Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I told you guys there would be a review up really soon! In yesterday’s post, I mentioned I was about halfway through. Well, I finished today and I’m currently reading the next book in the series illegally in an online pdf…

Title: Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Page Count: 405

Series: Book One of the Throne of Glass series

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I’m going to start out by giving this fantastic book five whopping stars.

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My friend lent me her copy of Throne of Glass, and right from the first page I fell in love with the story and the main character, Celaena.

When the novel opens, Celaena is a slave taken away from her death camp to meet with the prince, Dorian. He’s giving her a second chance. She’s known as Adarlan’s Assassin, and even though she’s just 18, she is the most well known killer.

The King needs a new Champion, and Celaena is selected to compete against 23 men to win. Yup, she is the only girl. She’s taken to the palace, where one man wins her affections and another protects her. A new friend is made when the Princess of Eyllwe visits.

Soon, Celaena discovers that the banned magic of the world is still playing a large role in life, and there’s an evil force in the castle she must help rid.

Surprisingly, parts of Throne of Glass reminds me of Harry Potter. I know, leave it to a Potterhead to relate everything to Harry Potter, but it’s true! I mean, the way the champions had tasks in order to win reminded me of the Tri Wizard Tournament.

But that’s not the only reason I loved the start to this beautiful series, I promise. It’s just such a… comfort book. Like comfort food, but in book form. If you need warmth and cuddles and happiness, pick it up. Just because the main character is an assassin doesn’t mean she isn’t totally awesome and sweet. Sure, she’s a bad girl, but she also loves reading and music and eating.

Another cool thing I found out is that the author, Sarah J. Maas, starting writing it when she was still in high school. Go, Sarah! It kind of gives me hope that my own works will be published and famous someday.

Something I do when I’m reading a book is try to figure out what parts they originally wrote and what parts were added in during the editing process. It’s pretty weird, I know. In a way, I could tell which parts Maas wrote during high school, and which parts she wrote towards the other end of the decade it took to get her book published.

There are things I randomly think of while reading, and I’m like “ooh, I really want to mention this on my blog!” Since this is easily one of my new favorite books, I wanted to spend some more time talking about it on here.

The way Celaena’s past still haunts her yet she is still the strongest female character I’ve ever been introduced to gives me chills. She survived an entire year in a death camp, and if that’s not hardcore, I’m not really sure what is. Is there anything that Celaena can’t do? I’m not totally sure. Everyone was pretty shocked when she busted out the ole piano tunes, but I wasn’t. And Dorian couldn’t wrap his head around the fact that she loved reading, but for me it was just another thing we had in common.

And I can’t forget her little puppy, Fleetfoot. I saw him as a symbol that Celaena was beginning to be accepted as a permanent member of the castle. I also viewed the dog as a connection between Celaena and Dorian.

I love finding symbolism in books. Isn’t it the coolest?

Another symbol I picked up on is the castle itself. Part of it is made of stone, and part of it is made of glass (hence the title, Throne of Glass). I think this shows there is loyalty within its walls as well as betrayal. Evil and good. Bad magic and good magic.

I can’t wait to find out what happens in the rest of the series.

I’ve said this about a few books before, but I’ll say it again because it may just be the greatest compliment you can give a book: it. kept. me. distracted.

I spent hours with my nose in Throne of Glass. I was so enticed.

“You could rattle the stars.”

There were also plenty of noteworthy quotes folded within. 😉

I love love love this book! There is absolutely nothing negative I can think of. As a reviewer, that is really saying something.

Celaena’s life in the castle was an object of envy for me. I mean like, she woke up in her own little apartment, had what I assume was an amazing tasting breakfast, got ready with the help of a maid, and then went to beat up dudes for a few hours as her “training.” Then, she spent her afternoons in the castle library or exploring or going on walks with the PRINCE.

I want to kiss a prince!

Only if he’s handsome and nice, though.

Which I can assure you Dorian is.

You know how you wish you could live a day in the life of your favorite book? This book brought me so many of those emotions! I could just cry all day about it.

I feel like I cannot express this enough. Ugh.

