to give you some ideas of what you might like to read next. Or, if you have read them I would love to hear what you thought, just leave me a comment below!

So having recently just finished the Harry Potter series (finally!), I wanted to continue with the fantasy world theme. Sometimes it’s nice to escape from reality into a totally different world!  The book I picked was A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas.

What’s the Book About?

Feyre is the main female character who knows how to kick some ass basically! Having been taken to the Magical Kingdom for killing a High Faerie, over time she falls for her jailer. Knowing that there has been a curse put over the Kingdom, she now wants to risk her life and help the Faerie people fight against the impossible.

My Thoughts

What to say about it…if you enjoyed the Twilight series, then you will definitely enjoy this. It is an easy read, aimed at young adults and teens. The story revolves around dark magic, so you either like that sort book or you don’t. Personally I do! However this is a ROMANTIC Fantasy….and clearly I didn’t pass much remark on the word Romantic when I bought the book as I don’t normally opt for this type of book! The story of Feyre and Tamlin, the High Faerie, is what this book is based around, so it is a very strong love story which does lead to some fairly cringey scenes! I will mention that I don’t think this book is suitable for early teens.

Overall though, I did enjoy it as, well, it’s a bit of a twisted take on a love story. I love films like Maleficent and Snow White and the Huntsman, as they are a total twist on the original fairy tale. I would say this book is almost like a twisted fairy tale. I will most likely read the rest of the series:)

More About the Book

A Court of Thorns and Roses was released on May 5, 2015 and this is the first book in the series. There are currently two other books already published. A Court of Mist and Fury was released May 3, 2016 and A Court of Wings and Ruin was released May 2, 2017. A Court of Frost and Starlight is due to be released in May 2018.

Thank you so much for reading my review! I don’t have a particular genre that I like to stick with, I like to read a little of everything, so my next review will be a something a little different:)

I would love to hear if you have any recommendations; just leave them in the comments below!

Rachel x

Hi everyone! Thank you for popping by to check out the second review in my ‘What’s On My Nightstand’ series:) As promised from my last review this week’s book choice is a totally different genre. This psychological thriller is the newly released ‘The Woman in the Window’ by A. J. Finn.

About the Book (Synopsis from Amazon)

What did she see?

It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.

Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.

But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?

My Thoughts

There was huge hype surrounding the release of this debut novel. It has been given raves reviews and five stars left, right and centre and because of this I have been really looking forward to reading it. I was excited to get stuck into a page turner that would keep me awake until two in the morning! But if I am been honest, and while I am sure I am in the minority here, I just didn’t feel that I would give it a five star rating.

Anna Fox, an agoraphobic child psychologist, who’s only connection to the real world, is through her computer and camera lens, peeping on her neighbours. I couldn’t help feel sorry for the life that she is living and my curiosity was definitely peeked to find out why she had become a recluse.

I found the constant quotes and references to old black and white films a bit repetitive, probably as they were totally lost on me, as, well I don’t watch old black and white films. Maybe those of you who do, will enjoy these references?

Although this book started off slow, there are definitely several twists that I did not see coming, which overall did make this book the thriller that it has been described as!

More About The Book

The Woman In The Window was released on January 2nd, 2018 and is the debut novel from A. J Finn. It is currently been turned into a major motion picture.

Genre: Thriller, psychological thriller, suspense

I would really love to hear your thoughts on this book if you have read it?

Rachel x