Books · Tag

The Throne of Glass Book Tag

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Hey guys!
It has been almost a year since Throne of Glass ended, where has the time gone?!
I saw this tag and thought what a fun tag to do around this time!
Have no fear, there will be no spoilers for the series! You can safely read this without being spoiled for any of the series 🙂

LYSANDRA | A book with a cover change you loved

I’m going with a whole series:
Shadow and Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

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The original covers were okay but LOOK AT THE NEW ONES.
Love them. Shame they aren’t as pretty on the inside.


ABRAXOS | A book that’s better on the inside than it looks on the outside

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks


ERILEA | A series with great world-building

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
(Literally, anything by him is INCREDIBLE world-building. He is undefeated)


RIFTHOLD | A book that combines genres

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
(Sci-fi/Fantasy)


DAMARIS | A book based on/inspired by a myth/legend

Percy Jackson and the Olympians 
By Rick Riordan
+ Basically anything by RR, he’s incredible.

 


KALTAIN ROMPIER | A book with an unexpected twist

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
BOY THAT ENDING.


ASSASSIN’S KEEP | A book with an unreliable narrator

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
(Was not a fan of Kvothe, what an annoying character)


ASTERIN BLACKBEAK | A book that’s got squad goals

SO MANY:
Throne of Glass
Six of Crows
The Raven Cycle

Lightbringer
Mistborn


TERRASEN | A book that feels like home

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson


AELIN ASHRYVER GALATHYNIUS | A book with the power to destroy you

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I cry every time.


MANON BLACKBEAK | A book that intimidated you

Kingdom of Ash – So massive (Over 900 pages) and the last book in the series, which are both scary things! Luckily, it was absolutely amazing.


ROWAN WHITETHORN | A book that makes you swoon

A Court of Mist and Fury
Do I really need to explain? Rhysand + Cassian + Azriel = SWOON.


CHAOL WESTFALL | A book that challenged you to see things differently

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

This book made me so much more self-aware of how the world affects my mental health and my life. It’s such a great book to read, especially if you suffer from anxiety/depression/panic attacks.


FLEETFOOT | A book you received as a gift

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


EYE OF ELENA | A book you found right when you needed it

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
This saved from a huge slump and was my first 5 star read in months back when I read it. I was reading books and not enjoying them, this restored my love of reading!


I tag anyone who wants to do it!
Link me if you do; I’d love to read your answers 🙂


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Books · Review

Review: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas| Aka me screaming/gushing (Spoiler free)

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“Once upon a time, in a land long since burned to ash, there lived a young princess who loved her kingdom …”


 

Synopsis:
Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.

As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.

 


Everyone is probably posting reviews for this or is reading it. It’s literally everywhere but honestly, it’s so worth the hype.

*Warning there will be heavy use of capslock in this review*
Because I will never stop screaming about this book.

Will also probably have a discussion post with spoilers coming soon, so I can properly scream about KoA.


Plot:
Let me just start off by saying: this was perfection. I couldn’t have hoped for a better finale. I cannot fault this book, at all.
It is a big book, almost 1000 pages – it had me worried at first. I thought maybe it’d be slow and dragged out, judging on the size of the book. However, I was so wrong. It really didn’t feel like a big book. SJM has a gift, I honestly just drink up her books; it was so addictive and gripping.
The pacing was perfect. There weren’t any boring parts, it was full-on entertainment (+heartbreak) for over 900 pages.
I was not ready to cry as much as I did, I don’t think I have ever cried so much over so many instalments throughout a book before. I was a complete mess reading this book, it was an emotional rollercoaster. I will never recover.
This book was both painful and beautiful. *Sobs*

Thank you, Sarah J Maas, for the beautiful conclusion to the Throne of Glass series. But also for the biggest book hangover ever, I literally cannot stop thinking about it.


Characters:
Aelin:
The amount Aelin suffers in this book is heart-wrenching! But god, her character development has been so so good. Her relationships, friendships and interactions with all of them are amazing.

Dorian:
MORE AMAZING CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. Holy shit, man. I love him.

Elide:
MY QUEEN ELIDE. God I love her. I love her sass, her development. HER EVERYTHING. Her banter with Lorcan, I cannot get enough of their interactions.

Manon: 
GUYS. It has happened. I finally like Manon. Her character development has been so dramatic and good, I actually enjoyed her in this book. (Still, do not ship Manorian)

Chaol & Yrene: Okay, so I’ve never been a fan of Chaol, unless he’s with Dorian, their friendship is beautiful but he was definitely more tolerable in this one. Yrene was okay too.

Rowan: ROWAELIN FOREVER. His love for Aelin is beautiful. I love them.

