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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Review: Audiobook: Graceling

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Link: Audible
Written by: Kristin Cashore
Narrated by: David Baker, Chelsea Mixon, Zachary Exton
Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
Series: Graceling, Book 1
Unabridged Audiobook
Publisher: Full Cast Audio
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Adventure, Young Adult
Stars: 3


Audible Synopsis:
Set in a world where some people are born with a Grace – a unique, sometimes uncanny, gift – this is the story of Katsa, whose Grace, demonstrated at an uncomfortably early age, is for killing. This makes her a perfect tool for her uncle, King Randa. But Katsa chafes at the way she is being used – and even more at the injustices she sees around her. Then she meets Prince Po, who has a Grace to match hers… perhaps.

Featuring FCA favorite Chelsea Mixon as Katsa, and sensational newcomer Zachary Exton as Prince Po, the most fascinating and praised fantasy debut of 2008 now springs to life in a sensational full-cast recording.

Book Synopsis:
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight – she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po’s friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace – or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away…


Review:
So this was my first audio book and in my head it set the bar REALLY high for what i am looking for out of audio books. It was Full Cast which means there is a narrator and a completely different person for every character..

I will confess that sometimes i DO block out the sound of the narrator and had to rewind a few times. I knew that would be an issue from the very very beginning though because i sometimes have the attention span of a fly.

Things I liked about it:
The narrator’s voice was soothing without making me sleepy and while i wouldn’t have put those sorts of voices in my head had i been reading it still worked out well
I was able to work and “read”
I was able to “read” even when i didn’t have the book with me or a free moment to read with my eyes
i found it calming
I didn’t get the sense of a lull or a boring part of the book
I loved that there was a Narrator and a different voice for each character. It was easier to follow along.

What i didn’t like:
I feel like i missed out on some serious imagery.
I have no idea how to spell ANYTHING in this book or even know what the words would look like
I feel like i may have glazed over some vital parts of the story due to inattention
i found it easy to block out the narrator
i did A LOT of rewinding
I couldn’t experience any “feelings”

Overall:
I enjoyed the book or rather what i gathered from the book. I love the concept of a lady assassin and to me it was kind of a mix of throne of glass and game of thrones. you have a vast land separated by many kings and kingdoms and you have cruel kings, selfish kings and good kings. You have this chick who knows nothing about herself and a man that seems to know almost everything about her. I loved that the author named their gifts Graces vs curses. These people weren’t cursed they were just highly gifted by whomever created them and some of them happen to be REALLY bad ass. Like Katsa! Uhm! Hello Feminist! HUGE feminist! The girl eventually chooses her own path helping other girls and boom! I foresee a great and safe future! The author didn’t make this simply about a romance and that i thought was wonderful. She also didn’t make it a perfect happily ever after too and THAT, to me at least, is even more wonderful because life isn’t always perfect.

I would have to give this a 3 because i enjoyed the book but I’m not in love with it.I don’t really feel like i missed anything by not reading it however I am going to choose to believe that i feel this way because it was an audio book. I may revisit this book sometime in the future and see if my opinion has changed any.

Review: Cinder

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Links: GoodReads, Amazon
Pages: 400 Pages
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Fairy Tales
Stars: 3


Synopsis:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


Review:

My overall opinion:
Meh. I get it’s a YA novel and it was entertaining but the hype i heard around this book i think built me up a bit too much. Didn’t make me hate it but it didn’t exactly enamor me either. I liked it don’t get me wrong and it was a very different take on Cinderella which i loved but i just couldn’t get on board with the way the world was set up. I wish there was more information on the territories but the story jumped right into cinder and the market. What about her maker?! why don’t i get more on him? do we get more in the next book? I felt like i had a lot more questions than answers after the story was done. I don’t like that incomplete feeling because i feel like it practically forces me to buy the next book just to get my curiosities fulfilled. I mean really tell me why this prince feels so compelled and willing to overlook cinder’s awkwardness! tell me because i feel like after a few times of someone being that weird around me i’d be like well shit this person don’t even really like me they have to put up with me since I’m a friggin prince.

Cinder
Can we say self esteem issues? i mean i get it. Her issues are warranted because of the obvious cyborg hate and the fact that she Isn’t completely human and then we she finds out more about her past it just fucks her up some more in the head. I think i like her, self issues aside, because she isn’t a typical cinderella fit. She is almost half robot AND she is a greasy mechanic. what? A LADY MECHANIC! YES!!! I think the author won my vote with that. She’s a bit of a limp noodle sometimes but given her circumstances i get it. Things aren’t easy when you are considered property and easily trackable by some weird microchip system. Alas the rags to riches story has some twists with her right in the middle of it.

