Review of DawnSinger

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Title: DawnSinger

Author: Janalyn Voigt

Series: Tales of Faeraven

Genre: YA Fantasy

Source: Netgalley

Published By: Pelican Book Group.

 

 

 

PEEK-A-BOO:

The High Queen is dying… At the royal summons, Shae mounts a wingabeast and soars through the air to the high hold of Faeraven, where all is not as it seems. Visions warn her of danger, and a dark soul touches hers in the night. When she encounters an attractive but disturbing musician, her wayward heart awakens. But then there is Kai, a guardian of Faeraven and of Shae. Secrets bind him to her, and her safety lies at the center of every decision he makes. On a desperate journey fraught with peril and the unknown, they battle warlike garns, waevens, ferocious raptors, and the wraiths of their own regrets. Yet, they must endure the campaign long enough to release the DawnKing’and the salvation he offers’into a divided land. To prevail, each must learn that sometimes victory comes only through surrender.

MY TAKE ON DAWNSINGER:

General Overview:

I really don’t know why, but throughout the book I couldn’t stop comparing the flow of the book with that of a river- a river that flows calmly at its own pace. The book was a pleasant read. Although being a part of a series, it gave a sense of completion at the end. The fantasy world was so ethereal, so beautiful, so mesmerizing. Inspite of few points which created obstacles in making me get connected with the book, I was totally in awe with the world-building.  After a very long time, I read a book which transported me completely to another world.

Plot:

The story is about a very young girl- Shae, who has been brought up in a very sheltered environment. She leaves her abode for the first time in her life, when she is called by her High Queen. Facing and escaping attacks on her life, she reaches the palace. There she comes across the most important truth of her life and is given a responsibility which only she can shoulder.  Fulfilling her responsibility can help saving Faeraven. In order to save her kingdom, she begins a treacherous journey to unknown lands with Kai and his group to release the DawnKing.

Cast:

The main casts were well developed.

Shae is shown as a naive girl with no experience of the world beyond her home. As she comes out of her comfort zone and interacts with people around her, one can observe her metamorphosis from a shy, frail girl to courageous, determined and focused person. It doesn’t happen in a day or in a blink of an eye. The pace of transition is such that you genuinely feel it happening within the pages.

Kai is a wonderful character. Bound by duty and honour, he is a very righteous man. For him, his duty is foremost.  He is a man who is ruled by his mind. As I read, I could feel the turmoil in him when his heart takes over. He doesn’t want to accept the change of feelings but he is losing his battle there. I liked the way the author dealt with his part of the story.

The other characters were also given depth in their personality.

Pros:

The best part of the whole book was its descriptive writing. It was so picturesque. Each and every scene was so meticulously described that I could visualize it in my mind as I read. The author has outdone herself in this.

The events in the story took place at very apt intervals. It helped to prevent slackness. I also liked the various creatures involved. They were so mystical and so different from each other.

The book did not end at a cliff hanger. Though there is a future story, but for this book, the completion was properly done. I liked this particular piece. As a reader, I felt a sense of satisfaction after reading. I am eagerly waiting for the next book in the series, but that doesn’t mean that I have to chew my nails off for it.

Cons:

The terms and the names were too out-worldly. I understand that it was a fantasy novel but such difficult terms and names hindered my bonding with the book.

The other thing which I felt was that in some places there were few missing links. In some parts of the book, I felt a need of a background story. In its absence, the story couldn’t be enjoyed thoroughly as I wanted to. For instance, I would like to know the story or reason behind Kai becoming the guardian.

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CONCLUSION:

I was totally awed by the world created by the author. Other than very difficult and unheard terms, the book was quite enjoyable. This book is recommended to those who love fantasy worlds and journey of self-discovery.

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Review of Rose Petal Graves

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Title: Rose Petal Graves 

Author: Olivia Wildenstein

Series: The Lost Clan

Genre: Paranormal/Faeries

Pages: 182

Release Date: May 15th 2016

Source: Review copy provide by YA Bound Book Tours in exchange of an honest review

PEEK-A-BOO:

Ancient secrets cannot remain buried forever.

Founded two centuries ago by an aloof and powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly, so I rushed home.

Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.

As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, Cruz, the new medical examiner, arrived. I should have felt relieved, but how could I? He was unnervingly handsome, glowed like a human firefly, and knew absolutely nothing about examining dead bodies.

