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Event Recap | Meeting SJ Maas

Saturday 23rd November 2015

Dear Reader,

Today was very eventful.

I woke up and packed my Throne of Glass series along with ACOTAR in my Shakespeare & Co. bag in the hopes that by the end of the day they would all be signed by my favourite author. I also tried to cram in exam revision without any success.

Walking 50 paces into Supanova I spotted a queue labelled ‘SARAH’. I honestly hadn’t expected such an overwhelming fan base.  There were a few girls Cosplaying Caelena and it was so exciting to fan girl over meeting Sarah while waiting in line.

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Given my short height I also continued to stand on tippy-toes to get a view of Sarah and squeaked to my mum about how pretty she was especially in person.

As luck would have it I arrived right at the head of the line before Sarah had to attend a panel. I stalked her to the panel as you naturally do.

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The panel had discussions about Kick-Ass Characters and it was great to see some new authors talking about characters in their books, also Sarah is extremely funny mainly because of how honest she is.

When I finally managed to meet her after she gloriously finished eating her chocolate, I was shaking all over.

I soon fell into casual conversation. Sarah takes great interest in her reader’s lives and I love that. She asked me about where I’m from and school.

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I also discovered she’s busy blurbing novels at the moment but also that she cannot wait to read C .S.  Pacat’s Captive Prince series.

We also spent a good amount of time fangirling over The Lunar Chronicles and she asked me if my mum was my sister and my mum felt greatly complimented by that so THANKS SARAH!!

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Epilogue: With my pile of signed books in my hands I walked out of the signing area and graciously stumbled and fell on the floor of Supanova along with all my books.

My clumsiness never evades me

Yours,

Infinity Reads

 

 

Book reviews

Book Review | Queen Of Shadows

Title: Queen of Shadows

Author: Sarah.J.Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #4

Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis 

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.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series contrinues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

 

Plot

The book from the get go had a very strong plot. Of course most of the elements were in place from the previous three books however, Maas had an interesting way of concealing details which later bought an element of surprise to the overall story.good.

The book was very focused on the action but more so on the planning and scheming of events which I didn’t mind. The plot twists especially left me gasping out loud and it was an amazing way of keeping the reader hooked I believe.

I liked how everything did not go as planned and even the smartest characters were deceived, it kept an element of reality in the otherwise highly supernatural story. Another thing that was really intriguing was how brutal and bloody and down to Earth Maas decided to keep it. Although I was cringing at some parts, the exploration of physical and psychological torture in great detail isn’t something you’d complain about from a book like this.

Characters

As I’ve mentioned before the book was heavily reliant on plot but certain characters were introduced and developed as well. Manon’s character development was the most significant to me in this book, the introduction and development of Lysandra’s character and her friendship with Aelin/Calaena was also good.

The book explores so many different POVs and I find that a very interesting way of following the story while getting everyone’s input at the same time. Not once did I get lost.

In the end, everything came together really well. It wasn’t a happily ever after but more of an open ended finish so obviously there is room for book five which I only have to wait one more year for

Rating

4

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Cover to Cover

Cover to Cover | Throne of Glass

Cover To Cover is basically an excuse for me to swoon over the many beautiful covers for the same book! At the end there’ll be a verdict as to which my favourite cover is. Check out the first ever Cover to Cover here

As is obvious from the title, today’s Cover to Cover is on Throne of Glass by Sarah.J.Maas, let me tell you this shall be an interesting one.

The USA Edition 

The girl is pretty but I usually prefer to not have models on the cover since it ruins my interpretation of what the character looks like. There’s not much else to the cover besides the girl so yeah

The other USA Edition 

See this one’s much better because it’s an animated character. She has a very badass look with the black clothing and all. I have a problem with the colours, they seem too dark and shady

The UK Edition 

This is the one I own. I like the colour scheme of this one better because it has the whole cold hearted bitch look. No seriously, although there might be too much white hmm

The Dutch Edition 

This gives me like Assassins Creed vibe, you know all those gaming DVDs (not that I’d know). It is interesting but I’ve been much into gaming DVDs so eh

The Italian Edition

This one doesn’t have much to it but I like the ice crystal border, it gives it a whole abstract look and the sword on the cover is also cool although the yellow makes it look awkward.

The Romanian Edition 

This one is so cool! I mean the sword and the girl and the round thing ahh and the colour scheme is good too. I like

Which one would I most likely pick up in a bookstore though? I want to be boring and say I’d go for the UK edition which I already have. I don’t know, it’s a hard pick this one

Help me decide! which one is the best Throne of Glass Cover?

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Book reviews

Book Review | A Court of Thorns and Roses

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah.J.Maas

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1

Source: Allen & Unwin

RRP: AU$16.99

Synopsis

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price.

