Monday, November 17, 2014

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas



Title: Throne of Glass
  Author: Sarah J. Maas
  Publisher: Bloomsbury
  Publication Date: August 7th, 2012
  Page Count: 404
Genre: YA Fantasy
Age Range: 12+
Synopsis (from Goodreads):

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

  
My Thoughts:
Let me just start by saying that I went into this books with REALLY high expectations for some reason. Let me also say that this book exceeded by expectations in every way. I was shocked by reaction to it because it was just SOOOOOOOO AMAZING!!!! I could not put it down and when I had to put it down I was thinking about it.

The books starts off with Calaena, a top notch assassin who gets taken out of the death camp she is in to participate in a competition to become the King's Champion (personal assassin). She has to adapt to the ways of the kingdom and pretend to be a lady and petty jewel thief. She creates strong bonds with her trainer (the Captain of the Guard) and the Prince. I was so interested in the idea of the story. The author, Sarah J. Mass, carefully planned out everything that happened so it all made sense. The writing was clear and I always wanted to know what happened next after each chapter.

I am going to be honest, I want to be Calaena Sardothien. She is bad-ass, intense, strong-willed, intelligent, and compassionate. She does things her way and will not give up. She kind of reminds me of Max from the Maximum Ride series. She can kick butt and still look pretty while doing it. Yes, she was very cocky and confident but really. If you were the best assassin in the country and a young girl, I would be too. Calaena has to be one of my favorite female characters and I felt that I had a special connection with her throughout the whole novel.

Now lets talk about boys. Ugh. They are both so perfect in two different ways and I CANT PICK ONE!! Usually I am either Team Dorian or Team Choal but they each had their moments. This was a little frustrating for because when Dorian would hang out with Calaena I would be like "awww" but I would also be like "nooo you aren't Choal" but then the opposite would happen with Choal. It was hard. I really liked that romance was not a huge part of the book though.  I am so over all of the teen fantasy that is more romance that it is action and magic. So, this was a breath of fresh air because I would actually focus on the plot rather then have a kissing scene every other chapter.

AND THE KING?!?!?! WHAT A MEANIE. He is horrible in every way and I cannot even start to rant about that. Like seriously? Someone has some major daddy issues.

Anyway, I also really liked Nehemia. I actually thought she was the one doing all of the damage in the middle of the novel so I was really happy that she was actually helping Calaena the whole time. I also liked that Calaena was able to have a nice female friend after everything that had happened in her life.

Overall, this has to be one of my favorite books ever. I was in love with everyone of the characters (except for the King/ Perringon) and really enjoyed the plot. It was like the Selection meets Maximum Ride.  I thought that Sarah J. Maas wrote in a way that made me feel like I was there with Calaena/ Dorian/ Chaol. I recommend this to anyone!!

My Rating: *****
Cover Rating: BADASS
Recommendations:
1. Angel Experiment by James Patterson
2. The Selection by Kiera Cass
3. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Now on to your thoughts, what do you think?

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

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