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Hermione Granger and The 5 Reasons I Love Her

Hermione Granger is my favourite fictional character ever, from any film, book, TV series. There are plenty of reasons that I love her character, but in this post, I’m going to discuss just five of them.

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1. She is an incredible role model for young girls

When you’re young, you’re taught by your peers at school that it’s uncool to want to learn, and you can often be made fun of for it. Hermione, however, just doesn’t care. She is curious about everything, and despite one of her teachers calling her an ‘insufferable know-it-all’, she carries on being curious and wanting to learn, which I think is an important lesson for any child. Young children, girls in particular, are also told not to be bossy. Now, I was a bossy child, I freely admit that, so seeing Hermione ignore those who tried to put her down really helped me to see I didn’t need to change either.

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2. She’s a bookworm, like me!!!

I love books enough to have a blog dedicated toward them, so I’m instantly drawn toward any character that shares my love for books. I’m pretty sure if Hermione was a real person, she’d be a fellow book blogger.

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3. She fights for what she believes in

Whether it’s punching Draco Malfoy in the face for being a git, starting S.P.E.W to help house elves or fighting in a war at such a young age to defend her blood status and fellow muggle-borns despite the danger, Hermione Granger fights like hell for what she believes in. She’s an extremely brave character!

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4. She is flawed

I think when a character is written to be flawless in both personality and appearance, it makes them unrealistic. Hermione has flaws in her appearance, she has frizzy hair and teeth that aren’t perfect (although this is fixed after Malfoy hexes her). She has flaws in her personality… She is unforgiving at points, she thinks that she knows best a lot of the time and she is very skeptical. These flaws make her a believable and lovable character, and without them, she wouldn’t be Hermione.

5. She taught me that it’s okay to be me

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A lot of the traits Hermione has, I have too, which is probably why I love her so much. When I was younger, I got to the age of about 12, and started hiding certain things about me from people. I stopped reading so much, I focused more on what people thought of me, and a lot of the time, I kept my mouth shut about what I thought, especially at school. After discovering Harry Potter, and seeing Hermione, I started thinking, well why shouldn’t I let people know I like books? Why is it such a bad thing I’m a bit opinionated? Why can’t I do well in school, and why do I have to make out like I hate it here? Then, I stopped hiding all of these things about me, and instead I embraced them, and it made me a much happier person. Hermione Granger made me see that being me is okay, and for that, she’ll always be my favourite fictional character.

-Books&Belle xx

 

 

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Several Series of Books

This blog post is going to be about several series of books, as the title says. Some I’ve read every single book in the series, some I’ve started, and some I haven’t.  In no particular order of favourites, (I’ve always wanted to say/write that…) here they are.

The Night World series by L.J Smith

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This is one of the series that I haven’t yet picked up. f I’m being honest, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up at all if my mum’s fiancé hadn’t seen it in a bookstore and brought it for me. It does seem like my sort of book, so well done to him for knowing me so well, but I didn’t really like L.J Smith’s other series, The Vampire Diaries, but I’ll get to that later. I will read it, eventually… My TBR is just soooo long!

Harry Potter

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This is my all time favourite series, I absolutely love it! I think that J.K Rowling is a genius, and she created some of my most loved characters, such as Hermione Granger, so she’s great. Although, she did kill a few of them, too… (*cough* FRED WEASLEY *cough*) So there is always that to remember.

The House of Night by P.C and Kirsten Cast

IMG_4855I started this series nearly six years ago now, when I was 12 years old. I didn’t know what a lot of the words meant, and couldn’t pronounce Aphrodite to save my life, but I loved it anyway. I’m slowly on my way to having read the whole series… I’ll get there.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

IMG_4854I’m half way through the last book in this series, and as I’ve mentioned on my blog before, I think it’s amazing. ACOMAF is definitely my favourite. There I characters that I despise and characters that I love, it just makes you feel so much.

