I did The Thing again this month (The Thing is where you burn through an entire series in around 2 weeks) but this time to a much lesser degree. This time I only burned through one series instead of an entire franchise so at least that’s something. In addition to reading the entire Throne of Glass series I also read one historical fiction and one YA.
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – I originally picked up MPHFPC because of the bombardment of promotion the feature film was throwing in my face. I’m not going to bother summarizing because the trailer does a fairly decent job of it minus switching some of the major character’s powers (which I still don’t understand WHY that was necessary). I would love to say that I loved this book but I just didn’t. In fact, it actually took me three weeks to finish because I had to keep reading other books in between because I would get so bored. The plot was too spotty and jumpy for my liking and I really disliked the narrator (and found him annoying for a YA novel). 3 out of 5 stars purely for some of the visual descriptions.
- Bohemian Gospel – Bohemian Gospel is set in 13th century Bohemia and centers around Mouse (a young healer) and King Ottakar (the next in line to the throne). Mouse has special powers that allow her to do incredible things like raise the dead, control animals and sense demons. Throughout the first 75% of the book we see Mouse primarily in Bohemia with Ottakar acting as an advisor to him. In the last 25% of the book we see Mouse as she ages through the next 20 or so years of her life with a plot twist at the end that had me SMH at the absurdity. I was into it for the first 75% but the plot twist kind of ruined it for me. 3 out of 5 stars.
Alright here we go with the entire ToG series. I’m going to try to make each of these fairly short as to not give anything huge away and also because there is SO MUCH PLOT. SPOILERS AHEAD, you have been warned.
- Throne of Glass – Our heroine: Celaena Sardothien, deadly assassin. The main plot: Celaena is summoned by the Crown Prince, Dorian, to compete in his father’s competition for the official Royal Assassin/Champion position. Also a main player, Captain of the Guard Chaol Westfall. There is also a bit of fantasy/magic going on with a dead queen showing up and somewhat guiding Celaena to win the competition which she eventually does in an attempt to act like a double agent because the King is evil. Duh. 4 out of 5 stars.
- Crown of Midnight – Celaena is now officially the Kings Champion but is also undercover to try to take down the Glass Castle. She is mostly out on missions doing the Kings bidding (but actually setting prisoners free) and staying the hell away from the drama that is Dorian and Chaol. This book was SO BADASS and focused on Celaena and I adored it. ADORED IT. This book also sets the stage for most of the rest of the series in the sense that it opens up the playing field SO MUCH and we get small glimpses into what and where Maas is going to take this. 5 out of 5 stars. YES I DID SAY 5 OUT OF 5 IT IS THAT GOOD.
- Heir of Fire – After the incredible book that was CoM, Heir of Fire was a little slow for me. Not much action is replaced with a whole lot of world building as we meet Rowan and get our first real visual of the Fae world. In HoF, Celaena is beaten down and rebuilt through intense training by future bae Rowan as she learns and refines just who she is. The end of the novel comes with the reader finally realizing who Celaena really is – Aelin, Lost Queen of the Terrasen. YAS FIRE BREATHING BITCH QUEEN YOU BETTA WERK. 4 out of 5 stars.
- Queen of Shadows – You still with me? Book 4 was very very LONG especially after Book 3 was also very very long. Book 4 we get a few new characters in Aedion, Lysandra and briefly Arobynn (thank GOD that man is dead). More character and world building, finally some real action with Aelin and her powers and the ship that is Rowaelin has set sail. 4 out of 5 stars.
- Empire of Storms – Finally Book 5. This book served up the magic and intensity that CoM also served and I loved it. Aelin is finally in her element and learning to slowly master her fire breathing bitch powers. Rowaelin is STRONG so if you are a Dorian or Chaol fan I am so sorry for your loss. Lysandra is more of a bad bitch than anyone ever saw coming and I have such a soft spot for Aedion. Book 5 is also very long but in my opinion, totally worth it. I enjoyed it immensely and cannot wait to see how Maas is going to wrap up this series in 2017 with the sixth and final book. 4.5 out of 5 stars. (Also, the entire ToG series just got picked up for a television series on Hulu which is amazing and exciting and Hulu you BETTER NOT fuck it up or I will come for you Celaena Sardothien style.)