But, he did know what killed my mother…or rather who.

MY TAKE ON R P G:

General Overview:-

‘What! It ended! So soon… I had just started reading it…’ My reaction when I finished this novella.

I don’t think I need to say more about how engrossed I was in it. Though the beginning was slightly creepy, yet the book quickly pulled me into its story-line. The blend of a fine plot, strong characters, good pace brought out a splendid tale.

I was a little apprehensive about the book, as the story started with a death- that too in a house whose backyard is a cemetery! Along with this, the female protagonist- Catori- firmly believes that her mother’s death is a murder. However, my doubts took a backseat as the story progressed into a series of incidents which made me grasp the book till its’ very end.

Plot:

The novella speeds up with the appearance of a book, which introduces Catori to a world, which she considered as – just a myth. She is surprised when she is able to connect the things written in the book to the happenings around her. Things become more complicated with the arrival of a mysterious Medical Examiner. As Catori unfolds the mysteries hidden long ago, she is made aware of her actual identity. Keeping up with all this, she desperately pursues her search for the reason behind her mother’s death.

Pros:

The beauty of this novella is that it completely sucks the reader in the whirlwind of events from the very beginning. I was also impressed by the fact that even with such fast changing plots, there was no confusion in understanding the story. Usually with so many events and characters being introduced at such smaller intervals, the reader rereads the previous pages to catch up. But, I couldn’t find a single event when I had to look back to understand it.

Other trait of the book is the creation of a doubtful atmosphere around the female protagonist. She is surrounded by many people among whom some are friends and some foes. The author skilfully provided such evidences that one is just left guessing about the credibility of the characters. At one point of time the character seems like a friend to Catori and in the next completely opposite. The suspense created about the characters intrigued me till I finished reading it.

Cons:

I think the novella was left at an extremely high note which gave me a feeling of utter frustration and helplessness. It looked more like a hasty ending than a continuing thread for the next book. Totally a cliffhanger, but too high for me to reach 😉

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CONCLUSION:

All in all, the novella is very interesting to read. With a touch of Native American Mythology, the book keeps you on edge. The characters are well developed and the reader can easily connect with their mindset.

A Must Read for those who love mix of paranormal and fantasy with a plot full of suspense.

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THE AUTHOR:

Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City, the daughter of a French father with a great sense of humor, and a Swedish mother whom she speaks to at least three times a day. She chose Brown University to complete her undergraduate studies and earned a bachelor’s in comparative literature. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for a laptop computer and a very comfortable chair. This line of work made more sense, considering her college degree.

When she’s not writing, she’s psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone), eavesdropping on conversations to gather material for her next book, baking up a storm (that she actually eats), going to the gym (because she eats), and attempting not to be late at her children’s school (like she is 4 out of 5 mornings, on good weeks).

Wildenstein lives with her husband and three children in Geneva, Switzerland, where she’s an active member of the writing community.

Review of A Court of Mist and Fury

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ACOMAF

TITLE: A Court of Mist and Fury

 

AUTHOR: Sarah J Maas

 

SERIES: A Court Of Thorns And Roses

 

GENRE: Fantasy

 

SOURCE: Owned

 

PEEK-A-BOO:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

[Source: Goodreads]

THE QUOTE I LOVED THE MOST:

“The issue isn’t whether he loved you, it’s how much. Too much. Love can be a poison.”

 

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MY TAKE ON A C O M A F:

Truly speaking, I had read this book within a week after it was published, but I couldn’t convince myself to write about it. I asked myself and tried to figure out the reason. I came to a vague conclusion that although I had read and understood the story, I still felt unsatisfied. Hence, I read the book again, this time more slowly and carefully.

Believe me or not, I saw the whole book in a new light. I am glad that I re-read the book 🙂

After re-reading it- ACOMAF, doesn’t remain just a fantasy fairy retelling for me anymore. It’s much more than that. It is about relations, about feelings, about fears, about transitions, about acceptance and about so much more which life can throw on our faces…

ACOMAF also changed my opinions towards several characters dealt in the previous book. The way the whole plot developed and storyline progressed was entrancing. One could see beyond the words and understand the reasons and emotions connected with the actions of the characters.  The acts appeared to be rash and weird sometimes, but their intent couldn’t be questioned.

