Book Review: Queen of Shadows – Sarah J. Maas

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Caution: This Review contains SPOILERS! If you don’t want any spoilers, Click HERE


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Name: Queen of Shadows
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: September 1, 2015

Blurb from the official website

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 will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her to regain her throne. 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.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.


Book Cover Comments

US Edition

HOLY

FRICKIN

GOD

DID I MENTION HOW BADDASS AELIN LOOKS I WAS LIKE HOLY CRAP
Aelin’s suit is just holy frickin god its soooooo cooolll and we see the wonderful Damaris sword (at least i assume it is i’m not sure tho) The cape is gorgeous, and Aelin’s face is just naeodjasfkldgjbksjf

The back is dead gorgeous, with Aelin’s butt being sort of out of proportion hahahaha and then the baddass dragon, and the crimson read be like <3<3<3

UK Edition

It’s not as powerful as US edition, but its also dead forgeous with the blue aura at the back, and RIP BECAUSE THIS IS THE BOOK WITH THE MOST SERIOUS FONT PIGMENT FALLING ISSUE.

The back has a pure blue background, and I found it really SWEET.


The Actual Review

Heir of Fire is deep.
But Queen of Shadows, is even more AMAZING.

“Let’s go rattle the stars.”

The entire book is, even after I reread is, is awesome as ever. I don’t think I can ever write a review because this book be like holy crap.

“Punish me, torture me, wreck me, but let me help you. Do this small thing for me–and let me lay the world at your feet.”

One thing Sarah rocks at, is definitely when she writes battle scenes, especially the parts where Aelin goes kill herself some Wyrdhounds and such and so forth. The details, movements, it takes an amazing writer in order to imagine those scenes. Now, Sarah IRL seems like a super nice person, but deep down inside, does she have really deep and dark thoughts? Hmmm…. MAYBE.

She was a whirling cloud of death, a Queen of Shadows, and these men were already carrion.

Can I also please talk about the part where Aelin went to rescue Aedion? It was the sweetest thing ever when they were reunited, two sides of the same coin, talking to each other about what had happened in the past ten years of their life, accepting each other’s pasts and becoming one coin, if you get what I mean XD Aedion Ashryver, oh gods. He cares so so so so so much about Aelin, though he seems to desire to be a bit more controlling with her, and I seriously find this cousin relationship wonderful, but for some reason impractical, maybe because it just ain’t gonna happen with my cousins XD I mean, my closest cousin (my generation of course. not the younger generations, aka kids of my cousins) my closest male cousin is like what, (i don’t even know how old he is) 23 maybe? And so we’re 7 years apart. Ok it’s not that bad, but we don’t hang out like hell. Lol.

A smile tugged at her lips, and her eyes–their eyes–sparkled. “Hello Aedion.”

It was also really beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time to see Chaol grasp onto what he could hold on, to see him believe only the information that will harm him the less, to see and realize, with the realisation including Chaol himself, what he had lost, why he had lost, and his beliefs about Aelin and Aedion. And in the end, it was really beautiful to see Chaol finally grow and understand more about Aelin, and learn to accept every person’s every single aspect. To me, Chaol is one of those people that represents an extreme true aspect of life. Running away from things you don’t wanna face and hear, and learning to accept it, and that is what it’s all about.

A monster, he’d called her weeks ago. He had believed it, and allowed it to be a shield against the bitter tang of disappointment and sorrow.
He was a fool.

Then let’s talk about the part when Rowan came to Adarlan. When I first read it, I was like OHHHH MYYYY GOOODDD ROWAN’S BACK. Like, Aelin needs Rowan; Rowan needs Aelin. They each other make each other feel like they’re living. It’s just the cutest and sweetest thing ever. And when Aelin plays the piano with all her heart, Rowan actually cried. That’s the sweetest and truest emotion I have seen in ages. And through the piano scene, Sarah really reminds me how strong and powerful music is, how each song sends a message, with the person playing it having the ability to alter the mood. And right now I’m listening to this really beautiful violin music. Unfortunately I can’t seem to find it on YouTube, but it is 黒猫のセレナーデ (Serenade of the Black Cat) from the anime Shugo Chara.

And for a moment, she wondered how another young woman’s life woud have been different if she ahd stopped to talk to her–really talk to Kaltain Rompier, instead of dismissing her as a vapid courtier.

And then we need to talk about girl power with Aelin and Lysandra. It was really really really amazing to see the two of them getting together, since the two of them were pretty much butting heads when they were growing up, and I came to sympathize Lysandra’s cruel past a lot. It was really nice when Aelin allowed Lysandra to kill Arobynn in the end, because she deserves it way more than Aelin does.

“Please, you and I are nothing buy wild beasts wearing human skins. Don’t even try to deny it.”

Did I mention there are a billion things to talk about in Queen of Shadows? I’m trying to remember the details without looking at the book XD

Rowan was the most powerful full-blooded Fae male alive. And his scent was all over her. Yet she had no gods-dammed idea.

