‘Throne of Glass’ Takes The Crown

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Description

“After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turn up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.”

If you want to see ‘The Hunger Games’ but with assassins this is this book for you. In the book ‘Throne of Glass” you follow Celaena as she competes to become the kings assassin.

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Expectations & Predictions

When I first read the description of the book I had a feeling that Celaena was going to be an independent female and a badass assassin. I also predict there to be an epic love triangle between Prince Dorian, Captain Westfall and Celaena. I’ve heard about this book from so many people and heard great things about this book so I expect the book to be good.

Reality

In reality this book was better than just good, it was REALLY good. Celaena was a badass assassin and an interesting character. There was a love triangle between Prince Dorian, Captain Westfall and Celaena but the book wasn’t manly focused on the love triangle as it was with the murders going around the castle. Unlike other love triangle books there was no tension between Prince Dorian and Captain Westfall, they were actually really good friends. The reviews were absolutely right about this book.

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Characters

Celaena: One thing I’ve noticed throughout reading this book is that I would not want to be on Celaena’s bad side. Celaena is an assassin, she’s feisty, clever and likes to push people’s buttons but don’t be fooled she has a major temper that could scare the bravest man alive. When she was captured for her crimes, her punishment was to work in the mines. Her time there was not pleasant she was whipped, starved and forced to work in excruciating heat. It affected her deeply even if she won’t admit it. I liked Celaena she’s fun and interesting to read about.
Prince Dorian: When I first started reading Dorian just seemed like a cocky, overly confident flirt but as the book goes on you see that he really want to know who Celaena is under her cold exterior. He likes mocking her and making jokes with her and just hanging out with her in general. Despite his cocky attitude and care free nature Dorian actually cares about doing right by his kingdom and people. He doesn’t agree with the things his father does, he doesn’t want anybody to get hurt and the things his father did to other kingdoms still haunts him. I thought Dorian was a nice character. He was different from what expected him to be like.
Captain Chaol Westfall: In the beginning Chaol clearly doesn’t like Celaena. Her being an assassin and all, he sees her to be dangerous and a threat to Prince Dorian. He’s silent and mean to her. He trains withe her and makes sure she’s in shape for the upcoming test. As the book goes on Chaol finds himself trusting her even though his years of training goes against it. Chaol gets paranoid about upcoming and stays up worrying. Overall, I liked Chaol. He was sweet when he wasn’t arguing with Celeana or being mean to her and I liked seeing him slowly begin to trust and care about her.

Plot

The plot was great. With the murders going around the castle, darkness Celaena’s being warned about and rich snobs trying to steal the attention of the prince there was never a dull moment. Especially towards the end when the duels are going. I’ve never felt so anxious about a book before.


 

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Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 5 out of 5. I liked the concept of the assassins and the competition, I thought it was unique and entertaining. The characters were all fun to read about. It was interesting how Celaena faced multiple problems through out the boo that weren’t just about the competition and even though I love any book with romance in it, I liked how the author didn’t only focus on the love triangle between Celaena, Chaol and Dorian. This book is the lucky winner of the rose this month! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.


 

‘Graceling’ Graced My Weekend

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Description

“Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight-she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.
She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.
She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace-or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . .a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.
With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing word, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.”

Living in a world where people are Graced with talents sounds pretty cool. In the book ‘Graceling’ by Kristin Cashore you follow Katsa and her life as being a Graceling.

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Expectations & Predictions

The description of this book immediately caught my attention. It sounded both strange and intriguing. I mean having a gift for killing sounds pretty odd but also interesting. I predict that a ‘graceling’ is something supernatural. Katsa’s life seems interesting but also really sad. Who would want to kill for a living? I can imagine that the romance between Katsa and Po to be difficult because killing all your life can have a serious effect on someone and it will but a strain on their relationship. The reviews were all good so I expect the book to be good.

Reality

In reality this book was somewhat liked I predicted but also a lot different. The effect of killing people since she was eight had an impact on Katsa’s life. She felt like she had no power or control in her life, like her life wasnt her own. So when Katsa and Po start to develop feelings for each other it turns Katsa’s life upside down.

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Characters

Katsa: When I first met Katsa she was different from what I expected. She was quite but intense. She doesn’t like wasting time and likes to get things done. Even though her grace is killing she doesn’t actually like killing but then again who would? She’s more of a tomboy, not really liking dressing up and worrying about beauty. Because she’s so focused on the missions she had going around and possible attacks she tends to be oblivious on some of the people around her. Katsa is so used to keeping her guard up and relying on herself so when Po says he will protect her it throws her off. She doesn’t like feeling vulnerable. I liked Katsa. I feel like her character really grew as the book went on. She was broken yet brave and strong. Overall she was an interesting character to read about.
Po: Po is also a Graceling like Katsa. He’s a bit arrogant and cocky but as the book goes on you see that he will do just about anything to protect Katsa. Unlike Katsa he’s not quite and intense, he’s sweet and sensitive. Even though Katsa can be complicated at times he’s always understands her and never forces her to tell him something she doesn’t want to. I liked Po as well. He’s sweet and caring. Towards the end of the book he faces and injury that will affect his everyday life yet he still manages to adapt and use his injury to make him stronger.

