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THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas Book Review
Series: Throne of Glass, #1
Publication Date: August 7th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Rating: – Outstanding
Book Summary: After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas Book Review Overview:
- A heroine – or more accurately, assassin - that will blow you away
- A gripping adventure
- A captivating love triangle
So, once upon a time Cialina handed me an ARC of Sarah J. Maas’ THRONE OF GLASS. I scoffed at the summary on the back cover, which states: “Perfect for fans of George R. R. Martin and Suzanne Collins, this explosive debut is not to be missed.” Suzanne Collins? Come on. Little did I know what an amazing adventure this ARC contained. Sarah J. Maas, I will never doubt you again!
THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas tells the story of Celaena Sardothien, who is Adarlan’s most famous assassin. Although she’s quite conceited about her notoriety, it is more than well-deserved. She has, after all, been training for this position since she was eight years old. She possesses all of the key qualities that a good assassin needs in this kingdom: intelligence, strength, stamina, cleverness, and swiftness. Thus, she is Prince Dorian’s ideal candidate for the King’s competition. If she wins this deadly competition against twenty-three fellow criminals, then she will serve the King of Adarlan as his Champion for four years. But that’s not some honor that Celaena desires, nope, it’s all about the freedom that comes after the job is done.
Celaena’s a badass. There is no better word to describe such a character. Within the first chapter, we already see how intelligent Celaena is: she can easily plot an attack to escape, no matter how hard her captors try to deceive her:
…Nor had she missed when they zigzagged between levels, even though the building was a standard grid of hallways and stairwells. As if she’d lose her bearings that easily. She might have been insulted, if he wasn’t trying so hard. (Chapter 1)
But her impressive occupation as an assassin isn’t the only thing that makes her a badass. It’s her amazing character strength and room for growth. She befriends Princess Nehemiah despite her reservations against forming a friendship (because an assassin shouldn’t have friends) and also many others such as the Crown Prince Dorian and Chaol Westfall AKA Captain of the Guard.
I wish there was a better word for adventure because THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas is so much more than a simple adventure. Maas’ wonderfully detailed descriptions of the death camp in Endovier, the glass castle, and magic and fight scenes are too good to be true. I wasn’t sure if I was watching an action movie or stuck in the middle of one. THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas will blur the lines between imagination and reality. No, scratch that, Maas will suck readers into Celaena’s world until they realize that fantasy is reality. Seriously, Maas’ writing skills are awesome.
I hate love triangles. I’ve never been caught in the middle of one until now. Maas does a wonderful job of convincing her readers that both guys are perfect for her. Also, both men grow thanks to their friendships with Celaena. This triangle made my soul ache. Maas, seriously, you’ve killed me. Here are some lines from one of my favorite passages:
…stared up at the young woman’s balcony, watching as she waltzed alone, lost in her dreams. But he knew that her thoughts weren’t of him. She stopped and stared upward. Even from a distance, he could see the blush upon her cheeks. She seemed young – no, new. It made his chest ache. Still, he watched, watched until she sighed and went inside. She never bothered to look below.
Okay, I can’t really say much more without giving anything away, but let me wrap this review up by posting my IMs to Cialina about THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas:
me: yay! haha omg my review is going to consist of one sentence: “BUY MULTIPLE COPIES BECAUSE YOU WILL DAMAGE THE PAGES WITH TEARS AND BLOOD.”
me: oh thank god it’s #1 in a series
OH GOD SHE’S GOING TO TEAR MY SOUL APART SOME MORE
I recommend THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maasto everyone. And if this review hasn’t convinced you, then let the novel do it. This magnificent story caught me off guard and I hope it does the same with you
About the Author
Sarah J. Maas lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she’s not busy writing YA fantasy novels, she can be found exploring the California coastline.
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Summary: Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That’s fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba’s world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she’s a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.
Blood Red Road has a searing pace, a poetically minimal writing style, violent action, and an epic love story. Moira Young is one of the most promising and startling new voices in teen fiction.
- Once I got sucked into the story, I had a hard time putting it down. There’s no such thing as “one more chapter before bed”.
- Epic love story? You bet. I cannot get enough of Jack and Saba!
- Dystopian / post-apocalyptic perfection – best of the genre that I have read this year!
Getting into this book is tough, I’m not going to lie. There’s loads of development and the story starts out somewhat slow, but the challenge is Saba’s thick accent. Moira Young writes like Saba is directly speaking to us readers – accent and all. But overcoming Moira Young’s unique writing style is just one of the many things that makes BLOOD RED ROAD stand out from the overwhelming amount of dystopian and post-apocalyptic releases in the YA market this year.
ROTTERS by Daniel Kraus
Publication Date: April 5th 2011 by Delacorte Press
Summary: Grave-robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It’s true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of nineteenth-century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a sixteen-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey’s life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school.
Everything changes when Joey’s mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known, a strange, solitary man with unimaginable secrets. At first, Joey’s father wants nothing to do with him, but once father and son come to terms with each other, Joey’s life takes a turn both macabre and exhilarating.
Daniel Kraus’s masterful plotting and unforgettable characters make Rotters a moving, terrifying, and unconventional epic about fathers and sons, complex family ties, taboos, and the ever-present specter of mortality
- Gritty, graphic, violent, and gut-wrenching; a great read that pushes you out of your comfort zone
- Complex novel full of realistic characters and relationships with vivid descriptions
- Similar in grit to THE MARBURY LENS, so it is definitely not for everyone
Read at your own risk. Daniel Kraus’s ROTTERS is far from a beautiful book. It is gritty, graphic, violent, gut-wrenching, and so, so addicting. Don’t be afraid to read outside of your comfort zone. Sometimes, the most unlikely books end up being one of the best you’ve read in a while.
ROTTERS is just one of those books in which the summary cannot do it justice. A few paragraphs and a handful of sentences cannot capture the essence of the novel. A son finds out his dad robs graves. Ok, so what? That is what the novel is essentially about, but it is also so much more. It’s about the history of their trade, a teen who lost his mom and just met his dad, the relationship with his dad, bullying, morals, growing up, and so much more. It’s complex on so many levels; a few sentences can’t cover what it’s about.
What I love most about ROTTERS is the development of the father/son relationship between Harnett and Joey. Their relationship is far from conventional which is the beauty of it. But Kraus has written it so wonderfully. The beginning is rocky and the progression is gradual. Changes didn’t happen overnight. Kraus is a master at character and relationship development.