The Vampire Diaries by L.J Smith

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As I mentioned before, I didn’t really like this series. I found Elena really annoying and selfish and I just don’t think that the characters were written very well. However, I really like the TV series, and Elena’s character is so much better in it. My favourite is Caroline Forbes, though. There is just so many differences between the books and the TV series, and this is the only time I’ve ever thought this, but the TV adaption is much better than the books, in my opinion. The plot makes more sense and more effort went into the development of the characters.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

IMG_4811I haven’t read this series yet, but it’s on my Summer TBR to at least read two of the books. I’ve heard brilliant things about it, and although I didn’t see what the fuss was about when I watched the first episode of the TV adaption of it, I’m looking forward to it, and hoping that the books are better than the show!

Do you have a favourite book series?

-Books&Belle xx

 

 

 

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Book Review – The Second Sister (spoiler free!)

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Synopsis:

It is ten years since Ella’s sister Miranda disappeared without trace, leaving her young baby behind. Chilling new evidence links Miranda to the horrifying Jason Thorne, now in prison for murdering several women. Is it possible that Miranda knew him?

At thirty, Miranda’s age when she vanished, Ella looks uncannily like the sister she idolized. What holds Ella together is her love for her sister’s child and her work as a self-defence expert helping victims.

Haunted by the possibility that Thorne took Miranda, and driven by her nephew’s longing to know about his mother, Ella will do whatever it takes to uncover the truth – no matter how dangerous…

Review:

I love Thrillers, it’s one of my favourite genres. However, it is rather rare that I find one that I can’t put down. In the last year, the only ones like this are Local Girl Missing and The Second Sister.

This psychological Thriller had me hooked from the first few chapters. I was constantly questioning what happened to Miranda, and who might’ve been involved in her disappearance. There are twists that had me holding my breath in anticipation and that genuinely scared me a little, the night after I finished the book I stayed awake for an extra hour or so just thinking about the ending!

I think that Claire Kendal represents the love between two sisters extremely well, and shows how hope can keep you going. I loved the relationship between Ella and her nephew, Luke, and really appreciated how Ella managed to keep the memory of her sister alive for him. She went through everything she does in the plot to get closure for not only herself, but for Luke and her parents, too.

I found Ella very likeable, and there was not really anything that annoyed me about her, which is rare in any book! I loved how driven she was to discover the truth about her sister, despite the risks, and the loyalty she had toward her family. She was an extremely brave and strong character who I couldn’t help but admire, and the way Claire Kendal wrote her was brilliant.

There are some things that I found a bit annoying about the book, but I was able to over look them because I was so intrigued by the plot. I dislike it in a book when nearly all the male characters want the main female, and there was a character or two that knew something about Miranda, and I think that this was made a bit too obvious, it was screaming ‘suspicious person right here!’ It was also quite a slow burn, however, this didn’t stop me from becoming hooked, so it wasn’t really a problem.

Overall, I really did enjoy it, and I recommend it to any Thriller lover that can overlook the few minor problems mentioned above!

Four stars!

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– Books&Belle xx

 

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TBR – This Summer

So, it is officially Summer for me! I had my last day of Sixth Form today, and now I have six weeks off. I have a pretty busy schedule, it’s my 18th birthday in 2 weeks, I’m visiting Rome for a week, I’m going to the theatre several times, and have plans with a lot of my friends who I don’t see very often. However, I’m still hoping to read at least two books a week. I probably won’t stick to it, but that is the plan!

A Court Of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J. Maas

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I started this a while ago, and I’m usually a really fast reader, but I’ve been dragging it out as I don’t want the series to finish! It’s amazing, and I don’t want to not know what’s going on in their world anymore. I do plan on finishing it by Monday, though!

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

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It was the cover that encouraged me to buy this book, I just think that it is really interesting. I brought it on Depop for only a pound, which I thought was great. I’m really excited to read it. If anyone knows of any spoiler-free reviews, feel free to link me to them!

Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

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This one is a mystery, which is definitely my type of book. A lot of the time I predict the ending though, so hopefully this one will shock me. The plot line is definitely interesting!

A Street Car Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

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We started reading this in my English Lang and Lit class, and we’ve gotten about half way through and broken up for Summer. I cant wait that long to find out what happens, so I’ll definitely be reading this in the next few weeks!

Never Assume by J. Joseph, K. Joseph

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@GoForGriffs on Instagram kindly sent me a copy of this all the way from Australia! It’s a short story about Mr. Griffs and his neighbour. I’ll be reviewing this on my blog once I’ve read it, so look out for that!

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

IMG_4811I’m not even going to attempt to kid myself by saying I’ll read this whole series in the next 6 weeks. I’m planning to read at least the first two, but we’ll see. I’ve seen so many people saying how great this series is, so when I saw it in The Works for only 15 pounds, I couldn’t not buy it!

Saving June by Hannah Harrington

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I think that this one is a bit of a sad one, which I usually avoid as I can’t stop thinking about the plot for absolutely ages after I’ve read a sad book, but it’s been on my shelf for a while, so I’m determined to read it this summer!

Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira

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This one was also only a pound from the same seller on Depop, which was great! I didn’t realise, but after I posted this picture on my Bookstagram, my friend saw it and messaged me saying it was a book Emma Watson recommended a few years ago. I love Emma Watson and am a part of her book club, Our Shared Shelf, and her recommendations have always been great, so it’s made me even more excited to read it!

Hopefully I’ll read more than this, but these books are the ones that I am going to try my absolute hardest to read before returning to Sixth Form in September.

Have you read any of these books? Or are any of them on your TBR?

– Books&Belle xx

 

 

 

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Blogger Recognition Award

The lovely Rachel tagged me on Twitter and her blog for this award, so a big thank you to her! I am very very grateful. You can find here blog here: Rachel’s Rambling Reviews.
I need to tag 15 other bloggers for this award, which I shall do at the bottom of this post and on Twitter. Some of you may have already been nominated, so double congratulations! 😊

Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

2. Write a post to show your award.

3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.

4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.

6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

 

How My Blog Started:

I’m a very new blog at the moment, not even a week old yet, so still a newbie. However, I’ve been a Bookstagrammer for several months now, and I saw lots of my bookish friends had book blogs and BookTubes, and I enjoyed reading the blogs and watching the videos. Originally, I was going to start a BookTube channel but decided against it in favour of a book blog instead. I think the reason was because I’m decent at writing and not-so-decent at editing videos together, like BookTubers have to do! I received lots of encouragement from my followers on Bookstagram for both the blog and BookTube, so decided to go for it!

Advice For New Bloggers:

I’m not sure how great this advice is going to be, because as I said, I’m not an experienced blogger, but this is what I have learnt in the week that I’ve been blogging so far.
  1. Use social media lots. I’ve met a lot of new blogger friends, and I’ve learnt quickly that having friends in this community is not only a good way to grow your blog, but it also makes blogging so much more fun and helps grow your confidence.
  2. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for opportunities, rather than waiting for them to be give to you, because they most likely won’t be. For example, I’ve reached out and made friends with other bloggers, I’ve joined NetGalley, I’m always searching the #BloggersWanted hashtag and I’ve put out my own #BloggersWanted to see if anyone is interesting in collabing with me!

Here are the bloggers that I nominate for this award:

If you’ve already been nominated or just don’t want to do the blog post, I won’t be at all offended. I just thought that this was a great way to share some amazing bloggers, and obviously thank Rachel for nominating me.
Books&Belle xx
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Judging Books By Their Covers

Now, I do know that people say that you’re not meant to judge a book by it’s cover, but I cant help doing it anyway. I know for a fact that there are brilliant books out there with covers that aren’t so brilliant, and I know that there are books out there with amazing covers that aren’t so… well, amazing. But I am still pulled toward the pretty book sat on the shelf in a bookstore. I’m sure I’m not the only one, so in this post, I am going to talk about whether a book I’ve judged by it’s cover has met my expectations after I’ve read it.

