Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Review:

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Paperback, 404 pages

Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Publication Date: May 7, 2013

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Available on: Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Book Depository


Summary:

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.


 

So, I recently went to Sarah J Maas’ event for A Court of Mist and Fury without reading any of her books. My boyfriend is currently reading the series, and he keeps ranting on how much he loves the books, so I decided to start it. I am so glad that I did.

I have been hearing so much about this series and I was a bit put off by the hype, hence why I had been holding off on reading it. Now that I have read it, I understand what the hype is all about! I enjoyed Throne of Glass immensely! It was full of action, wit, romance and magic.

I really liked the world building, and the characters were very well written. Throughout the book, I became extremely invested in the characters lives. I loved learning little bits of their background and grew to care for them. They felt very real to me.

I loved Celaena’s character! Celaena Sardothien is extremely well known assassin that’s been imprisoned at a death camp in the Salt Mines called Endovier, since she was 17. Although she was at a death camp, she still remained strong and stable. She doesn’t let her past define her and I admire that. She’s so sassy and witty. Her banter with Dorian and Chaol is laugh out loud funny. In the beginning of the book she seems a bit one dimensional, but throughout the book we read little snippets of Celaena’s backstory and we learn there’s more to her. I can’t wait to learn more about her in the rest of the series.

I had a few problems with Throne of Glass though. Throughout the book, you constantly hear about what a bad-ass Celaena is, and it’s mostly all talk. There’s about two scenes that proved it. Hopefully that will improve in the next books. Additionally, I wish that the trials were more descriptive. I felt like they just glossed over it and then went straight to scenes with Chaol and Dorian. I wanted some action! I wanted there to be more focus on the trials and see her bad-ass in action.

Something I really enjoyed was the third person pov, it really provided a great insight on the characters. Aside from the two minor issues, I definitely enjoyed Throne of Glass and I will be reading the rest of the series. Have any of you read it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Until next time,

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Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2016

 

I’m a bit late on posting this, but better late than never! Happy May! Are you guys excited for this month? So many YA books are being released, and I’m practically drooling from the thought of it! I want to buy them all! Today, I’ll be sharing my books read, books started, books hauled, bookish things I did this month and my TBR for May!

 

What I Read:

I am super proud of myself, I can’t believe I read 12 books in April! I enjoyed a lot of them, some of these books were my fav reads of the year! April really was good to me!

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Books I Started and Want to Finish:

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Books I Bought:

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Bookish Things I Did:

I went to YALLWEST 2016 which was awesome! I was one of the volunteers, so I constantly got to the chance to talk to authors, since we were working together. Did I end up talking to any of them? NO. At least, not talk to them about my deep admiration for their writing, books, characters, etc., but I did talk to them in a casual manner.

May TBR:

My TBR is a bit ambitious, but I’ve read two of them so far (Furthermore and The Epidemic). I’m super pumped to start Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses. Also, I can not wait to finish The School For Good and Evil series!

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Also, I’m buddy reading this book with my friend Megan

 

That concludes my Monthly Wrap-Up for April! Have you read any of these books? What did you think of it? Any book recommendations? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

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ARC Review: Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

 

 

Review:

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Futhermore by Tahereh Mafi

Paperback ARC, 403 pages

Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: August 30, 2016

Rating: 5/5 stars

Pre-Order it: Amazon | Barnes&Noble | Book Depository


 

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.


But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit—and with a liar by her side in land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.


Furthermore is fantastic. Tahereh Mafi’s writing is so alluring, I was captivated from start to finish. Her metaphors and vivid imagery had me hanging on every word, salivating.

While reading Furthermore, I found myself reminiscing Harry Potter. Not because of similarity between storyline (there is no similarity whatsoever [none that I found, anyway]), but the feeling I had while reading. I felt whimsical and thrilled, airy and adventurous. The writing was beautiful, sometimes I found myself holding my breath whilst reading.

