Throne Of Glass Review.

Sarah J. Maas’s story of a young girl’s survival is both gripping and beautiful. You won’t want to put this one down.

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince 16034235Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

After a year in the salt mines of Endovier, a slave camp in the country of Erilea, renowned assassin Celaena Sardothien is surprised to be summoned by the crown Prince of Endovier himself, Dorian Havilliard. He has a proposition for her, one that she certainly cannot refuse.

“Names are not important. It’s what lies inside of you that matters.”

He offers her to be his champion on his fathers competition. A competition to see who will become Adarlan’s Assassin, the person who will do all of the king’s dirty work for him. 9 weeks in the castle competing with other men, the thieves, criminals, and assassins from all around the continent.  If she wins, then she will be work for the king for four years, and have her criminal record pardoned, and she is free to live out the rest of her life however she chooses.

“Sometimes, the wicked will tell us things just to confuse us–to haunt our thoughts long after we’ve faced them.”

As the best assassin in history, Celaena agrees, and they leave for the castle. Not long into the competition, something, or someone starts killing the competitors, and Celaena must find out who, or else she might be the next to perish.

“Still, the image haunted his dreams throughout the night: a lovely girl gazing at the stars, and the stars who gazed back.”

Before I read this, I didn’t really know much about this book besides the basic premise and that it was supposed to be really good. I had just read two other books by Sarah J. Maas, her A Court Of Thorns And Roses series, which was awesome, so I thought I would give this a try. I thought it was really good. I definitely rooted for the characters and was invested in them throughout the novel. The premise of this book felt new, I haven’t really read any books about assassin competitions before, nor have I heard of any, so that was cool too. The characters were really nice, I love that Celaena loves to read as much as I do. These characters felt like real people. The pacing of this novel was good as well, which is always something that I look for.

Overall

I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars, and I am already reading the second one, I can’t wait to see where this series goes. I’ve heard it’s great and I must conquer. I would recommend this to fans of Sarah J. Maas’ A Court Of Thorns And Roses series and fantasy in general.

 

 

The Kiss Of Deception Review.

A girl just wants to have fun… and freedom. Mary E. Pearson’s novel is about the risks and rewards one princess finds in trying to control her own life.

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.16429619

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

“It can take years to mold a dream. It takes only a fraction of a second for it to be shattered.”

Mary E. Pearson’s fantasy novel centers on a princess named Lia. Lia wants a life different from her current one, one outside that of royalty. her parents have already made arrangements for her marriage, and she is none too thrilled about it.

“Maybe there was no one way to define it. Maybe there were as many shades of love as the blues of the sky.”

She is to marry prince Jaxon, whom she has never met before. Her parents have chosen this suitor so that they may have a much needed political alliance with his country. Lia is not the type of girl to take this sort of injustice lying down, so in the morning on the day of her wedding, she escapes with her best friend, and they flee their county of Morrighan to go and live with her friends cousin in the countryside.

“If one can’t be trusted in love, one can’t be trusted in anything. Some things can’t be forgiven.”

This is where Lia settles into her new life as a waitress in a small bar. She is quite content with her new situation, that is, until she meets two handsome strangers in the tavern. Their names are Kaden and Rafe, and she can’t get enough of either of them. She forms budding relationships with both over the course of a couple months. Lia has no idea who these men are, and why they have been sent to track her down. One is an assassin sent to kill her, and the other is the prince that she left at the altar. During her attempt at normalcy, many secrets are revealed, and many adventures await for Lia and company.

“Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.”

I had heard about this book a lot on Booktube, it had really high rating’s on Goodreads, and the premise was intriguing, so I thought I should just pick this book up and give it a go. I thought it was okay. It wasn’t really my cup of tea, per se. I thought the pacing was kind of slow, as this book is absolutely massive, it took me awhile to finish it, and I even had it on audiobook as well, if that tells you anything. I din’t find anything in it really compelling, but I did think that it was quite well written, with in-depth detail that allowed me to picture everything that happened without be too detailed.

Overall

I thought this was a good book, I might pick up the sequel. I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars, and would recommend for people who are fans of fantasy. Mary E. Pearson is a good writer, I just didn’t enjoy this one too much.

