Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire

 

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

 

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

I apologize in advance if this review seems vague or if I start to ramble–this book has shattered me almost as many times as Celaena’s been broken, and I don’t want to give away any spoilers.

 

It’s hard to form words right now.

 

This entire storyline exceeded every imagining I had for it. I would never have thought that this would be how the plot would develop, but it was so rich with new information and you get to see more of the story through new characters’ eyes that enhances just how epic a tale this is. It reminds me of Harry Potter, in a way.

 

I mean, I am a die-hard Potterhead. And reading the HP books was more than a journey, more than an adventure–it was an experience that took me so far out of myself and threw me so far into that world, that in a way the story became real for me. I was a part of it. Those characters are some of my dearest friends, and I feel connected with their fates on a level that I would with a corporeal person.

 

That’s how I feel about the characters in the Throne of Glass series, and that’s how I feel about myself when I’m reading these books.

 

And that is one of the hardest and most impressive things a writer can accomplish, in my mind.

 

And there is so much meat to this story, it’s incredible! I can’t help but to keep thinking of all the back stories that are so essential and complex and I wonder at how a person could have dreamed up this world. The intricacy of this tale is not lost on me, and Heir of Fire does not disappoint.

 

I am in awe of this book!

 

 And just when I actually believed that it was going to end on a high note, after all the turmoil and strife spilling out of this book, my feels were 

 

COMPLETELY OBLITERATED.

 

And Celaena! She is a character with so many surprises and so much depth–just when I think I understand her she reveals another sliver of herself and her past and I’m BLOWN AWAY. And with how much she’s forced to grow and all she has to withstand and awful circumstances she has to thrive in! She is strong and wild and fierce and broken and lost and

 

she is a

 

f  o  r  c  e  .

 

Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of Dorian and Chaol to be heard from, and not all of it is as bright and shiny as I’d hoped. I’ll have to wait until I’m a tad more composed before sifting through my emotions in regards to these two, because holy hell.

 

I have loved every book in this series even more than the one that preceded it, and it’s going to be difficult having to wait until the next installment. Sarah J. Maas, you are a Goddess of Writing–I am in complete awe of you and I thank you for sharing your stories with the rest of us mere mortals.

 

 

 

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Rating: 5

 

Stacking the Shelves (25)

Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

 

This week’s STS is all about a Bloomsbury US Kids & Teen! They hosted a Twitter giveaway of fall ARCs and by the grace of God himself I WON!!! I could scarcely believe my luck, and when I opened the door to find a package from Bloomsbury waiting on my front porch I just about lost it! I was *pinches fingers* this close to tears, I was so happy!!!! So these are the books I’d like to share with you all:D

 

 

The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker The Fire Artist Chasing Power Not in the Script Whisper the Dead Heir of Fire

 

 

 

I am incandescently happy with this win! If you don’t already know, Throne of Glass is one of my absolute, all-time FAVORITE series!!! I finished rereading Throne of Glass last night and am close to finishing my reread of Crown of Midnight, all in preparation for the release of HEIR OF FIRE on Tuesday!!!! I know I’m all gushy and babbling but I fangirl hardcore to the MAX when it comes to TOG!!!:D

 

 

Happy Reading!;)

 

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

 

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hairactually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Bear with me as I attempt to articulate my love for this book–my mind was BLOWN and now I’m trying to scoop up all the brain matter splattered around the room so that I might form some coherent thoughts.

 

WAAAAAHHHHHHH?!

 

This was two epic and enduring stories bundled into one. Two stories that flow so fluidly together that it didn’t have me confused or leave me scratching my head. These two worlds were blended flawlessly.

 

From the very start of this story, I loved Karou’s seemingly carefree attitude and cool demeanor. But do you know what made me love her even more? Learning that the Karou she lets others see is a facade for the real Karou, and that deep down she feels alone and hollow.

 

Who wouldn’t respond to that on some level? 

 

And the chimaera aspect of this story is executed on a level that blew me away. Not once did I question the credibility of these creatures, because it never even crossed my mind–I had zero reason to doubt that no matter how fantastic the characters may seem, they were real. They are real to me. 

 

And Akiva? The swoons grew stronger the longer I read until I was blown apart by the devotion and passion and soul-wrenching love he possesses. 