I loved  that it’s told in second person, the narrator is hilarious and I loved their quirky side comments. Also, Alice’s character is so adorable! I freaking loved her! She absolutely blew my mind with her sass and wit. Oliver is so enthusiastic and open-minded. They’re both unique as individuals, but together they’re fantastic. Reading about the pair of them was such an enjoyable experience, even though a lot of the book was simplified for the sake of middle grade readers. It was touching, reading about how Oliver and Alice’s friendship blossomed after they overcame obstacles together. Their character development also progressed really well, and I’m really glad that the characters I fell in love with at the beginning of the book, weren’t lost throughout the story.

This is the first ARC I’ve ever received, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. For an uncorrected copy of a book to be this good, is very impressive, although I expect nothing less from the queen, Tahereh Mafi.

Overall, I gave this book 5/5 stars because I enjoyed it very much. I recommend this to all of you!

 

Until next time,

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Review: The Smell Of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

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The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Hardcover, 240 pages

Published by Wendy Lamb Books

Publication Date: February 23, 2016

Rating: 5/5 stars

Available on: Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Book  Depository


Synopsis: In Alaska, 1970, being a teenager here isn’t like being a teenager anywhere else. Ruth has a secret that she can’t hide forever. Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from, even when good luck strikes. Alyce is trying to reconcile her desire to dance, with the life she’s always known on her family’s fishing boat. Hank and his brothers decide it’s safer to run away than to stay home—until one of them ends up in terrible danger.

Four very different lives are about to become entangled.


 

 

When I saw this book on the shelves at my local bookstore, I was completely entranced by the cover. I pushed my friend into buying it on the cover alone, and told her to tell me how it was.

She finished it, and would not stop ranting on how how she loved this book! She wouldn’t tell me what it was about so when I borrowed the book from her, I went into it blindly. What was I supposed to expect from a book called The Smell of Other People’s Houses. All I knew was that it

  • has a beautiful cover
  • my friend loves it
  • set in Alaska

I couldn’t put the book down once I passed the first few chapters. I was hooked! The story is told in multiple point of views from Ruth, Dora, Hank, and Alyce. The narrations were so likable and real. Ruth with the strict, religious grandmother and a secret, Alyce the dancer that just wants to make her dad happy, Dora who wants to feel like she belongs, and Hank who is just trying to keep his brothers safe.
A unique element of the book is it’s setting in the 1970s, after Alaska received statehood. The characters are Alaskan natives and they describe such a foreign lifestyle. It was captivating to learn more about their lifestyle.

Hitchcock connected the lives of the characters so well and her vivid writing brought so much insight to the book. It was moving, cleverly plotted, and so well written. I highly recommend this book to all readers. I enjoyed it so much.

 

Until next time,

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review: A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

 

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A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

Hardcover, 328 pages

Published by Disney Hyperion

Publication Ddate: October 6, 2105

Rating: 4/5 stars

Available on: Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Book Depository


Synopsis: Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.


 

Right after finishing this book, I gave it a 3.5 star rating. Now that I have mulled it over, I’ve bumped it up to a 4 star rating.

 

A Thousand Nights E.K. Johnston is a re-imagining of A Thousand and One Nights. To be completely honest, I have never read A Thousand and One Nights and I should have probably read a synopsis of it, but I didn’t. I am glad I didn’t thought because I feel that I would’ve ended up comparing the two and it may have altered my opinion.

 

I really liked the beginning of the story and the premise of the book was fantastic! I was immediately drawn to the book because of the cover, and the premise made it all the more intriguing. It’s about a ruler, Lo-Melkhiin who picks a bride from a village and kills her. Shortly after, he goes to the next village seeking another bride. He killed three hundred girls before he went to the protagonist’s village. Obviously, our antagonist has some issues…Turns out he has a demon in him(*This technically isn’t a spoiler because you find this out in basically the first few chapters).

 

Another thing I really enjoyed was how well written the sisterly bond was. You can feel the love the protagonist feels for her sister, and I was moved how the protagonist so willingly risked her life so her sister had the chance to live. Rather than emphasizing romance in the story, Johnston put sisterly love in its place.