During the scene where Aelin became Celaena for the very last time in order to settle down the scores with the Keep, it was sort of saddening to see Aedion and Rowan feel extremely out of reach from Celaena, how different she is, how cold and heartless that person is. Oh and that reminds me, it was also extremely heartbreaking to see Aedion and Aelin fight about the fact that Aelin didn’t tell Aedion right away that Rowan swore the blood oath. I’m glad they made up afterwards. Life is about forgiving, and thats the true essence of life that Sarah is able to touch upon.

I dare because it is my blood to give away; I dare because you did not exist for me then. Even if neither of you had taken it yet, I would still give it to him because he is my carranam, and he has earned my unquestioning loyalty!”

Rowan is also a genius at revealing people’s secrets! Such as Aedion’s dad being Gavriel, and Lysandra being a shape shifter XD

A small part of Aedion understood why his cousin had offered the prince the blood oath.

Skipping every single sort of detail that occured in the book (other than the fact that Aelin rarely wears underthings and wears hot night gowns to arouse Rowan), let’s get the the master final battle in QoS.

That gods-damned nightgown.
Shit.
He was in such deep, unending shit.

before that, I don’t understand why I can’t write Queen of Shadows review as my English essay, because I would have no worries with the word count. 827 words up to this point, and I struggle to fit the word count requirement of 800 words in my essays XD (P.S. that was high school 1st year standard)

“You make me want to live, Rowan. Not survive, not exist. Live.
He didn’t have the words. Not when what she said hit him harder and deeper than any kiss.

When Aedion and Rowan had to deal with the Wyrdhounds at the clock tower, I’m pretty sure I was feeling nervous, because Locran decided to be a bitch and lied to Aelin about what he actually did. And Rowan felt something from his bond with Aelin. And at the same time, Aelin felt the same. Aelin tried so hard to win Dorian back, because she knew, someone (ahem) told her, that Dorian was still there. Rowan and Aedion finally managed to free magic, and in that instant, I could imagine how it went when that wind spread across the land of Erilea, letting magic in to those who had the power.

They joined hands.
So the world ended.
And the next one began.
They were infinite.
They were the beginning and the ending; they were eternity.

Aelin released her fire and became our ultimate Aelin Fireheart. The princess who rescued Dorian Havillard from the controls of the Valg Prince, with Dorian having his magic under his own control now.

The darkness shattered against a wall of fire.

Thank the Wyrd Locran stopped becoming a bitch and came to help out Rowan, since his pride wouldn’t let the son of Gavriel die. And Amazing Lysandra the Ghost leopard appeared on scene. It was amazing and exciting.

“Maybe I don’t want to be that person anymore,” he said. That person–that stupidly loyal, useless person–had lost everything. His friend, the woman he loved, his position, his honor. Lost everything, wiht only himself to blame.

Sarah had said the King of Adarlan was a type of person that was not to be forgiven, therefore Dorian had killed him immediately without mercy. But I was wondering like Aelin did, what if there was more information to take out from him, as well as whether those words he said before he died was true, or sugar coated.

“I kept thinking about you might never know that I missed you with only an ocean between us. But if it was death separating us… I would find you. I don’t care how many rules it would break. Even if I had to get all three keys myself and open a gate, I would find you again. Always.”

Please listen to “Love is MY RAIL” by Konomi Suzuki from Page 433 ~ 437.

“I want to take my time with you–to learn…every inch of you. I don’t want to have an audience, when I make you moan, Aelin.”

Did I mention how sweet and beautiful it was when Aelin and Rowan were kissing?

The kiss was slow–thorough. As if they had all the time in the world.
As if they were the only ones in it.

I’m at a thousand+ words, and I haven’t said anything about Manon Ironteeth Blackbeak.

But she had not missed the words–this world. Not this land, not this continent.
This world.

Sarah had also said that Manon grew in this book.
And I couldn’t agree more.

The message had only been one sentence.
Payment for a life debt.
One sentence just for Aelin Galathynius; one sentence that changed everything.

Manon started to question the tasks she was given. She started to go against her grandmother’s will and throw away her pride. From the moment where she had to decide with coven to give to Perrington, to the moments where she observed Kaltain’s movements and how lifeless Kaltain was, to the point where she went through the arguments with her Second and Third, as well as understanding why Asterin was behaving like how she was, so reluctant to let Manon give a coven.

Manon gazed westward across the mountains. Hope, Elide had said–hope for a better future. For a hume.
Not obedience, brutality, discipline. But hope.
Manon then understood the cruelties that happened, and how the fact that she refused to listen and accept, as well as her pride, had indirectly caused Asterin’s pain. And Manon changed.
“Do you believe monsters are born, or made?”
From what she’d seen today, she would say some creatures were very much born evil. But what Manon was asking…”I’m not the one who needs to answer that question,” Elide said.

Then Elide Lochan came into place. And it is because of Elide, I can clearly see Manon’s heart gaining the emotion and human-ness in her. Elide helped her along the way when Manon has doubts, and Manon knew how important Elide had become, and had learnt to gain the will to protect her, saw how brave she was, and made Elide a part of her clan. Manon was so selfless when she rescued Elide and helped her out of the Mountains.

Here it was again, that tug–toward Manon, whose arms buckled as she collapsed to the stone.
Her enemy–her new enemy, who would have killed her and Rowan if given the chance. A monster incarnate.