I guess that’s it for now, then. Please expect a new post soon and leave some comments. I know some of you guys love Throne of Glass.

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Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Hey girls and guys! I’m sorry it’s been a little while since the last time I posted. I’m making plans to post something really soon that isn’t a review. But I do have one for you today.

Have you read it?

Title: The Young Elites

Author: Marie Lu

Page Count:355

My review: 2 1/2 stars :/ Two-half-stars

The cover really isn’t spectacular, but I did take an artsy picture of the book, so here you go:

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There’s a really cool app that lets you put ’90s filters on your pics! But anyways…

The Young Elites starts off mysteriously, with a survivor of the deathly fever… Not only was she one of the rare kids to live, but she has a “power.” They all do.

The government is convinced these poor children are bad luck and bound to go on killing sprees, just because of the supernatural abilities. They’re deemed “malfettos,” which I think is Italian for bad luck (but please don’t quote me on that!).

And what’s a teen novel without a special protagonist? Of course Adelina has the ability to create illusions!

She’s also pretty wicked. The book begins with her killing her terrible father (I mean, she wasn’t trying to! But he was selling her off to be a mistress).

Ooh! There’s also lots of flashbacks to her past, where she lived with her father and sister, Violetta. The dad was awful and mean, and he favored Violetta just because she was NOT a malfetto. He abused poor Adelina.

So, she’s about to be executed for the murder of her father when the Young Elites save her. That’s what the group of superpower children who survived the fever are called.

I forgot something! Everyone, well that is, every malfetto, has a marking. Adelina’s is her silver hair, but she’s also missing an eye (unrelated to her power).

The Young Elites whisk her off to Fortunata Court, where they begin to train her and eventually accept her as her own.

But of course, something always has to go wrong!

Honestly, I only gave The Young Elites a rating of HALF the stars possible, because it just seemed like a silly idea to me. Many parts didn’t make sense, or they were overdramatic. There was also this one really gross aspect to the novel that I’m not going to talk about on here.

Overall, I don’t really recommend reading it unless you’re really into that type of story.

I’m sorry if this was a disappointing review! The book was disappointing.

But good news! I started Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, and I’m halfway through. I LOVE IT!!!!!

Expect a 5-star review really soon!

Thanks for reading! Let me know what book you’re in the middle of.

Review: GLASS SWORD BY VICTORIA AVEYARD!!!!!!!!!!

Guys! I am so excited!! If you’ve followed me for a while, you know how much I fangirled over Red Queen and if not, click the link and read that review or else you’ll be lost.

I absolutely love Victoria Aveyard! She is an incredible author, and I can tell she’s going to be as big as Suzanne Collins, if she isn’t already considered so.

So I was actually with my mom at Target when she bought my copy of Glass Sword, but it was my Valentine’s Day gift so I wasn’t allowed to start it until Sunday. Today’s Tuesday, and I finished it around noon (my school was cancelled due to the weather).

Anywho, look at the gorgeous cover. I could just stare at the book for ages. It also looks incredibly beautiful on my shelf next to Red Queen and Cruel Crown. I cannot wait until Aveyard writes the third novel in the series (will it be a trilogy? I’m not sure).

I gave Red Queen five stars, and I have been agonizing over this all afternoon, but I’m sadly going to have to give its fantastic sequel four and a half…four and a half stars

As a reviewer, I really shouldn’t feel bad about the ratings I give!

If you haven’t read Red Queen or my review on it I’ll give you a quick update before I go into the summary of Glass Sword and talking in depth about it (yup, this post will probably end up being the length of a short novel!). So basically, the world is divided into two people- those with Red blood and those with Silver blood. Silvers have awesome magical abilities, and Reds are usually workers. Mare Barrow, the heroine of the story, is a Red by blood and a Silver by ability.  She has the power to create lightning and electricity.

Just so you know, this is NOT supposed to happen by the government’s standards!

When the palace realizes Mare’s talent, they basically make her pretend to be engaged to the prince Maven.

Prince Maven is evil, but we didn’t discover that until the end of Red Queen, when he and his mother, Queen Elara, made his older prince brother, Cal, kill his dad.

