24 April 2015

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Reviewer: Kayla
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Pages: 418
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: /10

Summary (thanks Goodreads):
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie...and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

My Thoughts:

OKAY IF YOU READ THRONE OF GLASS AND HAVEN’T READ THIS ONE YET WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU WAITING FOR I’M SO JUDGING YOU. this book was intense as hell. it had me on such a roller coaster i couldn't stop screaming. I LOVED THIS BOOK. SO MUCH. honestly, it’s like 10 times better than Throne, and at the end i was completely overwhelmed and i didn't know where i was, who i was, nothing. Maas' writing, impeccable, just as Throne was. Again, completely lost in the words and the world itself and i felt like i could feel what Celaena was feeling and i felt like she grew as a character and i GREW AS A PERSON. AND NO I AM NOT BEING DRAMATIC. celaena’s character is extremely dynamic and we get to see so many sides of her and then she goes and THROWS US A FUCKING CURVEBALL AT THE VERY END OF THE GODDAMN BOOK but we see Celaena at such a low point, and then we see her as she’s slaying all these asses who try to get in her way. like girl is there anything you can't do?
and then dorian. D'OH. DORIAN. SUCH DEVELOPMENT :'D he's growing into himself and you can literally see him before your eyes developing. I LOVE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT LIKE THIS. when I read Throne of Glass, I was slowly getting out of my reading slump, and it took me a loooooooooong time to read it, which pissed me off, and it’s also probably why I didn’t like it as much as I liked Crown. I flew through Crown (considering school & work factored into time wasted when i could have been READING like bitch pls i have priorities why r u forcing me to attend these functions) and like, this book made me love Dorian SO MUCH MORE as a character, especially now that he's growing into himself and knowing where he stands and his beliefs. and just the way he cares for Celaena i feel such love.

okay, Chaol, i haven't forgotten about you, boo. honestly this book made me like his character much more too, because we learn so much more about his family and how his relationship with them and how he feels about celaena. all the little things (yes i did just sing one direction in my head) in between him and Celaena were just so cute. like THEY WERE SO CUTE. SO CUTE ALL SO CUTE and then things happened and i couldn’t deal and i basically had to stop myself from screaming profanities at 5 am.

idk at this point i’m feel like i am team dorian because he’s just the cutest little thing and he’s funny and he reads and even though he’s a “lady’s man” he just genuinely wants celaena and i mean idk man. this is difficult. i love dorian. like i love him. i want him.

Final thoughts:
 i really can't get into much more of the story without giving things away, but READ THIS BOOK I COMMAND IT it's honesty incredible, there was not a single moment where i was bored or wanted to put it down. from cover to cover i was completely indulged. i'm so excited for heir of fire, but i feel i must give my emotions some rest

18 April 2015

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Reviewer: Kayla
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: /10

Summary (thanks Goodreads):

My Thoughts:
so, just so we’re all clear, this has quickly become one of, if not my all time, favourite series so far in my reading career. though i thoroughly enjoyed the first book, the second and third got my heart reaching for so much more. thank god there’s going to be many more books to come. but, but, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, friends. let us review throne of glass.

unfortunately, it took me much longer than i anticipated in reading this, and this is probably due to the fact that (a) i got the flu and did not want to do anything besides watch tv for about a week, (b) because of said flu, i got into a slump after i was over my illness, and (c) there was a criminal minds marathon on tv that i could not tear away from.
But clearly I did and I finally finished this book and holy shit balls was it fantastic. It was so well written and every single page in this book had me craving more, wanting, needing to know how this was possibly going to turn out. I did sort of predict the outcome of the characters, but I didn't expect to enjoy all the characters so much. Even when you hate a character, you really hate them, and when you love them, you really do. An agonizing amount.

