Review: Replica by Lauren Oliver

I’m back. This book did it. I have so many thoughts, I feel like my brain is going to explode. But first, I owe you all an explanation.

So many things have being going on in my life since the last time I updated this website. School started, and I got a job. But not having time is hardly an excuse, and I am sorry. Perhaps I will come back to all that later. Right now, though, I have a review for you guys.

I needed something to read, something to focus all my energy on and fully immerse myself in. One day while browsing the book aisle at Target (my favorite bookstores are too far away), a certain book cover caught my eye. It was this beauty right here.

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So what’s interesting about this book is the upside down cover that probably caught your eye. Basically, the book is split in half. The same story is told from two different points of view. You read one and then flip the book to read the other.

It doesn’t matter which way you read it first; I read Lyra first. I have been wondering what my impression of the story would have been if I had read it from Gemma’s perspective first.

Gemma and Lyra are both characters I admire and fell in love with. They were written so beautifully I caught myself rereading certain parts.

Lyra has grown up in Haven, a “medical institute” where replicas are raised. They are essentially clones that have been created and the government has kept a secret. Replicas are made to be tested on, to research diseases and other medical advancements.

Lyra knows no other life; Haven is her life. Her and the other replicas are taught that they are not human and not important. They are treated like lab rats, and that is what they think they are.

When Haven catches on fire (and NOT by accident), Lyra finds out some secrets about her past that will change her life forever, and she meets people who strengthen and love her.

Despite being told her this her whole life, Lyra is not “just a replica.” She is special, just like all of us are. Someone once told me that I am not special, that nobody is special and we are all just here floating through the space-time continuum for no reason whatsoever, that everything I do is an impact from something physics caused, and that I am not important.

I’m important, Lyra’s important, and we’re all important.

Gemma has been lucky enough to grow up outside of Haven, but its secrets still haunt her past, present, and future. She winds up running away to uncover the truth, and what she finds is scarier than what she imagined.

Luckily for Gemma, she isn’t alone. Something I really love about reading is watching characters develop relationships and fall in love. It’s truly mesmerizing.

That’s why I am so happy to be back, because books are a blessing in a crazy, hectic and busy life.

Thank you guys for reading, if anyone’s still out there. I am planning on rereading Pride and Prejudice next, because I feel like my life needs that right now. I might make a post about it, and then after that I’ll be back on my feet reviewing all sorts of new and exciting books.

lots of love!!

p.s. I might be changing the name of this website very soon, so please stay tuned :)))

PERCY JACKSON

Hey guys! I’m really sorry that it’s been so long since I have posted, but I promise lots of reviews are going to start coming in. I’ve had a busy summer so far, but I have been making lots of time to read, and my little break is over.

Today, I wanted to make a special blog post about the wonderful Percy Jackson and the Olympians.IMG_9658

It’s an incredible five-book series by Rick Riordan, and I award the novels each five stars.

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Just like Harry Potter, these books don’t feel like they’re aimed for a younger audience at all. I think people of all ages would enjoy them.

I remember reading the first book, The Lightning Thief, when I was very young. However,  I didn’t pick up the whole series until recently! It only took me a week or two to read all five books (I was out of state, all right?!), and I was glued to the pages from the start.

To begin, they’re highly educational books without seeming like it. I feel that I know an adequate amount of Greek mythology. When I was reading something completely unrelated and a Greek name came up, I immediately knew Hephaestus was the god of blacksmiths and fires!

While I’ve always found Greek mythology to be utterly fascinating, Rick Riordan took it to a whole new level. He took these old myths, which you might recognize in everyday sayings, and applied them to the modern world we live in today. It was refreshing, satisfying, and hilarious.

Percy Jackson will never grow old.

If you somehow don’t know how the first book starts off, don’t worry. Here’s a short summary written by yours truly:

Percy Jackson is just an ordinary boy with an ADHD problem and a hatred for his stepdad. He’s constantly kicked out of school for causing trouble. Him and his best friend, Grover, are on a field trip for school when things go wrong, and his math teacher turns out to be a monster.

