Review: "A ​Court of Silver Flames" (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4) by Sarah J. Maas

A ​Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she's struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can't seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre's Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta's orbit. But her temper isn't the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.

Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.

Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other's arms.



Three years....I feel like I never left this world, this wild, magical, scary as hell, amazing world where Fae and humans and all in between coming together in this explosive world-building. And not to mention that finally, FINALLY we got Nesta's story! After that ending in ACOFAS with Cassian heart-broken and Nesta spiraling down towards the emotional bottom of the well, well it was high time we got their story!

(also this is me trying not to spoiler anything, so you are safe in this review...mostly :P)

And so we begin with Nesta, brimming with self0hate and loathing, guilt and depression being called upon by Feyre and Rhysand. She is to be put into...a kind of training program so they can pull her out from the mess she has put herself to. With Cassian to training her and Azriel being their chaperone

*insert manic laughing or Azriel being a chaperone*

They move to the House of Wind which also houses in the underground the huge library which rivals only Belle's and where also it's a safe haven for women abused and scarred. And as we move through Nesta and her attempts to overcome her depression major PTSD and how to become stronger and come to terms with her powers, I have to say that I never expected to like her as a character.

I was shocked by her strength, I applauded her as Nesta became stronger, found her footing, and also matched Cassian as they were made for each other. And Cassian? Boy, I loved him; he outshone any other character from the Inner Circle even those idiots who called him 'brute'. He is by far the most worthy, honorable, witty, funny male I have ever read.

Yes he had his issues, his fears, his tragic past, but he became stronger and his patience with Nesta and how he also helped her as she planned to also guide the priestesses too to become stronger made me tear up.

On the other hand, as part of the plot, I liked how Sarah expanded her world. We learned of gods older than time, of the Dead Trove, Kochei, the Fae sorcerer who has Vassa under his spell, and how the Queens come to this, as war is brewing. I never felt disconnected with both the character development, the plot, and the pacing, despite the book's size.

I waited 3 years. I damn well deserved this mammoth of a book.

The smut? FILTHY HOT. This is NOT A YOUNG ADULT. IT'S AN ADULT BOOK. Get it in your head. And it is a far evolution since Throne of Glass series which also shows how much Sarah's writing has evolved and I loved it very much.

Some may have expressed bad opinions about Feysand. Well I didn't like how Rhys was rude to Nesta as he never liked her to start with and even Feyre may have seemed a little too harsh, but for me the one character I found myself disliking was Elain. She was always in the background, content to fix gardens and pretend that everything is alright, while she didn't support Nesta, at least as much as Feyre tried to do, even with sending her to the House.

I have no idea how she will be redeemed because it seems that Elain simply tags along with Lucien, who is her mate, and also Azriel. And personally, Azriel deserves much better.

What I really loved though was the power of friendship Nesta develops with Gwyn and Emerie. Those three with their stories and experiences and strength are the true examples of love between friends. Especially with what happens towards the end of the book, which was glorious.

Also about what happens with Nesta and her powers, some may disagree and say that Nesta shouldn't have done what she did. For me, that was the best way to show that she truly loved her sister, and also having so many powers would put a target in her back, far deadly than any Fae or sorcerer. She still has powers I believe at least not to the extent of what she was capable of.

For me the true sneaky one is Elain; she hides her powers far better and I think that she will play a vital role in the next books...I sincerely hope she gets also a nice slap by someone.

Overall, this book was glorious. I don't know how much we'll wait for the next book, hopefully not 3 years, though there are rumors in the blogsphere about a novella coming out this year. I definitely going to re-read this and listen to the audiobook. And if you haven't read ACOTAR in general yet, please do.

About the author:

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Crescent City, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and the Throne of Glass series. Her books have sold more than twelve million copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. 

A New York native, Sarah lives in Philadelphia with her husband, son, and dog. 

To find out more, visit or follow @therealsjmaas on Instagram.

ARC Review: "Black Sunshine" by Karina Halle

Black Sunshine by Karina Halle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

All Lenore Warwick wants for her 21st birthday is to hang out with her friends, finish her second year at Berkeley with flying colors, and maybe catch the eye of a hot musician playing a show at a club that she can now (legally) get into.

Unfortunately, fate has other plans for her.

A week before her birthday, she’s kidnapped by the brooding and dangerous stranger with cold eyes and a lethal touch, who has been stalking her on San Francisco’s fog-shrouded streets. Absolon Stavig isn’t your average criminal though. He’s a centuries-old vampire who’s caught between wanting to kill Lenore and wanting to save her.

You see Lenore, too, is a vampire.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

Taken by a pair of vampire slayers when she was just an infant, Lenore was raised never knowing her true nature. All Lenore knows is that she has (normal) parents who love her, that she’s exceptionally smart, and she’s squeamish around blood. But once she turns twenty-one, she’ll fully turn into a vampire, and Solon hopes he’ll be there to guide her, opening her eyes to her deepest hunger...both sexual and otherwise.

But this turning can’t be kept a secret. Soon both slayers and vampires are hunting Lenore, with only Solon and his unpredictable motley crew of vampires to save her.

If they don’t kill her first.

