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Book Review – Tower of Dawn

Title: Tower of Dawn [Throne of Glass 6]

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 664

Rating: 3 Star

Series Review: 0.51, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Description/Synopsis:

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I don’t even know where to start with this review. I put off reading the book till the last book was close to coming out because Chaol wasn’t really anyone I felt like I needed a whole book about, and I am sorta putting off writing the review for the same reason. This has been my least favourite of the books so far.

My main issue with the book was just the sheer length of it. 664 pages is not a small amount of time to invest in a story, and I didn’t really start enjoying the book until within chapter 41. 466 pages into the story. If I didn’t have faith in Maas, wasn’t so commit to the series, and didn’t know that things that happen in this book would play a vital role in the last book, I would have dropped it before this point. I know I have told you guys to skip books in series when they bring nothing to the overall plot, but sadly I can’t even tell you to do that this time. There are many things that happen in this book, characters you are introduced to, that are going to be a huge part of the final one. Yes I know that all these new characters, a whole new series worth of them, needed to be introduced in just the one book and time needed to be taken to do that, but it didn’t work. If she had done this book in a novella, character development would have suffered, but the first 3/4 of the book just dragged. Yes there were parts I liked in there, but they didn’t make up for it. This books rating could have easily been 2 stars in not for the last section.

Now that is enough complaining, onto the things I actually liked!

We got a whole bunch of new characters in this book that I am really looking forward to seeing how they mesh with our beloved characters in the main story. New ways of life that I found interesting to read about, I really liked reading about the aerial warriors, the Rukhin, who ride basically giant eagles. I wish we got to see more of their life, but the bits we did get I loved. We also got to see a bit of the Healers training and life, not a lot but I don’t think we needed more there. That was actually the right amount of information. Then we also got all the new princes and princess, all of whom have completely different personalities, and while we only really got to sorta know a couple of them, I am so interested to get to know them and see how they interact with everyone else. All of the new characters names though were basically impossible for me pronounce, and some of them didn’t really get a name in my head, they were just jumbled letters.

We got a lot of people getting paired off again in this story, and while I didn’t really think all of the new pairs, relationship wise or family wise, were necessary I didn’t really mind them either. I really liked Yrene, and she made me like Chaol better. After the last book he was in I really couldn’t care less about his story and he was really a giant dick in that book. But Yrene fought him back on a lot of his shit, and she helped me like him more again.

One thing I really liked was that we have actually met Yrene before but never got her name,. Aelin helped her when a group of men were going to attack her in Assassins Blade, gave her advice on how to defend herself, gave her money to get her out of her situation, and left her a letter. This letter Yrene carried with her everywhere she went, always in her pocket. I knew who wrote her the note straight away, and everytime she talked about I was screaming for her to show it to Chaol so that he could tell her it was Aelin. It didn’t happen to the very end of the book of course but I just cannot wait till Yrene and Aelin meet. I hope its wonderful and Aelin remembers.

Thats about all I can say on this book since not much happens till the end. I saw the person who was behind all the bad stuff in this book right away, and it took forever for me to enjoy it, but if you are committed to the series you sadly can’t skip it. Maybe try to find someone who lists all the things you need to know and read that if you want to, but you can’t go into the next without that information. I wont be rereading this one, but I see why its needed.

 

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Book Review – Empire Of Storms

Title: Empire of Storms [Throne of Glass 5]

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 689

Rating: 4.5 star (rounded to 5)

Series Review: 0.5123, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Description/Synopsis:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Timesbestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

At last me reread is completed! For those of you who don’t know after finally reading Tower of Dawn a month or so ago and realising that I didn’t really remember any of the few things we glimpse in Chaol’s book that are happening in Empire of Storms, that I needed to do a series reread of pretty much the entire series before the final book comes out on the 23rd of this month. I am so damn excited for that book its not even funny. But we aren’t here to talk about Kingdom of Ash, we are here to finally talk about Empire of Storms which I didn’t review the first time around. This time I did the audiobook and I really enjoyed them so I would recommend this series in audiobook form. I will also try to talk about the things that happen in this book without influence from what I know from Tower of Dawn, and mostly talk about the feelings that I had in both readings. For those of you who have for some reason not read this book this is where I leave you. I liked this book more the second time around, it was a little slow to begin with but the ending is just everything. MAKE SURE YOU READ ASSASSINS BLADE BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK. Goodbye people who don’t want to get spoilt!