Romance

The romance between Katsa and Po was complicated yet easy. Katsa being the complicated one and Po being easy. They start off as being friends and it’s clear that they both really value that friendship but when they start to become more than friends it happens sudden. Katsa realizes that she cares about Po and values his company and immediately starts freaking out. One of the problems in their relationship is that Katsa never wants to get married or have kids. She never wants to feel like she belongs to someone like she did when she was Randa’s assassin but Po being the understanding person he is says the he will take her anyway he can get her.

Plot

In the beginning of the book the plot focuses on Katsa life being Randa’s assassin and her relationship with Po. While later on it begins to focus on Katsa and Po trying to solve a problem in Po’s family and Katsa growing as a character. The book was divided in parts and I feel like each part the book was focused on something else and I enjoyed that.

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Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 4 out of 5. I liked all the characters, I thought they were interesting and unique and I LOVED all the twist that happened throughout the book. It was unexpected and made the book more enjoyable. The only reason this book was not rated a 5 is because I wasn’t a big fan of how fast they jumped their romantic relationship. I liked how they were friends first but I think it was kind of random how Po just said I love but in the end this book was really entertaining and fun to read. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.


 

‘The Glittering Court’ Wasn’t As Glittery As I Thought

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Description:

“Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.
Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.
When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.
But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands… “

Take ‘The Selection’ by Kiera Cass and ‘The Kiss Of Deception’ by Mary E. Pearson and you get the ‘The Glittering Court’. You follow Elizabeth/Adelaide as she escapes an arranged marriage and joins the Glittering Court.

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Expectations & Predictions

Going into this book I was a little hesitant. I was recommended this book through the library in the fantasy genre and there weren’t any reviews about the book. When I read the description, it reminded me of the book ‘The Kiss Of Deception’ by Mary E. Pearson. It had the same sort of plot with the rich girl who runs away to escape an arranged marriage and then pretends to be someone else. I hope to see some sort of magic or mythical creature, I think that would make the book really interesting.

Reality

In reality this book had some moments that surprised me and others that I predicted. The beginning of the book did have some similarities to ‘The Kiss Of Deception’. To my surprise there wasn’t any magic. The book took more of the fairy-tale fantasy supposed to the more mythical and magical fantasy. I didn’t have any reviews to compare this to but I have mixed feelings over this book.

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Characters

Adelaide: She admits in the first chapter that she considers herself to be clever and as the book goes on she is. She’s observant of the things around her and the cares about her freedom. While she’s at the Glittering Court they learn how to be a proper lady and have a good education but her already having a good tittle knows how to do most of the things they’re learning but there’s still a lot of things they know how to do that she doesn’t like getting dressed on her own, cooking and sewing because she’s always had someone to do that for her. I liked Adelaide most of the time. Sometimes she would so something that would make me want to throw the book but there were times where I admired her. She would stand up for her friend Mira when the other girls were mean to her and it can’t be easy running away from home by herself.
Mira: Mira is a refugee from Sirminica and her journey from Sirminica has effecter her and made her a strong woman who cares about doing her best so she can have the best life possible for herself. Later in book she questions if she really wants to get married and questions her reasoning for being in the Glittering Court. I liked Mira she’s strong and doesn’t only focus on getting married.
Tamsin: Tamsin is a bright young woman who swears once she marries a rich man shell never do another load of laundry again. She’s optimistic, ambitious and really cares about her family. She’s a major perfectionist. Always studying to perfect her skills and to score the highest on all the test. There were times when Tamsin annoyed me. She reminds me of the know it alls at school. Tamsin gets jealous when someone is doing better than her on the test but after going through an event she becomes more bearable and nicer.
Cedric: He’s not all he appears to be. Cedric at first seems professional, polite and nice but he has a secret that effects how Adelaide and his relationship. His father and him don’t always get along, they both have different opinions on the ways things should be ran. I found Cedric kind of plain. He was nice and polite but that was it. He never got mad and didn’t have much personality.

Romance

The romance between Cedric and Adelaide seems to lack chemistry. It’s obvious that they will both go to great lengths to protect each other and they both truly care about one another but there wasn’t much of an attraction. I feel like they kissed once and then next there saying I love you.

