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

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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!

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

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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

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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. 

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

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Goodreads Summary:

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

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.


 

FOREWARNING: PREPARE FOR LOTS OF RANTS AND READ NO FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS!!!!


 

My Review

Oh. My. Goodness. I don’t even know where to begin with this review!!! My heart and my mind are completely WRECKED! WRECKED I SAY!!! This book took me on the most incredible and heart wrenching ride! I am so blown away by how amazing it was!! It literally left me shook! I haven’t felt this way about a series/book in too long!!

Ok ok let me get started now. Or try to…

Oh wait, before I really begin, let me also add that my experience with this book was all the more involved and real because I made sure I reread the first two books before this one. So everything was crystal clear this time, and made this third book all the more enthralling!

Ok ok, trying again. (***Clears metaphorical throat***)

Alright! We all know after reading book two that Rhysand is EVERYTHING. And Tamlin is a big giant pile of poo poo. And wasn’t that just the most insane turn around you ever did read in a book? (***bows to Sarah J Maas***) Check out my review for A Court of Mist and Fury to see more of what I’m talking about!  However, my perspective on Tamlin and that entire destructive love triangle, Love battle? Love fiasco?  completely became altered after reading ACOWR. Of course I still have some animosity toward him, but his character development allows the reader to open their eyes more in regards to the reality of his situation.

After book two ended, the reader was left with watching Feyre literally walk into the arms of the enemy, and though it was heart breaking, she was on a mission to destroy Tamlin and his hold on his kingdom, and boy does she do that and then some!! As if we didn’t already know Feyre was an eternal badass, she takes things up a notch now that she is a full blown High Lady! The measures she takes to ensure the safety of her family are astronomical, she goes to any lengths, even if it means facing her true nightmares in order to see those she loves succeed. And of course Rhysand is there for her through it all being all dashing and wonderful as always! Their romance was as sweet and fierce as ever, making me fall even more in love with their relationship.

Moving on. The character development in this book was INSANE!! Something new about every main character is revealed that adds further depth each time I turned the page.  Maas dangles Cassian and Nesta’s tumultuous relationship in front you the entire time, and its so killer yet so fantastic! Also, I didn’t think I could enjoy Mor, Amren, and Azriel even more, but I was oh so wrong! It’s so rare when an author can create characters who are so wholly different and unique that they cause you to love each one individually for their own ways. I can’t wait to see more from these side characters in future books, because it’s sure to be mind blowing!

And lastly, so much happened in this book, it was easily the most fast paced of the three thus far. The action and suspense was nonstop, I could not put it down, and when I had to for stupid things like work and studying for the GRE, I was super sad to see it go. By the time I finished this book, I was a complete emotional wreck, but I was also bursting with so much love and hope for the story. From what I understand, I believe this is a mini conclusion for Feyre and Rhys’s story. The next three books in the series  will focus more on the other characters, which I’m ecstatic to delve into, but damn I hope Maas includes those two throughout! Either way, the ending of ACOWR was phenomenal, I couldn’t have asked for a better book! I don’t think there’s one thing I would change! And Maas certainly dropped multiple easter eggs about certain events to come!

I would most definitely, 100% recommend you read this book, it is so worth the experience! Go buy it right now!! Right here!And if you did read it already, please comment, I would love to discuss! Unfortunately, I’ve been trying to convince a lot of my book friends to read this so I haven’t been able to really talk about it with anyone yet!

 

Reread and Repost (Plus Some New Thoughts): Review of A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTR #1) by Sarah J. Maas

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Goodreads Summary:

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

Be sure to scroll down to the very end to see my new thoughts after rereading it! 

 

My Review

I had seen so much hype over this book and saw all the wonderful reviews, that I definitely had high expectations! And sure enough, they were met!! A Court of Thorns and Roses is similar in some ways to Beauty and the Beast but takes on a life of it’s own as events progress!!

Feyre has been the sole provider for her family ever since her father lost his fortune. Day after day she is forced to hunt the forests for meals and trade what she can in the local village in order to sustain her family. That is until the day she accidentally kills a faerie and gets swept away to Pyrthian (the faerie lands) by the mysterious Tamlin, . While there her life is turned entirely upside down as she discovers more behind the truth about faeries and their dealings with humans, falling for Tamlin along the way.

Feyre was the perfect female lead! She’s a badass, and doesn’t wait for a man to step in to do what a woman can just as easily do! She is persistent and was a wonderful character to experience. Her relationship with Tamlin was definitely slow on the uptake but it was oh so worth it. Though I would have liked for the romance to be a little bit heavier, there was sill plenty for enjoyment. Besides SO much happens in this first book, that the lack of more intimate moments did not impede on the excitement of the story whatsoever.