Aedion:
I hated him so much in this book, I know he was upset about Aelin but dear GOD. He was an insufferable asshole. I’ve never been the biggest fan of him but I found him beyond annoying in this.

Lysandra:
LYSANDRA DESERVES BETTER. That’s all I’m saying.

Rating: 5 amazing Stars


Reviews for the others:  TAB |TOG| COM | HOF | QOS |EOS

Purchase the book here on Amazon UK: Kindle | Paperback


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Books · Reread Review

Reread Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

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“The world, will be saved and remade by the dreamers”


Synopsis:
The long path to the throne has just begun for Aelin Galathynius. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?


Plot:
This book was amazing the first time around but managed to be even better the second time around!? I’m shook.
Despite remembering the majority of the plot; there were a few things I’d forgotten and it was so nice to rediscovering them.
The pacing, the action, the character, everything was just great.
I love the character interactions + the friendships. My heart.
The subplots were as good as the main plot; the side characters are SO great in this series.
It got me in such a great mood for KoA, I was both absolutely terrified and eager to get to it.
If you’ve read this you know it ends on a killer cliffhanger, then the next book is Tower of Dawn which is centred around Chaol. I wasn’t super keen on it, to be honest.
After finishing EOS I was desperate to pick up Kingdom of Ash, so I read a summary + the wiki page to remind of the stuff in ToD and jumped in KoA. (review for that soon)

Characters:
Aelin: I love Aelin. She’s so badass in this one and I feel so awful for her at the end, my heart breaks. AELIN DESERVES HAPPINESS.
I swear to god. I’m going to get my heart broken in KOA, aren’t I?

Dorian:
My favourite!! Will forever love my selfless Dorian.
Praying, that Dorian survives the series. Literally, please SJM…
Dorian deserves better.

Manon: More tolerable in this book. Didn’t despise her presence. However, I love the Thirteen. They’re so amazing!! Manon is so much better with them.
However, I am not a fan of her ship. #Sorrynotsorry

Rowan:
I officially love Rowan. I didn’t like him in Heir of Fire, he became likeable in Queen of Shadows but now I love him. Rowaelin is goals.

Elide & Lorcan: This duo. Oh my god. I live for them. I was constantly wanting more of them and couldn’t wait to get back to their chapters.

Rating: 5 Stars


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Books · Recommendations

Binge-Worthy YA Books! #1

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Hey guys! Happy Saturday 🙂
I have been doing a lot of reviews lately since I’ve been in uni I pre-wrote a lot of posts before I started and most of them were reviews; I thought I’d change it up today.
I finally had a little time to write so I thought I’d give some recommendations!

If I have reviews for any of the books mentioned they’ll be linked! If you click on the title it will take you to the Goodreads page of the first book so you can read the synopsis if you’d like. 


 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

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Now all the books are out in the Throne of Glass series, it would be a perfect time to binge them. SJM is a master at addictive writing and creating great characters that you are instantly invested in.

Reviews:  AB | TOG | COM | HOF | QOS


The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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Her beautiful writing style is just a dream to read. The characters are so relatable and flawed but you just love them? The friendship between all the character is just lovely and makes you wish you were part of the gang.

Reviews: TRB | TDT


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Laini Taylor’s beautiful lyrical and descriptive writing style is so unique and amazing, it’s an absolute dream to read. I flew through these books, they’re addictive and the characters are just great. This is probably the only time I’ve enjoyed insta-love and heavy romance. I was rooting for the relationships from start to finish.

Review of the whole series


Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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Underrated series! I love the world in these books, it’s such a cool concept and I wish there were more. Each book is a standalone kinda, but they all fit together and are brought together in book 3.  Hardly anyone talks about these books anymore but they’re so cool and definitely worth a read!


Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell

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This is such a fun series, I cannot rave enough about these books!
I listened to the first two on audiobook, which was an amazing experience; the narrator is SO good at doing the voices. It was like a full-on performance, I highly recommend the audiobooks, if you’re looking for a new one! I was lucky enough to get books 3 + 4 as ARCs! I have reviews for these which I will link:
Reviews: Spellinger | Charmcaster | Soulbinder


Let me know any YA books you think are binge-worthy! I am always looking to add to my endless TBR! 


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Books · Reread Review

Reread Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

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Synopsis:
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world…


Plot:
This book is probably my favourite in the series. I inhale read this, I managed to read 410 pages in one day and finished the rest the next day. I read over 600 pages in less than 48 hours. I need help. 
The story is fast pace, so much going and non-stop action. So much happens in this book, it’s insane. After rereading Heir of Fire and not liking it as much as the first time, I was worried this would disappoint. It didn’t. It was epic and everything I love.

