Review: Throne of Glass

Throne of glass Links: Amazon, GoodReads
Pages: 432
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fiction
Stars: 4


Synopsis:

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.


Review:

My outloud thoughts:
oh! the mouth on you!
Oh.MY.GODS…so many books..i think i’m in love
You both like to read? Since when?!
Boy i think i love this author- she makes characters who read!
Lady THEY BOTH ARE IN LOVE WITH YOU, YOU DOLT!
*sighs* can’t you stay out of conflict for one minute Celaena?!
ooh he gave me the chills too!
BREATHE! YOu’re an assassin for god’s sake!
Oh my! Did he just..nuh uh! Stop it he totally just…
now you’re being haunted? Dude is there something i need to know!?
Ok so are you two related or what?
Nehemia – chick is badass…nice!
THE LIESS!!
Aww bye Nox
Like a boss!!!
Wow you two!
Celaena Sardothien
I keep forgetting just how young this girl is. She is so quick and just badass that it makes me jealous. Seriously this wretched looking girl has been beaten starved and thrown into hell on earth to still come out unbroken and untamed. She meets the prince for goodness sake and spits sarcasm and arrogance at him instead of cowering! She takes on men with twice the amount of weight and reach on her and still succeeds. For all the evil she has accomplished she is still so so good at heart. She obviously has some hidden magic power in her which makes her even more mysterious. She can see the world of living and reality AND the world of magic and sometimes the undead. AS for the assassin part we don’t see too much of that right now. OK thats fine its the 1st book. She does have these moments where i forget she is even an assassin though. With the crazy bipolar mood swings of a teenager she goes from bad ass to simpering foolery. *shrugs* it happens we were all teenagers once. Overall she is one of my favorite characters this year.

Lillian Gordana
I agree with Celaena on this one. This was THE LAMEST alias ever to be allowed to live. It didn’t really sound believable and was hard for her to pull off. However when celaena was in Lillian mode it was very hard to like her. She was docile and very nearly obedient. I mean yes some of the fantastic assassin showed through personality wise but otherwise i felt as though this “alter Ego” of Celaena was very very chicky and sucked so much 😐

Chaol Westfall
Ah Captain Westall….i feel like there’s so much more to him than the author is letting on. I love him a little bit. He’s a complete stick in the mud but he is smart and honor bound. He is terse yet has a soft understanding side that i adore. I hope in the next book I get his full story because i didn’t get enough of him this time around. He is Celaena’s keeper and he doesn’t do a spectacular job towards the end. He falls in

Dorian Havilliard
What a PANSY!!! ok, ok i get what he does and how he does it when it comes to his father is strategic. for him not to be thrown out of the line of succession and be able to rule fairly he must kowtow to his papa…fine but listen…You could be more constructive with your time and certainly less whiny because you’re a fucking prince. A PRINCE!! You have choices and options. Am i glad that you are well read and LOVE to read? yes i LOVE this about you. Am I glad that for once a strong male lead is able to recognize when he is wrong or how he has done wrong? YES! BUT i don’t really like the lack of motivation to change until a woman comes around…i mean don’t get me wrong Celaena is pretty bad ass and worth the change but to me he has to WANT to be better even without her. *shrugs* so she inspires him fine BUT he still isn’t making too much change or too many waves. He’s the typical court hoe – or so he is described as such. Yep one with feelings but hey as he demonstrates feelings change.
-Hey buddy thanks for saving Celaena but we know it was simply to spit in yo daddy’s eye at least at first.

King of Adarlan
I mean ICE COLD this one! He seems to have a bottomless pit of evil stored inside of him like the rest of the world doesn’t matter. all that matters is his goals and ambitions and god forbid anyone get in the way. He will decimate you in a heartbeat without issue or remorse. He gives me chills. Hell he scares the worlds greatest assassin but i want to know why. i feel like there is so much behind this character that i didn’t get to see and i hope! i get more of his story in the next book. What is his driving purpose to be so evil and powerful. The man is manipulative and merciless. Does he even have a soul? I would like to know

Lady Kaltain
This heifer is THIRSTY! I mean seriously she will stop at nothing and I mean NOTHING to get a crown on her evil little head. This opium junkie has it out for Lillian from day one and is set on catching the prince in her little traps to secure a position as nobility. She teams up with Duke Douchebag to take down Lillian so that she may lose the competition. It seems that Celaena is good at making haters if nothing else. Lady Kaltain is approved of by the rarely seen and seemingly frivolous queen yet Prince Dorian wants NOTHING to do with her [it makes for amusing scenes between the two]. Being ignored so well and on top of that insulted or threatened into a relationship with perrington pretty much makes her crazy though we find out why later on in the book….i have a feeling this one comes back in the next book and with a vengeance at that.