Sarah has played excellently with the characters. The characters grow onto you. I like the way the author molds the story-line to weave the new characters along with the old ones, without ruining the wholesome impact. The characters may cease to exist or fall in the background, but their presence is never forgotten.

The adventures are so exciting!!! The thrill and the rush while reading those action sequences and adventures is beyond words. It just makes your eyes go running all over the pages, to know what awaits at the end of the adventure.

But above all this, the thing which affected me the most was the emotional level of the whole story. The best part, for me, was that the feelings didn’t come at the surface immediately. They were definitely stirred while reading the book. But, they hit me on my face, like a storm, after I read the whole book through and was musing on it. It was completely overwhelming.

Let us not forget the ending. I absolutely adore this skill of Sarah of leaving a thread to a new beginning, at the peak of the story’s ending phase. Though many of you may say that the threads are given by any author who writes the series; but you will also not disagree when I say – Sarah J Maas has got style!!

All in all, this book is a beautiful piece of work… Sarah has outdone herself.

I will not say that it is a flawless creation, but one can’t deny that this is one among the best.

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**SPOILER SECTION STARTS FROM THIS POINT ON WARDS**

 

 

 

This book bowled me over in the emotional field. The story line was strong but I was truly stumped by the ‘Feels’. If I could sum up the essence of the whole book- it was all about loving as equals. Loving a person doesn’t mean that you own that being. Love is about giving that person space, respect and freedom to live his/ her life by own choice. Love is- to treat your lover EQUAL- in every sense.

I would not say Tamlin was wrong. His actions were driven by pure fear. Anyone can become this protective, if they have seen all their loved ones die in front of their eyes. He was all alone when Feyre came in his life. He had fallen in love with her. He couldn’t come in terms with the ordeals she had to go through, for him.

He had his own bag of fears to deal with and so he did those things; without realising that it could hurt that very person whom he is doing all this for. It was never done with wrong intentions.

Feyre, on the other hand, is an independent spirit – A person, who took care of her family from a very small age. She went against death to free Tamlin. She was dealing with her own traumas. She had changed into something she was not and there was nobody to help her, guide her to accept the changes within her- physical and psychological. On top of it, every time she was restricted to do something which she wanted. Eventually, she had to burst. I could very well relate with her agony of being shut inside.

But, the character which just takes away my heart is- Rhysand. I can keep chanting his name- RHYS! RHYS! RHYS!

The way this character has been portrayed is just breath taking. I love Sarah J Mass, for moulding this character. Fifty years! For fifty years, he was debased and abused by Amarantha. Yet, he kept his sanity intact. His love for his city allowed him to endure the tribulation, under the mountain. He took all the bad names and biased behaviours of various people around him, in his stride. He kept on drinking this poison every day; for fifty years – only for Velaris. With all this, one can easily sum up his loyalty towards those whom he loves.

He treated Feyre as an individual. He didn’t force their bond on her. Inspite of knowing the truth and still allowing her to be with Tamlin – one can only imagine his pain. I can go on and on when it comes to this character.

The best scene for me was when, Rhysand is telling about his love to Feyre in the cottage. He is so full of emotions that tears start flowing from his eyes. I was so moved with this whole scene. He is the most powerful of the seven high lords; he is known for his cruelty and ruthlessness; he can manipulate anyone’s mind and break any type of spells in split of a second; and yet he wanted Feyre to make her decision of wanting him as her mate or not. He had kept this secret in his heart for months, in fear of being not good enough for her. His tears are flowing and he is remembering each and every moment, when he started getting hints; when he started searching for her; when he saw that she was somebody else’s; when he made her believe that he was evil; when he knew she hated him to the core; when he couldn’t see her die; when he thought himself unworthy of her; when he couldn’t gather enough courage to tell her the truth. This scene just melts my heart.

And what should I say about the ending… The climax was too good to be true.. I won’t delve on it because I think, it could be enjoyed the best when read.

For me, this book is beyond awesome!!! I have started marking the dates till the sequel gets released…

I am wondering, will I be able to survive through this wait???

I really doubt…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I were to choose…

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Hi there!!!

Today I am going to do a fun activity. My first Dream Cast… Yay!! I am so excited. [a jiggle and a twirl]

I am sure all of us visualize the characters when we are reading a book. The character becomes dearer to us if the image is crystal clear in our minds.

