The first two books in this series were fantastic, so I couldn't wait to read the next adventure.
Celaena Sardothien is an assassin, as well as the Kin...moreThe first two books in this series were fantastic, so I couldn't wait to read the next adventure.
Celaena Sardothien is an assassin, as well as the King's Champion. But she's far from home, living on the streets of Wendlyn and barely surviving. Broken, lost, and alone she spends most of her days on rooftops watching the activity below, or stealing food to eat. She doesn't care about anything--not about her duty, or even about the revenge she wants after the death of her good friend. And she certainly doesn't want to think about the man she loves.
It's not until she's approached by the enigmatic Rowan that she sets on the path to her real destiny. This tattooed Fae warrior might belong to the vicious Queen Maeve, but he's been tasked with making Celaena worthy to get the answers she seeks. So Celaena embarks on a new, brutal training schedule. One that nearly tears her apart, but helps her reconnect with the past she's tried so hard to forget. A past that came crashing down ten years ago when her family was killed.
Facing these memories is exactly what she needs in order to find her true inner strength and embrace the magic that's rightfully hers. So she can become the one, true power able to go against the cruel and evil King of Adarlan.
While she's engaged in the vigorous training and discovering the true extent of her power, there are a lot of other things going on. Back in Adarlan, Chaol is about to leave his post so he can return home with his father, to fulfil the deal he made in order to get Celaena away from the glass castle. In the mountains several covens of iron witches have congregated and are learning how to ride wyverns that will lead them into battle. While the rebels are plotting against the king, Prince Dorian is desperately trying to conceal his magic and in the process might lose his heart...
This story is as well written as the two before it. By revealing several POVs, the reader gets the chance to find out exactly how things are moving along from all angles. I especially enjoyed reading about Manon Blackbeak, the Ironteeth witch whose only goal in life is to please her grandmother, but meeting a very special wyvern slowly starts to change her.
Heir of Fire is another amazing instalment in this very intriguing series. I was once again hooked from the beginning and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. Celaena's an awesome, interesting and well-rounded character. She continually falls apart, every piece of her ravaged by emotion and loss. Life keeps slogging her with hard blows, but she never really gives up. She's a warrior at heart and now that she's accepted these incredible changes and her true name, I'm looking forward to following her into the dark and bleak future that awaits.
I loved this story as much as the others, and love how the world is opening up with each new book.
After reading--and absolutely loving--Crown of Midnight, I decided to start reading the Throne of Glass prequel novellas.
This takes us back to a time...moreAfter reading--and absolutely loving--Crown of Midnight, I decided to start reading the Throne of Glass prequel novellas.
This takes us back to a time when Celaena Sardothien worked for Arobynn and was one of his assassins. It's also a time when Sam was still alive. So after only reading about him during her sad memories of his loss, it was great to meet him. Actually, they can barely stand each other.
After a fellow assassin is captured and another is killed, Celaena and Sam are sent to meet with a pirate. She spends most of her time hiding behind a mask and arguing with Sam. Until they find out their boss is going into the slave trading businees.
That's when Celaena and Sam use their smarts and extensive training to risk their lives and save the innocent slaves...
This was an awesome origin story. It's filled with action, witty dialogue, insane plans, horrible pirates, a remote island, and adventure. It was great to see Celaena as a spoiled, arrogant teen before the devastation that awaits her.
Loved it. Now I have to pick up the next one...(less)
Last year, I read and absolutely loved THRONE OF GLASS, so when I received the ARC for the second book in this amazing series, I couldn't wait to devo...moreLast year, I read and absolutely loved THRONE OF GLASS, so when I received the ARC for the second book in this amazing series, I couldn't wait to devour it. And that's exactly what I did!
Celaena Sardothien is now the King's Champion, and has been tasked with wiping out anyone that the King sees as a threat. She's not supposed to ask questions, just do what she does best. After all, she is the best assassin in the world.
So she goes off, does her job and brings back each dead man's head. Except, she hasn't actually been doing that. She's devised her own plan: pretend she's killing these people, but in fact is giving them the opportunity to flee. She's playing a dangerous game, because if the evil king ever finds out, he won't just kill her but everyone she cares about.
However, when the next name on her list is actually someone she knows, Celaena needs to tackle the task with a little more time and care. And instead finds herself in the middle of a hidden rebellion that want to overthrow the King of Adarlan by using similar tactics, which puts her in a very difficult position. Soon Celaena starts to wonder who she can really trust, and finds out--the most painful way--that even those closest to her keep secrets.
Everything is going to hell but there is one brief, bright light for her--Chaol Westfall. The Captain of the Royal Guard has slowly made his way into her heart when she was sure she'd never let anyone else in. But even then, she still has to deal with the hard realisation that even though you love someone and they might love you back, there's always something that gets in the way. And sometimes, unfortunately, it has to take precedence. At least her friendship with Prince Dorian Havilliard is strengthened.
