Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

GetAttachment

“Let’s go rattle the stars.” -Aelin Galathynius

Goodreads Blurb

The queen has returned.
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…
She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Review

I can’t believe I have to wait until September to read the 5th book. Urrrrgggg! Worst book hangover ever. It was really fin reading this one because I recently got my cousin hooked on the Throne of Glass books. I got the first one for her for Christmas and she devoured them. She caught up to me and I had started reading them in October I think. As we were reading we would text each other and talk about the book and the plot twists. There were a ton of plot twists in this one! Maas is a plot twist genius.

I really enjoyed seeing all of the relationships bend and change in this installment of the series. Especially towards the end. Some of the relationships got better and some seem like they are going to be very complicated later in the books to come.

Manon Blackbeak has become one of my favorite characters. I love when authors can make me love a villain as much as a protagonist. Her and Asterin are two of my favorite characters now. I wasn’t sure about Elide at first, I thought she seemed weak and wishy-washy but by the end of the book I was rooting for her as well.

I feel like there’s going to be more going on the next book with Aedion, seeing as he is Gavriel’s son. It was such a big deal to Lorcan and Rowan. I can’t help but think he is going to play a bigger part later. I was a little confused when it came to Aedion’s character… at first he seemed like a macho man, and I know the relationship had to change a little since Rowan took the blood oath with Aelin but I didn’t like how submissive he became towards Rowan and Aelin. I know they are playing on the animalistic qualities of them being Fae but it was like he lost his fire 😦

As for Lysandra and Arobynn. Some people may say that his death was too quick. I think it was perfect. I love how he wasn’t able to make a big deal out of it and go down as a legend or anything. He did not deserve that. He was awful and I am glad Lysandra turned out to be such a strong, independent person. I think she and Aelin need each other.

I feel a little shocked as to how everything ended with the King of Adarlan. It was epic, I will say that. But how everything came to fruition was confusing to me. I still feel as if I don’t completely understand why he was so horrible? Was he possessed by a Valg too? Or was he just brainwashed? Was he actually a decent person there at the end?

I can’t wait to see who side everyone is on in the end. And I can’t tell who the major players will be. Will Maeve take part? Will Nesryn and Chaol make it back in time from the Southern continent to take much part in what’s to come? Will Dorian and Aelin side together or against each other? Dorian’s farewell to her was a little obscure to me. And I really want Manon and Aelin fighting together but how is that going to work if Manon is under her grandmothers thumb and working for Erawan????

I think that’s why I love Maas so much. She’s so great at leaving questions for the next book. There’s always multiple cliffhangers.

I gave this novel 5/5 stars. I’d give it more on Goodreads if it was an option.

Advertisements

The Scorch Trials > The Maze Runner

I must say, this novel was loads better than his first one in the series, The Maze Runner. In the first book, Dashner seemed like a less developed writer. His characters were underdeveloped for the most part, things were left wide open throughout the book, and a lot of the characters inner thoughts were repetitive throughout the entire novel. The plot and the story were very interesting. I liked how he put a different spin on the post-apocalyptic  genre. It wasn’t cliché like The Hunger Games and The Walking Dead.

The Scorch Trials, however, was riveting and suspenseful the whole ride. I found it odd though how different books one and two were compared to each other. Dashner seemed to have done a way better job on the second either due to writing development practice or maybe he just liked the story line of the second book better. I know I did!

I really liked how it was a mix of dystopian life with a little bit of Sci-Fi thrown in. My favorite scene was at the very end when they were fighting the light bulb giants during the electrical thunderstorm. The action was vivid and gives the reader such an adrenaline rush. Bravo Dashner!

I do still feel a little confused about the whole Teresa-Thomas-Brenda triangle though. I’m guessing that is what the author intends for the reader at this point though. I just found myself rooting for Teresa most of the time. I like how she seems more of an independent female lead than Brenda. Sure, Brenda can fight and seems like a strategic genius but I feel that she leans too much on Thomas for support. Teresa is more of a go-getter who knows what she wants and has stronger convictions.

Winter by Marissa Meyer

12558711_1677471142467433_1300347682_n

Goodreads Blurb

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.


Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

Review

I finished Winter about 3 days ago. I usually don’t make posts about books I finish until about 3-5 days after the fact. I like to mull them over a little bit. I really enjoyed this ending of The Lunar Chronicles but it was not my favorite. I think I would say this is my third favorite of the series.

  1. Cress
  2. Cinder
  3. Winter
  4. Fairest 
  5. Scarlet

I think the story was wrapped up nicely. Well, maybe except Wolf’s story. That definitely kind of sucked. I wish something so horrible hadn’t happened to him, but I guess Meyer did that to make it more believable. You can’t have a revolutionary war and no one get hurt. It just felt like all of the bad stuff happened to him. He was already a science experiment, separated from Scarlet, had a crazy evil brother, his dad had died, and his mom was killed and then that! I felt awful for him. If anyone should have gone crazy in the story it should have been Wolf and not Winter.

I love Winter’s story. Almost as much as I love Cress’. She’s very quirky and her dialogue and character made me laugh out loud while reading the book quite frequently. I love the fact that she has absolutely no filter and basically talks like she is a baby alien who knows no nuances.

Like in Fairest, this addition to the series also made me feel pity for Levana. I wouldn’t go as far to say sympathy but I definitely felt pity for her. I think anyone who goes through that kind of traumatic experience will end up being a little coldhearted later in life. She probably didn’t have to be psychotic but maybe being raised as a royal that’s just what happened.

I wish someone would pick these books up and make them into movies. If they were done correctly they would be awesome! It would probably be hard to make cyborgs not look cheesy though. I’m not sure the CGI would look natural at all. Or even the wolf soldiers. But I would love to see the setting of Luna and New Beijing.

And can I just say how excited I am about Meyer’s new book Heartless? I love how she is taking all of the fairy tales and revamping them and giving the characters their own stories. She’s so creative! If I ever write a book I would want to do a fairy tale retelling.

I gave this novel 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

The 5th Wave

“Some things you can never leave behind. They don’t belong to the past. They belong to you.”
Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

I have loved this book ever since I first held it in my hands in early 2013.

I was lucky enough to get one of the first ARCs. My mom is a library and she went to an ELA conference in Austin, Texas and they were giving out tons of ARCs and getting to meet popular authors. She met two of my favorite authors of all time there, Rick Yancey and Libba Bray, the author of A Great and Terrible Beauty. And, side note, I got to meet both of them this past year at the Texas Teen Book Festival in Austin and it was amazing. Libba was super quirky and Rick Yancey was so down to earth and friendly. He noticed I had one of the early ARCs and asked how I had gotten it and told me to hold on to it after he signed it. Needless to say, my day (or year!) was made.

I was apprehensive about The 5th Wave when I first got it. It was right before I graduated college and I was going through a contemporary fiction phase at the time. I was reading a lot of books like Good Christian Bitches by Kim Gatlin and The Make-Up Girl by Andrea Semple. But I always come back to teen fiction/fantasy in the end. That’s another reason why this book was a little different for me. It wasn’t my usual fantasy read. There are no dragons, no damsels in distress, no Hagrid, etc. There’s ALIENS. Which until that point I had shaken my head at. Aliens? Aliens are for little boys and crazy people!

This book converted me. One, I loved the dystopian aspect of it and that somewhat helped me get past the idea of reading a sci-fi book at the time. Two, Cassie is kick-ass. Three, Evan Walker was my new fictional crush. Move over Edward Cullen! And four, it was different. I was graduating college in August, and was soon to be moving back to the Dallas area with my boyfriend (now husband), starting a new career in a field I knew nothing about (Insurance! Yuck!) so it was was nice to have a little something out of the usual.

I fell in love with Cassie as a character because

A) She has a little brother much younger than her. ( I have 3!)

B) She writes in a journal all the time. (Me again)

C) She was determined to survive and not need the help of anyone else while she was at it. (Very admirable in a character. Especially a teenaged female one at that.)

Then I fell in love with Evan Walker… because he sounds like the sexiest dream hunk to ever live even if he is part alien. Helloooooo! You don’t get more tall, dark and handsome and tortured soul than that!