 

I found the language/writing style was a bit difficult to read only because it was so foreign to me. It may be hard for other readers to read this book as well, if they’re used to books with a lot of dialogue because the book was mostly told through our heroin’s thoughts. I have never encountered writing like that. However, I did love the vivid imagery Johnston provided. It complimented the world-building (which was awesome) very well.

 

Although all characters besides Lo-Melkiin are nameless, the characters still have distinct personalities. The protagonist is referred to as lady-bless, sister, etc., and minor characters are referred to as weaver, daughter, father, etc. Their anonymity is so muted, I didn’t even notice they were nameless until I read Emily May‘s review. I loved how she pointed out that this is a story about the overlooked, the unnamed, and the anonymous.

 

I’m not saying  A Thousand Nights is an my favorite book ever because I admit, it’s a slow-paced story. I will say that I ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would. It is a very thought-provoking literary work. It is very complex for a YA novel.

 

If you’re looking for an action packed, romantic love story, this isn’t the book for you. However, if you’re open to a character-driven story with loving sisters that is, as Khanh states, basically a subtly feministic masterpiece, this book is for you!

 

Until next time,

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REVIEW: MAGONIA BY MARIA DAHVANA HEADLEY

 

 

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Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Hardback, 309 pages

Published by HarperCollins

Publication Date: April 28, 2015

Rating: 5/5 stars

Available on: Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Book Depository


Synopsis: Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?


 

Oh, Magonia, you tore me to pieces, built me back up, and tore me down once again. After completing this book, two thoughts came to mind: Where has this book been all my life?!? and Oh, Magonia, what have you DONE to me?!?

 

The book was captivating from start to finish! I have never read a book like this. The premise, setting, characters . . . everything was like a breath of fresh air.

 

.Many people struggled reading Aza’s narrative, but I found it to be really entertaining and witty! Personality-wise, she is sassy and gutsy and I found slipping into her mind, effortless. Also, I absolutely loved her character development! She progressed into a strong, independent woman who fought for what she believed in.

 

My favorite thing about the book is the setting! The setting was dreamy and wonderful, but I loved the raw portrayal of it. Headley introduced such a gorgeous, foreign setting. Everything was described vividly from the talking birds to flying ships in the sky. It’s so peculiar, I couldn’t get enough! The world building was just absolutely fantastic!

 

I can go on and on describing my love for this book, but instead of spending your time reading what I would’ve wrote, I’d rather you spend it going out and buying the book! Read it, love it, cherish it! I hope you all enjoy this story as much as I do!

 

Until next time,

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review: Dreamology by Lucy Keating

 

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Dreamology by Lucy Keating

Hardback, 322 pages

Published by HarperTeen

Publication Date: April 12, 2016

Rating 4.5/5 stars

Available on Amazon /Barnes & Noble/Book Depository


Synopsis: For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

When their dreams start to bleed dangerously into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?


Dreamology is an epic love story that had me swooning, sighing, and squealing. Dreamology gave me Rose and Jack/ Ross and Rachel/ Monica and Chandler feels (Titanic/Friends).
It was hands down, one of my favorite reads of the year. The novel has such a unique premise that stays true throughout the book. Lucy Keating‘s writing is hilariously witty and beautiful. Let’s not forget that the gripping plot development! I couldn’t put the book down! I was switching from physically reading it, to listening to the audio book. I can recall laughing and crying whilst listening to the audio book, driving.

As the story progressed, Alice and Max’s love story becomes an emotional rollercoaster that you want to ride over and over again! It’s an awesome contemporary romance with a bit of sci-fi, and I couldn’t put it down. Keating transported me into Alice and Max’s swoon-worthy dreams so vividly. I admire the characters and how well-rounded, hilarious, and relatable they were. The writing was excellent and I practically fangirled the entire time spent reading this. I highly recommend this to all of you.

 

Until next time,

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