Lets Talk Books: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

My Rating: 4/5

I honestly loved this book but I hit a reading slump while reading it so it took me like 3 months to actually finish it. If you’re into high fantasy and badass lady characters then this one is for you! I am a fan of just that and that is why I loved this book. I loved the world, the characters, the backstory and the main story of this book.

So this book is about the best assassin in her world, Celaena, and she is caught and sent to a slave camp where people do not survive for long but she manages to make it though. There is talk about slavery throughout this book due to the slave camp from the beginning. She is then brought from this slave camp to the main city of this world where she is to be the Princes champion in a set of games. The winner of the games gets to be the new Assassin of the King of this world. The Prince, Dorian, offers Celaena her freedom if she wins and completes her contract of Kings Assassin. If she fails she will be sent back to the slave camp.

So that is the background of this book. Lets get into the characters. Celaena is our main character that this book follows and I really liked her. She wasn’t whinny or pining after boys all the time like a lot of YA female protagonists that I’ve read. She is very headstrong and self-centered. She knows what she wants and what she wants she fights to get. Because of this her character is very witty and snarky. Although she is a very strong character we also get to see a different side of her that isn’t just the assassin. We also the sides of her that are caring and loving and hurting. I like this balance with her because it makes her seem like a real person. Nobody is that strong all of the time. The other main characters seen are Dorian and Chaol.  Dorian is the charismatic Prince of this book who is witty and charming and doesn’t want to marry any of the ladies his Mother wants him too. Dorian is my favourite character from this book I just love him. I love arrogant confidant boys, what can I say? Chaol is very much like Celaena he is head strong and serious. I like him as a character but I wish we saw more of his friendship with Dorian because I really enjoyed seeing them interact and develop together throughout the story.

The love in this story was okay but not necessarily needed. I can tell that Maas is pushing for that love triangle to happen. And let me tell you something, I HATE LOVE TRIANGLES. They’re just so unnecessary and so over done! And mostly never done well. I personally enjoy the romantic relationship that is developing between Celaena and Dorian and would prefer Celaena and Chaol to just keep and develop their friendship. But that is probably too much to ask from a YA book, because YA and love triangles go hand in hand a lot of the time. I’m not a big romantic so I personally try not to focus on the romance in books I read anyway.

The main story line follows Celaena and the other champions fighting for victory and their lives. A plot twist happens when the champions within the castle start being murdered one by one. Celaena is determined to find out who the killer is but also stay alive throught the trials as well. While all of this drama is happening with the trial Celaena also discovers things about and from the old world. One where fairies and magic and shunned and seen as evil. This is definitely building backstory for the rest of the series and I am so excited to find out more! I found the backstory so interesting and it makes me want to pick up the next books in the series. The ending to this book is also fantastic, its unreal. It is so dramatic and exciting and worth reading the book for. I am personally tired of reading books to get to a disappointing anti-climatic ending. Throne of Glass is definitely not one of the books. The ending of this justifies the build up and leaves you wanting to find out more about this world and its characters.

TLDR; This is a great book for YA fantasy that I would highly recommend! There might be a little love triangle but nothing I can’t get over. Great characters. Great world. Great main plot. Great sub plot. Great backstory. 

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Lets Talk Books: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

My Rating 4/5

Warning: I’m probs going to go on a little bit of a rant so please not yell I know everybody else loves this book completely 

Also this review WILL HAVE SPOILERS. Since it is the last book in the series there may be spoilers for the other books but also there will be spoilers FOR THE ENDING OF THIS SERIES. All spoilers will be below the cut but please don’t be an idiot if you don’t want to be spoiled. 

Review: 

Okay so this series may be one of my favourite series of all time. I love the setting, I love the characters, I love the action and yes, I even quite liked the romance in this. (Please dont tell anybody I said this, gotta keep up my heartless bitch rep you know) I’m so sad that this series has now ended for me and that this is it for my Will, Jem and Tessa. Because, yes I even really came round to Tessa in this book and Clockwork Prince even though at first I thought she was just annoying af. So I absolutely adore this series as a whole as I’ve said in my previous reviews of the first 2 books.

