Book Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

28260587Title: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens  (September 6, 2016)

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 693

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

Let me just say this first. I have loved the Throne of Glass series ever since I’ve seen it and read it from its first page. However, reading this book has been such a huge disappointment for me as its fan and reader. I am not expressing my being unhappy about it because my ship did not sail. There are far many things that made me hate this friggin book.

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

Nobody may read this review or nobody may feel the same way like me but it totally breaks my heart how I expected this book to be the grandest book ever released in the ToG series. I want to cry that I have anticipated for it so much but in turn I felt just irritated and tortured.

There are so many aspects to this book that did not go well for me. Let me  talk about how the other characters were tossed off to the sidelines. Unlike the previous books, we get so much involvement from the other characters but here they were like insignificant. We get a little glimpse from their POVs but that’s it.

First, it is the lack of the exposure for some of the characters that I have loved from the previous books. Take for example, Dorian. I have been waiting for his BIG moment in EoS. Given what we read in QoS, that “Newborn Gods” moment he had with Aelin, how am I not supposed to expect that he will play a huge role in this book? How am I wrong to think that the pivotal moment between Dorian and Aelin does not play a significant part to EoS? Was it all just for nothing? After everything that Dorian has been through from the previous books, I think he deserves a better character arch than what was written in EoS. I did not expect a complete character makeover where he’s like just a dumb king, following all Aelin’s orders. He said it himself: ” I am a king too, you know.” You’re a frigging king why can’t you do something great for yourself and your people???

Oh, and Chaol, another fave character… I know I may have hated him for being such an a-hole because of his bitterness for Aelin but I still care for him deeply. How did SJM ever refused to include him in this book? Now, we all get why she’s releasing a Chaol novella but nonetheless, it may have made a difference if she did.

I am sorry if I thought that the series will have a main trio namely Aelin, Dorian, and Chaol. After all, that’s where the series started right? Ughhh..I cannot help but feel agony when I think of so much potential for the plot of the whole series. Hate me all you want but it’s the truth.

Also, another part of the book that felt irritating to me were all the Rowaelin scenes. Sure, the characters are growing blah blah blah but every sex scene between them makes me cringe and  then laugh at its ridiculousness. Wtfudge was I reading? There were words like “smooth steel rod..coupling..” like ewww.. And nope, I totally object to them being together. I would have probably enjoyed the book more if Rowan died.

There’s also this “big reveal” section where SJM tries to explain how Aelin and Rowan are mates. Like hahahahahaha, wtf? How Maeve explained that they were really destined for each other. Nope. She must be kidding me. Also, how Aelin and Rowan got married secretly? LOL. SO ACOMAF. NOPE. JUST NOPE.

Let me also mention how this book missed a chunk of common sense for the characters. I felt my beloved characters were changed drastically just to give way to ROWAELIN. Everything would have been solved if Aelin and Dorian just fused their magic together. See what happened in QoS? That kind of power would have solved their problem from the start if they friggin worked together. If only SJM did not make it her goal to pair almost everyone off, the book would have been different.

I did not also feel the connection with the characters. Trust me, I have been so invested with this series to feel that in the previous books..but for EoS, nothing.. I felt as if I were turning every page expecting for something worthwhile to read. To make me actually feel something but instead I felt annoyed.

Are there any parts of the book I even enjoyed? Yeah. I only have four: All the throwback scenes with her Majesty, Queen Elena (although she was such a brat like Aelin), all the Thirteen scenes especially the execution part at Morath, the part where Aedion announced that he is willing to marry Lyssandra, and when Darrow insulted Aelin and made her rethink of her worth as the Queen of Terrasen.

Will I read the last book in the series? Maybe yes? After all I have been through reading this series, I might bring myself to suffer the last book where I can feel it that SJM will sacrifice Dorian (another one from Mab’s line) to close the damned gates. So that Aelin and Rowan will be happy together running the continent, Erilea. Yay!

