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

18243700

Goodreads Summary:

Contains all five novellas.

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.


My Review

Wowza! I knew I was taking a risk reading The Assassin’s Blade knowing what I knew from reading the Throne of Glass series, but damn, that didn’t stop this book from packing a punch. I absolutely loved this prequel, it was surprisingly exciting and provided an extra level of depth to the story I didn’t know I needed.

This prequel consisted of five stories of varying lengths. Each one centered around a new adventure Celaena experienced during her time as an assassin, more importantly, during her time when she still answered to Arobynn. That was most certainly an interesting dynamic to delve into. What a twisted and warped relationship, but so utterly intriguing. Arobynn’s feelings for Celaena were so skewed, yet you could tell that there was some level of true affection between the two. Although, the Celaena-Sam dynamic was of course the only one I really wanted to read about. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a whole lot of time dedicated to their relationship. The moments you do glimpse are wonderfully sweet, and so completely heart wrenching. As a reader, you are given just enough of a taste, that when the inevitable ending comes, it does nothing short of tear your heart out. I thought I was ready for it, but folks, let me tell ya. I WASN’T READY.

Each one of these stories brought with it new tales and characters that we have only ever known from the later books. It was fantastic to meet them at their origin. Everything that makes Celaena who she is, is made all the more clear because of these stories. I am so glad that I read them. It was absolutely worth the journey.

Buy it on Amazon here!

Advertisements

Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTR #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas

31076583

Goodreads Summary:

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve.

Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.


My Review

After quite the long wait, I was so so excited to finally get my hands on this beautiful novella. And oh how sad I was to see it come and go so quickly. A Court of Frost and Starlight was a lovely glimpse into the everyday lives of Feyre and her friends as they face the aftermath of the events they have seen thus far.

For the first time in this series, we get to hear from not just Feyre and Rhysand, but Nesta and Cassian as well! Eep!! Actually you get to read the POVs of quite a few new characters this go around. And Maas has a way of pulling you right in as always. Despite the fact that this was a novella, I was still glued to the pages. Nothing particularly insane goes on in this book, but it doesn’t need to be wholly intriguing. Just seeing these characters live on after experiencing so much devastation was incredible. I felt like this book truly gives the reader a greater insight into the world that Maas has created, which is a rarity for many beloved series. And of course it hinted at the romantic events to come!

Reading about these characters again, especially Feyre and Rhysand was a dream! I will be sad to see their POVs go in the books ahead, but I’m so glad that this isn’t the last I’ll see of them. I’m very much so looking forward to reading Nesta and Cassian’s story in the next installment. Their story is sure to be a tumultuous one.

I would most definitely recommend you pick up A Court of Frost and Starlight if you’re a fan of this series! It is so worth the wait, if not a little bittersweet for how short it is.

Buy it on Amazon now. 

Review: Graceling (Graceling #1) by Kristin Cashore

3236307

Goodreads Summary:

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.

She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.


My Review

I have been looking forward to reading Graceling for well over a year now! I had heard mixed reviews but I was hopeful. Unfortunately, I think after having read most all of the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, I couldn’t help but feel like this was a poor imitation in many ways. Which is even more unfortunate, because Graceling came out before Throne of Glass.

Graceling centers around the life of Katsa, a girl who is gifted or “graced” with the ability to kill. Many children across the kingdoms are born with different graces that allow them to have special abilities, some as mundane as being adept at swimming, while others are as intimidating as mind reading. All of her life Katsa’s grace has been manipulated by her devious uncle, that is until the day she decides to truly take matters into her own hands. Little does she know how drastically her life will be changed the day she decides to leave her home.

Katsa’s abilities allow her to be the perfect assassin, feared by all the land, and trained to kill even the most fearsome of creatures with only her bare hands. Seems badass it’s true, but unfortunately, the hype of events seemed to be understated when the author decided to make things move so quickly, I couldn’t even take the time to enjoy them. This was a common pattern with this story. Every time developments would begin, they were over just before they got good. I felt like the author stayed at the surface of everything. All of a sudden, boom, Katsa is leaving her uncle, boom, she’s in love, boom the conflict is resolved. Nothing was explained or drawn out just a little. And what was drawn out, was unnecessary to draw out. I just could not get involved in this book. I wish that’s wasn’t the case. The concept was most definitely intriguing, but the surrounding content just didn’t do it for me.

Many people feel differently than I do, so if you’d like to give it a try, don’t say I didn’t warn ya. Buy it on Amazon now.

Review: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sara J. Maas

18006496

Goodreads Summary:

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.


My Review

Queen of Shadows packed a punch, of that there is no doubt! This fourth book was riveting from page one. I never wanted to put it down.

This fourth installment picks up shortly after the events of book three end. Aelin returns to Rifthold to confront Arobynn, her old master and take back the third wrdkey. Now that she has fully accepted her birthright, there is no stopping her as she takes calculated steps to at last gaining justice for her family.

Queen of Shadow had so many mind blowing moments! My brain could literally not keep up with all of the insane twists and turns. Aelin pulls out all the stops in this book. She will do everything in her power to ensure her success. I was thoroughly impressed by her actions. These characters have really gotten under my skin at this point, and I am all in. There were moments when my heart shattered, and moments when the pieces were quickly falling back into place because of how wonderful the events were. This fourth book was definitely an emotionally strenuous experience.

