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Book Review – Throne Of Glass

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Title: Throne of Glass [Throne of Glass 1]

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 404

Rating: 4 Star

Series Review: 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Description/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 – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I was avoiding this book/series for a while because all I was hearing was good things and my expectations were really high, and I didn’t want to go into it and not get what I was expecting. I totally got what I was expecting.

The plot of this story was so interesting.We are presented with this snobbish king who has decided to hold a ‘game’ where his royal court companions would each choose a champion to compete and the winner will be the kings own personal assassin for five years and then when their time is over they win their freedom. The kings son Dorian picked Celaena, the worlds most netorious assassin in the world before she got caught. All the trials were so exciting, I loved getting to see what all the different trials were going to entail. Then we also have this interwoven with the magical thats all very hush hush because the king outlawed it. It was awesome. I also loved the fact that we switched perspectives throughout the chapters and were not confined to just Celaena’s even though I love her.

Characters. All the characters were so well written that I feel like I must talk about each of them a bit so I’m sorry if this section drags.

“Guards are of no use in a library.”
Oh, how wrong he was! Libraries are full of ideas – perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.

Celaena was an awesome character to read about. There are lots of of awesome female characters these days but my gosh I liked her. She was sarcastic, loved to read, and was tough as nails. Her sense of humour, the fact she devoured books, and how easy she can kill with ease are what I liked about her most. She made herself laugh more than she made others laugh and that was totally hysterical most of the time. She survived a death camp and nearly escaped, a feet that no one had even come close too. They would only get a couple of feet, she touched the damn wall. We see a lot of development with her, both mentally and physically. Since we first meet her after she has been in this death camp she is all week and not what she once was, and with the help of Chaol, the captain of the guard, we begin to see who she was before then. I don’t want to go into spoilers encase there is someone reading this who is silly like me and hasn’t yet picked up the series yet, but I loved all the hints we get about her and the potential she has if she chooses to accept it. I AM ALL FOR IT!

Her arrogance is something that gets her in trouble in the beginning of the book though. Chaol was telling her to play down her abilities because know one expects her to be who she is because of her being female and so young, and if she flies below the radar they wont go after her as badly as some of the others. This is something she doesn’t get at all, which frustrates me because she is supposed to be smart. I do really like that scene though when she is duelling someone who has been the biggest pain in the butt, doesn’t even bother to take out her weapon and just strides up and kicks him ans sends him flying the the arena. It was just so good.

“Here’s a lesson for you Weapons Master,” she said, stalking past him. “Give me real men to fight. Then maybe I’ll bother trying.”

The men in our love triangle are Dorian and Chaol. Dorian is someone I could really get along with. He is a bit full of himself, arrogant, and a bit of a man whore, but is he so funny. There are so many scenes with him that really made the book for me.  The puppy, candy, books, and ball scenes are some of my favourites and they would not have happened if not for him. He is just so open and easy to like. He isn’t living up to his full potential yet but his time will come and its going to be awesome. Chaol is kind of the opposite of Dorian. He is stern, serious, much less open. Not really willing to put himself out there, but does it in a very subtle way that often goes unnoticed. I don’t know which one of them I like more at this point, I really can’t make up my mind. I will say that Chaol was truly amazing by the end, what he did for Celaena meant the world to her. Chaol might be winning a little… Maybe…

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There are some side characters that I found interesting. Sam was very interesting and I feel we are missing something huge here that will pop up later, possibly do to with the King of Assassin’s, the person who raised and taught her all she knows with some serious tough love I don’t know how I feel about, and how she ended up in the death camp. Nehemia I was a bit iffy about but came to really like and I hope she helps with the Celaena character development.

The plot was a little bit predictable at times, which was a bit of a downer for me. The ending had some of this predictability to it but my gosh the end scene is stressful. It goes forever and gah. Too long, didn’t need to be that long. I was just dying the whole time.

So yes, read this book. It was amazing, and the fact that I have yet to buy the rest of the books is actaully eating at me and I will probably have to break my book buying ban so that I can have them right now. My heart is literally beating faster thinking about how much I enjoyed this book. Calm down Jazz, calm down.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Fantasy 101

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101

1.  The Strange and Beautiful Life of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton.

2. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

3. The Sandman Omnibus Vol 1 by Neil Gaiman.

4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

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5. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.