There's one quest she must follow to the end, though. The clues are hidden beneath the castle, in the dark chamber of a dead queen that might just have a deeper connection to her than she ever imagined...
This story is so well written and told from several angles, giving the reader glimpses of what other characters are thinking and doing when Celaena isn't there. I found myself on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what would happen next, hoping it would all work out in the end. I also went through a variety of emotions--anger, delight, heartbreak, excitement, sadness--and even had several "I knew it!" moments.
Reading this book was exhausting, because I got so caught up in what was going on I almost felt like I was there!
Crown of Midnight is breathtaking. I enjoyed every single moment I spent with this book and just couldn't put it down. I love Celaena, she's such a well-rounded character who gives easily into her emotions and allows the darkness deep inside to take over when it's necessary. She's also loyal, caring, reactive, and will stop at nothing to protect and/or avenge those she loves. There are a lot of revelations in this installment, and the world's potential opens up so much!
I absolutely LOVED this book, even more than the first one. Wow. Can't wait to see what happens next...
I reckon the cover for this book is lovely, and a great representation of what happens in the book.
Vivian is an ER doctor in a new town. She recently...moreI reckon the cover for this book is lovely, and a great representation of what happens in the book.
Vivian is an ER doctor in a new town. She recently left her boyfriend and is happy to get on with her own life. She's also trying to avoid dreams. However, when her real life collides with that of her dreams, her life is turned upside down and she learns a few family secrets that introduce her to the alluring Zee, and will change her life forever.
I really enjoyed this book, especially the surreal quality surrounding the events. There's danger, dragons, a penguin called Poe, an evil villainess, an asshole ex, a courageous man willing to risk his own life, mystery, mayhem, dreams, nightmares, and a heroine forced to face a new reality.
I was really looking forward to getting stuck into this book, and although real life got in the way more than I wanted it to while reading it, I still...moreI was really looking forward to getting stuck into this book, and although real life got in the way more than I wanted it to while reading it, I still managed to enjoy it very much. Oh, and it didn't disappoint!
Celaena Sardothien is an assassin. Actually, she's the best and most feared assassin. But after she was betrayed and caught, she ended up serving time in the hellish salt mines of Endovier. For a whole year she's been slaving away, malnourished and beaten in a place where the prisoners are pretty much forgotten and left to die.
So when the Captain of the Royal Guard--Chaol Westfall--and the Crown Prince of Adarlan--Dorian Havilliard--offer her a deal, she accepts the opportunity to become the King's Champion under an alias. Even if she despises the awful and cruel King of Adarlan. Still, competing in this tournament offers her a chance to temporary live outside of prison, as well as the offer of real freedom after she serves her time with the ruthless king.
However, what she didn't expect was to discover some buried, ancient secrets beneath the castle. Or to make such good friends, and even lose her heart. Celaena is forced to accept a lot of new things. She has to learn to trust other people again, after being let down by everyone. And although she's not afraid to get her hands dirty and is strong enough to defeat the other competitors, there's plenty of scheming going on behind the scenes. Her journey is an amazing one!
And proves that even the toughest of people have vulnerabilities. It's what makes us human.
Throne of Glass was an outstanding, well written book! I loved how it was primarily told from Celaena's POV, but we also got glimpses of what other characters were doing. This intriguing book hooks you in from the very beginning... Awesome! (less)
**spoiler alert** Snow White has always been one of my favourite fairy tales, in its many incarnations. So I was really looking forward to reading the...more**spoiler alert** Snow White has always been one of my favourite fairy tales, in its many incarnations. So I was really looking forward to reading the latest retelling.
Snow White was only a child when the beautiful and very alluring Ravenna entered her life. It didn't take long for her father, King Magnus, to fall in love with Ravenna and marry her. But on their wedding night Ravenna kills him, everyone else inside the castle, imprisons Snow White, and takes over the kingdom.
Ten years later, the world is a dark and horrible place. Tainted by Queen Ravenna's rule her magic is killing the landscape and leaching happiness from everyone.
Snow White is still imprisoned inside the tower dungeon, while Ravenna's brother helps her capture young girls so she can steal the essence from their youthful bodies. It's how she stays beautiful and youthful. The Queen rules with an iron fist, and when her beloved mirror tells her that she can seal her youth and immortality by taking Snow White's heart, she sends her brother to take care of it. But neither of them counted on Snow White's determination, need for freedom and will to live, so she escapes.
Knowing she can only seal her fate by getting Snow White back, the Queen forces the Huntsman to go and search for her. She offers him the one thing he wants the most--his dead wife returned. So he heads out to the Dark Forest, determined to bring the girl back, but instead finds himself in a surprising adventure that will affect everyone...
The story is told in multiple points of view, so the characterization in this book is wonderful. Snow White might be young and has been beaten down by the evil queen, but she's still strong, selfless and kind. She's determined to first escape the castle and later defeat the evil. I loved that she's a warrior, too. And Eric. Yeah, he was awesome! Such a tortured soul who'd closed off his heart and soul to the world after the death of his wife so much all he cares about is drinking. The interaction between them was excellent, and their growth is amazing.
