Heir of Fire Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“She was the heir of ash and fire and she would bow to no one.” 

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publication: September 2nd 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 565

Rating: 4.5/5

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I will advise that there are minor spoilers in the description for Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight so you have been warned! 🙂

Summary (GoodReads):

Celaena Sardothien 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. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight. 

Review:

How can someone make your heart SOAR and CRUSH it at the same?? Well, Sarah J. Maas can! GAHHHHH!!!

Characters:

Celaena  – Or should I say Aelin? Wow. The character growth here was absolutely stunning. We are finally able to explore deep into Celaena’s mind and understand her turmoils, deepest despairs and what is truly holding her back from accepting her past. Sarah was able to deliver this in such a heart wrenching and beautiful way that you were able to relate with her character. And yes, it got to me! I teared up! IT WENT DEEP!  I did like Celaena as a character in the previous books but I found that she had many flaws. She seemed to operate on a gray line so I couldn’t fully embrace her. That was until Heir of Fire. Finally, I was able to connect with her and I have to say that she growing to be one of my favorite characters of all time. ALL HAIL THE QUEEN.

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Dorian – Oh GAWD. My precious prince Dorian. You are the sweetest little cinnamon roll and if I could give you the world I would AND . . AND I JUST WANT HIM TO BE HAPPY!!! GAHHHH! And I appreciated those flashback scenes – thank you Sarah J. Maas 🙂 I think Dorian had the most character growth in Crown of Midnight; yet, he still showcases a more mature side to him in this book and I loved watching him grow and displaying his  courage.

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Chaol – From the previous book, it was clear that Chaol’s priority was to serve the King. Throughout this novel, you see him struggle to face the imminent threat posed on the world and whether he should do something about it or return to Anielle as urged by his father.

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Rowan – Sarah, couldn’t you have at least given a little warning here. Cause dayumm I did not see this coming. Ok, Rowan is Bae! Yes, I will admit; it took him a while to grow on me but at the end of novel, he won me over. He does build a barrier so its difficult to see through to his raw character; however, I loved how he slowly begins to lower the walls and work together with Celeana. And his actions at the end . . . gawd my heart! Who doesn’t love a bad boy with a dark past?

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Manon – Oooo the witch chapters . . . yes, they were the ones which I was on the border about. I loved how Sarah gives life to the clans of witches, giving them their own background and laws in which the operate under. Manon herself undergoes a journey of her own within her Witch Clan, the Blackbeaks, determined to achieve her title of Wing Leader although her decisions may not be in line with the views of her clan.

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Aedion – I will be honest, I was not prepared for this entry haha All I can say is that it will be interesting to see how Aedion’s story interconnects with Celeana’s and I am looking forward to it!

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Final Thoughts:

The world of Throne of Glass just keeps getting better and better with Sarah’s intricate yet superior world building. I am amazed at how much Sarah’s writing has improved since the first Throne of Glass novel. And along with the world building and introduction of different groups of people, characters and settings, she did a phenomenal job of expanding the world that you almost believe the Kingdoms you travel to. Not only does she define a new group, she also gives them their own characterizations, needs/wants, and where they exist in the societal hierarchy. Developing a fantasy world and adding depth is extremely difficult but Sarah seems to have done it with such as ease!

In terms of plot, I believe the best way to describe this book would be “Celaena’s Journey” as she travels from Adarlan to Wendyln and discovers her heritage, and  evaluates her fears while simultaneously learning about the threats to come in the future. Honestly, there were some moments in the book that was just beautifully captured that it almost flows like a cinematic masterpiece. AND I WAS LIVING FOR THOSE MOMENTS!!

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Sarah also incorporates a lot of relatable themes into the plot on how we are never truly alone despite what we might think and that the only way to truly move forward is to overcome your fears. It is true that everyone has scars and it shouldn’t prevent us from moving forward in our lives. I think that was the reason why I really enjoyed the third installment of this series since it captures the complexity of life and the importance of perseverance and determination.

Have any of you read Heir of Fire? What were your thoughts on it? Let’s chat!

And on a side note, I also have some mental preparation before BTS’s comeback tomorrow. MY SOUL AIN’T READY FOR THIS!!! Ahem. . . I’m totally fine, I swear. LOL

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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Crown of Midnight Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: August 27th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 418

Rating: 4.5/5

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MY EMOTIONS ARE A WRECK. R U KIDDING ME????? SARAH, WHY MUST YOU DO THIS?? I will admit when I started this book, I was a bit hesitant since I didn’t want to run into a case of Second Book Syndrome but OMG was I completely wrong! I feel as if my heart has been ripped out. MY GAWD I CAN’T.

I will advise that there are minor spoilers in the description for Throne of Glass so you have been warned! 🙂

Summary (From GoodReads):

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.

