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Book-A-Like: A Court of Thorns and Roses & Cinder

Fantasy fairytale retelling with a twist feature in this week's QBD Book-A-Like

BALMar17A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas:
Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill - the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price ...
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre's presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer:
A forbidden romance. A deadly plague. Earth's fate hinges on one girl ...
CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She's reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen - and a dangerous temptation. Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth's future.
This is not the fairytale you remember. But it's one you won't forget.

Cover Reveal: A Court of Mist & Fury

9781408857885The cover has been revealed for the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses!

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.

Available May 2016.

Reviewsday: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

This is not your average fairy tale. Sure, it has handsome faery princes (kind of), a wicked witch (sort of) and an ancient curse that has ridiculous conditions that need to be met to break it, but Feyre doesn’t know any of this yet. All she knows is that if she doesn’t hunt, her family will not survive the winter, so when she stumbles upon a wolf in the forest, she dismisses the remote possibility that it could be a faery and takes the creature’s life.

9781408857861But of course, her prey was fae and had friends in high places… the sort of friends that barrel through cottage doors in the middle of the night. Feyre is given a choice: stay with her family and die or abandon her family but live with the mysterious beast in his castle. It doesn’t take much for her to see the sensible option; if she’s still alive, surely she’ll be able to escape and re-join her family?
It’s no use. Tamlin, her captor, can see right through her and watches her like a hawk throughout their harrowing journey to his castle. Tension and unease hang heavy in the atmosphere as she adjusts to her new home and Feyre begins to get the sense that some bigger game is afoot; strange creatures are lurking in the forest, threatening guests come calling and Tamlin is not who he seems to be. Despite initially being cold and distant, he seems to be warming up to her. At least she thought so until he sends her packing and she learns of the great axe looming over his head, the curse she was supposed to break… and that’s where all the macabre fun and games start.

A Court of Thorns and Roses is a dazzling, dramatic, heartbreaking exploration of the lengths we go to protect the people we love, with an exquisitely imaginative fantasy wrapper. Feyre is such a powerful character that it’s impossible not to be swept into her heart and mind as she traverses the tricky realm of the fae. If you’re looking for a sweet bedtime story, this is not for you. If you want to be engulfed, mystified, terrified and enlightened, go right ahead!