Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

17670709Title: Crown of Midnight

Author: Sarah J Maas

Genre: YA fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication date: August 2013

Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom.Review2

So as you may know by now I am rereading the Throne of glass series in preparation for Kingdom of Ash. You can see my review for Assassins Blade here and Throne of glass here. I think Crown of Midnight is my current least favourite in the series. If I was to write an extremely short review it would go something like this:

Part 1: NOTHING!!

Part 2: EVERYTHING!!

Special mention: Chaol is the worst. What a toss pot!

However, I endeavour to always be honest with my reviews and explain my feelings so here is a little more in depth look at my thoughts on this book. The book itself is divided up into two parts. So I think that would be the best way to divide up my thoughts as I have very different opinions on both parts.

Part 1: I described this part as nothing above because I feel that is literally what happens here. For almost the entire first half of the book nearly nothing exciting happens! Is there some important information brought up for the series to continue? Yes. Do certain relationships change and develop? Yes. But other than knowing Celaena is playing a dangerous game, I think the adventurous, mysterious side to this story is kind of non-existent to me in this part of the book. I also think that we barely get to see any of the bad-ass skills Celaena developed and used in the previous two books. But more listen to her remind us that she does have these skills and in fact is the best. Although I mostly do still like Celaena in the first half of this book I like her a whole lot more in the second half. Dorian is by far my favourite in the first half of this book and watching him deal with his struggles is one of the redeeming qualities of this first half.

Part 2: Boy oh boy do things get waaaayyyy more interesting in the second half of this book! If the whole book was like the second half this would be a five star read for me! So much happens!! So many emotions from soul crushing sadness to adventure to mystery to shocking revelations this part has it all. Relationships are changed yet again. We finally see some more of Celaena’s skills and I think the plot really develops here. I also love every interaction between Celaena and Dorian and seeing new dynamics develop between them. Also, the ending to this book was still great and impactful even reading it for the second time!

In conclusion, I absolutely love the second half of this book. However, I find the first half of this book pretty lack lustre with only a few interesting or redeeming aspects. Side note, I have always found Chaol to be meh but this book just confirmed for me that he is a tosser. Hence, although the second half of the book is probably worth 5 stars I can only rate this book 3.5/5.Let's Chat!

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Are you doing a re-read for KoA? Is Chaol an absolute tosser? Until next time, happy watching and reading! 

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Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

13519397Title: Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J Maas

Genre: YA fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication date: August 2012

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted? Review2

This read was a reread in preparation for the upcoming release of Kingdom of Ash. This was the first time I have reread this book although I have reread later books in the series multiple times. The first time I read this book I had not read The Assassins Blade yet. However as you will know if you have seen my review. This time around I have the background knowledge that those novellas provide. And let me tell you it is a whole different experience with that knowledge.

I was able to understand subtleties in the plot a lot better and certain references and or wording hit me right in the feels! I was able to understand Celaena’s thoughts, actions and emotions a lot better now knowing her background. It made it a lot easier for me to feel all of her ups and downs along with her. All of which made the overall reading experience that much better.

Just like the first time around I think the concept of this book and the plot line is great and one big adventure. Although I much prefer the action scenes, the contest, and fighting etc. I think showing Celaena developing friendships and enjoying clothes, and sweets and gifts make her a more in depth believable character. I also am a sucker for romance as I have said many a time before. So that part of the plot for me just added to the story.

Celaena, Nox and Dorian are my favourite characters in this first novel. And any interaction between these characters were some of my favourite to read about. I think the world building of this story is done quite well. It doesn’t feel like a complete info dump, but more like you are finding things out with celaena and as you need to.  Having said this though there are many characters in this book and many names and I still sometimes need to stop and think a bit harder about who’s related to who and what their role in the story is etc. Given that I generally read for escape and fun this is slightly annoying but not enough so to put me off the story.

Overall, I rather enjoyed this reread. This is one of my favourite series and I really enjoy the world and the story. Some of the characters I absolutely adore, and it just has me wanting to rush into rereading the next books to spend more time with them. The only reason that this is not a 5 star read for me is because I know it is not my favourite of the series as well as the whole many names issue. Therefor a solid 4/5 and would recommend if you have not given this series a go yet. Let's Chat!

Have you read this series yet? Who are your favourite characters in the first book? Did you read this one before or after Assassins blade? Let me know in the comments below! As always happy watching and reading! 

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Review: The Assassins Blade by Sarah J Maas

18315788Title: The Assassin’s Blade

Author: Sarah J Maas

Genre: YA fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication date: March 2014

Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Celaena Sardothien owes her reputation to Arobynn Hamel. He gave her a home at the Assassins’ Guild and taught her the skills she needed to survive.