Thank god pretty early on in this book most of our plot points/characters actually converge on one another so this time around my review may be more than just my opinions on characters. Just like in most of the books in this series, the book starts off a bit slow and then explodes into whatever the hell that ending was.

We get a bit more backstory in this book about what happened in the first war. By this I mean we find out that Elena is just a stupid idiot that didn’t bother to ask her father what the Eye of Elena, otherwise know of the wyd lock, what it was actually supposed to be used for, and used it to lock up Erawan. Then because she is an idiot finds out that her mother Mala, the goddess of fire, gave up her mortal life to make this lock to send the Gods back to their own world taking the valg with them, and that her father Brannon was going to sacrifice his life to seal the keys and the gates shut behind them with the lock. But it could only be used once, and Elena blew it locking up a valg king that was just going to get free again at some point. So now someone of Mala’s line and power has to give up their life to to fix the lock and send the Gods and the valg away for good. So Aelin or Dorian has to die now. Part of me sort of felt bad for Elena when we found out that she loves both Aelin and Dorian and had actually saved Aelin that night in the river years ago so that she could experience the full joys of life before she died, sacrificing Elena’s chance of getting an after life with the rest of her family to do so. But still, she was so dumb. So many things in books just wouldn’t be an issue if people would just talk to another human being!

Aelin works this out in this book. She works it out a bit before Elena explains it all to her and she vomits her gutts up because of this realisation. As time goes on though she sort of accepts this fate and goes on to put a bunch of plans in place to make sure that everyone she loves is looked after once she is gone and that her country would have a leader and heirs. Rowan, who is confirmed as her mate and who she sneaky marries near the very end, will rule and Lysandra who Aelin made promise to pose as her for the rest of her life so no one in the country knew Aelin was dead, would have heirs secretly with Aedion because they look so similar, not Rowan. Because of all this Aelin of course is very morose in this book and sort of in the previous one too. I have seen a lot of people say that they didn’t like her in either because she was acting so out of character but I really sort of have to disagree with those point. She is a different character. Celaena was a ‘carefree’ assassin who only had to worry about keeping herself alive. Aelin is a Queen cast out by most of her own lords and had to literally sacrifice herself to keep the whole continent/world safe. The two objectives couldn’t really be anymore different. When she decided to accept her responsibilities she had to let go of a lot of what made her who she was. And while she is so happy to have found all her friends and family and to have had Rowan for as long as she did, she is a woman that for a good chunk of this book knows that the closer she gets to saving them all and giving them all a better life, she gets a step closer to her own death.

One part I did really enjoy in Aelins story though was when she finally gets to Skulls Bay and talks to Ralph again. While in Terrasen Aelin’s group gets word that the witches are flying to take back Rifthold and kill Dorian (didn’t I say it was dumb to leave him behind), and she sends Rowan to save him and tells him to meet back up with her at Skulls Bay to try and win Ralph and his pirates and his secret people that have been in hiding for years, to fight on her side in the war because Aelin and Ralph don’t have good history (read Assassins Blade). Now Rowan might have come to late to save Dorian if Manon hadn’t of turned on fellow witches and kept him alive long enough for Rowan to actually get him out. We will talk about the Manon bit later, but Rowan gets him out and gets him to Skulls Bay and is just sort of chilling with his old Cadre members Fenrys and Gavriel (Aedion’s dad), trying to convince them and Ralph to help them out while waiting for Aelin to rock up. Then of course she does it in style, and while they are going to Ralph’s office to talk some more they turn on the lights and find Celaena just sitting in his seat smiling. I think this scene is probably my favourite Aelin scene because she was Celaena for a brief moment. She could drop all those weights holding her down and act like a part of her old self again. Yes she does have other funny and witty moments, I really liked the part where her and Dorian were talking and he thanked her for sending Rowan and she says:

Rowan is always looking for a chance to show off. Dramatic rescues give him purpose and fulfilment in his dull immortal life.