I am going to choose ten characters, created by the same author in its various books. Then I am going to give them a well known face which I feel fits perfectly on them. As I go along, I will speak about the reasons behind my choice.

So let’s start….

  • First I need to choose one of my favourite authors. I have to keep it in mind that the author must have written enough books to have at least Ten characters.

This is easy for me. I choose Sarah J Mass. This lady is phenomenal when it comes to character building.

  • Next step is to choose the Ten characters and cast them…

I choose the following:

  1. AelinAelin aka Celaena is a young girl of Eighteen who is a fantastic assassin. She has white blonde hair and atheletic body. She is a beautiful girl who loves to dress up in her spare time. My choice for Celaena-

 Aelin 3 AMANDA SEYFRIED

2. Chaol He is a young captain of guards. Not excessively handsome, but having a ruggedness in his face killing with his clear golden-brown eyes. For me Chaol is-

Chaol

MAX IRONS

[Oooohhh!! fanning myself!!]

  1. DorianNot much older than twenty, he has striking blue eyes contrasted with his raven-black hair. Achingly handsome the prince is gentle in nature. For me, Dorian can only be-

Dorian

 PRINCE DORIAN

[This guy felt so perfect to me, for Dorian. In the whole excitement, I downloaded the pic but forgot to get his original name… So I will just call him Prince Dorian… I request you all  to help me get to know the name of this handsome stranger 😉]

4. Manon Blackbeak This witch is exceedingly beautiful but at the same time very strong. She is a leader of the most disciplined group of witch fighters. Manon has a strong kind heart and she is a warrior. With all these attributes I felt the best person who can portray the character is-

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EMMA STONE

5. Rowan– He is a Fae prince. Bold, Strong and with years of experience along with a sad past. A trainer and a loyal friend. For me Rowan is defintely-

Rowan

CHRIS HEMSWORTH

6. Feyre A huntress, a fighter , a survivor. A girl who looks after her family just because of an oath given by her in her innocence at the age of eight. A girl who wants to have a normal life but can’t as she is the sole bread earner of her family. A girl who has dreams of her own. A young girl who is fearless to go after the things which she wants without thinking about the consequences. My cast for Feyre is –

Feyre

ZOEY DEUTCH

7. TamlinWith his golden hairs and green eyes, the High Lord of Prythian is a handsome guy. Kind and understanding, he treats his friends equal irrespective of whether they are human or fae. I believe Tamlin should be-

Tamlin

ALEX PETTYFER

8. RhysandThe puzzle. An enigma. A mystery. With dark black hairs and handsome face, Rhysand is a character which takes time to be understood. The feelings which he hides within his persona, can be seen only when he wills them to be seen. This was one character having many shades and one of the most difficult to find. So, here it goes-

Rhysand

BEN BARNES

9. Lucien– Scarred yet handsome. The loyal friend of Tamlin with a sad past. Courageous and level headed. Lucien could only be-

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SAM HEUGHAN

10. Nesta– The eldest sister of Feyre comes up as a spiteful person. But under this demeanor there lies a fiercely loyal heart and a very strong will. Protective about her sisters, she doesn’t get easily persuaded. This combination of beauty and strength in her personality fits only on-

Nesta

JENNIFER LAWRENCE

So these are my dream casts for the characters made alive by Sarah J Mass.

Did any one of these matched your imagination? Would you like to see a movie featuring them?

Leave your opinions in the comment box below 🙂 

Review of A Court of Thorns and Roses

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ACOTAR

 

TITLE: A Court of Thorns and Roses

AUTHOR: Sarah J Maas

SERIES: A Court of Thorns and Roses

GENRE:  Fantasy

SOURCE: Library

 

BEST QUOTE:

“Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

PEEK A BOO

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

[Source: Goodreads]

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MY TAKE ON A C O T A R

 

[Dear Readers, However much I tried to lessen it, this review is NOT spoiler free.]

 

There are those who seek me a lifetime but never we meet

And those I kiss but who trample me beneath ungrateful feet.

At times I seem to favour the clever and the fair

But I bless all those who are brave enough to dare

By large, my ministrations are soft – handed and sweet,

But scorned, I become a difficult beast to defeat.

