Blogger Book Nook #6: Sharing the Love of Books

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Valentine's Day is fast approaching and since February is the month of love, Tabitha and I decided that it couldn't be a better time to share our love of books with those around us! That's why this month's Blogger Book Nook reading prompt is "book swap". We've been encouraging the wonderful Book Nook members on our Facebook group to find a fellow bibliophile with whom to exchange reads, whether it's a friend, colleague, or family member, or another Book Nook blogger from the group. Tabitha kindly offered to send one of her all time favourite books to me, and I returned the favour! I'll be sharing my mini review of Sarah J. Maas's A Court of Thorns and Roses later on in this post, but first we have a Q&A which combines book swapping and LURRRRVE! What could be better?

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1) Is there a fellow book blogger whose shelves you'd love to raid?

Oh so many! I always like reading Jenny in Neverland's reviews, they're so honest and well put together. She reviews an enormously diverse range of titles, so for that reason, I'd love to plunder her shelves! The lovely Charlotte from Wonderfully Bookish also seems to have an amazing book collection, so she's also at the top of my list.

2) If you could swap lives with any book character for a day, who would it be?

Now I don't have a specific character in mind, but I would love live for a day in one of Philippa Greogry's novels, which are set in the Tudor era. I would love to experience life in the court of King Henry VIII, preferably as a well-to-do lady whose only bother in the world is selecting which gorgeous dress and hood to wear to the next royal banquet!

3) Do you normally swap books with friends or do you hang on to books you've finished reading?

I have participated in book swaps aplenty with my blogger pen pals in the past, they're a great way to discover new titles that you'd never even considered before. If I've completely fallen in love with a book, however, I do find it difficult to part with it, so if I really want to share it with a friend, I will buy them their own copy!

4) If you could send a copy of one book that you really love to everybody on the planet, which would it be?

It's got to be Naomi Alderman's The Power. My friends are probably sick to death of me raving about this book but I absolutely LOVED it! It's such a powerful read (lol) that will stick with you for a long time. Its social commentary is spot on but at the same time, it's subtle enough that it sometimes takes you a little while to realise how intelligently it is woven into the story.

5) Is there a book on your shelf that you love so much, you'd never swap it with anybody?

There are plenty of sentimental titles on my bookshelf! My Mum gave me her old Malory Towers books by Enid Blyton and I absolutely adored them as a child - those will stay with me for life. My copy of Virginia Woolf's Orlando, which is my all-time favourite novel, is also something that I'd never give away, although that also has a lot to do with the person who gifted the book to me, as well as my overwhelming adoration for the writing.

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Mini Review

Loosely based on Beauty and the Beast, A Court of Thorns and Roses follows Feyre, a young girl forced to hunt in the woods to ensure her impoverished family's survival. But one day, she makes a big mistake and claims the wrong victim with her deadly arrows. As a result, she is torn away from her family by a beast and is imprisoned in the land of Prythian. As prisons go, however, Feyre's confinement is pretty sweet and one of her captors is rather dishy too. There's a lot more to this magical place than meets the eye; Feyre starts to unravel the mysteries and a curse that only she can break....

The book got off to a rather slow start, I must admit that it took me a 50/60 pages to really get into the story, but once it had hooked its claws into me, I could not put it down! Feyre's character and her backstory was utterly believable; when you learn about her life before she was whisked away to Prythian, you can completely understand her thoughts and the actions that she takes. She was a very likeable and relatable character. An aspect of the story that really took me by surprise, however, was the steamy love scenes! They wouldn't be out of place in a raunchy Mills & Boon novel! Nevertheless, they weren't *too* much and I felt that they fitted well into the story, they weren't just shoved in there at any available place to sex things up a bit.

However, there were a couple of aspects of the book that I wasn't completely in love with. Tamlin, the romantic hero, is a bit boring, if you ask me. I didn't really feel that he had any more depth than a textbook cut-out troubled prince. Sorry Feyre, your lover just doesn't do it for me. Rhysand, on the other hand, I really was intrigued by, and I have it on good authority that although he is a giant ASSHOLE in this book, his character develops a lot in subsequent installments. Something else that I found a little offputting was how the characters in some places weren't all that consistent. Rhysand goes from being a total bellend in one scene to sitting with Feyre and opening up to her in the next, with seemingly no prompting. I found this a little jarring and it did spoil the magic a little.

Despite the few negatives, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and once I'd persevered through the first few chapters, I devoured the whole thing in less than 48 hours. I will definitely be reading the sequels!

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A huge thank you goes out to everyone who published Book Nook blog posts in January! It was a record month for participation! Shoutouts to Hels, Abbie, Steph, Zoe, Gemma, Emma and Fleur for getting involved - you're all amazing!

What have you been reading lately? Have you ever picked up one of Sarah J. Maas's books? If so, I'd love to know what you think!

Until next time,

A x

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