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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-22 21:10
#36 - A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas

MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT!

 

Feyre went through a bit of a transformation in ACOMAF, the most obvious one is that she becomes a Fae. But it is not the only one; Feyre has lived a nightmare under the mountain and she has done things she will regret for the rest of her (immortal) life. But that also made her stronger. At the end of ACOMAF, she is not the same girl she was, so be prepared to meet the new Feyre in ACOWAR. She is deadly, unforgiving and you’d better not be her enemy, (just saying).

 

I have a million thoughts about this book and I feel like this review is gonna be a mess(I also feel like I’m often saying that). I won’t be able to write anything coherent with a structure and all that. It will just be messy (don’t say I did not warn you).

 

Feyre is back in the Spring Court with Tamlin and she is acting like she lived a nightmare in the Night Court (because Rhys is such a bad guy), but she is actually plotting her revenge to tear the Spring Court apart. Tamlin is such a brat, I want to strangle him. Seriously he was getting on my nerves after a few pages (my opinion has not changed but the end of the book made me a bit more sympathetic to him. Just a bit). Lucien is not as naïf as Tamlin (seriously, I don’t understand how he could not see anything happening, is it possible to be that blind?!) and he begins to have doubts about Feyre’s intention. Alis also knows Feyre is up to something and she asks her to liver her out of it. Well, a lot happens and in the end Feyre destroys them. The court is not trusting Tamlin anymore and it is chaos. Feyre leaves with Lucien (after smashing Ianthe’s hands. That was brutal, by the way).

 

 

Then it is the long awaited reunion between Feyre and Rhys (don’t tell me you were not waiting for it), and I was kind of disappointed. Too much sex, not enough talk. The sex scenes were not really to my taste and they weren’t necessary I think. But anyway, I was so happy they were finally back together. Feyre also gets to see all her friends, but most importantly her sisters (who are also Fae now) and it is not such a happy reunion. Nesta is as cold as ever and really protective towards Elain, while the later is depressive. They are trying to find a way to resist Hybern and they are planning a meeting with the other High Lords to try to form alliances. A lot of stuff happened, Feyre is making new dangerous "friends" and searches for some powerful objects that everyone is afraid of. Then the war happens and miraculously, everyone lives. I was so ready for someone to die, I thought it would be Cassian and I was so scared, but I was ready. But nothing happened. Well, yes, Rhys dies. Oh no, he came back from the dead. Just like Feyre. I did not believe it for one second. And it happens so fast that you don’t even have the time to be sad.

 

There is also a tiny bit of diversity in this book and I did not expect it. It was a great twist in Mor/Cassian/Az story. I loved all the new characters and I’m glad to see more of some of them. Nesta is my new favourite, honestly. She is so great! I also did not expect to see Feyre’s father. Maybe it should have been obvious but I almost cried when he appeared (well, it was not a long apparition, but still). Feyre is ready to do anything to protect those she loves (Rhys is beating everyone in this category, is this male even real? He is probably Abnegation).

 

I’m really excited about the new stories to come about this world because Sarah J Maas did a really good job building all this. I loved every page of this book and I am so sad it’s already over. One word to describe this trilogy: perfection

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review 2015-08-17 00:32
The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J Maas
The Assassin's Blade - Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
★★★

  This was nothing special but I was glad that we are able to see the start of Sam and Celeana. :)

 

 

The Assassin and the Healer
★★★★
I loved the novella so much more than the first! This novella made me love Celeana even more but made me question how she can flip her humanity on and off so quickly. I hope that we see Yrene later in the series. ;)


The Assassin and the Desert
★★★★★

This novella was AMAZING. I loved seeing the Silent Assassins always talked about in the Throne of Glass series! The friendships and the trust going on there was very much needed for Celeana. She's not had it easy and I think that helped to toughen her up and still (at the same time) lighten her heart to let her know that darkness doesn't always win.

 

I LOVED the characters and the plot in this...And that twist? Shot me in the heart!

The Assassin and the Underworld.
★★★★
Hmmm...I'm not sure what I expected from this. I enjoyed it but the title lead me to believe it would have more fantasy elements to it and not just referring to more along the lines of people who do wrong. Not to say I didn't like this because I really did! The title is a bit misleading,though.

 

Celeana (as always) is such a kick-ass character! She doesn't let bribes allow her to do wrong, she follows her heart...Even if that means getting herself into trouble. This is one of those rare moments when Celeana finds herself in peril and who better to save her than Sam?

The romance in this is sweet and subtle, not overwhelming like it was in parts of Crown of Midnight. Definitely not looking forward to Sam's death in the next one because that's obviously all that's left.

 

The Assassin and the Empire.

   All I can say is 'yessss'. This novella was so satisfying and heartbreaking. I hated seeing Celeana so low and yet it only helped her blossom into the amazing person she is now.

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review 2015-06-29 07:25
Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis

Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.

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...

 

 

Review

 

I sadly did not enjoy the second instalment as much as the first. Yes there were a few parts that I liked, but overall I found it to be boring and predictable. A few of the reviews I saw were shocked by the ending. Really? It was so obvious I knew it from book one.

 

The first half of the book was interesting and I basically could not put it down, getting to see Celaena's life as the Kings assassin was exciting. Unfortunately as soon as part two started (after something tragic happened), I was bored out of my mind. Not only did I not care for these characters any more, I found Calaena's decisions to be childish and stupid. 

 

I also don't understand why in the synopsis they mention that she is torn between two guys. Not once did I feel she was having trouble picking which guy to absolutely fall in love with. To be honest, it was both Chaol and Dorian who kept thinking about her in that sense, actually that's all they talked about. She has bigger fish to fry than worrying about which guy to pick.

This might only be me though, but I definitely didn't get that love triangle vibe. Not in book one and definitely not in book two. 