Characters:

Celaena – From the previous novel, we know that despite her strong exterior, Celaena has some internal burdens and monsters of her own. Though we do see a glimpse of it in Throne of Glass, it is interesting to see how everything is handled in the second novel. There are times when I can’t quite identify what side she is on since she typically operates on a Gray Line so her intentions and reasons are quite obscure. Again, this is a quality which is interesting to see in a character since it is not typical in YA fiction; however, it does set the playing field for more potential character growth in the future and I cannot wait to see how it will play out. Slay Gurl Slayyyyy

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Chaol – We definitely learn a lot more about Chaol in this novel and I liked that we were able to finally see a little more into his background. The way in which his mind operates is different from the other characters and I appreciate that the author added the various character POVs so we clearly see that differentiation.

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Dorien – Wow. Just Wow. I didn’t expect to see this much of a character growth with Dorian but he definitely was the one who surprised me the most and it is amazing to see how he progressed from the first book to the end of the second.

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Nehemia – OMG I honestly love Nehemia. She has such a level of maturity, intelligence and class which is worth admiring. GOALS GUYS! ABSOLUTE GOALS! There are some scenes which her words are truly inspiring and I love how dedicated she is to helping her people and even those around her.

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Final Thoughts:

What originally starts off a character driven novel soon takes a dramatic shift to political intrigue and world building. There is definitely an addicting quality to Sarah’s writing.  The pacing is well developed due to the small length chapters which you can’t help but devour one after the other. It was no surprise that I basically flew through this book. And let’s not forget the amount of plot twists with this book. WOW. It took some unexpected turns that I did not see coming.

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As characters deal with the outcomes of the previous novel, Sarah continues to expand on their development and it was really well done. While it is true that Celaena is the main character of the series, Sarah does take time to venture into the lives of the other characters and show how they mature. This was an aspect I really enjoyed reading about since this unveiled themes of individualism and inner strength and ultimately showcased where their allegiances lie.

Did this book cause me to drown in emotional turmoil? Yes it did. About halfway through the novel, the atmosphere shifts to a darker tone and you can’t help but drown into the void. The ambiance is far different from the first novel with the heightened level of mystery and secrets among the characters. Hence, it is clear that the author’s plans for the direction of the rest of the series will be phenomenal.

Have any of you read Crown of Midnight? What were your thoughts on it?

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post! 🙂

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Throne of Glass Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Sarah J. Mass

Published: August 7th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Pages: 406

Genre: YA Fiction; Fantasy

Rating: 4/5

“You could rattle the stars. You could do anything, if you only dared.” 

I am so late this series, it’s really SAD hahaha I do believe that this was originally a loose Cinderella re-telling that eventually took flight with it’s own unique storyline in the future books. Overall, I did find this book to be a great start to the series despite some minor flaws. Regardless, I am positive that I will continue with the series and I cannot wait to learn more about our characters and the adventures to come 🙂

Summary (From GoodReads):

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.

Characters:

CelaenaStrong, Determined, and Quite Hilarious – As soon as I read the first few pages of Celaena’s introduction, I knew I was going to enjoy her character. While it is true, she can be a bit rash and arrogant, I found it refreshing to see these qualities in a female lead. I think these characteristics add to her personality and make her more interesting to learn more about. Sarah definitely incorporated a lot of layers to Celaena’s character which gave her more depth. While being feared in a country for being a ruthless assassin, there were moments which she surprised you. For example, she was pretty much a book nerd and I found myself fangirling! Sorry but I just love it when our characters love to read! I honestly found myself to grow more curious about her and I hope to see more of her growth in the future novels.

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DorianCharming, Playful, Jovial – Another character who I loved to read about! Plus, he likes to read too! Hoorayyy! I loved how his relationship with Celaena grows throughout the novel. All of his witty moments were a pleasure to read about as well! One thing I did appreciate with Dorian was seeing a bit of character growth by the end of the novel and I hope to see more of his strength in the next book.

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ChaolBlunt, Skilled, Professional – I wish we had more scenes with Chaol since we couldn’t see much of his personality or backstory since he remained professional throughout the novel since he was Captain of the Guard. I felt that he was a bit restrained and was not in a position to share more information about him or his past/experiences with Celaena. Due to this issue, there was not much layers to his character so it was difficult for me to relate to him. I hope we can learn more about him in the future novels.

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NehemiaIntelligent, Brave, Strong – Besides having a great story line, relatable characters, and relevant themes/morals, an aspect I also enjoy seeing in books are strong female friendships. In the case with Celaena and Nehemia, their connection and growth over the novel is worth noting.

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Final Thoughts: 

In terms of the story line, it does resemble previous YA fiction, such as the Hunger Games with engaging in a competition, but I noticed that it did not focus too much on that aspect. The author did add an element of mystery to the story when she mentions the disappearance/slaying of the other competitors and it tends to peak your curiosity. This is where the story gains momentum, builds on the world and really pulls you into the novel. In addition, there is a bit of a love triangle but it was not overbearing as with other YA literature.

The writing was well done that everything flowed together and Sarah did her best to create cinematic images where you can visualize the scenes in your head. I also loved the playful banter between the characters which helped to lighten the atmosphere amidst the dark moments within the novel. In addition, Sarah also did a great job in adding complexity to the different relationships as the story progressed and it will be intriguing to see how these relationships grow in the upcoming novels.

Have any of you read Throne of Glass? What were your thoughts on it?

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you soon with another bookish post!

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