Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Two of my colleagues at work recommended this book series to me and I am so glad they did. I’d been eyeing this series for a while but just never got to the point of reading them. But this May I did!

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My plan was to write a review after the first book, but I was just too excited to read the second one and jumped right into it. A week or so later, all fours books had been devoured!

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This is a great fantasy series that was easy to read and to get into. Sarah J. Maas writes in an easy but thoughtful way. At first, the first couple of chapters, I found the writing style and the premise to be a bit predictable, but I thought I’d continue to give it a try. I’m not one to quit a book judging it by the first chapters alone. I am so glad those first chapters wasn’t defining the series, because this series turned out to be awesome and not at all predictable. Great plots and plot twists and great characters, even the evil ones. I love how what I thought would be a typical romantic fantasy story turned into something so epic and that romance wasn’t the main thing here. I really like how  love, infatuation and friendship is portrayed and how we get to see the characters evolve and actually be reasonable.IMG_20160528_202023

Celaena Sardothien is brought out of the prison (in which she is because she’s a assassin and got captured) and into the castle to compete to be the King’s champion. The Prince Dorian is the one who chose her to be in this game and along with him, his friend and captain of the guard Chaol, the story takes off. I don’t want to get into any details really, just read it instead!

There are currently four books released in this series and there are two more coming up before the series is complete.

 

The Design

As many books, this series has different covers, US and UK versions. I read all books on my kindle app and so I’ll comment on these covers (as seen above).

This is a fantasy series that has so many facets to it and I must say I like that the covers are quite simple. Celaena stands in the middle with clothes and accessories that match the book. Coloured smoke in the background seems to be a reoccurring theme in fantasy novels so it’s not that original, but that’s OK.

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard is the second book in the Red Queen series. I read Red Queen earlier this year, you can read my review here, and now I picked up Glass Sword to see how the story continued.

I wanted to like this book but it never caught my interest. I never felt connected to the characters, especially not to the main character, which affects my reading experience a lot.

This book has a cool story and there’s a lot of action going on  there’s nothing wrong on that end. Aveyard has created an intricate world that continues to be revealed to us readers throughout the books and continues to expand the story. The plot and story were not what I had problems with when reading this book.

I would have liked more interactions between the main characters to build the story. A lot of it is through her own assumptions and when we do get hinted at close relations it’s explained in a couple of sentences. I know, maybe it’s not supposed to be a book about love, but please let Mare feel more and let us take part of the sides of her that makes her more “human”. I all ready from the start got a bad impression thinking “Was she this overconfident and full of herself in the first book?”. This feeling unfortunately stayed with me throughout the book.

All in all it is a good book filled with action and thrilling adventures, the plot is creative and I really liked it. It was just the writing style that didn’t click with me. I probably won’t be reading the next book in this series.

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The design is just as awesome as the first book. The physical book has a sheen to it that makes it look icy. It’s very well done!

 

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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Siege and Storm is the second book in the Grisha triology by Leigh Bardugo. You can read my review of Shadow and Bone if you want to. Obviously the first book was good enough for me to read the second one as well. This review will have spoilers if you haven’t read it yet.

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I got very frustrated in the beginning of the book when they got captured again, so fast! I felt it was kind of pointless that they escaped in the previous book only to get caught again so fast. Even when conitue reading I still think it was a unneccesary event. It created a good ending to the first book though, wouldn’t be much of a end if they continued to be captured by the Darkling.

I liked this book and I will probably read the third one as well. It’s such a bummer my local library doesn’t have the third book in the series. They only have the first two books (in both Swedish and English), but not the third book (in any language). How frustrating!

Back to the book,  the story continues and has a fast pace throughout. I like prince Nikolai, I’m not sure if I’m supposed to or not, but I do. I guess I get a bit bored of Mal, her childhood friend and her love interest. In the beginning of the first book he’s a flirty guy who’s quite confident. That side gets lost as the books goes on. I did like the fighting scene that shows he does have a different side and is not just moping around drinking which seems to be what he’s doing in this book.

In the book they prepare for war or a larger fight, they don’t know when but they know it’s coming. It came as a big surprise and I love how Leigh Bardugo did that! All hell broke loose in a way I did not expect. It was a great plot twist!

 

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I can only continue to praise the covers for this series! I love this one even more because of the popping colours it has. They have really hired a great illustrator because the detailing is perfect. I also love how they have incorporated the title into the design. It’s not on top of the design, it’s in the design and I love that. Great work! This is a series I really could buy to have on my shelf because it’s so well done.

Snow Like Ashes

In my previous post “Vacation reading” I presented seven books I brought with me on my vacation. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch is one of the four books I finished during the vacation. I must say I didn’t realize how tricky it is to read an e-book in such a sunny climate (but perfect on an airplane) so this was the only e-book I read.

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Snow Like Ashes was a new fantasy book I had been looking forward to reading for a long time and I devoured at least 60 % of the book in my first sitting on the airplane on our way to the vacation spot. I love books that have maps, which this one did. The only negative thing about reading an e-book is that you miss the details in the maps. I’m still befriending my Kindle app and I did find a way in which I could view the map a little bit bigger without going back to the beginning of the book. That made me really happy because the map is there for a purpose, to look at.

We got to follow Meira and her fellow Winterians who struggle for their survival and their kingdom. This book is full of action, politics, struggling for survival, sword fights and of course love as well. It was a good book and an easy read. I enjoyed it a lot and I like the concept of the countries in this world. It felt refreshing and new to me.

However, the first 60 % of the book was the most fun to read. I did enjoy the last 40 % as well but not as much. I lost some interest in the book when the magic and dreams came into play. I guess I wasn’t overly fond of how it was introduced and it also bothered me how easy it was for Meira to accept it all. I, as a reader, didn’t full heartedly accept it.  That’s a side note because the books was very enjoyable and I’d like to read Ice Like Fire as well. I’d recommend this book!

 

design-2I often want my books to have a good looking cover and for new books like this one, a good cover really matters to me as for me reading it or not. Well of course the plot summary usually have to be good as well, but a good cover often makes me read it sooner.

The cover design for Snow Like Fire is great! It’s enticing to read and after reading the book I totally get the cover and what it implies. I like the details in the cover as well and it’s a great design all over I think. I also love the font used. I’m a sucker for classic fonts with serifs. Great use of black and white text as well!