SPOILERS BELOW 

First of all I’m sorry if I offend anyone with this but I just have to say, I was very disappointed with the ending of this book as a whole. It wasn’t what I was expecting, its not even that it wasn’t what I wanted but it just didn’t seem to fit right with me. It all felt very rushed. So I’m gonna go through from the parts that really started to annoy me. I thought Jem was really going to die, not that I wanted him to, but thats what his whole story line was leading up to. When I saw that he became a silent brother I was like ‘Oh okay this cool at least he’s not dead’. But then later he becomes not a silent brother and just picks up life from where he left off??? That just didn’t make any sense at all to me, I think it would have been best left to either his death or him being a Silent Brother because that would have made more sense.

There is also that end battle between the Shadow Hunters and Mortmain. I felt this part especially was very rushed and sudden and just a bit weird tbh. Like I thought since it as the Final Stand, the big boss battle at the end it would have been really dramatic and took up some time but no, she turns into the Angel, kills Mortmain and they all go home. Like I swear it was just a couple of pages and it was done. I guess I just expected something more for the finale of this trilogy.

I love this series and also The Mortal Instruments (which I am half way through) but one problem I have with Clares writing is that everybody has to find love, everybody gets paired up in the end. Why? I just don’t get it. Love isn’t the be all and end of everything. Literally even Wills little sister (who frankly I found kind of annoying and rather pointless to the story) finds love with one of the Lightwood brothers.The other Lightwood brother gets with Sohpie, Will and Tessa, then Tessa and Jem. I swear the only one who stays single is Church the cat and Bridget. 

        Okay this is the final part to my problems with the ending of the book (hi if you’ve bothered to read this much). Why the fuck did Cassandra Clare think it was a good idea to let Tessa end up with both Jem and Will? Did she not want a shipping war like with Twilight? Did she not want to upset readers by putting Tessa with the ‘wrong’ boy? I just don’t get it, like to me this just makes no sense and it was like she was just trying to make everybody happy. Which I don’t think writers should do. They should write what they want and not just what the reader wants.  

A side from me, personally, disliking the ending of this book and the series. I still enjoyed it, I can get over the ending because this book still had everything I loved about the last two. I still loved the Victorian London setting, the characters and their humour and how they all work very well together. There was still the action that I wanted throughout the book. It still made me laugh and made me love the characters even more. Despite the ending this is one of my favourite series of all time, and I would recommend to anybody.

TLDR; This is still a really good book and a good series but like Cassandra Clare WTF were you on when you decided on that ending??? Like if anybody knows please tell me. Read this book thanks xoxox 

If you’ve read the book tell me what you thought of it cos I loved it and need people to talk to about this okay thanks.

Lets Talk Books: The Master Song (Blue Time #1) by Andrew Maloney

My Rating: 4/5

*I received this advanced copy through a GoodReads giveaway (and I’m really glad I did)

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Review:

Initially I found the first 20-30 pages a bit slow and hard going but once I really got into the story I began to thoroughly enjoy it. One of things I most enjoyed was the world, Morsden Forest. It was very unique and well described with plenty of history to keep you interested.

I especially thought the characters were very well written and there was definitely a lot of good, realistic character development.

I have very little problems with this book. My main problem was there is a whole new language that the ‘Otherworlders’ spoke. Although there was a glossary which was very helpful it was a bit frustrating at times trying to remember the right definition and pronunciation.

Apart from that this book was very enjoyable and emotional (I may have teared up at the end). I will definitely be recommending it to my friends.

TLDR: Fab new fantasy world where I wish I could live. Likeable interesting characters who were actually funny. Weird new languages get a bit confusing sometimes. Need the next one now. Thanks a lot for sending me this for review ❤ 

Lets Talk Books: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Rating 4/5

(There are no spoilers in this review) 

Review: 

So The Raven Boys… what the actual fuck even happened in this book? After finishing it I have no idea. However, I do know that I absolutely loved it and the soon I can get my hands on the rest of the series the better. I think its a safe assumption on my part to say that I have never quite read a book like this one before… It was definitely something.

If you like books that are filled with magic, mystery, action, romance, exploring, good female leads (because yassss Blue girl you do you) and pretentious rich boys then this is the book for you. I feel like this is so diverse that anybody could pick it up and find at least one thing that would keep them reading. I kinda went into this book not really knowing or expecting much since I’d just heard that everybody loved it I might as well give it a shot, and I am soooooo glad that I did! When I read the summary I was like ‘nah doesnt seem for me but whatever I’ll try it out anyway’. Then I realised the summary had not prepared me for whatever just went down because damn. I think it is best to go into this book completely blind because the mystery of it all is what makes this book what it is.

