Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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“Before she was deadly, Now she is unstoppable.”

*This contains some Throne of Glass spoilers but none related to the book being reviewed. Read this at your own risk.

“She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known.
But where will her conscience, and her heart, lead her?

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king’s bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she’s given a task that could jeopardize everything she’s come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon — forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice. Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she willing to fight for?”

Amazon Synopsis

What I say in this review, will not do this book justice. It was amazing! My favorite book of this year! My favorite book of all time! It was a whirlwind of emotions and the ending was absolutely shocking yet great. The action, romance and magic is even better than the first book but seriously if you thought Throne of Glass was exceptional, then Crown of Midnight will blow you away.

Once again this book  was amazing, I actually cried in the ending, it was so powerful and unexpected. Packed with plot twists and extremely  fast-paced, this book exceeded all my expectations. The Romance was again carefully woven into the story without foreshadowing the main plot but with a new love interest. It was just beautiful and I loved how it focused on Celaena’s job as the King’s Champion, while creating this exciting atmosphere.  Like I said I have not done this book justice.

If you have read Throne of Glass, and have yet to pick up Crown of Midnight, pick it up right now! You won’t regret it at all. Rating: Way, way, way beyond 5/5 Stars. Thank you for reading. Like, Comment and Follow me, if you like.

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Crown of Midnight

The Liebster Award

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I’ve been nominated for the Liebster award.The Liebster Award is an award that is given to fairly new bloggers. They are nominated by other bloggers which I feel makes it a more special and meaningful award.So that’s pretty nice. There are a set of rules to this award, and they are:

*Note this was the set of rules I was given, The Liebster award does have different sets of rules, like here I don’t have to write 11 facts about myself.

1.You have to thank the blogger that nominated you.

2.Answer 11 questions, that are given to you by this blogger.

3.Then you have to nominate 11 other blogs with less than 500 followers.

4. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

5. Tag your nominees and post a comment on their blog notifying them that they’ve been nominated by you.

I was nominated by the wonderful Sassy Bookworm, who has made me feel so welcome and nominated me for this blogging award. I have been reading her blog all day and you should check it out because it’s content is awesome, she is a very talented writer/blogger and from what I’ve seen a really cool and amazing person. So, thank you!

The 11 questions she set me are as follows:

1) If you could replay one day of your life, what day would it be and why? I’m not sure but it’d probably be the day of my school’s British Section Award Ceremony, I had received the most excellence awards in my year group, and I would chose it because I had made my family really proud and put a smile on their faces. On a more broad level,if I could replay one day, it would probably be any of the days I achieved something remarkable or helped someone because it’s nice to be and make someone happy.

2) Where is your favorite place?I would say the bookstore in my local area but I’ll think of something more exciting. I actually have two places, and I can’t pick one.I really like the gardens in the Palace of Versailles in France, you can go canoeing in the lake and feed the birds. It’s just so beautiful and spectacular! I also love the Cotswolds in the U.K. The countryside is just gorgeous and it’s a very relaxing and refreshing place.

3) What would be your last meal? My last meal would be lunch and it would probably consist of a dish of egg chicken noodles because it just tastes so good and my side drink would be any kind of Iced Tea.

4) What would you like to be remembered for? I would like to be remembered for writing novels that have affected the lives of many people and inspired them. Or basically anything that has helped many around the world and improved their lives.

5) If you could live in any book, what book would it be and why? I really can’t choose, I’m very indecisive when it comes to book related questions, but I’d probably love to live in the Divergent world because it is just so exciting, I’d probably end up in Candor but then they’ll discover I’m Divergent and hunt me down. Or maybe the world of Throne of Glass,because it’s just so interesting and complex but I don’t think I’d survive. Don’t get me wrong I do actually like to think that I would survive in these worlds but…err….I don’t think so…

6) What is the craziest thing you have done in your life so far? I wouldn’t describe myself as the most adventurous person, so the craziest thing would probably be riding a really fast wooden roller-coaster. It was really rickety and I felt like the cart was going to tip over. It was fun though!

7) Regardless of what qualifications you need or pay, if you could have any profession what would it be?Author, I would love to become an author and write books that people would find worthwhile and enjoyable. I want to inspire people through my writing and create a haven for them in my stories.

8) What would be your perfect first date? I have no idea but it would probably be in a foreign country, so that means having a dinner by the River Seine in Paris, with the view of the Eiffel Tower at night with all the pretty lights and there’d also be a firework display. I know, my perfect first date is like something out of a book or movie, but one can dream. Generally I think a date with a good conversational topic is perfect.

9) If you could live in the future for one day, what year or event would you fast-forward to? I absolutely have no idea, it would probably be something weird, like a book I like’s sequel release date. Or maybe fast-forward to the day I get my I.G.C.S.E results. I really don’t know. I’ll probably think of something better later.

10) How would you describe yourself, and do you think other people would describe you in the same way? Creative and Weird.I think these two words describe me well, I love any form of creativity: Music, Art, Literature etc… and weird because I tend to be very random at inappropriate times and situations. I’m not really sure what people would describe me as but if they do I think they would include at least one of the things I see in myself in their description.

