Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

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Disclaimer: My mom picked up this book for me from the library, so I couldn’t get a nice picture of it without the scanner thing making it look crappy. Sorry!

I know, Sarah Dessen books are mainly a middle schooler thing (at least, they were for me; I’ve mostly read at a more advanced level), but when I heard she wrote a new one, I was like, “alright, I’ll read it.”

Sarah Dessen’s books usually consist of a very similar plotline to John Green’s. You know- the quirky girl with strange habits doesn’t realize she’s falling in love with the strangely hot quirky guy?

I mean, really, there was a character in here with a french fry addiction- doesn’t that sound like something John Green would fabricate?

But in all honesty, it was a good book to read- if you’re in the mood for something that doesn’t take much effort to read.

It’s the sort of book you might want to lazily pick up at the beach, because who wants to read something chock full of different ways to analyze when they’re on vacation?

Sappy romance at its finest is what I’d overall call this novel, so I decided to give it two and a half stars.

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Let me give you a rundown synopsis. Sydney (such a boring book character name) has a brother who recently went to jail. He almost killed a kid from driving drunk, but instead crippled him. Sydney feels all guilty but her mom doesn’t. Sydney then decides to be stupidly rash and transfers schools (because, you know, being around her friends during a sad time wouldn’t help at all, would it?). So here you go, a lonely girl with no friends sitting in a pizza shop meets her new best friend, who has a french fry obsession, Layla and an coincidentally hot brother, Mac.

Guaranteed you can already predict the entire rest of the book.

Legit.

And yeah, that’s pretty annoying, but sometimes we all need to read something that doesn’t require an actual brain. It was entertaining at least.

I liked it because it had some good romance. I disliked it because I knew what was going to happen.

I will be going back to some more difficult level books soon, I promise. My mom gave me the new Rupa Sepetys book in my Easter basket. Did you guys get any new reads for Easter?

Sorry for being a huge jerk to Sarah Dessen in this review! I mean, her books are great for middle schoolers. Plus, she tweeted something today that I really respected. I know it’s a bit irrelevant, but it made me like her even more.

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As a writer, I think it’s very important to feel confident in your own writings and not let the public meddle into your mind.

I’m going to leave it at that. Have a nice rest of your night, and feel free to chat in the comments.

Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

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Being a 645 page book, the fourth installment of the Throne of Glass series, aesthetically titled Queen of Shadows, took quite a while to read. However, also being part of an incredible series, it wasn’t so bad.

Queen of Shadows is a brutal fight for vengeance and victory. It’s bloody and filled with beautiful gore. Most of all, it has a NEARLY happy ending.

I think what stuck out most to me from this book was the even further development of relationships between the characters. Maas had this fantastic idea from the start, and while I do think she spoiled parts of the series (perhaps a result of a harried deadline?), I also think she has a rare talent for creating real characters. These people- I feel a deep connection with them, and I think that’s pretty hard to find in a book.

While I applaud Maas for those details, I decided on giving Queen of Shadows three stars. 3-stars

Some parts were just simply too boring and hard to get through.

I noted about three parts that stuck out to me for having some effective suspense and good plot, as well as some killer lines and gorgeous chapters. Other than that, I often felt my eyes starting to glaze over. And, if you’ve read my post from yesterday, I took a break to read The Wizard of Oz!

Overall, I wasn’t entirely pleased with the fourth book in my most current obsession, but I will be reading The Assassin’s Blade and Empire of Storms. I think I heard she’s going to write seven total books in the series (and that includes the prequel, The Assassin’s Blade, so technically 6), but I’m not entirely sure what else she can really do with the series. It seemed to me like she wrapped it up for the most part (although it took her wayyyyyy too many pages to do that).

I can’t believe this book bored me, and I’m sorry to you big fans out there, but it did. I’m not even ashamed, because I still really enjoy the whole creative plan of the story. It just seems to further prove my point that most books in a series don’t live up to the first in the series.

Once again, it would be hard to go too far into depth about the book and the synopsis without spoiling everything for you all.

I’ll just say that I really like Asterin now, and I’m not keen on calling Celaena Aelin! I also think she changed a lot from the first book, which, depending on how you view it, could be good or bad. I’d say it’s pretty good.

Her and Rowan are my OTP.

Before I wrap this up, I have one last thing to say: LYSANDRA THOUGH.

I know I bashed it a bit with the review, but I did enjoy giving Queen of Shadows a read. You should too.