That line was amazing, but she in those other moments she isn’t as carefree as she was in Ralph’s office at the start.

The scene though where Lysandra was fighting sea wyverns in Skulls Bay though was truly the opposite of fun though. She just manages to kill two babies and then three adults rock up and she can’t transform again to get out of the water because she is too drained and only just manages to kill them. I honestly didn’t think she was going to get out of that scene alive, only her quick thinking saved her.

Manon. I love her so much and I was so stressed for her pretty much the entire book. She killed withces to save Dorian so when she goes home all the other witches are demanding blood for those killed and it was decided that Manon had to kill Asterin for the life she took. Then right as she is about the kill Asterin she tells her and the rest of the Thirteen to run and she swings to kill her grandmother. Of course she doesn’t succeed and her and her grandmother fight and her grandmother reveals that she killed her mother and her father who was infact a Crochan prince and they had hoped that Manon would be the witch to bring peace and return them to the wastes, but her grandmother made her a Crochan killing machine who infact had killed her own half sister so she is now the Queen of the Crochans. Manon gets away just before her grandmother can finish her off thanks to Abraxos and then spends forever just on the brink of death until Abraxos takes her to the safety of Aelin’s crew. There are many fun moments with her and Dorian but she is sad because her whole life has turned upside down and she thinks that the Thirteen are dead, and Aelin wants her to unite the Crochan’s to her side despite the fact she has spent her whole life killing them. But then Elide finally turns up and we have few touching moments with her and Manon until Maeva’s armada comes to nearly kill them all but Abraxos saves the day by having left to go find the Thirteen days before and arrives in the nick of time. Manon isn’t at the battle though because she is off having chats with the gods, Elena and Aelin about how the war needs to be won and she asked the gods since she has valg blood in her does that mean she is going to get sent off to a different world too which we don’t get an answer for and this stresses me out some more because I don’t want a world where Manon isn’t in it.

I am really looking forward to the final battle she will have with her grandmother in the last book.

I think I said that most people get paired off with other people romantically in the last book but they really do in this one. There is a lot of sex, some good and some repetitive. Elide and Lorcan get paired off in this book and I don’t mind it. She actually stands up to his bullshit and puts him in his place when he is being stupid. Their storyline wasn’t one I really felt like I needed though. The moment she see Aelin and Aedion again wasn’t quite as touching as I wanted it to be but was still good. Lorcan’s purpose in this book though pretty much seems to be just to fuck things up which made their whole story a bit hard to swallow. Its basically all his fault that Maeve came at the end when Aelin was drained of most her power because he freaked out over an army that arrived that was on their damn side and called her to protect Elide. Like Maeve was ever going to protect Elide. Aelin just manages to give the wyd keys to Manon before Maeve tortures her and captures her in iron chains, mask, and casket and whisked away to places unknown to be tortured for the rest of her life, which we have just found out is immortal because she will ‘settle’ into her immortality within the next five years, Aelin went through all that willingly to keep Elide safe and because she had set everything up for her friends to finish the job.

Just as she leaves her Ashryver cousin(?) Galan from Wyndlen shows up with all his army, and all the silent assassins from the desert amass in force to help fight for Aelin. Then we also have Ansel from the wastes came just before with her army, we have the army Ralph is putting together, all the guys Chaol is supposed to be getting wherever he is, all the Cousins Rowan convinced to turn against Maeve on the eve of battle and to fight for Aelin, and now the Crochans Manon has decided to rally. She made them a huge damn army to ratlle the stars and I just had to sit there and go ha Aedion, you were such a dick in this book doubting her and you should feel horrible about questioning her what she was actually doing for the country and her people. She set all this up for you guys and didn’t expect any of you to bloody help her in return except Lysandra who is basically giving up her life for Terrasen, and maybe Dorian who might have to use the lock to help get rid of the valg since she is all locked up.

