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4 stars to Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Published March 17, 2014 by katheryn13

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 a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

 

Review:

I love high fantasy, and especially the kind that isn’t overly complicated, although to say this was easy to understand would be pushing it. It wasn’t.

The characters were engaging and I found I liked Celaena a lot more than I expected to. She’s an assassin but she has a heart and you see that throughout the book. I was expecting all hard edges and and no time to be nice, but with the Prince Dorian continued to beat down her walls, it was hard not to see that she is indeed a human being and she isn’t a complete monster.

Chaol, the Captain of the Guard, is as mysterious as they come and at first I quite liked him. I could see a love triangle coming from a mile away, though. Not that I don’t like them, because I do. But I’d already decided I liked Dorian; charming, witty, sly, sarcastic, sexy…Yes I wanted him. More precisely, I wanted him and Celaena to be one. But that was difficult with the assassin taking part in a challenge to become the Kings Assassin. Several trials would put 20 odd assassins down to four, and she would be expected to defeat them all.

I could see how much Chaol was starting to like Celeana more, however, and this concerned me. I just…didn’t connect with him like that. He was more “friend zone” than “love interest” in my opinion and I kept on hoping for Dorian. At first I saw some light at the end of the rhetorical tunnel, but it was not to last. I won’t say much more, because this is definitely worth the read and I want you all to see for yourself just how well written and captivating the world is.

I found the intricacies within the story, the tunnels and the secrecy with which the Kings Castle kept, and the magic that is contained within. Celeana discovering new things made me feel like I was experiencing the wonder with her, and I didn’t want to stop reading.

This isn’t just a story about letting down defences and finding reasons to love,  it’s ultimately  a story about a girl who endured a childhood full of heartache and torture, and is finally finding a  life for herself, and a way to escape the pain in what ever way possible.

 

-Kat

4 stars to Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Published March 12, 2014 by katheryn13

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose.

It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life. Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She’s got a surly room-mate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words

…And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone. Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible …

Review:

Smart, witty, charming…this is just what I needed. Something fun. Although the main character, Cath, reminds me too much of myself. (minus the looking cute and getting boys attention and being young) I had heard such good things about Fangirl and so many people had said I should read it. I did and I loved it. Made me cry, though, and it was so romantic…Damn you Levi.

He wasn’t even good looking, well, not in the conventional sense. He was the great example for personality being more important than looks.

I liked the relationship between Cath and her twin Wren. Although I don’t have sisters, I think their behaviour is closer to real sister sister relationships than what you see in other books or TV shows.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a contemporary. It was refreshing.

The hype regarding Fangirl has not disappointed me and it surely won’t disappoint you. It’s a highly recommended story with a rush of emotional value. (Does that even  make sense? Probably not.)

Go read it! :D

 

Kat

4 stars to Into The Still Blue (Under The Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi

Published March 3, 2014 by katheryn13

Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it’s time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.

Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won’t even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission – because Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

Review:

I had to reread the whole series before I could think of touching this. And I’m happy I did because I would have been stuck otherwise. Sometimes my memory fails me. Grrr!

Perry and Aria have saved the dwellers from Reverie before it completely gets destroyed by the Aether, and they’re save in the new cave Perry and Marron set up with the Tides. But not everyone is settling in well and there’s an obvious rift between the two groups.

Cinder had been taken in book 2, and now it’s up to Roar, Perry and Aria to go save him, but Roar and Perry aren’t getting along so well after Liv was killed and they have a lot of tension to work through. They have to go to Sable and Hess who have teamed up, ready to fly out, to seek the Still Blue.

Roar is angry, and this puts them all in danger, especially when they go to rescue Cinder only for Roar to get them further into trouble and they all end up captured.

I loved the romance and fact Perry and Aria refused to let anything tear them apart, even when they argued, they sorted it out. There was a really sweet moment in a cove (spoiler removed :P) and the ending is just perfect. But Sable finally finds his way to the Still Blue, by using Cinder to control the Aether, and terrible consequences happen.

He has taken control of the Tides.

I REALLY DON’T KNOW HOW TO GO ON WITHOUT SCREAMING.

I loved loved loved this book, and probably more so than 1 and 2 but hey that’s often the way for me. I can’t believe it’s over. I recommend Under The Never Sky series a thousand times ++++

Kat

Unite Me (Shatter Me #1.5 & #2.5) by Tahereh Mafi

Published March 3, 2014 by katheryn13

Destroy Me tells the events between Shatter Me and Unravel Me from Warner’s point of view. Even though Juliette shot him in order to escape, Warner can’t stop thinking about her—and he’ll do anything to get her back. But when the Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment arrives, he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner cannot allow.

Fracture Me is told from Adam’s perspective and bridges the gap betweenUnravel Me and Ignite Me. As the Omega Point rebels prepare to fight the Sector 45 soldiers, Adam’s more focused on the safety of Juliette, Kenji, and his brother. The Reestablishment will do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam cares about.

 

 

Review:

I hadn’t read the novellas when they first came out, so I waited patiently for the paperback, and boy was it worth it. Warner, man. He is just too much in Destroy Me. I love him, and he is so wounded that it’s hard not to fall deeper. His anguish with his father, and the fact he has fallen in love with a girl who can’t stand to look at him, is so heartbreaking. He’s just a boy of nineteen, for crying out loud. He doesn’t deserve this.

But the persistence he took, and the fact he obviously cared about Juliette much more than he showed, that just tore me up. I…*chokes* I can’t.

Now, Adam? In Fracture Me, he was a major moron. I get that he loves his brother and that’s a fantastic thing. To have that. But…for all the claiming that he loves Juliette, he obviously didn’t seem to care enough because she left his brain automatically when they found somewhere safe. Kenji was the one who went out of his way to find out where she was. That’s caring. That’s friendship. I won’t go into Ignite Me because I’ve already done that review, but Adam’s attitude does NOT improve.

Sigh.

Well I am sad it’s all over, but I was so glad to read these two tiny books and I was done in a day. I know, that’s quick. haha.

If you haven’t already tried these, go do so. They’re well worth it.

Kat