The only thing that frustrated me was Aelin and Chaol’s relationship after reuniting. Gotta say, I wasn’t fan. Thankfully, there was hope for them by the end of the book. I also am standing firm with my irritation toward how quickly Aelin and Rowan’s relationship developed into a romantic one. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really loving Rowan as a character. I just didn’t think his feelings for Aelin were given a solid foundation. But that’s my only little hiccup.

Regardless, Queen of Shadows was utterly fantastic, breathtaking, mesmerizing, need I go on? Read it now. Do it. Believe me.

Buy it on Amazon here!

Review: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

20613470

Goodreads Summary:

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Timesbest-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.


My Review

So, I seem to be a part of the minority group in that I wasn’t 100% in love with Heir of Fire. Don’t get me wrong, it still earned a 4 star rating on Goodreads, but there were just a few aspects that really irked me! Some of these are sort of spoilers, so if you don’t want to risk it, stop reading now.

Heir of Fire picked up right where Crown of Midnight left off. Celaena is on her way to Wendlyn to fulfill a crazy mission she was set up for by Chaol in an effort to save her from the king. Chaol is expected to return to his father’s kingdom and Dorian is still terrified about his new found magical abilities.

I must say that Heir of Fire was 100% not what I was expecting it to be. This was mostly due to the fact that so many new characters get introduced. Some of these characters I was totally excited to read about. Others, made the story drag on waaaaaay too much!! One character (a witch) had some really awesome scenes to offer, but also got in the way of the other really awesome characters. So it was really hard to care about the content of the characters who had less relevance at the time.

Furthermore, a new “love interest” gets introduced. It kind of left me thinking: “Really? How many men can she potentially have fall for her in such a short period of time?” I was super hesitant about this new dude at first. I am still totally team Chaol at this point. However, Maas has a knack for getting me to fall in love with a new male lead. So I have to admit, this new guy is growing on me. Of course this frustrates me that there has to be a new guy in the first place. I also was not overly pleased with the way this new relationship with Celaena and “he who shall not be named’s” relationship evolved. It didn’t seem to have as smooth of a transition as I would have hoped. There were definitely some heart wrenching moments between the two, but it still felt a little too overly simplified as it went from extreme loathing to 100% “I would die for you feelings” in the blink of an eye. Still, I have a soft spot for all that he has endured, and his connection to Celaena that, up until this point, no one else has been able to have.

Ultimately, I very much so enjoyed Heir of Fire. It still contained my beloved characters, and added a few more I’m starting to become attached to. There were just a few aspects that were a little long winded and others that could have been given more attention.  Either way, the ending was absolute INSANITY, and I cannot wait to get started on book 4!

Buy Heir of Fire on Amazon now!

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

17167166

Goodreads Summary:

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

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.


My Review

Crown of Midnight picks up shortly where Throne of Glass left off. Now that Celaena is the king’s champion, she has no say in the direction her life must take. If he tell hers to jump, she asks how high. If she tells her to kill an old acquaintance, then she cannot hesitate. Of course, that doesn’t stop her from attempting to take matters into her own hands regardless of the consequences. In between her mischievous actions, she continues to uncover secrets about magic and the connection it has with the wyrdmarks.

This second addition was an absolute rollercoaster of emotions!! Holy crap was I thrown for a loop!! The romance in this book is STELLAR, but it will also totally rip your heart out, shred it into tiny pieces and then stomp all over those pieces. It was just so utterly brutal at times. I was taken on so many highs and lows, and in between that, there was just confusion over what I actually wanted to happen. There are quite a few developments in book two that preface all that is to come, and though some of these developments were predictable, they were intriguing nonetheless.

Crown of Midnight will make you fall in love with the characters even more. Each one is so wholly unique with their own personal struggles that they must conquer. The Throne of Glass books provides readers with the first heroine who has a true dark side. This heroic dark side is the first that I’ve come across in YA fiction. It’s such a different perspective to read about, and makes these books all the more entertaining.

I would most definitely recommend you continue reading the ToG series and pick up book two! Buy it here!

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

23599075

Goodreads Summary:

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.


My Review

I know I am so late to the show when it comes to reading the ToG series. I loved the ACOTAR series by Maas, and I have been seeing these books all over Bookstagram for quite some time. I knew that I would have to check this series out eventually. And can I just say that Maas never disappoints.

Throne of Glass follows the life of assassin Celaena Sardothien. After having been captured and enslaved for a year, she is taken by surprise when the king’s Captain of the Guard is the one to release to her. Although her freedom comes with a catch. Celaena must win the king’s championship and serve him for a number of years if she has any hope of truly being free. However, this championship quickly turns south as one by one, the other champions show up dead.  Celaena is the only one with the knowledge on how to stop the darker forces that are at work during this deadly competition.

Throne of Glass had a love triangle to kill! OMG!!! I most definitely made up my mind from page 1! That’s not even an exaggeration, I truly knew instantly that she needed to be with Chaol. Unfortunately, things neeeeever go according to one’s own wishes when you have ridiculous love triangles. Thus, my heart was constantly at war during this book. The switching POVs does make the content all the more wonderful though. I loved seeing the male’s perspective throughout the story. It was refreshing and reassuring at the same time.

This book was so fast paced! The suspense was absolutely non-stop!  I was thoroughly gripped by the content throughout. I would 100% recommend any fans of Maas who are like me and haven’t ever picked up the ToG series, to most definitely do so. As for the rest of you readers, if you’re looking for a new YA-fantasy- read, then pick. up. this. book.

Go on do it!! Buy it now on Amazon.