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

 

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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

 

 

Defy by Sara B. Larson

Defy

 

Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?

 

 

 My Thoughts

 

You set a book in front of me that has a female lead forced to masquerade as a man and own it, I’m sold.

 

I love it.

 

Not only is she a girl who has to pretend she’s a boy (for years), but she’s the most elite fighter in the Prince’s guard. She’s beaten out all the other guys, and they’re the best of the best.

 

BadA**.

 

From the instant this story opens, I was thrown right into her world and the tragic loss of her parents. I could feel her desperation and fear and apprehension of facing the unknown.

 

I was hooked.

 

Enter Prince Damian–how can you not swoon over this man? At first he seems petulant and, well, a complete brat if I’m being honest. But there’s something about his eyes where you can see that he’s not who everyone thinks he is. He’s caring and fiercely loyal to protecting his people, and to righting the wrongs his father the King has inflicted in his sadistic quest for power.

 

The one person I was confused about was Rylan. At first I just thought he was a good friend to Alex, and I could tell something was blooming between Alex and Damian, but it felt like all of a sudden Alex also had deep feelings for Rylan where I felt like there was only friendship. It seemed abrupt to me, but I do love Rylan’s level of friendship and devotion to protecting Alex. Well, except for when he’s acting like a punk once jealousy rears its ugly head. It’s the romantic aspect between him and Alex that I wasn’t convinced about.

 

What I saw of the world building and the conditions of the people were vivid–I felt nauseated reading about the breeding houses and devastated as Alex’s loved ones were killed. I felt the blossoming love and uneasy distrust and every other emotion present.

 

I do love this story–I love the premise and I love the fierceness and I love some of the romance. I just want the next book to bump it up on the fierce and focus less on the love triangle, you know? I want Alex and Damian together, and to have them fight for and conquer the problems in the kingdom.

 

I’m eagerly anticipating the sequel!

 

 

4/5 stars;)

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Unmade

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 My Pick:

 

Unmade

Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy #3)
By Sarah Rees Brennan
Publication Date: September 23

 

 Who will be the sacrifice?

Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.

Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility—and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves most.

This final book in the Lynburn Legacy is a wild, entertaining ride from beginning to shocking end.

 

 

 

THE LYNBURN LEGACY YEEEEEEEEEES!!!!! New to the series? Don’t be shy, grab a copy of Unspoken for yourself! Seriously, Kami’s voice kills me, in absolutely the best way. She is hilarious and adventurous and there’s MAGIC. And for the love of all that is holy, I NEED to know what happens to Jared!!! It was a cruel joke that Untold ended the way it did. I need the big finale!

 

 

What book are you waiting for?

 

 

A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard

A Darkness Strange and Lovely

 

Following an all-out battle with the walking Dead, the Spirit Hunters have fled Philadelphia, leaving Eleanor alone to cope with the devastating aftermath. But there’s more trouble ahead—the evil necromancer Marcus has returned, and his diabolical advances have Eleanor escaping to Paris to seek the help of Joseph, Jie, and the infuriatingly handsome Daniel once again. When she arrives, however, she finds a whole new darkness lurking in this City of Light. As harrowing events unfold, Eleanor is forced to make a deadly decision that will mean life or death for everyone.

 

 

 

 

 My Thoughts

 

Zombies.

 

Magic.

 

Zombie Magic.

 

Can you tell where this is going?

 

This book is BLOODY BRILLIANT. The whole series is addicting, really. If you have not yet tried out a zombie novel, I would say go with this one.

 

DID I MENTION IT HAS MAGIC?

 

Eleanor is back and has sold off nearly all of her possessions to be able to afford her mother’s medical bills, because hearing about your daughter’s encounters with Spirit-Hunters and the Hungry Dead can sometimes push you past the brink of insanity. (^^understatement^^)

 

The Spirit-Hunters have left Philadelphia to deal with the les Morts roaming the streets of Paris. That leaves Eleanor to handle the fallout from the Philadelphia deaths and Dead when BAM! Seemingly out of nowhere Eleanor is being chased by Hell Hounds. Which, if caught, would cause her soul to be permanently obliterated.

