A Court of Mist and Fury ( A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

About (from Goodreads)

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

My Thoughts (spoilers)

I cannot believe that I didn’t immedietly review this book. Because, while I may always hold a torch for Sirius Black, the amount of love and respect and just ‘god i wish he were real life’ for Rhysand is so much. He is what men should be alllll about. My heart, y’all.

So let me tell ya what happens, (it’s been a few months since I devoured this book so I may leave out some important deets so that means you just NEED TO READ THIS BOOK FOR THE LOVE OF GOD! IT”S THE BEST!)

Feyre and Tamlin are set to get married. The thing that bothered me most about this is that Feyre let someone else, some other woman, plan her wedding. Her whole wedding. The most glorious day of your life- and she let some bitch plan the whole thing. She was so not interested in the details I wanted to smack the crap out of her and be like, look girl, something is clearly NOT Right if you don’t care. And then she was just so complacent about sex with Tamlin too. Like, yep, that’s how it happens- he keeps me out of the loop of every.thing. and then he comes at me like a wolf and I just bend to him…some girls, I swear.

On their wedding day, Feyre is just screaming for someone to save her. And who saves her but, Rhysand. This man. Thinking about him, ooh yes!! He saves her from what I can only assume would be awful, jealous, and eventual loveless marriage. He saves her because they have the connection of the tattoo on her arm. So he pops up and takes her to his castle in the Night Court. Just imagine how pissed off Tamlin is for a moment, won’t you? Super PISSED.

I think what makes you fall for Rhysand is even though he’s this supposed awful, ruthless man, he’s gentle at heart. And he’s NOTHING like Tamlin. From the very start, he only wants Feyre to be happy. No matter what that is. And all the effort he puts into showing her that’s all he wants, is so sweet. Simple, and sweet. Their conversing is natural, energetic, and flirtatious- simply delicious. Whereas in the beginning with Tamlin you could definitely get a sense their relationship was forced, breaking, and superficial.

Being hunted by Tamlin at every turn. Feyre and Rhysand are training her to learn all about her powers so she can defend herself and those she loves. They get to put her powers to the test a few times. Narrowly missing being shot…narrowly missing being taken back to Tamlin. Then things get truly difficult. But not before Feyre figures out who she is truly meant to be with, who her life mate is. And the reader gets to finally be like, “Geez Feyre! took you long enough, you stupid girl.” I’ll prepare you, it’s the man you fall in love with while reading.

Read this book please. Well, read the first one then read this one. I swear to goodness you won’t be disappointed. And be warned, Rhysand will ruin all mortal men for you.

XOXO

M.

Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle

About

And you thought the stepsisters were wicked….

I’m not who they think I am. A docile girl who meekly obeys her stepmother and stepsisters. Some kind of sick angel who cheerfully bears their mistreatment. That’s what I WANT them to think. Because then they won’t suspect what I’m really up to.

The ball, the prince – it’s all part of my plan to come out on top. Stepmother and her demented daughters will pay for every floor I have scoured, every sneer I have borne. They don’t know about the white magic, how I use it to enhance myself. They can’t see that my heart is black as midnight, rotten as a poisoned apple.

They’re about to find out.

Book Details Length: Approx. 150 pages Genre: Fractured Fairy Tale Mood: Dark / Humorous Content: Moderate violence. A few mild sexual references. No sex scenes or erotica. Audience: Teens and Adults Author’s Note: For anyone who enjoys a dark fairy tale retelling. This Cinderella book has all the elements of the original story: beauty, magic, glass slippers, and a handsome prince. But like any “Grimm” fairy tale it gets twisted into dark places. Sinful Cinderella is the first book in the Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series.

And you thought the stepsisters were wicked….

I’m not who they think I am. A docile girl who meekly obeys her stepmother and stepsisters. Some kind of sick angel who cheerfully bears their mistreatment. That’s what I WANT them to think. Because then they won’t suspect what I’m really up to.

The ball, the prince – it’s all part of my plan to come out on top. Stepmother and her demented daughters will pay for every floor I have scoured, every sneer I have borne. They don’t know about the white magic, how I use it to enhance myself. They can’t see that my heart is black as midnight, rotten as a poisoned apple.

They’re about to find out

My Thoughts

I love fairytale retellings. It’s one of my favorite things to read. I love to see how an author takes what most people know, and give it a good twist.

I love it even more when it’s a dark twist.

I think you can tell from the title and cover that this is a dark retelling of Cinderella. It’s a short retell, but it’s SO GOOD, IT’S GREAT.

We all know Cinderella is supposed to be sweet, innocent, and naiive. But this Cinderella. She’s so much better. She’s dark, sinful, evil. Her only thoughts revolve around getting more magic. She has to be good for more magic to form in her decanter. But on-board being good, when you’re born to be bad. When the Prince sends out a royal invite,inviting all single females to come to a ball, Cindy knows she must go. But first, she must help her ugly, dumb stepsisters.

Cinderella gets to  the ball with help from her fairy godmother. She has 2 hours. Stroke of midnight. Upon arrival, Cindy is clearly the most beautiful, the most everything. The Prince finds her to be exactly what he wants. But, she runs away. Leaving behind a tiny glass slipper.

What makes this story different, since as you can see it’s quite the same story, is the devil in it. Everyone it seems is evil. Her godnutter isn’t evil per say, but fairies are. The Prince is evil, and abusive, which i don’t like but it does add a new level of toxic to Cinderella’s reasons for being bad. Cinderella has an evil heart and wicked soul. All her thoughts are sinful. The stepmother is evil, vindictive, unloving, as are the stepsisters.

When the Prince finds Cinderella, Cinderella does try and escape. But her Stepmother breaks her magical decanter which causes Cinderella to lose her shit. She stabs her Stepmother, killing her. She then agrees to marriage so she isn’t hung for murder. And her revenge on her sisters is to throw them in prison.

Then…y’all…then we find out the Prince’s daughters name is, Snow White.

And Cinderella becomes an evil stepmother herself. Or as she refers to herself, the Evil Queen.

Tell me , this isn’t good! I dare you.

5 out of 5 stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