I’m still not over SJM’s ACOWAR! But sadly, I have a huge lineup of books I need to write reviews on before I get to ACOWAR. So to satiate my missing the awesomeness that the book was, here’s my top four favorite quotes from the book!
While I’m still currently looking for job prospects, I’m still living with my parents. Because of that, I don’t have much space. There are a lot of space in our living room but heaven forbid I clutter the area! So, I’ve been having a golden age with eBooks and to be frank, I’ve been having quite a ball reading digitally. It’s another heaven-sent blessing when text-to-speech function is available because I can “read” while doing errands and chores! Anyway, I’ve noticed that I’ve been having so much books “sitting around” in my readers and so I’ve opted to share to you the books that I’ve acquired–maybe for a while now. Have patience, I’ll get to them sometime. 😛 Mind you, most of these are advanced reader copies. I also went ham with Nicholas Sparks books. Forgive me–or not. (NO RAGRETS! 💁) Without further ado, let’s get on with the humongous collective haul that this is. By the way, the links go to their Goodreads page.
Title: The Assassin’s Blade
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass, #0.1 to 0.5
Genre: High Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Number of Pages (eBook): 448
Date Published: March 4th of 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Synopsis (via Goodreads):
Contains all five novellas.
Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.
Rate: 3.5 of 5
Take note: the book is a compiled prequel of the Throne of Glass series. So for all the wonderful people who haven’t immersed themselves on the series at least until the second book (Crown of Midnight), I suggest you go and read those first. BUT, some readers actually suggest reading these first before going in the series but I suggest otherwise. Suit yourself wherever you’re comfortable and what you prefer.
Though some people straight-up loved this novella compilation containing The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, The Assassin and the Healer, The Assassin and the Desert, The Assassin and the Underworld, and The Assassin and the Empire, I must admit I was kind of in the fence on how I’m going to rate, let alone review, this book. I gave it 3.5 of 5 because I wasn’t really that impressed with the first four novellas. The fifth one, though, is a far cry from the first four, in my opinion. It housed the Maas kind of writing I was hoping for when I delved into the book. Since The Assassin’s Blade is actually just a compilation of these little novellas, I allowed myself to rate each one:
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord…..3 of 5
The Assassin and the Healer…..3 of 5
The Assassin and the Desert…..3.5 of 5
The Assassin and the Underworld…..3.5 of 5
The Assassin and the Empire…..5 of 5
I kinda am not in the boat of novellas and in-between things because i just hate satisfying endings…you can see that in my novella rating each. Of course I have to recognize the possibility that the reason why I loved The Assassin and the Empire the best is maybe because the first four stories were building up to a great conclusion with the said book. As I have said, the last piece was so like Maas’ typical writing and I love that. To be honest, every time I read an SJM book it hurts, but at the same time I like it? Like how? It’s good but it hurts? Ya know? I have already resolved to give myself some kind of pep talk every time I pick up one of her books. Especially now that I’m in the middle of a shitstorm that is the Throne of Glass series. 😛
On another matter, before I actually dive into the contents of the book, I LOVED THE COVER. I actually did a Goodreads update just praising the cover. It’s so gorgeous and blue and gorgeous.
Alright. Let’s get into the characters. There were a lot of new characters introduced because (duhh, Gem, really.) it is a compilation! Hahaha. I must admit I was kind of confused with all the new names just flying around but it’s great that these five novellas sort of turn into a novel because it just flows from one book to another so that’s great. But the names dear God, the names. There are so many names. Fancy names. Because come on it’s Sarah J. Maas, she always promises fancy names. But over all the names, the name that rang and shone through is Sam Cortland. *Hold on, I’ll just compose myself.*
As we all know, the bloke dies. I wasn’t really that enamored with Sam Cortland as some people have been–I may have been a little holding myself off from loving his character because I knew he’d be gone. Nevertheless, tears were shed when he died. I really don’t understand why I still torture myself by reading SJM book. (JUST KIDDING OF COURSE SHE’S THE BEST) My heart, it aches. Poor Celaena. 😦
Celaena’s character makes so much more sense now–her feistiness and very cynical demeanor on everything, which really irritated me because she came off as some sort of a bitch. But it makes more sense now. The wonderful backstory on her gives us access to the how’s and why’s of Celaena’s actions–even just for a little. I understand now why Celaena was such a skeptical little bitch with a hella attitude in the first book because damn girl you went thru a lot. Also! The King of Assassin himself is finally, finally tackled! The little shit that is Arobynn Hamel plays such a vital role in the novellas and honestly, this cleared up some things going on in my head which I won’t be mentioning here because there are huge spoilers somewhere there haha. 😛
To be honest, more than half the time I was a little bored because there were just too many people and too many characters to get comfortable with. And I just can’t hang with that. Especially with these fabulous names SJM comes up with. I mean, good job, but my brain is like “Hold up! We got a name quota right here!! You used up all your allowable names!”