Zombie was alright but he always came off as kind of a tool to me. I’m not sure if that was the intended characterization of him though. That might just be me being Team Evan Walker. Yes, you have to say first and last time with him. Just like Edward Cullen.

We saw the movie Tuesday and it was a fantastic book-to-film adaption. If there is anything to complain about, it would be that the beginning dragged on a little bit too much for me but I am also the type of person who has trouble sitting through long movies. I get bored and have to finish them in different sittings. But I still loved it!

I really enjoyed Chloe Grace Moretz as Cassie. I remember feeling very pleased with her casting when I first heard about it. She’s “Kick-Ass” in everything she’s in. Pun intended.

She looks how I pictured Cassie too. In all honesty, I loved all of the casting in the movie except Ringer. I don’t know if it was the actress or the way they portrayed her but it didn’t fit the mental image in my mind of Ringer. My best friend agrees. We were a little taken back. I remember Ringer being very tough in the book, a little crass, and independent… but not Goth and overly angsty. She just actually seemed THAT tough in the book. And I pictured her being darker? Like tanner, or Hispanic even. But maybe that is just my mental image of her.

The setting was great. The action was better. I wish there had been a little more evil Vosch in it but I understand that it would have made for a much longer movie if they had included all of the military training and squad bonding.

I definitely plan on buying this movie and I am anxiously anticipating The Infinite Sea’s debut to the big screen.

Embers by Susanne Valenti *Spoilers*

12545452_537955209694798_1819639565_n

Goodreads Blurb 

Alone in the darkness, memories threaten to overwhelm him. The truth of what has happened haunts him day and night. It would be easy to let go. To forget who he was and where he came from. Easier if he didnt exist anymore at all. Every moment is a reminder of what he had and what he has lost. But there is one thing worth living for, fighting for, breathing for. He made a promise. And he intends to honour it.

Review

I’m sorry but this review will have spoilers. If you have not read 1-3 in this series yet I would recommend not reading this review yet. It would be very difficult to talk about this book without a few spoilers in it because the book in itself is a spoiler if you have not read Broken. 

This is novella 3.5 in the Cage of Lies series. It’s about my favorite character who we thought died in Linked. Throughout Broken Coal’s family is very… well, broken. All of them. Alicia and Maya grieve together in a dangerous way. They are both driven by revenge. They both have lost the will to live or to move on with their lives. All of the others live day by day and try not talk about what happened to Coal for fear of sending Alicia or Maya over the edge. There’s a definite tension within the group.

At the end, Alicia helps Maya sneak away from the group to find Gregor so that she can kill him. In doing so, she comes across the not so dead Coal. Hurrah! Even though they are both captives at this point. Anyway, this is a review about Embers, not Broken. If you would like to read my review of Broken just scroll down my page a little 🙂

Anyway, Embers tells you the story of Coal. You know where he’s been, who he’s been with, and oh yeah! about how he survived being shot and almost drowning! Can I just say I am so glad Valenti wrote this novella? I have never wanted to read a novella more than this one. Coal and Kaloo are my spirit animals. I was literally jumping for joy at the end of Broken when I realized homeboy Coal was still alive. Yeah! *Fist pump*

This is a very short novella, it goes into how he was captured, the people who he interacted with in the city such as the doctor, Shank (his cellmate and unlikely friend), Gregor, Parker (his torturer), Lucretia (ugh even her name sucks, just like her personality!), etc. And how he and Maya are reunited. I loved seeing her perspective in Broken and then his in Embers. It made the moment so much sweeter.

I think this is my favorite novella ever. I was just happy when I realized Coal was alive! I haven’t been this elated since I though Glen was killed on The Walking Dead and then the next episode was like “Sike! You can’t kill Glen!” That’s exactly how awesome this felt. All feels right with the world again.

And again I am sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book to see if Maya and Coal make out of the city together and find the rest of the gang (and Kaloo too!) and if they can rescue her parents! I’m also kind of curious as to Shank… Will they all bump into each other? Will they all still be on the same side???

I give this novella 5/5 stars.

Get the ebook here

Learn more about Susanne Valenti here