Book Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Title:  Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (September 2, 2014)

Format: Paperback

Pages: 448

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Celaena Sardothien is the king’s Champion—yet she is far from loyal to the crown, for the man she serves is bent on evil. But working against her master in secret is no easy task. As Celaena tries to untangle the mysteries buried within the glass castle, she can trust no one, not even her supposed allies Crown Prince Dorian, Captain of the Guard Chaol, and foreign princess Nehemia.

Then, an unspeakable tragedy shatters Celaena’s world. She must decide once and for all where her loyalties lie . . . and whom she will fight for.

I am a self-confessed ToG obsessed fan, a Doraena shipper.. Last time I checked I was just a normal book nerd but after I read Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, my fangirl heart has been reignited.

There’s just something about Ms. Maas’ writing style that made me entranced with the magical world and characters she created. Once I opened CoM, I was sucked right back in Erilea. I felt as if I was there with the characters. She was so good..that it was like I have a movie playing out in my mind. You know that feeling?

In CoM, we see what happens to Celaena after she won as the King’s new Champion/Assassin. She was basically given a list of people who pose a threat to the kingdom and she has to kill them all. Not only that, dark forces are starting to rise in the kingdom. When a horrible incident occurs, whatever’s left of Celaena’s life crumbles. Whatever she needs to do to revenge, she will do it to make those people pay.

I can’t say whether this book is better than ToG but all I know is, it’s also epic and fantastic. Everytime Celaena goes on a mission, I make my heart ready for all the blood and gore that’s about to take place. I know she’s a damn good fighter. Oh gosh, she’s really one of my favorite female protagonists of all time. She’s so strong, brave, and intelligent.

The only thing that irritated me the most about this book is the Team Chaol/Celaena sailing. I do not ship them and I never will. What does Celaena see in Chaol? Sorry but I don’t trust the guy. He’s too loyal to the king. I think they are better off as friends. As for Dorian, I hurt for him okay? Everytime Celaena pushes him away, I want to cry. Can’t she see that they’re right for each other? Lol. But seriously though, I’m Team Dorian all the way.

On the other aspect of the book, I think it’s really cool that we get to unravel Celaena’s past and origin little by little. I’m not surprised at all to find out about what she really is. I want to see more about what her other capabilities are. What I’m surprised about is Dorian’s gift. Who would have thought that the King’s son would possess what was banished and forbidden in the kingdom.

It’s really amazing to find out about all these stuff. As a reader, these are the things I need to be more invested in a book. This is a series that I would be so looking forward to everytime that there will be a new book to be released. This is a series that will make me care so much about the characters..and I’m afraid for Celaena and Dorian.. They’re obviously the only two characters I care about, you see. It’s also a series that will make me sad when it comes to an end.

Seriously, Throne of Glass is a book series that will make you feel “living in a magical world”. For me, I just want to hug and devour and sit reading ToG books for days..because that is how good this series is. As you finish every book, you wouldn’t want to go back to reality yet. You’ll be hangover. I’m pretty sure that you will be.

This is just the second book in the ToG series that I have read. I am so invested with the story. I am so looking forward to getting my hands on the next books in the series. Can someone bring Ms. Sarah J. Maas in my country? I want to hug her and thank her for making my life as a reader more exciting.

If you came to this point of my review and you’re still not convinced to read the ToG series, I don’t know what to do with you. Seriously, pick the books now and come fangirl with us. I’m hoping that we can form a support group for all the Doraena (Dorian/Celaena) shippers out there.

Obviously, I am going to give this rating for CoM 😉 because I’m such a fan

5-rating

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What non-book nerds don’t understand

Book Nerds are nice people…like really really nice but there comes a point wherein we get so frustrated by defending our bookish ways. There are lots things about us that non-book nerds don’t understand. Those make us go mad and sad. Why? Because we frigging want them to get our point or our feels..whatever. Based on my own experience, there had been loads of questions asked about my love for books and some people can’t seem to wrap around their minds about it. Like I am talking about something so absurd and crazy

Here are some things about us that non-book nerds don’t understand:

1. How necessary it is for us to visit a bookstore at least once or twice in two weeks

I don’t know about you but I feel the necessity to visit and browse the bookstores at least every week or two. Whenever, me and my friends go out, they know instantly that we would all have to make a stop at the book store. There’s just something about the bookstores which make me feel more relaxed. It’s like my weekly therapy. If I can’t afford to buy a book due to a budget constraint, I just look at the beauty of the books displayed on the shelves of a bookstore.