Someone tell me that I am dreaming..that I am not hating on a book in a series that I have loved so much. Someone tell me, there’s an alternate ending to this series. Someone tell me SJM is going to publish her previous work in FictionPress, the one with the original ending. Okay. Bye.

 

*cries at the corner*

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*throws book*

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*reads fanfiction instead*

2-rating

 

Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 624

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

Warning: *Contains spoilers, I’m fangirling and I can’t help it!*

Where do I even begin? This book made me live and die, and live and die, over and over again. The year I have waited for this is really worth it. I had  my theories before but I really could not believe it when the story went to a different path from what I expected.

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In ACOTAR, we were left with a broken Feyre, a recovering Tamlin, and a stunned Rhysand. Each one of our beloved main characters are left with the nightmares from the horrors that Amarantha has done.

Then, in ACOMAF, we are brought back to what life is like for Feyre and Tamlin after Amarantha’s death. We are also introduced to the infamous Night Court. This is actually the part that I was most excited about in reading this book. We all know that last scene about Feyre and Rhysand. That moment when Rhysand staggered back when he looked at Feyre’s face. I speculated in that instant..that maybe they are mates. Oh and nobody forgets about the bargain that they made.So, we all knew that at some point in this book Feyre has to get to visit the Night Court. She did but not in the fashion that Rhys timed it. Lol, that made me cracked up. During the wedding, when Feyre was begging internally for someone to help her..and BHAM!!! Rhys comes out of nowhere to help her escape.

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While I enjoyed that scene very much, I cannot help but feel sorry for Feyre. I did not even expect that her situation with Tamlin would turn out that way. The loooove they had for each other seemed to burn out. I remembered the passion that they had in the first book but here they just seemed miserable being with each other.

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“Keyword: W-A-S” 😛

With every turn of the page, I cannot help but anticipate Feyre spending one week of every month with Rhys. Plus, the way she described the Night Court, I can’t help but wish it could be real. In my head, I was picturing it like Santorini, Greece. I don’t know but that’s how my mind conjured it up.

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*How I picture Night Court. Pic not mine. Source*

Oh, and let’s talk about Rhysand’s squad. Gods, I love them! I immediately fell in love with their attitude, powers, and individual mysteries. It’s like everything in Prythian is 100000000 times cooler in Night Court.

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Back to the story, all the plot twists and turns are fantabulous. I do think that Sarah has been able to craft this world into a magnificent level. I think she really did think through how each character arc would be. It’s not hurried. It’s not like what she did in Queen of Shadows with regards to Aelin and Chaol. This time, I felt like it was reasonable enough.

Another point that I want to touch in this review is how Sarah always makes her female characters strong. I love her for women empowerment. Let’s be honest. Feyre was suppressed by what Tam has done to her. He just used her as a trophy fiancee? I dunno. Don’t get me wrong. I loved Tamlin so much and I still do. However, if I were Feyre, I would feel suffocated too. Good thing Rhys has allowed Feyre to grow and to fight.

*sighs heavily*

Now, the fight with the King of Hyberia. I absolutely enjoyed the training that Feyre has received from the “SQUAD”. Oh, and their visit at the Summer Court was really entertaining as well. We also got to visit Nesta and Elain. I’m still annoyed with Nesta for not being so caring to Feyre, not like the way she does for Elain. I hope she redeems herself in the next book.

Also, the hate I have for the human queens runs bone deep. By the cauldron, how could they be so selfish!!! Urghhh!!! When they basically endangered my baby Rhys and Feyre and the rest of the squad, I want to strangle them so they could die. Lol, just kidding.

The last part, when all the sh*t went down. I wanted to shout at someone and throw the book despite its awesomeness. I just really can’t believe everything I have witnessed before the book ended but at least, we got a consolation with Rhysand’s POV at the last chapter. I really do hope that their mate thing will still enable them to message each other. I am just really worried with Feyre. I know my worry is useless given the fact that she’s somehow stronger and more powerful.

Fave parts? Uhmm..all the FeyRhys scenes, the part when Feyre retrieved Rhys’ ring from that scary creature, and moment when Rhy told Feyre that they are mates. So much love for those!!!

