Empire of Storms/ Doraelin Theories

I just want to put this out here that I am so friggin excited that the next book in my favorite series, Throne of Glass, is about to be released in 10 days. Imagine how hard it must have been for me and other hardcore ToG fans out there to wait for a year just to have this precious baby in our hands.

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So, in advance celebration of the upcoming EoS release, here are some of my speculations for the next installment in the ToG series:

  • Yrene Towers comeback

In QoS, it is no secret that Nesryn will accompany Chaol to Torre Cesme to get him healed and by some twist of fate, they’re going to meet Yrene Towers. Speculation #1: She’s going to come with them back to Adarlan (and maybe but I’m praying to all the gods that this will not happen) will meet Dorian. Dorian might see Sorscha in Yrene..So it may be possible that she can be a candidate for a future queen, However, I still strongly doubt that this will happen because yes..Doraelin is still in the game.

  • Blood ties can’t be broken.

I saw somewhere online that this may pertain to Aelin and Rowan “being Caranam” and their ties being impossible to be broken. Here’s the thing…I don’t think that this refers to Rowaelin. When Queen Elena said this in ToG (I’m not sure), I guess when she said this, she was warning Celaena/Aelin about blood ties. That being particularly about Rowan’s blood sworn oath to Maeve. Maeve is a very powerful fae and letting Aelin win at that time was too easy. I think Maeve has an ulterior motive behind that. She is not going to let Rowan slip away from her hands easily. In EoS, I am guessing that the Fae Queen will claim Rowan back through that blood tie and Rowan will be used against Aelin or something like that.

  • Queen Elena and other characters might be back through a wyrdgate.

Total crazy theory here. I am guessing that Aelin and company will find a way to use a wyrdgate on-hand to call for a help from someone. That will be no other than Queen Elena herself. In ToG and CoM, she has been making appearances and we’ve pretty much missed her since then. My Doraelin shipper heart tells me that she’ll play a big part in bringing back my babies together.

Nehemia may come back as well to help Dorian maybe? Dorian has no one in the castle remember? Who else is going to help him but Nehemia and hopefully King Gavin and Queen Elena?

  • Dorian and Mort encounter

With no one else around Dorian, what else is he going to do? He’s probably going to research more on his powers. He’s going to have to go to the same place where Celaena found the ancient tomb of King Gavin and Queen Elena. While he’s there, he’s got to have a conversation with Mort. I bet he and Mort will have a good long talk about what Dorian needs to know about his powers and ancestry.

  • Aelin and Dorian are mates.

There was this released quote from EoS which talks about finding each other throughout the centuries. Guess what? Aelin and Dorian are really Gavin and Elena reincarnated. What else was the purpose of Cain giving emphasis to “You were all brought here for an unfinished game” thingy? Plus, I’m sure Queen Elena has also given hints to that.

Another was Dorian and Aelin finding each other throughout the books.

1st Encounter: King of Adarlan bringing little Dorian to visit Terrasen, where he meets little Aelin.

2nd Encounter:The Assassin’s Blade (not sure which one), the party that Dorian and Chaol crashed? Those two met again unexpectedly and briefly.

3rd Encounter: Dorian, unknowingly, choosing Aelin (aka Celaena Sardothien back then) as his champion for the King’s contest.

Need I remind you of that epic Doraelin moment in QoS with “They were infinite. They were the beginning and ending” scene. Plus, there are so many Doraelin and FeyRhys/FeySand parallels.

  • My baby Aedion will have a beautiful long life with Lyssandra. 

He is so not going to die. I know in my heart that he is going to survive whatever war they will face in the upcoming books. Also, I think that he’s gonna get together with Lyssandra. Lyssandrion FTW!!!!

  • Malide will happen.

Many are speculating about Manorian happening but I can think of hundreds of reasons why they are not compatible. I’d rather have Malide happen. I mean those two are so adorable together. It’s going to make Abraxos so happy!!!

