August Update: this has been downgraded to one star. because now i hate this book. i can't tell if it's because of 1. so overhyped or 2. because everytAugust Update: this has been downgraded to one star. because now i hate this book. i can't tell if it's because of 1. so overhyped or 2. because everything in this felt fake and like a reverse harem anime.
hoT!Guys!Everywhere!oh and here's a bad guy bc plot obvs
i don't hate reverse harems, in fact, i often enough eat them up like i'm at a fair and it's cheesy fries bc heck, i'm at a fair. but the fact that people are treating this like a lobster dinner really makes me upset.
or maybe they think it's just hella good cheesy fries??
no, really. while i did let myself be swept up in some of the emotion of the story, i don't think this is very high quality story telling or romance. the villain is laughable along with the ridiculous gauntlet she sets up for our protagonist (but i did think the last trial was probably the most legit evil thing she could've done). everything just seemed so forced. i didn't even like Tamlin although i tried to. i just like Maas' writing and creativity :/
Original Review: a part of me enjoyed the fluff of the sweet romance and the epicness of the harrowing danger and the magic of the...magic
but i think i'm just not cut out for romance stories
(at least not a romance covered in one book?? idk!)
wow. what an interesting world poorly displayed. the end slightly redeemed this one, otherwise it would've gotten a one star from me for being hella bwow. what an interesting world poorly displayed. the end slightly redeemed this one, otherwise it would've gotten a one star from me for being hella boring with frustrating supporting characters.
also personal BONUS i get to include this into my popsugar challenge.
Popsugar Challenge Notes: - a book with a love triangle - a book published this year - a book by a female author
TWaTD was one of my most-hyped books of this year. i don't know, i think it was the cover and the intrigue of experiencing a different culture/"fairyTWaTD was one of my most-hyped books of this year. i don't know, i think it was the cover and the intrigue of experiencing a different culture/"fairy tale" that i hadn't been exposed to beyond Disney's Aladdin.
and i loved this book. it took me a little bit to settle into it; there were too many POVs, too many words i wasn't familiar with, too many similarities to ACOTAR/Beauty and the Beast, and Shazi was way too fake for me to get attached (i know it was for a good reason but it was just a very personal visceral reaction from me okay, do not present me a sickly sweet fraudulent person because i will put up a wall so fast).
but eventually a few things won me over: - the dialogue goodness gracious the dialogue. if i'm going to fall in love with a book, put in characters that love wordplay. put in tons of sass. and this book did that. and oh GOODNESS, there were some lines that were so adorable and so passionate that i did not fail to squee a few times.
- the relationships (non-romantic) Despina and Shazi. Rahim and Tariq. the tenuous bond between Khalid and Jalal. WOW. banter and loyalty and affection abound. the fact that Despina calls Shazi a Brat Calipha tickled me every time. i would've loved to see more of these side characters.
- the relationship (romantic) i was a little bummed at first for two reasons. (1) a childhood love interest. i LOVE childhood love interests. but coming into this book i knew that Shazi was going to fall in love with the boy-king so i mean?? where does that leave me. torn that's where. and dreading a love triangle. (2) romantic interest lands in the he's a "beast" but a TRAGIC one trope. i just read ACOTAR and, man, i am tired of that trope. it's so finicky. are we justifying this person because he's smexy? is that what is happening? it's hard to know when you're being duped into something abusive and gross or when it's like...okay? :| in this case, Khalid had too much of a temper, and that is a definite turn off, but he never was abusive or reveled in violence. the relationship between Khalid and Shazi was extremely nerve wracking. they danced around each other constantly, prodding each other for secrets and weaknesses and eventually developing a mutual respect for each other that turns into something trusting and beautiful and hnnnnnnnnggggg.
it felt a lot more natural than the relationship in ACOTAR, which was maaaybbee too much "i'm actually a beautiful prince, will you be my beautiful princess" sappy.
the writing was wonderful but sometimes felt too formal.
so one of my updates towards the end of the book was this "oh no, things about to hit the fan I CAN FEEL IT" and the reasons for that is because of all the antogonist set ups. by the time we hit 30%, we already knew there were at least two parties that wanted to do good things in potentially explodey kinds of ways. and then we met a blatant antagonist about 60% through. what i'm trying to say is that there is a lot of set up and foreshadowing.
i guess i grossly misjudged how many pages i had left in the book because it turns out i only had about 15 pages left where i thought i had at least 30 more. the "things about to hit the fan" part hardly happened. yes, there were some moments where things were stressful, but it was a very passive ending in general. it was a very cruel "and here's a preview for NEXT TIME, on TWaTD..." (you know, in like a year??) so i did dock points for being a somewhat incomplete novel.
