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December 2014

Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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Hey, book lovers.

So this review is of one of my new favourite books called Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I read this one about a month ago while I was in the middle of trying to write a research proposal and planning a horror story, for two separate assessments- so when I wasn’t writing those, I was coming right back to this book.

Celaena Sarothien is an assassin. She’s eighteen years old and has been kept captive in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, but has now been selected to compete for Prince Dorian in a competition to find the King’s Champion. If she defeats the eliminations and wins, she’ll serve as the King’s assassin for three years before being granted her freedom. She’s in the running for her life, and she’ll do everything she can to get it. But things get interesting when she grows closer to the Prince and he too starts to show his affections for her.

She’s witty and rebellious, and her character is one of the main things that hooked me from the very beginning. I love fiery, determined characters and she’s a pretty good representation of that. She is brittle on the outside, showing no emotion to those around her as she has done for so long in the salt mines, but as the story progresses in the castle and she interacts with Captain Westfall, who escorted her, and the Prince, you begin to see a softer side of her aswell. She’s brave, but kind and often more sensitive, too. If a character is likeable, I’m hooked, it’s as simple as that for me.

She fights hard, too. The other champions are other assassins from other parts of the Kingdom, and as she competes against them she realises not only what and who she is up against but her own strengths. She is easily offended and often agitated, but Captain Westfall and the Prince don’t seem to let this faze them and they often leave her to it and take her back to her rooms, or they kick the truth into her and she realises that nothing is always fair.

By the end of the book, Celaena is a different person. She’s stronger, is keen to stop the evil that is dwelling in the castle and earn her freedom, earning a new love along the way.

Happy reading!

April

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Books, Books and More Books!

Hey, book lovers.

Long time no blog post. I’ve been a littlle busy with the beginning of my second year at Uni, getting myself back into the swing of things after the summer ended. I passed with some grades I’m pretty happy with and next week I get the grades for the first couple of assessments I handed in for year 2, so that’s pretty exciting (and pretty terrifying).

But of course, I love reading books, writing books and talking about books. So the only New Years resolution (or goal, really) that I’ve thought about is to write more book reviews. Some of the others, if I were to think of some off the top of my head, would probably be to write more in general (edit the book I finished over the summer, start writing a new one, do my best in my assignments and write more short stories and poetry that aren’t related to my uni work).

And with that in mind, I’ve recently received two new bookcases that I’ve ordered (and are yet to be built), and a full set of new books that I’ve been quite interested in reading. This list includes:

Devoted by Hilary Duff (sequel to Elixir, which I am currently reading and will be reviewing soon)

True by Hilary Duff (sequel to Devoted)

Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (sequel to Throne of Glass, which I have recently finished reading and will be reviewing soon)

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (sequel to Crown of Midnight)

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas (prequel novellas to Throne of Glass)

(Yes, I tend to buy books in groups if I enjoy reading them enough. More fun that way, because you can just jump right into the sequel as soon as you’ve finished the book before it if you are feeling ruthless.)

So reviews for each of these books will be coming soon, but I definitely recommend the Throne of Glass series if you like a good fantasy novel with elements of romance, a fiery, kick-ass protagonist- she’s an assassin, I guess she has to be- and the first book pulled me in so much and I just could not put it down. I am yet to read the sequels but I’m hopeful that they will do the same. It’s definitely, definitely without a doubt on top of my list of favourite books, but that’s just in personal preference. I started reading Elixir last night and if I wasn’t falling asleep I probably would have read it through the night because I started reading it around half ten after finishing another book called Stolen, which is one of the books I will be reviewing very soon.

So, I have lots of books to think about and read at the moment, and to fill my next two bookcases with. On the way to building that library!

Happy reading!

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April

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