 

Sounds like a bad day, yeah?

 

So off she runs to Paris to find the Spirit-Hunters and en route encounters a demon. At the time I couldn’t help but wonder how she has the worst luck in the entire world. And then she’s forced to bind to the demon (or face death–not much of a choice there)! AND she’s constantly being pulled by her magic. Did I mention she’s a necromancer? Yeah. She has magic and can control the dead, no big deal. The problem?

 

It’s black magic and as addicting as opium.

 

Well, and there’s the problem of how things ended between Eleanor and Daniel.

 

Ohh Daniel Sheridan.

 

D   A  N   I   E   L .

 

I love him. He keeps doing things for Eleanor because he obviously loves her even though he “doesn’t love her.” He’s always there and he’s a charmer and would do anything for Eleanor and he’s a brilliant inventor and . . .

 

Uh, where was I?

 

Through all of this, there’s something sinister lurking in Paris–it’s creating les Morts left and right and it’s up to the Spirit-Hunters, Eleanor and her demon to figure it all out before it’s too late. Oh yeah, and JIE HAS GONE MISSING. The common theme seems to be that everything that can go wrong, WILL GO WRONG. Good luck with that!

 

I’m going to be honest–many instances I found myself scrubbing my hands down my face because I just wanted to strangle Eleanor! It always happens, though–the MC will think that they have to hide things and that as long as they keep it a secret everything will all work out but SURPRISE! It never works. People are going to feel betrayed and you’ll be labeled as a liar and untrustworthy aaaaand yeah. Don’t hide sketchy things, it won’t end well.

 

But I also feel bad for Eleanor because she’s lost everything and everyone. What’s a girl to do? Apparently go kick some Dead a**, that’s what!

 

Sometimes when I am in love with a book, I ramble on and on about it . . . like I did just now. I love it, I love it, I LOVE IT!

 

 

5/5 stars;)

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Heir of Fire

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 My Pick:

 

Heir of Fire

Heir of Fire
By Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: September 2

 

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?

 

 

Do you know how OVERJOYED I am that this is over 500 pages long?! Um, BEYOND STOKED!!!! If you haven’t started the Throne of Glass series, I am telling you this because we are friends and I care about your well-being and happiness–

 

G O.  R E A D.  I T.

 

It is absolutely, without a doubt one of my all-time FAVORITE series, ever. So am I Waiting on this book? Freaking yes I am.

 

 

What book are you waiting for?

Untold By Sarah Rees Brennan

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Please let me start off by politely requesting that if you have yet to read Unspoken, the first in The Lynburn Legacy series, you should drop whatever it is you’re doing–even if it be sleeping (though I’m not entirely sure how you “drop” sleep)–and go read it. Seriously, these books are THAT good. Also, if you have yet to read Unspoken you should probably skip over reading the next paragraph, as sequel summaries tend to contain slight spoilers about the end of the first book. And because I’m having trouble actually formulating a summary (because I’m too busy imaging what’s going to happen next, thanks to the GIANT cliffhanger), I’ll post a little something from Goodreads:

“In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission in order to kill for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so that the town can return to the old ways. But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers in town. A decision must be made: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she’s now free to love anyone she chooses. But who should that be?”

Among all the OH-MY-GOSH-WHAT-IS-HAPPENING moments, this book is undeniably fraught with the wit of characters and all the clever quips you could possibly need, keeping the story thoroughly entertaining. I found myself going from uncontrollable laughter to not even being able to breathe, fearful that the characters would sense my tension and act out accordingly. Prepare to have ALL YOUR HOPES AND DREAMS ripped out–it’s Sarah’s specialty, after all–5/5 blindingly bright stars 😉