The Lie Tree by Frances Harding

I brought this book in a second hand book shop on the harbour when I was on holiday visiting family. The minute I saw it on the shelf, I knew that I had to have it. It was just so pretty! I hate to admit that I didn’t even read the blurb or check the price before grabbing it off the shelf and going to buy it, luckily for me it was only four pounds. Even the cashier commented on how beautiful it was!
I started reading the book pretty much straight away as I had only brought one other book with me on holiday and had already finished it. I discovered the lovely illustrations drawn by Chris Riddel, which made me love the book even more!
After reading the book, I can confidently say that I did enjoy it, but it wasn’t something that I would normally read, and I doubt I’d have picked it up had the cover not been as nice as it was, so unfortunately, it didn’t really meet my expectations. It is still a wonderful book, though! Just not my style.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (screenplay) by  J.K. Rowling

Okay, so it definitely wasn’t just the stunning cover that lead to me ordering this as soon as I saw J.K. Rowling had tweeted about it, the fact that I am a massive Potterhead did encourage me to buy it, too. However, who knows if I would have brought it as quickly as I did if it had a different cover?! (I most definitely would have done, but shhh..) I also loved the film, so perhaps that played a part in my decision.
I do read the occasional script every now and then, but I had never read a screenplay before. If it hadn’t been from the Wizarding World and had such a nice cover, I’m very doubtful that I’d have even considered buying it. This one is a bit of a grey area, though, as it wasn’t just my judgement of the cover that lead to me ordering it. However, there’s no denying that it’s truly a beautiful book and I did enjoy it.

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

I brought She Is Not Invisible from a seller on Depop for only a pound! I went on there to look at clothes, and ended up buying books, which is completely typical of me! Again, it was the cover that appealed to me and made me click on in, along with the intriguing title. After reading the bool, I can confirm that I loved it, and it was definitely my type of book. I won’t go into details, because I don’t want to spoil it for any potential readers, by I will say that I am 100% glad that I judged a book by it’s cover in this case, and it definitely met and exceeded my expectations of it!

Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone, Illustrated Version by J.K Rowling

This one is similar to Fantastic Beasts, as it wasn’t just the beautiful cover that appealed to me, but it was also the author and the franchise. However, I already own a copy of The Philosophers Stone, and have never brought any of the new editions until this one was released, (I also plan on buying the 20th anniversary Slytherin edition sooner or later) so perhaps it was just the cover that I liked.
Even before getting this book, I knew that it was an amazing book, so I guess my judgement of cover doesn’t really apply here. I couldn’t not feature this one, though, it’s so pretty. The picture is from my Bookstagram (www.instagram.com/books.and.belle) which is why I’m holding Hermione’s wand as a prop!
Have you ever judged a book by it’s cover?
– Books&Belle xx
Reviews

Book Review – Local Girl Missing (Spoiler Free!)

 

Synopsis:

The old Victorian pier was once a thing of beauty. It’s also where twenty-one-year-old Sophie Collier vanished eighteen years ago.

Francesca has spent the last twenty years haunted by the disappearance of her best friend. But when she receives a phone call from Sophie’s brother saying that a body has been found, she knows she can’t keep hiding from what happened. With her own secrets to keep, Francesca doesn’t relish the idea of digging up the past or returning to Oldcliffe. But it is time to go back to where she grew up, and it looks like she isn’t the only one there hiding truths.

 

Review:

“I’ve been running from my past. Now the past has caught up with me.”