For though each of my strikes lands a powerful blow,

When I kill, I do it slow…

Sarah J Maas does it once again! She brings another fantastic series to mesmerize us completely. Set clearly on the lines of The Beauty and the Beast [one of my favourite fairy tales], it certainly has its own charm.

Although let me confess that if I compare TTOG to ACOTAR – TTOG will be my first choice. I will discuss about those few shortcomings, which brought me down to this choice, in the later part of the article. Nonetheless, the ingenious creative power of Sarah J Maas cannot be questioned.

The outline of the story maybe similar to the fairy tale but that is where the similarity ends. With her remarkable ability Maas, builds an enchanted world of Prythian – the lands of Fae. Our nineteen year mortal girl, Feyre – the huntress, embarks upon a journey to this faerie land of Prythian when she commits a crime breaching the treaty between the mortals and immortals – humans and fae. Coming to unknown lands and living with the creatures, which she was taught to hate and fear, Feyre tries to carve a nook of her own in this place.

How can anyone convert a simple fairytale into something that can be built into a 416 pages of nail biting, non-stop page turner – I am just unable to figure it out! The plot progress is steady and there are turning points at regular intervals which keep the reader hooked. The description of the places in Prythian is ethereal- the woods, the gardens, the lake they all belong to earth and yet they do not. The creatures, of the faerie world, in the book are equally interesting- some good, some bad but all unique. Not only this, I loved the layout of the whole Prythian land- into seven courts namely Spring, Autumn, Summer, Winter, Dawn, Day and Night.

The story has been told from Feyre point of view. Her fears, her doubts, her hate, her opinions and clashes within – are so real. From a very young age, she has been burdened to take care of her family. With her two elder sisters and a father – who do not help to ease the burden at all- she lives a very difficult and hard life. For the sake of the promise given to her mother when she was barely eight, she does everything in her might, to keep her family alive. One feels so frustrated seeing the family sitting idly when the youngest of them is tackling death every day of their life- to keep all of them alive. This shows that Feyre is a fighter, from the start to the end.

The first part of the book is more about knowing the unknown land and its people with their traditions and rules. The first part of the book is a stepping stone – with small, terrifying encounters and mysteries running in the background – to the action-packed thrilling series of events in the later part of the book.

The relation building between Tamlin – the main fae and Feyre is also quite romantic. I would say it’s steamier in comparison to romantic angles of TTOG series. Although, some reviews may remark their chemistry – a result of Stockholm syndrome; I refuse to believe it so. Tamlin always shows kindness and understanding wherever Feyre is concerned. He continuously tries to protect her from danger, to the extent of sending her away, from him as well – that too at the most crucial hour. He looks after her needs and her interests. Not only this, to save her, he discards his self esteem and bows low before the enemy.

I am a great admirer of Sarah’s skill of character building. Her characters are unique in their own. She makes their presence known and unforgettable. Though this time, in this particular book, I loved the secondary characters more than the main ones. Other than Tamlin and Feyre, I liked three characters the most- Lucien, Nesta and Rhysand.

Lucien:- Working as an emissary, he is a close friend of Tamlin. He has his own mysterious and sorrowful past, for which he grieves still. He loathes Feyre initially, but becomes her good friend in due course of time. His relationship with Feyre is like being best buddies. His banters and teasing dialogues are very amusing. His loyalty towards Tamlin is solid as a rock. Even under the mountain, he comes to Feyre’s aid taking a risk on his life. It seems Sarah took great pleasure in building this character. Most of the best lines have been spoken by Lucien.

Nesta:- The eldest of Feyre’s sister is someone whom you can hate at first sight. I personally was more than happy seeing Feyre leave them all, when she had to go to Prythian [had the feeling of good riddance.] But Nesta’s stronger side is revealed when she meets Feyre again. This meet and heart to heart talk between the sisters throws light on the reasons behind Nestas’ acidic behaviour previously. Her emotions towards Feyre become much clearer and one is left respecting Nesta rather than hating her. Her immunity towards glamour gives me a feel of her becoming more important in later series.