During the parts when Manon and Aelin was fighting, and when Aelin was tugged down to Earth by the emotion and will to save Manon, and when Manon realised she owes her enemy a life debt, things got really interesting, and then I understood the role of Manon in Heir of Fire. One of it was to prepare for this moment when Manon crosses paths with Aelin.

The Queen of Terrasen had saved her life. Manon didn’t know what to make of it.
For she now owed her enemy a life debt.

Did I mention one of my new ships and Manon and Dorian? When they talked to each other I was like OOO-LA-LA. It was really beautiful to see Manon fly on Abraxos to go see the human returned to Dorian after the final battle, and I can totally imagine that scene in my head, under the moonlight.

She didn’t know why she’d bothered to go; why she’d been curious.
But there had been the prince. no collar to be seen around his neck.
And he had lifted his hand in greeting–as if to say I remember you.

And Holy Gods, Kaltain. Her will was so strong. She told herself to fight back, and so she did. She was so different from any other person, because she was able to use her own power that was being used, and defect it on the controller. She destroyed the demon prince from within herself, and pretended until the moment was correct.

Soon enough–soon enough she would find true purpose, and then she would howl her wrath at the moon. She’d forgotten the name she’d been given, but it made no difference. She had only one name now:
Death, devourer of worlds.

Being one of the very strongest magic users, Kaltain used her shadowfire and blasted one third of Morath, which was really heroic of her. I wish she wouldn’t kill herself because of how awesome she is, but I understand her pain to not live in this World anymore.

Kaltain Rompier unleashed her shadowfire upon them all.
This was not the ghost of shadowfire they had made her kill with–but the real thing. The fire she had harbored since magic had returned–golden flame now turned to black.

“What do I do?”
“She had to swallow before she said. “You light up the darkness.”

You know, I can seriously how this series can legit end in four books. But Sarah doesn’t stop there. She decides to taunt us even more by making two more wonderful books. And there are 41 days left to Empire of Storms by the time I typed this out.


She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Firehart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.
At last, Aelin Ashryver Galathynius was home.
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Book Review: Queen of Shadows (Spoiler Free)

This Review is Spoiler Free! If you want to read the 100% spoiler version, Click HERE


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Name: Queen of Shadows
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: September 1, 2015

 

Blurb from the official website

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 will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her to regain her throne. 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.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.


Book Cover Comments

US Edition

HOLY

FRICKIN

GOD

DID I MENTION HOW BADDASS AELIN LOOKS I WAS LIKE HOLY CRAP
Aelin’s suit is just holy frickin god its soooooo cooolll and we see the wonderful Damaris sword (at least i assume it is i’m not sure tho) The cape is gorgeous, and Aelin’s face is just naeodjasfkldgjbksjf

The back is dead gorgeous, with Aelin’s butt being sort of out of proportion hahahaha and then the baddass dragon, and the crimson read be like <3<3<3

UK Edition

It’s not as powerful as US edition, but its also dead forgeous with the blue aura at the back, and RIP BECAUSE THIS IS THE BOOK WITH THE MOST SERIOUS FONT PIGMENT FALLING ISSUE.

The back has a pure blue background, and I found it really SWEET.


The Actual Review

Heir of Fire is deep.
But Queen of Shadows, is even more AMAZING.

“Let’s go rattle the stars.”

The entire book is, even after I reread is, is awesome as ever. I don’t think I can ever write a review AND make this spoiler free, because this book be like holy crap.

“Do this small thing for me–and let me lay the world at your feet.”

One thing Sarah rocks at, is definitely when she writes battle scenes. The details, movements, it takes an amazing writer in order to imagine those scenes. Now, Sarah IRL seems like a super nice person, but deep down inside, does she have really deep and dark thoughts? Hmmm…. MAYBE.

She was a whirling cloud of death, a Queen of Shadows, and these men were already carrion.

Can I also please talk about the part where Celaena went to rescue her other side of the same coin? Accepting each other’s pasts and becoming one coin, if you get what I mean XD Oh gods. This person cares so so so so so much about Celaena, and I seriously find this family relationship wonderful, but for some reason impractical, maybe because it just ain’t gonna happen with my cousins XD I mean, my closest cousin (my generation of course. not the younger generations, aka kids of my cousins) my closest male cousin is like what, (i don’t even know how old he is) 23 maybe? And so we’re 7 years apart. Ok it’s not that bad, but we don’t hang out like hell. Lol.

A smile tugged at her lips, and her eyes–their eyes–sparkled.

It was also really beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time to see Chaol grasp onto what he could hold on, to see him learn and realize, what he had lost, why he had lost, and his beliefs. And in the end, it was really beautiful to see Chaol finally grow and understand and learn to accept every person’s every single aspect. To me, Chaol is one of those people that represents an extreme true aspect of life. Running away from things you don’t wanna face and hear, and learning to accept it, and that is what it’s all about.

A monster, he’d called her weeks ago. He had believed it, and allowed it to be a shield against the bitter tang of disappointment and sorrow.
He was a fool.