TL;DR: read this book because the characters are amazing, you will laugh, you will struggle and stand tall with Shazi, and you will be driven crazy as to why things are the way they are and what decisions have to be made because of it. FRICK.
now i need to go back and highlight lots of beautiful and snappy things.
__________________________________________________________ /initial reaction/: WHAT. WHAT. WHY DID IT HAVE TO END THAT WAY. man. too abrupt. no thanks. Sigh. Review up sometime tonight....more
RATING EDIT: i really do love these characters but the plot itself /was/ very disappointing in a lot of ways. starred now at 2.5 because i was charmedRATING EDIT: i really do love these characters but the plot itself /was/ very disappointing in a lot of ways. starred now at 2.5 because i was charmed but i am still not convinced of the solidarity of the story.
BEFORE: so. i was crying ugly tears so hard that i hardly realized the climax was over until everybody was all "it's over." and that was a little weird.
but otherwise. i love brennan's writing and i love her humor and i love the personalities she comes up with. although the melodrama annoyed me just a tad (wow i didn't know a person could be so dense unless they were just written that way)....more
and please don't even mention Hunger Games because no. and honestly, anyone who thinks Hunger Gameuhhh. okay.
maybe this just should've been a movie.
and please don't even mention Hunger Games because no. and honestly, anyone who thinks Hunger Games is reduced to "twelve children have to kill each other" is missing the point and need to go think about what they read. ...more
idk, how do you rate a book that breaks your heart.
and this time it doesn't break your heart in like a circumstantial kind of way. this isn't Heir ofidk, how do you rate a book that breaks your heart.
and this time it doesn't break your heart in like a circumstantial kind of way. this isn't Heir of Fire or Days of Blood and Starlight where the worlds are just beating our characters up.
this time it's Kestrel and Arin that are breaking my heart. over and over again they deceive themselves and fool themselves, and of course, it is because of their wretched empire and positions but they just assume too many of the wrong things. not only do they stubbornly choose to do things for the right of their countries/people/morality (which is FINE - that's the route this series has always gone), but they also very weirdly misunderstand each other and read each other incorrectly. it was frustrating beyond belief.
basically i read this and it was like watching a slow train wreck. and i felt the pain of it the entire time. ...more
YES, OH MY GOSH. I am so glad that I picked this up. My history with this series started off rocky, but I am convinced that has a lot to do with me igYES, OH MY GOSH. I am so glad that I picked this up. My history with this series started off rocky, but I am convinced that has a lot to do with me ignoring these prequel novellas. I mean, I guess that does say something with Throne of Glass that the prequels carry it more...But don't let that hold you back.
Some of the writing and handling of situations were done really well. (view spoiler)[My "favorite" part of Sam's death was the pacing. She knows something is wrong but she is running from that "silence." The timing and that sense of dread and hope mixed in together was really good...way too reminiscent of random times I don't hear from/can't reach my boyfriend when he is on a long road trip. Lots of panic, lots of telling yourself that he's okay, lots of imaginings of both terrible things and comforting things.
Caelaena is also very headstrong and ridiculous at times - acting impulsively, cutting herself off from gathering all information, and also being caught in a web of TRAGIC SITUATIONS AND TERRIBLE PEOPLE. I'm sorry I can't get over that. Sam and Caelaena being so tangled up in the assassin's guild was so heartbreaking. It's too real of modern day druglord areas and I want to cry all the time.
So yes, I loved this. I am rooting for Caelaena even more when I start reading that third book in the series. (hide spoiler)]
The rest of the series past Throne of Glass is also so good. Lady friendships, guys. Lady friendships. They break my heart. (See: The Assassin and The Desert)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
um. that was good? but definitely...how you say..."edgy." a lot of trigger kind of moments, i mean basically every person in this book had some form oum. that was good? but definitely...how you say..."edgy." a lot of trigger kind of moments, i mean basically every person in this book had some form of contact with cutting, abuse, sex bribes. i mean, i know that sounds horrible and this wasn't some crazy dark story but it had its dark moments. there was nothing ever explicit in scenarios or even language(and not at all as vivid in description as that ridiculous Shatter Me series) but sex was a fairly common topic.
