Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas


Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Pages: 418
Rating:

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Oh.my. FUCKING GOD! I am already a fan of Sarah J Mass after reading her Court of Thorns and Roses Series, but OMFG, THIS BOOK! Uh. Uh. I have no words! I am now officially on board with the Throne of Glass Series! I have to say this book was FUCKING EPIC!

In CROWN OF MIDNIGHT, Celaena is the King's Champion and it is revealed that she hasn't been doing any assassinating for the King. She has been faking the intended target's death, which is a dangerous game Celaena is playing. If caught, it could mean the death of her friend Nehemia, her family and Chaol. But then more shit happens, and then more and then what the fuck shit happens and then epic shit happens, ummm. yeah, you get the picture!

But anyways, I want to discuss! Dorian and Chaol! I love Dorian and I ship the hell out of him. #TEAMDORIAN! But I want to cry because it looks like that isn't going to happen. *pouts* I did not like Chaol in the previous book at all, in this book it just seemed like Celaena went from Dorian to Chaol is point zero seconds.

And this book screams #TEAMCHAOL. My thing is I don't hate them, but I don't love them either. I'm in the middle. And Chaol doesn't help his case by being so indecisive about Celaena. He has a thing for her, because under that assassin is this girl with a big heart. But he makes a point to note that she's a danger to Adalan everytime she does something that he doesn't approve of. It's annoying and that is not love.

My reaction/rants thoughts, SPOILERS BEWARE: 
♦ Dorian has magic! YEEESHHH!
♦ Obviously, THE KING NEEDS TO DIE!
♦ So Nehemia obviously planned to die, right?
♦ Archer really played Celaena, Seriously?! And she almost decided to spare him, really?
Like Hell no! I got that impression.
♦ And also, Celaena is fae and kept that from us all this time? lol!
♦ And she know's she Aelin Galathynius, lost Queen of Terrasen?
♦ Oh, and at the end, really, Chaol? Why can't he just see through the King and what a danger he is to the world! I would only like Chaol if he kept his mouth shut, well, maybe not even then!

But anyways, CROWN OF MIDNIGHT was FUCKING LIFE! It was so freaking good! And I have to say I haven't read a good YA/NA Series is a LONG ASS FUCKING TIME, (not counting ACOMAF, b/c it's by the same author). I'm actually glad I didn't read this series til now because now I have 3 more books to enjoy and don't have to wait for them to release! HELL TO THE YEEESSSHHH! I love you Sarah J. Mass, thank you for becoming an author and giving me LIFE!



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


Title: A Court of Thorns & Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns & Roses #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Pages: 416
Rating:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Oh, jeez. Where do I even start? When I first heard about this book, I was super freaking excited to read it and when the reviews came rolling in I really wanted to read it, but I got to say this book was way over-hyped about. It was good, but not great. It definitely had great potential, but it didn't 'wow' me like I expected it to.

A COURT OF THRONES AND ROSES is basically the retelling of the classic, 'Beauty and the Beast' with faeries as a fantasy book. Which I freaking love faerie books, but I have had few luck to find one that had wowed me in this YA/NA genre. I'm not gonna go through the whole plot and whatnot, all you have to know is it somewhat follows that 'Beauty and the Beast' retelling.

I went from loving it from going bored out of my mind. Rinse and Repeat. This book reads at a slow pace for me, some some parts could've been cut out just so we could get to the damn point. I did get very bored quickly, but something got me to keep going to the end of the book. I am very intrigued with this world Maas has created and besides I have always been very into faeries and their stories.

Feyre is our heroine and she is a really tough cookie, but she did drive me nuts a bit. I didn't hate her, but I didn't love her either. She had a case of going into dangerous situations when warned not to. She got herself into two or three situations that annoyed me. As for our, fae high lord, Tamlin, I did like him. He definitely had that soulful personality to him. But I didn't necessarily feel for them. They were in love and they were hot, but they weren't epic or anything.

I basically felt that about the whole book. This book wasn't epic enough, but their love story did leave me wanting more. I am definitely intrigued by this story to want to indulge into the sequel, so I'll probably still read the sequel, because with that ending who wouldn't want to know what would happen next. I know I do.



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Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Release Date: August 2, 2012
Pages: 404
Rating:

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 three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns 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.
Well, basically I loved ACOTAR and had to read Sarah J Mass' other series, THRONE OF GLASS. I have to say it was pretty damn good. Dorian stole my heart in this book.

My Intial Thoughts after finishing THRONE OF GLASS: 
♦ I love Celaena and her badass self!
♦ My heart belongs to Dorian!
♦ I could care less about Chaol!
♦ Duke Perrington NEEDS to DIE!
The King needs to CHOKE on his own BLOOD

Looking forward to seeing what happens next!



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Review: Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews


Title: Magic Binds
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels, #9
Publisher: Ace
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Pages: 384
Rating:

Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this…

Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…

Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.

The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…

I caught Curran giving me an interested look. Was he actually ... Yep, he was checking me out. Yeah, where were you last night, buddy? I would've stayed awake ... Well, no. Probably not. 

It is no secret that I am obsessed with the Kate Daniels Series and I was blown away how good this book was. Basically SHIT IS FINALLY HAPPENING! Can we all say OMFG! Give me more of this amazing series! I am so ready for more!

In MAGIC BINDS Kate and Curran are getting ready to finally have their wedding. Like actual wedding planning is happening, people! And people are driving Kate crazy, the usual! Haha! But Kate's father has kidnapped Saiman and Kate wants to get him back at any costs. Oh, and we have some development in the big reveal from the previous book, That means close your eyes if you haven't read the previous book!

Yes, he did. Oh he did. Now was really the wrong time to screw with me. My magic shot out of me. All of the anger I'd been trying to keep under the lid boiled out. 

Kate finds out that Roland wants Kate's future child and she is going to go through hell and back to make sure that doesn't happen. So Kate basically needs help to defeat her father from..... *BEEP* (ummm...yeah, you didn't really expect me to spill, did you?) MAGIC BINDS was everything and more! Things I totally didn't expect happened and I loved it all.

We get to have Kate fighting her dark side, we get lots of backstory on Kate's ancestors (which I loved), wedding happenings, and just enjoying Kate and Curran. One thing was this book totally had the final installment feels, but it totally isn't and there's more! I get to enjoy! And the ending?! OMFG! Like I said, SHIT IS FINALLY HAPPENING! AND IT'S GETTING EPIC!



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