Reviews of Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas Book 1-4

 

This is one series I am glad I picked up and I had very low expectations for, from the start. How ever, true to form and contrary to what I believed. It got me hooked since the first sentence.

Maybe it was because I was in the middle of NaNoWriMo at the time, and it struck me, that this particular book has a perfect start. It created a lot of questions, right from the get go, while at the same time providing some backsstory as to tell you, some of why, this girl, this assassin, is there, in the mines…

 

I loved the characters. I really do. They are complex and have to overcome a number of obstacles all through the four books that are out to get some resemblance of normalcy, something that in so far, they’ve yet to get. Which in turn made for very entertaining books, that are action packed, full of fantasy, a different world, characters that differ from each other, and that like oil and water, don’t mix.

 

I love that there are always different perspectives, and while we usually are following all the events from the perspective of the hard-headed, strong and all around bad-ass assassin Caelena Sardothien, we sometimes get some peaks into the minds of Chaol, captain of the Guard, and Dorian, son of the King of Adarlan. This last one is the reason that there are four other books after the first one. Meaning he is the one providing the conflict and the people whom she fights while trying to figure her life out from then on.

Always hoping and working towards a day when she can be free of everything that has being her life since the King of the Assassins, Arobin, “rescued” her from drowning, and trained her, with very little choice from her part, to be the best assassin of Adarlan. A skill she’s honed ever since.

 

* If you don’t want spoilers. Please stop here. The books are great and I gave them all, a 5 of 5 stars.

 

What you might like to know:

Caelena Sardothien, its more than just an assassin. There are things in her past that she has being hiding. Not only to the people that surround her, but to herself as well. With all the conflict in which they live. The King slaughtering everyone whom ever dares to say or raise any sort of revolution against him, they all have to be careful. To make matters worst she allies herself with Nehemia. A princess, guest of the King staying in the palace who is there to get information that might help her people, who are currently overflowing the work camps, similar to the place where, at the beginning of the book, we find Caelena working. She also has to look after herself and try and win the tournament that will make her the kings personal “Champion” something that in this case means, personal assassin, and that will eventually gain her the freedom she wants so desperately. The one thing she’s never had.

 

Throne of Glass

is her stepping stone, or at least I think so. The book that has her overcoming, or coming to terms with the things she could not stop before she was sent to the work mines of Endovier, to serve a life sentence.

She knows she’s being betrayed, and can possibly tell by whom. She has to get back in shape to be able to fight all the other contenders that are just as hungry for the same position that she is offered, provided that she can beat them all, all the while trying to figure out what the mysterious ghost of the last Fae Queen wants to tell her. Because Adarlan, where magic was bound, many years ago, has dark forces that are hiding in plain sight, and weather she sees them or not, she’ll have to fight those as well. Plus her mixed feelings for the two man that she considers her “friends” Chaol, and Dorian…

 

I hope you enjoyed this book review, because I sure enjoyed reading these books. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to start a discussion of leave them in the comments below. I hope y’all had a great Christmas, and I wish you a happy new year!

 

Xox

Caro

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My Huge December TBR

I am super excited about this TBR!

Here are the Books I talked about in the Video:

A Court of Thorns and Roses &

Queen of Shadows  by Sarah J Maas

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beauty’s Punishment (The first Book is:) The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

FairestWinter by Marissa Meyer

 Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati

 

Red Queen Victoria Aveyard

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

The Heir by Kiera Cass

 

The Shadows by J.R Ward

The Fault is in our Stars by John Green (Maybe…)

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Review of Crimson Peak Novelization by Nancy Holder, Screenplay by Matthew Robbins and Guillermo del Toro

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to the blog!

Today I am super excited to talk about the novelization of what I hear is also a great movie.

Crimson Peak

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My friend and I love Mr. Hiddleston’s work. If you don’t know (maybe because you may live under a rock) he’s worker on War Horse and Avengers (Loki), anyways… She’s being to the movies three times to see it since its premiere and said its great. She is also particularly fond of a certain scene… if you’ve being to the movie or have a friend like mine you KNOW which one.

However, I have a two year old that won’t sit still trough Curious George, let alone a movie mommy wants to see. So I picked up the book.

I got tell you, I think it’s fantastic!

