Throne of Glass Series Thoughts!

I don’t even know how to accurately express how much I loved the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas because I loved it so much. As I kept reading the books, I just kept getting even more amazed but how wonderful each book was. Before reading the ToG books, I had already read A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury and those books completely changed my reading style and got me into reading fantasy books. After reading ACOTAR and ACOMAF, I knew I had to read the ToG books and i’m so glad that I did.

I still can’t decide which series I like more because I love both of them so much. I just adored the characters and the constant plot twists in the ToG series. I constantly felt as though I would know something and then all of a sudden something would happen in the books that completely changed what I thought was going on and how I felt about the characters. For example, from the beginning of starting Throne of Glass, I shipped Chaol and Celaena so much and then that quickly changed. I also did not like the character Manon at all and then I ended up loving her and now ship her with a certain character. The ToG books kept me constantly on my toes wondering what was going to happen next because nothing is guaranteed. I feel as though each book just kept getting better and better and after having completed Empire of Storms, it just left me completely destroyed and distraught.

I can’t believe that I have to wait until September to read the final book even though in the meantime I’ll be able to read A Court of Wings and Ruin which I’m extremely beyond excited for and the Chaol novela. I just never want the ACOTAR and ToG series to end because I just don’t know what I’ll ending up doing because nothing will compare.

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Melissa

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Empire of Storms Review!

Goodreads Synopsis:

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

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

My Opinion:

It’s been awhile since I finished reading Empire of Storms,  but I have to say that I am not over the story and I won’t be for a long time. I recently read that due to Sarah J. Maas’s health the sixth book in the Throne of Glass series will not be released this September like it originally was going to be, but now it will be published next May. I’m a little upset because I really want to read the next book in the series and the anticipation of its release is going to drive me insane. At least Sarah is still releasing a book in September and we have ACOWAR to look forward to in May this year.

Going into this book I really didn’t know what to expect since almost everyone else in the book community read it as soon as it came out and were saying that this book broke them. This book was so intense and I love how all of the small details that Sarah includes in the previous stories all start to come together in the fifth book. Some scenes in the ToG series are very predictable, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t love reading them. The last scene in EoS was something I did not see coming, a lot of the other stuff that happened, yes I saw that coming, but the ending to the book was insane. It leaves me wondering what is going to happen in the sixth book. I also am wondering if we are going to be meeting any new characters in this world. (I have my suspicions about a ToG/ACOTAR crossover.)

I felt that we got to learn more about each of the characters in this book and that Sarah wonderfully developed her characters personalities and histories. I truly believe that there is still a lot more that Sarah hasn’t told us about our beloved ToG family. With the ending of this book, it is very easy to see the love that the characters have for each other and to see the lengths that each and everyone of them is willing to go to protect what they love. This story was definitely full of surprises and many of them were good, but a few were not.

Many of the characters, like Manon and Lorcan acted in ways that would normally go against their nature, but strange things do happen and they often can cause a person to act like a different person for moments at a time. I also feel like I should mention how adorable Abraxos is, I am really looking forward to reading about him again… he’s just so cute.

I’m not prepared for the next book even with the publishing date being pushed to next year, but at the same time I wanted to read it as soon as I finished this one. But I’ll try my hardest to be patient and hope that Sarah starts to feel better soon because she is so amazing and she deserves to feel that way. Hopefully we all will be able to handle the long wait, but if we can’t we can always reread her books. I plan on doing that, I don’t know when but I do want to reread them because why not.         

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Wilmarilys

Queen of Shadows Review!

Goodreads 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.

My Opinion:

Contains some Spoilers

I know that I keep talking about how amazing Sarah J. Maas and how she is the literal Queen but I honestly can say nothing but good things about her and her books. Queen of Shadows absolutely exceeded my expectations and completely had me torn. In my Throne of Glass review I wrote about how hard I ship Celaena and Chaol but that has completely changed because now I am wholeheartedly devoted to Rowan. Rowan is just so perfect and I can’t get enough of him. In Heir of Fire I really liked him but I was torn because I had loved Chaol so much but now I realize that they were just not right for each other.

Queen of Shadows was great and so action packed that at some points I had trouble following along. I loved being able to look more into Manon’s life and learn about Elide because from the moment she was mentioned I just knew that she would end up being important. In Heir of Fire I wasn’t a fan of Manon’s but now I really like her and I want her to end up with Dorian.