Adri
sighs…i guess every cinderella story needs a horrible mother figure and this one was no exception except she went a step above and literally sold the girl. I wasn’t thrilled with that or her attitude after the situation smh. I mean yea i get it she is burdened by this weird creation of her late husbands but she doesn’t have to be bitter about it and she doesn’t have to take it out on the poor girl but as usual she does and well….i don’t particularly find her love for her daughters genuine either. She is an empty and mean person.

Pearl
What a tiny twat. I mean she is old enough to know better and i suppose i can’t really blame her for being so discriminatory towards cinder but i think of Peony and i’m like YES you can choose to be different but YOU choose to be a bitch -_- no reason for that. No need for that either. Honestly! What is wrong with people?! sighs she was easily my least favorite character. i feel like she was spiteful just because that’s how her mother has always been.

Peony
Sweet girl. Easily my 2nd favorite character (my favorite was Iko) she couldn’t do much but she was as nice to cinder as she knew how to be. Yes she was naive and a bit of a ditz but she was nice to cinder and quite clearly the only human friend that cinder had. I mean the Dr and the prince don’t count. She treated Cinder like family and in my eyes won my vote as greatest person in this book! I was deeply moved by the lengths that cinder went through to assure, comfort and protect her.

Queen Levana
eh what a creepy ass person. She is ridiculously manipulative and just overall creepy – like skin crawling with a million spiders creepy. I believe in freedom of decision and well this harlot doesn’t. mind control. regicide. manipulation. genocide. sister-cide(i can’t remember the word for it). I mean honestly name something horrible and ghastly and she probably has done it. she has a pretty weird relationship with her thaumaturge (I KNOW i’m not saying that right in my head btw) and her temper reminds me of a small spoiled child…OH!! She’s like Lilith from supernatural!! that’s it!! like in the scene where Lilith possesses a little innocent girl and does awful things! Innocent and beautiful looking but demonic!

Dr Erland
[insert doting creepy old guy here] I mean Dr Erland is cool but it took me until the last 4 pages to REALLY REALLY like him. I feel like if i talk about him too much i would give away the story so i am not going to talk about it. All you need to know is that this guy is dusty and weird up until the very end and then he becomes pretty cool in my opinion

Iko
I never would have thought of robots having personalities. I mean anytime i think of a robot “thinkin” i think of I.Robot where they all try to take over the world and kill people or hold them prisoner. This is NOT the case with Iko. She is HILARIOUS. She really gives me a good tickle and i am glad that Cinder has someone on her side (even if it is a robot). Iko made me sad in the middle of the book and i guess that’s ok. It was to be expected but i have a feeling that the author has some serious plans for Iko and I can’t wait to see them!

Torin
Think Strong Silent type here. Seriously I don’t even recall the description given for torrin all i know is that the man is wicked silent and super strong. It’s like he doesn’t even feel anything the lunars throw at him. I mean i am sure he does but he is just so steady. I have a hope that he guides the prince instead of using the prince for his own agenda. I don’t think this will be the case but we see instances where the two already disagree and it’s almost funny. Kind of like watching your moms vein almost pop as she eyeballs you across the room for doing something dumb! Anyways i feel like there is some secret AMAZING story with Torrin and if there isn’t then i will be a little disappointed.

Prince Kai
The Beautiful and Benevolent Prince Kai. He is presented as a one direction singer; mobs of girls love him and his gorgeous visage. I think as the son of an emperor he makes questionable decisions. We of course don’t see his mother. Which i mean let’s be honest do we ever? *shrugs* ok i mean i found him to be a little useless and honestly just a bit stupid. how do you not know she is hiding something under gloves it’s just weird you NEVER see her out of her gloves. Even an emperor has standards i mean i get it you like this girl but when she shows up the way she does at the ball you don’t question? What do you actually do? do you have hobbies or interest in your people other than the obvious disease ravaging your country? I don’t know much about prince Kai other than his tragic parental history, his very quick rise to the thrown, his abhorrence of anything lunar and his crush on Cinder. I mean yea he does a nice thing by deciding to do what is best in the interest of his people no matter the cost to him but it’s a pretty dumb and short sighted decision to me! *sighs* he disappointed and annoyed me. Please move aside pretty boy. Thanks.