That’s crazy, right? I loved it.

Now that you’re all caught up, I can get into the juicy bits of Glass Sword. When the book starts, Mare, her not-dead brother Shade, and Cal are on an underground train of sorts, with Captain Farley of the Scarlet Guard, the rebel group. They’re on their way to safety.

Mare has with her a lengthy list of names. All of these people are just like her- red blooded with Silver abilities. Mare and her fellas spend the majority of the novel searching for the people, named “Newbloods.”

One of the first Newbloods Mare and Cal recruited was Ada, my new favorite character. I mean, her ability is so awesome! She remembers every sentence, every word, every detail she reads. That means she can learn a language within hours. Imagine how helpful that would be…

The crew also discovers people with abilities like controlling gravity and sound.

Altogether, they formed a pretty deathly army.

The whole book is kind of centered around the idea that Mare will either turn evil or not.

If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.”

So there’s that.

Aveyard did a fantastic job at writing the sequel to the crazy story she created. I fell in love all over again, and it also brought lots of feels. Like  screaming”ARE YOU SERIOUS?”  in your head of course, because it’s like one in the morning and your family is asleep and you should probably be asleep too but you’re determined to finish the book. Yeah.

Maybe I was just tired, but I found the beginning hard to get into. I was like, “oh dear, it’s going to be that kind of thing.” Like, call me crazy, but Mockingjay, the third and last Hunger Games novel by Suzanne Collins WAS SO BORING TO ME.

I’m so glad I got through the boring part. Although, I could probably reread it and not get bored.

I was also worried I would find a lot of cliches. Like here’s yet another dystopian-ish book about a messed up government and a rebellion, right? But there was none of that crap. It was an honest, good read.

I think all of my readers would like it, so I recommend it to  you cuties, any age!

With the way the epilogue ended, I have an idea of what the next book will entail, but I’m still pretty nervous and curious to see what will happen!

By the way, it was 440 pages long and felt like 100. I am left craving more of this captivating idea. My mind is just boggled at how Aveyard came up with the plotline. It must have taken her forever to give each character their special ability and a super-cool name as well.

That’s another thing I love about this book series: the character names. I mean, Mare, Shade, Gisa, Farley, Calore? Those must have taken some severe thinking on the author’s part.

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Review: The Elite and The One by Kiera Cass

Happy Sunday, and Happy Valentine’s Day! Did any of you get books for Valentine’s Day? My mom gave me Glass Sword, the sequel to Red Queen (the book you’ve all heard me rave about). I’ve already started it, but that’s not what I’m here to post about today.

If you’ve been following, you know I read The Selection last week. Well, it was only a matter of days before I finished the rest of the trilogy. I decided to review The Elite and The One in the same blog post, because I breezed through them in like two days and can’t remember where one stops and the other starts!

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Want to know something fascinating about these books? They are all the same amount of pages. Yup, all three are 323 pages long… That’s aesthetically pleasing.

Although it’s bothering me that The Selection and The Elite are taller than The One. Why would they do that?!?!?

ANYWAYS. Back to the review.

As always, I was slightly disappointed with the sequel in comparison to the first book. I don’t think Kiera Cass could have beat The Selection.

Right away, I have to give The Elite and The One four stars.

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It just seemed a bit unnecessary for Cass to drag out the process the way she did. At times during The Elite, I found myself saying, “Come on, hurry it up Prince Maxon.” Like seriously, he was taking so long to narrow down his marriage choices! It was evident from the beginning who he would pick, but he had dumb reasons to keep the other girls there in the castle with him, where they were clearly in danger.

However, I must say that even though the books were predictable, I was never really bored. Sometimes, America would confuse me with how she felt towards the two love interests in her life. She would change her mind so much!

I really don’t want to spoil these books for you, but I can say that the ending was immensely satisfying. I absolutely fell in love!

Let me explain myself a bit here. I didn’t want to make this review long, because I talked a lot about the story in my review for The Selection. I just don’t have much else to say. I do really recommend the whole trilogy, though.

I’m sorry if this is disappointing! I promise I’ll have some longer posts up soon.