Lastly, I just want to say that this book is friggin sexy. Damn. 😉 ❤ #RhysandsWingSpan

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5-rating

Book Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s (September 1, 2015)

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 648

Synopsis from Goodreds:

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 will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. 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.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

 

To start off, I really don’t know how I can express my adoration for this wonderful creation by Sarah J. Maas. She’s really a kick-ass author and reading QoS is like the rain to a long-time drought or the oasis in the middle of the desert. I just cannot contain my love and other feels for this series in my heart.

My general thoughts about Queen of Shadows?

It’s heart-pounding and fantastic!!! I loved almost every part of it. My expectations as a fan of the ToG series was met. I mean not all of it but it definitely gave me satisfaction as to all of the things that I have been anticipating to happen in this installment. Sarah’s writing style is purely gold. All those plot twists made me curse her and love her. Lol, just kidding but I really love Sarah J. Maas with all my heart. Will the ToG fans love it? Yes, absolutely! It’s worth the wait. The 648-page journey with Aelin is one hell of a ride. If you haven’t read the ToG series, seriously, what are you doing with your life?

Character-wise, I guess most of them changed A LOT. I know it was expected given what they went through from the previous books. Aelin came back to Adarlan as a more matured person. I mean she picks her fights. You will know what I mean when you get to read the parts concerning her and Arobynn..and her and Dorian. She still is the sassy Celaena but she’s less arrogant and more patient? Maybe it’s just me who thought of her that way. I’ll comment about the “SHIPS” later on.

Chaol, oh dear Chaol. I didn’t know that you had a place in my heart. Let’s be honest, he’s been a prick to Celaena in the end of Heir of Fire. He wasn’t able to accept Celaena’s true identity. I think what redeemed Chaol was his undying loyalty to Dorian. That’s what made me pray that no harm is going to happen to him.

Rowan, well, what can I say..he’s been softer? That’s only when it comes to Aelin. Ughh..but overall he’s still the hot Fae warrior that we met in HoF.  I appreciated the fact that he’s civilized with Aedion when they met and at the later parts of the book.

Remember Lyssandra, that courtesan from The Assasin’s Blade? We get to meet her again. It will be spoilery though if I say how she’s changed.

Oh and Dorian..I don’t even want to go to what happened to him. That was what tortured me the most while I was reading this book.

 

We also get to encounter new characters. The fact that I loved every single new character in this book is a good thing. Whether they were the good or the bad guys, I enjoyed how well-crafted they were.

 

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Now, let me go to the main plots of QoS and my feels about them: [SPOILERS AHEAD]

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*Rescuing Aedion

I was freaking out during this whole scene. Oh gods, I was so worried with everyone in the gang. I mean who the heck would stand a chance in tricking everyone in the castle and rescuing Aedion on Dorian’s birthday!!! It nearly killed me!! And that encounter between Aelin and the evil Dorian, I was crying the whole time because I was thinking that he’s going to be dead. Aelin was like: “Come on Dorian, tell me that you’re still there!!! One more minute!!” I’M LIKE ARGHHHHHH!!! MY HEART!!! THANK ALL THE GODS FOR NESRYN!!!!

*Revenge on Arobynn

Who’s been waiting for Aelin’s revenge on Arobynn? Me! Me! Me! Honestly, I was a bit disappointed here. I had high hopes that Celaena would be the one to do it to Arobynn. Remember how vicious she can be during a revenge? Arobynn would have deserved that. (I know I’m so bad.) Though I guess, it’s better that Lyssandra was the one who did it. I mean one can only take so much guilt in her conscience.

*Wth is happening in Morath?

All the Morath scenes are totally crazy and creepy. Everything’s been so horrible in that place. Thank goodness that it’s not that boring. I was actually excited to know all the evil things that Perrington and the king have been up to. Imagine that Valg demons are inside human bodies . Then, Valg princes are mating with witches. It’s terrifying. I have a good feeling about Manon and her group. I hope she’s going to form an alliance with Aelin soon.

