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Juliette Crushes her TBR in 2016 #1: Queen of Shadows

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The first thing I want to do is apologize to my very few regular readers out there. I’ve been gone for quite a while, but I have a good excuse! I got married and went on a Disney cruise and got into a wreck and have been dealing with that aftermath! SO… I’ve been incredibly busy and unfortunately, something had to give. Because of the Disney cruise though, I’ve been reading up a storm and am ready to continue crushing my TBR pile for you, starting with…

18006496QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J Maas
Pages: 648
Published: September 1st 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
ISBN: 9781619636040
Summary from Goodreads: 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.

I enjoyed this book way more than I expected to. I’ll be honest and say I didn’t really enjoy the last book in this series so this book has been sitting on my Kindle starting at me for a while. I didn’t want to sit down with a book this big if I was going to have to force myself to read it. But one day I gave in and started it and was pleasantly surprised. Aelin is way cooler than she was in the previous books, even though I think it would be confusing that she has so many different names for any new readers that didn’t start in the beginning of the series. But she’s so much stronger and smarter and way more fun to read about. She still annoyingly feels way too romantically about every man in her life, but even that was toned down in this book. I think it was overall way deeper and more enjoyable than any other book in this series. There’s a reason it won the goodreads choice award, and it isn’t just because this series already had a major following behind it. Each relationship is explored and deepened and a lot of decisions that had been made earlier in the series are explained. It was a lot darker overall too, which I loved. The first two books in the series are very light. (Even though there’s a lot of murder. :P) But this last one is dark and beautifully written and I’ll be honest and say I had trouble putting it down when no other book in this series had done that to me. Sarah J Maas has proven herself to be a great writer and I’m now much more likely to pick up her other series. If you’re like me and don’t quite understand what the hype is about, give it another chance and give this book a shot. It’ll be well worth it, I promise.

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16034235Juliette crushes her TBR pile #2: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Pages: 404

Published: May 7th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

ISBN: 9781619630345

From Goodreads: In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

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My expectations were way way high for this book. I’ll admit I’m a fan of book porn and follow quite a few book instagram pages. This book is all over those. It already looks like a ton of fun, but that fact that it kept showing up in these pictures made me want to read it even more.

I was not disappointed. I also wasn’t blown out of the water. It was a lot longer than I expected and I felt like a lot of it could have been condensed to make the book more approachable for less experienced readers. But that’s okay because this book seems to be doing just fine being as big as it is.

This book gets criticized a lot for Celeana being obsessed with clothes even though she is this well-trained assassin. I have a couple arguments with that. First, people can like whatever they want and don’t have to fit neatly into specific boxes. Second, she didn’t choose to be an assassin. Who knows how her life would have gone if she could have done anything she wanted? She had no choice in what happened, but she did the only thing she could do and she became the best at what she was. That doesn’t mean she lost all the other parts of herself, like loving pretty dresses. Also, the author wrote this book probably knowing that her primary audience would be women. Don’t women love reading about the clothes? I don’t think there was anything wrong with this aspect of the book.

What I didn’t like very much was how she seemed to be attracted to every guy. Okay, maybe it was just two and I know love triangles are a big part of YA literature but it felt really forced to me. I didn’t really think her connection with either Chaol or Dorian was very strong and I didn’t really find myself wanting her to be with or fall for either one of them. For me, that’s a crucial thing. I need a good love story to at least be a good side story. I wasn’t feeling it at all.

The writing was pretty well done. I didn’t think the magic system that seemed to be being set up in this book was very unique or original. But it moved fairly quickly and strong female heroines are always good to see.

I’m surprised this book gained as much popularity as it did considering the lack of emotional connection that I felt. But maybe I’m the exception in this case and a tons of people feel differently than I do.

Reading this review back to myself it sounds like I’m giving it a bad review. I’m not, I actually really enjoyed this book and plan on reviewing the rest pretty soon. It’s rare that I’ll enjoy a book based on plot alone, but it feels like this book has a lot of potential and hopefully it’ll go somewhere great. 🙂

If you’re a YA fan or want to explore the genre this one would be a good one to pick up. It’s not whiny like some of the other books out there and it’s pretty solid, even if the love triangle makes me roll my eyes a bit.

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