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Review: Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Series: Throne of Glass

Summary from Goodreads:

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 four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. 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.

Comments:

Okay, okay. Maybe I thought I was going to fizzle out near the beginning because I didn’t read continuously as I could have. I was quick to judge. Suddenly, things got more interesting. A lot of the books I had read recently have a “from extreme hardship to comfort and wealth but there’s something dark and scary in exchange” theme.

This story feels like a Hunger Games, complete with the one obvious rival and of course, a love triangle. HAHA. I love it. (My ship? Chaol/Celaena. ♥)

Celaena Sardothien… I don’t know how I feel about her. She is a feared assassin well-versed in a wide array of weaponry. She is a voracious reader (I’ve never really met an assassin like this). She likes playing the piano. She also loves wearing pretty dresses. She eats A LOT. She’s funnier than the main character in the last book I read but she is so… multi-faceted that I don’t know whether to like her or not.

But I think the way the mystery of the deaths of the Champions unfolds nicely. I was trying to guess who is behind all of that. It’s a tad bit predictable but not-quite-so-expected either. So it was brilliant, I would say.

Well, I hear this series has a lot of novellas and, I think, six (!) main books. I shall see if I can read the entire thing. I will definitely read the next book, because it might reveal more of Celaena’s past.

Oh, also, I should warn you: this is not a book for you if you like eating while reading. Or if you just have a weak stomach like I do.

“When she awoke every morning, she repeated the same words: I will not be afraid.”

My Rating: ★★★☆ (3.5)

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The Selection

Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #1

Summary from Goodreads:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Comments:

I have mixed feelings towards this book. Entertainment value is high; I get giddy about the selection part because it reminds me of tv shows with similar mechanics. But it remains as it is – just pure entertainment, something to occupy time when bored. I did enjoy reading the book, but it didn’t give me a feeling of amazement when I was done.

Aside from the ridiculous names (ehem *America Singer* ehem), there wasn’t much of a plot in this book. Rebels were attacking the palace but whatever the real reason was unknown. Some of the girls were just let go without real explanation on why they had to. The focus was mainly on Lady Singer and the too common plot – a love triangle. Seriously? It seemed like Prince Maxon was made perfect for that very reason – to make him level with Aspen and confuse the damsel-in-distress’ heart. Ugggghh.

But no worries, I’ll still read the next book. There are a lot of unanswered questions and issues to be addressed. Maybe that was wise on the author’s part so we have to continue reading. I do hope the next book at least makes it certain what direction this series is taking. America, please be decisive and not play with other people’s hearts. It is seriously becoming overrated. 🙂

My Rating: ★★

drama · romance · Uncategorized

The Great Gatsby (2013)

Where: at Mendoza residence
With: Errr, there are people around but it is mostly I who paid attention
Date of Viewing: sometime in November 2013

Genre: drama, romance
Personal Blahs:
To be honest, I am not even sure if I am deemed worthy to give my blahs about this movie ;. I heard from a good friend that the book was really good and I trust her judgment on that. I am not entirely drawn to reading the novel because I can’t quite figure if it would interest me. Instead, I opted to watch the movie. Okaay, so I tried my best to let everything sink in, but I can’t quite grasp the whole story partly my fault,  because I wasn’t listening enough. What I did get though is about a certain Mr. Gatsby who had the love of his life, yet somewhere down the road she was married to another man. The twists of this movie was really sad and depicted how love can make or break you. Mr. Gatsby was was unjustly blamed for things he did not do, all because of his undying love for Daisy . In the end, it was just Nick who was able to know the accurate story of Mr. Gatsby’s life and his innocence. There are just some things that end the way we don’t want them to, and I bet this movie is one of them.

Nick Carraway: In my younger and more vulnerable years, my father gave me some advice. “Always try to see the best in people,” he would say. As a consequence, I’m inclined to reserve all judgments. But even I have a limit.

My Rating: ★★★★

adventure · Book · crime · thriller · Uncategorized

Theodore Boone : The Accused

Author: John Grisham
Date finished reading: December 20, 2013

Comments:
This book kinda made me happy because apparently, Theo was not the hero of the day. Rather, he is the prime suspect for the stolen goods of a computer store. I feel that Theo owe it a lot to his brilliant uncle, Ike Boone, who did a lot better for finding the culprit/s than his parents. Theo sometimes put me on the edge because he brags about knowing the law when he thinks he can get away with the small things just because his parents are lawyers. I often remind myself though that he is just an eight-grade kid. About to read the next installment, The Activist.

My Rating: ★★★★

adventure · comedy · Movie · romance · Uncategorized

Monte Carlo (2011)

Where: at home
With: by myself
Date of Viewing: February 06, 2012

Genre: comedy, adventure, romance
Personal Blahs:
Ahhh Paris.. dubbed as the “City of Love” . The movie was supposedly shot at Paris, which Grace was looking forward to all her high school life. The trip was planned to be taken with her best friend Emma, a “dumb” blonde but because their parents’ insisted that the stepsister go along, they obliged. The plot was common and mediocre, with the theme of having an exact look-a-like taking the place of the other. Still, it was fun to see how all of them found love (in different ways) despite the problems they were facing. I wasn’t into the part where no justice was served, even though it was found out that Grace was an impostor. Obviously, the heiress was plain selfish and Grace was viewed to be all goody-goody, but the girls still did a bad thing – pretending to be who they weren’t! There should have been action undertaken for that. In the end, all three girls found the love of their lives – Emma, right where she belonged and realizing she had the best one all along; Meg, someone who helped her unburden all those feelings she kept with the death of her mother; and Grace, who understood that being different is not bad at all.

My Rating: ★★★★