*Baby Dorian’s freedom

MY baby Dorian has been through so much and I just want to take him out from the book and take care of him. Unfortunately, he’s got to fight the demon inside of him. When all sh*t goes down in the Rifthold, I was having a hard time proceeding. All the friggin time that he was chasing Aelin, I was praying that neither of them would hurt each other. ALL THE FEELS WHEN AELIN WAS TELLING DORIAN TO FIGHT the valg. Oh Gods!! Then, THAT MOMENT WHEN THEY HELD HANDS AND FOUGHT THE KING WAS PURE BLISS!!!

 

SHIPS:

*Chaolena: (*Plays: We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together*) I’m sorry to say this Chaolena fans but it seems that all hopes for Chaol has been extinguished in QoS. I mean first of all, Chaol still can’t accept who Aelin is. Then, Nesyrn comes along in Chaol’s life. They start having this friends w/ benefits kind of relationship that grows into something more. Oh and Chaol and Nesryn’s scene at the temple before their attack in the palace? Yeah..so it looks like it’s Nesryn and Chaol will be together.

*Rowaelin: This ship looks like it’s on its steady sailing right now. In HoF, Aelin and Rowan agress of only having platonic relationship. Few moments apart… BAM! It seems that they miss and LOVE each other. WTH? Rowan’s edge over the other guys, he and Aelin are caranam. I’m not happy about them being together in QoS but I gotta say that Rowaelin scenes are STEAMY!!!

*Doraelin/Celorian: In this ship, I sail and forever will stay. You guys might not see them ending up together right now but I know that they will. Mark my words. It’s going to happen. Lol. 😉 ❤

*Lyssandra & Aedion (Damn it! It’s hard to come up w/ a ship name for them!): The moment that these two met in QoS, I know that they are made for each other.

 

 

I feel like I could say more but I’m afraid this review has been too long. I’ll have to have another post about my theories for the next book. Maybe I’ll get to it soon. All I can say is that until now, I have a hangover from this book. I cannot stop thinking about it. It will be such a long long year to wait for the release of the next installment in the series.

5-rating

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s (May 5, 2015)

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 416

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Can I just say how excited I was when I got hold of this book? It was released way back in May. I’ve been hunting book stores nearby just to have it in my hands. It was only just this July that I saw it sitting in its glory on a book store’s shelf. I had to immediately grab it and squealed!!!

I dunno how Sarah J. Maas does it but ever since I read her books, I fell in love with the Faes. Sure I was fascinated about them but I never read a good enough story that involves faeries. A Court of Thorns and Roses is set in a world where faeries and humans live under a treaty which keeps the peace in their land. When Feyre kills a wolf for the sake of her family’s survival, she was then captured by Tamlin ( a total hot fae!!) as her punishment for killing his friend (whom Feyre thought was just a regular wolf).

In my opinion, ACOTAR has this darker feel to it. Feyre’s family has been struggling to survive on a daily basis. The main character, Feyre, has to work hard just to provide for her family. She’s got this angst-y attitude which is totally reasonable because who wouldn’t be after being through a lot of tough times. Somehow, I loved Celaena of ToG more than her. Just because Celaena is so funny, sassy, and at the same time very bad-ass. Feyre’s is more serious though, so it took me longer to love her as a character. Actually, it was harder to fall in love with the ACOTAR characters than the ToG ones.

Now, on with the male leads..

Tamlin is someone who can be so scary but also lovable. I was all set on liking him until the real reason of him capturing Feyre was revealed. Don’t get me wrong, I also love him. He’s also humorous and sweet.  Rhysand , on the other hand, is the total opposite of Tamlin’s gentleness. He’s so dark and seductive (lol at my choice of words but he is!!) He’s got his intentions with Feyre but I still root for him to have a happy ending. Ughhh!! It is so hard with Sarah’s male characters. They’re so hot and easy to fall in love with.

The villain of the book, Amarantha was written in a way that will make you loathe her with all your being. However, once you found out the root of her evilness, you’ll get where she’s coming from.