 

Now don't get me wrong, I don't hate this book. There were a few things I loved about this, like the writing style. I find Sarah J. Maas books easy to read and captivating at times. It's hard to write a fantasy world, you're basically starting a world from scratch and creating whatever you want without seeming over the top. 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2015-06-20 07:20
Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis

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?

 

 

Review

 

What a fantastic, compelling, addictive novel, I literally loved every second of it.

 

Where do I basically start? Well let me just briefly talk about the one thing I found a bit annoying, even though I absolutely loved this book, there was a moment where I had to remind myself this was a YA novel.

Okay....Celaena is the worlds best assassin, she can basically kill someone in a blink of an eye. So why during the book did she act like she didn't have a clue what she was doing. I know she was in that death camp for a year so her abilities might have worn off, but come on.

It was a few things like that in the middle of the book where I assumed she was better than what she was, essentially.

 

Now that was the only problem I had, which in contrast is minor. Throne of Glass was interesting to read, because even though it had it's typical "YA" theme with the love triangle, the romance in the story really took a back seat. It was there, but it wasn't the main vocal point. And in all honesty, unlike most people who have already read this series, I don't care who she chooses, all I care about is how she is going to survive and hopefully win her freedom.

 

The premise of this story is basically a group of criminals competing amongst one another, the winner to be named King's Champion. Which means you will be his assassin/slave.

It was slightly like the Olympics (hear me out), every so often they had a trial where they compete amongst each other in different abilities, like archery, poisons and the sort. Whoever was last will be sent away to wherever they were taken from. I did say slightly like the Olympics.

There are a few books out there that I wish I came up with their plot idea, this is one of them. What a brilliant concept.

 

I enjoyed the majority of these characters, Dorian a cocky but also the most sweetest gentleman. Chaol is the strong character, very good at hiding his true feelings. People are saying there is a love triangle between Chaol, Dorian and Celaena, but I didn't see that throughout the book, all I felt from Chaol was him trying to trust her. If you want to call that falling in love, then so be it.

My favourite character would have to be Philippa, even though her role wasn't a major one, I still loved her. Every time she appeared, it made the story just that more enjoyable.

 

I should stop rambling on, because I could go on for days about how much I enjoyed this book.

This book is recommended for anyone who wants to start reading Fantasy, it's easy to read and well written. Actually it's for anyone who enjoys reading in general.

 

Can not wait to read the next book in the series.

 

 

 

 

 

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photo 2015-06-03 22:57

***** WARNING: I WILL / MIGHT / COULD SPOIL YOU. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED. MWAHAHAHA! *****

 

I can’t even with this book?! Where to even start with this epic book?! Can we just talk about how badass and HOT all these characters are?! I mean Tamlin, Lucien, Fayre, RHYSAND. *swoons* Sarah J Maas knows how to deliver a hell of a fantasy novel! I went into this book not knowing much about it at all only that it was going to be sort of like a Beauty and the Beast retelling and if I’m being completely honest I was just dying to get my hands on anything that Maas was currently writing. (Especially after a lot of my bookish friends were raving about it!!) I mean… the fact that she had SEVEN HIGH LORDS, Lord of the rings anyone? Eh, eh?! I loved that! I loved how DESCREPTIVE and SPECIFIC she was with that fucking curse, LIKE COME ON!!!! Feyre’s character development was so freaking amazing! I mean we have her in the beginning just trying everything and anything she can to try and go back home to her family and no matter how much Tamlin tries to court her she just won’t give in! She’s so damn stubborn and the fact that she had rather spend time with Lucien instead of Tamlin was doing me in! Haha! It sucked so bad that they couldn’t just straight up tell her about that damn curse! Watching her grow from the beginning to the end was fantastic!! I was also totally not expecting her to become one of the High Fae, so when that happened I flipped and squealed with happiness, like holy fucking shit! HELL YEAH, this is going to make this story so much more kick ass, because if she was already a badass you know she’s going to be even more in the upcoming books and then having a SEXY High Lord by her side?! Maas is going to KILL ME. *Swoons Forever*I also really liked how Lucien and Feyre’s friendship turned out even if he couldn’t do much he still tried so hard for her! For a minute when Amarantha put Feyre to kill those three fearies and she said it was two young males and a woman I had a bad feeling they were going to be Alis and her two nephews you should have seen my relief when I realized I was wrong. As much as I loved all the others there was one person I’m so freaking intrigued to know more about… RHYSAND! Holy guacamole, I don’t fully understand what his motives are or what he’s really trying to achieve but I just can’t hate him right now because even if he made a devils deal, he actually HELPED Feyre so, so much and when he needed some peace & quiet he actually went to HER, I mean come on!! A guy who is “evil” and “bad” doesn’t just go on and do… THAT. BUT… but… I also can’t say I love him either because like I said I STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT HIS MOTIVES ARE and I’m dying to know what made him look at Feyre the way he did when he went to say goodbye to her. UGHH. In the beginning I really disliked Nesta! Feyre was the youngest of them all and she was the one providing for her family so they wouldn’t starve to death and her sisters and father wouldn’t do SHIT to help her! But man oh man did I get the surprise of my life when we realized Nesta was never fooled by Tamlin’s glamour, my jaw dropped! HER character development was very shocking, very emotional that I had tears in my eyes, finally big sister taking care of little sister, I loved that! I love how sometimes this story was slow but never ever boring, everything that Maas wrote about had a point in the story… I loved how she incorporated those Bogge things, they kind of reminded me of dementors! It’s like she took something from all these fantasy stories and made it all her own AND IT FLIPPIN’ WORKS FOR HER. I’m so, so excited to continue with this amazing series and I cannot wait to have book two in my hands waiting until next year will possibly be the death of me! So torturous!!!!

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