There was one scene when Celaena plays the piano with all her heart to Rowan from Heir of Fire, Rowan actually cried. That’s the sweetest and truest emotion I have seen in ages. And through the piano scene, Sarah really reminds me how strong and powerful music is, how each song sends a message, with the person playing it having the ability to alter the mood. And right now I’m listening to this really beautiful violin music. Unfortunately I can’t seem to find it on YouTube, but it is 黒猫のセレナーデ (Serenade of the Black Cat) from the anime Shugo Chara.

And for a moment, she wondered how another young woman’s life woud have been different if she ahd stopped to talk to her–really talk to Kaltain Rompier, instead of dismissing her as a vapid courtier.

And then we need to talk about girl power. Celaena got back together and mended the relationship between her and this girl in her past. I love seeing mendings.

“Please, you and I are nothing buy wild beasts wearing human skins. Don’t even try to deny it.”

Did I mention there are a billion things to talk about in Queen of Shadows? I’m trying to remember the details without looking at the book XD

He was the most powerful full-blooded Fae male alive. And his scent was all over her. Yet she had no gods-dammed idea.

Life is about forgiving, and thats the true essence of life that Sarah is able to touch upon.

I dare because it is my blood to give away; I dare because you did not exist for me then. Even if neither of you had taken it yet, I would still give it to him because he is my carranam, and he has earned my unquestioning loyalty!”
A small part of him understood why his cousin had offered the prince the blood oath.

Skipping every single sort of detail that occured in the book, let’s get the the master final battle in QoS.

That gods-damned nightgown.
Shit.
He was in such deep, unending shit.

before that, I don’t understand why I can’t write Queen of Shadows review as my English essay, because I would have no worries with the word count. 827 words up to this point, and I struggle to fit the word count requirement of 800 words in my essays XD (P.S. that was high school 1st year standard)

“You make me want to live. Not survive, not exist. Live.
They joined hands.
So the world ended.
And the next one began.
They were infinite.
They were the beginning and the ending; they were eternity.
The darkness shattered against a wall of fire.
“Maybe I don’t want to be that person anymore,” he said. That person–that stupidly loyal, useless person–had lost everything. His friend, the woman he loved, his position, his honor. Lost everything, wiht only himself to blame.
“I kept thinking about you might never know that I missed you with only an ocean between us. But if it was death separating us… I would find you. I don’t care how many rules it would break. Even if I had to get all three keys myself and open a gate, I would find you again. Always.”

Please listen to “Love is MY RAIL” by Konomi Suzuki from Page 433 ~ 437.


I haven’t said anything about Manon Ironteeth Blackbeak.

But she had not missed the words–this world. Not this land, not this continent.
This world.

Sarah had also said that Manon grew in this book.
And I couldn’t agree more.

The message had only been one sentence.
Payment for a life debt.
One sentence just for her; one sentence that changed everything.

Manon started to question the tasks she was given. She started to go against her grandmother’s will and throw away her pride. From the moment where she had to decide, to the moments where she observed a lifeless girl trapped inside her own body, controlled by something else, to the point where she went through the arguments with her crew.

Manon gazed westward across the mountains. Hope, Elide had said–hope for a better future. For a hume.
Not obedience, brutality, discipline. But hope.

Manon then understood the cruelties that happened, and how the fact that she refused to listen and accept, as well as her pride, had indirectly caused someone else’s pain. And Manon changed.

“Do you believe monsters are born, or made?”
From what she’d seen today, she would say some creatures were very much born evil. But what Manon was asking…”I’m not the one who needs to answer that question,” Elide said.

Then Elide Lochan came into place. And it is because of Elide, I can clearly see Manon’s heart gaining the emotion and human-ness in her. Elide helped her along the way when Manon has doubts, and Manon knew how important Elide had become, and had learnt to gain the will to protect her, saw how brave she was.

Here it was again, that tug–toward Manon, whose arms buckled as she collapsed to the stone.

There was this moment where I understood the role of Manon in Heir of Fire. One of it was to prepare for this moment when Manon crosses paths with another character from the main crew.

She had saved her life. Manon didn’t know what to make of it.
For she now owed her enemy a life debt.

It’s so hard to not make this not spoil because my review isn’t even a review. It’s legit a plot recap lol.

Soon enough–soon enough she would find true purpose, and then she would howl her wrath at the moon. She’d forgotten the name she’d been given, but it made no difference. She had only one name now:
Death, devourer of worlds.
She unleashed her shadowfire upon them all.
This was not the ghost of shadowfire they had made her kill with–but the real thing. The fire she had harbored since magic had returned–golden flame now turned to black.

“What do I do?”
“She had to swallow before she said. “You light up the darkness.”

You know, I can seriously how this series can legit end in four books. But Sarah doesn’t stop there. She decides to taunt us even more by making two more wonderful books. And there are 41 days left to Empire of Storms by the time I typed this out.

This entire book was amazing in every single way, from forgiveness to understanding to love to friendship to mending, to war, to freedom, and to hope.

And to the bravery that came from Fireheart that made me become a whole new person.


She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Firehart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.

Book Review: Fire – Kristin Cashore

Welcome Oldies Fresh read 101.
I still hate myself for taking so long to finish this book.