And thats where the book ends and where I am going to leave this review/recap. I really enjoyed this book especially the end, and I am so keen for the next book it isn’t even funny. This is porbably my longest review for the series so far so I apologise if it was a bit hard to get through, and I will say sorry in advance because I don’t think the final review is going to be much shorter. Please, please leave comments down below. All I want to do is talk about things that happened in this book and how everyone thinks things are going to turn out. It doesn’t look like we are going to get a happy ending where either Aelin or Dorian doesn’t die despite Rowan flying off to find Aelin and declaring that he would not stand for an ending where either of them were gone. Maas does like a happy ending though so maybe Rowan will have success. GAAAHHH so many thoughts and feelings. I look forward to speaking with you all!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Bookstores & Libraries I Want To Visit

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Stunning Bookstores and Libraries I Want to Visit

I have on occasion seen pictures of bookstores or libraries and they have taken my breath away, but I have never gone to look up where or which one they are and added them to a bucket list, so this was a fun new adventure to find some I would want to visit. This list is in no particular order.

Bookstores

1. Cărturești Carusel, Bucharest, Romania

2. Cafebrería El Péndulo, Mexico City, Mexico

3. Merci Used Book Cafe, Paris, France

4. Daunt Books, London, U.K.

5. Zhongshuge Bookstore, Hangzhou, China

Libraries

1. Stiftsbibliothek Admont, Admont, Austria

2. Biblioteca do Convento de Mafra, Mafra, Portugal

3. Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

4. Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra, Portugal

5. Stiftsbibliothek Sankt Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland

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Sunday Shopping – Kaisercraft Haul

At the moment in life I am very low on money. Really the only thing I occasionally spend money on is owlcrate which I am sick of talking about all the time, or occasionally clothing which isn’t really relevant for this space. So Sunday Shopping will generally be few and fare between unless I talk about things I have gotten in the past and have yet to talk about. This post however is about a random trip to the craft store.

I had recent;y discovered a new craft store opening up in the same complex as my work. They were doing a one day only 50% off kaisercraft brand name things. I was very interested but thought it best to stay away to try and save the money. On that day however my partners phone completely died and he needed to go out to get a new one. We went to a different complex to where I work and right next to the optus store was a kaisercraft. There was no avoiding it at this point.

Total Spend: $21.31

In the grand scheme of things I didn’t go too crazy, and only spent $21.31 in the store put I only didn’t get all that much. The thought of spending double that on things means I probably wouldn’t have bought them. I was going to list all the things and their prices, but the website didn’t want to provide me with online prices and I threw out the docket like a smart person.

I got a 2019 diary which is adorable, and 2019 desk calendar which I didn’t take into account that it has no writing space so is useless to me and I should have thought it through more. Then for bookstagram I got some small paper flowers for decoration, and some different background paper. This is the only thing I even slightly remember what the price was because it was about $1.40, and I thought that was loads for just one small sheet of paper. To make a backdrop big enough to actually get a shot I need four of them together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I do really like most the things though so if they ever do a sale like that again I will definitely be going back. I will probably go back to just look at all the pretties as well.

 

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Thursday Tags – Totally Should’ve

This weeks tag is the Totally Should’ve tag, started over on youtube by emmabooks. Its an oldy but a goodie so be sure to check out her original post.

Totally should’ve gotten a sequel

I feel like this is one I would have had a better time answering a few years ago when I didn’t fully appreciate a stand alone book. Sometimes sequels can totally ruin things and stories would have been better off left alone.The only book I could come up with that I would want really another one of would be The Forgotten War by Howard Sargent.

Totally should’ve had a spin off series

So again, this is hard because things that I want to have a spin off already do or have one coming. The Forgotten War again I think would have amazing spin off potential but something else that I think that needs a spin off is. . . Maybe To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I don’t think I need more of this story in particular but I would love maybe more John Ambrose, or one of the other characters.

An author who totally should write more books

I didn’t expect this tag to be so damn hard. Most of my favourite authors pump out books so I can’t really say them. Again I could use Howard Sargent for this one but I am going to go with Felicia Day. I would love to get another book perhaps about how she juggles her life with a daughter now. I don’t know, I just like most things she does.

A character who totally should’ve ended up with someone else

I don’t think I can actually answer this one. I generally go along with the ships that the authors intended, even if I felt differently at the start of the book or series. A good example Would be I wanted Celena to end up with Dorian in Throne of Glass, and while I don’t mind Rowan now I might really like Dorian with Manon by the end of the series and be fine with them not being together.

