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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

 

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Crown of Midnight is the second book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. Published August 27th, 2013, this work of art is complete with 418 pages. I started reading this one on the same day I finished Throne of Glass even though it wrapped up nicely I needed to continue the journey, because I have heard from several booktubers that the series gets better with every book.

BEFORE SHE WAS DEADLY. NOW SHE IS UNSTOPPABLE.

As far as all fandoms are concerned spoilers are hated by most and as a reader and also a movie and tv series lover I must admit I hate them myself. Therefore I will not mention anything specific that happens in the book and only speak of what my thoughts are after finishing it.

Throne of Glass was full of momentums unexpected by many readers which is a big reason for it to have made such a blast in the YA community. Crown of Midnight has just as many surprises, but it also has a faster pace I felt. The only thing I had expected from this series was for it to have a heartless badass assassin as a main character, which lacked a little in the first novel. But WOW, Celaena came in and destroyed all the grasps I had gotten on her personality in this sequel. Celaena as a character became much more layered and complicated in a good way. There were definitely some happenings you never see coming and also one or two that you slowly had started suspecting.

Over all I agree with the booktubers on the statement of the series getting better with each book. Crown of Midnight have impressed me to 100% and I gave it 5 out of 5 big fat stars!!

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Until next post, have an epic adventure!!

// Dulls

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Hello there! It has been over a year since I last wrote a book review, but I am happy to be back. Here is my review on Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

This year (2016) has been crazy so far, so crazy that I started reading this book in April and only just finished it now… in September. I used to read at least one whole book every week last year, but I guess life takes over sometimes. Anyhow, Throne of Glass is the first novel in the legendary Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. Published August 2nd, 2012, this beauty is complete with 404 pages.

A HEART OF ICE. A WILL OF STEEL. MEET THE ASSASSIN. 

Celaena Sardothien is the world’s most feared assassin, until one day she got caught. Being forced to work as a slave in the salt mines of Endovier for a year did not make her lose her skills as a killer, which are put to test when the king organizes a competition that he would choose his very own assassin through. The one who is crowned as the King’s Champion is to work for the king for only an amount of time before being granted a clear name and freedom. Winning a competition over thieves and murderers is easy for Celaena until she discovers that there is a far greater darkness waiting to be unleashed.

This world Sarah J. Maas has built is incredibly flexible and unbelievably well made. I was not prepared for what this book held in store for me and every page was a mystery. The story is dangerously broad, but at the same time just wide enough for the series to go on and keep the reader’s attention and intrigue. As a YA lover I must admit that some stories are very predictable because of the key monuments that are needed to build up a novel, but this one held everything in it. Sarah J. Maas took those key monuments and twisted them into these wickedly surprising turns of events that a reader do not see coming.

And for that I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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Until next post, have an epic adventure!!

// Dulls

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

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This is the third and final book in the original Mortal Instruments trilogy, which is now known as The Mortal Instruments series because there has been a 4:th, 5:th and even a 6:th book released and the series have finally been finished not so long ago. It also has a prequel to it, The Infernal Devices series, which has a total of three books in it. It starts with Clockwork Angel, continues with Clockwork Prince and is finished with Clockwork Princess. A lot of people who have read both series recommend reading them in their release order, which looks like this:

  1. City of Bones
  2. City of Ashes
  3. City of Glass
  4. Clockwork Angel
  5. City of Fallen Angels
  6. Clockwork Prince
  7. City of Lost Souls
  8. Clockwork Princess
  9. City of Heavenly Fire

They say that the characters from both series end up connecting to each other and other kinds of things so I’ve decided to read those series in that order.

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare would actually have been a beautiful ending to a trilogy if it were so. But now that it’s in the middle of a huge series, you just know that something must be coming soon and you start imagining all the different possibilities of trouble that could pop up in the next book. Otherwise, in this book you get to actually visit the famous city of Alicante and see all of its beautiful demon-towers that pierce the sky with their sharp tops. Clary is still looking for the antidote to wake her mom up from the never ending coma and while she’s in Alicante she gets to meet these gorgeous new characters. Also you will get to see how Clary and Jace’s love life develops further and there are of course some huge plot twists that you didn’t expect at all that makes it even better and more enjoyable.

It is quiet nice to get to know all these characters and then continue reading about them and living amongst them for so long, unlike books that either doesn’t have a sequel or short series like duologies or trilogies. I’m totally looking forward to be starting on the Infernal Devices series and also continuing on the Mortal Instruments series.

I recommend this series in general for all of you who enjoy some good low-fantasy, Young Adult books!!

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars because of it’s amazing character developments and more.

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Enjoy!

Dulguun

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

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Here is my thoughts and emotions collected into a review on a fantasy world that I would kill for. The amazing series, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin begins with the first book called A Game of Thrones that I’ve read a few months back after seeing the first 3 seasons of the HBO – TV series based on the books. Even though I had seen the series on TV and knew what would happen, the book sucked me in even deeper than the TV-screen did. All thanks to Martin’s brilliant brain I got to read and feel the emotions of so many totally different characters and so many different perspectives.

