Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. MaasQueen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Published by Bloomsbury Children's on September 1st 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 648
Format: Hardcover
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five-stars

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

What I thoughtQueen of Shadows what have you done to me?! I once again waited reading this… I’d preordered it (duh) and when it arrived I read the first chapter, which broke my heart, and didn’t pick it up until 3 months later. I know, stupid silly me. Because this book was brilliant! It was perfect. I didn’t think I could love the characters even more, but I DO. MUST HAVE THE NEXT BOOK, NOW!

Wrapping my head around certain plot changes

I’ll jump right in, there are a LOT of things happening in Queen of Shadows and I’m going to keep it vague because I don’t want to spoil anything for you. What I do think is quite obvious is that things are changing, in a big way. I had to wrap my head around this, ships were changing, but in the end I think I can say that I am on board where things are going. Obviously I can’t say too much, but what I can say is that there are (as in Heir of Fire) multiple pov’s in this book. And these characters start playing a bigger role and their paths start crossing. Take Manon’s story for example, she confused me at first (especially in HoF) but she’s become one of my favorite characters. She has SO MUCH depth, and I think it’s so interesting what is happening in Queen of Shadows and I love where it inevitably is going.

Celaena, Aelin, continues developing

Okay, Aelin was a bit cold and too harsh in the beginning. I only started understanding this after we learned what happened ‘in between’ Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows. Some things happen that cause her to act this way, but this is only touched upon a few times. Don’t get me wrong, I still admire her, she’s still every bit as badass, clever, and strong as she is in the previous books, but I felt like she should’ve fought for her friends as they have fought for her. She gave up on them and was a bit too harsh towards them at time. So BOY AM I GLAD she started to mellow a bit and changed her attitude. Her heart to heart with Chaol was a key part of the book. So important to come to terms where the plot was going as well.

Sarah J. Maas, the Queen of Writing

Sarah J. Maas put Queen of Shadows together so masterfully. As always, her writing is absolutely gorgeous, a joy to read, but she also put the story together so freaking amazingly. Slowly revealing details, peeling back layer by layer. Plot twists were killing, heartbreaking, and so freaking exciting. I am obsessed with this world, its characters, and THE WHOLE STORY.

Final verdict IRISJEXX!

LOTS of things are changing in Queen of Shadows. Ships are shifting, characters are developing, and while I had to wrap around my head around these changes, Queen of Shadows was everything I hoped it would be and more. Heart-wrenching and another wild ride from beginning to end. It made me laugh, it made me cry. Great character development, complex relationships, AWESOME plot, and BEAUTIFUL writing. Any chance I can read the next book early?

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas | Review

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas | ReviewA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Published by Bloomsbury Children's on May 5th 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 416
Goodreads
five-stars

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

What I thoughtHoly shit, this book is a masterpiece, absolutely and utterly mind-blowing. I love what Sarah did with the original Beauty and the Beast story. I usually don’t really know what to do with Fae stories, but the combination of the Fae with the Beauty and the Beast story worked perfectly. It made the story creative and original, and the plot complex.

The characters were complex and had a lot of depth! Feyre is a great character. She was the underdog amidst the Fae, but that didn’t stop her from fighting what she believed in. She’s something fierce. In a way she reminds me of Celaena, they definitely have some traits in common, but that’s where it ends, because Feyre is definitely a character on her own. Tamlin and Lucien. Gosh I love those two! Tamlin has so much depth! A bit rough around the edges, but he tries, and he’s awesome. I loved Lucien’s wit. He’s a bit snarky, but I love him for it. I love how his and Tamlin’s relationship was all about friendship. And then there’s Rhys, whom I haven’t fully made my mind up about (and I can’t delve into that more… because spoilers and all). His character is extremely complex, there’s a part of me that wants to dislike him, but another part that kinda likes him, and GAH it’s so frustratingly good.

As I’ve come to expect of Sarah’s writing, the world-building is epic. It’s so damn good. My imagination ran wild with the vivid descriptions she gave of the world of the fae. Even though some of those vivid descriptions were a bit gruesome, I was there experiencing everything along with the characters 100%.

Hot damn, this book is STEAMY. I think the last YA book I read that was this steamy was Unravel Me. There’s great chemistry that flies of the pages. The sexy times had me swooning and fawning myself (yes it was THAT good).

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Final verdict IRISJEXX!I love this book! I adore this book! And I want ALL OF YOU to read it. Books like these are the reason I read. The reason I love reading so much. A Court of Thorns and Roses is everything I could have wished for and everything I wanted it to be. I’m trying to reign in the fangirling, but it was just that good. If you haven’t read it yet, go get yourself a copy!