2. It’s more important to buy books than new clothes or shoes or bags or any other stuff.

My mother always say: ” You buy so many books Jenny. You don’t even have new clothes. Look at you!” And I will reply, “Mom, I don’t care about new clothes. I rarely even go outside.” (Oops. Did I just gave a clue about my non-existent social life? Lol, jk)

*Yes, when I shop for books, the world gets better.*

3. We get extremely defensive when other people hate on the books that we love.

There are those people who make sure to accomplish their job which is hating the books that other people love. I get it. Yeah, you may think that it’s cool to bash books that make other happy but it’s not cool at all. If you hate a book that much, can you please keep it to yourself? It will not be your gain if you continue on wasting your energy on hating books that other people love. What do you even get from it? Like seriously..What????? Book nerds like me are extremely passionate about the books that we love. We even make an extra effort to defend our favorite books to people who hate them.

4. Reading books is like going on an adventure.

I love it when I read a book so awesome that I feel like I am having an epic jpourney with the characters. I love a book that sucks me in right into its story. Then, when you finish it, you will get so sad because you got so attached with the characters and so invested with the fictional world you don’t ever want it to end. Non-book nerds will not get the sadness we feel when we turn the last page of a book..especially, the last page of a book in a series. *Ugly Sobs*

5. Fangirling/ Fanboying/ Fandoms

Oh my..those books that are so epic and beautiful that at the moment you read it and even after you finish it, you fangirl/ fanboy over it. Nobody except your fellow mates in the fandom will understand you and your feels. Meanwhile, the non-book nerds will look at you like you’re losing your mind.

Basically, this is my point (Well said, Mr. John Green):

Book Review: Unteachable by Leah Raeder

Title: Unteachable

Author: Leah Raeder

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 3, 2013)

Format: Paperback

Pages: 356

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Maise O’Malley just turned eighteen, but she’s felt like a grown-up her entire life. The summer before senior year, she has plans: get into a great film school, convince her mom to go into rehab, and absolutely do not, under any circumstances, screw up her own future.

But life has a way of throwing her plans into free-fall.

When Maise meets Evan at a carnival one night, their chemistry is immediate, intense, and short-lived. Which is exactly how she likes it: no strings. But afterward, she can’t get Evan out of her head. He’s taught her that a hookup can be something more. It can be an unexpected connection with someone who truly understands her. Someone who sees beyond her bravado to the scared but strong girl inside.

That someone turns out to be her new film class teacher, Mr. Evan Wilke.

Maise and Evan resolve to keep their hands off each other, but the attraction is too much to bear. Together, they’re real and genuine; apart, they’re just actors playing their parts for everyone else. And their masks are slipping. People start to notice. Rumors fly. When the truth comes to light in a shocking way, they may learn they were just playing parts for each other, too.

Smart, sexy, and provocative, Unteachable is about what happens when a love story goes off-script.

This is a student-teacher romance novel that will make you feel lots of emotions..lots and lots of it.

I love how the book started..the main characters meeting in a carnival (of all places…lalala). It was all like sparks fly and love at first sight for them but Maise knows that she couldn’t let herself get attached. She’s got loads of problems to deal with her life. So, she got scared and ran away. Little did she know that the man she felt instant attraction with..is her new film class teacher.

These two are one of the most intense characters that I’ve read in New Adult. They cling to one another so hard that you’ll feel their need to belong with each other. As you read along, you’ll feel the thrill that they were having..as well as they’re downs in their relationship. All throughout the book, I was thinking that Evan would cheat on Maise. But yeah, my predictions don’t turn out right. Lol.

It was enjoyable to read about love, life, friendship, and loss. The other characters in the book are very much interesting. Wesley was such a good friend though he did something unforgivable, just kidding but yeah… ;). There was a point in the story when I thought Maise was actually going to end up with him but like I said wrong predictions.. Lol.

It felt as if it was such a long journey that I had with Maise and Evan. I started from Maise being the teenage girl that she was up to the maturing young lady that she starts to become. I appreciated how she remained strong despite all obstacles. I love how she found her way back to Evan and made a new life for herself.