Rhysand:- This character is my favourite along with Lucian [Yup, You got it, Tamlin didn’t get to me 🙂]. Friend or Foe, Foe or Friend, Friend or Foe…. These two words kept on swaying, like a pendulum, at the back of my head throughout the time when I read about Rhys. Though introduced, in a creepy manner, in the first half of the book; he comes with a more solid ground in the later half. Striking a deal with Feyre by tricking her seems too mean at that point of time. As I read, I kept on wondering- what is his motive behind, why is he doing this, is it a trick… [the pendulum starts again] But as the story progresses, slowly and slowly, Rhys changes your thinking about himself. He and Feyre come to an understanding of sorts at the near end. I like him even more after he plunges in, to save Feyre, without thinking of his own safety. [At the end, he leaves with a shock on his face while speaking to Feyre… I wonder why?? What did he see or did he feel something??]

Now, let me focus upon the few shortcomings which I had mentioned earlier. I really loved the whole book, I really did. The only part where I was disappointed was the growth and depth in Tamlin’s character- especially in the later half. I think Sarah J Mass could have allowed us, by any means, to know what was going in Tamlin’s mind when Feyre was struggling for her life, to save his. All I am able to see is that he sits there as a rock without showing any emotions. I do understand that he was doing it for Feyre, but those blank looks crumble my bond with Tamlin. Couldn’t he even pass message through Lucien??

As if this wasn’t enough, Sarah brings Tamlin in close contact to Feyre, at the brink of the climax only to shatter my expectations more. Escaping the watchful eyes once, Tamlin beckons Feyre for having a physical bonding!!! Does it make sense? At the time, when one doesn’t know whether she will live the next moment or not, I think the person needs to hear words of encouragement, hope or gratitude… rather than being touched all over!!! This part really didn’t settle with me well.

Ignoring these small shortcomings, I must still say that, this book is really great. It is a must read. Sarah J Maas has done an excellent job. She clearly holds an upper hand in constructing stories around old fairy tales. Her meticulous layout of the characters, events and the whole story line is exemplary.

If given a choice, I would love to live in the world of faeries built by Sarah J Mass anyday.

 

 

Review of Throne of Glass

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Throne of glass

TITLE: Throne of Glass 

 

AUTHOR: Sarah J Mass

 

SERIES: Throne of Glass

 

GENRE: Fantasy – Paranormal

 

READ AS AN ONLINE READ

I came across this book accidently. While surfing on the net idly, about fairy and fantasy, I tumbled upon the whole series published so far…

As I started reading first few lines of the book, it unveiled to me – Celaena Sardothein.

Before I go any further, let me be fair and honest here. I am a little biased towards the books having female protagonist. So, with a main female character and five paragraphs after, reading this book became inevitable. And believe me, it isn’t the decision I regret at all 🙂

I had thought of writing the review for the whole series but on second thoughts, it felt unjust. All the books of this series published so far are a marvel in themselves. Hence, I present the review of the first book of this series- The Throne of Glass.

BEST QUOTES:

“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”

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At the age of eighteen, Celaena Sardothein is a convict serving in the prisons of Endoveir until she is escorted out by the King’s Captain, Chaol, to present herself in front of Prince Dorian. The Crown Prince offers her to participate for competing to be the King’s Champion. The prize is her freedom after serving the king for four continuous years- an opportunity too good to refuse.

Twenty three men and Celaena contest for becoming the champion of the evil king of Adarlan. Entering the competition with an alias name- Lillian, she pretends to be an average competitor. In her journey, she befriends Prince Dorian- the handsome prince who shares the passion of reading with Celaena; Chaol Westfall- the captain of King’s guard, who trains Celaena for the competition; Princess Nehemia- Princess of Eyllwe who teaches her the language of magic, the Wyrdmarks.

With the progress of competition comes the death. Something evil is killing the competitors one by one. The strangeness and brutality of the deaths signal towards only one thing — Magic has returned in the kingdom. While investigating about the mysterious deaths, Celaena comes across a whole maze of tunnels where she unearths many hidden secrets.

Guided by the spirit of the first queen of Adarlan, helped by her friends, Celaena treads on a dangerous path to achieve her destiny. Will she succeed or succumb???

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MY TAKE ON TTOG:

Sarah has given life to one of the strongest protagonist I have come across and with equally powerful storyline. Throughout the series [Yes, Couldn’t resist reading all the published parts at one go… Oops, greedy me!!], there is a whirlwind of action around Celaena which makes you grip the book and keep turning the pages non – stop.