Totally should’ve ended differently

Allegiant by Veronica Roth. While I really like one thing that happened in this book, I think the overall plot and why everything was happening wasn’t very thought through and let the trilogy down and should of been taken in a different direction.

Totally should’ve had a movie franchise

Ahhhh why is everything so hard. Most books seem to be movies these days which makes it hard to pick things, that and I don’t want the things to be ruined by them getting a movie either. I think All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven would make a good movie if it was done right.

Totally should’ve had a TV show

While I hate to say it because I don’t want it to be ruined I think A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. The whole series. I know it has been picked up for a movie but that doesn’t seem long enough to capture everything. If they gave it the room it needs I think it would be an awesome series.

Totally should’ve had only one point of view

I literally have nothing for here. Allegiant could almost go here because I didn’t like how four got perspective in the last book but not the others but I get why he did by the end. Other than being bored by character chapters at the start I don’t think I have a book where I just think they should have cut out that perspective.

Totally should have a cover change

Finally an easy one. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. They have the ugliest covers and they did get a change but they were also very boring and ugly. Give them a better cover please and thank you.

Totally should’ve kept the original covers

The first thing that instantly popped into my mind was Across the Universe by Beth Revis. While I didn’t like the book I thought the original covers where beautiful and I just don’t get why they changed them to the ugly things they did.

Totally should’ve stopped at book one

These last few were nice and easy. If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I loved that first book but that second one was so unneeded and ruined the feelings you got from the first book.

 

 

 

And thats it! That was a fun tag and I really enjoyed it, but I am struggling to find new and interesting tags to do so if you have a tag you want me to do let me know! I would love the input.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Longest Books I’ve Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Longest Books I’ve Read

This is both such an easy list and such a time consuming one! I have read many long books, but the time it took to go through the books I have read the last few years consumed a bit of time haha. These are the ones I can remember to the best of my ability, in order from longest to ‘shortest.’

1. The Forgotten War by Howard Sargent at 1074 pages.

2. The Passage by Justin Cronin at 963 pages.

3. The Redemption of Althalus by David Eddings at 913 pages.

4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon at 850 pages.

 

 

 

 

5. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini 849 pages.

6. Magician by Raymond E. Feist at 803 pages.

7. A Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin at 801 pages.

 

 

 

 

8. The Shelters of Stone by Jean M. Auel at 800 pages.

9. The Plains of Passge by Jean M. Auel at 784 pages.

10. The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel at 757 pages.

 

 

 

 

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Book Review – Queen of Shadows

Title: Queen of Shadows [Throne of Glass 4]

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 648

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 0.512, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Description/Synopsis:

The queen has returned.

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 has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. 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.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Sorry for the late review today everyone. I stayed up late to finish it last night before work and thusly I have been brain dead all day and it has taken a really long time to put my review down in a way that actually makes some sort of sense. Plus this is a huge book with so many people in it so it takes a lot of words to actually cover everything. For those of you who have been following me the last month or so know that these reviews are coming after my second read through of the books in time for the final book in the series coming out this month. This time around I did this book in audio book form, and I would highly recommend the audio book, as well as the book in general. Where the last book was a bit slow, things never really stopped happening in this one. For those who don’t want spoilers, I will say goodbye to you here. Go into this book knowing it was great and sets up all whole new chapter for the series. I will see you later after you have read the book.

Our character list in this series just gets longer and longer with every book we get. The main new one we got this time was Elide. I didn’t mind Elide but I wasn’t jumping up and down every time we got one of her chapters. I cared more about how her interactions affected the characters around her. I am so looking forward to her seeing Aelin again I think thats going to be a touching reunion, and I just loved the way she helped bring out the feelings within Manon. I started liking Manon when she started having feelings with Abraxos, but in this book she is firmly placed as a favourite character as having to interact with Elide who questions her about how things are, and she is faced with things happening around her that is destroying her on the inside cause she doesn’t understand why she is feeling things. I was horrified by the description of the yellow legs that were being experimented on and tortured, I was cracking on the inside when Asterin was confronting Manon about it, and it broke completely when Asterin told Manon about how she fell in love with a man and become pregnant, later giving birth to a still born witchling and Manon’s grandmother had beaten her, branded her, burnt her baby and didn’t allow her to see it, and cast her out to die because of it. I am so glad that Manon is feeling things now and is silently rebelling against her grandmother and getting her own idea of what is right.

