Something to Look Forward To – Most Anticipated Reads {May}

Hello Friends!

April showers bring May flowers! And books, lots of books! Here’s what I’m looking forward to:

into-the-waterInto the Water by Paula Hawkins

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

 

the-finishing-schoolThe Finishing School by Joanna Goodman

One spring night in 1998 the beautiful Cressida Strauss plunges from a fourth-floor balcony at the Lycée Internationale Suisse with catastrophic consequences. Loath to draw negative publicity to the school, a bastion of European wealth and glamour, officials quickly dismiss the incident as an accident, but questions remain: Was it a suicide attempt?

rich-people-problemsRich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly-appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a schoolyard kidnapping to a gold leaf dancefloor spattered with blood, Kevin Kwan’s gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets and rich people problems of Asia’s most privileged families.

lord-of-shadowsLord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

beren-and-luthienBeren and Lúthien by J.R.R Tolkien

Painstakingly restored from Tolkien’s manuscripts and presented for the first time as a continuous and standalone story, the epic tale of Beren and Lúthien will reunite fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, Dwarves and Orcs and the rich landscape and creatures unique to Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

 

a-court-of-wings-and-ruinA Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Mass

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

forever-and-always-lara-jean Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding. But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind. When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

 

xx J

What can I say? I’m slow…

Hello Friends!

I’m not sure what exactly lead me to this train of thought (it was midnight when I  was thinking about this) because once I got here I didn’t think of anything before that. I only thought, how did I not see this sooner?! *face palm*

Disclaimer- in my defense, I didn’t know anything about the ACOTAR series prior to picking up the books (I hadn’t even heard of Sarah but I am glad I do now!)

I am fairly certain that all of you die hard Sarah J. Maas and A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) fans already knew this BUT for those, like me, who didn’t… ACOTAR stared off as a Beauty and the Beast retelling! (ok fangirls/boys you can stop laughing at me now)

“I asked myself ‘What if Beauty was a huntress? And what if the Beast was a shape-shifting faerie lord?'” she says. “I’ve been obsessed with fairytales my entire life, so it’s no surprise that this book started off as a retelling.” – Sarah J. Maas

*Spoilers Ahead if you haven’t read ACOTAR*

 

 

Even before the confirmation from Sarah, you have to look at the parallels.

1)     Feyre is forced to exchange places and live in Tamlin’s court as punishment for killing Andras, a life for a life. Belle exchanges her freedom and agrees to take Maurice’s place (who is being punished for trespassing) living with Beast.

2)     Tamlin’s fairy ability is to turn into a beast. Prince Adam was turned into a beast.

3)     Both Adam and Tamlin have the curse on them, and their courts, that they shall remain “beastly” (Adam in the beast form and Tamlin in his masquerade mask) until someone who hates them can learn to love and therefore break the curse.

4)     Belle and Feyre go through the same sort of scenarios.  Closet full of beautiful clothes (that miraculously fit perfect), dining room full of delicious food.  (double check on Feyre’s ability to see the servants at the Spring Court – hidden in plain sight like beast’s servants ex: candle stick)

5)     Both Tamlin and Adam (not to mention their courts) work very hard in their belief that Feyre/Belle is the one they have been waiting for

6)     Both stories have distinct, do not pass go and do not collect $200 deadlines. BATB – Last Petal of the Rose falling (10 years in case you were curious), ACOTAR – 49 years (odd number I must say.  Anyone know the reason behind that?)

Like I said, I don’t know why I didn’t see this before, it’s even right in the name. Argh! Please tell me I am not the only fool on the planet?L

Any other parallels, farfetched or otherwise? Let me know in the comments! Also, again not having done research prior, any parallels with fairy tales for A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOMAF)?

xx J

 

P.S. This isn’t the first time, nor will it be the last, that I have come to some earth-shattering conclusion (especially late at night) … only to find that I’m the ONLY ONE that didn’t k now. Warning: I don’t research the crap out of things like some people do, *ahem* my husband (but maybe I should start). This may, however, be the only time I post my foolishness on the internet! 😉