I read this book last October, maybe November, but it remains one of my favourite books. I’ve spoken about it on my personal Twitter and my Bookstagram before, so I couldn’t not review it on my new Book Blog! It’s a Mystery and Thriller, two of the genres that I enjoy the most. I brought it in Tesco at around 3pm on a Friday, started reading it straight away, and had finished it by midnight. I could not bring myself to put it down! I’d tell myself, “just one more chapter!” and then something would happen at the end of that chapter, and I’d just have to read on, so I ended up reading it in one sitting.
I have a love-hate relationship with those kinds of books. On one hand, the book is obviously extremely engaging and interesting which is always great, but on the other hand, I get nothing done because I don’t want to put it down! When I think of books like this, Local Girl Missing comes to mind straight away.
The book is written in first person, and alternates between the point of view of Francesca in present time, and Sophie leading up to when she disappeared 18 years ago. I really connected with the characters, especially Sophie who I felt so sympathetic for, and was so shocked by the outcome. The lead character, Francesca, was also a character that I felt I really bonded with, I felt her pain over losing her best friend, and despite her flaws (who doesn’t have flaws?!) I really liked her. This review is spoiler free, so I won’t tell what happens, all I’ll say is that I definitely did NOT see it coming, which is another thing I like about a book. A lot of the time, I’ll be able to predict the ending, so it’s always a nice surprise when I get it wrong!
Overall, Claire Douglas’ Local Girl Missing is a gripping Psychological Thriller that I will most likely re-read sooner or later. I love the way Douglas writes, from the descriptions of places and characters to the fascinating plot. As soon as I’d finished the book, I rushed down stairs to talk to my family about it, despite me being the only one who actually reads in my house, and gushed about how shocking and brilliant the book was. I probably annoyed them quite about with the amount that I went on about it! In my opinion, it is everything anyone would want in a Thriller. I could actually see it being made into a movie, although I’m sure the book would be better. It always is.
Claire Douglas has also written two other books, her debut novel, The Sisters, and her newest book which was published recently, Last Seen Alive. As soon as I get paid, I’m ordering both as I love Douglas’ writing!
I’d definitely recommend Local Girl Missing to anyone who loves a good Mystery/Psychological Thriller.
A very well deserved 5 stars from me!

Books&Belle xx

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The Newbie Tag

As I have only just recently launched my book blog, I thought one of the first posts I write should be a post that lets people get to know me. So, after extensive research, (5 minutes browsing other Book Blogs and Google) I found The Newbie Tag! I qualify for this, as I’m a newbie, so it’s perfect.

So, lets begin!

Question One: Why did you start this blog?

I started this blog for several reasons:
  • I love reading
  • I love books
  • The encouragement from Bookstagram friends
  • I enjoy writing (although I don’t aspire to be an author).
  • I thought it’d be a great way to meet other bookworms like myself

Question Two: What are some fun and unique things you can bring to book blogging?

Okay, I’m going to be honest here and tell you that I lowkey wanted to skip this question as I have absolutely no idea how to answer it. But I’m not going to do that, because then I wouldn’t be fully completing the tag.
What fun and unique things can I bring to book blogging? I don’t really know what’s unique in this community yet, as I’ve been here for only about 48 hours, so I could think that I’m being unique, and discover that I’m really not. Fun, though? Well, I’m pretty damn good at ranting about fictional characters I despise (Tamlin, Umbridge, I’m looking at you two here.) which I suppose could be amusing for some.
I have the whole Summer to think of ways to be fun and unique, so I’ll have to get back to you on this one, I’m afraid.

Question Three: What are you most excited for about this new blog?

This is going to sound cheesy and cliché, but meeting new book friends! All my friends that I haven’t met through Bookstagram or on the internet rarely ever read, so I never have anyone to fangirl or rant to about books and fictional characters! So I guess that’s another thing I’m excited about, having a platform that revolves around books, books, and more books!

Question Four: Why do you love reading?