Kaltain was so freaky in this book. She was mostly a broken doll the entire time with this truly scary shadow fire power, but then we find out she has had control of her demon within for ages now and chooses the moment when Manon is saving Elide from also being experimented on because of her witch blood, and blows herself and all the demon babies and all the suffering witches up. I thought this was a really worthy ending to her story arch.

The big Aedion rescue scene. We all knew it was coming and it was everything I wanted. He was trying to kill himself so that Aelin didn’t fall into whatever trap the king had set and that had me freaking out and just praying he would stay alive long enough for him to see her again and for her to get him out. I loved how she snuck in with the dancers and their rose props were smoke bombs and she got him out in a big chase scene. Then when he recovered enough they had their touching moments together. I felt so bad for him though when he started talking about the blood oath and about how it meant everything to him and she sort of just mumbled about it and he had to find out from Rowan that he had already taken the blood oath. This is the only part that upset me but the rest of his story in the book was just lovely.

Aelin. I thought she grew so much in this book. She is still running around and doing sneaky things and not letting people in, but she becomes more queenly to me and is getting better at actually relying on her court. We get Lysandra from Assassin’s Blade back in this book, and while I hated her in the other book I loved her in this one. That moment when they just decided to be friends and plot Arobynn’s demise together and eat chocolate. It warmed my heart. Then when she came back when magic was freed as a snow leopard and basically saved most the group was a bloody amazing scene.

Every scene with Arobynn unsettled me. He was creepy and that scene when he slipped that Valg ring on her finger and I thought he had control of her for moment before we found out it was all part of Aelin’s plan had me freaking out. I loved the part though where he sent Aelin almond oil to put on herself before their big dinner as some kind of ownership, but then when Rowan meets him he thanks him for the oil because his skin was getting dry and was wearing it as well. That had me cracking up. I loved how his whole story arch ended as well. I loved how badly Aelin ruined hum and framed him for a bunch of stuff she was doing around town, she let Lysandra kill him, and then she changed his will so she got all him wealth. Amazing end to that whole plot point.

I didn’t think we were going to get much Rowan in this book but I am glad that we did. We actually got to know him as a character and I connected with him in this book and I am more happy now with him and Aelin being together than I was in the last book.

Chaol. I know a lot of people were probably waiting for me to talk about him but I just want to give a big fuck you to Chaol. The first half of this book I was just seeing red the entire time he came on. He was blaming everything on Aelin, even her being away when he was the one that sent her away. He become a little bit more bearable in the second half of the book, but I had already written him off at that point. I cannot believe how bloody stupid he was. First he stops Aelin from killing Dorian (thankfully but still), then he gets it into his head that he is going to do it but stuffs up so bad that instead of running after Dorian he somehow runs after the witches and nearly gets everyone killed. Sure, this leads to one of my favourite scenes but still. How goddamn stupid. Aelin was also quite stupd though because she had talked Manon down and the witches were going to leave them alone, but Aelin had to open her mouth and tell them she killed Babba yellowlegs leading to the Manon and Aelin showdown I didn’t know I wanted. Manon nearly dies when the temple they were fighting in collapses around them and Asterin’s cry for her touches Aelin and Aelin ends up saving Manon, which leads to Manon telling them that Dorian is still alive inside.

Then last but not least we have poor Dorian. My heart was just breaking for him everytime we got one of his chapters. When he was giving up because Aelin didn’t kill him when she had that first chance. Then Manon’s eyes give him that moment to actually have control of him body for a brief moment, which is what really leads to Aelin being able to free him. When she slipped that ring on hims finger that protects from the Valg I was so damn excited. I didn’t have any idea of how they were going to get him back and I thought this was done really well. She tries to call him out and keeps telling him that she came back for him just like she promised, but then it ends up being the King telling Aelin that he killed Chaol (which I was fine with even though it didn’t actually happen), that snapped him out of it. Then he and Aelin join hands and just bring the world down, Dorian killing the king who tells them how he blocked Magic to try and protect Dorian and fought the Valg in him with all his might and that the Valg king is in fact inside the Duke, and destroys the glass castle. Aelin uses her powers to protect the city from the destruction, but takes the blame for killing the king so that the people don’t hate Dorian.