 

That’s all I’ve got for now. I’ll update this when I come up with more theories. 🙂

I’m on Tumblr too where I fangirl more about Doraelin and the ToG world. It’s doraelinisinfinite.tumblr.com

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10 Ways to Survive Waiting for Throne of Glass Book 5

Any Throne of Glass fans here? Just in case you don’t know, I am such a fan of this series. I’ve raved so much about this series for like a bajillion times already. It brought my hardcore fangirl heart back alive. It’s been pretty dormant these past few years but when I read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas last year, I instantly fell in love with everything that is in the book. I am already afraid again for myself for being so much invested in this series. But you can never be afraid to love if it makes you happy right? 😛

Anyhoo, if you’re a ToG fan already, I know you know how painful it is for us to wait another year just get our hands on ToG book 5. Oh Gods, give us strength!

As a fellow ToG fan and Fireheart, here I am to guide you and teach you my ways on how to survive waiting for Throne of Glass Book 5:

 

  1. Read the previous books in the series as much as you can.

I know this is a no-brainer…but it’s really one of the best things you could do to survive. Reliving all the best  moments in the series will help you get through the one year we have to endure. Plus, you’ll be a pro in the ToG if you can remember every single detail about it, right? Ahhh…that giddy feeling I felt during the yulemas when Celaena and Dorian…..aghhhh…asdfghjkl

 

Oops. Sorry. 😉

 

    2. Decode chapters or sections of the book like crazy

I’m probably not the only one who does this. I tell you there are plenty of us who does this. Don’t worry. Your behavior is totally normal. I usually stay up late at night trying to decipher the lines in some of the sections in the book. I mean “They were all players in an unfinished game.”…Sounds familiar? I’m still pretty sure my ship is sailing *whispers: Doraelin is endgame*

      3. Make your own ToG playlist.

Such a good way to step up your reading experience! Drown in loads of feels while reading your favorite ToG book.

     4. Create a ToG-dedicated blog.

I haven’t done this one yet but I’m pretty close to doing it. I have this blog though to rave about it! I’m pretty much writing all of my feels out of my fangirling heart!

5. Write your own fanfiction!

I’ve tried to search a ToG fanfic but there’s nothing yet that caught my eye. If this is going to continue, I might as well create my own fanfiction…. inside my head. For the gifted writers out there, why not write  a ToG fanfic? I mean there are some stuff in the series that we are frustrated about but in fanfic we can make what we want to happen, happen.

   6. Do booktube-marathon.

Feeling alone? Like there’s no one to fangirl with you because well nobody can understand you but your fellow fandom members, right? Booktube is the first answer to your problem. Before, I have no place to go whenever I finish a book. Now, I can see other people who love the books that I love as much as I do. It’s too much fun watching their reviews and reactions about the series.

     7. Watch Sarah’s interviews.

I dedicate a healthy portion of my time watching interviews of Sarah aka Our Queen. You know how much we hunger for some precious ToG deets!

     8. Join Facebook Groups or online discussions.

I’m lucky enough to discover some facebook groups which are solely dedicated to discussing Queen of Shadows. I think, it’s my place to be until the next book gets released next year. There are also ToG online discussions in Goodreads. I think I also saw pretty interesting posts in Tumblr regarding the happenings in the ToG series.

     9. Stalk Sarah’s Pinterest.

If you still don’t know about this, Sarah’s Pinterest is full of hints about her novels. I confess that this is so addictive. I check it like everyday to see if I can maybe get a glimpse to what will happen in ToG book 5. Tip: Look at the comments section of the pictures, you can learn a lot from those.

 10. Search and Formulate Theories.

Finally! The last and most essential way to survive the long wait is to search and formulate theories. I tell you, I have found some really good theories in Tumblr and Instagram. When I tell really good theories, I mean theories which are so good they might as well be reading Sarah’s mind. I hope they can, especially those who theorize about Dorian and Aelin ending up together. Those Doraelin endgame theories are all I have until ToG 5 release next year!

 

*All gifs and images belong to their respective owners.*

 

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

Best Reads in 2014

What a year it has been! 😀 Time flies by so fast. I’m pretty surprised at myself at how involved I became in reading. One day, I met some cool book friends and voila, I get to come to book signings and read loads of books!!! I am pretty proud of myself. So, 2014 has been an awesome year for me. I’ve been taken to lots of worlds and I can say that I lived a thousand lives (or maybe just hundreds, lol)  this year through books. Anyway, these are my Top 14 reads this 2014!!