 

Snow Like Ashes Review.

Sara Raasch delivers a beautifully written fantasy that’ll have you gripped until the very last word.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magicSnow Like Ashes or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

“Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.”

Meira is just one of the eight people left from her kingdom of Winter, when it was taken from them 16 years ago. She and her best friend Mather were both orphans from the deadly war that took their parents, Mather’s being the King and Queen of Winter. Meira and Mather have been training their entire lives to be able to fight to free their people and take their country back.

“Someday we will be more than words in the dark.”

Meira has always felt like a nobody. She stays at camp and trains, and that’s it. She is not allowed to out on missions, or do anything besides sit around and wait. The only joy she gets from her days are when she gets to spend time with the boy she loves, Mather. Meira doesn’t know it, but she was never meant to be a nobody. When one day, she finally decides to take matters into her own hands, and use the skills she’s spent years honing, she learns that the choice was never hers in the first place.

“They make decisions; they mold your future. The trick is to find a way to still be you through it all.”

This book had an interesting premise, and I just knew that it was something I really wanted to read. I hadn’t heard much about it, but when I read about, it felt really original, which was awesome. I really liked this book. The pacing was great, the world was good, really nice characters, and an unexpected plot. It brings the emotional attachment to the characters, so you really feel everything that happens. Sara Raasch took me to an entirely new world that I thoroughly enjoyed.

“Fear is a seed that, once planted, never stops growing.”

Overall

I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars and would recommend. This series is now complete so you can marathon it if you so choose, which I love to do and would also recommend. Sara Raasch  transports you to a rich new world with her excellent writing and exciting plot.

 

 

The Winner’s Curse Review.

A tale of crime, passion, and rebellion, woven together into a dazzling, shining, dystopian.

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love…

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, The Winner's Curse Review On 802 Book Review.seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

“Happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous.”

For once, a YA book without a love triangle, how refreshing. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good love triangle. I mean, Peeta, Katniss, and Gale, Clary, Jace, and Simon, Tessa, Will and Jem, are all phenomenal triangles, just to name a few. I actually really valued the directness of this couple. It was clear from the beginning that they were meant to be together. Marie Rutkoski still managed to bring the angst, and lots of it.

Oh man, mystery, intrigue, slavery, parties, this book was great. It focuses on a girl of about 17, named Kestrel. Kestrel is the daughter of her countries greatest war general, and she is quite wealthy because of it. She only has her father, as her mother died when she was young. Her father looks down upon her because she does not want to be a warrior. Kestrel’s true strengths are in stratagem and her piano. She has a mind for concertos and concise calculations.

Our story truly starts when Kestrel is in the market one day, and the auction catches her eye, more accurately, one slave catches her eye. His name is Arin, and he is touted as a blacksmith and a singer. Kestrel bids and wins, paying the so called, Winner’s Curse. She paid more money than anyone else valued him worthy. Thus their journey begins. . .

“He knew the law of such things: people in brightly lit places cannot see into the dark.”

My two favorite things about this book were the original plot line, and the lovely characters. I’m a sucker for a strong male lead, what can I say? Can I just mention how amazing this writing is, by the way? Marie Rutkoski has an exceptional gift for storytelling. Her writing is so beautiful, the prose is practically poetry that most people actually want to read.

Oh, this world. Valoria, Herran, no matter, it’s all beautiful. The Winner’s Curse is a historical piece, and I can’t really say which time period for sure, as it’s also a dystopian, I would have to say around the Victorian Era. I love this time period, it is my favorite, the parties, the etiquette, the horse drawn carriages. It’s a simpler time, and I’m officially obsessed.

The plot of this book felt new for me. It featured a wonderful romance that unfolds beautifully throughout the novel. I would say that it one of, if not the, biggest points of the entire story. The book as far as I can tell focused on Kestrel and Arin’s paradigm, their relationship, and the political plot took a backseat. The secondary plot in this book was good too. It was rich and complex, but I could still follow along, so that was great.

One of the over arching themes was deceit. These two were constantly dealing in lies. To each other, to themselves, to everybody around them. You’re never really quite sure whether what they say, when they say it, is truth or fiction, and that was an interesting, and important piece in this story.