Nevertheless, loved the fact that through the various novellas, there’s this sense of adventure that I felt I got to go round the world of Throne of Glass. It made me a wee more familiar with the universe of the said series.
This book was just a big “Ohhhhh. That’s why!” Everything just became clearer and more meaningful and holy shit my heart. Just prepare your heart before reading this alright? I’m still looking for the pieces of my shattered heart thanks to the wonderful author! 😛
SPOILERS!!!! Here are my other thoughts on the book, if you haven’t read it yet, don’t go off in the abyss and read the next parts.
*While reading this, I was actually feeling like I was just reading fanfic…(I am stubborn that way) I refused to let it sink in partly because I’m dreading Sam’s death and I know my baby Celaena would break all over again.
*Characters: Arobynn (you little shit), Celaena (you girl are so attractive though), Sam (okay you beautiful piece of ass *cries*), Ansel (I knew it all along to be honest she’s too god to be true), Ilias (Wow Celaena ang ganda mo talaga haba ng hair mo bes), Ben (i still want to know why he diededed! I’m sure Arobynn has something to do with this because well duh)
*Was that really Dorian? The one in the party thing…I don’t think so……i’m still in denial.
*WHAT IS UP WITH AROBYNN. IS HE HONESTLY IN LOVE WITH CELAENA? But oh well what was I expecting with the King of Assassins, that little psycho shit. He doesn’t own Celaena what the hell. My god, SJM can write assholes. Like really make great characters of assholes. I hate him. I can’t wait for my girlfriend Celaena to crush him.
*Day 454: still waiting for a Chaol cameo lol
*I laughed so much at that kiss in the sewer. In the fucking sewer. EWWW. But also AWWW. HAAHAHHA. So romantic!
*That line where it said that Sam’s fingers were bent in unnatural angles–that was where I broke. I JUST COULDNT TAKE IT. I was withdrawing myself from his character because I knew he would die..but not like this goddamnit.
*Every blogger or everyone who read this actually are still swimming in their puddle of tears right now. True story.
Do I recommend it? Of course. But I do suggest immersing yourself on the series perhaps a book or two.
Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Number of Pages (Hardcover): 418
Date Published: August 27th of 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Synopsis (via Goodreads):
“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.
Rate: 4 of 5
Alright. I’ll go fast on this one because I kinda don’t have much to say to this . I’ll tell this to you now before anything else, I’m sorry for a shittier review than normal. I don’t know, I didn’t get how most people were saying that this was much better than the first book because I honestly can’t see it (I’m sorry!). Nevertheless, I still gave it a four star because it is still an excellent read altogether.
The cover is kinda meh. I have a long battle about covers of fantasy books. It’s not that they are ugly. But they kind of overwhelm me. Most of the time there are so many things going on in the cover of these kinds of books. So, I am not surprised if I wasn’t really that impressed with the cover. But then again, the content matters more rather than the packaging.
I don’t really get how this was much better. Like, I just don’t? Is it just me? I felt like this was a much slower read than all the Maas books I’ve read. I think that’s really her style of writing–slow but with a collective progress. But with Crown of Midnight I was almost bored at some parts. Which is really an alarming thing to feel because I haven’t had these problems with her other books.
But despite this, I was impressed with the character development. Oh boy, the character development! I think I am growing to love Celaena already, even Dorian! But of course my baby Chaol is still my favorite. Even for what he did.
ANYWAY! IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK, I’M GONNA STOP YOU RIGHT THERE BECAUSE I’M GOING TO GO IN WITH SPOILERS! COME BACK WHEN YOU’VE READ IT! SEE YA!!!
Alright! Whoo. Where do I start?
*NEHEMIA DYING. Why. Sarah, why? I mean, I wasn’t really that invested in her character and I was actually thinking that her character is easily negligible since half the time she’s not really there and shit. BUT WHY DID YOU KILL HER OFF. It was nice to think that Celaena had someone. A girlfriend. You really had to take that away from her, huh? My heart grieved, I must tell you.