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Much love!!

The Wizard of Oz

Hello from the girl who spent the first day of spring indoors reading because it’s snowing.

You guys know I’ve been binge-reading the Throne of Glass series, but today Queen of Shadows was being really boring so I picked up The Wizard of Oz, the original story by L. Frank Baum.

In total it only took me around an hour to read.

My first thoughts were that it was a beautifully arranged story with genius elements of magic. I absolutely love the whole idea; the movie has always fascinated me, and my school performed it last year.

When I finished the book, though, I started thinking about how different it was from the movie. My rule for myself is to always read the book BEFORE the movie to prevent this type of anger, but I’m pretty sure every child is introduced to the movie.

First of all, DOROTHY’S SLIPPERS AREN’T EVEN RED. What the heck???? They’re actually silver.

Second, IT WAS NOT A DREAM. In the book, Dorothy actually went to the land of Oz and lived the story.

Third, the film added characters like Mrs. Gulch, Hunk, Hickory, Zeke, and Professor Marvel. That’s right, they weren’t in the book whatsoever.

Lastly, the book had some pretty important things that the film did not. There was the town made completely of China and the Hammer-Heads. Also, I noticed there was a lot more backstory, which was something I truly enjoyed. I have a newfound love for the Flying Monkeys.

I can’t remember if this happens at the end of the film or not, but the Cowardly Lion became the King of the Forest, the Tin Woodman became the King of the Winkies, and the Scarecrow became the King of Emerald City.

Also, the great lying Wizard of Oz gave them their wishes in different ways than he did in the movie. For example, the Scarecrow got a fake brain instead of a PhD. I thought it was still pretty neat.

As someone who reads a lot of fairy-tale retellings, like Dorothy Must Die, I can finally see where the authors are coming from.

Of course, I don’t want to spoil much for you guys. This isn’t an actual review, just something I thought I’d share. You should read the book if you get the chance; it’s very short and entertaining. I bought it for about two dollars just because my book collection needed to be fed, but I’m sure you can find it for free at any library. 🙂

Hopefully spring is bringing you more lovely weather than it’s bringing me. I can’t believe it’s snowing! I wasn’t that sad to spend my day indoors reading and listening to some records, though.

Let me know your thoughts, and as always, thanks for reading!

Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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Hello! So I just received news that the fifth book to the Throne of Glass series is coming out in September, called Empire of Storms. Let me tell you, I haven’t started Queen of Shadows yet (the fourth one), but I’m already excited. Without further ado, there’s the third book in the series: Heir of Fire.

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Heir of Fire was off to a beautiful start, with Celaena across the ocean in Wendlyn. I liked how the book sort of went off in a new direction, but took its time. The new characters were no disappointment; I thought the way they were introduced was fantastic, fresh, and exciting. For example, Sorscha and Manon and Rowan. *insert heart eyes emoji*

I have a special soft spot in my heart for Sorscha, I really do. I warmed up to Rowan pretty quick, as well as Manon and her little wyvern, Abraxos.

Maas does give her characters some pretty unique names, doesn’t she?

I’m also wondering if I will have to adjust to calling Celaena Aelin. That would be pretty weird for me.

Confession: I still don’t really like Aedion, but I do see the point of him being in the story.

Another thing I really liked about this novel was the backstory it provided! Some of my questions about Celaena’s past life were FINALLY answered.

I need to focus my thoughts a bit more here; I tend to do stuff like this with series because I don’t like to give spoilers.

Celeana has a mission, and she is in the midst of a fool’s bargain right from the beginning  with Fae Queen Maeve. In order to get her “answers,” she has to endure training with Rowan. By the rude first impression I got of Rowan, I probably wouldn’t have taken the bargain myself. But Celaena has to be Celaena.

From the first book in the series, I wasn’t sure how big of a role magic was going to play in the story (because, well, you know Throne of Glass was mostly about her in the competition to be the Champion). But by the time I finished Heir of Fire, I realized the books were definitely going to be layered. There are many different aspects covered. While the books are cozy, they are also romantic and adventurous and magical.

Yup, magic is woven in everywhere, even if it’s not possible to use in Adarlan. I think everyone is expected it to be legal by the end of the series. This business with the king and his towers is making me nervous, and I want him to stop. I want everyone to be able to shift and use their magic! The Fae on other continents can, and life seems pretty awesome for them.