Duke Perrington:
What a dick! This guy even introduced himself as a complete doucher ugh! I really can’t stand his oily ginger ass (no i don’t have anything about gingers) He’s a hater and honestly no one but the King likes him. From go he is set on making Celaena’s life absolute hell. he’s crude and feels like he is only around for the money. He’s a slimy leech and unfortunately the king listens to him more than he listens to his own son.

Elena
Well then! How special does Celaena REALLY have to be to have the VERY FIRST QUEEN of adarlan come to her and not once but a few times? The first queen and part fae at that? your daddy must have been mad at you for choosing a human! I see a lot of you in Celaena, at least what i know of you. I am really happy that you are a warrior queen and not some simpering save me please lass. I need more of that. More bad ass warrior queens please!!!

Nehemia
Speaking of warrior queens this one is a fierce warrior princess! And one who is able to subtly stand up for her people in the face of all issues. I LOVE HER! She is scheming and conniving but she is so for a good reason. She isn’t afraid to jump into the fray and she has fought for her rebel people. She comes to this foreign land seemingly knowing nothing but knowing more than she lets on and turn after turn is accused, threatened, humiliated and insulted. Her classiness never Wavers. This one bears a huge secret and i hope to all goodness that we get to see more of her in the upcoming installations because i really loved Nehemia and her strength. In my opinion with her wisdom and quietness she is perfect for Celaena. Her and her people may actually provide the key to the wyrd mystery that Celaena is so curious about.

The Writing:
I mean it’s a YA book so i wasn’t expecting excellently executed sentences; i just wanted a damn good story. I like to read NOT be a grammar nazi. So that being said do I feel as though the author probably could have made friends with an assassin to write better about them sure. Do i think that this was the main purpose of this story: To inform young people about assassins? NO! so i’m not going to knock her for it. It was targeted towards young people so it comes off a little juvenile. I like to step away from life because it sucks. Who cares if it’s believable ESPECIALLY with a YA FANTASY novel.
This wasn’t difficult to read and i thought it flowed nicely – i could have sat and read it in a day if i had no interruptions. There were no weird confusing sentences or mismatching descriptions. I enjoyed the detailed descriptions and that there were simply somethings that i would have found on firehotquotes.com about love and stuff. There was no raunchiness and certainly no sexytime. I thought the characters were well built, in my opinion, and will continue to grow.

My overall impression:
I enjoyed the story even though i felt as though i had walked into a romance novel with hunger games type of setting and not just any romance novel but a love triangle at that i thought the author handled that pretty well. Things seem to be working out and i mean keep in mind the girl is SUPER YOUNG! I loved the concept and that there is this magnificent beautiful palace of death and secrets. I really hope to see more growth and more assassinating out of the second and third books. Do i feel like this was more of an information story first? yes BUT i feel that it will all come together later. I loved this though. Awesome Read for me.

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Betrayal (The Divine Book 2)

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Title: Betrayal (The Divine Book 2)

Author: M.R. Forbes

Publisher: Quirky Algorithms

Pages: 335 Pages

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Source: Amazon, Goodreads

Rating: 5 Stars

 

Summary:

My name is Landon Hamilton.

I’m a ghost.

I died five years ago, except I didn’t get to rest in peace like most of the departed. Instead, I was tapped by Dante (yes, that Dante) in Purgatory to become his champion and save humankind from the rest of the Divine – you know, angels and demons and their mortal followers.

It seemed like a great deal at the time. I would answer my calling as a diuscrucis (a perfect balance of angel, demon, and human) by getting sent back to the mortal world, inheriting the ‘magic’ to bend the universe to my will, and saving humanity from devastation.

Hindsight… it sucks.

Yeah, I saved the world; but my vampire almost-girlfriend, Rebecca, stabbed me in the back (literally), I was forced to kill my angel best-friend, Josette, I’ve got a snarky werewolf taking up residence in my soul, and to be honest, I’m getting tired of the whole damn thing.

I don’t eat, don’t sleep, and barely feel. I’ve become obsessed with the Demon Queen’s warning, and the only thing keeping me hanging onto any shred of my humanity is Josette’s daughter Sarah.

Except… now she’s gone.

She was taken right out from under my nose, and I don’t know by who or for what purpose. What I do know is that I’ll do whatever it takes to get her back, and there isn’t an angel, demon, or god that can stop me.