The plot movement was constant, and kept me on my toes throughout. There really wasn’t a slow moment in the story. In fact so much happened and progressed, that it almost felt like I was reading book one and two! The last 150 pages were so insanely epic and emotionally strenuous that it felt more like the sequel to the beginning pages. The last half was definitely the most amazing, but the first half was lovely and the perfect set up for the conclusion. Maas created a beautiful world in A Court of Thorns and Roses, one that was both captivating and alluring, as well as intriguing and suspenseful! Though most the loose ends were tied up and the book didn’t end in a cliffhanger, I can still see how there will be a book two. However, with such a great beginning, I’m afraid a sequel might dampen things. Nevertheless, you can be sure I’ll be reading book two!!

I would definitely recommend A Court of Thorns and Roses to any fantasy fans out there!! I’d recommend it to anyone really! Buy it on Amazon here!

SPOILERS AHEAD, IF YOU HAVEN’T READ BOOK TWO DON’T READ ANY FURTHER

New Thoughts, now that I know what I know from book two:

Finally book three in ACOTR is out!! So of course, I had to slow myself down from devouring A Court of Wings and Ruin and take the time to reread the previous books! Unfortunately, its taking me longer than I thought it would.

Anyway, OMG why didn’t I see this before?! Of course Rhysand loved Feyre from the very start and had a connection with her! It was utterly devastating to read the book knowing she would eventually be with him and yet having to endure her rejecting him! Rhysand clearly would have done anything for her from the get-go, which made me appreciate him as a character all the more. His side of the story is just as unfortunate as anyone else. In fact, I’d say he’s an even bigger victim! 

Review: A Matter of Fate (Fate #1) by Heather Lyons

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Goodreads Summary:

Chloe Lilywhite struggles with all the normal problems of a typical seventeen-year-old high school student. Only, Chloe isn’t a normal teenage girl. She’s a Magical, part of a secret race of beings who influence the universe. More importantly, she’s a Creator, which means Fate mapped out her destiny long ago, from her college choice, to where she will live, to even her job. While her friends and relatives relish their future roles, Chloe resents the lack of say in her life, especially when she learns she’s to be guarded against a vengeful group of beings bent on wiping out her kind. Their number one target? Chloe, of course.

That’s nothing compared to the boy trouble she’s gotten herself into. Because a guy she’s literally dreamed of and loved her entire life, one she never knew truly existed, shows up in her math class, and with him comes a twin brother she finds herself inexplicably drawn to.

Chloe’s once unyielding path now has a lot more choices than she ever thought possible.

My Review

I absolutely loved Heather Lyon’s Collectors’ Society series, so I was more than excited to read her Fate books! I have to say I’m a little disappointed. This book took me on such an emotional rollercoaster. Tt wasn’t the good kind of rollercoaster. I didn’t dislike this book by any means, I was just overly frustrated by the characters!

A Matter of Fate focuses on the perspective of Chloe, a Magical with the powers of a Creator. She can make and destroy most anything. Her power is very much so coveted, which puts her and all those she cares about at risk. Before she knows it there are forces after her that she has never heard of as her world becomes rocked to its core. To make matters worse, the boy she’s been visiting in her dreams all her life shows up with his twin in her high school. This boy happens to be the love of her life and she didn’t even know he existed until his appearance. Now her heart is torn as she finds herself equally drawn to not only him but his twin brother as all. Fate is cruel indeed.

Chloe’s emotions were all over the place throughout this entire book, I literally could not get my head around it. She was in love with Jonah, then she was in love Kellan and then Jonah and then Kellan. It was an endless frustrating cycle. I couldn’t understand why she was making the decisions she was making. It killed me inside to see her hurt each guy who clearly loved her so much. The book focused more on the insane love triangle than the plot with the magicals and the impending doom, which was surprising, but I should have expected as much based on the title!

I truly enjoyed the premise behind A Matter of Fate, it was highly unique and different from previous fantasy novels I’ve seen. The world that was created was intriguing and the powers that each person had were amazing to consider. However, I grew very impatient with the ongoing romantic struggle between the characters. The entire last 20% was spent over this insanely ridiculous conflict that could have been so easily resolved if it had not been dragged on so long. I literally rolled my eyes a few times. Don’t get me wrong, the content had me hooked throughout. I couldn’t put it down, but I just felt that the ending events were drawn out past the point of enjoyment. I’m glad that certain things were explained in the end to provide me with some closure at least.

I look forward to seeing what is in store for these characters in the following books. I would still recommend you read A Matter of Fate if you’re looking for an emotionally intense fantasy read.

