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.
This book has a really beautiful cover, don’t you think?
I was genuinly thrilled by Blythewood. To be honest I have this fancy for all books that involve boarding schools and magic (dedicated Harry Potter fan here). This story was overwhelming but at the same time not too much, according to me. Something thrilling and exciting was always going on which made sure that you as a reader never managed to put the book down. I had many “oh fudge berries i have to sleep… just one more chapter” moments. There was always some kind of secret about to be relieved and I must say it was very stimulating. I hate reading books where half of it is just rubbish that bore you to death, while you are waiting for the action to start.
Blythewood had me from the first page since it was a very different setting. Through most of the book I never certainly knew in which century the story played until much later. The first time Carol Goodman actually gives you an exact date in the book is *Spoiler alert* where she involves the titanic that sinks on the same day.
Personally I have this eternal grudge against the fact that all Young Adult books must involve some kinda love story, but I was positively surprised by Blythewood. The love story was not intense nor dramatic and didn’t steal the focus. It was a more subtle sweet kinda thing that played at the side of the main story.
Now some may say that Carol Goodman overdid her descriptions alot and made the whole book a bit overdramatical. To be honest, yes, at some parts the descriptions get weird, but she still managed to create this beautiful fantasy world that I found myself lost in for a while.
If you are a big fan of Harry Potter (or books in involvning boarding schools in general), and love fantasy, alternate worlds/dimensions, fairies, MAGIC, shadows and birds then you should read Blythewood 😉
The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter is the first book in the Goddess Test series. It is a beautiful take on the Greek myths, really fast paced so you as a reader won’t have time to be bored and it takes no time to hop into the story because there’s nothing you are gonna be thrown into, but you’re gonna get to know everything in time together with the main character.
Kate Winters’ mom is dying and her last wish was to get to spend the last few months or days in her childhood hometown, Eden. And so Kate and her mom moves to Eden, where Kate get’s to go to a new school and meet new people. In some twisted way she meets Henry, the guy who could bring back the dead who offers her a deal. She will spend the next 6 months with Henry at his house and try to pass these tests while her mom will be kept alive, if she passes the tests she will become Henry’s bride and a goddess. But if she fails…
This book will suck you into it’s enchantingly breathtaking world filled with greek myths becoming the real history, beautiful ball gowns and thrones. There’s everything from love and music, to betrayal and blood. Your reality will become a subplot while this magical world will become your new life.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK FOR ALL OF YOU WHO ENJOY GREEK MYTHS, FANTASY AND YOUNG ADULT FICTION BOOKS!! I’M SURE YOU’LL LOVE IT TOO!
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars because of making me want to be one of them.