Disclaimer: Do NOT read this review if you have not read “The Cruel Prince” or “The Wicked King.”
Book: Queen of Nothing
Author: Holly Black
Page Number: 305 Pages
Rating: 4/ 5 stars
The Cruel Prince: 5/5 (I rarely give out 5 stars by the way)
The Wicked King: 5/5
Queen of Nothing: 4 /5
“I hate being a fool. I hate the idea of my emotions getting the better of me, making me weak. But my fear of being a fool turned me into one.”
This is a review that pains me to write. I really wanted to love this book and had such high expectations…. QON (Queen of Nothing) just didn’t seem to have the magic that the other two books in the series had. I still devoured this book in one day but something was missing. Yet I can’t stand rating the last book of my 5th favorite series anything less than four stars, so it gets a few extra points simply out of pity.
Synopsis: Power is much easier to acquire than to hold on to. Jude has learned this the hard way after the recent betrayal she received from Cardan. Cursing herself over her stupidity, Jude now resides in the Mortal World, as a queen of nothing. Until Jude’s sister, Taryn, comes to her in search of help. One that requires Jude to venture into the Faerie World in which she is exiled from. But Elfame is not how she had left it. War is coming, and it is coming soon.
Right away, when I first got this book I was surprised at how short it was. There is no way everything can be resolved in just 305 pages! And I was right. There is still a lot of unresolved, barely touched on issues. I am predicting that this is because Holly Black has decided to keep things a bit open ended because she is thinking of a spinoff series, with Oak as the main character.
The shortness of the book also contributed to the ending being rushed, but more on that later.
“Come home and shout at me. Come home and fight with me. Come home and break my heart, if you must. Just come home.”
What I liked:
Jude: I’ve always loved Jude and considered her one of the most clever main protagonists ever. Usually I like Cardan and Jude equally, however Cardan was a huge disappointment in this book, so Jude stood out even more. Note: But I did think it was weird how Jude had become less revenge motivated in this book.
The First 75 Pages: I don’t even know why I enjoyed these pages as much as I did, but they were awesome! Spoilers: This book did not disappoint in the first 75 pages which is up until after Cardan discovers that it was Jude at the inquisition and not Taryn. I loved these initial pages because I got to read about how Jude was adjusting to the Mortal World and I got to read about the scene where Jude and Cardan meet again! *squeals*
Grima Mog: I love her!!!! And that fight scene at the beginning of the book was awesome.
Madoc’s Ending: Spoilers: I’m actually happy with the ending that Madoc gets. They all get to live together as a family again and Madoc can try to become the good father that he never was. Although there are many problems with this ending (Madoc could fill Oak’s head with propaganda and ideas for when he gets older and becomes king), I still love Madoc’s ending.
“‘It’s you I love,’ he says. ‘I spent much of my life guarding my heart. I guarded it so well that I could behave as though I didn’t have one at all. Even now, it is a shabby, worm-eaten, and scabrous thing. But it is yours.’ He walks to the door to the royal chambers, as though to end the conversation. ‘You probably guessed as much,’ he says. ‘But just in case you didn’t.’”
Why this book was a massive disappointment:
“By you, I am forever undone”
While I didn’t like this book as much as I wanted to, I still am sad to see these characters go. Jude and Cardan will always have a special place in my heart. The Cruel Prince is a book that I will never stop recommending and even if the last installment in the series wasn’t the best, I will continue to recommend this trilogy!
Blog Post 12:
Disclaimer: Do NOT read this review if you have not read ACOTAR, ACOMAF or ACOWAR. Book: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J Maas
Page Number: 699 Pages
Rating: 3/ 5 stars
Note: If you are a Sarah J Maas stan or an ACOTAR series fan, this review is probably not for you. I just finished reading ACOWAR and I’m using this space to rant.
I’ve never gotten why people get so hyped over Sarah J Maas’s books.
This book only raises my confusion.
I’ll agree that ACOWAR is better than ACOMAF, (even if I gave it a lower rating than ACOMAF), I didn’t like several aspects of this book, hence the 3 stars.
Here is my rant:
Sidenote: This is getting long but whatever happened to Feyre’s painting skills?
“The movement was so perfect that I knew I’d one day paint it.”
I haven’t seen Feyre paint since she returned from the Spring Court. I get she’s busy with the war and stuff, but she wasn’t too busy to keep from flirting with Rhysand.
To sum it up, I did not particularly love this series. It was ok. I don’t get the hype over these characters because they all seem pretty bland to me. The first book (ACOTAR) was the only good one. It only went downhill from there.
Disclaimer: DO NOT read this blog post if you have not read ACOTAR!
Book: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J Maas
Page Number: 656 Pages
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
“When you spend so long trapped in darkness, Lucien, you find that the darkness begins to stare back.”
Ok where do I start? I have so many thoughts on this book….to put it simply, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first one. Don’t get me wrong, I was hooked on ACOMAF from the beginning but despite it having a little bit more action than the last one, I found myself downright angry and frustrated to the max at some parts, which I will explain further down in this review.
Synopsis: Post Acotar and the war with Amarantha, Feyre has found herself still traumatized from the events that happened Under the Mountain. In addition, trouble is brewing in Prythian. Amarantha was only the beginning and there are much worse things in store for the Fae. Feyre realizes that she holds the power that may be the key to save them all.
“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”
This book made me so furiated at times so right off the bat, here are the things I didn’t like about this book: (Sorry if this comes off as harsh- no hate to those who love ACOMAF but in my opinion, here are the parts I didn’t like about this book)
Questions (SKIP FOR SPOILERS):
Sidenote/ kinda spoiler : Unrelated, but was anyone else laughing every time Feyre said “my mate”? I found it funny because she said this every two sentences while longingly looking at Rhysand… haha.
I know it seems like I hated every aspect of this book but there are actually many parts I enjoyed, which is why I’m giving this book 3 stars:
“‘Smile again,’ he whispered. I hadn’t smiled for him. Ever. Or laughed. Under the Mountain, I had never grinned, never chuckled. And afterward … And this male before me … my friend.. For all that he had done, I had never given him either. Even when I had just … I had just painted something. On him. For him. I’d—painted again. So I smiled at him, broad and without restraint. ‘You’re exquisite,’ he breathed.”
“To the stars who listen—and the dreams that are answered.”
I know it sounds like I downright hated this book but I actually thought it was ok. I didn’t love it and I didn’t hate it completely (except for a few parts). ACOMAF is definitely worth a try! Most people love it and I really tried hard to love it too but I guess it just wasn’t for me. I’m still going to try ACOWAR and see if it’s better than this book.
“‘You will feel that way every day for the rest of your life,’ Rhysand said. This close, I could smell the sweat on him, the sea-and-citrus scent beneath it. His eyes were soft. I tried to look away, but he held my chin firm. [...]“You can either let it wreck you, let it get you killed like it nearly did with the Weaver, or you can learn to live with it.’”