The ending to this book was so good. The only thing I would question was the decision to leave Dorian alone so soon after all his trauma.

Since this is such a long review I will leave it here. I know I have missed things but I really tried to cover all the important things, and there were so many great moments with all the characters. If I missed a spot you think is important or loved let me know so we can talk about it!

 

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September Wrap Up + Whats Coming

I feel pretty good about the reading I have done this month, though I have become addicted to a dodgy little phone game which I am sad to say has put me behind on my reading schedule. So I really need to bust my butt to get my current read done and reviewed on time for my goals. I have a full weekend too! Fingers crossed.

What I Finished

What I’m Currently/Planning on Reading

The October Schedule

For anyone who is on bookstagram and is interested, every day I don’t post a blog post I will be doing a bookstagram post on my account thwrittenword. Here are the couple I have posted already this month:

 

 

 

 

As always the schedule might change depending on how things turn out or what I want to talk about.

2nd – TTT – Authors I’d Love to Meet

5th – Welcome to today guys, you are looking at the post

8th – Book Review – Queen of Shadows

9th – TTT – Longest Books I’ve Read

11th – Thursday Tags

14th – Sunday Shopping – Kaisercraft Bookstragram Props

16th – TTT – Bookstores/Libraries I Want to Visit

17th – Book Review – Empire of Storms

20th – Book Review – Tower of Dawn

23rd – TTT – Villians (ALSO KINGDOM OF ASH RELEASE DAY!!!)

26th – Feral Firday (High chance of this just being a book review)

29th – Mini Mondays/Book Review

30th – TTT – Halloween Creepy Freebie

1st – Wrap up + Schedule

if anyone has a schedule up don’t be afraid to share, I would love to see what people are doing for the month!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Authors I’d Love To Meet

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Authors I’d Love to Meet

I have been lucky enough to meet a few authors, but because I’m in Australia and most of the super popular authors are american there are still plenty of authors who have not made the journey to this land down under. These are just some of the authors I would love to meet and have sign a book or two.

1. Leslye Walton, author of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. I would love to ask for her inspiration for this book.

2. Eowyn Ivey, author of  The Snow Child. Again, I would love to know where the idea for such a beautiful book came from.

3. S.E Hinton, author of The Outsiders. I would love to ask what it was like to write a book at such a young age and have it be so popular.

4. Richelle Mead, author of Vampire Academy. I would ask what its like writing books set in a different universe other than VA, after being in it for so long.

 

 

 

 

5. Marissa Meyer, author of Cinder. I can’t even think of anything to ask her, I feel as though I would just be mute with fangirling.

6. Felicia Day, author of  You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost). I don’t want to know much about the book, but I would love to meet her and ask her a few things about the community she has created.

7. Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games. I would love to know her opinions on the movie adaptations, and her writing process.

 

 

 

 

8. Jean M. Auel, author of Clan of the Cave Bear. I would love to know how to researched and handled the progression of the story.

9. Sasha Alsberg, author of Zenith. While not my favourite book I really like her youtube and would love to meet her.

10. Caroline Kepnes, author of You. Just so I can ask her what on earth was happening haha.

 

 

 

 

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Book Review – Heir of Fire

Title: Heir of Fire [Throne of Glass 3]

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 562

Rating: 4 Star

Series Review: 0.51, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Description/Synopsis:

Celaena 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. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

God I am really enjoying my rereads of this series. For those of you who didn’t read my last review I am currently rereading the series in audiobook form in time for the last book, and reviewing them as I go since I didn’t end up reviewing them the first time around. So these thoughts are coming after reading all books except the last book in the series, but I will try and only comment on things I know I thought the first time around.