The best part of the whole story is that every character is unique in its own. None of them over-shadowed each other. Sarah is a beautiful storyteller. The way she has weaved interesting incidents throughout the book, is praiseworthy. It certainly allows no scope for the reader to keep the book down for an instant also.

The character of Calaena is wonderfully portrayed – she has skills of an assassin, fears of orphaned child, will of a survivor, flaws of human, vanity of a woman and memories of lost homeland.

She had been a prisoner, malnourished and weak, but still she pushes herself beyond her limits while training under Chaol. She is sharp minded and observant of her surroundings as well as people. Within few moments, after she is brought in front of the prince, she deduces their intention; which renders the Prince and the Captain speechless. Her confidence impresses me the most. Staying in one of the most dangerous prisons of the kingdom, for a longer time, than most can survive – she still remains undaunted

She is haunted by her past but instead of drowning in its sorrow, she draws strength from what she had lost – to live life to its maximum. She is an assassin well known and feared among the most dangerous of thieves, rogues and assassins; and she is just eighteen !!!. She doesn’t allow the demons of her work overshadow her personality. This is evident when she saves life of another competitor in one of the drills. [I can go on and on describing Celaena 😉 but maybe we can leave the character to be dealt in a different article individually 🙂 ]

It won’t be fair if the other main characters aren’t discussed here. They also play crucial roles in the storyline. Let me start with:

Dorian- The crown prince of Adarlan is handsome and charming. Bypassing the initial hiccups, he befriends Celaena, and becomes one of her good friends. While sharing the habit of reading books they have been shown to indulge into mild romance.

Chaol- This guy intrigues me more than Dorian. Reading Chaol gives you a feeling of something contained under the lid. He is so controlled in himself. He pushes his feelings and emotions deep within himself. One may keep wondering what Chaol is thinking or how will he react to any given situation. These traits make him more mysterious and hence, more interesting [*sigh].

Nehemia- She is one of her kind, I must say. A princess with such bold and straightforward opinions. A rebel leader and master in the language of magic, she helps Celaena at her most crucial stage. She is a true match for Celaena and both become friends immediately.

The whole story has a smooth constant flow with its ups and downs at right places. The pace of events is quick which leaves you excited but not confused. From the first page itself, the things can be seen in clear perspective. The language is easy and effective.

On the top, Sarah plays with the emotions so well that one can feel them as if they were their own. I smiled at the spontaneous replies and dialogues. I felt the tension and excitement of Celaena as she travelled through the tunnels or fought with her competitors. I was saddened when she remembers her lost life. All in all, the journey between varied emotions is as good as the journey through the book.

The description of the scenes is beautiful and one can see vivid images in front of their eyes as they read through. The magic entwined in the story creeps on you slowly. It isn’t like a blast on your face but like a vine which places it footing slowly in the chapters, starting with appearance of flowers near Celaena’s cot. By the end of the book, the magic grows fully and roots itself in each and every frame of the story.

A thorough work has been done while sketching all the various characters in this book. Sarah has sketched each cast in the story with an individuality of its own. One can relate with these characters as if one has known them from a long time. Characters, whether small or big, hold their importance. Each of them holds strings of at least one twist in the whole story. Even after reading the story, it remains with you for days…. such is the effect of this great storyteller – Sarah J Mass.

To end it, I would say this… The book is a must read. Even if you may not be avid readers of fantasy genre, this book can rattle those fortifications of your belief…

Until next time… Happy reading

 

 

 

First on Fridays – ACOTAR

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The beginning of weekends brings along fresh burst of energy. People plan to utilize their weekends in the way they love the most. What more do you expect from a voracious reader than to start a new book. And that’s the point of my bookish meme.

First on Fridays is a weekly bookish meme, created and hosted by Preeti’s Panorama. Everyone is welcome to join.

The rules are very simple:

  • Every Friday, grab a book [can be an e-read or paperback].
  • Share its first two or three paragraphs along with the book’s title and cover.
  • On the basis of the paragraphs/excerpt, just tell whether you would like to read it or not? One or two sentences will be enough. If you want to explain more, it would be lovely!!

I just request that you link back to ‘Preeti’s Panorama’ on your own ‘First on Fridays’ post. You can share your comments if you do not have a blog. 

Have fun with it and enjoy the world of books.

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