Enjoy your books and your chocolate on this fabulous holiday. Even if you don’t have a Valentine, like me, treat yourself and be happy today.

Thank you for reading.

Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

¡Hola! Este libro es muy bien. 🙂 

Translation? This book was totally worth 5 stars!! 

  
I know, I’ve been giving them out too much lately! But this one is an older novel I’m pretty sure everyone has read because I’ve seen it at every bookstore for at least years. You’ve definitely heard of it. I’m sorry for being so behind and only starting it now!

Title: The Selection

(Book one of the selection series)

Author: Kiera Cass

Page count: 326

  
A short summary, just because you guys definitely know what The Selection is about. 

Basically, a totally normal girl called America Singer, who is what they call a “Five,” signs up for the Selection. It’s basically a pool of girls, and 35 of them are selected to court the prince. Of course, only one will marry Prince Maxon, and he gets to choose her. 

I think it’s a cool concept, but it’s nothing that I have never heard of. 

Let me explain their world more. It’s super duper far into the future, after the made up Fourth world war. They’re ranked by class in numbers, eight being the worst and one being the best. Since America is a Five, she’s a musician. 

Hopefully that was detailed enough to get you up to date if you haven’t picked up this lovely book. 

I think the thing I loved most was the peek into America’s previous life with her loving family before she was Selected (that’s not a spoiler, right? Why else would the book be about her if she wasn’t selected). Music just fascinates me, and although I couldn’t hear America play, I could just tell she was talented. 

Strange name, right, America? Think about that. She lives in a country called Illéa, right where the U. S. A. used to be. 

Prince Maxon is also a cool fella. I’d definitely fall for him. Not Aspen, though. But I’m sure a lot of you go crazy over Aspen. Comment below who you like more! I want to hear from you ladies and gents who have read The Selection. 

I’m getting off topic, but I also want to hear how you think I can improve this blog. Obviously I would like a huge book nerd, but I want to expand this beautiful online place we’ve all created. 

Back to the book! Thank goodness I bought the sequel to The Selection, The Elite, because the ending was such a bad cliffhanger. I was unsatisfied and immediately started the next book in the series (review up soon, and that’s a promise you can take to my grave). 

The cover art is also splendid, isn’t it?

Kiera Cass truly is a talented author, and I would pay some good money to read more of her works. I loved the way she added artistic detail to the story and made it pretty. She didn’t TRY to make it pretty, she just did. And that’s such an incredible thing, if you ask me. I hope to do that someday if I ever publish a book or any of my writings. 

The plot line was a page-turned. I actually finished The Selection in a few hours. It wasn’t too lengthy, which I think is good for a change. 

I’m starting to get really tired, guys, so I’m sorry but that’ll have to be it for today. I can’t think of much else to say except everyone should read it! There wasn’t any bad language or inappropriate behavior from what I can remember. You could read The Selection to a toddler. 

Overall, I’m happy I picked up the book and never set it down. 

Review: Girl Through Glass by Sari Wilson

Title: Girl Through Glass

Author: Sari Wilson

Page Count: 286

Publishing Company: Harper Collins

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As soon as I opened the package from the mail, I was extremely excited. The cover art attracted me immediately, as well as the description on the inside of the jacket.

Girl Through Glass alternates between the late 70’s/early 80s and present day. I loved reading the sections told through 11-year old Mira’s perspective as she grew up in the 1970s New York City. To add more depth to Mira’s character as she goes through her parent’s divorce, she is a talented ballet dancer accepted to the prestigious School of American Ballet (SAB). As she is working hard to become the ballerina of her dreams, Mira meets an older man named Maurice, the only person she trusts during the difficult time of her life. Maurice is a balletomane, also described as Mira’s mentor and “friend.” Mira’s life is changed as her relationship with Maurice grows inappropriate.

Meanwhile, in present day, Kate is a professor of dance who embarks on a nostalgic journey through New York City when she receives a mysterious letter from a man she long thought to be dead. Or is she really running away from a risky affair that could potentially ruin her career?

Are you wondering how Mira and Kate could possibly be related?