What I also liked about Queen of Shadows was seeing how Aelin was able to pull herself after having met Rowan in Heir of Fire. I also enjoyed seeing Lysandra take control of her life and see a different side to her that I hadn’t seen in The Assassin’s Blade and how much she cares about Evangeline. We also got to learn about some important aspects of her life and how she ended up in the hands of Arobynn and Clarisse.

It was also amazing seeing Dorian be set free from his father and having Aelin restore magic back in the world. There honestly isn’t anything I could say negatively about this book because I loved it so much but then again I am a bit biased when it comes to Sarah J. Maas. I’m so excited for Empire of Storms to see what happens next and I know I’ll be heartbroken when I finish the book because I’ll have to wait until September 5th for the last book and I’m also looking forward to the novella in May.

Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Melissa

Heir of Fire Review!

 Goodreads 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?

My Opinion:

First I have to say that it took me a couple of days to really get into the story, but once I did I could not put the book down like I stayed up late to finish the book. I blame having read The Assassin’s Blade before reading this one and I wasn’t really fond of that book and it kind of ruined the enthusiasm I had while reading Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. Once I got over the mini slump I was so into Heir of Fire, like I loved it so much. I was a literal mess while reading the end of Heir of Fire like I probably looked like a crazy person because I was so overwhelmed with the feels. Sarah J. Maas just keeps outdoing herself and I love her for it. Also I’m writing this review while I’m reading Queen of Shadows, so I’m going to try my best not to mix things because I did start reading QoS right after HoF.

I loved the journey that Celaena encountered while in Wendlyn. At first I was getting upset with her because she was starting to give up hope. I’m glad that she didn’t because I love that she’s very strong and determined. I kept wondering when all the secrets of her past were going to be revealed and how she planned on “completing” the mission she was sent on by the King. In this book we learn about Celaena’s/Aelin’s powers and she is taught to control them by like the best person ever, Rowan Whitethorn. I fell in love with Rowan and it’s so crazy to think that for a short while I wanted Celaena/ Aelin to fix things with Chaol because now I ship her with Rowan. Rowan is literally everything, he’s the Rhysand of the Throne of Glass series. As soon as Rowan was introduced I was like there’s her mate although it hasn’t been officially said yet but I could feel it (because I read the ACOTAR series first I knew what the bond felt like and I knew that they just had to be mates). I’m so excited to see how their relationship progresses in Queen of Shadows and in Empire of Storms. I have so many hopes for them and it just drives me crazy. I also can’t wait to see who else finds their mate.

This book introduced a new point of view, Manon Blackbeak, the heir to the Blackbeak clan. At first I didn’t understand and didn’t really like having to read her chapters. Eventually I started to warm up to her and now I don’t really mind reading her chapters, but I might have read some spoilers and I am looking forward to continuing the series to see how the events I read play out.    

This review is like all over the place but that’s just how my mind was when reading Heir of Fire. It will probably be like for a while because I still have a few more Sarah J. Maas books to read and each one is better than the next.  

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Wilmarilys 

The Assassin’s Blade Review

Goodreads Synopsis:

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

My Opinion:

I know that I always talk about how amazing Sarah J. Maas is and I still feel the same way but The Assassin’s Blade definitely did not meet my expectations. I enjoyed the book and I did give it a good review but I felt very conflicted while I was reading The Assassin’s Blade. The Assassin’s Blade is a collection of 5 novellas that are told in sequence and even though they are 5 separate novellas, because they are told in sequence they just felt like one book but I felt as though some of the novellas were kind of pointless; in particular The Assassin and the Healer. I didn’t really see the purpose of that novella and I felt as though it was a filler and I could have done without out. While there were good parts to the book, I felt as though a lot of things just dragged on. My favorite novellas were The Assassin and the Pirate Lord because I loved reading about how Celaena helped free 200 slaves with the help of Sam and I also enjoyed The Assassin and the Empire because it explained how Celaena ended up in Endovier.