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Name: Fire
Author: Kristin Cashore
Publisher: Firebird
Release Date: October 5, 2009

Blurb from Amazon

It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her. Exquisitely romantic, this companion to the highly praised Graceling has an entirely new cast of characters, save for one person who plays a pivotal role in both books.


Book Cover Comments

The title doesn’t shine like Graceling does, which is slight of a bummer. And I don’t like how I can’t collect an entire series without being the same publisher haha

The cover is a reddish shade that represents Fire, our main character I guess, and her being at the back, not that it really indicates anything XD the bow and arrow indicates something if you’ve read the book. Not much goes on at the side and back, so yea.


The Actual Review

Frankly speaking, Fire didn’t live up to my expectations compared to Graceling.

Like I understand the thing with World building and that Fire takes place in the country next to the one where Graceling took place in, but I thought that it took a little bit too off from the original motif of the Graceling Realm concept.

The first book, Graceling, focuses on characters who has duo eye colors, and has the ability to do something at an excellent level. But because this book takes place somewhere else, Cashore diverted her attention to the so called “monster” Fire, which she also has some sort of supernatural ability that didn’t come from a Graceling source.

Dell City, where the story took place in, included a lot of bizzare animals, where regular animals we know have a change in color. Might as well as make a dalmation neon rainbow dalmation. I would hate it.

I wasn’t all too satisfied with what went on with the plot. In the beginning, after something happened with significant other #1, the love plot became a little predictable, which is obviously what happened in the end. And the thing with the quarrelling between significant others were pretty much the same with Graceling. I just hoped that there was a little bit more diversity here.

It was also the fact with where Fire was disappointed and upset with significant other #1, but she kept forgiving him, and kept on having a pull & push relationship, which I got really annoyed at. I just wish for a “you either dump him or have a different type of relationship” ending than the crisis significant other #1 goes into. And then Fire realises how significant other #1 is so important to her blablabla. significant other #1 was also too much of a playboy, and I just didn’t like it.

After reading Graceling, they had a preview on Fire, which includes a line saying that there’s one character that crosses over from Graceling. This character was featured in the prologue, which really got my attention and wanted to keep reading this book. But in the end, even though this character did play a role to help Fire develop her thoughts and inner self, he/she didn’t really play that big of a role.

This book also focuses a bit too much on politics, as it can’t develop much superpowers except from Fire cus she’s half monster. I understand the parts where Fire uses her ability to help others in need, but I just wished for a little bit more fantasy.

The thing that was great about this book was the revelations and secrets. Those were the most exciting parts of the book and definitely was the thing that kept me motivated to finish the book. However, the book wasn’t exactly the most interesting book I’ve read, and so most of the time, I was able to scan through some pages and understand the general idea, and then move on. And for some reason, even if I lose the plot for that scene, the pages in front doesn’t necessarily create an important backup for what’s coming next.

As it is 2:30am right now, and I’m obviously tired as hell while typing this review.

Amazon had said that it is okay to read Fire without reading Graceling, and so I recommend reading Graceling and the 3rd book, Bitterblue only. Not that I’ve read Bitterblue, but it is a direct sequel from Graceling, taking place eight years later, while Fire is an indirect prequel from Graceling, taking place at least ten years before Graceling, with the downside being the setting in a different place with no such things as Gracelings.

Book Review: Zenith – Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

Who cares if this is only part 1 of a six part saga, it’s still something worthy of my review, because 62 pages already blew my mind into the galaxy.


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Name: The Androma Saga Part 1 – Zenith
Author: Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummmings
Publisher: Mirabel Inc.
Format: Currently sold as an e-book
Release Date: June 21, 2016
Indeed it’s very new! Well, one month!

Blurb from the official website

Most know her as the Bloody Baroness, the captain of a fearsome glass starship called The Marauder. Androma and her crew strike terror in the hearts of those who cross them amongst the many corners of the Mirabel Galaxy.

When a routine mission goes rogue, the all-female crew is captured by a bounty hunter from Andi’s past and forced into a job that could, quite literally, start a war that will devour worlds.

Meanwhile, on the far side of the galaxy, the ruthless ruler Nor waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time. The final pieces are about to fall into place, liberating a plan that will tear Mirabel in two.

As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, there is one lesson that proves to be true: No one can be trusted in a galaxy that runs on lies and illusion.

From internet sensation Sasha Alsberg and multi-genre author Lindsay Cummings comes a new serialized space opera, full of action, intrigue, and steamy star-crossed romance.


(E)Book Cover Comments

HOW COOL IS THE COVER!?
IT’S LIKE OMGGG
LIKE, THAT MYSTERY LIFESUCKING FEEL THE BACKGROUND JUST GIVES, THAT GORGEOUS PURPLE AND WHITE, OH MY GOD I JUST REALISED THAT THESE COLORS MATCH THE HAIR COLOR OF OUR HEROINE ANDROMA. HOLY CRAP I THINK I’M A GENIUS HAHAHAHA.

THE FONT GIVES OFF A SUPER ICY VIBE, FIR FOR THE TEMPERATURE OF THE GALAXY.

THE LOGO IS GOD DAMN SICK, I CANNOT.