Black Sunshine is a dark adult standalone romance with a paranormal twist, about sex, love, secrets, and revenge, set in contemporary San Francisco.



I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 
*trigger warning: blood, death*

It's been a while since I read a nice vampire book. Bloody, equal parts sexy and dark with a dose of realism and the mystery that surrounds the genre and the specific creature.

Karina Halle's Black Sunshine is a mysterious amazing book which deals with both secrets in the vampire world as Lenore, our heroine, unwittingly becomes the center of it. And her guide through this? Absolon, or Solon an old, powerful vampire with secrets of his own.

I enjoyed this book: it was fast-paced but it didn't deviate from the character development, the swoony and steamy parts as also the enemy behind Lenore's true powers.

And while the author mentions that this was a stand-alone I would like to see more from this world as there is room for more characters, like Wolf and Amethyst.

If you carve a vampire adult book then this is for you.

About the author:

Karina Halle is a screenwriter, a former music & travel journalist, and the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of The Pact, A Nordic King, and Sins & Needles, as well as sixty other wild and romantic reads.

She, her musician husband, and their adopted pit bull, Bruce, live in a rainforest on an island off the coast of British Columbia, where they operate Raven Ridge, a B&B that’s perfect for writers’ retreats and romantic getaways.

In the winter, you can often find them in California or on their beloved island of Kauai, soaking up as much sun (and getting as much inspiration) as possible. For more information, visit

Halle is represented by Root Literary and is both self-published, and published by Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Penguin, and Montlake. Her books have been published in numerous languages around the world.

Blog Tour+Excerpt: "Wilde Type" by H.K. Jacobs





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   Book Description:

"He had awoken something in her the first night they met--a rebirth of hope for irrevocable love, a love so powerful that it canceled out the burden of her pain."

  Dr. Alexandra Wilde is brilliant, driven, and wholly dedicated to her profession. Caring for critically ill children has taken her across the globe from Mongolia to Haiti to her current assignment in Gaborone, Botswana. Her life is full of excitement, tragedy, and personal sacrifice with little room for anything or anyone else. She has always welcomed any adventure…except for the one wearing the face of billionaire mining heir and international playboy, Ian Devall. He is arrogant, charming, and utterly disenchanted. However, when circumstances thrust him into her life, she is captivated by a glimpse of his deeper character and drawn into a blazing romance. An ensuing path of self-discovery leads her to reopen the wounds of her past, and she must choose between the life she always imagined…or one she never dreamed was possible.  

