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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. MaasThrone of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 7th 2013
Pages: 404
Goodreads
five-stars

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

I don’t really know what to say about this book that hasn’t already been said because HOLY MOLY is it good. It’s got the whole package: memorable characters, twisty story lines and of course, a rich and creative world for the setting.

I think one of the reasons I loved this book so much is because of a certain sharp-tongued, funny and bad ass assassin named Celaena. I see why others have compared her to Katniss Everdeen. Celaena is strong. She takes hits but keeps rising back up to take more. She pretends that she can control her emotions but deep down she cares far too much and at times it influences her decisions. However unlike Katniss, Celaena’s got a more vibrant personality. She’s a flirt and likes to push buttons, sometimes for nefarious reasons and other times, just to be a pest. She’s got a hilarious sense of humor. Nothing against Katniss, but I totally love Celaena more. She seems more well rounded and well, more interesting in general.

There’s two potential love interests but don’t let that deter you. It’s a side story line that is weaved into the main plot but doesn’t draw away from what is truly important, like the demonic presence stalking the castle Celeana resides in.

So yeah, this book rocks and I’m totally P.O.’d that I waited so long to read it when everybody else I know has been praising their love of it for years.

Totally getting book 2 asap! Next book on my tbr list be damned!

five-stars
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Waiting on Wednesday 9/13/16

A weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This week’s “I can’t wait to get my grubby hands on” pick is: The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee. 

Publication: December 27, 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 384

Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking—all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make.

Why I’m waiting


This book sounds weirdly awesome. Have you ever heard of an aromateur? I haven’t! I don’t really know what else to say, this book just came out of left field and I want to read it STAT.

{ What are you waiting on this week? }

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The Heir (The Selection, #4) by Kiera Cass

The Heir (The Selection, #4) by Kiera CassThe Heir (The Selection, #4) by Kiera Cass
Published by HarperTeen on May 5th 2015
Pages: 342
Goodreads
three-stars

Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she'd put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess's life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can't escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn't expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn's heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.

The Heir takes place 20 years after America Singer won the Selection and in doing so, became Maxon Schreave’s queen. Our main character is Eadlyn Schreave, daughter, princess and future queen. She’s the oldest child, with four younger brothers, including her twin who was born 7 minutes later than her. The Heir follows Eadlyn as she navigates the first ever Selection where the competitors are boys.

Eadlyn is an ice queen, which I understand and accept to a certain extent. She was never given the choice to not become queen. She feels like she needs to guard herself and stay distant to be the best queen she can be. However, Eadlyn is also extremely self-absorbed, selfish and at times, cruel. She doesn’t acknowledge that those around her have problems and believes that she is the only one that suffers. I was extremely surprised that Eadlyn was such a horrible person given that her parents are so kind, caring and generous. Don’t get me wrong, Eadlyn loves her family, but she still tends to place her needs first.

I liked the different dynamic that took place – boys instead of girls competing to wed a royal. Eadlyn felt like their were a lot of double-standers which was kind of true, but it’s also clear to see that it’s Eadlyn’s icy ways that are causing undesirable results for the Selection. This particular Selection was created to fix a problem, but I’m not going to spoil what problem… 😉

The Heir was an okay read. I loved book one in this series, The Selection, but I never cared much for the two that followed. I read The Heir in hopes that my excitement from the first book would return, but it didn’t. I’ll read the last book that follows The Heir, but I’m not expecting it to be a slam-dunk.

three-stars
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Waiting on Wednesday 9/7/16

A weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “I can’t wait to get my grubby hands on” pick is: King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard. 

Publication: February 7, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 448
Here’s the book summary. It’s surprisingly spoiler-free considering it’s the third and potential last book in the series.
In the third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series, Mare is forced to play a psychological cat-and-mouse game with an old and deadly enemy, where the stakes are not only the future of the Red Rebellion but the sanctity of her own mind.

Why I’m waiting

I’ve read, raved and reviewed both book one (here) and two (here). This series is X-men meets Game of Thrones meets The Selection – three of my favorite things!

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The Jewel (The Lone City #1) by Amy Ewing

The Jewel (The Lone City #1) by Amy EwingThe Jewel (The Lone City, #1) by Amy Ewing
Published by HarperTeen on September 2nd 2014
Pages: 358
Goodreads
four-stars

The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence... and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

The Jewel takes place in a world where poverty is detained into four sectors; the Marsh, the Farm, the Smoke and the Bank. In the center of these circular sectors you have the Jewel where all the royalty and nobility live. The Jewel lost the ability to birth non-deformed children a long time ago. Eventually a doctor came along and discovered that certain girls who were born into poverty have the right genetic makeup to become surrogate mothers to the members of the Jewel.

Violet Lasting was born in the poorest of the four sectors, the Marsh. When Violet’s doctor discovers that she can be a surrogate she’s ripped away from her home and sent to Southgate, a type of housing facility for others who will become surrogates. These girls remain at the facility for X amount years before they are sent to an auction. Oh, and I forgot to mention, these surrogates also possess special powers skills called Augries. There are three types of Augries; color change, shape change and growth.

Unfortunately, Violet is extremely adept at these skills and ends up being sold for an extremely high price. She gets bought by the Duchess of the Lake. Once again Violet is whisked away after briefly seeing her family for the last time. She gets a large room, a maid, and dozens of beautiful gowns and jewelry. This all sounds wonderful except for the fact that she’s basically a slave who at times is led by a leash.

The Jewel kept surprising me at every turn. These surrogates were treated like dogs. They walked, talked and did only the activities that their owners allowed. For example, at times Violet could only eat as much as the Duchess did otherwise there would be consequences. She was also not allowed to speak to other surrogates, such as her best friend who was also recently sold. In some ways the Duchess seemed kinder than other Jewel ladies but still, she was pretty horrible. Even though it caused Violet physical pain, the Duchess forced her to continually use the Augries for nefarious reasons.

For the longest time this book just revolved around the cruelty Violet and other surrogates received. Then slowly the bigger story lines emerged which included Violet’s potential rescue along with the promised “forbidden” romance.

I feel like this first book was missing some physical action but I’m hopeful that book two makes up for it. There’s a few characters who are disgusted by surrogacy and want to abolish it. However, they’ve got a long way to go. This surrogate system is so in place that as of now I don’t see how ending it would even be plausible.

This book’s pace was up and down but I still powered through. There’s a great twist at the end that guaranteed my continual interest.

four-stars