I feel as though a lot of problems I had with the book were simply because of the sequence in which I started reading the Throne of Glass series. Someone had recommended to me in the past that I read Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight before reading The Assassin’s Blade so we chose to do that. The ending of Crown of Midnight had been so amazing so I really didn’t feel like going in the past and seeing what had happened to Celaena before all of the events of Throne of Glass. Due to Crown of Midnight being so amazing, I just wanted to know what happened in Heir of Fire so before even starting The Assassin’s Blade, I already didn’t want to read it. I had also read of review of someone saying that The Assassin’s Blade would be so emotional and that I would get very attached to Sam but I didn’t because I already knew that something had happened to him. While I did like Sam, I’m a strong shipper of Celaena and Chaol and all I could think about was how I wanted her with Chaol. It was very sad reading about what happened to Sam but I just had no real connection with him and I feel as though the relationship between Celaena and Chaol could have been developed more because after The Assassin and the Pirate Lord it was as though Celaena just randomly got feelings for Sam.

There were just some issues that I had with some of the things that happened. I did love reading about the betrayals that were present in all of the novellas except The Assassin and the Healer because no betrayal really happened there. While I didn’t have a lot of feelings for Sam it was nice reading about how he impacted her life. It was extremely difficult to give a review for this book because I love Sarah J. Maas so much that I didn’t want to give her anything less than 5 stars and while I didn’t give her 5 stars for The Assassin’s Blade I did give the book 4 stars even though it is a 3 to 3.5 stars book.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Melissa

Crown of Midnight Review!

Goodreads 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.

My Opinion:

As Melissa wrote in her Throne of Glass review Sarah J. Maas is the Queen and we literally talk about this all the time. How could we have lived in a world where we have not picked up a Sarah J. Maas book. I don’t exactly remember how we found out about the ACOTAR Series (Melissa probably told me about it, but whenever she tells me about books I should read I kinda forget that she told me about them and then she gets mad at me but whateves), but I’m extremely happy that I have read A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury because those books were absolutely incredible and I can’t wait for A Court of Wings and Ruin!!!

After finishing Throne of Glass I immediately began Crown of Midnight, well when I woke up the next day, but anyways when I started reading CoM I wasn’t sure what to expect after Celaena had been appointed as the King’s Champion. I knew that the King would obviously sent her out on missions but I was completely surprised by what Celaena had actually been doing every time she went out to do the King’s bidding. I noticed her change in personality/attitude in the first book, but I did not think that she had changed that much from the person she use to be. Don’t get me wrong I’m glad that she did, but it took me by surprise. What also took me by surprise was how quickly she was to attack the love of her life. I kept trying to piece together all of the evidence she had found, to try to figure out how Celaena was going to destroy the evil that lurks in the castle, but I could never piece everything together because things were constantly changing, secrets kept being revealed.

After reading the first book I got suspicious about a couple of things mentioned about some of the characters history and lineage. This book definitely answered them and confirmed some of my suspicions. While reading I noticed some clues that help me piece together some speculations and the ending of this book was literally everything. I just want to keep reading the series and I don’t want it to ever stop. I want Sarah to write about the Fae like Cassandra Clare writes about Shadowhunters, I want more series that allow me to dive right back into the Fae world. I know Sarah is already booked for many years and I can’t wait because I love everything Sarah writes.        

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Wilmarilys

Throne of Glass Review!

Goodreads Synopsis:

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 king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. 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.

My Opinion:

I honestly don’t even know how to describe how I felt about this book other than that I thought that it was absolutely fantastic. I’m a huge fan of Sarah J. Maas and I’m so thankful that I was able to meet her in June because she’s just so incredible and she did not at all let me down when I read Throne of Glass. Previous to Throne of Glass I had read A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury and ACOMAF put me in the biggest reading slump. Since reading the book in June I just haven’t been able to find a book that I’ve like as much but Throne of Glass really did it.

Throne of Glass had me feeling so many different emotions as i read the book because just when you think that one thing is going to happen, it just completely goes a different way than you thought it would. I had heard a lot of high praise for this book and it exceeded any expectations that I had for it. I felt so anxious while reading Throne of Glass because there was a bit of a love triangle that both Celaena and Chaol did not know that they were in and it drove me crazy. I felt so many emotions especially in regards to Celaena, Dorian, and Chaol because I wanted her to be with this specific person and it seemed as though it was going to go in the opposite direction that I thought but then it yet again went another way. I also loved reading about the different tests that Celaena had to overcome to try to become the King’s Champion. It was also very suspenseful trying to find out who or what was committing the murders in the castle. I was just constantly on the edge of my seat and the book had me dying to know what would happen next.

