Book Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Thursday, 8th June 2017

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Book Title: Crown of Midnight

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publishers: Bloomsbury

Date of Publication: August 15th, 2013

Ratings: 4.5/5 (Goodreads), 4.8/5 (Barnes & Noble) & 4.5/5 (Book Depository)

ISBN: 978-1-4088-3494

Link for purchase: Book Depository

 

“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.

 

Celaena has become the King’s champion and has been tasked with killing those who stand in his way. Failing to do so would result in losing those who mean the most to her, but what are the consequences of following his orders? What does a long dead Queen want her to do? Why Celaena? Celaena must come to terms with who she is and accept what she must do, but can she?

 

What did I like?

I really like the way Sarah J Mass writes, how the plot unfolds and the way every last detail fits into the story. Questions are asked, eventually answered but more questions arise, but it’s not so complex that it can’t be followed. The plot progresses smoothly and doesn’t feel forced. Looking back on what I just read, it’s so clear that everything that happens is leading to the end – probably sounds stupid – but it’s as if it could never end any other way once everything in the story is considered – every line, every word seems to be pointing you, the reader, to that ending of the book – but also the series. It’s like following a string to it’s inevitable end. Side note: not gonna spoil the ending of the book but it was… pretty good. I expected this connection to be made, but none-the-less – it was interesting to watch it unfold as it did. Also, leaves me wondering where Chaol’s loyalties lie, or if he even knows himself.

 

What didn’t I like?

No book is flawless and I honestly found this love triangle grew very frustrating, very quickly. While I like the characters in the story, I don’t like a lot of their behaviors and a lot of Dorian’s and Chaol’s thoughts and feelings around the others mutual love for Celeana were petty. I can’t help compare them to Jem and Will from The Infernal Devices (honestly I thought the love triangle in that series was better executed) and maybe that’s where my problem lies – me wanting them to be more like Jem and Will, call me Captain Obvious, but their not. I try not to make that comparison, I really try! While their is increasing tension between the pair of friends, they whine a lot to themselves, in a tone that may suggest they feel they have some definite claim on Celaena as theirs and only theirs.

 

Would I recommend?

I’d highly recommend the book to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels. It’s well worth the time spent reading it!

 

My personal rating: 4.5/5

 

Until next time, warm hugs

Morgenstern!

Release Day!!!

Tuesday, 23rd of May 2017

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Today, Lord of Shadows (Cassandra Clare) has been released! I’m super excited to get my hands of a copy of the book and to sink my teeth into the series (I’ve yet to read Lady Midnight). If you’re interested in purchasing a copy (if you’ve not done so already) Book Depository have it in stock, just click here. I’ve just ordered a copy of the book.

 

  1. Lady Midnight – here
  2. The Infernal Devices – here
  3. The Mortal Instruments – here
  4. Magisterium – here

 

Enough of the shameless linking, I am super excited to get back into reading Cassandra Clare’s work. She is quite possibly definitely my favorite writer… ever and I think she sparked my interest in stories and reading and I want to share that with you.

 

Until next time, warm hugs

Morgenstern

Books to be Published in 2017

Saturday, 10th December 2016

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Will 2017 still feels like it’s ages away, there are so many amazing books coming out. Books I am super excited to sink my teeth into as soon as they are released. Of course there are so many being released, but here are 1 I’m particularly excited for. Some of the books are parts of series (some of which I haven’t even started yet. But will!) and some appear to be solo novels. Anyway, list away! Also minor disclaimer, I will be linking to the GoodRead pages for the books and including a synopsis for the book – just warning about spoilers.

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare

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Expected Publication: Tuesday, May 23rd 2017

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

I haven’t read Lady Midnight yet, but soon I shall read it! I absolutely love Cassandra Clare’s work and would highly recommend it to anyone. I think the Shadowhunter Chronicles is a set of series that a lot of people will enjoy.

Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu

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Expected Publication: Fall 2017

Two teenage bounty hunters are “hired by a young billionaire to catch a hacker in the world’s most phenomenally popular virtual reality video game.”

I’ve read other books by Marie Lu and she is an amazing writer. She also wrote the the Legend Series and The Young Elites. I’m going to be saying this a lot, but I highly recommend reading her books. I think they’d appeal to quite a lot of people.

Untitled (Throne of Glass, #6) by Sarah J. Maas

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Expected Publication: May 2017

Unfortunately I couldn’t find a synopsis for this and I’m not up to date with the series yet, but if it’s anything as good as the sequels to this book, I think it will be a very, very good read indeed. Sarah J. Maas is an amazing writer and I thoroughly enjoy reading anything she writes.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) by Sarah J. Maas

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Expected Publication: May 2017

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Rosesseries.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

It’s Sarah J. Maas so I imagine, that’s enough said. I haven’t started this particular series yet, but I thoroughly look forward to starting it as soon as I can.

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhonda Belleza

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Expected Publication: Tuesday, February 7th 2017

Empress
Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.

Fugitive
Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a holo-vision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he’s forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation—and his life.

Madman
With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.

This sounds really, really interesting. I haven’t read anything by this particular author, in fact I hadn’t even heard of them until I started searching through GoodReads for books. But I shall endeavor to read this book when it’s released!

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

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Expected Pubication: Tuesday, May 16th 2016

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

This sounds interesting, the suggestion of a love triangle however is something I’m uncertain about. Love triangles can be so, so wrong sometimes. I feel like it’s a very hit or miss thing. But, I haven’t read the book and I haven’t read anything by this author either and admittedly I’m very curious about it.

Daughter of a Burning City by Amanda Foody

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Expected Publication: Tuesday, August 15th 2017

A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

This is the debut novel of Amanda Foody and I’m looking forward to reading it. It sounds very interesting. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to August.

The Amaterasu Project by Axie Oh

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Expected Publication: 2017

YA science fiction/action novel set in a futuristic Korea about a former gangster who is recruited into the military over a secret prototype weapons project—which turns out to be a genetically modified girl.

This sounds interesting, I don’t know much about the author but I’m curious to read the book.

Scorched by Joss Sterling

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Expected Publication: Thursday, April 6th 2017

Ember stands accused of murdering her own father. Joe is tasked with gaining her trust and finding out more about her crime. But as the wall Ember has built around herself comes tumbling down, feelings flare between them. As truths and half-truths are revealed, will their love survive or will they both go down in flames?

Joss Sterling has written other novels previous to this, I haven’t read them – but I think I might be looking them up at some stage. This book does sound like a love story, sort of. Sounds interesting though.

Overturned by Lamar Giles

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Expected Publication:  Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Nikki Tate is infamous, even by Las Vegas standards. Her dad is sitting on death row, convicted of killing his best friend in a gambling dispute turned ugly. And for five years, he’s maintained his innocence. But Nikki wants no part of that. She’s been working on Operation Escape Vegas: playing in illegal card games so she can save up enough money to get out come graduation day.

Then her dad’s murder conviction is overturned. The new evidence seems to come out of nowhere and Nikki’s life becomes a mess when he’s released from prison. Because the dad who comes home is not the dad she remembers. And he’s desperately obsessed with finding out who framed him—and why.

As her dad digs into the seedy underbelly of Vegas, the past threatens everything and Nikki is drawn into his deadly hunt for the truth. But in the city of sin, some sinners will do anything to keep their secrets, and Nikki soon finds herself playing for the biggest gamble ever—her life.

This isn’t the sort of book I’d normally go for, but it sounds really interesting. Sounds like it could be exciting and have some mystery to it. So, admittedly I’m looking forward to reading.

Do any of these books appeal to you? Any of those you think you’ll read? Or are there other books you’re looking forward to? Let me know. I’d love to hear some opinions.

Until next time, warm hugs,

Morgenstern!