 

Laini Taylor has managed to weave two worlds, two stories, two lives together seamlessly with an unrestrained imagination that enhances fantasy in a way that makes the story real for me, no matter how fantastic the plot. I can guarantee you this is one of my favorite reads to date!

 

 

 

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Rating: 5

 

 

Waiting on Falls the Shadow

Waiting on WednesdayHosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

 

 

 

My Pick:

 

 

Falls the Shadow

Falls the Shadow
By Stefanie Gaither

Publication Date: September 16

 

When Cate Benson was a kid, her sister, Violet, died. Two hours after the funeral, Cate’s family picked up Violet’s replacement. Like nothing had happened. Because Cate’s parents are among those who decided to give their children a sort of immortality—by cloning them at birth—which means this new Violet has the same smile. The same perfect face. Thanks to advancements in mind-uploading technology, she even has all of the same memories as the girl she replaced.

She also might have murdered the most popular girl in school.

At least, that’s what the paparazzi and the anti-cloning protestors want everyone to think: that clones are violent, unpredictable monsters. Cate is used to hearing all that. She’s used to defending her sister, too. But Violet has vanished, and when Cate sets out to find her, she ends up in the line of fire instead. Because Cate is getting dangerously close to secrets that will rock the foundation of everything she thought was true.

 

 

 

With cold weather rolling in and fall just around the corner I’m getting ready to bunker down with a nice thriller to prepare me for Halloween-time, and this book right here sounds like a perfect start;)

 

 

What book are you waiting for?

 

 

Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time–proof that humans can work magic.

–Carl Sagan

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

 

 

I haven’t participated in Top Ten in what feels like FOREVER, but here I am! And I am totally stoked for this one because there are countless books I have yet to own that I am DESPERATE to get my hands on. 

 

In no particular order, let’s check out these bad boys!

 

 

 

Midnight Thief

 

Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.

But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Kick

 

Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later. In the early months following her freedom, as Kick struggled with PTSD, her parents put her through a litany of therapies, but nothing helped until the detective who rescued her suggested Kick learn to fight. Before she was thirteen, Kick learned marksmanship, martial arts, boxing, archery, and knife throwing. She excelled at every one, vowing she would never be victimized again. But when two children in the Portland area go missing in the same month, Kick goes into a tailspin. Then an enigmatic man Bishop approaches her with a proposition: he is convinced Kick’s experiences and expertise can be used to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past…

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Winner's Curse

 

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love 

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebel

 

Wren Connolly thought she’d left her human side behind when she does five years ago and came back 178 minutes later as a Reboot. With her new abilities of strength, speed, and healing—along with a lack of emotions—Wren 178 became the perfect soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Then Callum 22 came along and changed everything.

Now that they’ve both escaped, they’re ready to start a new life in peace on the Reboot reservation. But Micah 163, the Reboot running the reservation, has darker plans in mind: to wipe out the humans. All of them. Micah has been building a Reboot army for years and is now ready to launch his attack on the cities. Callum wants to stick around and protect the humans. Wren wants nothing more than to leave all the fighting behind them.

With Micah on one side, HARC on the other, and Wren and Callum at odds in the middle, there’s only one option left…

It’s time for Reboots to become rebels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kiss of Deception

 

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Like Ashes

 

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Murder Complex

 

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talon

 

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Truth About Alice

 

Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.

But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?

It’s true. Ask ANYBODY.

Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It’s written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control.

In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students—the girl who has the infamous party, the car accident survivor, the former best friend, and the boy next door—tell all they know.

But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Son

 

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation. Golden Soncontinues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within. A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart,Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.

 

 

 

Stacking the Shelves (24)

Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

 

 

I’m a little late on the post, but I am posting . . . That has to count for something, right?;) 

 

 

Isla and the Happily Ever After #16thingsithoughtweretrue Six Months Later Reached Demonglass Gameboard of the Gods Promise of Shadows DR 1 - Something Borrowed DR 2 - Something Blue Baby Proof Love the One You're With Heart of the Matter Where We Belong 

 

 

The first three are purchases, and the rest are all on loan from my oh-so-stellar friends;) 

 

Oh, and I saw IF I STAY today!!! You better believe a softie like me had some prominent tear tracks by the time the movie was through. And I have to say, they did an absolutely FANTASTIC job with the movie, I LOVED it!

 

 

Happy Reading!;)