I cannot give enough praise for this book and I definitely recommend for everyone to read it even if they aren’t a huge reader. Before reading any of Sarah’s books I was a huge fan of YA contemporary but her writing has changed my reading tastes so much and now I don’t even know why I was so obsessed with YA contemporary. I consider Sarah J. Maas the Queen and she is now my favorite author because I do not know how she does it.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Melissa

The F-It List Review!

It took me a while but I finally finished reading The F-It List by Julie Halpern. I think I’m falling into a reading stump, which isn’t good because we plan on marathoning the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas next month. Anyways The F-It List isn’t a long book and normally I could’ve finished it in a day, but something about it made me take forever to read it. I thought that the book was extremely cliche and very predictable. Lately I’ve been really into reading fantasy novels, mainly because of ACOMAF but still. I love reading cute little contemporary novels, but I think I’m going to take a short break from them and maybe I’ll want to get back to them later.

The F-It List was another cancer related novel. In this story the main character, Alex does not have cancer, her best friend, Becca does. Her best friend also has a bucket list, which they end up calling the f-it list because Alex doesn’t like that Becca calls it a bucket list as if she were about to die. Alex and Becca fought constantly but always made up. The last fight they had was at Alex’s father’s funeral and it lasted until Alex was told that her best friend had cancer. Knowing Becca had cancer made whatever they were fighting about seem insignificant and pointless.

Like I mentioned earlier this story is a cliche so there is a love story mixed in with the cancer and grieving. Alex has a hard to grieving her father’s death and her family takes a while to notice because her mom is busy being her twin brothers chauffeur. It may not seem like Alex has time to grieve her dad’s death in between working, going to school, helping Becca with her “bucket list”,  and helping her mom out around the house while she isn’t home. Alex may be filling in all of her time with those activities on purpose so she won’t have time to grieve her father’s death because they were extremely close and it would hurt her too much. She chooses to obsess over horror movies about gory deaths instead.

She chooses a similar approach when it comes to love. She doesn’t believe that anyone will love her. She started to lose the ability to love. She secretly crushed on this boy, Leo and when he finally noticed her, they started casually seeing each other. They started to develop feelings for each other but they didn’t really show them. Their relationship was slightly aggravating to me, mainly because they had trouble admitting their feelings for each other. I was frustrated while reading about the both of them being together. I believe that their relationship was flawed from the beginning. It was extremely difficult for me to understand the connection between the characters.  

The book overall wasn’t terrible and I’m glad I finally read it because I have been wanting to read it for a really long time. I really wish I would have read the book in one sitting, it took me a couple of days because I was having a hard time getting into it. The book inspires people to not take life for granted.  

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Wilmarilys

Category Jeremy Review!

A couple of weeks ago we participated in the Category Jeremy (Chronicles of Dover’s Amalgam Book Two) by Elizabetta Holcomb book tour hosted and organized by Happy Lil Book Tours. Since this is the second book in the series and I haven’t read the first book it was a struggle to read since I do not like to read books out of order. Since the story is told from Jeremy and Beau’s point of view it wasn’t too hard to figure out what happened in the first book. I am just assuming that the books mirror each other. The book has a cool dual time period concept, which was something I don’t think I have read many or any books with a similar concept. It took a while to get into reading the book, but it would have probably been a whole lot easier to get sucked into the book if I would’ve read the first book before this one. The book is about love and time travel, there is suspense and even magic powers.

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Ren: Awakened Review!

A while back we participated in the Ren: Awakened by Brittany Quagan book tour hosted and organized by Happy Lil Book Tours. We were really excited to share the excitement with Brittany since this is her first published book. This book is also going to be a series, so if you decide to read it and enjoy it, you should keep an eye out for the sequel. It took us a while to review the book because we are trying to keep up with our postings and we are doing a terrible job at it. The story had amazing characters, full of self discovery and with moments that were shocking. The story is extremely suspenseful and will leave you wondering about the things that are happening or about the things that might happen. This was a fun read with a complicated storyline. The story might inspire you to take your own journey of self discovery.

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!