Arobynn’s enemies stretch far and wide – from Adarlan’s rooftops and its filthy dens, to remote islands and hostile deserts. Celaena is duty-bound to hunt them down. But behind her assignments lies a dark truth that will seal her fate – and cut her heart in two forever…

Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine and find out how the legend begins in the five page-turning prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.Review2

I finally picked up this book for the first time a couple of weeks ago to read as part of my overall ToG reread in anticipation of the KoA release. I can not believe it took me so long to pick this book up! This collection of novellas about Celaena’s past, filled in so many gaps in her back story that I didn’t even know I was missing! I should mention that although this is my first read of this particular book, I have read all of the other books in the series at least once (excluding Tower of Dawn).  This collection of stories made me feel every emotion under the sun! Just as Celaena did as she experienced the events that unfold.

This book was an adventure and a half just like you would expect. Full of swagger, killing, betrayal, friendships, feelings, romance and everything in between. I think the writing style of these novellas is actually slightly better than the first few books in the series, expected given a writer’s style will develop and grow the more they write (this was published after ToG and CoM). I think this writing is neater and more descriptive and even more emotive. However, I may find scene’s in later books more emotive now that I am more aware of the backstory.

Now that I have yelled at you about my feelings on the collection overall. I am going to try to list my opinions on each of the novellas without rambling too much! haha who am I kidding? Here comes more of me yelling at you about my feelings!

The Assassin and the pirate lord

  • Classic swaggering, angry Celaena but who can’t help but fight for those worse off. I love this side of her.
  • So, this is the infamous Sam Cortland. I didn’t think I would like him this much from the get go. But he is just one of those people you can not help but like.
  • why does Rolfe hate Celaena so? OH!!! That will do it! Although well deserved!

The Assassin and the healer

  • I didn’t know it was possible to hate Arobynn Hamel more!
  • So, this is the Yrene Towers I have heard about but was yet to read about. By the end of this Novella I grew to like her and hope big things come from her later.
  • Overall my least liked Novella. Somewhat slow paced. I don’t like seeing Celaena down and worried or unsure of herself. But likely contains important info for ToD and KoA.

The Assassin and the desert 

  • Loved seeing yet another part of this world.
  • Loved learning more about Ansel and her back story with Celaena.
  • Great to see one of the reasons Celaena is so good and seeing her with another teacher.
  • But that ending! why!

The Assassin and the underworld

  • Did I mention I hate Arobynn?!
  • Love seeing the planning behind Celaena’s missions.
  • Aw Sam!!
  • Hey there sapphire eye’s! Don’t think I didn’t notice you!

The Assassin and the empire

  • Celaena’s apartment, romantic cuteness
  • I HATE AROBYNN HAMEL!!!!! AAAAHHHHH!!!
  • I will never read the words I am Celaena Sardothien, and I will not be afraid in the same way ever again!
  • I am broken there is nothing left. Someone send help!!!

In conclusion this book gave me way more than I expected. I now feel that the rest of the series will make even more sense and more of an impact on me having read these novellas. Overall, I thought the book was well written and took me on an emotive adventure! all of this is why I have given The Assassins Blade a rating of 4.5/5. That .5 was taken off because this is not my favourite book of the series and because I am still trying to put back together my heart after Maas shattered it into a million and one pieces!Let's Chat!

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Did you read this before or after reading the other books in the series and how do you think this effected your reading experience? Until next time, happy watching and reading! 

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A Court of Frost and Starlight: Spoiler free review.

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Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR 3.1)

Author: Sarah J Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Published: May 2018

Genre: NA Fantasy, Novella

Rating: 4.5/5

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I will firstly begin by saying that majority of this review is completely spoiler free and I will label anything I think could be even remotely a spoiler. I was in a massive slump for the entire first half of this month. This slump I think was mainly because ACOFAS was released and all I wanted to do was read it! But unfortunately I was unable to purchase it until recently. Well let me say reading it has gotten me out of the slump and more so! Although I do have quite a book hangover and cannot get these character out of my head!

While waiting to be able to buy this novella and trying to avoid spoilers like the plague I still noticed so many negative review/ rants opinions about this book. Which had me so worried thinking I myself wouldn’t like the story. It seems to be that not many people have liked it.  I have heard people accuse that it is a money grabbing scheme that could have just been included as special edition content. This may have been possible yes but I love it for what it is. And I also want to mention that not everyone has the chance to get those special editions with bonus content! A lot of the time they are very hard to get! So this way everyone has a chance to read and learn more about the characters.  Also why are people surprised it’s so short?? It’s a novella! I myself never once saw it advertised as anything else! What so Sarah is capable of writing huge books she’s not allowed to write a novella or a shorter story? As always everyone is entitled to their own opinions and I am not saying they are wrong I have simply addressed some statements I have heard and my own thoughts on these. Anyways now I am done addressing these and let’s be honest there I got a bit salty. Let’s move the review tone back up to my normal rambley happy self and talk about the novella and my thoughts/ experience with it.

This novella centres around the inner circle but mainly still Feyre and Rhysand. It covers Feyre’s first winter solstice with the inner circle and as high lady of the night court. It gives us even more of a glimpse into the traditions and dynamics of the inner circle which I loved! I literally teared up and or laughed out loud in some parts. I loved getting to see some of the inner circle member’s personalities be developed more and just seeing where all the characters are at after the war. I will just say some are definitely doing better than others.