All the actions in A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin takes place in a fantasy world called Westeros, which consists of seven kingdoms that are ruled by one king where a summer can last over 5 years and a winter can last even longer. At the very North end of Westeros there is an endless ice wall standing to keep the White Walkers (dead people brought back to life, that has snow white skin and ice blue eyes and are horribly hard to kill) out of Westeros. In this amazing fantasy world you’ll get to follow several different characters’ thoughts almost at the same time because it has devided the book in between a few of the main characters instead of chapters so that you can easily get to know the situation in King’s Landing (the capital) and the situation in Winterfell (the first city you will get to know).

This unbelievably awesome and epic novel will take you on a roller coaster of feelings and emotions. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry and it will even make you angry. It was the first book in my life to make me cry and believe me when I say that I cried more than twice. It contains friendships, families, honor and love, but it also may contain dark magic, giant wolves and dragons.

Totally a must-read for all fantasy lovers out there!!!

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars without any further words.

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Enjoy!

Dulguun

 

Divergent av Veronica Roth

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Nu har jag både läst boken och sett filmen och tänkte berätta lite om vad jag tyckte om boken! Filmen var till min besvikelse en riktig flopp i jämförelse med boken, för att 1: Det kändes hela tiden som om de hade försökt pressa ihop den största möjliga informationen på så lite tid som möjligt, och 2: De hade tagit bort rätt många av mina favoritställen och till och med ändrat lite på handlingen.

Divergent är den första delen i The divergent trilogy och är på 362 sidor. Det är en amerikansk skönlitterär roman av Veronica Roth. Den andra delen i serien är Insurgent och den tredje Allegiant. Många säger att boken är väldigt lik Hungerspelen av Suzanne Collins, vilket jag inte riktigt håller med om. Jag skulle beskriva det mer som att författaren blivit inspirerad av böcker som Delirium av Lauren Oliver och Hungerspelen. Alla dessa tre böcker handlar om en ung tjej som ställer sig emot ett förvridet samhälle och dess normer. Men samtidigt så urskiljer sig karaktärerna, historierna och de finslipade detaljerna på ett så enormt sätt att man inte kan kalla dem lika- det är nästan som en förolämpning.

I Divergent (på engelska uttalas det dai-vur-jent) är samhället uppdelat i fem falanger: de lärda, de tappra, de ärliga, de fridfulla och de osjälviska. Alla av dessa fem har deras egna regler, idealer och speciella färger som de bär. Jag tror nog att man ungefär förstår vad namnen handlar om när man läser dem: Människorna tillhör den falang som deras personlighet och egenskaper bäst motsvarar. De som inte passar in i nån falang eller blir utstötta slutar som falanglösa vilket innebär att man förlorar allt och hamnar på gatan. Falangerna lever i harmoni men har lite issues mot varandra. Huvudkaraktären är Beatrice Prior som i början av boken är en väldigt blyg och lydig tjej men senare i boken, när hon byter falang, byter sitt namn till Tris och utvecklar sig till en riktig kämpe (men för min smak blir lite för blodtörstig. Veronica Roth skriver väldigt spännande och detaljerat men vid vissa tillfällen även lite brutalt.

Divergent handlar om att Tris är Divergent** och försöker dölja detta medans hon blir tränad och testad för att få bli medlem av den falang hon valde att byta till. Historien går i princip ut på att hon försöker dölja sin divergens medans hon inte riktigt vet vad den innebär, tränar och blir modigare samt starkare både fysiskt och psykiskt, att hon blir kär i hennes instruktör (som blir kär i henne), och att det utvecklas ett krig som en av falangerna startar (och det är ungefär där som boken slutar). Insurgent börjar precis där divergent slutar.

Jag gillade den här boken och hade inga problem att läsa ut den, men jag kunde aldrig riktigt uppleva karaktärens känslor då jag inte riktigt förstod dem. Med andra ord hade jag handlat annorlunda än Tris gör vid de flesta tillfällen. Vad jag tycker om med Tris är att hon är väldigt starkt och att man riktigt förstår den här stora förändringen som sker med henne när hon byter falang och förälskar sig.

Jag rekommenderar starkt den här boken om man är förtjust i böcker som Delirium och Hungerspelen. Mitt tipps inför läsandet är att försöka läsa mellan raderna och upptäcka alla hintar som Veronica Roth har sprätt ut genom boken.

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Av mig får den tre av fem stjärnor!

Ha det bra!

Becca

**Divergent= Att vara divergent innebär att man skulle passa in i flera falanger, medans vanliga människor bara kan passa in i en. Att vara divergent är rätt så ovanligt och regeringen dödar de som de får tag i.