*CELAENA AND CHAOL HAPPENING. Because owyezzz. I am sooo happy about this. I was half drunk on their love but of course, bane of my existence, it has to end so soon. Because Chaol, oh my Chaol, I love you but really?! As if you don’t know Celeana…she can take care of herself!! She can even take care for both of your assess. Ugh. I was so disappointed with him. I get his super over-the-moon code of honor for the king. BUT DAMN IT CHAOL. Now you got your ass in a downright heap. And just ugh. Face the wall, I’m so disappointed with you.
*DORIAN’S POWER. Oh. My. Gahd. Say what?! Can you even think of a more rebellious notion? His father the king banned magic and here is Dorian prancing about with raw magic. HAHAHAHA. I still don’t like him for Celaena though. Begone Dorian. 😛
*As jessethereader has wisely said from his review, “Celaena bae is Celaena fae.” HOLY WHAT!! Sure, I was actually foreseeing that Celaena was of noble birth (as I have said in my review of the first book) but I didn’t see her as fae! I guess, this finally explained that part in the first book where they were in the woods and when she woke up there were little footprints near her. Can you remember that part? BUT OH BOY SO MUCH LIKE FOR THISSS. And erm, should I start calling her Aelin now? Or…
*These Wyrdmarks. Frankly, it reminds me of Voldemort’s horcruxes.
*I loved Mort! Mort kinda reminds me of that bobbing head in the movie of Harry Potter. I think it’s Prisoner of Azkaban. The bobbing head in that bus? Yeah. It kind of reminds me of that one. For some weird reason, I compare this series with Harry Potter. I mean why do I do that?! But anyway, I loved Mort’s character because he’s like a thrown laughter in the darkness that is the deep magic that’s in the tombs. And also because he is super sarcastic and I like that! HAHA.
I think that’s about it. I told you I don’t have much to say about this!
I was kind of surprised that I finished this book in less than five days. What stopped me from giving this a 3 of 5 rating was the fact that I was kind of excited with all those little twists in the book and I certainly enjoyed that. I am so excited for Heir of Fire! Shit is about to go down!!!! And oh god, now I’m kind of iffy with this Chaol and Celaena thing going on. I mean, I love Chaol but–just–gahd. Okay, okay. I’m gonna stop talking about Chaol. Haha.
I want to inquire to you guys, should I actually read The Assassin’s Blade now, or should I put it off until I finish Empire of Storms and I’m all caught up with the series? PLEASE HELPPPPP!
Do I recommend it? Oh absolutely. Don’t lie and say you’re not wrapped up in this series just yet. I mean, come on. Tell the truth. Just kidding. BUT YEAH I RECOMMEND IT ALRIGHT.
Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, no. 2
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult
Number of Pages (Kindle edition): 626
Date Published: May 3rd of 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Synopsis (via GoodReads):
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
Rate: 5 of 5
My year is off to a great start! (Although, I am kinda in a mini book slump because I am still not over this book ahhhh.)
So, I’m assuming, since you’re reading this pseudo-review of mine, that you have read the first book in the series which is A Court of Thorns and Roses. If not, what are you doing in life?! Meanwhile, for all my friends that have or is about to read A Court of Mist and Fury, let me just tell you of all my feelings for this monster of a book because I’m gonna tell you, I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS AND QUESTIONS AND JUST MORE FEELINGS. If I talk about all my feelings for this book, this post will easily go on for like two days. I’ll give you a heads up as to where in this rambly post the spoilers will start appearing because just OH BOY. Can you tell that I love this book so much?! I mean, despite the fact that I have rated it 5 of 5, it’s fairly obvious. I mean, how dense can you be not to notice that?! I’m just kidding but holy massive crap I haven’t been this excited about a fantasy series since Harry Potter. Okay, on to the review. I’m just going to list five points so that this won’t be as boring as all hell like this introduction part. I’m gonna disclose this early on, be prepared for the apparent number of gifs in this post, but come on, I like the book so much, give me some slack haha. Okay, let’s go!
First of all, and easily the most noticeable conclusion upon finishing this work of wonderful artistry, THIS. IS. SO. MUCH. BETTER. So much better than ACOTAR, to be honest even though I gave ACOTAR five stars I was still kinda on the fence on the whole Feyre and Tamlin thing. As I have said, they loved each other way too fast, and way too hard. And I didn’t understand why exactly. Perhaps just the fact that Feyre has been basically alone all her life and she was just so focused on her family that she was so enamored to the first person who actually wanted her. And as much as I love all the action packed in the first book, I felt like that just came to life in the latter parts of the book. But,this one. Oh man, this one. I still loved the pacing of it–the sweet assurance that the story would go on and on and on was what I especially liked. The highs and lows in the story was pleasantly placed throughout the work that I didn’t really feel that there was a chapter of lulling in it. The story development is stellar, I tell you. It basically nullifies ACOTAR, but the good kind. Trust me.