“The truth can deceive as well as a lie.”

Ah, my favorite part. I do love a good male lead. They really make the story for me. Arin is one of the best I’ve read in awhile. He’s strong, smart, a great actor, determined, and is resilient. He’s been through a lot, but he doesn’t let it outwardly show. Also, he is a great singer, does it get any better?

Next we have Miss Kestrel Trajan. An exceptional heroine to match the equally exceptional Mister Arin. She’s whip-smart and knows how to use her brain. She is a fantastic strategist, as well as a pianist. She can wield a weapon and cut just as deeply as with her mind. She’s got passion to spare and doesn’t give up easily. Don’t mess with this girl, lest you have to deal with the consequences.

Overall

This book kept me on my toes, and I enjoyed every wonderful minute. The characters, story, writing, and period all come together to create this magical, exciting, star-crossed novel. I give this book a four out of five stars.

An Ember In The Ashes Review.

Masks, trial, and a forbidden love, all woven together into Sabaa Tahir’s debut novel.

I WILL TELL YOU THE SAME THING I TELL EVERY SLAVE.

THE RESISTANCE HAS TRIED TO PENETRATE THIS SCHOOL COUNTLESS TIMES. I HAVE DISCOVERED IT EVERY TIME.An Ember In The Ashes

IF YOU ARE WORKING WITH THE RESISTANCE, IF YOU CONTACT THEM, IF YOU THINK OF CONTACTING THEM, I WILL KNOW

AND I WILL DESTROY YOU.

Laia is a slave.
Elias is a soldier.
Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

Okay, I was never really interested in this book when I first heard about it. I thought, “Yeah, maybe I’ll read it”. I never really took an interest until I heard about it on Booktube. I think it was Sasha who said that it was really good, and I tend to trust the opinions of my favorite Booktubers. I also heard that there was a movie in the works for this book, and at the time it hadn’t even been released yet, so I thought, “Wow, this book must be really good if it already has a movie deal and it hasn’t even been released yet”. So, a few days after I heard about it, I pre-ordered it. Let’s get on with this review, shall we?

“Fear is only your enemy if you allow it to be.”

What I really liked about this book was the dual POV. It features the point of view of Laia, a Scholar girl willing to risk it all to save her brother, and Elias, A Tribal boy who’s the best mask the academy has ever seen. I think that the dual POV really helped me to learn about both of the characters, and it kept the story very fluent, and it kept it from becoming boring. What I also didn’t like about each of the characters experiencing different things at the same tie was that there were only about six or seven scenes that they were even in the same room. I would’ve liked to have seen more interaction between Elias and Laia. I love when there is at least a little it of romance but this book really didn’t have any, it was very minimal, which I didn’t like very much.

I really liked the writing style. Some people would complain about the prevalent lack of detail, but I think that Sabaa Tahir’s writing was not flowery, which I like. It was action packed, yet descriptive, and I think she got the right amount of prose, without it becoming poetry. I liked the use of symbolism in this book, especially the Masks. The Masks represented the death of their old life, and the birth of their new ones as the physical masks melded into their skin, obscuring their faces. I thought that that was a really nice, touch, very interesting and new. What I didn’t like was the ending, though. It left so many unanswered questions.

“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after. Such moments are tests of courage, of strength.”

Overall

I give this book five stars, despite the ending, that felt unresolved and resolved at the same time, which was a little weird. I definitely think that this standalone could be turned into a series, and I certainly hope it does, so that my questions can be answered. I would really like to read more from Sabaa Tahir, as this book was nothing short of excellent. If I give it five stars, but was not satisfied with the ending, you know that it had to be good. This book is definitely one of my new favorites, and I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone who like fantasy or dystopian YA, due to the minimal romance inside the book. I also really liked how each character had their own agendas that often conflicted with one another’s which made things very interesting. If you haven’t picked up this book yet, I recommend that you do immediately, as it was absolutely fantastic, practically sensational. Go pick up this bad boy ASAP! I hope you enjoyed this and that I’ll see you back here soon! Have a great day!