6. The Forgotten War by Howard Sargent.

7. A Spell For Chameleon by Piers Anthony.

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8. Daughter of the Forest  by Juliet Marillier.

9. The Sentinel Mage by Emily Gee.

10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

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Bout Of Books 14 – Day 7 Challenges + Wrap Up

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 136

Books Read: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 2

Pages Read: 205

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Day 3

Pages Read: 250

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 4

Pages Read: 445

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Books Finished: What’s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang

Day 5

Pages Read: 458

Books Read:

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Day 6

Pages Read: 251

Books Read: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 7

Pages Read: 312

Books Started:

  1. What She Left by T.R. Richmond
  2. Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Books Finished:

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

 

I feel ok about this week of reading. I was a day behind and I did a lot of travelling between work and tafe and more work. I got some reading in though and I had been in a huge slump since moving and this I think has broken me out of it :)

Total Pages Read: 2057

Books Finished:

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Books Unfinished:

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What To Read Next Challenge

For this Challenge, you need to recommend 3 books (and only 3 books) that you have read this year that you think should be recognized as something great – something everyone should have on their TBR list for this fall.

For more info check out the host blog.

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What’s Left of Me: I am putting this book here because next to The Host, its the only book I know of that deals with issues of double identities living in the one body. I found it really easy to read and I flew through it in one sitting.

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda: I am putting it on the list because it was my surprise of the year. Its not the kind of book I would ever pick up but I really enjoyed it and found it to be funny and honest.

Ava Lavender: I cannot put this one into words. You know where the story is going but that doesn’t ruin anything. Its a tragically beautiful story that everyone should read. Its on its own level.

 

And thats all for this read-a-thon! I hope you all had a great week.

 

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Bout Of Books 14 – Day 6 Challenges – Updates

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 136

Books Read: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 2

Pages Read: 205

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 3

Pages Read: 250

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 4

Pages Read: 445

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Books Finished: What’s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang

Day 5

Pages Read: 458

Books Read:

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Day 6

Pages Read: 251

Books Read: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Book Road Trip

I love going on road trips or any kind of trip for that matter and I always bring a TON of books with me. For this challenge, I’d like for you to come up with a list of the top 4-5 states/places you’d love to visit and find a book (you either read or want to read) that takes place in that state/place or a book by an author who lives or is from there.

For more info check out the host blog.

Hmm this is hard because I actually have to think about where the books are taking place. Normally its not really something I pay much attention to.

Scotland: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Ireland: P.S I love you by Cecelia Ahern

Japan: Nana by Ai Yazawa

London: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Paris: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

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Bout Of Books 14 – Day 5 Challenges + Updates

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 136

Books Read: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 2

Pages Read: 205

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 3

Pages Read: 250

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 4

Pages Read: 445

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Books Finished: What’s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang

Day 5

Pages Read: 458

Books Read:

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Character Soulmates

Today I have the Character Soulmates Challenge for you. It’s great because we are going to be shipping characters from different books. Have you ever thought __(person)__ from this book would be just perfect with __(person)__ from this other book? Well here is your chance to finally pair them up and watch the sparks fly.

For more info check out the host blog.

I hate challenges like this for one reason. I can literally never think of anyone. My brain doesn’t pluck characters out and put them with others in different books. But here we are and I am going to give it a go anyway.

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Who: 

Arriane Alter from the Fallen series by Lauren Kate and Matthew from the Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole.

Ship Name: Arriew

They have the worst names to combine ever.

Reason:

I want these guys to be together because they are both just a little bit bonkers. Arriane has ‘out bursts’ that leave her seeming unstable and a little bit dangerous. Mattew since he can see the future often seems not with it and crazy. Arriane likes a bit of crazy and she can be a strong stable person who Matthew can rely on and he can give her the affection she deserves.

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Bout Of Books 14 – Day 3 & 4 Challenges + Updates

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 136

Books Read: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 2

Pages Read: 205

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 3

Pages Read: 250

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 4

Pages Read: 445

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Books Finished: What’s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang

Mash Challenge

MASH is a fun little game where you write up options for your future and then after getting a number, go through until you have one choice for each category – and have your future right there in front of you!

For more info or how to play, check out the host blog.

I know that entries have closed for this one but I couldn’t get to a computer on day 3 so I decided I would just do it anyway because its a fun little challenge that I haven’t done before. Here is what I got!

