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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on July 13, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

One of the books I read this summer that I thoroughly enjoyed was Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I can’t wait for the sequel to be released, named Crown of Midnight, on August 27th, 2013. When I look for new series, I specifically look for novels with a kick-ass female lead character, similar to Katniss in Hunger Games or Katsa in Graceling. I find it funny their names are so similar =) Several factors went into my choosing of this book. The synopsis made me squeal when I read it, the illustrated cover drew me in, and everything about it made me lust for more!

The novel follows the young, but extremely talented Celaena Sardothien. She’s an 18-year-old, mysterious, and beautiful girl but also an assassin in the kingdom of Adarlan. She’s captured and imprisoned for her crimes, left to rot away in the salt mines of Endovier.  After a long year with several failed escapes of the prison, Celaena is visited by a man named Chaol Westfall, the Captain of the Guard. He brings her in front of the Prince Dorian, the Crown Prince of Adarlan. Realizing she won’t survive much longer in the mines, Celaena accepts the Prince’s  deal, agreeing to be his champion in his father’s tournament to find a new royal assassin. She’s escorted to Adarlan under the false identity of Lillian Gordaina, where she begins her training and tests against the other male opponents. As the tournament begins, things go amiss when challengers mysteriously begin to get killed one by one. Celaena, Chaol and Dorian work together to figure out what’s going on in the kingdom.

The novel is filled danger, action, and mystery behind every corner. When you think you understand what’s going on, Maas sends the book down another path that you’d never expect. Of course, you can’t have a teen book without the classic love triangle. What team are you on? Team Chaol or Team Dorian? =) Likewise, I simply love Celaena’s character. She’d stubborn, intelligent and able to manipulate men to her advantage. She can kill people whenever she wants in ways the reader wouldn’t think of, earning her the reputation and resect she deserves. There’s even Celaena’s mysterious (magical) past that Maas only touches on briefly in this book, leaving her readers hanging and asking questions.

Anyone who loves this book would like Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers or Defiance by C.J. Redwine.

The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

Sorry for not posting in a while, but things have been hectic these last few months. I’m preparing for my next step in life by attending Young Harris College in the GA mountains. It’s taking a lot including going to orientation which was an amazing experience. I’m going to continue writing reviews every now and then, because I love sharing my thoughts about the books I obsess over.

Today, I will be reviewing the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima. It came out a few years ago but recently came into my hands. The books in order go: the Demon King, the Exiled Queen, the Gray Wolf Throne, and finishing with the Crimson Crown released this year.

The first book follows a guy named Han Alister, nicknamed Cuffs for the ones on his wrists and a girl named Raisa, the princess heir of the Fells. They live opposite lives, but one day, they run into each other unknowingly.

Han lives between two towns, one being Marisa Pines with his friend Dancer and the other being Ragmarket with his mom and little sister. He’s dirt poor and being the man in his household is hard to deal with considering how food is in such short supply. He tries to escape his reputation as a street lord and murderer when it threatens his family’s lives. One discovery will change Han’s life forever.

Princess Raisa is known to be headstrong and somewhat rebellious due to her mixed blood from her mother, the Queen, and her father, the patriach of the Demonai (warriors who kill wizards when they step out of line). These warriors were created during a time called the Breaking where a corrupt wizard named the Demon King nearly destroyed the world. Princess Raisa’s ancestor, Queen Hanalea the warrior, stopped the wizard and saved the world. She created a document called the Naeming which set rules for wizards and queens in the future. Raisa lusts to know the darker side of her kingdom so she can help people when she inherits the throne.

This book series digs into each characters’ lives, exposing their deepest feelings and fears to the audience. The reader sides with Han and Raisa as they push their ways though darkness that has been festering ever since the Naeming was created. There’s love interests around every corner, leaving you wondering who loves who. Their stories provide two perspectives of how people live in the same kingdom, and it only gets better when Raisa and Han meet for the first time!

The Seven Realms series is similar to Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on May 6, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

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Now on to my next review will be about a single book as of now, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. The sequel named Siege and Storm is set to be released on June 4, 2013. Anyone can read the first 5 chapters of the next book online for free on multiple websites.

The book follows a young woman named Alina. As a child, her parents were killed, and she was forced to be educated in the Duke’s house. There she meets her friend Mal in which they grow close. Eventually, two Grisha examiners come to see if either of them have special abilities. If they do, they get whisked away to a special school where they learn to use their abilities. But neither of them do, or so it seems… Once they grow up, the story finds both of them working for the 2nd army. Alina is a mapmaker while Mal is a talented tracker. When they both head out into the Shadow Fold (a strip of darkness filled with human-eating monsters), Mal is attacked and something awakes in Alina when she sees him in danger. The arrival of her ability brings her into a new world that she could have never thought she’d be a part of. She meets the most powerful man in the kingdom, the Darkling. She meets the King and Queen. She even trains with all the other Grisha, even though her powers and destiny are greater than their own. Love appears, treachery occurs, and a darkness arises that Alina must fight against or else she loses control of her life.

The novel, Shadow and Bone, is filled with magic, suspense and nightmares. Bardugo balances the love aspect of her story perfectly with the darker, more ominous aspect of the book. The book is not too frightening for young readers, while isn’t too innocent in nature. The relationship between Alina and Mal forms overtime and makes me smile, knowing they both care for each other. Also the relationship because Alina and the Darkling is interesting because it shows Alina’s dark side. The overall story plot keeps the reader interested throughout the entire novel which is definitely something to be proud of!

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