Queen of Shadows REVIEW

Synopsis:

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

My review:

Queen of Shadows is my favourite book of the throne of glass series so far! The book was really interesting and captivating storyline that made it impossible to put down. I loved how it was fast paced but it so fast paced that it ruined the story. Sarah’s writing style is amazing! It’s hard to describe how much I love it. She is a brilliant author!

The characterisation in the book was amazing! I loved Aelin! She is definitely one of the best characters that I’ve read. She is written so well! As for Rowan, all that I can say is that he is perfect! I am so looking forward to reading about him and Aelin in the next book. As for Dorian, my emotions were all over the place. Everything that happened to him in this book just broke my heart… I’d say more but I’m keeping this review spoiler (I’m trying). You get to meet some amazing new characters in this book who I can’t help but love! They definitely make the book just that little bit better. As for Chaol, I don’t think that I’ve ever changed opinions on a character as quickly as I have with him. He changed a lot in the series which is sad but it was bound to happen after the events that have occurred in previous books and this book. In Heir of Fire, lot’s of people loved Manon which I never understood. I used to dread her chapters because I found this boring and unnecessary. In this book however, I began to like her chapters and the character itself. She’s not one my favourite characters, that title belongs to Aelin, Rowan and Dorian but I do like her and I’m looking forward to what she’ll do in the next book. The characterisation in this book is the best of the entire series so far! They all lead you on a rollercoaster of emotions that is so hard to describe.

One thing I love about not only this book but the whole series is the world that was created. I can love the characters and storyline but if the world building is horrible, it ruins the book for me. In this novel, the world building is fantastic! I absolutely love that each book includes a map at the beginning. It’s nice to have when you’re reading because it helps imagining the world in your head.

Overall this book was amazing! I loved everything about the book and I can’t wait for the next book which comes out in September. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy but I honestly feel like everyone should read it. If you’ve read the first book and you found it an okay read, please keep reading because the books just get better and better!

Rating: 5/5 stars!

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Heir of Fire REVIEW

Synopsis:

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Timesbestselling Crown of Midnight.

My review:

Finishing Crown of Midnight, I had high expectations of this book. The first two books of the Throne of Glass were absolutely amazing and I was really looking forward to reading this book. The book was amazing but only once you got past the first two hundred pages. The first 200 pages took me two weeks to get through. I found the story quite slow and frankly boring at times but once I got through the first part of the story, I couldn’t put the book down. I read the last part of the book in a few hours. The story was interesting and captivating. Each chapter would end and you’d have to find out what was next, hence not being able to put it down.

During this book you change character point of views a lot. I loved Celaena’s and Chaol’s but  I really struggled to read Manon’s point of view. I felt like her chapters had no meaning to the story and I would dread whenever I started a chapter and it had her name on the page. Throughout the story, I would try to read these chapters as fast as I could so I could get to what I considered the better part of the story

Overall the novel was really good! Although the first part of the book wasn’t that great in my opinion, the latter part of the story made up for it! The end was captivating and fast paced! It was impossible to put down. I loved this book as a whole but unfortunately the beginning does weigh it down a bit. If the book was as captivating from the beginning as it was at the end, I would’ve given it 5 stars.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Akarnae REVIEW

Synopsis

Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities. Desperate to return home, she learns that only a man named Professor Marselle can help her… but he’s missing.

While waiting for him to reappear, Alex attends Akarnae Academy, Medora’s boarding school for teenagers with extraordinary gifts. She soon starts to enjoy her bizarre new world and the friends who embrace her as one of their own, but strange things are happening at Akarnae, and Alex can’t ignore her fear that something unexpected… something sinister… is looming.

An unwilling pawn in a deadly game, Alex’s shoulders bear the crushing weight of an entire race’s survival. Only she can save the Medorans, but what if doing so prevents her from ever returning home?

Will Alex risk her entire world—and maybe even her life—to save Medora?

My Review:

I cannot say how much I loved this book! The writing stlye is absolutely brilliant, the story is so captivating and fast paced! I don’t have enough words to say how much I loved this book! It’s quite rare to read a book as amazing as Akarnae!

I absolutely loved the characters in this book. I love Alex and her friends Jordan and Bear! I love the friendship they share with Alex. It’s gives the book such a nice feeling to it and it keeps you interested in the story. I loved how much each character developed. They all had a story which went to such depth. Even though I haven’t experienced anything like what happened in the book, I felt like I could relate to the characters which was so nice because it created this connection to the characters and the book.

The world building was spectacular! The book was written in a way that I could imagine every single detail. While I was reading, I felt like I was right beside Alex throughout all her adventures and I was able to experience everything along side her. I really liked that the names of the places in the book. They were unique and therefore gave the story are unique feel. I could go on and on about how much I loved the world that was created! It was wonderful!

Overall this book was incredible! Akarnae is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It was captivating, it had amazing characters, the world building was done beautifully and the writing style was great! I cannot say how good this book was! I highly recommend this book to everyone but especially if you love fantasy books! If you don’t read Akarnae, you’re missing out on a great book! Well done Lynette on writing an incredible novel!

Rating: 5/5 stars!

 

Unpopular Book Opinions Tag

I got tagged on my instagram account to do the unpopular book opinions tag! If you’re reading this, feel free to do the tag as well! Anyway, here are my unpopular book opinions.

A popular book or series that you do not like:

I’m not sure if its really popular but I really struggled to read the shatter me series. I found the characters really annoying and the plot was average at best. The love triangle made me want to throw the book out the window.

A popular book or series that everyone seems to hate but you love:

There isn’t really one. All the series that I love aren’t series that most people hate.

A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with or an OTP that you don’t like:

I cant think of one. I always like the person that is chosen for some reason.

A popular book genre that you hardly reach for:

Im not a huge fan of contemporary books. I prefer books like fantasy and sci-fi where I can escape the world into another one entirely. Contemporary books are too realistic for me but are somehow at the same time so unrealistic. So many contemporary books I’ve read have events happen that would never happen in someone’s life.

A popular character that you do not like:

I’m not a huge fan of Tris honestly. I love the divergent series but Tris always seemed to bother me. I loved all the other characters and I loved the setting, writing and setting but Tris always seemed to bother me…

A popular author that you just can’t seem to get into:

I struggle to read John Green books. I’ve tried reading a few of his books but I’m yet to finish one. They’re really cliché and honestly so predictable. I might try to read them later on but at the moment, I’m not really fussed about his books.

A popular book trope you’re sick and tired of seeing:

I absolutely hate love triangles! They rarely happen in peoples lives so they are honestly so unrealistic and quite annoying. It’s not that hard to choose one honestly! and if you don’t like one, you can always go out with the other later if the character feels like it. Authors may think that it’s interesting but its one of the most annoying things, especially if it is the main focus of the story.

A popular series that you have no interest in reading:
I don’t have a series that I’m not interested in reading. I never like to judge a book before I read it, otherwise id be a very picky reader. An example of this would be The Selection series. It’s not my usual type of read and if I was picky, I wouldn’t have read it but when I read it, I found that I enjoyed it!
 
The saying goes, “The book is always better than the movie” but what movie or TV show adaption was better than the book?
I honestly cant think of one. The books are honestly always better for me, mainly because the movie or TV shows leave so much out. If I had to choose a movie or TV show that was close to being as good as the book, I’d have to choose Catching Fire. It was done so well and it stands as my favourite book to movie adaptation.
Well, there are my unpopular book opinions! Feel free to comment whether you agree or disagree with what I said. ~Ellie