I also really liked the characters in this. I love really pretentious characters who think they’re untouchable but we all know that they’re just little softies when it comes down to it. For me this was definitely Gansey and I kinda fell in love with this idiot from the off, boat shoes and all. Blue is also another very well written character and she’s got that ‘strong, independent woman who don’t need no man’ thang going on which is just fab. But deep down I think I really a Ronan type of gal myself. The characters all really go well with each other, there is a lot of back and forth that really adds to the humour of this book.

Overall, this book will have you asking ‘omg wtf is even going on’ but will also keep you laughing and smiling the entire way through. Even if you don’t understand the majority of the plot its still worth the read.

TLDR: What the actual fuck happened in this book?! Will deff be carrying on this series because I cant seem to help myself when it comes to pretentious rich boys and dead Welsh Kings apparently. 

You should read this book because I want more people to try and explain it to me thanks bye xoxox

Lets Talk Books: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

My Rating: 4/5

I feel like there has been a lot of talk about this book of recent and it reminded me that I need to review this book already but also just wanna share my opinions. While reading this review I would like you to keep it in mind that I am a White girl from North East England. I’m pointing this out as the book is heavy with Middle Eastern Culture and from what I am aware also Islamic Culture. (Please correct me if I’m wrong). I do not know a lot about these cultures, I have not visited any Middle Eastern Countries and I am from a place that lacks diversity. That is also not an opinion, where I live is very non-diverse compared to other parts of the UK. So if I make any assumptions based on stereotypes or false information feel free to call me out so I’m not being an ignorant shit and offending people. Anyway, here are my actual thoughts on the book itself.

I actually really enjoyed reading this book. I read it for @northernplunder ‘s Travelling Book Project and I was sent this by Joel (for some reason I can’t find his tumblr someone help) . One of the main reasons I enjoyed this book is the setting. Like I fucking love fantasy books its pretty much all I read when I come to think about it. And as much as I love the courts and castles sometimes you just need a break. Rebel of the Sands gave me that break. This book is largely set in a desert. Sounds like a really boring landscape to choose but you’d be surprised. As I mentioned before I don’t know a lot about Middle Eastern culture, this also includes their folklore. It was so refreshing to have new (to me) creatures and magic and a whole new folklore to read about. This is one of the things that kept me interested. So for me most of this was new which kept it exciting. I wanted to know more of the old folklore stories and how and why the sea dried up and where had these legendary beings gone, where they real, are they coming back? Who knows, not me. But I want to. The setting of the book was very appealing to me.

I also did really like the characters. If you’ve read my other reviews you might have guessed that romance just isn’t my thing. I personally can’t think of anything worse than an intense romance being the main plot because I’m just not about that life. I want action and fighting and drama. These characters mostly deliver. There is a romance but I think its kinda mild and also kinda obvious from when they first meet. Like you just know they gonna do a kiss at some point. I like Amani, the main character, because she’s not perfect. She has her flaws. And my god there is one thing I hate about YA is the Perfect Main girl. She does everything right and everybody loves and she has perfect hair all of the time even through battle. Like there was times when I hated her. *Spoiler Alert* Like the main time I hated her when she left her best friend to suffer in that city??? Talk about Selfish *Spoiler Over* I think the villains were good villains like they have their motives, they aren’t just bad guys for the sake of it.

Did I have any problems with this book? Yes, every book has its problems no matter who writes it. I feel like there were some gaps in the story that could have been used for character development but were then just passages in time. Also in the beginning when there is talks of her being forced to marry her Uncle. Like one that’s just wrong to me like seriously what? But I was also unsure if this was just pushing an old stereotype of the Middle East, in which girls are forced into marriage for whatever reason. I don’t agree with anybody been forced into a marriage but the fact that it was an older family member just didn’t sit right, and I was really unsure if this was taking and using a stereotype or not. I’ve also read other people having other problems with it for their personal reasons but that is one that stood out to me the most.

TLDR; A YA fantasy book that is set elsewhere that a castle *gasp* *shock* New folklore that isn’t based from english folklore *more gasp* A strong female character who isn’t perfect in everyway. A little bit of romance. Some magic beings and powers and a weird family relationship. I would recommend this book to read I think its refreshing if you, like me, enjoy YA fantasy. Also damn right Ill be picking up the sequel whenever I can afford it. 

If you have read this book tell me what you think. If I have said anything offensive call me the fuck out please. If you have any problems with this book let me know. Message me or reply to this thanks xoxoxox