Book Reviews

Kingdom of Ash-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #7

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Summary of Book One: “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 offers 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 four 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.” -From Goodreads

Review: This wasn’t bad in anyway, though that being said it was disappointed in some way to me.

I will say the ending to A Court of Wings and Ruin felt convenient, so I was hoping their would be more stacks in this one compared to that one. There were, but I was hoping for more.

Things that were being lead up to felt easily resolved. The fate of characters did give me feels more than in ACOWAR, but I was hoping for more when it came to certain characters. The ending wrapped things up nicely. There wasn’t anything that felt like it still needed to be answered.

When it came to the characters, the parts with Celaena made my heart hurt and I was happy with how her story moved through out this book. I was happy with the other characters too, none of them completely annoyed me. The only time I ever had any of the characters annoy me or made me roll my eyes was when a certain character thought something when they did something. Besides that, the characters were enjoyable.

This ending does feel like a step up from ACOWAR, but not by much. I did enjoy reading this last book as I was wanting to know what would happen to Celaena in the end, even though she has annoyed me in other books, as well as Chaol, Manon, and other characters. I just think it could have been better.

If you have read all of the Throne of Glass books up this book, then I would read it so you can know what happens because it does feel nice to know how it ends. Just remember it is close to a thousand pages.

Have fun reading!

Book Reviews

Catwoman Soulstealer-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Sarah J Maas

Series: DC Icons #3

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Summary: “When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.” -from Goodreads

Review: At first I was unsure if I was going to read this book because I read A Court of Frost and Starlight back in May and didn’t enjoy it. Though I decided to give this one a chance.

While I did somewhat enjoy this book, I was also disappointed.

The Catwoman in this book was totally different than the one found in the comics. If anything this Selina Kyle felt like Celena in a way more than the character she was supposed to be. I did enjoy Selina in a way. More when she was Catwoman rather than as Holly Vanderhees.

Luke Fox I found interesting. I have never heard of his character before or of Batwing, so it made me curious to know more about his character. I liked reading about him and Catwoman interacting with each other, especially the dialogue.

As for the other Batman characters used, Sarah J Maas, in my opinion, didn’t seem to use them like they are portrayed in the comics, meaning that their personalities switched like with Poison Ivy. I understand that comic book characters can somewhat change but they usually do stay the same. It’s just their character arcs change and maybe their backstory.

The main romance in this book felt like it didn’t need to happen. By the end of the book, I was questioning why there was a romance it didn’t go much on anywhere.

Sarah’s writing felt very similar to her other books. It was still addictive and fast pace. The only I wished for was that the writing was like that in A Court of Mist and Fury and Tower of Dawn.

This book isn’t all that bad. I did enjoy getting to read about Gotham, Catwoman, and other characters. It was a quick read. One that I might reread at some point. It also makes me want to read the Batman book that came out before this one.

If you enjoyed the Wonder Woman book and the Batman book, then you should try this one out. Especially if you loved her other books.

Have fun reading!!

Book Reviews

A Court of Frost and Starlight-Book Review (No Spoilers)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses series #3.5

Rating: 2/5 stars

Summary from Book One: “Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.” -From Goodreads

Review: Oh boy. I love the ACOTAR series, but this didn’t need to be its own book. This could have been at the end of A Court of Wings and Ruin. It wasn’t like the Throne of Glass novellas that had a point to them.

The writing is Sarah J. Maas’ regular writing. There is nothing new or different. It’s still her same writing.

The characters are somewhat interesting in this book. Some characters were the same while other characters kind of grew. You did see how they are after the war happened and how they move forward.

The reason for the two stars is because of a few reasons.

There was no point in this being a novella and not be at the end of ACOWAR. Nothing really happened, except for the last few pages when some new information gets told.

I felt like Feyre was too much on the sidelines not doing anything. Just being like a housewife.

The sex and sex thoughts were too much.

The writing still hasn’t improved. I keep hoping with each book she will get better, but it’s still the same.

The inner circle and Nesta were more interesting than Feyre, Rhys, and Elain. I really wished it was their perspectives and not just the two characters(Feyre and Rhys).

One of the things that saved the book was the sneak peek to the next book, which sounds interesting, but I don’t know if I will read it because I’m afraid it’s going to have a lot of smut and not enough of focusing on the plot of the book.

Overall, this novella or book was disappointing. It makes me nervous for the next book and novella. I will be reading Kingdom of Ash, though if she ends that series in a way like ACOWAR then I might be done with her books. If you are wondering if you should read this book, you don’t need to because it does nothing, but if you want to, go right ahead and I hope you enjoy it.

