Hello book friends, so as mentioned in my previous post, I'm going to have a review up soon, and this is the book that I will be reviewing today!
So this book took me awhile to read, it wasn't bad or anything, but it's just with my Finals preparation and school work, I just wasn't able to power through this book as I wished I could. So this book took me about a month to read, but nonetheless, I finally finished it!
I gave this book 5/5 stars
Synopsis (from Goodreads) :
Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
Published on: August 2nd 2012 by Bloomsbury
This book is just pure epicness, everything from the beginning of the book to the end just kept me sitting on the edge of my seat! I felt so overwhelmed by how easily I was sucked into the book, right from the moment I picked the book up and I just could not put the book down! I have some small issues with this book, but we will discuss about that after I talked about this things that I really liked about this book.
What I loved about this book:
I love how this book was such an easy read, even though it was a high fantasy. I came across some high fantasy books before in the past, and it was really hard to get into it with the really weird and foreign world the book was set up in. Surprisingly, this wasn't the case for this book!
The romance inside this book was just so spectacular, but maybe the "spectacular" is an understatement. The love triangle was so funny sometimes at how the two male characters are trying to find out the things hidden between them, as one tries to secretly show his love to Celaena, while the other is trying to bring his love across to Celaena in the public eye, like it's a warning to the others that she belongs to him (at least that's the vibe I got from the guy when he acts all sweet with Celaena) However, if you are wondering, which guy is which, I won't tell you, after all, this is a non-spoiler review. So you will have to read the book to be able to find out! =)
Also, I really like how this book was filled with so many action scenes, and it was just so amazing, looking at how Celaena beats her opponents with the sass she has got, hidden within her. Although I enjoyed the tests given to them, I still liked the duel at the end of the book even more. As she beats her opponent as if it was breaking a branch from a tree, the whole scene was just so breathtaking and overwhelming to read!
This book also made me feel like everything was so real, like I was one of the side characters inside this book, watching everything like it was a reality. I felt so attached to the characters, the scenes seemed so realistic to me, it was like I knew the characters and they are a part of my life. Maybe it was the way the book was written or it was the writing style, but it was just a job well done!
What I disliked about the book:
I didn't like the way the characters were introduced in the book, especially Dorian and Chaol. With their titles being mentioned only at the first chapter, and all of a sudden we have their names being announced to us, readers, was just really confusing. At least for me it was confusing at the start. I didn't know who "Captain Westfall" was, and that it was actually Chaol... However, as the book progresses, this isn't a very serious problem, so it was still okay.
I also didn't like how the book randomly jumps its point of views from the characters. One moment I was reading Celaena's point of view, and in the same chapter but different paragraph, we are now in Dorian's point of view. There wasn't anything in the book to give you a signal that we are going to have a change in the point of views of the characters, sometimes it was just so confusing, and I had a hard time processing the fact that we are now no longer in the point of view of Celaena but some random characters inside the book. It took me awhile to get used to it, but as it got near the ending of the book, I pretty much understood how this book was progressing, and so this wasn't a really big issue as well near the ending.
I really enjoyed myself when I was reading the book. I loved the characters very much, especially Celaena, she just has all those sass within her, I really admire her with how she is so sassy and how she is so mesmerizing when she is fighting her opponent.
If you guys like High Fantasy, Romance, a bit of Magic, a sprinkle of Paranormal and maybe a slight Adventure, then this is the right book that you should be picking up now!
All right, I shall end my review here now! I hope this review will let you guys be more hyped up and would want to go and read this book. I seriously hoped I had picked this book up way before in the past, because it was just so good and I felt like I was just missing out! So you guys better go get this book and then read it as soon as possible!
I will have another post up soon, so stay tuned! I hope you guys will have a great weekend! Until the next post is up, happy reading! =D