A Review of the "A Court of Thorns and Roses" Series

A Review of the "A Court of Thorns and Roses" Series

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A couple months ago, my friends told me to read “A Court of Thorns and Roses.” They talked about this book all the time, and kept saying how it was one of their favorite series. Due to their high reviews, I thought I would give it a chance.

Let me start by just giving an incredibly brief outline about the book. ACOTAR is centered around nineteen-year-Feyre. After she killed a wolf, Tamlin, an immortal faerie takes her to another land for retribution. Feyre ends up falling in love with Tamlin over time, but an outside force poses a threat to their world. Thus, a storyline that remarkably mirrors “Beauty and the Beast” develops.

After I finished reading “A Court of Thorns and Roses,” I questioned why it was one of my friend’s favorite books. Do not get me wrong, the book was good, but I did not think it was as amazing as they made it out to be. Basically I enjoyed the book, but I had read better books before. I will say, however, that the book read better than some other young adult novels. The author demonstrated a control over the language, and seemed to have prior writing experience.

I told one of my friends my feelings about the book and how I thought it was just okay, but she still encouraged me to read the sequel, “A Court of Mist and Fury” because she actually liked that book more. So I gave the sequel a chance.

My thoughts about the sequel were entirely different. I absolutely loved “A Court of Mist and Fury.” First of all, the author, Sarah J. Maas, did a remarkable job developing the character of Feyre. From the beginning of book one to the ending of book two, her character changed immensely. She had an inner conflict for a while, but she overcame that conflict and ended up becoming stronger because of it. Maas also did a great job developing the storyline. Some series have trouble along the way with keeping up a good storyline, but that was not the case here. She took a lot of smaller details from the first book (details I overlooked), and brought them into the second book. Maas was able to keep the stories connected, but still managed to add more to the storyline. Thus, in the same way Feyre’s character developed, the storyline also greatly developed.

Although I did not love “A Court of Thorns and Roses” the same way I loved “A Court of Mist and Fury,” I can appreciate how everything the author did in that novel was to set up the second novel for bigger and better things.

For those who like fantasy novels, I would highly recommend this series. The third book in the series, “A Court of Wings and Ruin,” will be published May 2, 2017.

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If Jay Gatsby Got A Do Over

What if there was a redo button for our tragic hero?

My all time-favorite story by FAR has always been The Great Gatsby. I was that nerd in high school who poured through the pages of the book wanting more and more, just wanting Gatsby and Daisy to end up together. That book has taught me more about life and relationships than anything else in the world.

So recently I started to think, what if the story ended differently? What if the characters chose differently, what would happen? If anyone in the book deserves a do-over, I believe it's Gatsby himself. The guy pines over the love of his life for five years, only to discover that she's not only a horrible person, but married, and using him when they finally have the opportunity to be together. That, sucks.

But what would he do with a do over? As a lover of the book, it's really hard for me to imagine this. How far would he go back to change things?

What if he never met Daisy? What if he never had "the one"? The story would be incredibly boring for one. For two, what is the point of it all then? Yes, he might not get heartbroken, he might avoid a lot of awkward conversations, and he probably wouldn't get shot at the end (sorry, spoiler), but what would all his success have been for?

I think F. Scott Fitzgerald was trying to teach us through Gatsby and Daisy that worldly possessions are nice, but what are they worth if you have no one to share it with?

It's interesting to imagine Gatsby still being the poor boy that he was meant to grow up as, and trying to win Daisy's affection still. As the person she grew up to be, she would never have even looked in his direction. But what then? Would he have ended up with someone else? Someone more real, down to earth, and sensible?

Gatsby's fears are realized at the end of the story, he dies alone. His chance with Daisy is gone. I like to think that if he had not attracted so much of that fear into his life, he may have had the opportunity to live happily.

All in all, if a do over was possible, this would not be the story we all know and love. I believe that is part of the lesson, things happen for a reason. There aren't always happy endings, and we have to learn to be okay with that because that's how life is.

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20 Times 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Accurately Represented College Life

Unbreakable but rarely feeling that way... sums up college.

If you've never seen "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" on Netflix, it is definitely worth a watch! Funny and relatable characters deal with everyday problems as well as some pretty unique ones with humor and bravery. Though it's called "unbreakable" these characters totally relate to the same struggles us college kids experience on the daily. Here are 20 times "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" accurately represented college life.

1. When you first get on campus

2. When you consider going somewhere for dinner

3. Trying to meet new people like

4. When people are trying to hand you flyers around campus

5. Feeling like a grown up and hating it

6. Sitting through a vocab-heavy class

7. Walking through the rain across campus

8. When you have your second exam of the day

9. Discussing politics in class

10. When someone is being fake AF

11. Drinking for the first time

12. When you have to listen to a monotone lecture at 8 am

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14. When you know you're gonna ace that test

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16. Stressed out during finals week

17. Getting put in groups for busy work in class

18. When your roommates are blasting music at 3 am on a Tuesday

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