Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas | Review

     Title: Heir of Fire
     (Throne of Glass #3)

      Author: Sarah J. Maas

      Release Date: September 11th,
      2014

Description from Goodreads:
Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…


The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the King – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?

I thought that the ending of Crown of Midnight finished with a cruel cliffhanger (read my review here), but oh no, Sarah J. Maas upped the ante with Heir of Fire. It left me blown away and more than a little stunned with a whole load of questions.
I am definitely of the opinion that the books in the Throne of Glass series just keep getting better (and longer). I pretty much read Heir of Fire over one weekend, I found that I just did not want to put it down, and it had me reading long into the night!
In Heir of Fire Celaena is no longer in Adarlan in the King’s palace. I really liked that we got to see a new country, a whole new setting that just shows how great Sarah J. Maas is at world building. The introduction and exploration we as readers were able to experience of Wendlyn in my opinion added greater depth to the world that the Throne of Glass books are set in. Wendlyn has a key element that Adarlan does not posses, and that is magic. There has been talk of magic throughout the first two books, but after magic was banned and disappeared completely there was no real sight of it in the previous books. Heir of Fire saw the use of magic and Fae forms and I loved learning about it all!
Heir of Fire introduces new characters and new POVs. We get a whole new set of characters in the form of witches, in particular Manon. Manon is the heir to the Blackbeak clan and follows form as another strong female character crafted by Sarah J. Maas. I really enjoyed reading Manon’s chapters, they definitely served to create a greater understanding of what the hell is going on with the King and they wyrdstones. 
In addition to Manon, we also meet Aeidon and Rowan, both Fae males. The dynamic between Aelin and Rowan was enjoyable to read, I could sense the chemistry between the two and I’m looking forward to seeing their relationship develop further in Queen of Shadows. I liked Aeidon. I liked him more than Dorian and more than Chaol. I want more Aeidon, and I’m not ashamed to admit it! 
I am really looking forward to reading Queen of Shadows very soon! What do you think of the series so far? Let me know in the comments!
‘Heir of Fire’ by Sarah J. Maas
5 Stars

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Most Anticipated Releases of 2016

There looks to be lots of really great books coming out this year, and I’ve selected a few that I’m really looking forward to! I’m sure as we move through the year more and more books will be added to the list, but for now here are my Most Anticipated Releases of 2016!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – May 3rd, 2016
A Court of Thorns and Roses was one of my favourite books of 2015, there was just so much to love! I’m eagerly anticipating the release of the second book and I can’t wait for more Feyre!
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – February 11th, 2016
Red Queen definitely ended with a cliffhanger, leaving me with more than a few questions, which will hopefully be answered in Glass Sword.
The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski – March 24th, 2016
The first two books in this trilogy are two of my all time favourite books, so of course I’m excited for the release of the final instalment of The Winner’s Trilogy!! I’ve even gone so far as to buy hardcover copies of the first two books, to match the hardcover copy that I (will very soon) be preordering!
The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh – May 3rd, 2016
This is another case of ‘this book is part of a series and I need to keep reading’. I loved The Wrath and The Dawn and am really looking forward to The Rose and The Dagger!
The Crown by Kiera Cass – May 3rd, 2016
I’ve been meaning to read The Heir for a while now, and I finally got around to it during my Christmas break, and of course it ended on a cliffhanger, and now I need to read The Crown to find out what happens!
The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead – April 5th, 2016
I’ve never read anything by Richelle Mead before but this book sounds incredible!
Throne of Glass Book #5 by Sarah J. Maas – September 8th, 2016
Okay so I haven’t even read books three or four in the series, but that doesn’t stop my eager anticipation!!
That’s my (preliminary) list of anticipated 2016 releases, which books are you looking forward to this year? Let me know if I’ve missed out any that are on your list!

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas | Review

     Title: Crown of Midnight

     Author: Sarah J. Maas

     Release Date: August 15th, 2013

Description from Goodreads:

Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.

Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom…

I took my time reading Crown of Midnight, and that was definitely not down to lack of enjoyment! I thought that Throne of Glass was fantastic, I couldn’t fathom how Sarah J. Maas could make it any better. But she did, oh boy she did.
I’ll start by saying that I’m Chaolena all the way, I squealed and sighed as their relationship developed, because really how could you not? I love Chaol so much, he’s loyal and caring, and I just love the way he looks out for Celaena. Sure, he kind of messes up a bit and Celaena goes bananas, which I understood, but come on girl! Get over what he did and fall back into Chaol’s loving arms, please! (Because if you don’t I’ll hop on in to your fictional world and happily oblige!)
I now need to say a big thank you to Jumana from Books by Jay and Nicola from Nicola Reads YA for commenting on my review of Throne of Glass and helping with the weird name pronunciation issue. I’ve not yet converted to the proper pronunciation of Chaol, but I’ll get there!
Okay, so I feel that a lot went down in Crown of Midnight, and due to spoilers I won’t go into too much detail of the specifics.
I understand why what happened happened, but I was still saddened because I really liked the character! There were so many twists and turns, some of them I didn’t see coming, and others, Celaena I’m looking at you, I called earlier on in the novel.
Sarah J. Maas is my new favourite relationship writer, and Chaol is my newest book boyfriend love! While I didn’t particularly love Dorian in Throne of Glass I warmed to him so much more in Crown of Midnight, his character has developed so much, and it’s actually lovely to see.
I’m intrigued by Roland’s character, I’ve seen a lot in the bookish sphere of the internet where people have been saying good things, though I didn’t look too closely because I’m not about that spoiler life! I’m guessing he’s going to be playing a bigger role in Heir of Fire or Queen of Shadows, both of which I own and will be reading!
My love for the series, Celaena, Chaol and Sarah J. Maas grew after reading Crown of Midnight, and I’m looking forward to even more feels in Heir of Fire!
Have you read Crown of Midnight? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
‘Crown of Midnight’ by Sarah J. Maas
5 Stars

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass | Review

     Title: Throne of Glass

     Author: Sarah J. Maas

      Release Date: August 7th, 2012

Description 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 offered 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.