Plot

In the beginning the plot focuses on Elizabeth or her new name Adelaide as she runs away from an arranged marriage and takes place as one of her maids. She joins the Glittering Court which is an organization that helps women get a better education and go higher up the social levels. She faces problems with the other girl’s ambitions to be the best, learning to do the things she never knew how to do and keeping her identity hidden. Towards the of the book I found the plot to be a little boring. Cedric and Adelaide get together and they face problems in their relationship. I feel like there was always one chapter that sucked me in but then the next made me want to put the book down.


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Final Thoughts

Overall, I give this book a 3.5 out of 5. I found some parts of the plot boring and unassay. I wasn’t crazy for all the characters, the only one I knew I liked was Mira. The attraction between Adelaide and Cedric felt stiff and fake. Towards the end of the book I began to lose interest in the book. In the end this book was not my favorite. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.


 

‘Die For Me’ Goes To The Grave

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Description

“In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for all eternity.
When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life–and memories–behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisians art. Until she meets Vincent.
Mysterious, charming, devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant–an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.”

Before reading this book meeting an undead person who saves people’s lives sounds creepy but nice in its own way. After reading this book I realize still how creepy it is but that there’s more than meets the eye. In the book ‘Die For Me’ by Amy Plum you follow Kate as she meets Vincent and finds out what he is and the struggles they face throughout their relationship.

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Expectations & Predictions

After reading the description I thought this book was going to be interesting. I’ve never read a book that takes place in Paris so I was looking forward to see what the author would do to make it feel like I was in Paris. I predict that Kate will still be pinning over her patents death and that when she meets Vincent there will be the big moment but as their relationship develops there will be a lot of problems. The book was rated three and half stars so I expect it to be an ok book.

Reality

In reality despite taking place in Paris there wasn’t much relation to Paris throughout the book. There was mention of restaurants, art and people saying “mademoiselle” but that was it. I was right when I predicted she would still be struggling over her parents death but then again who wouldn’t be? When she first met Vincent there was a connection, like they’ve met before.

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Characters

Kate: The book starts off with Kate feeling depressed and lonely after moving to Paris with her sister after her parent’s death. She spends her days reading and visiting her favorite museums. Kate is curious about the unknown and when she meets Vincent, he’s the definition of the unknown. I feel like there wasn’t much to Kate. She was kind of plain and bland and not all that interesting. She liked playing the victim in some scenes and she was sometimes selfish when it came between Vincent and her family.
Vincent: Mysterious is one word I would use to describe Vincent in the beginning of the book. He saved a young girl from jumping off a building and his friend says he works for the police but there’s still a lot of questions. Kate considers him to be dangerous but she’s intrigued. Even though he’s sweet and romantic I found him kind of creepy. Before he actually met Kate, he followed her and admitted to have an obsession with her but uses the fact that he’s a revenant as an excuse. Even when they were both on a break he still watched her. I wasn’t a big fan of Vincent.

Romance

The romance between Kate and Vincent was bitter-sweet. At first when they met they instantly clicked and Kate said “I had the strangest feeling that I knew that guy”. All the connections they have made it sound like their soulmates and even later on in the book their connection lets them do things that other revenants can’t do with a human. Vincent being a revenant causes a lot of problems between him and Kate because Vincent’s reasoning for being alive is to save people and each time he saves someone and dies he goes back to his original age. Kate isn’t sure if she wants to stay in this relationship that when she’s eighty, Vincents still nineteen. Even though everything made it sound like they were perfect soul mates it didn’t feel that way. It was clear that they both care about each other but I didn’t feel anything from their relationship.

Plot

In the beginning the plot was focused a lot on the relationship between Kate and Vincent and the fact that he’s an undead hero but later on there becomes problems with their enemy group Nama. I felt like there were spots were the author rushed scenes that were going on in the book, like when Vincent meets Kate’s grandparents. To me the plot felt a little boring to the point where I didn’t really care about what happened next in the book.


 

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Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 3 out of 5. I liked the idea of the book taking place in Paris, I just wished it had more of an impact on the way the story was told. I also think the author did a pretty good job explaining what a revenant was without making me feel confused but it did feel a bit strange. The book had a few awkward and cringe scenes and I didn’t really connect with any of the characters. I found myself getting bored the more the book went on. Sadly this is the first book to kicked off. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.


 

Fabulous Fantasy Month!

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This months genre is fantasy! I love a good fantasy book. Fantasy is one of my favorite genres because I find it so interesting how an author can just create a world or species based off a thought that passed through there head. Fantasy books are a great way to escape reality and enjoy the world of fiction. The candidates this month are ‘Throne of Glass’ by Sarah J. Maas, ‘Die For Me’ by Amy Plum, ‘The Glittering Court’ by Richelle Mead and last but not least ‘Graceling’ by Kristin Cashore. Stay tuned to find out which one of these books will win the rose!