The Actual Review

Did I mention I need more of this? Because I NEED PART 2. I’M VERY DESPERATE RIGHT NOW.

Thousands of lightyears streamed past in seconds as millions of stars stretched into streaks of light around the ship.

Someone told me that in order to capture your audience strongly in whatever form, you need to be like James Bond. Get into the climax.

AND SASHA AND LINDSAY DID AN EXCELLENT JOB DOING SO.

Leave it to the Bloody Baroness, the most ruthless space pirate in the galaxy, to get the best of the best.

From top to bottom in the Loc 777/62 pages of Zenith, part 1, the ebook was really amazing. For a person like me who (i’m sorry) has never watched Star Wars, not particularly interested in Sci-Fi, loved this amazing novel! Well I guess the fact that me loving galaxies and the universe contributes to why I love it.

Andi felt the swell of victory, like a star exploding in her chest.

MelodyYou can already see the strong bond between the crew on board the starship Marauder. Funnily, Androma, our heroine, who has white hair with purple streaks just reminds me of Melody Piper from Ever After High XD.

Godstars, she was magnificent, a creature that deserved to release her wrath on the world.

It was rich to begin with, and rich to end with, exciting all the way. And did I mention the idea of a space crew was amazing? Not that I really put Sasha and Lindasy’s character concepts into mind. Actually that applies for every single book I read. I just dump in whatever character/person I love best and make that person what role I want them to be.

The world slowed, but Andi moved like a flash of light.

In this case, Androma’s crew, the pilot and two gunners are the pink hair, green hair and red hair below: The Guardian senshi of Sailor Chibi Moon XD

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Wind in her hair, the kiss of freedom coating her skin as she sprinted through the darkness…..
To fly free.

And I seriously see some Throne of Glass references here. There were just one or two scenes where it was so similar, I couldn’t help but point it out to myself. There is absolutely no problem in referring to someone else’s idea and transforming it into something of your own, since the World modifies based on what already exists XD

Death was Andi’s closest friend, a little demon that whispered in her ear on dark nights.

(from Crown of Midnight: Death was her curse and her gift. Death had been her good friend these long long years.)

Next to her was the man who created her and then betrayed her.

These 777Locs/62 pages were full of parts worthy of a highlight on my kindle paperwhite, I actually had 15 highlights, because it was just amazing. There were so many places with deep quotes and deep parts, I cannot. and OMG CELL 377. I NEED MORE DEVELOPMENT FROM OUR PRISONER VALEN CORTAS IN CELL 377.

Can I also talk about hyperspace, asteroid belts and big bang? Like, these are some of my favourite things about the universe, and Sasha and Lindsay has totally captivated my attention.

P.S. Curlyprian, a person who you will meet in this book, his name really reminds me of Cyprine from Sailor Moon, a blue variation of some sort of crystallite :P  (on your left) Cyprine is the blue one below with her twin Ptilol.

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This book and continuing saga is a definite read, because it is amazing, and the wait kills you, but I’m very adaptive to these waits because I’m following this manga series, one chapter a month which is a kill. SO GO GET LINDSAY AND SASHA’S BOOK RIGHT NOW, AND JOIN THE WAIT-KILL-CREW TO PART 2 OF THE ANDROMA SAGA.

P.S. I COMPLETELY FORGOT ABOUT THE LEGENDARY WORD IN ZENITH. “Fike”.

The fiking hell I am!

 

Book Review: Graceling – Kristin Cashore

For once, this is a book that is a fresh read, not an old read and then reviewed. Lol. So I guess this ain’t part of my BookReviewathon haha.

Btw, check out my YouTube page, as I updated it with my new video about TOG Series!


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Name: Graceling
Author: Kristin Cashore
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: October 1, 2008
Yes I know it’s not new at all

Blurb from My copy

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight–she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with illing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.
She never expects to become Po’s friend.
She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace–or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away…


Book Cover Comments

It’s quite nice. One of those covers where it’s finally not a human XD
So the cover comes with a really fancy and like, old parchment paper background which is cool. Then there’s the dagger, not sure who’s (which character) dagger it is, but the cool thing is, the blade sorta shines, and you can see half of Katsa’s face on it. The font Graceling and the author’s name pops out, and its quite cool.

The side is a fancy fantasy magical book bind style background, with the book title in pop up golden words, and the dagger from the cover miniaturized, with Katsa’s eye there, sorta weird but ok.

Simple back, nice and clear, lots of text XD


The Actual Review

Tbh I don’t know how to do a fresh review lol. Let’s begin by pausing my music.

Graceling is indeed a rich book that is spellbinding in it’s own way. The magic, minor politics involved, romance (my fav) is all really cool. The fact that there was a map makes it even cooler.

In Graceling, Katsa is a really selfless character who is willing to sacrifice herself and definitely put others before her. I’ve seen that in her interaction with this certain girl, and the parts where they were together were really wonderful. Again not gonna spoil what happens.