Then Percy ends up at Camp Half Blood, where he finds out he is a demigod. The father he never met is a Greek god, and his mother is a mortal. Grover turns out to be a satyr (half human, half goat), and his ADHD is just his battle senses. He even meets a new friend, Annabeth.

However, things are not well in Olympus. Someone has stolen Zeus’s master lightning bolt, and it’s up to Percy to find it.

It might sound corny, but this series is amazing and one I will never forget. Even as a high schooler, I feel that I’ve learned some valuable life lessons from Percy Jackson. I can’t get into detail of the other four books without spoiling The Lightning Thief, but I highly recommend all my readers read the whole series.

In order, the books are:

The Lightning Thief

The Sea of Monsters

The Titan’s Curse

The Battle of the Labyrinth

The Last Olympian

Truly, I found Percy Jackson to be educational and entertaining. It made me laugh, cry, and scream. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, and Rick Riordan surely knows how to rock a plot twist.

Stay tuned for some more reviews. 🙂

Review: Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Yay! I have officially read all the books (out) by Ruta Sepetys! I did hear she’s writing another one, hopefully about World War II.

Out of the Easy, however, wasn’t about World War II like Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Grey. In fact, it’s about the time period right after, the 1950s in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

The main character, Josie Moraine, has just graduated high school and is working in a bookshop with her best friend, Patrick. She carries a secret with her: her mother is a prostitute working for the famous (for New Orleans) Madam Willie. Josie wants to escape that lifestyle and her horrible relationship with her thief of a mother, so she lives in the small apartment above the bookshop and hopes to attend college someday. When a strange man comes into the shop telling her exactly what she wants to hear, her life turns around.

Jesse is a college boy selling flowers to earn extra cash in New Orleans. He lives with his superstitious grandmother and rides a motorcycle.

So basically, who wouldn’t want to date him?

I loved the characters of Jesse, Patrick, and Josie. What surprised me the most? I actually loved Willie as well. I also loved the girls working for Willie, no matter how sad their lifestyle. Sweety and Dora always melted my heart.

As far as characters go, there was a surprising amount of them. You had those main ones, you had Charlie (Patrick’s father who sadly suffered mental deterioration), Charlotte (a rich college girl who randomly befriends Josie), and Mr. Lockwell (essentially a creepy man who gives you chills every time his name was mentioned).

I feel that I owe Charlotte a paragraph. She was raised by an awful family who lived solely by social standards, and she was able to escape that and become her own person. She was also an avid reader, English major at Smith college (prestigious women’s college, able to PILOT AN AIRPLANE, and was kind. I wish the friendship of Charlotte and Josie was able to connect more, like if they lived closer.

I also wish I got to know the character of Charlie before he came old and sick. Patrick and Josie talked about him in the sweetest, most respectful way. He must have been a wise gentleman.

I hated the character of Cincinnati. He was basically after Josie and stole away her mother, Louisa. Although, her mother was no better in that aspect.

One thing I often notice about books is that every word on every page is there for a reason. I found that Ruta Sepetys included a lot of unnecessary parts in the book, and it surprised me.

Please tell me someone else noticed Patrick might’ve been gay?!?!?

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There’s nothing wrong with getting a little beside the point, but it was just an observation. I thought it made the book rather cozy and detailed.

Ruta Sepetys never ceases to amaze me.

Short and sweet blog post for you guys 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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Yes, I have been getting a lot of reading done lately. Let’s get right into the review!

I am ashamed to say my first thoughts while reading Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys were “I hate this book. It’s too confusing. Each chapter is way too short and it switches between four characters.” I’m so thankful I decided to continue reading, because this may be one of the most influential books in my life.

It was given to me for Easter, and I took a short break from reading it, so I didn’t finish it until this morning (by the way, I’ve had a very productive morning. I woke up early to finish this, then proceeded to work out my arms, abs, legs, and did some cardio. Then I walked the dog, did yoga, cleaned, wrote, and am getting some blogging done! It’s not even 2:00 yet. Yay me).

