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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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Book Review – Crown of Midnight

Title: Crown of Midnight [Throne of Glass 2]

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 418

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 0.51, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Description/Synopsis:

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This review is coming after my 2.75 read through. I read it once and forgot to review it, picked it back up at a much later date intending to give them all another read through and got about 3/4 of the way through it and then for some reason got distracted and read many other books before finishing it, read Tower of Dawn and realised I seriously need to read through them all before the final book came out, and just decided to start this one again from scratch. This final time though I did the audiobook and while not the best audiobook I have listened to it did a very good job at drawing me into the story.

Despite my basically 3 reads of this book I find I still don’t even know were I want to begin! There are just so many things that happen in the second half of this book. The first half of this one is a lot like the first, slower and you aren’t so attached to what is going on. But there is a very significant turning point in this story, and everything just keeps happening from that point on. The rest of this review is going to be spoilery, so for those of you for some reason have not yet picked up the series yet, now is the perfect time to start. The final book is coming out very soon so you can just smash through them all at once. Go read and come back so we can discuss.

Ok for those who have already read this book lets start somewhere simple. Romance. While I don’t mind Chaol in this book and think he good for Celaena in someways, I do not get the Chaol and Celaena ship. I don’t even know the ship name. Between him and Dorian, I like Dorian far better for her. He actually brings fun into her life, where Chaol is just so serious all the time. I think Celaena needs that more and Chaol is a huge idiot at very key moments in this story. Just so fucking stupid.

In terms of character development we didn’t really get much from Chaol, but we did get quite a lot from Dorian and Celaena. Celaena while really spending most of this book feeling very scared internally about what is going on around her and the things she is or is not doing, we do get a lot more of that bad ass and bloody thirsty assassin we were promised in the first book but didn’t really get. Her action moments in this book are just amazing. Dorian is also pretty much always freaking out in this book. At the start is feeling a bit sorry for himself because he isn’t with Celaena anymore, but in the grand scheme of things he accepts that pretty early on. Then we move onto what the hell is happening??! Dorian. He starts to develop magic powers and he just goes into freaking about the how and the why and what will happen if his dad or anyone found out. I really liked the direction his story started taking.

Ok now onto the moment, my favourite moment and the turning point for the whole book. Nehemia’s death. I feel horrible saying that it is my favourite moment because I really liked her and I am sad she is dead, but its because of those things that its my favourite moment. When I picture a moment to sum up the glory of the series, I always picture this moment. Chaol gets kidnapped and Celaena leave the castle and turns into a shadow of death and kills so many people to get him back, then the people who took him tell her that he knew someone was after Nehemia and stupidly didn’t say ANYTHING and that he knew the king wanted to question/kill her tonight and STILL DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING!!! and by the she got back it would probably would be too late. Then she basically flies on the wind to get back to her and is presented with her mutilated corpse. I loved the way Chaol described to Dorian how even though he stole a horse to return to the castle and Celaena had still outran him. I loved the way she snapped and nearly killed Chaol and Dorian had to save him with magic. I loved the revenge she took on the people involved in all its heartlessness. I both loved and hated the way her and Nehemia had fought before she died and how badly it tore Celaena up for the rest of the book and because of not being able to face Chaol anymore brought her closer to Dorian again even though they are still just friends. I loved and hated how she allowed if not plotted her death to push Celaena in the right direction. Just everything about this turning point is everything to me.

Then we have the other big moment right at the end where we find out that Celaena is the lost heir of Terrasen, Aelin Galathynius. Even in the first read through I sort of saw this coming. We had this devastatingly sad moment when Chaol catches her singing over Nehemia’s grave in a language we find out is Fae, how she was so certain that the people who said they were working with the lost queen were lying, and of course when she actually turned Fae. I loved how she told Chaol just enough to work out who she actually was without actually saying it. That ending was amazing.

Then we had the story progression plot where we wind out about the magical gateways and their keys. We didn’t really get too much in this book but I like how much bigger this idea is going to make the worlds. I of course know where this goes in other books so I don’t want to say too much on my thoughts here because they are tainted. Even though I was really annoyed with how long it took her to work out that one of the keys was kept in the tomb. It was so obvious. They creature they found in the library was really freaky and it made me so scared of what kind of things the king was making in all those cells.

And thats where I am going to leave this very long review. If you have read the book lets discuss, I always love to talk books. If you ship Chaol and Celaena present me your argument. Were you surprised by things? What was your favourite moment? Obviously I think people should read this series so there isn’t anymore I can say on that matter.

 

Till Next Time. . .

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Top Ten Tuesday – Unread Books by Favourite Authors

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 Books By My Favourite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

After feeling like I have had a few hard lists lately this one is a really easy one for me because there are so many books by favourite authors that I haven’t read because my follow through is really bad apparently hahaha. I think this will mostly be a list of series I have yet to finish.

1. Winter by Marissa Meyer. I love this series, and I did all the other books all in a row but this one had not come out yet so I didn’t pick it up and thusly I still haven’t read it.

2. War Storm by Victoria Aveyard. See above, but at least for this one it hasn’t been a huge amount of time and I still remember a lot of it.

3. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas. I am actually a little worried about this one, that I wont enjoy it. But I’m not in a rush since I rereading ToG anyways.

4. Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I was so eager for this book when I finished the second one but had to wait AGES since I read the second book as an arc, and I still have yet to get it.

 

 

 

 

5. Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder. I own all her books because I loved the first two study books but still have yet to read anymore of them.

6. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. I was really surprised by just how much I loved Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda so I was eager to start one of her other works and it still sits waiting on my shelf.

7. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta. Many of you may know that Marchetta wrote my favourite book and I have read some of her other works which I have not enjoyed as much but I have heard amazing things about this one.

 

 

 

 

8. Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier. I want to reread the first three again before I continue on with the series but the first book is one of my all time favourites.

9. Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead. I am actually considering just dropping this series. I didn’t mind the first but I did not love it the way I loved VA and found it had a lot of issues. If anyone can tell me that this one is better than the first I shall continue, but otherwise I will probably unhaul these two soon.

10. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. Little bit of a cheat for this one since I was reading it before I put it down to reread ToG, but I contemplating not picking it back up. Again, if anyone who didn’t like this book at first finished it and loved please let me know.

 

 

 

 

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Till Next Time. . .