Throne of Glass Book Tag

 

This book tag was created by Hannah from So Obsessed With and Alexa from Alexa Loves Books. I was tagged by Jessica from Reading with Jessica.

 

      

 

Lysandra | A book with a cover change you loved
I’m going with Anna and the French Kiss (the entire series) by Stephanie Perkins. I love these books, and these matching paperback covers are super cute.
Abraxos | A book that’s better on the inside than it looks on the outside
I get the purpose of the cover for None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio, but it doesn’t really draw my eye. However, the story is an amazing diverse read. I highly recommend this one.
Erilea | A series with great world-building
I haven’t read a ton of fantasy yet, and my go-to would be Harry Potter, but I’m using that for another prompt below, so I’ll go with The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I love The Darkling! I also love the new covers for this series as well.
Rifthold | A book that combines genres
According to Goodreads, this is dystopian and fantasy, so I’m picking Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. It wasn’t my favorite book by any means (sorry, not sorry), but it wasn’t terrible either. I’m listening to Glass Sword now. I’ll probably get around to King’s Cage eventually.
Damaris | A book based on/inspired by a myth/legend
I absolutely loved The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. I was trying to find a book for this one, and I realized I haven’t read many books inspired by myths/legends. I need to work on that. I started book two, but I put it down because it wasn’t holding my attention.

 

        

 

Kaltain Rompier | A book with an unexpected twist
One book would definitely be Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I didn’t expect the twist that came along at all, and I’m usually pretty good at guessing what will happen in books.
Assassin’s Keep | A book with an unreliable narrator
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart definitely has an unreliable narrator. I won’t tell you all about it; just read it. It’s another book with a plot twist that I didn’t see coming.
Asterin Blackbeak | A book that’s got SQUAD GOALS
The boys in The Deal (and the other Off-Campus books) by Elle Kennedy are so tightly knit. They are roommates, and teammates. I finished books 1 & 2, and need to read the other two ASAP.
Terrasen | A book that feels like home
How could I not pick Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (well really the entire series) by J.K. Rowling? These books have been my companion since I was young. The only fanfiction I wrote was HP related, and I just love the world, the characters, etc. Hogwarts will always feel like home to me.
Aelin Ashryver Galathynius | A book with the power to destroy you
I’m going to go with My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. Her writing is amazing, and this book (along with a lot of her others) blew me away. She focuses on controversial topics, but without being preachy.

 

       

 

Manon Blackbeak | A book that intimidated you 
I’ll pick The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I watched the movie (loved it!) before reading the book. The book is pretty gigantic, and it kind of dragged on too much. But overall, it was pretty entertaining. I think this is one instance where I prefer the movie though.
Rowan Whitethorn | A book that makes you swoon
Um I’m going with A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. My baby Rhys is in it, so obviously I’m picking it. He’s sexy as heck, so amazing, etc. I absolutely loved this book, and I plan on re-reading it soon before reading A Court of Wings and Ruin.
Chaol Westfall | A book that challenged you to see things differently
I picked Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow. This book could also be used for the power to destroy you prompt. I had to take breaks while reading because my heart hurt. I think that everyone should read this book. It reminds us how lucky most of us are…and how hardships are hopefully possible to overcome with a little help from friends.
Fleetfoot | A book that you received as a gift
One of my absolute favorites, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, I won in a giveaway. I hadn’t read anything by her before this, and I ended up finding a favorite author. I’ve only read this and Eleanor & Park, but both are amazing. I can relate soooo much to Cath in this book. She’s basically me in a book. No joke.
Eye of Elena | A book you found right when you needed it
I’m picking The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I’m pretty sure I was in a huge reading slump (yet again grrr), and someone suggested I read this one. It’s one of my absolute favorites.

 

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Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass

Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Publication date: August 7, 2012
Pages: 404
Source: Borrowed from library; will buy my own copy soon!
Summary (via 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 three 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.

 

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Let me just say first off that I LOVED THIS BOOK (obviously, since I gave it 5/5 stars)! I read the novellas before Throne of Glass so I could have the backstory on Celaena Sardothien. I’d recommend reading the novellas first so you can find out how she ended up in the salt mines of Endovier, what some of her crimes were, and more about her assassin life before being convicted. I’ve never read a book about an assassin before, but Sarah J. Maas makes me want to read a whole bunch of them now! Although I think it’s mostly due to her amazing writing 🙂

 

I love that eighteen year old Celaena is a strong female character, even after a year in the salt mines of Endovier. She didn’t allow the horrible living conditions and hard labor break her spirit. When she’s given a way out, a chance at freedom, by becoming Crown Prince Dorian’s Champion, she jumps at the chance…after a bit of negotiation first. Soon they’re headed back to Rifthold, the place where she trained to become Adarlan’s most notorious assassin. After starting up the competition, thankfully the King is absent for most of the book. He is one creepy dude.

 

The book is mostly focused on Celaena and her journey through the competition. But as we watch Celaena grow stronger, we also watch her friendships grow stronger. I loved reading the dialogue between Celaena and the other characters, especially Chaol and Dorian. I found myself laughing out loud at so many good parts throughout the book. I’m usually not a huge fan when there’s more than one P.O.V. but I think it works to have some sections told through another character’s eyes. Instead of just learning how Celaena feels for the men, I also got to learn how they feel for her in return.

 

Maas does a great job of setting up the plot, throwing a bunch of twists into the story to keep it interesting. As the mysterious deaths start happening, I kept trying to figure out who was behind it along with Celaena. It wasn’t that hard to figure out if you kept note of some of the weird things happening, and the little clues that are scattered throughout the book.

 

Now for the best part—the men! Each of them has their own connection with Celaena; each brings out a different side of her. I haven’t read a ton of books where there’s a love triangle, but I totally get why she likes both Chaol and Dorian. I want them both for myself, although by the end of the book, I loved Chaol more. He’s totally my new book boyfriend. I know sharing is caring, but I don’t think I want to share him 🙂

 

One of my favorite lines from the book: “You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if you only dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you the most.”

 

I started reading the series as part of the readathon that Bloomsbury started on Twitter with the hashtag #ReadThroneofGlass. I started the series on July 9th with the novellas, and quickly caught up. Below is the schedule for the entire series, if you’d like to join in. I’m hoping to finish the last two books this week since they’re on my list for the #TBRTakedown challenge.

#ReadThroneofGlass

 

Final note: With all the information you need to learn, the book has its slow bits, but what book doesn’t? Especially one with a 400+ page count. The important thing was that I didn’t want to stop reading. I hope you’ll read Throne of Glass if you haven’t already. It’s a great YA fantasy novel.

5 stars