I never really thought of myself as a fantasy girl, contemporary, yes, dystopian yes, but fantasy? I wasn’t convinced. But since joining the bookstagram community, and watching booktubers (new obsession) I noticed that everyone was talking about Throne of Glass. I wasn’t going to miss out on the latest big hyped series, so I went ahead and ordered the first two books. I read Throne of Glass with some trepidation, not sure if the high fantasy would be up my alley. I can tell you now that it is, oh boy it is! So I took a look at some of the books that have made their way onto my favourites list, and what do you know there’s a serious fantasy presence!
There was a whole load of factors that made me love Throne of Glass, one of which being the kick-ass character Celaena Sardothien. The book starts off with Celaena being taken from prison to the prince, and although she’s in a vulnerable state, noticeably thin and malnourished, she still manages to sass the guard and the prince. You have to be a strong person to go through what Celaena went through and come out (mentally) fighting fit. Her internal commentary on the whole situation was really amusing, all in all it added up to me loving her immediately.
Celaena was not the only character that I really liked, Chaol Westfall caught my eye almost instantly. He takes his job of guarding Celaena really seriously, he doesn’t trust her at all. One of the things I really loved about Throne of Glass was that as the story developed so did Celaena and Chaol’s relationship, as did Chaol’s trust in Celaena. I liked Chaol so much!! He was my favourite male character, I found Dorian far too interested in himself, and what he was getting from his dealings with Celaena. In my humble opinion, Chaol has more to him than Dorian, there was so much left to discover in Chaol’s character, I’m not saying that Dorian is a boring one dimensional character, but Sarah J. Maas left me wanting to read the next book in anticipation of the development of Celaena and Chaol’s relationship.
If you hadn’t guessed, there’s sort of a love triangle in Throne of Glass. I do not like love triangles, I think they’re pointless and infuriating. Yet, I did not feel that way while reading Throne of Glass, in fact I may have actually liked the love triangle! That’s right, I finally understand why people on booktube have said that the Throne of Glass series contains their favourite love triangle! At first I scoffed when they said it, never thinking that I’d enjoy a love triangle, but I was wrong. I have an OTP, it may be clear from what I’ve already said that I was very pro Chaol. Honestly, I didn’t see the attraction to Dorian, other than the small detail of him being a prince. I really hope that in Crown of Midnight they’ll be more Celaena/Chaol action!
After finishing Throne of Glass I can only say that Sarah J. Maas is a master of dialogue. I could have read a book full of nothing but conversation, not something I say about every book I read. I basically loved everything about Throne of Glass, the world building was fantastic and meant that the book was easy to follow, I’m not ashamed to admit that some fantasy books can loose me in vivid descriptions of multiple mystical creatures.
The only thing I can honestly critique about Throne of Glass is that the names are extremely difficult to pronounce. It took me watching a YouTube to video to realise how to pronounce Celaena’s name, and to do this day I don’t know if I’m mentally saying Chaol right!
I absolutely adored Throne of Glass, as soon as I’ve finished my current read I’m jumping into Crown of Midnight!
Have you read Throne of Glass? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
‘Throne of Glass’ by Sarah J. Maas
5 Stars

Monthly Wrap Up | August 2015

August has been the month that I really got into the bookstagram world, and boy do I love it! Not only have I been discovering the bookish world that Instagram has to offer, I also did quite a bit of reading during August! I had a bit of a nostalgia moment and re-read four books from The It Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar, up until by Amazon order arrived that it! As always, click the picture to read my review, but not all of the books have reviews!

What I’ve Read

Truth and Temptation by Riley Edgewood

Like Candy by Debra Doxer

Killing Casanova by Kary Rader

The It Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

Notorious by Cecily von Ziegesar

Reckless by Cecily von Ziegesar

Unforgettable by Cecily Von Ziegesar

Rook by Sharon Cameron

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Currently Reading

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

I really wasn’t all that big a fan of Divergent and Insurgent, but I still wanted to read the final book in the trilogy. I waited patiently to find the book with the above cover because then it matches my copies of the first, it’s the little things that matter! Tell me I’m not the only who needs a series to match!
August saw a family trip to the village of Haworth, and if there’s any Bronte buffs out there you’ll know that Haworth is the location of the Bronte Parsonage, which you can look round and then afterwards you can visit the shop. So of course I had to get a copy of Wuthering Heights because it is one of my all time favourite novels, and I got a mug and bookmark too just for god measure!
What books did you read in August? Let me know in the comments below! And for all those starting back at school I hope everything goes well!