So because this is a first book in the series, there will be spoilers for the other books, I suggest you go read them and this book before you read my review. For those of you who want a spoiler free review, I enjoyed this book though not as much as the last one. The start of this book is very slow and while not hard to get into we are introduce to a few new characters that I wasn’t really interested in knowing anything about at first. It picked up more towards the end because Celaena has epic moments of course, we are left on a huge game changer, and some of the new characters seem like they are going to actually become interesting. Thats all I am going to say for those who don’t want spoilers, so come back when you have read the books!

Lets start at the beginning. The very slow beginning. Because Celaena is off to a whole new world filled with new people there was a lot of set up in the start of this new book. The main ones we get there would be Maeve and Rowan. Maeve didn’t really interest me all that much other than just being another sort of corrupt power than Celaena has to overcome. Rowan I warmed up to a bit but he is not my favourite. He was very stuffy and boring in the beginning but as we got to know him more and he and Celaena got more of a relationship I warmed up to him a bit. I really liked the moment when she nearly burned herself out and he picked her up and ran with her to the baths even though her skin was burning his. I also liked the way he was helping Celaena become more of a bad ass, though lots of the good early moments where just her exploding. I liked how he got her to shift by biting her, and I loved the moment where they are running from the skin walkers and they jump off a cliff and she burns them to pieces. I both liked and was really stressed out how he taught her to control her magic by taking one of her new ‘friends’ tide him up over a frozen lake and she had to get him out without burning the ice, and he accidentally put them all in danger because he didn’t realise there was giant bloody monster in the lake, but I was really happy with how she beat him up a bit after that. I know he is being set up as the new love interest for her, and while the moment he was so happy that she didn’t burn out in the end and exploded into Aelin to defeated the kings monsters and then freed him from Maeve, I am not onboard with it. I think he is an amazing friend, but I only want him to be a friend. At this point in the series I will go down with the Dorian and Aelin ship.

On that note lets talk about Dorian’s world right now. He has also found a new love in Sorcha. I was so not into that. At all. She was to me a very obvious filler character to try and help move the story along, and I saw her death coming from pretty much the very beginning and other than it upsetting Dorian I didn’t care at all. Then poor Dorian gets that awful collar put on and a Valg prince put inside him at the end. I am so stressed out for Dorian. How is Aelin going to help him now? Gah I am just so stressed.

Chaol was just wandering around being really in the grand scheme of things pretty useless. He found out some things with the help of other people and moved things along, but he was too busy really freaking out that the two people closest to him have power. Chaol is a bit of a magic racist. I was only really interested in his scenes because he spent a lot of time with a new character Aedion, who is Aelins only family member she has left, who has been working for the king letting him think he has control over him. Aedion is a new favourite character, I just love him so damn much. All he wants is to just see her one last time because he loves her. I seriously just can’t with how much I want them to see each other again. Aelin is going to come burning in somehow in a blaze of glory and save him from the chopping block and they are going to have a beautiful ruin and it is going to be everything. I actually forgot about how much I loved him until I reread this book it has been so long.

The only other character that is new that is worth mentioning is Manon the witch. Later on the series she becomes one of my favourite characters, but in this book she is just kinda there. The first few chapters of hers I could not give two fucks about what was happening with her. As we kept going though I grew more interest as she got her wyvern Abraxos. I loved that moment where she is furious at him because he is supposed to be a blood thirsty beast but all he wants to do is sniff wild flowers. I loved getting these relationships and seeing her develop more as a character that wasn’t so black and white. While her story interest did increase towards the end and I was interested in what I was reading. Abraxos made her and everything in that plot so interesting.

Aelin, she takes so many steps forward in this book and I have already mentioned a few but I loved all her back story parts where we get more details about her life and how things went to hell, and then all her loved ones come back to her in her mind to tell her to get up in a key moment. She stopped being scared in this book, and I cannot wait to see what she brings now that she is working towards saving her people.

That is where I am going to leave this review. I know it was more talking about the characters here but this one was really more about the characters. I touched on the main points that all pretty much happen right at the end to all the characters, and thats about all the story progress we got. I hope you are reading along with the series as well and you enjoyed this review. Let me know your thoughts on the story, have you read it more than once and did you like it more knowing more things about certain characters than you did the first time. I did find it more interesting knowing this information but overall it didn’t change anything for me.

 

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