 

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

I am such a huge fan of this series. I am still spreading word about how awesome and badass this series is. My friends are probably annoyed by how enthusiastic I am when talking about Sarah J. Maas and Celaena Sardothien. I can’t believe I still have another year to wait for the next book in the series. In the meantime, I am still pining for Prince Dorian Havillard.

 

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

This is one of my all-time faves because I can relate to almost everything there is in Fangirl. I’ve had such a great time reading Cath’s journey as a die-hard fan of Simon and Baz. I can relate very much to this book. Levi is also one of the best book boyfriends ever. Thank you Rainbow for the amazingness of this novel!

 

3. The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never #1) by JA Redmerski

Everytime I think about this book, I can’t help but recall the emotional rollercoaster ride that I have been on while reading it. it’s such a beautiful novel about falling in love and finding meaning in life.

 

4. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Sydney and Ridge’s story is like no other. Colleen Hoover drowned me with so much feels. I had a great time reading this book together while listening to its soundtrack. The song Maybe Someday by Griffin Peterson put me in a bad case of book hangover. This is one of the few times that I’ve said to myself that it is awesome to read while listening to music. Mostly, I just prefer reading in silence but this book changed my mind.

 

5. The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3)

This conclusion to the Mara Dyer series got my heart racing. I can’t still get over from the Romeo-Juliet-ish part of the book. I am so satisfied with everything that is in this book. Oh and I’m so stoked for Michelle Hodkin’s book tour in Manila next year!! Yay for me!!!!

6. Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Aaron Warner, I love you. Why are you even fictional?

Compared to the previous novels in the series, I definitely enjoyed Ignite Me. It has loads of thrills and squeal-worthy moments. I also appreciated Juliette here more because well at least she’s stronger and less irritating here. The ending of the series could have been written better but I’m still satisfied with the action-filled closing chapters to the series.

7. Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

If only Allegiant didn’t break my heart, it would have been the one on this list..but no. I think Divergent is the best book in the series. I enjoyed the idea of factions and all the very memorable moments when Tris met Four. ❤

8. The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

The Selection series might have the most annoying and indecisive main character (aka America Singer), however, it’s one of my most beloved series. Why? Because it made me swoon and laugh. It was a fantastic news to hear that Kiera Cass will be publishing more set in America and Maxon’s world.

 

 

8. To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han

This is another light read that I really really enjoyed. It has some drama but I love the plot. I loved how this book not only focused on romance but also on family and friendship. It also has a gorgeous cover right?

Yes, yes..I have two books for the 8th spot..It’s hard to pick!! 😀

 

9. Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs

Hollow City made an amazing impression on me after reading it. I felt like I did some time travelling with Jacob and Emma and the rest of the gang. I am so looking forward to the next book in the series as well as the movie for Miss P book!!

 

10. Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) by Stephanie Perkins

This is one of my recent reads that I loved so much. I was really into because it was funny and adorable. It’s just what I needed to brighten up my mood this Holiday season.

 

11. The Oracle (The Arcadian Series #2) by TL Coulter

As a reader who enjoys fantasy, I think The Oracle, the second book in The Arcadian series made me fall in love to magical kingdoms and realms again. I read it in June or July. So after the cliffie, I craved for more magical kingdom-themed fantasy novels. It was really worth it.

12. Unravel by Callia Read

Unravel is another emotional read that I had this year. It’s filled with wtf plot twists that made me go crazy. It’s a pretty awesome read..more like a mind-fvck but in a good way.

 

13. Where She Went by (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman

The If I Stay novel was a bit meh for me but this one made me feel so much emotions. Gosh..I hope there will be a movie for it.

14. Bang by EK Blair

Gods, this is the most controversial and traumatizing read for me. I wonder if there will ever be a HEA for this. I like how crazy and dark this book is.

 

 

So, that’s it for me this 2014. Next year is going to be more thrilling for sure!!! For the meantime, I am leaving y’all with my greetings:

 

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.

 

——SPOILERS AHEAD——-

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