11) If you could un-do any mistake what would it be? I wouldn’t un-do any of my mistakes, even if they caused me problems, because had it not been for these mistakes I would not have learnt or become the person I am today. That sounds cliché but I honestly believe that mistakes are essential for one’s learning.

So that was my response, I hope you enjoyed it! I’ll be publishing a post soon about the 11 blogs I’m tagging and the questions I’m giving them. So look forward to that.

*Note that the Liebster award is not a physical award but just away other blogs help new blogs they like to get noticed and receive some recognition.

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Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier (translated by Anthea Bell)

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“Eternity hangs from this moment”

“Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon—the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

Kerstin Gier’s Ruby Red is young adult novel full of fantasy and romance.”

Amazon Synopsis

Ruby Red  is the first book in a trilogy by Kerstin Gier. Originally written in German, this book has been translated into twenty six languages and has become an international best seller. I personally found this book to be enchanting and magical with all it’s time traveling, and the mystery revolving around certain events was very interesting and suspenseful. I recommend that you pick this book up (link down below). Now onto the-sort of spoilery- review:

This book was utterly spell-binding, I fell in love with most the characters, and I say most because some were terrible and awful people, e.g.Gwen’s Aunt. I loved the premise and I felt like it was explained really well. The time-traveling element was perfect and very entertaining. I found the main character Gwen very relatable and I loved her weird best friend Lesley. I really liked her relationship with Gideon and I found their encounters to be very enjoyable to read. Anyway very good, fast-paced book that holds your attention and keeps you captivated. I’ll definitely be checking out the sequel Sapphire Blue.5/5 stars.

Amazon link: Ruby Red Amazon

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Author Love #1

This world has many great authors. So I thought I’d start a series of articles about authors that affected my life, somehow and that I would post about one different author every week.The authors that I pick would have changed my life through their beautiful writing, gave me another home in their stories and made me love reading, which makes me ever so grateful. So kicking off ‘Author Love’ is…

 Veronica Roth

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I remember receiving Divergent as a birthday present, and I can honestly say that it was one of the best presents ever. I was in a reading slump that Summer and I hadn’t read anything, I picked this book up after my birthday and I  plunged into this world, with characters I felt like I’ve known for my entire life. She is such an amazing author. Her fast paced writing style always keeps me on the edge of my seat. She has written a series that made me cry and unable to speak properly for days, after finishing. She has rekindled my love for books, after having spent time not reading, not only but she has made me aspire to be like her and  publish a novel at such a young age and have it turned into such a big success that has inspired many people worldwide. Veronica Roth you are a true role model.

Tune in next week for another ‘Author Love’ installment.

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The Book Jar

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You probably have heard about ‘The Book Jar’, the concept is quite simple. You basically write down all the titles you haven’t read, each title on a small piece of paper and place them in a jar. After that you have to pick one randomly. The title you pick is the one you’ll read next.

So i did this today but I only placed the names of the books in my April TBR, so I could select the one I’d read after The Crown of Midnight. I selected a piece of paper and got Catcher in the Rye. So I’ll be reading it next. It’s a classic by J.D. Salinger, I’ve really wanted to read it and I honestly can’t wait to do so. Tell me your thoughts in the comments. Thank you for reading!

Amazon Link:

Amazon Catcher in the Rye

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne-of-Glass-BIG“Nothing is a coincidence.Everything has a purpose.You were meant to come to this castle.Just as you were meant to be an assassin.”

“In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.”

Amazon Synopsis

The Throne of Glass is a gem in the ever-evolving fantasy field. I enjoyed this book so much! I went in with no expectations and I was blown away. It was a perfect merge of all the elements that one would love in a book. Maas first published her first draft of this book at the tender age of 16 on a website, the book was recieved really well with tons of fan mail flooding her inbox and 10 years later after redrafting countless times Bloomsbury published it in 2012. As you can see Mass is a very inspirational person and she has definitely inspired me to attempt writing a draft for a novel. If you haven’t read ToG I recommend you pick it up, scroll down to the amazon link below to purchase it. Now onto the detailed-may contain minor spoilers-review:

I felt this book was perfectly paced, with beautiful world and character building. I instantly fell in love with Calaena Sardothien (protagonist), her character was well developed and her backstory, that built up to her becoming the most notorious assassin in the land of Erilea, made me shed a few tears. The fantasy element was amazing, with that twinge of suspense and mystery. The action in the story had me sitting on the edge of my seat, it left me gasping for breath at certain points and goosebumps literally climbed my arms and legs . The romance wasn’t rushed and did not have the love-at-first-sight element that I personally despise, it is woven into the story so that it wouldn’t ruin the plot but compliment it. The princess (Nehemia) was such an amazing person and a great friend for lonely, tortured yet ruthless Calaena. The antagonists were great at being evil and served the story well. The end of this breath-taking story left me wanting more and I have began reading the sequel Crown of Midnight, this will be a six book series, the third book will come out September 2nd 2014. Mass’ poignant, sharp and descriptive style has won me over. 5/5 stars.

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Amazon: ToG