I also have to admit that I liked Ravenna having a much darker, twisted backstory to explain why she's so horrible, magical, and only focused on one thing.
Snow White and the Huntsman is a magical, amazing, and beautiful retelling of a timeless tale. It hooked me in from the very beginning because not only is the story addictive, but it's very well written and the world described so vividly it comes alive with every word.
I absolutely loved it, and can't wait to see the movie! :)(less)
When I found out about this book, I was instantly intrigued. A teenage boy and lost magic, sounds awesome right? Actually, I couldn't wait to get stuc...moreWhen I found out about this book, I was instantly intrigued. A teenage boy and lost magic, sounds awesome right? Actually, I couldn't wait to get stuck into it...
Gavin is fifteen, and he isn't exactly your average teenager. He sees things other people don't, and his parents don't understand him. Actually, they don't seem to want him around them. So when he gets on a train and heads to Cornwall to stay with his aunt, he's actually happy to get away from them.
However, when he gets to his destination his aunt isn't there to meet him. She's not even at her house. Soon, Gavin realises that something strange is going on. And a girl called Marina, only gets him deeper into the mystery of magic.
Advent seemed like an intriguing young adult fantasy with a nice mix of mythology, but it didn't work for me. It started out well enough, but I quickly lost interest. I read the first 50 pages or so pretty quickly, but after that I couldn't read anymore than a few pages at a time before skimming ahead, and then losing interest in it completely. I'm not quite sure why, but I just couldn't connect with the characters, the story, or even the world.
Unfortunately, it wasn't for me. I really wanted to like this book, but it didn't work for me. :((less)
This is the second book in the Last Dragonslayer series.
Jennifer Strange is still running Kazam, an employment agency for those who can perform magic...moreThis is the second book in the Last Dragonslayer series.
Jennifer Strange is still running Kazam, an employment agency for those who can perform magic to help others with mundane problems. She's always got something going on, and this time is approached by the peculiar Miss Shard, who wants a lost ring that might not want to be found. Then there's King Snodd. He's decided to make Kazam and iMagic go up against each other by rebuilding Hereford's old bridge. They will each start at one end, and the winner will takeover the loser's company.
Oh, and then there's a new Quarkbeast in town...
The Song of the Quarkbeast is another quirky story. I have to admit that although I enjoyed most of it, I still felt mostly disconnected from what was going on, and what the characters were going through. And even found myself skimming forward a bit. :( Also, the random footnotes didn't help.
The concept of this series has certain appeal, but I just can't get hooked on it. (less)
I've had this story for a while and decided to finally read it. I'm glad I did.
Bounty is half-hobgoblin and when her flighty mother leaves her, she ge...moreI've had this story for a while and decided to finally read it. I'm glad I did.
Bounty is half-hobgoblin and when her flighty mother leaves her, she gets adopted by the kind Ma Fortuna. She becomes part of the big family, and when she's seventeen takes off with one of the Fortuna kids to find their own way.
Since Bounty is full of ideas and mischief, she convinces Luc to steal from a hero so that he can become one. Although their adventure starts together, it doesn't take long for them to find separate paths.
I really enjoyed this quirky, well-written fairy-talesque story. It was a lot of fun and Bounty turned out to be a very interesting character.(less)
I was looking forward to reading this book, because I've always loved the Red Riding Hood story and was looking forward to reading a retelling with a...moreI was looking forward to reading this book, because I've always loved the Red Riding Hood story and was looking forward to reading a retelling with a new twist.
Valerie lives in the town of Daggorhorn with her sister and her parents. They live within a fortress to keep the Wolf from entering their town, and instead offer him a 'sacrifice' every month. Valerie's strong and different, doesn't care as much about boys as her sister and friends. Well, not until a boy from her past--Peter--appears again. She's pretty much tempted by him right away, but is soon betrothed to Henry.
When her sister is killed by the Wolf, a dangerous cycle begins and Father Solomon--a determined werewolf hunter--pops in to help them out. Slowly a very dark and hidden secret is revealed...and Valerie gets caught in the middle of it.
I really enjoyed the beginning of this book, and got swept up in the story. I liked Valerie right away and also the mystery. I couldn't wait to find out who the Wolf really was, and kept suspecting one person, and then another. However, as soon as Peter entered the scene, I found my interest waver. All of a sudden, Valerie seems to make strange decisions that I found a little out of character, even considering what falling in love can do to someone, it just didn't seem to fit.
After that, I lost interest and couldn't follow any of the characters. Also, although the story was well written, the unexpected head-hopping kept pulling me out of the story's flow. Oh, and the fact that the book ends but there's mention of a 'bonus chapter available on the website' made the experience even less fulfilling. I didn't like that without reading this 'bonus chapter' you don't even find out who the Wolf is.
Red Riding Hood is a tension-filled thriller with a lot of twists and turns, but ultimately, I wasn't as bewitched by it as I'd hoped I'd be. (less)