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June Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

I think I haven’t read that many books for ages. *lol* Well, at least I can’t remember the last time I actually managed to read 8 books in a month. Certainly not ever since I started to do my monthly wrap-ups. XD So I guess book-wise my June was amazing! I suppose to commute to work more regularly might have helped to get back into my reading swing which is a really nice side-effect I never truly noticed.

Unfortunately commuting also caused me to visit my library more often and my borrowed books almost push the allowed boundaries of 25 items. (At the moment I have 22 books at home and my library pile never seems to get any smaller. >_<) I know I’m way too greedy but I just couldn’t resist all the amazing LGBTQ+ books I found on the shelves. 😛 As it seems our libraries are finally jumping on the train and I couldn’t be more happy to see so many of my beloved books. They finally get more new books in other genres as well and this is just awesome.

So yeah, I think my library pile won’t get smaller anytime soon. *lol* And speaking of LGBTQ+ books! I finally created my own The LGBTQ+ Rep Book Tag (Original!) and I’m so glad so many of you seemed to like it! ❤ A few of you already did it as well and I got a lot of new book recommendations I can’t wait to read. XD Thank you so much for doing my tag and for spreading the love! 😀 This means a lot to me and I love you guys so much! ❤

*clears throat* Erm yeah, before I go all soppy on you I better start with my Wrap-Up, okay?

Books read: 10 (books &webcomic)

Pages read:  2.452 (Yes, as usual I didn’t count the webcomic pages so that’s the actual page number only from the books. XD)

Average rating: 4,10 (Not bad! Guess ACOFAS is the only reason it wasn’t higher. *lol*)

Books that were on my reading list:  2 (from 2019 and 1 from 2020, Funnily enough I’m close to finishing my reading list 2019 but not even moderately close to reading the books from my 2020 list! C’est la vie! 😛 )

June Reads:

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Traitor’s Blade: 4 Pfoten

I’m so glad my „Hugs’n’kisses OR Dismissed by the Missus/Messrs“ blog meme caused me to read this because otherwise it would have stayed on my TBR forever and I would have never gone on that interesting journey! XD  I really liked Falcio and his two friends Brasti and Kest! Also I kinda loved that this was different than the other fantasy books I read?! The ending might have been a little abrupt but the rest was great! Can’t wait to read book two!

Warm Up: 4 Pfoten

This was only an additional short story to „Vicious“ but since it’s written by V.E. Schwab I enjoyed it immensely. This woman can write and just like with Maggie Stiefvater I’d even buy her grocery list. *lol* Those about 15 pages may not add a lot to the plot but the tension of the main character was amazingly done. 😀

Vengeful: 5 Pfoten

I just loved this!! It was so, so, so good! ❤ Seriously, If I wouldn’t have been Victor Vale trash already this book would have made me Victor Vale trash through and through. XD The chemistry between Vic and Eli is off the charts and I still think they would have made a great couple. *lol* Also I loved the female villains in this book and I was glad to see that they were able to hold their own against our two boys!

Bomb Boy: 4 Pfoten

Jay Grewal offered me to read his book about a year ago and I finally got to it!!! (Guess this says A LOT about my long ARC/review copy list and why I’m not accepting any until the beginning of next year >_<) Anyway, I loved Jay’s book and even though it was very painful to read I couldn’t help but admire the way he wrote it. This is one of those books that stays with you and the comparison to „The Kite Runner“ is getting pretty close. If you want to read more about „Bomb Boy“ you can do it here!

A Court of Frost and Starlight: 3 Pfoten

Me only giving ACOFAS 3 stars!!?? Yeah, I know that’s kind of a shocker but urgh there were so many things that rubbed me the wrong way, I just couldn’t help but write a super long rant review! *lol* I won’t go into detail here but if you actually want to know why I was so disappointed you might as well read my full review! I wasn’t all too kind (and that’s an understatement) though so don’t attack me with your pitchforks and torches, okay? *lol*

Always Human: 4 Pfoten

This was such a cute webcomic! ❤ I called it „the f/f answer to Heartstopper“ and I still stand by this first impression. XD Sunati and Austen where the cutest, the art was amazing and very colourful and the story just warmed my heart! If you’re looking for a sweet f/f webcomic you should definitely give this one a try!

