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‘Heir of Fire’ by Sarah J. Maas

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

This series has finally taken a turn I can cope with. I don’t feel like throwing up frilly dresses and pinkHeir of Fire sparkles again. That’s really all I can think of when it comes to the plot of Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight.  I don’t know if it was the hard core training in a forest, or a halfway decent love interest that doesn’t make my bathroom wall look sexy. And my bathroom wall is not even slightly sexy. That is how dull I found Chaol. Eugh. God I hope she doesn’t go back to him. I might have to drown myself in boredom tears.

I’m not sure if the sudden excellence of this book was due to the lack of shopping, the lack of Celaena and Chaol scenes, or the fact that I can now call Celaena, Aelin (much easy to mentally pronounce). And Rowan! What a hateful, vowels-in-proper-places, not-putting-up-with-yo-shit lad.

The changes in Celaena’s personality are definitely due to this foresty environment. The list of the things that irritated me about Celaena are as follows; her excessive vanity, materialistic values, and lack of actual killing. The simple addition of a forest means no reflective surfaces, no shopping malls, and everything wants to kill you so you have to kill them first. It’s like Sarah realised that she created Cinderella and forgot to get her the personality of an assassin when she changed her job title. Bam! Enter the forest. Breaking necks and taking cheques.

Sarah also introduced the witches storyline. I started off being a bit grossed out by the whole cannibalism aspect, but hey, fish gotta swim.

Okay I have nothing else to say about this. I’m out.

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‘Crown of Midnight’ by Sarah J. Maas

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I started Crown of Midnight immensely relieved. Here was a likeable protagonist. Evil and cold, 18005628leaving more questions than answered. It lasted all of fifty words before the bouncing bubbly Cinderella came back into play. Damn it Maas! So close. We, readers, were told of the last four months break in between the two novels. A thrilling tale of assassinations and cold shoulders. I wish now that Crown of Midnight started a little sooner so I could relish in a sensible assassin Celaena.

She came back though, fear not. I found Crown of Midnight to be far more likeable than Throne of Glass. I couldn’t tell you if it was the lack of faults I found in her character, or the evidence of actual bad ass-ness. I didn’t even mind the fault in physics this time. And isn’t that what a good book is supposed to do? Make you forget the physical boundaries of the human world? I think so too. You guys really aren’t needed for this blog conversation I appear to be having with myself. It’s like Dora the Explorer, how she waits for you to answer a question and then answers it herself.

There is something truly irritating about a character who insists on keeping secrets, to no obvioustumblr_m29bk8LPwH1ro90doo1_500 end. I sensed that this was going to be a common occurrence with Miss Celaena Sardothien in Throne of Glass, the theme continued with Crown of Midnight. The strangest thing was that she fully realised this was a problem, even encountered the nasty side effects of not being completely open with someone then, SPOILER, they proceeded to die with questions and tales untold. Yet Cel goes about keeping secrets. I really don’t mind her keeping them from Chaol, he strikes me as an idiot whom I have no time for. But she should share them with Dorian, who is in just as, if not more, of a dangerous situation, is magical, and doesn’t blindly follow the king.

Despite this, her faults are actually decreasing, but best of all, she is now fighting with double swords! Yes! My avid blog readers could probably not tell you that I have an obsession with just this thing, as spoken about in previous, equally enthralling posts. Double swords are the shit. Impractical, tumblr_inline_mtg3cxycBX1r49tzv unlikely, and totally bad ass. I’m now in a state of, should I go out and attain the next one, or get through my current pile of books?… Luckily I planned ahead and sneaky sneaky got my sister and my friend into reading them. So they can buy, I can borrow, we can all live happily ever after.

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

‘Throne of Glass’ by Sarah J. Maas

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Totally filled with spoilers. So move along if you like surprises.Throne_of_Glass_UK

Let me just start this review by saying: Celaena Sardothien is not a name I would want to write over and over. Or in fact just more than once. Gone are the days of Bilbo Baggins, Atticus Finch, and Harry Potter. I fully expect ‘Heir of Fire’, (I think it came out yesterday?) to introduce more fun characters like Xyloxis and Aerealo, who become prominent page appearances.

Celaena, AKA Caealeaeanae, is not the only flaw that disrupted my usually fast reading process. More like the unusual strength and agility that Celaena possess. Of all the slight eighteen year old girls I have met, even been one myself, have all been lethal in our own ways, none of us have ever been stronger than a magical bear man. So either this a flaw in physics that I shan’t be able to get past or a serious foreshadow of Cel’s magical Fae-like physical abilities. Skinny, shortish girls could run, or avoid , or do black flippy shit – but punch someone out with their salt-mine-malnourished arms strength?. Nope! I’m out!

Reading my own review again, it sounds as though I didn’t like the book at all. Which I did. Three stars you know. However, I really didn’t care for the protagonist. She is flawed – 861900and I don’t even care about her vanity or obsession with shopping and dresses. I care that she appears to be unbound by the laws of physics, unnaturally pretty, and she just eats and eats and stays skinny. It’s like she is trying to make an enemy of me. I think Miss Maas went a little overboard trying to create her own little piece of heaven. Flaws are no fun to read about when one is just vain, and playing with two best friends who are in love with her. What I would really like, is little Lady Lillian to snap, break, and go on a killing spree again. She is really only interesting when she is an assassin. If I wanted a vain little shopaholic I would venture to the Mall on the school holidays. The only reason I believe she is as crafty and as bad ass as she is – is simply due to Miss Maas telling me it is so. In saying that, I have read a few reviews saying how awfully full of herself she is. not a bad thing for a character to be.

“And how old are you?”

“Eighteen.” But he said nothing. “I know,” she continued. “It is impressive I accomplished so much at such an early age.”

“Crime isn’t an accomplishment, Sardothien.”

One thing I really value in a book is an author doing her research. Maybe it was all used up in the other books. But so far, I’ve discovered that this assassin is adding nothing to my vast assassin knowledge.  In fact, she frequently gets caught, poisoned, and the like. I can’t imagine how bad the other assassins must be for her to be the best. Very questionable.

If this book had remained – quite simply, a retelling of Cinderella, I would have much more impressed. On its own however… It falls a little short. AND MY GOD it is just like Graceling! Anyone? Anyone? Luckily the plot and action are very strong points in the novel – and never mind the not excellent characters, because you can get swept up just the same. But seriously if I have to hear one more description of and oh so gorgeous dress, I may go on a dress strike for the rest of my life. Hopefully we see some actual assassinations in Crown of Midnight.

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