I’m sorry the picture doesn’t have the true cover on it; I sometimes take the jackets off while reading. It’s a very pretty book:

 

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Not only is it gorgeous, but it was SUCH. A. GOOD. BOOK.

It’s 1945, nearly the end of World War II. Four teenagers, all born of a different country, cross paths on the German Ship Wilhelm Gustloff. Each of them has their secrets, and each of them has a different reason for leaving Germany. The ship is supposed to represent safety, until tragedy strikes, again, as it always does during brutal war.

World War II is my favorite time period to read about, as you all know. People think I’m crazy for wanting to read about such a miserable time period. But I’ve always been drawn towards those types of books, and this one was no different.

By the end, I was too shocked to cry. I was too sad, too changed.

This is the type of book that changes you forever.

I couldn’t believe how quickly I read it once I finally got into it. Because of the short chapters, I couldn’t put it down. It was truly captivating. All of the characters were ones I felt a true connection to.

Sepetys has an incredible, true talent. I felt the same way after reading Between Shades of Grey. And I just found out the two books are actually related, in terms of the characters. If you’ve read these books and want to know what I’m talking about, please leave a comment.

My heart is going crazy with excitement.

I absolutely love how she brings attention to the Lithuanian side of the war. Mostly everyone focuses on the mistreatment of the Jews, but it was really an eye-opener to read about something not well-known and understood.

Disaster kept me on the edge of my seat, and I think everyone was on their toes during the more gruesome parts. Every time a person died, I had to remind myself it was a small scale compared to everything that happened during the war.

If you don’t know much about this, I encourage you to educate yourself. It’s fascinating and terrible. I would never have thought I would find any form of entertainment in a book about such a sad topic, but it was surprising.

Joana, Emilia, Florian, and Alfred. The main characters I loved (except Alfred, but nobody liked him much). I even loved the side characters. They hold a special place in my heart.

Please, please, please read the book.

It’s just amazing how love continues throughout lack of peace. That’s all I have to say.

Review: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

How do you feel after finishing a book you’ve been reading for a while? Emotional? Angry? Sad? Happy? Relieved? How about all of those at once? That’s how I felt after I finished The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas.

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Admittedly, I opened up the prequel with low expectations. Novellas usually don’t do it for me. Boring, stupid, pointless, and nonsense are some words I typically use to describe them. However, I was in for a shock after the first chapter of The Assassin’s Blade, prequel to the Throne of Glass series containing five novellas. If you haven’t already, read my review here.

Altogether, I found the stories fun, entertaining, brutal, true, and interconnected. If you aren’t a fan of the series, you probably won’t understand well. Celaena is working at the Assassin’s Guild as Adarlan’s Assassin under Arobynn Hamel. He sends her on a mission, and since it’s Celaena, chaos breaks lose.

We all know and read about Celaena’s love for Sam, another member of the Guild, and this is where we finally get to meet him. My heart was smashed to a pulp like it was put through a blender. Maas showed us how their love came to be, and, tragically, how it ended. The book brought us right to the beginning of Throne of Glass, where Celaena was a slave in the salt mines. It also told a story of what happened in between and how everything came to be.

I was amazed at the connections to the series. Amazed.

Either Maas’s memory is inhuman or she read through the series again to remember even the faintest details (like Celaena throwing a knife at Lysandra!).

I’m not sure if I’ve read a better adventure story in a while, from pirates to saving lives to freeing slaves to falling in love.

Something I believe is that throughout life you will fall in and out of love many times with many people, because love grows and changes. I am so happy to say the Throne of Glass series supports that belief; Celaena has had lots of love and loss. Lots of books nowadays base their plots on the idea of soulmates, and the main characters usually only fall in love once. I love Maas for this.

She’s also super real, and Celaena has real life woman problems. I love when books include small details like going to the bathroom, because it’s reality.

Throughout reading An Assassin’s Blade, I laughed, shouted, and nearly cried.

So obviously I recommend it to all of you.

Thank you for reading! Please share with a fellow book-lover.

All the love,

Letslovebooks. ❤

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.