Prince Po is, what do I say, professional. Once again I won’t spoil anything about him. His name just reminds me of Mr. POe from a Series of Unfortunate Events, Unfortunately XXD (no hate on puns plz)

In this book, Kristin allows us to learn different concepts about how to face life in the form of the book Graceling, for example, discovering the definition of love, betrayals and trusting in each other, as well as what is a secret to keep or not. She discovers a lot of these themes, and I was really inspired by the tale told by her through this story, through Katsa, that I really loved it. It also includes other key areas regarding topics such as marriage and who do you belong to if you were married, as well as the fact of accepting who you are and what you are made of. Not only that, its also where Katsa discovers how to not be controlled.

With so many themes explored, I thought it was really wonderful, with all the adventures and conflicts going on.

Gonna spoil you a little bit, Katsa and this certain girl had to go through these rough icy mountains, and I thought that part was super cool. This book was really descriptive in terms of these wild terrains, and the methods of survivals were really awesome as well.

I really wished more of the ending would go on instead of just stop at a point and let the reader determine the rest of the main character’s future, but of course, it’s the author’s choice. I actually also found the beginning a little bit confusing. But when Po came in, things got interesting XD

I also thought the killing bits were really detailed, but some of the parts were sorta rushed and I hope it could be slowed down a bit.

I’d love to spoil this book but I can’t haha.
(What was I going to say?)
(Crap I forgot)

OH. YES.
Let me tell you: one of the things I look for in books with possible Romance developments is scenes and sections that will actually make my heart ache.

This book did it. So well. I give it a 100/100 for that. And, I love it a lot.

Graceling is definitely worth a read if you wanna take things slow and have a little bit of romance and if you enjoy being out in the snow and running away from kings and facing kings and understanding who you really are and accept others.

Book Review: Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella

Welcome to my fourth book review of my BookReviewathon. I’ve had three SJMaas books, and I thought I’d do something else before going on to QoS and Assassin’s Blade.

  1. basic statistics of the book.
  2. blurb from the back of the book, feat. book cover(s).
  3. cover design comment.
  4. The review!

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Name: Finding Audrey
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: DOUBLEDAY
Release Date: June 9, 2015

Blurb from My copy

Audrey can’t leave the house. She can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house.

Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles in to her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile, and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again — well, Starbucks is a start. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do things she’d thought were too scary.

Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.

Be prepared to laugh, dream and hope with Audrey as she learns that even when you think you have lost yourself, love can still find you . . .

#FindingAudrey


Book Cover Comments

Ok. If you’ve seen Finding Audrey on Goodreads, you will see a billion publishers that bought rights to Finding Audrey. But for English, it mainly comes in the one you see above, with the minor alterations being the cover above, but yellow switched with green, and another fancy one (please go find yourself).

This book is V cute I cannot. I also love the color theme of yellow and green, cus the two of them definitely go super well together. Audrey and her sunglasses are definitely the key things in this book, and I love it. The green stripes takes up most of it, but I think the simplicity makes it look gorgeous.

The side is Sophie’s name and the book title in a blocky cute yellow font with Audrey’s head between em’.

The back has sort of a bookmark design with a few quotes, and its those quotes that acted as part of what captivated my attention to get this book. Yes. This is one of those books that I did not order online from BookDepo. I actually got this from Hong Kong. The most surprising thing ever. Also, at the bottom of the back, there are two starbucks cups with “Audrey” and “Linus”, so it’s cute.

Also, my edition comes with a keep-one-give-one bookmark set, and it’s V cute.


The Actual Review

Finding Audrey is actually such an important book to me.
Because, after I’ve read this book, I knew that I could now step into the world of YA to read more YA books, and I will never be afraid of thick books with no pictures again, so I really wanna thank Sophie Kinsella for creating such a wonderful book.

In this book, Sophie uses different formats of communications and POVs, from the regular perspective of Audrey, Audrey’s video camera and the notes between Audrey and Linus. They’re all super cute, I just, awwwwwwww.

OK, so here’s a life lesson. Don’t try fixing a birthday cake with ketchup. Tipp-Ex would have been better.

The scene that included the sentence above was one of my favourite scenes.

Sophie never stops in this book with all the humor and climax-humors. It’s just all too realistic, which makes it super cool and awesome, as well as the existence of stock characters. OMG and the reference to L.O.L. (League of Legends). The mum is this book is absolute legend. Read the book, and you’ll know why. I’m not going to spoil you here.

We didn’t win. Not only did we not win, we were stomped.
I think Mum was genuinely shocked. I think she’d mentally checked us in for the finals and the six-million-dollar prize pot, with her lording it over all the other parents.

I couldn’t stop laughing and chuckling at these parts. I don’t even understand how Sophie can actually think of such funny stuff. And its not only the comedy. Ain’t leavin’ out the sweet parts:

I clink my coffee cup against his. “Miss Audrey is heading for the stars.”

This was the quote featured on the bookmark I was talking about. :333333

And last but not least, one of the most beautiful endings I have ever seen:

A pause – then she gives the most dazzling, radiant smile.
As she comes close to turn off the camera, Audrey’s blue eyes loom large, filling the screen. She blinks a couple of times, then winks at the camera.
Audrey:
See you.

It was so beautiful, I didn’t even know what to say. Talking about beautiful, there were so many parts in this book where you see Audrey grow out of her shell and eventually becoming a whole new person. I really enjoyed to see her struggles in life as well as those around her helping her out, and becoming one big family.