Beartown: 5 Pfoten

There are books and then there are BOOKS!! This one belongs to the latter category and it totally destroyed me. I can’t even remember how often I flat out cried or at least had tears in my eyes while I read it. „Beartown“ is one of those books that leaves a mark and changes you while you read it. Every single sentence hurt, every page cut deep, and every paragraph let me lose hope in humanity and rebuilt it once again. Yet I still loved it! It will take me quite a while until I’ll be ready to pick up „Us Against You“ but damn, I’m so going to read this sequel even if it kills me. T_T

Black: Shades of your Soul: 4 Pfoten

Can you believe it? I finally managed to read another book for my „German speaking Authors Year“ challenge! YAY! I admit it, I was a little bit sloppy those last few months because our current global situation kinda made me a mood reader and I really couldn’t bring myself to read books according to plan. So yeah, it took me a while to get back to my initial plans but I don’t regret it because this was great! I paged through „Shades of your Soul“ in no time and I really didn’t know that German authors could write such great steamy mafia romances. *lol* If you speak German and want to read something addicting and fast this might be the right book for you! 😉 (Be careful though, the insta-love is strong in this one. XD)

Burial Rites: 4 Pfoten

This book is inspired by true happenings and it was quite an experience. Iceland in 1829 must have been a hell of a place to live at and I really loved all the detail that went into this story. Also this is a book that kinda sneaks up on you and then leaves you gasping for air. When I started to read it I was like: „okay, that’s interesting and nice but where is the gripping story I was promised?“ You won’t get action, you won’t get shocking events, but you’ll get the life story of a poor girl that had to survive the cold of Iceland. I never thought I’d cry at the ending of this book, but I did and it killed me. >_<

Where Tangents Meet: 4 Pfoten

This was another cute and fluffy webcomic! 😀 This time around actually an f/m one and I really loved it! ❤ Landon and Rachelle both carried some wounds from their past with them, but they learned to trust each other and they fell in love! Also the sibling relationships in this one were great and the art?! Amazing! Highly recommended!

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How was your June? Did you read more books than usually as well? What’s the limit of your library card and are you constantly pushing it too? Did you like my „LGBTQ+ Rep Book Tag“ and are you planning to join the fun? XD What was your favourite book last month? And was I really the only one who was disappointed by ACOFAS? *lol*

Talk to me and let me know! 😉


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Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight (Sarah J. Maas)

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Rating: 3 Pfoten

”Mother above and Cauldron save me.”

Yep, that’s exactly what I thought when I read another one of Feyre and Rhy’s naughty scenes! The words might have been the same; my thoughts came with an eye roll instead of pleasure though. As did a lot of other things while I read this novella. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed almost every second of this and it was really nice to spend some time with all those characters again BUT (yes, it’s a big but) there were a lot of things that didn’t sit well with me and you can bet your lovely behind on the fact that I’m going to point them out later on when I get to the spoilery parts of this review.

Generally speaking this wasn’t bad. We got to see a little bit of our characters normal lives and I think we can all agree that after everything they went through they deserve some normalcy and happiness. It was nice to walk through Velaris, to go Solstice shopping with Mor and Feyre and to see those beloved characters interact with each other. They all survived the war and each and every single one of them is trying to cope with the aftermath. There are plenty of wounds that still need to heal and I’m kind of grateful Sarah decided to give her characters some room to come to terms with everything. So yes, this novella might not have a huge plot but definitely provides a good transition into the next series. 😉

Still, there were quite a lot of interesting dialogues and a bunch of things that either made me happy or caused me to get angry. Mostly it was the relationships between the characters and so this is exactly what I’m going to write about. Buckle up! This is going to be a hard ride! *lol*

From here on out, I’ll talk about the relationships and ships of the characters, so this isn’t only going to be rant and gush feast but also a spoiler celebration! If you still continue to read and haven’t read ACOFAS yet, it’s at your own risk! Don’t say I didn’t warn you! 😉

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Feyre & Rhys:

”But you are bothering – you’re both still working to make this peace last. Peace, Rhys. We have peace, and the true kind. Enjoy it – enjoy each other. You paid the debt before it was ever a debt.”

I totally agree with Cassian and even though this might sound harsh now I still need to say it: I want them to enjoy each other too, but please not as the MCs of the following books. I love Feyre and Rhys, I really do, but I think from ACOWAR on out their character development was kind of detrimental. I already mentioned it in my review of ACOWAR and I’ll say it again Feyre’s and Rhys’s holier-than-thou attitude is beginning to get on my nerves. Feyre and her friends weren’t the only ones that suffered and it would be really nice if she’d get out of her pink bubble and would acknowledge the fact that others hurt too! It’s good that Rhys and her have each other but not everyone is as lucky as them and it would help to remember that they made mistakes too! Also if I read about “toes that curl” in Feyre’s boots one more time I’m going to be sick. Yes, we got it, Rhys is such a sexy male and they really love each other. If you ask me their story should have ended after ACOWAR because right now I have more negative feelings towards them than positive ones and this is actually kinda sad. >_< Okay, Feysand shippers are allowed to take out their pitchforks and torches now… Just give me a little head start, will you? ;-P

Feyre & Lucien:

”And what, exactly, does this Band of Exiles plan to do? Host events? Organize party-planning committees?”
Lucien’s metal eye clicked faintly and narrowed. “You can be as much of an asshole as that mate of yours, you know that?”

