Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas // Book Reviews

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Today, I’ve got another review of a series that I am evidently behind and attempting to get up to date with in hopes that I will not frantically run from circulating spoilers. The second book of the Throne of Glass seriesCrown of Midnight: The Killer Sequel. Joking, ignore the “title” after the colon (though PUN definitely intended). Just a heads up that if you read this review, you will get spoiled for the first book in this series, Throne of Glass and the prequel, The Assassin’s Blade. The are a lot of great moments that won’t have the full effect if you get spoiled. You have been warned. Everyone else can pass AKA 97% of the reader population. Also I have a spoiler section at the end of my review because there are so many things that need to be discussed, but don’t worry because SPOILERS AHEAD will be clearly present so if you haven’t read this book, you can scroll extremely fast.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass (#2)
Genre: Fantasy
Publication: August 27th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 418
Source: Borrowed
4.5 stars

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.


GENERAL THOUGHTS

I still stand by my initial response that this is an excellent sequel. I have a whole new perspective on the characters, the world and just everything in general. I have to say that I didn’t really understand all the amazingness of this book that everyone raved about for the first portion of the book, but once we got passed that, it was epic. This may have been due to my high expectations because everyone was saying that this sequel is so much better than its predecessor. I assure you this book is better than the first and the writing has improved but I did have my peeves that took away half a star once my brain started functioning again and the initial awe (that ending though) died down a bit.

Whilst we got a glimpse of the complexities of this world at the end of Throne of Glass, this book goes so much deeper and darker. A lot of my questions and annoyances after reading the first book were answered and explained and it has enabled me to appreciate Celaena more – her actions (almost) all make sense. Basically, everything I wanted from the first book – assassinating, ancient magic, backstories and all the grittiness, was given to me in the gift of this sequel.

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See How They Run by Ally Carter // Book Reviews

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I hope ya’ll having a fascinating day. Not relevant but I’ve got a review on the sequel of the Embassy Row series, and it’s going to be spoiler free. The series had a pretty good start and an interesting introduction into this embassy row idea – it’s not thieves or spies. Or is it? Read on if you want to know my thoughts reading See How They Run.

24644814See How They Run by Ally Carter

Series: Embassy Row (#2)
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Publication: December 22nd 2015 by Scholastic Press
Pages: 336
Source: Borrowed
3 stars

Inside every secret, there’s a world of trouble. Get ready for the second book in this new series of global proportions–from master of intrigue, New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter.

Grace’s past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

The twists get twistier and the turns get even more shocking in the second thrilling installment of Embassy Row.


REVIEW

I was expecting a step up from the last book and it pains me to say this but I wasn’t impressed. For the duration of the book, it was mainly monotonous. Major plot points and revelations interested me, but the filler scenes were sort of dull. I think the ending saved the book for me and stepped up from the other parts of the book. It was full of suspense and high tension and unpredictability. I like how it explained the “random” parts of the novel and showed how they were actually relevant. So it made sense. Huzzah!! Also murder mysteries mixed in with political intrigue! Awesome. The problem for me was the characters I liked from the previous book didn’t have enough appearance then staying appeared time, and the characters I didn’t like so much had too much time.

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Top 5 childhood book series // Friday Five

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Today I’ve got a different post and I’m going to be listing my favourite series of books I remember I loved as a child (but I don’t know how I would feel now because I haven’t read any recently) and they’ve stuck with me. I’m not saying these are good books but from the whimsical mind of my childhood, these are the books I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Now as a kid, I wasn’t the most advanced for readers and I wish I challenged myself, but at my primary school, there would be an expected area of books in the library that were “aimed” at girls and we were kind of pushed in that direction. So you’re probably going to see that reflected in my list. Moving forward, these are my top 5!

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Pokémon Go Book Tag // Book Tags

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As many or pretty much everyone knows, Pokémon Go has been a worldwide craze. Personally, I haven’t played it – not because I’m not interested, but it won’t work on my phone. Also, I know I will be obsessed. Like take over my life obsession mode. Anyway, this tag was created by Aentee @ Read At Midnight and it has some fantabulous questions and graphics so I might as well do it. I guess I can say I was kind of tagged by Ellie @ Capitol Books because my name does start with an ‘E’. It’ll make sense if you read her answering the tag. I actually found myself agreeing with a lot of her answers but let’s see how mine goes. This is the first tag I’ve done that’s actually recent so let’s get into it before it becomes the past.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne // Book Reviews

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It’s taken a while but I’ve got my Harry Potter and the Cursed Child review. It’s going to be half spoiler-free and half spoilery so if you haven’t read it yet, don’t fret because it’s all spoiler-free until you see big, bold text of “SPOILERS AHEAD”. That will probably be the sign to skidaddle and read it if you want so we can discuss the book in detail. Also I would very much highly recommend reading the Harry Potter series (7 books) before starting this review because a) spoilers of those books are highly probably and b) they are phenomenal books that I most highly recommend to the highest level possible.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

Series: Harry Potter (#8) **
Genre: Fantasy
Publication: July 31st 2016 by Pottermore
Pages: 320
Source: Purchased
3.5 stars

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.


REVIEW

This is so difficult for me to rate. Firstly, I think you’ll get the best experience out of reading this book if you go in without any expectations and try avoid spoilers because the way its summarised on some site does make it sound more absurd than it is. You know what? I enjoyed this. Was I disappointed? Yep. There were many problematic parts and I didn’t like the inconsistencies, but overall I enjoyed this experience. I’m a bit iffy whether to consider this story as canon, because though it contributed to the Harry Potter world, there are many parts in the story that points to fan fiction.

There were so many nostalgic areas, but the the plot was ridiculous and unrealistic at times, that made we laugh. A lot. And not in a good way. The main plot line of time turners was crazy… and weird. Was this good or bad? Both. My logical mind couldn’t deal with it sometimes.

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#LoveOzYA: Aussie YA Blog Hop // Blog Hop

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If you don’t know already, I’m an Australian and there are some fantastic Australian novels out there. So the lovely Jeann @ Happy Indulgence and her mods Genie in a Book, Loony Literate, Thoughts by J and My Life in Books (from the Aussie YA Bloggers & Readers group), are hosting a Aussie YA Blog Hop this week to share all the love we have for Aussie YA books and give them the appreciation and recognition they deserve. So let’s spread some of that #LoveOzYA love!!

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