Friday, 30 October 2015

Review | Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas

What You Need To Know:
Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Number of Pages: 404
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Mystery
Series/Standalone: First book in the Throne of Glass Series
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: 7th August 2012

The Plot:
Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen year old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made one fatal mistake; she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return to act as Prince Dorian's champion in a competition to become the King's Assassin.
But things are not as easy as they should believe, especially when some of Celaena's opponents begin to turn up dead.

As the young assassin investigation leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined. 

My Thoughts:
I've finally done it. I've finally jumped on the bandwagon and started to read this series. I'm like fifty million years behind everyone else. But I do have an excuse for not reading this series (other than the fact that I didn't own a copy of any of the books until the other week). I don't usually enjoy overly hyped books. My brain sort of decides to dislike really popular books. One huge example being the Divergent trilogy.

However, I thoroughly enjoyed this series. Celaena Sardothien is a wonderful character who is so well written. Not only is she a complete and utter bad ass but she is very girly in places what with her love of clothes and stuff like that. I have a real respect for Sarah J. Maas since she had been writing this book for years and she didn't give up on it.

Personally I think her writing style really shows this. It feels so effortless and floats off the page. She has the perfect balance of dialogue and description whilst including Celaena's thoughts as well. Something that is so refreshing as many author's no longer have this elegant writing style.

However, it was not perfect. Something that really annoyed me was the love triangle. Ugh, love triangles! Why did you have to put a love triangle in. Without it I have no doubt that the book would have been perfect. It housed such an amazing plot that twisted in brilliant ways. Yes, there was a slow section near the end of the book (I think we all know what I'm talking about) but I can forgive that.

But the love triangle spoils it. Truth be told, I didn't notice said love triangle until about a third of the way through the book but once I did see it; I couldn't unsee it. Which is rather annoying really. 

Because of all of this, I am going to have to give this book ****. It was amazing but, sadly, it wasn't completely spectacular. 

Book Total of 2015 - 61


Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Booktober Wrap Up 2015

Firstly I want to apologise for the fact that I have not uploaded during the majority of booktober. But life has gotten in the way of things and the past few weeks have been so busy meaning that I had to put reading and school work over this little blog. So I'm sorry about that. As some of you may know I have been in a production this term of 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' and I'm so devastated that it is all over and done with. But I've also had to catch up with the work that I have missed out on because of being in this show (some of which I am still behind on) so I haven't been able to write as much as I'd like.

But, back onto what I wanted to talk to you all about. Booktober. I know we still have a few days left in October but I doubt I will be able to read any more books (other than the two that I wish to finish) before the month is through. Surprisingly I am on my ninth book!!!!! What!!! I've actually acceded the minimum amount of books I need to read. What the hell! How did that happen?

So I am proud to say that the following books are the ones that I have read during Booktober.

  • Gods and Warriors, by Michelle Paver (which I do still have to finish but it will be complete by the end of the week
  • Take my Heart, by Marie Higgins 
  • Falling in Love Again, by Marie Higgins 
  • Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas (a review for this will be up shortly)
  • Antony and Cleopatra, by William Shakespeare
  • Boys, by Ella Hickson 
  • Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J. Maas (which I may still have to finish)
  • Heiress without a cause, by Sara Ramsey
  • Saving me, by Alannah Lynne
The reason that I was able to read so many books this month (because for me, during the busy school year, this is a lot) is because I have been reading Ebooks a lot this month. Take my Heart and Falling in Love Again, by Marie Higgins; Heiress without a cause, by Sara Ramsey and Saving me, by Alannah Lynne are all ebooks that are avaliable to read on amazon or ibooks. I have read them on Wattpad which I have been a proud member of for almost four years now. They are all published so I thought that from now on, as long as I know a book is published, then I will add it onto my read list for the year. 

I'm actually quite proud of myself for the amount of books that I was able to read and I can happily say that I thoroughly participated in this years Booktober! ..... although I didn't stick with the books I planned to read which I kind of annoying but it is me we're talking about so what more can you expect? 

Book Total of 2015 - 61

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Booktober | 2015

Today is the 1st October and that means one thing; Booktober.
I was introduced to Booktober last year by Carrie Hope Fletcher (well not personally, I just saw her youtube videos and I sort of fell in love with the idea) and I instantly decided that I needed to take part next year.

For people who don't know, October is the national reading month in the UK (not sure if it happens in  other countries too, but it might happen) so some decided to create Booktober. The rule for this month is to read one book each week. These books can either follow a similar theme or genre (such as sci-fi or contemporary) or they could just be random books from a bookcase or the library. It doesn't really matter, so long as they are proper books.

Each week I'm going to post about what I thought the week from the previous week was like and then I will announce the book for the next week. I plan on doing this every Thursday but it might also take place later in the week if I have no or very little time on the Thursday of that week.

Oh, if anyone else is going to do Booktober this year then please feel free to let me know what you are going to read and what you think about the books I am reading.

Now, finally we are onto the most important information. What am I going to read this month?

The first book I'm going to read this month is .............................................................................................................................................................................................................. Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey.

Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn't remember to drink it. She goes to the shops and forgets why she went. She can forget anyone, even her own daughter - Helen.

But there's one thing that Maud is completely sure of: her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, to leave it alone, to shut up, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

Because somewhere in Maud's damaged mind lies the answer to an unsolved seventy-year old mystery. One everyone has forgotten about.

Everyone, except Maud ..............

Book Total of 2015 - 51