I think Feyre was a real bitch to Lucien in this book. And no, I’m not sorry for saying it out loud. After all someone has to do it and I don’t mind it being me. I mean if she really wants him to be friends with her, she has to accept that he has his own life and doesn’t want to depend on her and Rhys. If she’d be honest to herself she’d realize that Lucien isn’t welcome at her court and that he has his reasons to stay away from them. I think the only two people who feel real sympathy for Lucien are Az and Amren and they only do it to some extent. So yeah, she can’t expect him to be happy with the situation. Lucien lost so much over the centuries and now he even lost Tam and his second home. It’s not Feyre’s call to decide what’s best for him! Especially because she’s actually the reason why Lucien isn’t welcome at Tam’s place anymore. So nope, take care of your own court and leave Lucien be! Thank you very much! And a huge YAY for Lucien! Because he dared to call Feyre and Ryhs out on their bullsh*t and didn’t back down! That’s my man!!! <333 Also I totally agree with him! Rhys shouldn’t have said what he did and the way he treated Tam cost him a lot of my sympathy.

”Your mate should have known better than to kick a downed male.”

”I can’t stand to be in the same room as her for more than two minutes. I can’t stand to be in this court and have your mate pay for the very clothes on my back.”

Elain & Lucien:

”He hadn’t mentioned Elain, or his proximity to her. Elaine had not asked him to stay, or to go. And whether she cared about the bruises on his face, she certainly hadn’t let on.”

So if you already put away your pitchforks and torches, guess now is the right time to draw them out again, because this isn’t going to be nice and tell you what: I actually don’t care! I’ll say it as it is: I HATE Elain! There, I said it! And I’m not even sorry for it! You think Nesta is a witch? Oh well, guess Elain is even worse because she hides it behind her super sweet appearance and gentle actions. By now I’ve reached a point where I despise her and I’m sick and tired of everyone defending this woman just because she is so sweet! Where was Elain when Feyre was taken by Tam? What did Elain do when Feyre went out hunting for them? Nesta might be a witch, and I can’t even believe I’m saying this, but at least she went looking for Feyre. What did Elain do? She got engaged to Grayson! YAY! Way to go! Also everyone loving precious and dear Elain! WTF?!!! Did Elain ever do anything except of looking lovely?! (Yes, she might be a great cook and good at gardening but seriously is that all!???!!!) AND WHY THE FREAKING HELL IS EVERYONE DEFENDING ELAIN WITH THE WORDS “Elain is Elain”!??? ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!??? WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN!!!???? I’m sick and tired of her getting away with everything because she’s everybody’s darling! Lucien deserves so much better than that! She can’t even talk to him for a few minutes? She can’t even thank him for the present he got her? Where was her present for him?! And just for the record: LUCIEN DIDN’T WANT HER TO BE HIS MATE!!! He’s as innocent when it comes to their mating bond as Elain! It’s not his fault that they are mates and people better remember this when they judge him for trying to get to know her! She doesn’t even give him a chance to get to know her so she’s just cruel and mean in my eyes. If she doesn’t change her attitude in the next trilogy I’ll never ship her with anyone. Not even Az. No one! For all I care she can live with her precious flowers and become one of them! GRRRRRRR!!!! AKDFASDFJASLDFJKASDFJASDKLFJASDFLK! Okay, I’m fine now. XD

”Elain, at least, would be too polite to send Lucien away when he wanted to help. She was too polite to send him away on a normal day. She just ignored him or barely spoke to him until he got the hint and left.”

Those doe-brown eyes turned toward me. Sharper than I’d ever seen them. “And that entitles him to my time, my affections?”
“No.” I blinked. “But he is a good male.” Despite our harsh words. Despite this Band of Exiles bullshit. “He cares for you.”
“He doesn’t know me.”
“You don’t give him the chance to even try to do so.”

Cassian & Nesta:

”A storm is going to hit in a few days. I’d like you to distribute this amongst those who might feel its impact the hardest.”

Cassian is so, so damn precious and he’s stuck with Nesta! That’s not fair! I think when it comes to me disliking characters in this series it’s a tie between Nesta and Elain. I just hate them both. (I know I’m making a lot of friends with this review. *lol* But I just can’t help it!) I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to ship them but after seeing that Nesta still didn’t change… Well, I just can’t ship them. By now I don’t even know if her character can be redeemed and if Sarah doesn’t work her magic with her I’ll never board this ship. And it will take a HUGE amount of magic to make her character at least a little bit more likable! And to everyone out there who likes Nesta and thinks I’m mean: I know she has PTSD too and I know that she suffers at least as much as all the other characters around her do, but that’s no reason to lash out at the others. If she wants to be secluded from them, live in a cheap apartment, drink all day and sleep with every fae male that comes her way: Okay! But to hurt the others, to fight them even though they are trying to help her, to spend Feyre’s and Rhys money without asking them: That’s not okay!! How many people have to offer her help until she accepts it? How often will she hurt poor Cassian because she’s just too proud to acknowledge that she has a serious problem? Just like Lucien, Cassian deserves so much better than her and I think I’ll make a petition for both of them! #FreeCassian&LucienFromTheClutchesOfTheCruelArcheronSisters

”Nesta is Nesta. She does what she wants, even if it kills her sister. I’ve offered her job after job, and she refuses them all.”