This book is very enjoyable, and its definitely the perfect book for those who need a little boost to grow out of their shell (it actually helped me), as well as those looking for a little Slice of Life. <3 <3 <3

Book Review: Heir of Fire (Spoiler Free)

This Review is Spoiler Free! If you want to read the 100% spoiler version, Click HERE


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Name: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: September 2, 2014

Blurb from US edition

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak, but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength not only to fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this third book in the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.


Book Cover Comments

US Edition

It’s kind of sad that this time, Celaena didn’t use her outfit from the book cover. And I feel like the outfit seems too manly-ish. And in my opinion, the outfit looks like the Terracotta Army by this famous Chinese Emperor who was obsessed with having horse and soldier statues buried with him. Click on that sentence to hyperlink to Wikipedia. Thank god they made the background a glow effect from lime to green, so we can see Celaena clearly. The opaque 3D font is still outshining.

Same same with the side, but the color is so, yellow lime, I can’t tell between CoM and HoF unless I look at the “bloomsbury.com” thing on the back cover.

The back is quite tragic. They threw green spray paint onto Celaena, so other than her face and her existent bow, I literally can’t see shit.

UK/AUS Edition

As for the UK edition, we have the white background, this time with a emerald-turquoise green aura and then Terracotta Celaena. AND GUESS WHAT, THANK GOD THE FONT DIDN’T FALL OFF, BECAUSE BLOOMSBURY USED A GOOD MATERIAL FOR THE WORD PRINTING.

One thing I noticed with the UK editions is that for the cover copyrights, other than Talexi drawing the Celaenas, apparently the plain backgrounds and auras are from Shuttersock. Lol.

As for the back, green background, A FULL VERSION OF CELAENA, AND I CAN SEE EVERYTHING. THE GORGE DRESS, ETC. So it’s always nice to have a copy of UK edition around even though you can find the illustration online.


The Actual Review

Heir of Fire was even wow. Maas once said that Heir of Fire was the book of her soul. I think I quite agree. This review is so long I cut down a lot of parts.

Do you know HOW HARD IT IS TO TRY TO MAKE THIS SPOILER FREE??? LIKE YOU JUST CAN’T. I BASICALLY HAVE TO REMOVE ALL THE FRICKIN QUOTES I PUT HERE. I CRIE.

Maas has put in never-ending elements that allows Celaena to face what happened in her past, around her, and how to face her fears and events that shattered her. And it is that where one person grows up to live the next day. So of course it was nice to see her PERSONAL TRAINER helping her grow out of her shell.

“What are you doing?”
“What?”
“To that girl. What are you doing that makes her come in here with such emptiness in her eyes?”

OH whoever you are THAT WAS SO SWEET.

And somewhere far and deep inside her, and ember began to glow.

I deleted two sentences of this quote because it was sorta spoilery. Anyway, what you should really do, is to read this spoiler free ver, and then go read the 100% spoiler ver, because that’s more of a fangirling and awwing lol.

“You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love.”

ALL HAIL WHOEVER SAID THIS (the name is in spoiler ver but i’m not supposed to spoil you). This was so true in every single way. I cannot. Maas does not only provide us readers with wonderful writing style and scenes, she also gives us wonderful quotes that is so meaningful, it’s unbelievable. I can’t even describe how I feel.

Fireheart.

GODS. THE CLIMAX CAME ALONG. And I totally call this Heir of Fire’s ultimate finale. The  development, Celaena losing control of her ability and then she started her journey of confronting her past. It was amazing I cannot. Maas has did a great job of building the world and past of Celaena, and the journey to how she would overcome the walls. It was so heartwarming and beautiful, I sob in my heart. (I ain’t that sentimental so I can’t cry)

Gods above. I haven’t even started on Manon the witch and Dorian baby.


Manon Blackbeak. So she’s an ironteeth witch that’ll appear quite often in Heir of Fire for absolutely unknown reasons until you read book 4. Even I don’t know back then lol. Manon is such a cool and strong character, its just so ahhhhhhhh!!!! ANd what she would do in order for her “flying media” to fly more smoothly. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Manon has like a team of entourage called the Thirteen, and they’re like woooohoooooooo! It’s the contrasts between the entourage and her that makes things really interesting, as well as the fact that Manon’s story in this book really sends the message of “even those who seem weaker can be stronger.”

I also never mentioned the fact that Maas using a POV switching style allows you to explore more of this certain character, and that it’s really creative, and… who knows. Amazing.

Dorian. Oh Dorian.
WE all know that Dorain Havilliard the prince of Adarlan is absolutely amazing, and basically everything about what happens to Dorian cannot be spoken here because its 100% spoiler. SO, just, yea. Read.


There’s so much more I can say but is impossible to put down in words, I don’t even know what to say. There are so many parts where the characters grow, and its that grow that makes us readers swoon over them and eventually love them even more, as well as the never-ending climaxes and events that happen in the book <3<3<3

Feel free fangirl with me over any book by Sarah J. Maas. I’m like, dying. Of course.
Thanks for reading!!!