Book Reviews

Tower of Dawn-Book Review(No spoilers)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #6

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.” From Goodreads

Review: Since this is the sixth book in the series, I won’t go too much into it, but I will give my review without spoiling anything as best I can.

Right away I want to say this book is one of Sarah’s best books. The rep is there and she didn’t disappoint. After rereading the Throne of Glass books and seeing the problems in them(which I will be re-reviewing the novellas and the first five books), this one was different. It was even better than A Court of Wings and Ruin.

The journey in this book was emotional, romantic, and surprising. It reminded me of the reason why I loved this series so much when I first started reading it. I loved what we got to learn in this book and the new continent we got to see, as well as getting to meet new characters.

Though, I will say that it does take time to get into since it an over 600-page book, but it does get better as the story goes on. My advice is to just push through 50 or 100 pages because it will be worth it in the end.

Even if you don’t like Chaol or don’t want to read a book that revolves around him, this book is important to read. It gives information on things that will be important to know for the last book in this series.

I highly recommend you read this book before the seventh and final book of Throne of Glass series.

Book Reviews

A Court of Wings and Ruin-Book Review(Slight Spoilers)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: ACOTAR #3

Rating 3/5 Stars

Summary(Spoilers if you haven’t read the first two books): “Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings 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.” -From Goodreads

Review: I’m finally writing this review after thinking about this book for a long time and I have my final thoughts for the end of this story arc.

One thing that I loved was Feyre. Her character grew into a strong woman and the journey she had gone through shaped her. I enjoyed her as the main character. Found her to be someone I could connect with, even in this book. Though I will say she wasn’t used to her potential. What I mean by that is she never used her powers or fought much in the battles. She only used a little bit of her powers and would standing off to the side while a battle happened just so we could see what was happening during it.

Something I continued to enjoy was getting to read about new characters like enemies and the other high lords. They all brought more life to this story and made the whole over 600 pages bearable to read. Reason I say this is because this book did feel too long at times.

The was scenes dedicated to talking about what should get done or what do and never actually doing it. There three almost long sex scenes that weren’t as great as the ones written in ACOMAF. They are cringy and don’t do anything to the story. Another thing was spending too much time in the Spring Court instead of moving along. This book could have been 100 pages less than it’s actual page count. Don’t get me wrong last 100 pages destroyed me, but that doesn’t save this book for how long it is.

The romance is good, I guess. If you enjoyed the romance in the first two books, you will like it in this one.

Also Sarah J Maas still does the great job of making characters doing a 180, changing who they are without it being a smooth transition.

Now, if your wondering if Sarah J Maas did good with representation, yes and no. Yes, she did put more representation in this book, which is a step in the right direction. Though also no because it wasn’t done right. I’m not going to spoil anything, but the representation could have done better.

I think I should mention this doesn’t close up lose ends because there will be 2 novellas and 3 books to continue the story.

The reason why I gave this book three stars instead of one or two, was because I did enjoy it because of characters and wanting to know the ending to the story.

Overall, this book is worth the read if you want to know how this story arc ends.

Book Reviews

Empire of Storms-Book Review(Slight Spoilers)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #5

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: “The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?”- Summary from Goodreads

Review: Right after I finished EOS, I had to reread the first book. (I also had to reread it for a class so.) But, I did try to read three other books and failed. The just didn’t hold my attention.

This book was so much better than Heir of Fire and maybe Queen of Shadows. I was hoping for this book to meet my expectations and it did, and I’m so happy I read it.

The action is this book, I thought, was well done. There weren’t many, but that’s mostly because this is a book that leads to the last book and the final battle. Sarah J. Maas wrote these action scenes well that kept making you wonder if someone was going to die or not.

The story has gotten better in this book. Things do get explained finally, especially a certain thing. We also get to see places that we haven’t seen yet, as well as certain places we have been to before. (I would suggest rereading the novellas before reading this one.)

Aelin has become my favorite character again. She was so cool as she once was. I didn’t feel like she was annoying or loving Rowan all the time. I felt she was doing something important and becoming the queen she was born to be. The side characters were great like always. I have started liking Manon because of this book. Her story gets so much better. I have made my peace with Rowan. I just wish Chaol made an appearance in this book.

The romance is written so much better. Not at any point did I roll my eyes or hate it. I found myself enjoying it. Though there are three sex scenes in total. They are both very descriptive. They were like what you would have found in A Court Of Mist and Fury.

The ending…That damn ending is what will make you want the last book. It made me cry and gave me all of the feels.

Overall, Empire of Storms is a great read. It’s a step up from Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows. I highly suggest you try this book if you didn’t care for the other two I mentioned.

Have fun reading!!!