Tamlin & Rhys:

Forgiveness could be a gift to both, but what he’d done… “Do you want her to?”
His green eyes were empty. “Do I deserve it?”
No. Never.
He must have read it on my face, because he asked, “Do you forgive me – for your mother and sister?”

I’m not okay with the way Rhys treated Tamlin! Yes, he made mistakes, yes he hurt Feyre, but that doesn’t mean that they have to hurt him too! Rhys should have known better than that, he should have been better than that and he shouldn’t have kicked Tam when he was already on the ground. Everyone can see that Tamlin is hurting and to treat him like that? To say what Rhys said to him? WOAH!! That was just cruel, mean and uncalled-for. I’m feeling really sorry for Tam now and Rhys helping him with the elk doesn’t make this any better. He only helped him because he might need him in future, not because he actually cared. Where is your compassion for Tam, Rhys? Where is the Rhys of ACOMAF I fell in love with? I don’t see him anymore. *shakes head*

”I hope you live the rest of your miserable life alone here. It’s a far more satisfying end than slaughtering you.”

Elain & Az:

Cassian sat up, the portrait of outrage. “No?”
Azriel tucked in his wings. “Would you want people betting on you?”

I think the only reason Az reacted like that is because he might feel guilty for liking Elain. It’s so obvious that Sarah wants them to end up together and all those little tense moments between them speak volumes about her intentions. But as I said: I can’t ship Elain with anyone right now. Az is too sweet and gentle to end up with her and I really don’t want them to be together. Not because I would begrudge him a relationship with her, but because I think that he deserves better than her. After Mor played with him for centuries Az deserves the world, and then some! If Elain doesn’t change and acknowledges her misbehaviour against Lucien then I can’t ship this ship. And quite honestly, if I’d be Az I wouldn’t want to be with someone who treats their mate like that.

”Azriel emerged from the sitting room, a glass of wine in hand and wings tucked back to reveal his fine, yet simple black jacket and pants.
I felt, more than saw, my sister go still as he approached. Her throat bobbed.”

Rhys & Lucien:

”I can let go of the taunts,” he said, scanning my face. “And the fact that he still harbors some hope of one day reuniting with Tamlin. But I cannot let go of how he treated you after Under the Mountain.”

I’m just glad that Lucien became friends with Vassa and Jurian because as I already mentioned above, he obviously isn’t welcome at the Night Court. Rhys still doesn’t like him and Lucien deserves more than to be tolerated. He deserves to be respected, to be loved and cherished and not to be treated like sh*t! Also what the hell does Rhys even mean with how he treated Feyre after Under the Mountain? Lucien did nothing wrong, he was there for her, tried to help her, defended her against Tam, spoke up for her and confronted Tamlin. And what did he get in return? Tamlin reprimanded him and might have even physically hurt him, Ianthe abused him and Tam let it happen because he refused to take part in the ritual, and Feyre?! Do I really have to point out what Feyre did? She lied to him, claimed that Rhys had turned her and even after she came back to the spring court she continued to lie to him and hurt him even more by destroying the only place he called home. Hell, she even used him to antagonize Tam and to destroy his friendship with Lucien. A great friend she was to him! And this after everything he did for her Under the Mountain. Hell, he even got whipped because he helped her and almost died as well. To destroy your friends’ life is a great way to show him gratitude. Well done, Feyre! So WHO EXACTLY TREATED WHOM LIKE SH*T AFTER UNDER THE MOUNTAIN, RHYS???!!!! Mhmm??? Care to enlighten me? And one more thing before I come to the end of this rant review: Lucien was in no position to help Feyre because he suffered from PTSD too. That’s something everyone always seems to forget. You can’t help someone else if you’re drowning yourself. And people better keep that in mind before they talk badly about him.

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I really thought I’d enjoy this novella and then move on to the next trilogy but for some reason those 229 pages kinda irked me. Big time. *lol* I guess that’s mostly due to the fact that all the things I already criticized in ACOWAR seemed to be even more prominent in this short story and I just couldn’t ignore it any longer. Also all the chapters we got from Mor’s POV didn’t contribute anything to the story, which is the main reason I didn’t even mention her in my review. All told this was a nice addition to the first trilogy and a good segue into the next one and I really hope that Sarah J. Maas will tackle all those issues I just pointed out. After all, “Hope dies last”! ;-P