I could write an essay answering this question, but I’d probably bore anyone who read it, so I’m not going to do that. I love reading simply because it provides an escape. If I’m having a bad day and am annoyed at the world, I can open a book and dive into a new world. Reading is my addiction, and my mum has told me plenty of times that she would rather me spend all of my time and money reading buying books to satisfy my addiction, than spend it all on drugs and alcohol and constantly finding myself in trouble.

Question Five: What book series got you into reading?

There isn’t one. I’ve loved reading since I learnt how to at a young age, and there is no way I remember what books I used to read then. I do remember loving Jaqueline Wilson books when I was about 9, but my love for reading began waaaaaay before that.

Question Six: What would you ask your favourite authors?

WHY DID YOU KILL SO MANY LOVELY CHARACTERS THAT I GREW ATTACHED TO? HMMM?

Question Seven: What challenges do you think will be hard to overcome when starting your blog?

Sticking to a schedule, definitely. I go through stages of having nothing to do and then all of a sudden being really busy, so there’s that. Also, finding inspiration to write might be one.

Question Eight: When did you start reading?

I was born with a book clutched in my hands. Joking, obviously. I can’t really remember, whenever the school started teaching us, so about 4 or 5, I guess?

Question Nine: Where do you read?

If you follow my Bookstagram, you’ll know that I read a lot in my back garden. I also read in my bedroom a lot. I’ll read anywhere, though!

Question Ten: What kinds of books do you like?

I’ll read anything that catches my eye, but my favourite genres are Fantasy and Thrillers. Oh, I also prefer paperbacks to hardbacks and kindles.

Welp, that’s The Newbie Tag done!

Books&Belle xx
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Book Review – A Court Of Mist and Fury

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Synopsis:

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.
 

 

 

Review (beware, spoilers!) :

Now, I loved A Court Of Thorns and Roses, the first book in this series written by Sarah J. Maas, but ACOMAF absolutely blew me away with how wonderful it was.
In the first book, Feyre is obviously with the High Lord of the Spring Court, Tamlin. I recognised pretty early on that their relationship was definitely unhealthy due to his control issues, but I still found him tolerable. I didn’t like how he over-protective and controlling he was over Feyre, nor did I like that she was blind to it, but I could still tolerate him.
 
“No, I don’t want you to live somewhere else. I want you here, where I can look after you – where I can come home and know you’re here, painting and safe.”
SOLID PROOF OF TAMLIN BEING AN OVER-PROTECTIVE CONTROL FREAK IN ACOTAR. Yuck.
That is until Tamlin was an idiot and did several things that made me go from finding his character annoying but tolerable to completely hating everything about him. HE LOCKED FEYRE UP! Despite knowing what she went through to save him and his people Under the Mountain, he still locked her up, and went as far betray her by teaming up with the King of Hybern to get her back at the end of the book. Even though she sent the letter telling him she was happy where she was, he still selfishly went against her wishes, believing that he knew better.
Tamlin, in my opinion, just didn’t want Feyre becoming powerful. He wanted her sheltered, the perfect little bride. Something that Feyre Archerson definitely is not, which is why her and Tamlin would’ve never worked, and why her and Rhysand are perfect together. Rhys understands her, respects her and just wants her to be happy. Evidence of this is throughout the whole book. He was going to stand back and watch her, his mate, marry another male because he thought it would make her happy. He only stepped in when he felt her distress and fear. Now, what do you think Tamlin would’ve done had the roles been reversed? I just love them together, and the way that Sarah J. Maas has written Rhysand is brilliant. She’s also written Tamlin very well, despite me hating him, I can see that he is written in a way that is meant to make the reader hate him, so I think she’s great at writing her characters.
Feyre’s character growth is so nice to read. She’s gone from the girl who needed to be sheltered and protected at the beginning of ACOTAR to a strong women in ACOMAF. It’s like when she died at the end of ACOTAR, she was re-born as a new person, someone more independent and willing to fight for what she believes in. When she died, her acceptance of Tamlin’s over-protectiveness and her need to be protected and loved died too, and I love it.
“I’m thinking that I was a lonely, hopeless person, and I might have fallen in love with the first thing that showed me a hint of kindness and safety. And I’m thinking maybe he knew that—maybe not actively, but maybe he wanted to be that person for someone. And maybe that worked for who I was before. Maybe it doesn’t work for who—what I am now.”
It’s because of her character development that she is much better suited to Rhysand. Like I said, he understands her. He understands that she needs to be independent and free. He understands that she is powerful, and with the right training, she could easily protect herself. AND HE ISN’T A SELFISH CONTROL FREAK, like someone we know.
How amazing are the new characters that come with Rhysand, though?! Feyre finally has a circle of people that are genuninely supportive of her and have her back. She lived pretty much all of her life with a family that left her to provide for them and didn’t really understand her, so the fact that she finds a group of people that are good to her really makes me happy.  I loved Lucien in the Spring Court, but I think that he was just so blindly loyal to Tamlin, when he shouldn’t have been. Because Tamlin sucks. Duh.
I also liked how Sarah J. Maas didn’t dive Feyre straight into another relationship with Rhysand like she did with Tamlin. The slow-burn made it much more realistic, because as much as I hate it, Feyre did love Tamlin, so she would’ve needed time to move on from him, and time to overcome what happened Under the Mountain. Which she gets.
“I was a survivor, and I was strong. I would not be weak or helpless again. I would not, could not be broken.”
 
