This is probably the closest I have gotten to giving a HoN book a 1/5 rating. It dropped the ball. It was like going back in time to early books and aThis is probably the closest I have gotten to giving a HoN book a 1/5 rating. It dropped the ball. It was like going back in time to early books and all of the things that annoyed me about them, minus good side stories.
First off Zoey. She's gone the way of annoying lead character again. Honestly, I couldn't stand listening to her thoughts and complaints. Yes, bad things are happening to her, but even the Goddess tells her she needs to grow up, quit bawling, and take action.
Also, this is supposed to be a book of redemption. Zoey, Stevie Rae, Rephaim, Stark, Aphrodite (well kind of), Kalona, and so many of Zoey's nerd herd have made so many mistakes. Some even started out evil, and they've found redemption and forgiveness. However, when other characters like Eric, Nicole, Aurox, and few others try to redeem themselves and change. Zoey and friends basically shut them down, acting like pissy hormonal teens. (Oh, that’s right . . . )
The nerd herd is rude and overbearing. Maybe since they've been through so much that they can no longer open themselves up to others? However, I don't think that's what Nyx would want. They are continually bickering amongst themselves. It was beyond painful. Not only having to deal with the bitter thoughts they all had, but then to have to “listen” to them fight. At one point I wanted someone to stop and go "Really think of all the bad shit you've all done, heck some of you have killed people? Remember?"
About book five-ish Zoey has turned into a character I don't want to read or listen to, other story lines have kept me going. However, since Zoey took up the majority of Hidden I couldn't even cling to that. Shaunee's un-twinning was fun and I could have used more on that. Erin turning to the dark side was great. Shaylin as a new character was truly fun, and watching her influence on Eric was great! Lebonia's romance felt rushed and just plain anticlimactic. I'm happy at the end results, but overall I wanted more.
Neferet's latest target? Well let's see Heath is deadish, Zoey's mom is dead, and it's not that hard to guess who's up next on the chopping block. Really this book was pointless to me.
Right now I'm not too big a fan of most of the characters. This was supposed to be the turning point, but I felt like more either reverted back to crying (yes you Zoey!) and others just turned bitchy and self important. Charcters I wanted more on were being smacked down all the time and given very little page time.
Sexual Content: Zoey gets it on a few times, but nothing as graphic as some of the previous books. Of course plenty of sexual humor.
First off, I have a confession. Going into Throne of Glass I had no idea about the following or the history behind it. Honestly I just assumed the booFirst off, I have a confession. Going into Throne of Glass I had no idea about the following or the history behind it. Honestly I just assumed the book was getting tons of attention because of the many quotes I saw that stated that the Throne of Glass series was “the Young Adult version of A Game of Thrones.” In my mind that’s pretty big praise. Then once I started reading the book I realized that the author had been writing this series for quite a while and that it was now getting “officially published” and that fans where biting at the bit for it.
Thankfully I was unaware of all the crazed fans and how “utterly amazing and flawless” this series/author is. Boy, would I have been bitterly let down. Like many books before it, it falls prey to the formulistic predictableness that dominates the fantasy sub-genre of YA; making it predictable, slowly plotted, lacking a certain amount of realism, and overall average. If this is the YA version of Game of Thrones, and I had no idea what Game of Thrones was, let’s just say GoT just got knocked off my TPR pile. That said, this wasn’t a bad read. I found myself utterly addicted and I was ravenously reading each page, wishing my Kindle would turn the pages faster!
My biggest problem with Throne of Glass wasn’t the obvious predictability of the book, I’m a Tamara Pierce fan so I’m well used to enjoying books that you can see the plot from the first page. What I couldn’t stand is Celaena. The idea of a YA book with an Assassin as a lead utterly fascinated me, especially since she’s female. Female assassin’s are a weakness of mine, and the fact that before she even turns 18 she’s the most notorious and feared killer in the lands is too tantalizing to pass up. Celaena is the worst assassin that I have ever read. She should have died within the first 20 pages of the book. People are constantly sneaking up on her, readers are never given any real proof that she’s a real killing machine, and any time she did “shine” it felt fake. She’s so cocky that she compromises her self left and right, no wonder she got caught! It felt like Maas tried to over compensate to make Celaena “human” so that readers could feel for her and believe the romance, and how people could befriend a killer. (Trust me a good author can make you love a murdering lead by making the contrast between the killer and the human side of the lead.) In Celaena's defense I will say the events leading up to her becoming a killer are very believable and I liked the slow buildup of her past, and the “mystery” the author tries to create about her real identity.