Celaena is a perfect example of this. I thoroughly enjoyed her as a main character, and she’s the most kick-ass female character i’ve ever read about. I loved how she's labelled Adarlan's Assassin and is pretty much the most feared person by so many, and she's an eighteen year old girl. Her sarcasm and wit add to her charm, and she has a way of making everyone fall in love with her. Literally everyone. The relationships she forms with the other characters, not just romantically with Dorian (AHHHHHH DORIAN) and Chaol, but also platonically with Nehemia, Nox, Phillippa, even her guards whom we barely get to know, and of course the puppy who did not have a "people temperament". The way she doesn't take shit from anyone and her unwavering curiosity is a great aspect to her character we don't see often in female leads.
The problem is, though, is who I ship her with. Dorian or Chaol? Like each pair has their own strengths and both men bring out the best in her and she brings out the best in each of them. I'm so freaking excited to see where the relationship between each of them unravels from here. BUT DORIAN. I LOVE DORIAN. HE’S SO CUTE AND THE WAY HE BUGS HER AND SHE BUGS HIM SO MUCH THEY JUST WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT EACH OTHER I JUST.
I also loved how the friendship between Nehemia and Celaena played out. It was so effortless between them and it was so refreshing to see Celaena interacting with someone like Nehemia. She didn’t have to be brave and tough around her to intimidate her. It was so effortless and beautiful, tbh.

Final Thoughts:
Read this book. You should have read it yesterday. Read it and fall in love with it. And then read the second. And the third. and the fourth when it comes out. And the novellas. Wow I love this series so much

15 April 2015

Review: Under Dark Skies by A.J. Scudiere

Reviewer: Kristen
Author: A.J. Scudiere
Pages: 390
Format: eARC
My Rating: 8 out of 10

Summary (thanks Goodreads): In NightShade nothing is as it seems . . . 

Eleri Eames didn’t think she’d ever be allowed to work for the FBI again, so the special FBI division of NightShade seems like an amazing opportunity. But all too soon, her chance to start over starts to disturb her. 

When the FBI offers Donovan a chance to leave his job as a medical examiner and try his hand at something new, he takes a chance on the NightShade division. Somehow, he has to try to escape from his shadows, but can he trust Eleri with the truth? 

Thrown together on their first case, Eleri and Donovan must deal with a charismatic cult leader and his true-believers. The cult is mixed up with several decade-old kidnapping cases and the missing daughter of a prominent FBI Agent. As Eleri and Donovan dig deeper, they discover that NightShade’s mysteries aren’t coincidence. 

Their secrets will save them . . . or destroy them.

My Thoughts: First and foremost, I think that my favourite thing about this novel was the writing. It was fan-freaking-tastic. It just drew you in, from the first line to the last, and it was just stunning. Seriously, it kept me awake through the night because I just couldn't put it down (the fact that it was a school night and Kelsey and Kayla had to deal with me the next day can attest to how much I loved it). The mystery of it was enough to keep me reading, but what really intrigued me was how the author interweaved the paranormal into it. It never felt... cheesy... (I don't know if that's the right word), which is quite a large task when you're talking about witches and werewolves and vampires. (Especially vampires, but that seems like such an obvious dig toward some books that should not be named and I didn't want to go there but I did anyway). And again, I credit that completely to A.J's writing. Another thing that I loved that it never felt like it was just going on and on and on and on (kinda like I am, right now). The pacing was perfect, which is key, especially when a lot of procedural things are going on. Overall, I definitely recommend this book. It's fantastic, and I'm eagerly awaiting the next one! 

Final Thoughts: I don't know how to classify this novel because it had a bit of eeeeeverything, but I do know that you shouldn't let this one pass you by! 

11 April 2015

Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Reviewer: Kayla
Author: Marissa Meyer
Pages: 222
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 10/10

Summary (thanks Goodreads):
In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now. 

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

My Thoughts:
I understand this novella was supposed to give us a glimpse into Levana's life and why she behaves the way she does and her backstory, and let me just say it really did, and it really made me hate her even more!
Levana is a terrible villain, and I hated her from the first book, so basically she is doing it right. Her manipulation and insanity is extremely portrayed in this book, and it is clear she really did not have a chance to do anything positive with her life. Experiencing her life and her sister's wrath and everything she's done and been through makes her character all the more complex and intriguing, but still the more hateful. Levana is insane and corrupted. People have been under her control for years, and she justifies everything she does. The way she twists what people says in her mind is completely deranged and she's ruined so many lives!. She just wants everything and will accept nothing less and will go at any lengths to get it. She is literally crazy. Literally batshit crazy. And I loved it. We finally understand why she hides behind a glamour all the time and why she does things the way she does!
I completely fell in love with Winter and Evret, and I cannot WAIT for the final book to come out this year!

Final Thoughts:
Amazing novella and highly recommend if you are a fan of the series. Also DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU HAVE READ CINDER, SCARLET, AND CRESS. THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THE NOVELLA

ok thanks bye.
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