I found the book incredibly visual and compelling. Everything that happens has a certain flow to it, and it carries you with it. It lets you know just as much information as you need, no more or less and the perspectives change. Something I love because you don’t get only one linear view on certain scenes. For me it was like watching from another angle, all the other things are still happening, how ever with the extra insight, sort of like a 360 view.

I found it interesting that even the house’s perspective (a symbolism of evil and fear of change from my interpretation) it’s also present and counted as a character, for the house is a much a character as the people in the book.

The characters are different in many ways, yet somehow the same. Deep in their own problems, haunted by their daemons, fighting for what they think the want. Love, fortune, dreams… Everything collides, schemes are discovered creating more conflict and a hell of a Gothic Romance that had me turning pages, not stopping until I hit the back cover.

I am recommending the book without seeing the movie. Something that after finishing I have to remedy, so hopefully that DVD comes out soon. All in all I am happy I broke my rule of not buying before reading it, because I will sure re-read it again in a couple of months.

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Review of the Selection Series by Kiera Cass (The Selection, The Elite & The One)

Hello y’all!

I hope you’ve had a good weekend! Mine has being great and today I want to share a review of a series that I read recently.

The Selection Series, by Kiera Cass.

1- The Selection

2- The Elite

3- The One

4- The Heir

* There are also several novellas that accompany this series. Here is the link to the amazon page of the Author where you can find all of it.

Kiera Cass

Lets dive into it!

The best way for me to try and resume this series into a one sentence description its to use some comparison. To me it was a bit of “The Bachelor” (the one on tv in the US) but put into a dystopian setting in order to get a different reaction because of it. Now for those of you who don’t know what The Bachelor is, I will explain how it pertains to the books.

The stories of this books are following closely a girl Named America. She is a 5, which means that in society she is behind in the class category. She and her family are artists and there for earning a living is hard when you depend on being hired for parties and the like… Her mother is pushy and wants her to enter the Selection, for she thinks this is the best way for the daughter to get out of the classification their society has pushed on them. The category’s pertain directly to the jobs performed by the population, the lowest, #8, are the homeless.

The Selection (here is why I compare it with the bachelor, since its sort of the same thing, without this class classification…)  is the process in which the Prince (Maxon) will chose his wife out of 35 girls from the kingdom. All of different social classes… How ever, America has already given her heart out to Aspen, a boy she’s known all her life and that she adores. How ever he is a 6 and if they were to marry, she would also become a 6, something that has had them concealing their relationship since the beginning, both because the law forbids any sort of close encounters between couples before marriage, and because she knows her mother would not approve of her lowering he caste to marry him.

The story is not to complicated at first, how ever, it does become so. America has to figure out if she wants to be there for herself and not for her family. Competition is hard, and all the girls are not as nice as she expected them to be.

For the prince how ever, its a bit more complicated. He is the one who needs to figure out which one of the girls want him, for him, and which one of them want him for the crown, his position and the power all of those will bring to the chosen one and their family. At the same time he also has to deal with the fact that his father is pushing for a certain lady, because of her upbringing, and he does not like how America is showing Maxon things about the lower castes that he’d never known of imagine existed before…

Meanwhile the Palace is being attached by the rebels, making the Selection a bit more complicated that it would have been. They seemed to also come from different fronts, and there for, The Northerners are less dangerous than the Southerners, making some of the selection ladies nervous and  ready to leave when they get to see part of the hardness that the royal family have to endure…

In the mean time, Maxon and America, both being from very different upbringings have found some common ground with in each others way of thinking and get along rather well. Sometimes better than others, of course… This is their story first and foremost.

All in all, I liked it. Its a good YA book and it keeps you hooked. When one conflict gets resolved, another one surfaces, making this series a page turner. I enjoyed the characters and the forward way of thinking (with in the parameters of the book and their society) of both the main characters, Maxon and America. She is a trip! Honestly, you will laugh with her and be completely taken aback by some of her reactions and responses…

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PS: did anyone read “The Heir” by Kiera Cass. It’s the last book and I read the synopsis and was not sold… What did you think of it?

Leave your comments below and please tell me what you think!!

As always, I hope you have a great book keeping you company.

Have a great day y’all, Ill see you soon…

C