Sarah’s writing style was definitely amazing. I mean the way she did all that world building made me almost want to live in Prythian specifically in the Spring Court. Oh and the magic system is wonderful. I loved it that I got lost in this beautiful world of Faes.

5-rating

 

Book Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Title:  Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (September 2, 2014)

Format:Hardcover

Pages: 565

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

Oh my gods. I swear I’ve been through a lot while reading this book. Imagine all the feels that I had. Most ToG fans call this book their favorite but  I still think that the first book in the series was the best. However, HoF blew me away with all the awesomeness!How can I review this book without spoilers? I dunno really. So if you haven’t started the series yet..go and pick up Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. Then, when you finish them, come back here. Okay? Okay.

 

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HoF picks up from the point where Celaena is sent to Wendlyn to accomplish her mission to assassinate the royalties there who pose a threat to the power of the King of Adarlan. She’s got this dark vibe at the beginning of the novel. After everything that happened to her, Nehemia dying and Chaol betraying her, of course, she’s got the right to be angsty.

But out of nowhere, a mysterious guy named Rowan tells her to come with him to meet her Fae Queen Aunt, Maeve. She comes with him to learn about the Wyrdkeys. When she meets her aunt, she asks Celaena to show off her gifts and then that’s when she will decide if she will give what Celaena wants.

Right from the moment Celaena and Rowan met, I thought that they are going to be so great together. They are both interesting characters with dark pasts. Their banters are really fun to read. I really enjoyed their lessons together and how Rowan did not spare Celaena from the hardships of training just because she’s an heir to the crown of Terrasen. I love how their relationship grew. From strangers who loathe each other, they became true friends. I even ship them!! Lol. It’s either Dorian or Rowan for me. If Celaena chooses from one of them, my fangirl heart will be alright.

Oh..and Celaena’s transformation in this book is so overwhelming. At the start of the series, we see the Celaena who’s got rage, angst, and hatred in her heart. She despises the fact that she failed herself, her friends, her family, and her kingdom. It took her a long long while before she has been able to let go and accept and just move on. During the fight with Narrok and his army, I was flailing because I was so afraid that Celaena will lose. I mean the Valg Princes are soooo scary. But yeah, I have my faith on her. There are at least three more books in the series so I am sure she would survive the Valg Princes’ attack. I was celebrating and got teary eyed when she met the little Aelin. I love how she was woken up from her hopelessness and she begin fighting again for the right cause. She now has hope and I very much fangirled when she dealt with her aunt and forced her to free Rowan from their blood oath.

Then, there’s the part of the novel which tells what’s been happening in Rifthold. The focusis on Chaol, Dorian, and Aedion. First, I’ll talk about what happened to Dorian. So, after he discovered his magic. He has been searching for ways to keep it hidden while still practicing it. When he hurt himself from practicing, he goes in the place of the healers where he meets Sorscha. They got pretty close to each other. Dorian fell for Sorscha because “she accepted him for what he is even if his father killed Sorscha’s family”. Well…alright, tbh I’m not a fan of their ship. S0rry not sorry. I don’t like Sorscha at all. And even though Dorian loves her. I rejoiced when she got killed. Bwahahaha!! That means, that my ship Doraena (Dorian and Celaena) still has hope. Anyway, Chaol, in the beginning, has been having a hard time accepting the truth about Celaena. He also deals with his father and his request to come back to Anielle. I’m fine with him going back to his land..But then, Aedion, the great general who apparently is Celaena/Aelin’s cousin, visits Rifthold. His reputation in the Adarlan Empire is that his the “King’s Whore”. Later on, we find out that he’s truly an enemy to the king and he seeks to give justice to his cousin. I love his existence in the novel. Oh gosh…

There are the parts towards the end of the book which tortured me. Creys. I CANNOT. First, Aedion gets dragged into the prison of the castle, serving as a bait for Celaena to come back to the kingdom and face the evil king. Oh and I couldn’t accept what happened to Dorian..The ever charming and adorable prince was forced to wear the collar from the king that has a power to control him. OMG. WHYYYYYYYY????