OTHERWISE, i like reading about girls being friends and in general i really liked these girls. and i think i like school books because when i was reading harry potter and thought i could skip the 5th book since i had seen the movie, i got to the 6th book and was upset that i didn't know about Ron and Hermione being prefects and the results of their exams...yeah. school books. shrug.
IDK about continuing this series because it's very CW. drama, scandal, and the beautiful people, the beautiful people.
BEFORE: sooo if i just wanted to read something snappy and fun - would this be a decent read? i'm surprised at how many people i follow rated this 3+ stars...more
i don't think this one deserves a full four stars yet, but it's definitely better than a 3 and i am definitely excited for that sequel. LIKE REALLY EXi don't think this one deserves a full four stars yet, but it's definitely better than a 3 and i am definitely excited for that sequel. LIKE REALLY EXCITED DID YOU SEE THAT PREVIEW OHMYGOSH. ahem.
interesting/brutal world with chilling prejudices and you felt for the protagonist the whole time.like i was seriously tense/depressed for about half of it.
also very hmm visceral writing style. i liked the occasional change of pace from traditional narration as well. ...more
i love Sanderson's work so i was a tiny bit disappointed in this particular installment. it may have been the main character, it may have been the sloi love Sanderson's work so i was a tiny bit disappointed in this particular installment. it may have been the main character, it may have been the slow pace, it may have been the...slow...pace?
[this is not something that i can compare with mistborn's "slow" pace because while it was certainly a long series, it consistently felt full and relevant while this book mostly felt dragged out for some reason)
it just felt like a lot of nothing happened and i was definitely frustrated with the idea that wow, almost anything could kill steelheart and how in the world am i supposed to figure that out. so apparently, that internal book frustration carried out well in my own mind - it fits with the complications and general unknown that comes with this world.
but of course, i was pretty satisfied with the ending, the concept, and all the questions and dilemmas that could come with this type of universe. there were a number of plot twists that you could see coming but that still managed to entertain and surprise with their full explanations.
i might just continue the rest of this series when it sees completion. ...more
This book had some high points but again it just didn't fully pan out for me.
1. Surly Pirates Are Surly Sometimes whatshername would just be2.5 again
This book had some high points but again it just didn't fully pan out for me.
1. Surly Pirates Are Surly Sometimes whatshername would just be sooo mad alll the tiiimeee. Which is fine. Surly Pirates are surly. But then again, pls stop rampaging at the slightest hint of emotional discomfort bc wow that's not enjoyable to read in every chapter.
2. Instalove is Insta Technically it's not INSTA since they've been on this journey for like...a year, but emotional displays suddenly went from
er, ah, well, no, i think, but...please stop yelling at me
YES TAKE ME NOW
3. All...the things? We had like fantasy creatures and magic and different worlds and then all of a sudden we had steampunk mecha stuff thrown in? It wasn't done badly but at the time, i was just getting tired of all these different facets showing up in one book for just a glimpse at a time.
Anyway, that's my take on it. It was a short story with should-be-an-epic time sequences (as in, we spent half a chapter doing things like drying out deer meat for jerky) and should-be-an-epic amount of encounters and characters.
sigh. i don't know what it was, but i just did not enjoy this. maybe i just felt the main character was too tedious. maybe i couldn't sympathize withsigh. i don't know what it was, but i just did not enjoy this. maybe i just felt the main character was too tedious. maybe i couldn't sympathize with any of the other cast members. but this is probably just me. i will say that the world was very interesting and i was saddened to find myself intrigued with other regions and stories by the time i got into the epilogue. saddened because the idea of going through another book in this series sounds exhausting.
maybe i'm just not equipped to handle dark and tragic protags and gray areas. maybe the tone was just too depressing for me at this time in my life. maybe it got too repetitive and maybe i just think drawing power from anger and fear sounds daunting. abusive relationships are apparently touchy areas for me as well, so maybe i just wouldn't let myself connect in that way.
so by all means, read this if you are interested and you may love it. i did not. ...more