The love triangle is fun and I really enjoyed it. The build up for each man of interest is not equally written or given page time so I felt a little left out since I’m the one that always goes for the underdog. Let’s be honest between a Prince and a Captain of the Guard, readers know who is going to get favored. For once I’d like it if a writer realizes that we the readers are tired of Princes as love interests for YA fantasy. Give us something deeper please, we don’t need Princes on white horses anymore.
Despite all of these annoying problems and I was squealing like a crazy fan and totally fell in love with not only the love triangle, but the other characters. The politics are fun enough that I feel intrigued and hope that a “revolution” is coming soon. Now that the contest for the “Kingdom’s Champion” is over I’m hoping for more world building and intrigue. The sneak peeks at Maas other realms and lands in this world are beyond tantalizing. The “magic” is also a fun concept and there might be a comeback for the Faye!
This is a title that I love to be annoyed by. The writing is nothing special, and at times I felt like the author was telling me how I should feel instead of showing. Sure I knew the plot from the get go. I know what Celaena's real secret past is, so that plot arc is spoiled. This series is obvious, but it’s still an addiction. I’m already trying to figure out any news about the next ones, and I’m planning on getting the four short stories that come before this one. Any fantasy fan worth their salt should read this title. I know other readers are going to breeze through this and not see anything wrong with it, and think I’m crazy for knit picking it. Other fans (as seen in Goodreads recent updates) are simply going to love to be annoyed because secretly, like me, they’re going to be one of the new additions to Maas hot new series. (Oh, Team Chaol fans Bs!)
Sexual Content: This is safe for he kiddies. At times it’s mature as it talks about rape (there are slaves and it kind of an inevitability for females in that position), there’s making out, but nothing to overly done. For a killer Celaena is pretty innocent.
3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back.
Holy smoke'n hotness Nalini Singh! What are you doing to me. No really? Just when you think nothing can get hotter then Sienna and Hawke from the lastHoly smoke'n hotness Nalini Singh! What are you doing to me. No really? Just when you think nothing can get hotter then Sienna and Hawke from the last book, Singh drops an even better—hotter—couple in our laps! Adria and Riaz, they're my new favorite couple. Let's be honest I never, ever, claim to pick favorites.
Adria was a bit discouraging for me because I really disliked her from Play of Passion. She was in a horrible relationship, one bad enough to put the fear in Indigo. Like onions, every character Singh creates has layers. Adria turned out to be amazing. She might not be a Sentinel or Lieutenant, but she was a fabulous edition to the strong “warrior” women of the Psy-Changeling universe. Adria for me was unlikeable right at the beginning, it took a bit before I could see past my initial reaction to her. Once she started to interact with Riaz things started to look up. Because she finally started to open up. She's an incredible woman and that horrible relationship she was in, it was so legit that I felt bad when things went south.
Riaz was simply amazing! His suffering over the fact that he had to let his mate go was heartbreaking. To have the kind of strength to protect his mate by not going after her was (cue the applause) inspiring. By doing this he found something even stronger, love that defied a mating bond. Well done, Singh.
Riaz and Adria's story was so wonderful I felt a little grumpy that Tangle of Need was so much of an extension of Sienna and Hawke story. Yes, I love them both so much! Yet I feel a little grumpy by how much page time the stole from Riaz and Adria. Time I felt could have even deepened their story further. But that's just a mild grump from me. Riley and Mercy have some fantastic news and I loved getting time with other characters as well. The true civil war in the Net is coming into play and the world of Psy and Changeling are merging despite Pure Psy's attempts to purify the net. At times it's beautiful to see how Silence couldn't stop love and good intentions. Even as the horror of the breaking Silence is still there.
There are so many things going on here! It's a rush. The good kind. It just stuns me every time I read a Psy-Changeling book how much world building and depth is here. No. Really. It doesn't get much better than this. Oh, and be warned killer cliffhanger. You will want the next book on hand. Because the Psy civil war is here, and the bigger stuff is happening in the next book. Tangle of Need it proof that no matter what you think, this series is just going to get better and better.
Sexual Content: Steamy scenes ahead, and loads of sexual humor.