Excerpt‌ ‌#1‌ ‌(first‌ ‌meeting)‌ ‌
“Well,‌ ‌you‌ ‌aren’t‌ ‌looking‌ ‌for‌ ‌sex,”‌ ‌he‌ ‌said‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌raise‌ ‌of‌ ‌one‌ ‌eyebrow‌ ‌as‌ ‌he‌ ‌nearly‌ ‌emptied‌ ‌his‌ ‌bourbon‌ ‌glass.‌ ‌
 ‌Alex‌ ‌sputtered‌ ‌into‌ ‌her‌ ‌drink,‌ ‌which‌ ‌thankfully‌ ‌broke‌ ‌the‌ ‌half-trance‌ ‌she‌ ‌had‌ ‌been‌ ‌entertaining,‌ ‌and‌ ‌she‌ ‌
turned‌ ‌in‌ ‌her‌ ‌chair‌ ‌to‌ ‌face‌ ‌him.‌ ‌Although‌ ‌her‌ ‌heart‌ ‌thundered‌ ‌and‌ ‌her‌ ‌insides‌ ‌felt‌ ‌like‌ ‌they‌ ‌had‌ ‌been‌ ‌
scrambled,‌ ‌she‌ ‌donned‌ ‌her‌ ‌calmest,‌ ‌most‌ ‌in-control‌ ‌façade.‌           ‌“How‌ ‌do‌ ‌you‌ ‌know‌ ‌I’m‌ ‌not?”‌ ‌
 ‌“Because,‌ ‌Alexandra,‌ ‌a‌ ‌lot‌ ‌of‌ ‌women‌ ‌want‌ ‌me,‌ ‌and‌ ‌I‌ ‌can‌ ‌always‌ ‌tell‌ ‌when‌ ‌they‌ ‌do,”‌ ‌he‌ ‌answered‌ ‌
matter-of-factly‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌wry‌ ‌smirk‌ ‌briefly‌ ‌contrasting‌ ‌his‌ ‌beautiful‌ ‌face.‌ ‌
 ‌She‌ ‌answered‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌raise‌ ‌of‌ ‌her‌ ‌eyebrows‌ ‌and‌ ‌a‌ ‌mild‌ ‌glare‌ ‌that‌ ‌gave‌ ‌off‌ ‌her‌ ‌unspoken‌ ‌disdain.‌ ‌He‌ ‌wasn’t‌ ‌
exactly‌ ‌wrong.‌ ‌She‌ ‌was‌ ‌not‌ ‌here‌ ‌looking‌ ‌for‌ ‌Friday‌ ‌night‌ ‌post-debauchery‌ ‌sex.‌ ‌However,‌ ‌despite‌ ‌her‌ ‌
preference‌ ‌living‌ ‌within‌ ‌a‌ ‌formidable‌ ‌ice‌ ‌fortress,‌ ‌her‌ ‌body‌ ‌felt‌ ‌anxious‌ ‌to‌ ‌betray‌ ‌her.‌ ‌Her‌ ‌mouth‌ ‌felt‌ ‌
paper-dry,‌ ‌and‌ ‌a‌ ‌slight‌ ‌sheen‌ ‌of‌ ‌sweat‌ ‌was‌ ‌rapidly‌ ‌accumulating‌ ‌on‌ ‌her‌ ‌palms.‌ ‌She‌ ‌wiped‌ ‌her‌ ‌hands‌ ‌over‌ ‌her‌ ‌
jean-clad‌ ‌thighs,‌ ‌a‌ ‌movement‌ ‌that‌ ‌caught‌ ‌Ian’s‌ ‌eye.‌ ‌
 ‌Looking‌ ‌up‌ ‌at‌ ‌him,‌ ‌she‌ ‌startled‌ ‌a‌ ‌bit‌ ‌at‌ ‌his‌ ‌expression‌ ‌which‌ ‌was‌ ‌curious‌ ‌and‌ ‌sincere‌ ‌with‌ ‌interest,‌ ‌quite‌ ‌
different‌ ‌from‌ ‌a‌ ‌moment‌ ‌ago.‌ ‌ ‌
 ‌“You’re‌ ‌right,”‌ ‌started‌ ‌Alex.‌ ‌“I‌ ‌am‌ ‌definitely‌ ‌not‌ ‌looking‌ ‌for‌ ‌sex.”‌ ‌She‌ ‌flicked‌ ‌her‌ ‌eyes‌ ‌down‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌
bourbon‌ ‌for‌ ‌comfort‌ ‌rather‌ ‌than‌ ‌continuing‌ ‌to‌ ‌let‌ ‌herself‌ ‌be‌ ‌enraptured‌ ‌by‌ ‌his‌ ‌face.‌ ‌
 ‌“Let‌ ‌me‌ ‌tell‌ ‌you‌ ‌what‌ ‌you‌ ‌are‌ ‌looking‌ ‌for,”‌ ‌he‌ ‌said‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌husky,‌ ‌bourbon-soaked‌ ‌voice.‌ ‌He‌ ‌leaned‌ ‌over‌ ‌
now‌ ‌so‌ ‌close‌ ‌that‌ ‌Alex‌ ‌could‌ ‌feel‌ ‌his‌ ‌breath‌ ‌on‌ ‌her‌ ‌cheek.‌ ‌She‌ ‌didn’t‌ ‌dare‌ ‌meet‌ ‌the‌ ‌eyes‌ ‌that‌ ‌looked‌ ‌down‌ ‌at‌ ‌
her‌ ‌through‌ ‌half-closed‌ ‌lids.‌ ‌‌Was‌ ‌he‌ ‌going‌ ‌to‌ ‌kiss‌ ‌her?‌ ‌She‌ ‌held‌ ‌her‌ ‌breath‌ ‌and‌ ‌felt‌ ‌everything‌ ‌stop‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌
moment,‌ ‌including‌ ‌her‌ ‌heart.‌ ‌In‌ ‌fact,‌ ‌it‌ ‌seemed‌ ‌to‌ ‌take‌ ‌forever‌ ‌for‌ ‌it‌ ‌to‌ ‌squeeze‌ ‌another‌ ‌aliquot‌ ‌of‌ ‌blood‌ ‌into‌ ‌
her‌ ‌arteries.‌ ‌
 ‌“You‌ ‌want‌ ‌an‌ ‌epic‌ ‌love‌ ‌story…a‌ ‌love‌ ‌that‌ ‌is‌ ‌timeless…immortal.‌ ‌You‌ ‌want‌ ‌a‌ ‌love‌ ‌that‌ ‌frightens‌ ‌you‌ ‌and‌ ‌
inspires‌ ‌you,”‌ ‌he‌ ‌whispered‌ ‌into‌ ‌her‌ ‌ear.‌ ‌His‌ ‌face‌ ‌retreated‌ ‌from‌ ‌hers‌ ‌then,‌ ‌and‌ ‌his‌ ‌nose‌ ‌barely‌ ‌skimmed‌ ‌her‌ ‌
cheek‌ ‌as‌ ‌he‌ ‌did‌ ‌so.‌ ‌“And‌ ‌I‌ ‌hope‌ ‌you‌ ‌find‌ ‌it,”‌ ‌he‌ ‌finished,‌ ‌genuinely‌ ‌smiling‌ ‌at‌ ‌her,‌ ‌without‌ ‌a‌ ‌trace‌ ‌of‌ ‌his‌ ‌
previous‌ ‌bravado.‌ 


 HK Jacobs graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and has spent her life as a physician traveling the globe caring for children. She also has a Master of Public Health from the University of Texas with a concentration in global health and completed her thesis in Port au Prince, Haiti. She currently resides in Texas, where she practices pediatric critical care medicine and strives to live the life she imagined. Wilde Type is her debut novel.