My second favorite aspect is the character development. Not only that, but also the new characters. I actively hated Feyre in the first book but she has already grown in me in the second book. She became so empowered, so independent, so strong, so her–so womanly. And don’t get me started on RHYS. Because, oh when you get me started on Rhysand we can go on for DAYZZZZZ. Days, I tell you! And if for some reason you still don’t notice, I am a hardcore member of this fandom already. I am so invested with the characters and the story progress that my heart will actually break if something happens in the third book, A Court of Wings and Ruin aka ACOWAR, which will be released this year in May! If you think you’re one team in ACOTAR, well well, prepare to move camps. Because oh, my sweet summer child, you will see a massive change.
I was sucked in this storyline development so hard that my heart was basically ready to burst whilst reading this wonderful, wonderful work of art. I haven’t felt this way in a story in sooooooo long. You know that feeling where you’re not really feeling like you’re one of the characters in the book but you feel like you’re just somewhere in there just floating around in their universe and you’re just observing what’s happening around? Well, that was what I felt in this. It was hard assuming the role of Feyre even with her point of view in the majority of the pages. But this is just utter perfection in words. Just. Ugh. I LOVE IT.
Fourth, this is so action-packed and is so not boring. You know those type of books where you know the action part is vital but in your head you just want it to be over already because the writing kinda sucks and you really don’t care where the character gets punched or kicked or whatsoever, yeah, that wasn’t the case here. Maybe because of the so interesting battle stances of the characters that gives it more dimension. And I don’t know, maybe just the sheer fact that you literally don’t know how one action scene will play out?!
Lastly, as it is not surprising, the ending made me thirst for more. Really, this series should just go on and on forever and I’ll be fine. I’ll read it until I’m 90 I don’t care. This is how good it is. I cannot handle how Sarah J. Maas just lefts us dangling there and just waiting for closure. Because damn it, I need closure. But also I need more stories. So, yeah, I need closure but not necessarily now ya know? HAHA.
And now the spoiler-full part has come. And so my friend who hasn’t read ACOMAF yet, please exit quietly and come back after to share these thoughts with me! Alright this is it!
I have questions. Many, actually. But here are the ones that are just at the top of my head upon writing this. I’ll edit this as soon as some thoughts come into me in the future. Some thoughts of mine are in here somewhere, too.
1. Nesta and Cassian has got to happen. Imagine all the banter and witticism that’s gonna be thrown around. Think about all the burns and savage lines between these two. Secretly hoping that they, too, are mates. Is that wishful thinking? I mean, if Lucien is already mates with Elain. And Feyre to Rhys. It’s just so damn easy if that happens…
EDIT: Holy shit. I just read the additional chapter from the Target exclusive and OMG Nessian is supposed to happen like right now!!!!! Ahhhh, somehow I’m more excited about how their characters will merge and become a thing–are they mates? Who knows? And I thought this bit about Mor is a thing of the past–why does Cassian feel the need to tell her things?! I LOVE THIS AHHHH.
2. Which brings me to my next point! ELAIN AND FREAKING LUCIEN!!! I’m just so excited as to how this will play out because oh man I can just feel it in my bones that Lucien will work with Feyre in the Spring court because let’s face the obvious, she is his only ticket to find Elain again. Oh, Tamlin, my sweet Tamlin, you’re gonna get destroyed. And also! That “You’re my mate.” thing that Lucien said, I CANNOT. My heart was all over the place after this line!!!!! AHHH.
3. Now commences my questions on this whole mating thing:
*First off, where do I get a mate of my own? 😛
*Does it mean that there is only one mate for each faerie?
*Do humans in this universe have their own notion of “mates”?
*Did Rhys actually wait for hundreds of years for Feyre?
*What happens if your mate has died without you finding him/her? Do you go on life alone eternally? (That’s kinda sad if it is.)
*How do they just sense it?
Edit: *Who is Tamlin’s mate? Oh boy, good luck to you giirrrrrl.
4. And the most important question of them all:
Whose wings are the biggest among Cassian, Azriel and Rhys?
Do I recommend it? Oh! Hell! Yes! Come join the fandom now my lovely, lovely friend. Holy crap, I don’t know how I housed my thoughts on these so little ones that I have mentioned here because oh man it’s so good. Please pick up a copy now because it is so awesome. PLEASE I IMPLORE YOU.
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.