Sunday, September 6, 2015

Throne of Glass (ToG #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis: "After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined."

Title: Throne of Glass
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 404
Ages: 13+
My Rating: 5 stars
One Word: CHAOL!!!
Fave Quote:
“In the garden, the Captain of the Guard stared up at the young woman's balcony, watching as she waltzed alone, lost in her dreams. But he knew her thoughts weren't of him.
She stopped and stared upward. Even from a distance, he could see the blush upon her cheeks. She seemed young—no, new. It made his chest ache. 
Still, he watched, watched until she sighed and went inside. She never bothered to look below.”

The critic in me says "okay, some things in this book really have changed to improved the book", but then the teenage girl in me is like "I DON'T EVEN CARE! CELEANA SLAYS ALL WOOO!"

As you can tell... the teenage girl wins.

The Critic
Okay I will switch to my critic side for a minute because there certainly is much room for improvement in this novel, starting with the fact that Celeana is WAYYY too into herself. Honestly:
"Why did Chaol never joke with her as Dorian did? Perhaps he truly didn't find her attractive" (278).

Uhhh... seriously bish?

In addition to that, the guys all come swarming towards her and she bats her eyelashes WAY TOO MUCH. Like, seriously girl? You're an ASSASSIN not a girly girl flirting with every guy.

Besides the fact, I could not not like Celeana (specifically because her and Chaol *sighs happily*)

The Teenaged Girl
My previous statement was a perfect segue to the "teenaged girl" portion of my review.

Can I just say that Chaol and Caleana literally is the definition of perfection? PERFECTION. Dorian is just too arrogant for me although he was cute sometimes with the candy and puppy. However, there is a fine line between cutesiness and cheesiness and he was very close to crossing that line! Anyway, so that is why I totally "ship" (*blagh* hate that word, but works for my teenage review) Chaol and Celeana together. They just click together without being cheesy...just themselves. Maas really does know how to write least for Chaol and Celeana's sake. I like how she keeps the pace slow but strong.

Also, disregarding the whole spiel I had about Celeana's annoying traits, I have to admit, she was a little badass too. I honestly like Nehemia better though for her confidence and how she collects herself.

The plot was great as well, although I was hoping Maas would dive a bit deeper into the whole magic concept and how it formed in the beginning (that's my problem with fantasy, I always need an explanation even if there really isn't one). I was flipping the pages so quickly throughout the end just wanting to know what was going to happen! Very suspenseful and breathtaking. 

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