Last part in my review/discussion is Manon and the coven of witches. I think that side of the story is interesting but I just can’t stand those chapters. They’re like a break from the exciting chapters of Celaena, Rowan, Chaol, Dorian, and Aedion. Everytime I get into those chapters, I just want to hurry up so that I can be back to my beloved characters’ part of the story.

That’s all. LOL 🙂  Well that was long. Still, I’m at awe for the epic fantasy world created by Miss Sarah J. Maas. The agony of waiting for the release of the next book in the series is killing me. I want it now.

 

I swear it’s been really hard for me to find another book to hold my interest since I started reading this series. I’m in a bad case of book hangover. My rating for this book is obviously:

5-rating

 

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

Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (August 2, 2012)

Format: Paperback

Pages: 404

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

 

W-O-W! This novel is one of the best that I have read this year. It’s an epic fantasy that will make you drown in all of its awesomeness. I definitely enjoyed going on this journey.

Throne of Glass revolves around a girl named Celaena Sardothien, their world’s most famous assassin who has been imprisoned in the salt mines of Endovier to suffer for her crimes. In the kingdom of King Adarlan, there will be a competition to be his Champion. The Crown Prince who wants to test his father’s temper for him, goes to Endovier to make Celaena his Champion. In exchange to Celaena’s victory, she has to serve the king for four years and then she gets her freedom. But that’s not all Celaena has to face, evil forces are lurking and she needs to find a way to stop them.

In this fantasy novel, you’ll get to experience a mix of Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games in one book. Though the book is entirely a unique and different experience for me. Yes, I’ll admit that it does remind me of those novels..but it’s really so good. It’s got its own twists and happenings that will surely make you wanting for more. I devoured this novel. It’s 200% epic and awesome. Here are the reasons I fell in love with this book:

*A Bad-ass Female Main Character*

Seriously, you’ll never find a female character as bad ass as Celaena is. She’s funny and sarcastic. I love her confidence and trust in herself. Also, the fact that she is the most notorious assassin makes her that different from the other female protagonists from other series.  As much as our lead character here loves to kick ass, she’s also got the girly side in her. Like most of us, she’s got weakness for pretty gowns and stuff. Not only that, I adored her because she’s such a real character. She loves books and foods! Oh gosh, she got me laughing most of the time. She’s the type of the character who stays up late at night reading books and the other part of her time, she eats foods like there’s no tomorrow.

*Epic Battle Scenes*

Alright, the battle scenes in this novel will make you want to cringe because oh well you’re going to feel worried for our Celaena. Though, I have to admit she’s someone that you’ll put so much faith on. Why? Well, because she is Celaena Sardothien. I love the adrenaline rush while I was reading. It really felt as if I was battling with the main character. Also, the competition to be the king’s champion was really great. I mean, I love how it wasn’t what I expected it to be. It turned out to be a series of test to prove their skills to the king.

*Magic, magic, magic*

If the battle scenes are not enough, well this book has more to offer. It has loads of magic in it. The mystery behind the magic or rather forbidden magic in the kingdom will make you want to read on. You’ll want to get your answers. You’ll surely grip the edge of your seats for all the magic that is happening in Erilea.

*Mystery family ties*

In the book, we’ll get to know that Celaena is orphaned and was taken by the King of Assassins to be trained. There was also a part in the book in which Queen Elena says something to Celaena. My theory? Maybe they’re connected? Hmmm..I really need to grab a copy of the next books in the series.

*Swoon-worthy love interests*

Prince Dorian and Captain Westfall *sighs*. If I was Celaena, dang…I’ll have a hard time too!

 

All in all, Throne of Glass is a little bit of everything..combined to be one epic novel. I swear it’s something that most of the fantasy lovers out there will enjoy. I recommend it to everyone. Seriously, you have to pick this book up..If not, what are you even doing with your life? Lol. Just kidding..but really though, give it a try.

5-rating