Buy it on Amazon here!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Book vs Movie

It’s that time again, I finally finished listening and reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire since once again, I wasn’t able to listen to all of the book on overdrive before it expired so I finished reading it with my physical copy.

WARNING: BOOK/MOVIE SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Movie: The movie begins with Harry waking up in the Weasley’s home in preparedness for the world cup.

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Book: Mr. Weasley, Fred, George, and Ron arrive at the Dursley’s house to pick up Harry. They blow up the Dursley’s fireplace using the floo network. The twins purposely drop a toffee on the floor for Dudley to find and eat to which he grows an insanely long tongue, terrifying the Dursleys. (This scene was seriously wonderful!!)

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Movie: Harry, Hermione and the Weasleys go to the top of the stands to watch the game. Harry sees Barty Crouch Jr. (a dark shape to him then) shoot off the Dark Mark.

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Book: The gang meets the house elf Winky at the top of the stands at the World Cup who happens to be the house elf of Barty Crouch who works at the Ministry. She is then found knocked out after the Dark Mark shows up and is then blamed for casting it. 

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Movie: Hermione cares about creatures more than the rest of the gang. Her care for elves is implied but the organization SPEW does not exist. 

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Book: After witnessing how terribly Winky is treated by her masters and seeing the kitchens in which the house elves work at Hogwarts, Hermione is compelled to create the Society for the Promotion of elfish Welfare (SPEW). Ron gives her grief for it the entire book. 

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Movie: Neville is a herbology nerd who is told by Mad Eye about gillyweed and proceeds to give it to Harry to use in the second triwizard task. 

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Book: Dobby gives Harry the gillyweed, we later find out that Mad Eye planned for Dobby to overhear him talking about the plant so that he would give it to Harry.

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Movie: Harry finds Barty Crouch dead in the forest while walking through it with Hermione, Ron, and Hagrid.

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Book: Harry finds Mr. Crouch with Victor Krum after being briefed about the final task. Mr. Crouch is alive at the time and he is rambling about needing to see Dumbledore. You later find out that he was under the imperious curse the whole time and was starting to come off of the spell when Harry found him. We later discover that Crouch is killed.

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Movie: Rita Skeeter is slimy and conniving and writes a false article about Harry and another false article about his relationship with Harry. That’s the last we hear from her.

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Book: Rita Skeeter writes multiple articles on topics that she can’t possibly know any information about. Including the exposure of Hagrid as a half giant to the world. Hermione is continually humiliated by her stories about stealing Harry romantically, to which she receives many nasty letters from fans. Hermione is determined to figure out how Rita is finding out all these secrets and eventually captures Rita who is an undocumented animagus posing as a beetle.

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Movie: Barty Crouch Jr. is revealed to be the man behind Mad Eye Moody and admits his guilt after taking the veritaserum. Not much detail is revealed past that.

 

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Book: Barty Crouch Jr reveals his entire story: how his father broke him out of Azkaban using polyjuice potion and kept his son under the imperious curse for months under the supervision of the house elf Winky. Jr finally broke out of the spell and turned the tables on his father, Voldemort found him shortly after and they set to work on their plan.

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Movie:Harry is never shown explaining the full account of his experience in the graveyard with Voldemort. It is implied that he spoke only to Dumbledore about it.

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Book: Harry tells his story to both Dumbledore and Sirius who is on the school grounds as a dog. In fact, Harry keeps Sirius updated constantly about the triwizard tournament because he is staying near Hogsmeade. Dumbledore tells Mrs. Weasley, Bill Weasley, Ron, Hermione, and Snape that Voldemort has returned when Harry is in the hospital wing after the third task. He then has Sirius reveal himself to the group and Dumbledore forces Sirius and Snape to call a truce. 

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Movie: Dumbledore tells the school that Voldemort is back, and the fate of Barty Crouch Jr is never revealed. Though he is proof of Voldemort’s return, Fudge doesn’t except it in the next film. 

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Book: Barty Crouch Jr is kissed by a Dementor and has his soul sucked out because Cornelius Fudge is too stupid to stop it, believing him to be a terrible criminal. Crouch Jr is worse than dead and no good to anyone in proving the return of Voldemort. Dumbledore is livid over this fact, he was the key to Fudge seeing reason. (This seriously enlightened me so much as to why Fudge would be in such denial. I had completely forgotten about this part in the books)

 

Well there ya have it folks, I hope I was able to refresh your memories of the fourth book, I know I sure needed a refresher! Rereading these books has been such a lovely experience, and I hope to use these posts to never forget the little but so important details in these fantastic stories!