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

Apologies for the lack of content on the blog recently. Life has just been so crazy busy these past few weeks. But I’m back with a bang. Let me just begin by saying it took me a while to get through this book which didn’t constitute to a great reading experience to be honest.

Plot

The book was paced a little too slowly for my liking. At times I just couldn’t stop turning the pages but more often than not it was just draggy and required quite an effort to continue reading. The world-building was done well, what with the history of the Fae Kingdom being explained however, I just couldn’t stop noticing how hard the book was trying to become High Fantasy.

I have to admit there were some rather steamy and scandalous moments in the books and the plot picks up quite well during the second half of the book.

Characters

I found it quite difficult to relate to Feyre at the beginning. Surely, no one could be that selfless but I have to say, she grew on me. She isn’t a badass YA heroine to begin with but she has determination. But (there’s always a but) I felt like she kept getting too lucky throughout the whole novel you know, I mean do YA characters have an unlimited pot of luck or something?

As for the love interest, Tamlin, although he was charming I found the nemesis, Rhysand much more interesting. His mysterious past and motives behind helping Feyre oh.

Writing

The writing is very descriptive, almost to the point of being boring. I found it very difficult to immerse myself in this book but nonetheless the plot and characters made up for it. I just wonder what the sequel might entail?

Rating

3

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book haul

March Book Haul

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I have acquired some pretties over the past couple of weeks so I decided to show ’em off to you!

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Excuse the bookmark but yeah new books ahh!

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Assassins Blade by Sarah.J.Maas 

Little Women by Louisa May Ascott 

I recently finished Heir of Fire and loved it so it’s a no-brainer that I got the novella collection.

Ever since the Youtube web series of Little Women started I’ve wanted to read the book so I finally got it and it may well be the longest classic I’m going to read but can’t wait!

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Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield 

The Handmaid’s tale by Margaret Atwood 

I have wanted to read Afterworlds since the beginning of time, well since it came out anyway so I decided right about bloody time I at least bought the book.

The Handmaid’s Tale has been catching my eye cuz two words “feminist literature”, the cover is freaky because of what the book symbolizes (fertility) but i like freaky!

And last but not least in all its glory we have…..

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The 10th Anniversary version of Looking for Alaska!!!!!!!!

The pages are black edged and there is a heap of never before seen content at the back and just gah I love John Green

That was my little book haul for March so far!

What new books have ye acquired?

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Heir of Fire | Discussion

I recently read and reviewed the Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah.J.Maas and basically there were some things I wanted to discuss, I don’t even know if this is blog worthy but these pointers are just bothering me okay.

WARNING THIS POST MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS 

1. Sorscha

I absolutely adored Sorscha’s story line at the beginning, I mean who doesn’t like crushes coming true aw! And let’s be honest here I’m not the only one who imagined her in Dorian’s future with little Dorian’s did I? So it was a great surprise when her head got chopped off right before her true identity was revealed. Here’s the pickle

Why introduce such a crucial character to one of our protagonists if you’re going to kill them off? I mean did she really need to die? I understand now Dorian will be full rage and all that but I don’t know okay, I wanted Sorscha and Dorian to happen

2. Celaena and Rowan

Ah the ever famous platonic couple. I don’t know if I’m looking too deeply into this but Celaena and Rowan take a trip to the Healer’s or something and that seems to be the point where their relationship actually starts progressing. I just believe that Healer’s trip if it affected their relationship so drastically  deserves more than a one line reference.

3. Aedion and Chaol

This one is concerning more of the general story line. Am I the only one that doesn’t fully understand the king and his magic and all those tower thing? I mean I just didn’t grasp the information well and it left me with so many questions. That’s the objective isn’t it? to leave the reader hanging….

Just some of my random thoughts on Heir of Fire. Let’s discuss theories in the comments!

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Book reviews

Book Review | Heir of Fire

Title: Heir of Fire

Author: Sarah.J.Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #3

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Page Count:  562

Synopsis: 
Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?

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Now that I’m finally done with this hunk of a book let’s get talking. Reading Heir of Fire was like being hit with a tsunami of knowledge and emotion and I loved it!

Plot

Adventurous would be a very fitting word to describe the plot. You’re thrown from one magical place into another, from kingdoms to witch covens. There is never a dull moment or should I say a moment to catch your breath because everything happens in a sequence of action and adrenaline.  We finally fully get to experience magic whether it’s in Dorian or Celaena or Rowan and I’m down with it.

Although I am a bit confused about the geography and all the new discoveries that were made in the book I think the events unfolded nicely and the book was well paced. I wasn’t too fazed by the first book but in Heir of Fire I just felt like the book had more substance and the ending was definitely not what I expected.