I loved that Feysands story was fully tied together in this novella more so then at the end of ACOWAR. I think they truly have their happy ending now and a possibility at maintaining it! Which just makes my heart happy. As for the other members of the inner circle there was enough new information introduced and enough things left open ended that I am excited to see what it all means and how it all takes off/ comes together in the next novels.

The sneak peek of the next book in the series with the new MC’s was absolutely crazy! I can not wait a whole year or however long it is going to be to see how this story will play out and how these characters will grow and develop even more.

*possible spoiler in next paragraph although not really*

I will say that I don’t necessarily agree how Feyre is deciding to deal with a certain character in these sneak peek chapters. Considering herself and others may have stepped in before it got this bad. However this character didn’t seem to want anyone’s help so possibly had to go the way it did. Anyways I am rambling. My point is I am excited after those sneak peeks to see how things go. I think it’s going to be a hot mess but in a I really want to read about it way!

*spoiler but not spoiler section is finished read away!* 

In conclusion I loved it for exactly what it was. A story tying up some lose ends creating a happy ending for some but bridging us to the next novels in this world. It was cute, emotional and allowed for more development of the inner circle. The only reason this is not a five star read for me, is because I may not agree with all the actions of all the characters. And secondly I just want more and hate that I have to wait so long to read more about the precious inner circle. Therefore it’s a solid 4.5/5 from me!Let's Chat!Have you read ACOFAS yet? What were your thoughts? Who is your favourite inner circle member? Let me know in the comments below! Happy reading and watching! 

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Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

SOCTitle: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Indigo

Published: 2015

Rating: 5/5

Review2This book! Where do I even begin??!! I absolutely loved it! And I apologize in advance if this review is mostly fangirling and rambling! So I read this for the first time a couple of weeks ago now. And I still LOVE it! All I wanted to do was dive straight into Crooked Kingdom but unfortunately I am yet to get a copy 😦 

I have previously read the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo and I really liked that story as well especially some of the characters (I am looking at you Darkling). But let me tell you Six of Crows knocked those books out! Like just so much more fast paced and badass action and not one boring annoying main character for me (I am looking at you Mal). In SOC it just seems like Bardugo has improved her whole writing style. Which is to be expected the more work and author creates and publishes at least that’s the way you would hope it would go.

Six of Crows is a story of six young criminals from a gang known as the Dregs who’s symbol is a crow drinking from a nearly empty cup. Get it Six of Crows?? HAHA anyways moving on. These criminals each have their own back story and special skill set. And they are all brought together to pull of an impossible task.

As I mentioned above I read the Grisha Trilogy before I read SOC. Although I love SOC way more I am glad that I read these books in order of publication. Because I feel I wouldn’t have been able to keep up with the fast paced action of this book had I not already read about the different levels and types of Grisha in the original story. This is because these things are not explained in as much detail in this book, which effectively is what allows the story to be more fast paced then the trilogy. I am also glad that I read the trilogy first as I picked up on the returning characters and Easter eggs about Ravka and the civil war.

Although the characters in the book go through so much and there is so much action, and despite their great success. I did not find the story too unbelievable. In fact the way in which they pull most of the tasks etc off is quite believable and in my opinion ingenious! I loved seeing the plans unfold and being surprised again and again of the mind of Kaz Brekker! Not to mention the amount of twists, turns and heart stopping moments Bardugo manages to place in this book! I was on the edge of my seat nearly the whole time!

I loved the way the Grisha world was developed more and I just generally loved the world and character building in this book! None of the characters are perfect and the way Bardugo allowed us to meet each character and learn of their backstories while still seeing them develop in the present was great! Seriously though Leigh Bardugo is the Queen of multi-layered and morally grey characters! It was fantastic that not one of these characters were perfect. They each had their demons, vices, weaknesses and down fallings. But they all own it beautifully and don’t let it stop them from doing what they got to do! So bad ass on so many levels!! And although I love them all I think Nina, Inej and Kaz have to be my favourites. But if I had to choose just one let’s be honest it would be Kaz dirty hands Brekker!! I mean how could he not be? Despite the fact that you know he would be an incredibly handsome human being. He has been through so much and although his morals can be questionable he won’t let anything get in his way of getting what he wants. Which is good to know after that ending! Guy’s that ending! Killed me! I am dead! What a cliff hanger!! So many possibilities! I NEED the next book now BRING IT TO ME!!

Overall a great story with great characters and world building. Really stepped up the game from the Grisha trilogy. Despite being fantasy a believable badass story that kept me on the edge of my seat constantly wanting more. I can’t wait to get my dirty little hands on Crooked Kingdom! (See what I did there HAHA). And that is exactly why I gave this book a 5/5 rating. If you haven’t already and are late to the party like me, go and read this book now! I doubt you will regret it! Let's Chat!

Have you read this book? Did you like it better or worse than the Grisha Trilogy? Who is your favourite Dregs member? Was the story believable for you? Please no Crooked Kingdom spoilers!!! But let me know your SOC thoughts in the comments below. Until next time happy watching a reading!!

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