Characters:
Celaena/Aelin: 
She’s so much better in this book! This is the character I love, not the mopey person she was in Heir of Fire. I love her friendships with everyone.
Her reunion’s with Aedion and Rowan, the feels. So adorable.

Chaol: *sigh* 


Manon: 
I still hate Manon. I’ll never like her, I just can’t warm to her. I like her when she’s with Elide and she definitely improves character-wise in this book.

Elide: 
I LOVE ELIDE! She’s one of my favourites from the whole series, so I have been waiting for her to show up! She makes Manon so much more tolerable and I think their friendship is cute.

Aedion:
I’m so neutral about Aedion that I’m not sure what to say. I don’t love him but I don’t dislike him either. He and Rowan’s ‘territorial’ ways with Aelin are so funny to read, I love that there’s a slight rivalry.

Rowan: 
I love Rowan in this book, after forgetting he was an ass in Heir of Fire it was such a shock for me to dislike him when I reread it. However, he is so so so much better in this one. I love his and Aelin’s relationship, adorable.

Dorian: 
So sad Dorian was barely apart of the story due to wearing a collar and the Valg Prince trying to take over him. It was SO sad to read, even though I knew what happened.


Rating: 5 AMAZING Stars!

 


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Books · Reread Review

Reread Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

 

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Synopsis:
She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.


Plot:
Okay, so. This was probably the most disappointing reread, it was so slow. I don’t remember this book being to slow and boring the first time I read it. It was so hard to get into and it took me so long to read, which is not like me with SJM’s books.
The first 200 pages were so painful to get through, the majority of the book felt like filler and definitely needed cutting down. I am all for big books but this just had too much of nothing. I kept putting down this book, I felt really unmotivated and disinterested, which made me not want to read on.

It didn’t help that this book introduced new characters, who I didn’t like the first time around and certainly didn’t like this time either.
The last 200 pages were the best part of the story, it had better pacing and more going on than the majority of the rest of the book. The ending was so much more enjoyable and that’s when I found myself gripped the most. I am actually shocked by my dislike of 50% or more of this book. I even changed my rating because I was that disappointed.

Characters:
Celaena:
I get that this book was about Celaena finding herself and training to use and control her powers and being able to shift but it was boring. She wasn’t as exciting or interesting in this book, maybe it’s just me but I couldn’t get into her story in this one.

Manon: Unpopular opinion: Manon is OVERRATED! I have literally never been able to figure out what everyone loves about Manon. She’s horrible and not in an entertaining, fun way. She’s just crap. I don’t like her. I like Abraxos though, which makes her chapters more bearable.

Dorian: As I keep saying; I love him. His character development is great, he’s such a genuinely good person and I am so sad for him after this book. His chapters were the most enjoyable in this book.

Chaol:
As much as I don’t like Chaol, his friendship and love for Dorian is great. They have a great bromance. Even though they’re struggling with their friendship it is so nice to see Chaol doing whatever he can to help Dorian.

Rowan: 
He starts off as an intolerable asshole, for about 50% of the book I hated him. He does start to get better throughout the book and eventually realises what Celaena has been through and understands her better and vice versa.

 

Rating: 3 Stars – Knocked off a Star from my previous rating. 


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Books · Reread Review

Reread Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

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Synopsis:
“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.


Plot:
I really love the plot of Crown of Midnight, it definitely picks up the pace from the first book, which I found a bit slow, to begin with. I, again, had forgotten much of the plot and it was nice to rediscover everything I’d forgotten!
There was definitely a lot more excitement going on in this book, more twists and turns and generally just better than the last.
Again, SJM has trapped me with captivating, addictive worlds and characters. I don’t know how she writes books that are so gripping and I end up so invested in the plot and characters that I cannot stop reading.

I realise now, this might be one of my favourites in the whole series? I’ll have to wait and see after I get to Queen of Shadows and Empire of Storms, as they were my favourite when I first read the series.

Characters:

Celaena: She can’t kill for the man who killed her own family and people, she’s taking a big risk when defying the king. This is where Celaena’s good character development really starts and also a big reveal about who she really is.

Dorian:
Still in love with Dorian. He’s such a sweetheart. Always will be my favourite character in this series! I love his character development, him learning new things about himself that kick-start his journey is really interesting to reread.

Chaol:
He’s so meh?! I never liked him and I definitely don’t like him after this book. Still, don’t ship Choal + Celaena, I just can’t.

Honourable mention to Fleetfoot and Mort, I love those guys.

 

Rating: 4.5 Stars


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