It’s a good thing I’ve still got my anger.

Review:

That was intense. There was SO MUCH going on at and it was fast! All i could do was read as fast as i could to keep up and keep clicking next page! M.R. Forbes wow! Landon Hamilton has once again managed to stay alive and keep things interesting Interesting is an understatement….More like Mind Blowing.  
 
This was certainly a heavier read for me. As in the 1st book there is a war going between heaven and hell and Landon is there to keep the balance. Little does anyone know that there is a secret war going on and Landon, of course, is clueless until he almost ends himself. The author brings back characters from the first book  and also develops them but develops them well. Landon, his souls, Sarah, Charis, and Izak feature prominently in this installment. We learn some very surprising and interesting things about all characters. I love that the author constantly bring the title and purpose of the FIRST novel back into the second. It is clear that you cannot read one book without the other. 
 
I did find myself a little lost simply because it has been a very long time since i read book one but it didn’t take long to catch up. I was grateful that there was an invisible time gap between the books that the author chose to fill in for us. The back of the book does not do the story itself any justice. There is so much excitement and action going on that i would think it is hard to contain within  335 pages. The writing was easy to follow and made it 10 times easier to read. I experienced no confusion while reading and was not forced to double back and re read at any point in the book. This made the story even more enjoyable because i didn’t have to stop at anytime.  I will say that at first it was very hard to get into this book simply because i was bogged down with so much info and ALSO i couldn’t really remember the details of the 1st book.
 
The story…the good bits are IN THE DETAILS pay attention because like any good mystery later on the details WILL trip you up. I know that a couple of times i had my mouth hanging open like NO WAY! It was the best parts of the book. Unravelling some of the plot that was thrown at you in the first book. This second book feels more like a build up by the end of it. I finished reading and I seriously considered 1. not reading another book in the series or 2. Immediately diving head first into the next book.  I say that this book is a build up because I KNOW there is going ot be a seriously epic battle scene that will leave me breathless. There absolutely has to be with the revelation of a new enemy. 
 
I wish I was one of those people open and willing to discuss and pick apart a juicy plot but i can’t :\  I want to so bad but i just cant. I will say that a lot of the characters will surprise you with their actions. The story simply tossed my world upside down in such a jaw dropping way.  I know i mentioned  that i had two options when approaching this series but for me it is so different from the usual smut that i read, i know i will absolutely read the 3rd one even if it is to just give me a break from the usual.  

Recommendation:

YES! YES! YES! YES!!!!! READ THIS NOW…ok…before i get too excited…read book one and then book 2! here is the like for Book 1: Balance (The Divine Series Book 1)

 

Guest Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Title:  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Pages: 352 Pages
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Source: Amazon
Rating:  3  Stars

Summary:

A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. 

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

 

Review:

Let me start by saying my taste in books is like my taste in movies. Love unique stories. Original creativity to make you think, wonder, and surprise you. I tend to stay off the beaten path. Also have to say I am no expert book reviewer or avid reader although I do love to read. So with that tid bit…….. and here we go…

Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children. I get a lot from a title and it definitely caught my attention. Looked it up and read the back. Okay I am game! Let’s see where this takes me. It was a great story with a gasp or two, a little bit of nail biting, a smidge of predictability, and left me wondering what will come in the next books. There was a moment of golden compass and another moment of the x men. Yes I did say x men. The exact thought comes from a statement from a White about the commons and the struggle and ridicule of the peculiar children. It had me hooked till I hit almost mid-way. It felt horridly predictable. This just took the story right out of me.

I confess I put the book down for a while. Still a little wonder flickering. Passed by it sitting on the table. I kept thinking come on, finish it. With a friendly nudge from a friend I picked it back up and finished. I was pleasantly surprised! It did have the predictability I dreaded but not to the extent my mind had created. It picked back up with great steam and finished with great curiosity. In all I really liked it! I even think it would make a good movie ………. if done right!!!!! Its descriptive writing is enough to make the movie run in my head as I read. I absolutely loved the pictures that are scattered throughout the story. In reading a little about the author the pictures are actual pictures he has run across as a photograph collector! The fact the story itself came from his hobby is another thing I found pretty cool. “If I can’t know their real stories, I’ll make them up.” To be honest this actually added to it’s uniqueness and intrigue for me. It’s a good, unique in its own right, story. I would say two thumbs up

 

 

Overall Thoughts:

It wasn’t the best book ever but it was good and original.

 

– Tiffany C.