Throne of Glass: Review

13519397Okay so, this series has been so hyped up everywhere, I just had to read it myself. Although this is SJM’s first book, I read it after reading the three books of ACOTAR. – so, read this review with a grain of salt.

Even if I didn’t know this was SJM’s first book ever, I would have guessed it. The writing is, uhm, satisfactory at best. It just goes to show how much she has improved as an author in ACOTAR.

The world building isn’t too elaborate. As readers we are given scrapes of information on how the current tyrant King has been invading surrounding lands to increase his own rule. During more than half the book, the king simply vanishes and is only mentioned whenever convenient.

Celaena, the main character, the most feared assassin. I found her bearable than most of the other YA heroines. But the tone-shifts of her character felt unreal, and made her somehow lacking overall. Sure, she can be an assassin who likes to eat desserts and dress up, but as the ‘most feared assassin’ she didn’t look the part. It was also emphasized that she ‘just a 17-y.o girl’ repeatedly, which in turn made the super-dangerous-assassin part a bit over the top.

Chaol, the captain of the guard, was kept as ‘Mr. Mysterious’ for so long, that I honestly lost interest. (who am I kidding, I still want to know more about him).
Dorian, the prince, felt like the only one who stayed true to himself, and so was one of the character I enjoyed reading.

The pacing of the story was okay, if not slow. The bigger plot at play is slowly uncovered, through the connection is lost between that and the current storyline. The ending is also, you guessed it, okay-ish; with majority plot points closed, and new one opened at the very end on which the story is bound to continue. The climax is mild. All in all, it felt as if this book is the prologue of the whole series. As a standalone, it doesn’t entice me too much to continue reading the series.

Overall 3 out of 5 stars.

My Top Series of All-Time

Hey guys!

Whenever someone asks me to recommend a book to them, I get so torn between which book to choose because it’s not necessary that what I’ve liked in a particular book work for all. While some books are good, some are great, but a few become memorable, and that last part is completely subjective on how and what you were feeling in real life while reading the story.

For me, the following series come to my mind whenever I’m discussing recommendations. All the series are fictional and are arranged by genres. They are in not in any particular rank and only the first book is linked.

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Genre: Children’s Books

The Famous Five Series

This was one of the very first books I’ve ever read and of course I hold it very dear.

 

Genre: Middle Grade

The Harry Potter Series

This one is obvious, need I explain it?

 

Genre: Young Adult

A Court of Thorns and Roses Series

This series has equal amounts of romance, action, and tragedy and you soon enough care and love all the characters.

 

Genre: New Adult

The Kingkiller Chronicles

This series is heavy. It has unparalleled world building, story telling and is character driven. It incorporates of aspects of a perfect fictional book that you never want to stop reading it.


Worthy Mentions

The Inheritance Cycle

This was the first book I read that made me fall in love with dragons.

 

The Ascendance Trilogy

This series was the first I read which included politics, threat of treason, and a witty-and-stupidly-brave main character. This was soon followed by The remnant The Remnant Chronicles Series and The Winner’s Trilogy.

 

The Loom Saga

It is steampunk. Of course I like it!

 


This list will be updated when (and if) I find books that I love more than these.

Meanwhile give them a read and let me know what you think!

Happy Reading!

🙂 FTK

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses: Review

Wow this book!16096824
This is the first I’ve read from Sarah J Mass, and i’m happy i read it.
The story is medium to fast paced, without ever dragging or cutting out on descriptions.

ACOTAR is loosely based on The Beauty and The Beast, set in a faerie realm. However, the main story soon unfolds, and you realize this is much more than simple ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
The character were developed as much is necessary, and when the ‘evil’ character came into view, you’d truly hate them with all your heart. Some other characters were complex characters whom you weren’t sure to like or not.

As for the main characters, Feyre and Tamlin, were perfect, in my opinion [Edit: future-me disagrees with this statement], I started to care for them from the first chapter they were introduced. (but i’m looking for more attachment from a reader-to-character standpoint in the future books)
The ending is complete in its own way, I was satisfied with it, even if I wasn’t going to read the sequels.

I am looking forward to continue the series and eagerly waiting for the next book to arrive.

Overall: 4.5/5