In fact, the series shifts from being about Celaena and her quest to become to King’s Champion to being about magic. It’s a main focal point here, Celaena trying to find the wyrdkeys so she can release everything and have the slaves be free and everyone be happy.

Well, that usually never happens.

The evil King (that’s a bit of a weird phrase, usually the evil one is the Queen)(well actually there is an evil Queen) is building an army… of mythical creatures.

Once again, not looking to spoil.

Manon’s role in here is pretty sweet. She’s a witch, and that’s all I’m going to say.

So what did I not like about the book? Well, I thought some parts went rather slow and boring. You know how sometimes an author is trying super hard to sound great, and they end up sounding cliche? Well, that’s the best way I can describe it.

Something I’ve been enjoying about this series so far is the different points of view. They switch around every chapter or so, and there’s little sections with each chapter, so if you need to set the book down to do something, you can find a place to stop pretty quickly. That also means you breeze through the 500 some pages a lot faster (i.e: in bed, “oooh, just one more section! Just one more chapter! One more! Okay, five more! Nevermind, I’ll just finish the book). It also leaves you begging for the next time it’s a certain character’s point of view, because Maas uses a lot of effective suspense. Not the annoying type of suspense. I truly do think she is a genius, a terribly brilliant author.

Dorian seemed to go downhill this book. I wasn’t gathering much from him or Chaol. I guess it might have been a metaphor of sorts, like they are no longer love interests but still play a key role in the plot?

I was still screaming at parts and getting very upset/angry. But don’t worry, that’s actually a sign of a good book.

Check out these cool quotes.

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Celaena is partly the same person, but partly broken. I haven’t done much reading on Sarah J. Maas, but I think to create such a complex character would have to result in some inspiration from herself. I also think a lot of readers can relate to Celaena, though many not on such a hardcore level.

I can’t wait to see what happens next!

I’m not too pleased with how I went about reviewing this book, but I’m proud I didn’t flake up again. I really do hope you guys read this series, if you haven’t already started. It is one of the most wonderful distractions from real life I’ve encountered. You. Will. Not. Be. Disappointed. It’s not “one of those fantasy novels.” It may just be one of the best novels you’ve read.

I’m determined NOT to bring up a certain wizard series.

But fans of something that rhymes with Narry Motter would probably love Throne of Glass.

I will talk to you guys later! Thank you so much for reading ❤

Please leave some friendly comments. Much love. 🙂

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Book 2 of the Throne of Glass Series.

418 pages of pure emotion.

A novel I flew through.

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I’m sorry I suck and forgot to take one of my artsy book pictures with it before I gave it back to my friend. But don’t fear, I started Heir of Fire yesterday and took a really cool picture. Look forward to the awesomeness.

I must tell you something. Typically, I am not a huge fan of the second/third books in any series. I find them hard to get through, and they never seem to live up to the first one. Unfortunately, Crown of Midnight was slightly less amazing than Throne of Glass.

I’m sorry, it just was. But it’s still worth four and a half stars! 🙂

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Now that Celaena is the King’s Champion, things start to get interesting. I mean, what kind of person would she be if she ACTUALLY killed the people she was paid to kill?

So many secrets are kept, and of course the little love triangle continues to torture me.

However, this book comes with a twist. There’s something hidden, something life-changing, and what person other than Celaena is left to find it?

One night, an awful tragedy happens that changes everything.

And of course, the very last page in the book reveals one of the most shocking plot twists in the entire series so far!

There’s so many little things within the big picture, which is one of the things I love most about this book.

I have to admit I was always rooting for Celaena and Dorian, but I was more than happy when Chaol spoke up about his feelings for her. Now, I am so glad  her and Dorian are done for good. What on Earth was I thinking during Throne Of Glass??? Obviously Chaol is the better guy.

She is still the coolest female fictional character ever.

I love all the new stuff, too. Like the character Mort. He is literally a talking doorknob. Can you get cooler than that?

I do think that with this sequel, the series has more of a direction it’s going in. While before, it was about Celaena finding freedom while killing people, now it’s also about magic and love and betrayal, and Celaena has to find Wyrdkeys. (Once again, it’s reminding me of Harry Potter!)

I do think Celaena has been through so much crap, and I’m hoping things look up for her in the end.

Honestly, parts were so brutal and bloody and fantastic, and others were tender and sexy and happy. Maas has developed so much as a writer, and I really can’t wait to see what the rest of the series has to bring.