I breezed through the first half of the book in hours. The first chapter amazed me. It really did. And there was this one part from the first half of Girl Through Glass that touched me, to the point I started reading it aloud to my friend’s and family.

Absorbed I was for quite a while with this gorgeously-written novel.

And then it started to get weird…

By the end of the novel, I was pretty creeped out, not that it’s exactly a bad thing. I understand how certain events supplemented the story. But Sari Wilson is more of a romantic writer, and I think when she creates something like this, it becomes too awkward and hard to read. Cringe-worthy perhaps? I think she was much better at describing the world of dance than creating this story.

For once, I don’t have a favorite character. I was more fascinated by the little stories that seemed to make up a big one.

I did like a lot of things about the book, though. Mira, short for Mirabelle, really was a special girl. Lots of girls can probably relate to her lifestyle, especially if they are dancers. She struggled through a lot and still came out strong, which is always admirable. I loved the way she got through each day, and then the next and the one after that. The way she ended up having to go to a special school just so she could dance more was interesting for me. It kind of reminded me of the show Dance Moms. Did any of you guys ever watch it?

Mira liked to be plain and neat and perfect, all while working hard and keeping secrets. What’s not to like here?

There is something that made me admire her less, but if I said so I’d spoil the whole story for you guys.

I think we’ll have to leave it at that. It wasn’t my favorite book, but I don’t regret reading it. There is always a lesson to be gained from every story. I don’t think I will ever forget this one.

Unfortunately, I can’t recommend this book to everyone unless you are older than fourteen. I do think a teenage and older audience would love Girl Through Glass.

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Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I feel like I have been reading so slowly lately, and I’m at the negative point where I doubt I will reach my goal of 100 books this year. But then I remind myself: it’s much better to fully enjoy one book than to skim through 100. So even if I only read one more book this year, I think it will be worth it. I interpret every story so deeply and try to bring something out of everything I read. I’m trying to encourage everyone to do the same, to find quality instead of following the norm. Even if I have been feeling awful lately, I really hope all the readers out there can gain something if they ever see my blog.

Also, I’m not incredibly proud of the pictures I tried to take of the cover of my most recent read for you guys, but I did at least put in an effort.

Without further ado, here it is.

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Title: An Ember in the Ashes

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Page count: 446

Publisher: Razor Bill (branch of Penguin Random House)

Released: April 28, 2015

Is there a sequel: Yes, it’s called A Torch Against the Night, and I will be reading it eventually.

Will there be a movie: Apparently so

What’s it about?

The book’s been out for a while, so I’d be surprised if you haven’t heard of it. I was surprised that I didn’t pick it up until recently, because I’d been drooling over it. Basically, it switches between the point of view of Laia, a slave, and Elias, a soldier. Both of them have secrets that could get them killed. The world they live in is dystopian-ish, and their “country” is called the empire. It’s divided into Scholars and Martials. Believe it or not, the Scholars are the low-lifes and slaves. The Martials mostly go Blackcliff, a military academy, where they train to become the most hardcore soldier- a mask.

What I also love about the world in An Ember in the Ashes is the magical creatures that exist. You have Augurs, jinns, ghuls, and other creepy characters.

What do you assume will happen when Laia and Elias meet?

I can tell you there’s more than one love interest for each of them, and the loyalty tore my heart into pieces.

Helene is by far my favorite character in the whole novel, because she was one of few girls training to be a Mask, yet the strongest. She also did have a hidden girly side, as you’ll find out. Her friendship with Elias seemed like goals, but near the end it was far from perfect. I wish things would have gone better for Helene. Definitely a fictional character I’d love to meet one day.

I also grew to have a soft spot for Izzi and Cook. It feels great to have the main characters ranked below three others on your favorites list…

Another thing I loved about An Ember in the Ashes was the great distraction it’s able to provide. Nothing was boring, and it was easy to dive into.  It may be repetitive since I say this all the time, but there’s nothing better than a book you can’t pull away from. If you’re ever sad, read An Ember in the Ashes.

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That’s all I have for now! I’m trying to give my blog posts more quality as well, making them concise rather than rambling on for 2000 words about something I could say shorter.

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