Book Review

Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

crown of midnight

 

Rating: 5/5
Audience: YA, language, love scenes, make-out scenes, violence/torture
Length: 418 pages
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: August 15th, 2013
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads

BOOK SUMMARY:

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

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Note: Review may contain spoilers. I have read this series 3 or 4 times. I have no chill over this series. This is a re-read I’m doing specifically before KoA comes out in October.

Second note: I firmly believe while yes they’re similarities between her two series, they are SO DIFFERENT. Needed to throw this out there after seeing a lot of reviews claiming they were too alike. I think some phrasing, character type, etc. is similar, but overall the stories are unique.

TALK ABOUT BREAKING SOMEONE DOWN.

I feel like everyone was hurt in this book.

Nehemia sacrificing herself for the greater good of the world, still hurts my feelings. I thought she was a cool side character and was going to play a bigger role overall.

CHAOL. Who, by the way, I pronounced as ‘coal’ rather than ‘kay-all’ for the longest time before I decided I should say his name “correctly”. I still think Coal sounds better.

He made a few too many choices towards the King, and watching Calaena claw him, also tore me up. Of course, first read, ALL TEAM CHAOL. Now reading through, I get it. She wasn’t ready for Rowan. Chaol truly helped her heal from Sam, and while it ended poorly, it added more depth to both characters.

Calaena starts to have more feelings that continue to round out her character. I continually love her sassy, sarcastic, not-give-a, attitude. She holds her own. Especially when she drops down into a warehouse and WREAKS HAVOC on those who have stolen something from her.

I think this is one of the best books in the series. You know the characters well enough to feel for everyone. The action flows really well and you continually flips pages trying to soak it all in.

Love scenes that are minor descriptive, kiss/make-out scenes. Violence, torture, and language (I do appreciate that SJM uses phrases like swore colorfully, rather than using F* words, but other language is present). I think language needs to be wielded in a way that isn’t over-bearing, but that actually encourages a scenes emotions.

 

Book Review

Review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

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Rating: 5/5
Audience: YA, language, loveish scenes, make-out scenes, violence/torture
Length: 404 pages
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: August 2nd, 2012
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads

BOOK SUMMARY:

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.

Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.

And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.

But something evil dwells in the castle—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.

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Note: Review may contain spoilers. I have read this series 3 or 4 times. I have no chill over this series. This is a re-read I’m doing specifically before KoA comes out in October.

Second note: I firmly believe while yes they’re similarities between her two series, they are SO DIFFERENT. Needed to throw this out there after seeing a lot of reviews claiming they were too alike. I think some phrasing, character type, etc. is similar, but overall the stories are unique.

AND SO THE STORY BEGINS.

Guys, totes forgot she dated Dorain for a bit there, haha. And he LOVED HER. That fact broke me a bit too. All he wanted was someone to really love. But it was clear Calaena never felt the same way.

The anger Calaena feels throughout this entire book makes you wanna tear down the walls at Endovier herself. I’m grateful that having her two [boy] friends by her side helped her begin to heal.

Chaol is currently so tender, I was all team him at first. Dorian and Calaena were never going  to stay together. We all know SJM adds a few lovers in before they settle on the perfect mate (real life, no?).

I tried to pay a lot more attention to Queen Elena, and the Wyrdkeys, etc. Since, Aelin is in her own world of trouble I want to make sure I’ve gathered all of the facts before SJM drops a bomb on my soul.

Some language (with a salty assassin on hand, this is true through all of the books), definitely violence, again, assassin y’all. Some love-y scenes, but nothing crazy. She wrote this first book I believe in her teens, so this was before the loooove scenes a la ACOMAF/EoS.

Book Review

Review: The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1 – 0.5) by Sarah J. Maas

Assassin's Blade

 

Rating: 5/5
Audience: YA/New Adult, some language, loveish scenes, violence/torture
Length: 448 pages
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: March 4th, 2014
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads

BOOK SUMMARY:

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

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Note: Review may contain spoilers. I have read this series 3 or 4 times. I have no chill over this series. This is a re-read I’m doing specifically before KoA comes out in October.

Second note: I firmly believe while yes they’re similarities between her two series, they are SO DIFFERENT. Needed to throw this out there after seeing a lot of reviews claiming they were too alike. I think some phrasing, character type, etc. is similar, but overall the stories are unique.

SAM. SAM. SAM. SAM.

Like I’ve just noted. I LOVE this series. I do. And every time I get something new from it and I still feel alllllll of the emotions even when I know exactly what’s about to happen.

This is what makes a great series to me.

These novellas are so crucial to the whole series as a whole! While most of it doesn’t play out til EoS (Empire of Storms) the character details are important.

Each novella is a good length and keeps me interested. My heart shatters over Sam, EVERY DANG TIME. It was such a sweet, young love. LIFE ISN’T FAIR. *cries into pillow* who does that to a human?!!

I enjoy that each story opens up a nugget that makes Calaena…Calaena. She’s a complex person with so many levels and such depth to her soul. But what’s even better is SJM has the ability to add that to other main/side characters too. That’s what brings all of the emotion into it for me. I can’t help but care.