Writing

I’m just gonna reiterate what I said just then, the book just had more depth and clarity. Although I can’t help but feel that the third person narrative restricted me from completely engulfing myself in the character’s misery or victory. I could still feel the feels but I just wasn’t drowning in them.

Characters

Celaena’s badassery was finally exposed in it’s full glory. Her character development was so well done from being miserable over her friend’s death to finding confidence in her magic and herself. Celaena kicking butt and then in the end when she’s all sassy to Maeve and she accepts the role of Queen (kind of). I also absolutely loved the fact that we travel to her past and that just provides so much clarity to her character now.

Celaena’s relationship with Rowan was interesting to say the least.  I love how they grew onto each other and opened up until finally they’re pretty much besties aw. I want to elaborate but I shall do that in the spoilery post.

Manon’s POV was by far my favourite. There’s something about ruthless, cruel, hard beauty that has me intrigued. The idea of competing in games and clan rivalry is cliche but in the best way.  It was interesting to see her perspective on things and how certain creatures changed her for the better.

Heir of Fire is one hefty book filled with supernatural powers, friendships, love and just plain badassery. You can’t go wrong with that combination so it was no doubt a highly enjoyable book.

Rating

4

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Book reviews

Book Review | Crown of Midnight

Title: Crown of Midnight

Author: Sarah.J.Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #2

Genre: Fantasy

Page Count: 418

Synopsis
Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.
Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom

I finally got around to reading the sequel of Throne of Glass which I reviewed not so long ago and I have to say it wasn’t too bad. Crown of Midnight is jam packed with action, badassery and sassy humour that you won’t ever get enough of. Oh and did I mention the eternal plot twists?

Plot

To be perfectly honest the overall direction of the story was pretty predictable and yet there were these sub plots which involved some interesting turn of events that kept me reading. At times I felt like there was a lot going on but despite that it didn’t feel too complicated.

Unlike the first book this one was more up my alley as it focused on action and blood and gore, some people might find this disgusting but I much prefer it to courtly balls and whatnot. No offense if you do like courtly balls, it’s just not my cup of tea.

Characters

I finally got the romance I was hoping for which made me very content! Celaena and Chaol had a very raw and realistic relationship but believe me there were certain moments where I wanted to cry into my pillow because I felt so alone. Ah they’re perfect!

I’m very impressed that Celaena’s badass side was revealed more and her aggression gave me such a kick. Taking a closer peek into her past also developed the story well. Dorian’s development throughout this book remains an intriguing subject right now which I’m sure the third book will explain in detail.

Another good point is that it felt like I was reading through a varied point of view in Crown of Midnight. The first book just seemed to have me inside Celaena’s head but this one I was in the King’s head or Chaol’s head and I enjoyed that!

Writing

Sarah.J.Maas has a fairly simplistic writing style that you can just whiz through. Despite that I felt pretty detached from the story, maybe because I was reading so quickly or maybe not. There seemed to be a lack of the element of surprise which I think would’ve alleviated the book so much.

Overall, it was a fairly mediocre read but still better than the first book. I’ve heard lots of internet praise for the third book so I cannot wait to dig in.

Rating

3

 

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Book reviews

Throne of Glass- Review

By: Srah.J.Maas download (1)

Series:  Throne of glass #1

Genre: Young adult/fantasy

Pages: 404

Summary

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, Caelena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament- fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. She is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

Ok so I’ve been avoiding writing this review because to be honest, this book was shit. The character development was poor, the plot was predictable and boring and the main character in fact ALL the characters (except maybe 2) from the book annoyed me.

Caelena was a poorly represented assassin; she seemed nothing like an assassin rather just another bratty princess. She was arrogant, unrealistic and got on my nerves most if not all the time. What makes it so unbelievable is everyone seems to fall in love with her the moment they see her, I mean aren’t people meant to be wary and not have much trust in assassins at first glance?

The prince is another important character throughout the book. Reading his POV I felt like I was in the mind of a petty, arrogant 15 year old instead of a 19 year old. Again, poor decision making and character development. The romance between Caelena and him was cliché and seems like it was based mostly on appearance.

On a positive note, Captain Westfall was a rather good character. I liked him all the way through the book since he seemed so realistic and his decisions and reasoning did not get on my nerves. I would have loved to see more from his POV.

The world building in Throne of Glass was interesting however only minimal information was provided in order to support the events in the books, (if that makes sense). For example, there are references to Caelena’s past but not enough detail as it doesn’t correlate to the plotline of this particular book.

The book continued at a steady pace however, this seems like one of those action packed books and there just wasn’t enough of the adrenaline.  I did like the second plotline which involves a bit of mystery and if that had been the main plotline the book would have been a 5/5, instead the author decided to focus on romance and court life.

Rant over! On a parting note I’m contemplating whether to read the sequel but I’ll get around to it.

Rating:

2

 

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