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I am an Animal Keeper who lives in a Shack with my husband Mr Darcy on the lands of Pemberley. We have one child, get around in a flying car and have a wild cat as a pet.

LOL. A shack at Pemberley.

Fours Seasons In Book Covers

For this challenge, you need to convey the four seasons in book covers – through color, title, cover, etc. You can be literal or take a more creative approach. Anything goes! Just show me four seasons in book covers.

For more info check out the host blog.

I am annoyed that I cannot take pictures of these books in some way because I’m not home, but I suppose the covers will have to do. I am surprised by how many books I could use for winter. The order for my seasons are: Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring.

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Bout Of Books 14 – Day 2 Challenges + Update

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 136

Books Read: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 2

Pages Read: 205

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Book Scavenger Hunt

1. A Book that begins with “B”  (for Bout of Books!)
2. A book you’re planning to read/currently reading for Bout of Books
3. Blue Book(s)
4. Books from your favourite genre!
5. A book on your TBR shelf, or your full TBR shelves
For more info check out the host blog.
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Top Ten Tuesday – Auto-Buy Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Authors I Auto-Buy

I actually dont have many auto buys but we will see how we go!

1. Melina Marchetta. On the Jellicoe Road is my favourite and anything else will be golden.

2. Sarah J. Maas. I LOVE Throne of Glass and I just went out and bought all her other books.

3. Marissa Meyer. The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favourite things of all time. I need more now.

4. Richelle Mead. Vampire Academy holds a special place in my heart now and forever so I shall read all her other books.

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5. Leslye Walton. Ava Lavender was one of the most beautiful things I have ever read. Her next book is mine.

6. Suzanne Collins. I liked Hunger Games if she came out with a new series I would get it.

7. Veronica Roth. Since I liked the Divergent series I would probably auto buy her next book to see much I liked it.

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8. Juliet Marillier. While I only have the Sevenwaters series at the moment I plan on getting her rest and I finish reading it.

9. Matsuri Hino. Vampire Knight is one of my favourite things ever, and when her new work about ninjas comes out in english its mine!

10. Eowyn Ivey. The Snow Child was awesome so I am going to go pick up the rest of her books.

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Be sure to share your lists!

If you want any of the books listed please click on the thingyami below.

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Bout Of Book 14 – Sign Up + Day 1 Challenge

Bout of Books
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team.
Well because I was taking a break from blogging because I moved and started school and I am trying to get a balance between been super busy and reading, I missed the first day so I am already behind one of the only days a week I could sit down and read a full book. Actually, no thats not right I did listen to an audio but I dont remember where I started in it so now I have to work that out….

My Goals

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  • I am always busy so I don’t even really get a day off work cause other obligations will be sucking up at least most of those days so I don’t know when I will get to each one or if I will. All four or more would be great but I don’t want to over reach.
  • To participate in at least one of the events each day.
  • Comment on at least 2 blogs/vlogs per day.
  • Above all enjoy myself while I do all this!

Day 1 Challenge – Fictional World Travel

Today’s challenge is to list 3 to 6 books of fiction that take place in countries other than the one you currently reside in. Today’s challenge also comes with a giveaway. One winner will be able to pick a book of their choice up to 15USD. For me info or other entries check out the host blog.

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I wish I could do this more creatively but some of the books are on my kindle and others are hardback and I am currently running late for work so this is what we get, but at least I did it :)

 

 

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Updates, Updates and More Updates!

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I am sorry for the lack of posts over the last couple of weeks guys. Lots a real life stuff has been happening which has left no time for read and the writing of blogs.

I got into a new Captive Animals course which takes up half my week. Both in the sense that it keeps me busy and during that half of the week I live in the land of no internet because I stay at my mothers and she doesn’t have it.

I have also been moving over the last week (see house above). While I got most my crap out of my old house in two days, I then had to go away for school and then there was still all the cleaning to be done. I think its all done now thank god. Cleaning walls is like the biggest bitch ever.

On another note today is my birthday so there will be no Top Ten Tuesday as I don’t really have time to write one with the going to work, cleaning my room from the move, and the going out to dinner. But here is the standard bunny birthday post:

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Other than that I don’t think I have much to tell you guys. Hopefully posts will resume as normal next week. Have a great day guys!

 

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