So when I was reading the Tiger series, I didn't particularly "connect" to Yesubai and the whole Ren/Kishan/Yesubai triangle that led to the hostility...moreSo when I was reading the Tiger series, I didn't particularly "connect" to Yesubai and the whole Ren/Kishan/Yesubai triangle that led to the hostility the brothers displayed towards each other. I was like "she didn't even sound that interesting, get over it already".
So even though I got the e-book the day it was released (Colleen Houck's books are an insta-preorder, DUUH) I postponed reading it, cause I figured it would be boring for someone who didn't care about Yesubai.
Needless to say I was SOOO WRONG and I feel so sorry for Yesubai and my precious babies Ren and Kishan and even though I knew from the beginning how the story would end I kept hoping there would be some secret epilogue about how things weren't what they seemed, but no dice, Colleen ~lured me into caring about Yesubai and her story and then ripped my heart as planned.
(view spoiler)[And you know what this book ruined for me, except from my heart? Durga/Kishan. Like I was down with shipping them after Tiger's Destiny and all, but now that Kishan/Yesubai is clearly the OTP I just feel so sad. Jeez, this book hit me right in the feels. (hide spoiler)]
And after the emotional roller-coaster of Yesubai's story, let us glimpse into the happy -not- world of her mother for a while! Oh and then BOOM, take some Ren!POV to the moment he starts liking Yesubai, cause the main story was about her and Kishan, so you know, don't want you to forget feeling sorry for him too! And let's go out with a BANG, cue sneak peek from Tiger's Dream, (view spoiler)[giving you cute Anna!Durga and Kishan even though you now feel they are not OTP, but maybe there can be like two OTPs for Kishan? IDEK I am f*cking confused. (hide spoiler)] RIGHT IN THE FEELS, I TELL YOU!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
1. I actually liked Sorscha, but the romance developed too fast for her and Dorian to be endgame, so I kept...more**spoiler alert** Okay let me organize this
1. I actually liked Sorscha, but the romance developed too fast for her and Dorian to be endgame, so I kept waiting for something to happen. Good to see Dorian was not clinging on to Celaena and tried to move on. But I don't think we're done with Celaena/Dorian ~lingering feelings yet.
2. I started skimming through the Manon chapters around the third one, so I only got bits and pieces about the whole witch thing. Her POV was so boring I'd never get past her chapters without leaving the book for a while, but I was too anxious for the rest of the plot for that!
3. This book actually made me wonder along with Chaol and Celaena if they're ever gonna get back together or even if they should. In the previous book Chaol wasn't as "judgmental" as in this one, so I kept thinking that if he can't accept who Celaena is they should probably stay apart. It didn't help that he kept debating whether she was his enemy and what he should do if this ever came to war, like dude, it's real simple; you defeat the evil king, Adarlan goes back to its original lands by giving up all the conquered ones and Dorian becomes the king and forges a nice peace treaty with everyone and voila, everyone's happy. I don't think Celaena would ever find pleasure in destroying Adarlan the way Terassen was destroyed, she wouldn't take out her revenge on the innocent citizens, but on the king personally. At least he got it right at the end and my ship's still alive!
4. To add to that point, the part when Rowen bit Celaena and then asked if she had a lover, combined with the whole mates thing made me think that he could taste she was mated or something. And then the part where she asked if Chaol could be her mate when she tried to kill him and at some point he asks her if she wants the truth and she replies "not tonight" REEEEEAAAALLY made me think that she and Chaol are mated and Rowan knows it. I could see the appeal of Rowan/Celaena but I think their bond is so special, it would be lessened if they brought romance into it. Let us have a male/female relationship that everyone digs as hell even if he isn't her potential love interest, tyvm.
5. And now that brings me to Aedion whom I also loved and I really ache for his reunion with Celaena. She has such a low opinion of him considering what we know about his character, it's gonna be epic when she finds out how loyal he remained to her and they are all cousin-ly hugs. I think Aedion will be epically pissed when he finds out someone already swore the blood oath to Celaena, but it'll work out. If he's not killed *fingers crossed*. At least he and Chaol gave off bro-feelings during their final scene, so my expectations were met!
That's all I think, Crown of Midnight has all the lovey-dovey feels and then crushes your heart so much that it remains on top of the books-that-REALLY-made-my-feels-die list, but Heir of Fire got the bigger plot moving A LOT, plus we got angsty separation feels. So it was as awesome as it gets!(less)