Oh and how could I forget all those steamy and intense scenes that Maise and Evan had..(fans myself).

Other than those stuff..I was just pleased with the way the novel ended.

4-rating

Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Title: We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart

Publisher: Hot Keys Books (May 15, 2014)

Format: Paperback

Pages: 228

Synopsis from Goodreads:

We are the Liars.

We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury.

We are cracked and broken.

A story of love and romance.

A tale of tragedy.

Which are lies?

Which is truth?

I was actually hesitant to read this novel due to the huge hype that’s been going around about this book. There have been lots of good reviews and bad ones too. Finally, when there had been a huge book store sale near my place, so I finally decided to buy the book and see what the hype is all about.

We Were Liars takes place in a private island owned by the Sinclairs, a well-known rich family. Every summer, the Sinclair cousins, Cadence, Johny, Mirren, together with Gat  see each other and have fun like kids living the dream life.  One day, Cadence wakes up with these terrible migraines and she realizes that she has forgotten everything that had occurred after an accident in the island two years ago. When she gets back, everything changes and she finds out what happened.

Well, that was all that I could tell you at this moment. Other reviewers were definitely right when they said that you better read this book without knowing and expecting anything about it. I am glad that I got to read it without accidentally coming across spoilers and stuff..but the thing is that I got HIGH expectations for this novel.

I was absolutely shocked at the plot twist. Honestly, I didn’t know how to feel. I was confused and my mind was in a mess. I was trying to catch up..and I was all WHAT???!!!! I guess it took some time for me to absorb what has been revealed. I was waiting and waiting for the climax of the story to unfold and there it appeared at the point in the story wherein I did not expect it to appear. There goes all my expectations.

On the other hand, E. Lockhart’s way of writing is so beautiful in a way that she’ll make you feel fascinated. Her use of metaphor to convey her character’s emotion was effective to me. It’s powerful I tell you. Plus, she also incorporated some short fairy tales in the novel. Wow. Just wow. She also made feel as if I was reading a very long book when in truth she was able to condense the story in just 200 plus pages.

When I finished WWL, I had lots and lots of questions and I would love to find out about them when E. Lockhart comes here in the Philippines next year. LOL. In the meantime, I would have to deal with my book hangover by watching theories about WWL in booktube.

4-rating

 

Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Attachments

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: Dutton Adult (April 14, 2011)

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 323

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . ”

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . .

Attachments is a contemporary novel which is set in the 90’s in a publishing company where Lincoln is hired as an internet security officer. He thought that his job would entail preventing hackers from invading the company’s database but instead, he was given the boring job of going through the other employees’ e-mails. He encounters the funny conversations between two friends, namely, Beth and Jennifer. As he reads their e-mails, he finds himself getting more and more attached to them..and perhaps getting attracted to Beth. The problem is how will he introduce himself without sounding like a creeper? Will Beth like him back?

The fact that Rainbow Rowell wrote this novel made me instantly pick it up and put it in my TBR list. I thoroughly enjoyed her other novels..and I also fell in love with this one. Rainbow Rowell has her own way in making her readers feel attached to her characters. Her characters are very likable and relatable.

Lincoln is an introvert and a geek. He can’t seem to stand other people except his mother, sister, and pack of friends. He doesn’t go out that much and his work is during night time when everyone is hanging out at bars and dating. Meanwhile, Beth works as a movie reviewer. She’s hilarious and gorgeous. She’s stuck with her boyfriend who treats her badly. She thinks she still loves him but she’s just hanging on to the idea of being in love with him.

Now, these are two characters whom you could totally relate right? That’s what I felt as well when I was reading the story. It was so easy to just be drowned in the novel and feel as if you were there with the characters. Plus, there were moments when I thought I could just die from all the cuteness that there is between Lincoln and Beth.  There were also lots of moments in the book wherein I just want to make them face each other and fall for one another. I was put through lots of things just to see them together you know? Yeah..I’m not getting spoiler-y here.

At the end, I was just frustrated because it ended so fast. I wanted it to go on and on and on and on..Anyway, I still felt very much happy when I finished it. It’s one of those best “FEEL GOOD” books that I would recommend to anyone. Read it, people! However, Fangirl is still my favorite Rainbow Rowell novel. 😀

4-rating