This was a sweet story, but I dont think realistic fiction is for me. Plus, it simply wasnt intense enough. When it is not paranormal and one or the oThis was a sweet story, but I dont think realistic fiction is for me. Plus, it simply wasnt intense enough. When it is not paranormal and one or the other is not a supernatural being that may accidentally kill or rain horrors down on the other, its just not as engaging. :P No sense of urgency. Plus, it wasnt really that romantic. They spent most of their time bickering, until Meg admit that she liked John, but then instead of being cute, they make plans to meet up at 6:01 am on Thursday to have sex. Ummm, how unromantic. They were taking it too slow, then too fast. They skipped over all the good bits. They werent actually cute until the end, and still not that cute compared to some epically romantic dialog in the best of YA paranormal romance. The cutest thing Meg said in the whole book was, "I cant stay in this town, John. But I love you, and I cant leave you here." And the cutest thing John said in the whole book was, "I've spent the last few hours making all these great plans for you and me." I guess when they call it realistic fiction they are not just talking about the genre, but the men and the dialog. You are never going to find a Prince Ash IRL, but you might find a John After. Anyway, I am not going to be making realistic fiction a priority. Sweet, but forgettable....more
This reminded me a lot of Grave Mercy, but was perhaps a bit more entertaining because there was more action. The heroine in both is an assassin, bothThis reminded me a lot of Grave Mercy, but was perhaps a bit more entertaining because there was more action. The heroine in both is an assassin, both were mostly court intrigues, and they both had what I found to be a disappointing romance.
I enjoyed the parts of the story that revolved around the competition and the mystery of the murders. But so much time was spent with Celaena just wondering around the castle, and I really did not like all the Kaltain chapters. The politics was so boring and I am really getting tired of court intrigue.
**The rest of the review has spoilers from the shorts, and spoilers regarding the romance in Throne of Glass**
One of the things that made all the competition and training scenes so much better was Choal. He was a really great character. A little mysterious, but so strong and honourable and kind. I honestly have no idea what Celaena saw in Dorian. He was a good person I guess, but arrogant and childish, and I really have trouble respecting someone who was such a womanizer. But neither held a candle to Sam.
The first few times Celaena thought about Dorian, she kept thinking how handsome he was and how much she wanted to kiss him, which really made her seem shallow. Their relationship did not reflect well on her in my opinion. Dorian's feelings for her were much stronger than hers were for him, and she seemed to have no problem letting him go in the end. What was the purpose of being with him when her feelings seemed so insubstantial? Was it a fling? I find that insulting to Sam. She was so distraught at the end of The Assassin and the Empire that she wanted to die. A year later and she can have a fling with a prince without Sam even crossing her mind. She only thought of him 2 or 3 times in the whole book, and never once in a way that made her question her relationship with Dorian. I really expected it to become an obstacle she would have to overcome before having a relationship with anyone again.
But I was a bit happier with the ending. I like the idea of leaving things open for her to have a relationship with Choal in book 2, but at the same time, she is really looking like a whore. Three men in three books? We shall see. I can certainly see her having a more meaningful relationship with Choal. They have more in common and they strengthen each other, but my opinion of Celaena has been tainted now. She better treat him right. :P...more