I preferred this book to ACOTAR because the plot is so much better. In ACOTAR, the plot almost takes backseat to Tamlin and Feyre’s relationship. We’re so clueless about absolutely everything, and I don’t like it. I do get that it’s supposed to show that Feyre is in the dark, too, but.. no. I just don’t like it. In ACOMAF we actually get to explore their world, rather than sit in Tamlin’s castle, or Under the Mountain. It just once again shows that Feyre is so much better off with Rhys.
Another quote that I love. It shows Feyre FINALLY seeing Tamlin for what he truly is, and realising that she deserves so much more than him. God, Tamlin’s an arse.
If anyone wants to have a chat about the ACOTAR series, feel free to contact me on Instragram (@books.and.belle) or Twitter (@BooksNBelle).
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About Me

About Books and Belle

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Here at Books and Belle I’ll be blogging about various things, obviously involving books. Reviews, recommendations, authors that I love, and whatever else I come up with along the way!
I joined the Bookstagram community first, and absolutely loved everything about it, so decided after reading other book blogs and watching BookTubers, I’d create my own blog and see where it went!
The reason I called my Bookstagram and my blog Books and Belle is because of my love for books, and my love for my favourite Disney character, Princess Belle. Out of all of the princesses, she is the one who I relate to the most, and I’ve loved her since first watching the movie when I was small. It also helps that my favourite actress, Emma Watson plays her in the 2017 re-make. 😉

About Me

I’m Paige, a 17 (18 VERY soon!!!!) year old bookworm from the U.K. I study English Lit and Lang, Sociology, Media Studies and Business at A Level, and next year I plan on going to university to study law, which I’m very excited about. I have two cats, Bailey and Alaska, who I love very much and make regular appearances in my Bookstagram photos.
The reason that I started this blog was due to the encouragement I received from the lovely people that I’ve met on Bookstagram. This, and BookTube, is something I’ve been considering doing for a while now, and I hope it gives me the opportunity to meet even more friends who are bookworms like me!
I read pretty much anything that catches my eye, but my favourite genres are definitely Fantasy and Thriller.
The Harry Potter series has a special place in my heart, it always has and probably always will, so if you ever want to talk HP, feel free to contact me, especially if you’re a fellow Slytherin.😉 Hermione Granger is a character in particular that I look up to very much. I think she’s a wonderful role model for young people. Plus, she loves books, so I’m sure that if she were a real character, she’d love this community as much as I do! 💖
– Books&Belle