[Book Tags #8] The R.I.P. It or Ship It Book Tag

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Okay, so my good friend Salve from Cuckoo for Books tagged me to do the R.I.P. It or Ship It Book Tag. (Watch her entry here.) When I first saw this tag over at Christine’s Booktube Channel, I thought that this tag was only for booktubers. I mean, reactions would be a lot more legit if this was so, right? But it feels like a fun tag to do so I might as well join in on the fun. So, down below are the names of pairs that I got. By the way, I wrote 30 names, so I’m writing down 15 pairs. 🙂

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[Book Tags #6] The Midyear (3rd Quarter, Actually) Book Freak Out Tag

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The amazing Trisha Ann of The Bookgasm Blog tagged me to do the Midyear Book Freak Out Tag! You should check out her entry here. I’ve been wanting to do this tag for quite some time now, but, as you may already know, I just came back from a hiatus because of my exams, but now, no one or nothing is going to stop me from this tag! Huzzah!

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[Book Review #38] Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Book Specifications:

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Format: Hardcover

Part of a Series: Yes. Throne of Glass #2.

Release Date: August 27, 2013

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

No. of Pages: 418 pages

Price: 874.00Php

Genre: Romance, Young Adult, High Fantasy, Magic, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction Fantasy

Book Review:

The Cover: Just like the first book in the series, the cover features an image of a badass-looking woman, holding up two assassin swords/blades, but now, on this action-packed sequel to the Throne of Glass, the cover displays an orange background, with the same image seeming a lot more confident about herself. After accepting the fact that she is now the Champion of the King of Adarlan, she does seem a lot more sure about her plans and position, thus, the radiating kick-ass look. (5 out of 5 stars)

The Story: The story once again followed the life of Celaena Sardothien, otherwise known as Adarlan’s Assassin, after her victory over her other competitors for the title of the King’s Champion. In Crown of Midnight, we get to know our favorite assassin a little more. We discover a lot of back story for not only Celaena, but also for Dorian Havilliard, our favorite prince, and my all-time favorite Captain of the Guard, Chaol Westfall. Through this book, we also met a few more characters such as Archer Finn, Celaena’s old friend from the Assassin’s Keep, and a whole lot more. Below are some more details.

  • First and foremost, I would have to point that I am absolutely aboard the CHAOLAENA ship! Who’s with me? As the story started up until the middle part of the book, we saw quite a lot of my ship. Celaena fell in love with Chaol, and he with her. They were madly in love, and were absolutely ready to face the consequences until one certain thing that happened, which I will discuss onwards. But, I am still on that ship! I won’t change my mind!
  • As I started reading this book, I already knew that it will be as exciting as the first book, Throne of Glass. But boy, was I wrong! Crown of Midnight contained a lot more action in every page! Every chapter made me feel alive! Even the scenes where Chaol and Celaena seemed sweet, were full of swoon and excitement, something that I never thought of seeing in a novel as badass as the Throne of Glass series. *slow clap for Sarah J. Maas*
  • Archer’s motives with Celaena was downright predictable. The moment Celaena bargained with him for his life, I knew right away that he will betray our assassin. But his tricks weren’t predictable at all. He led Celaena to believe that Chaol was her enemy. That Nehemia, our beloved Princess of Eyllwe, hindered her to access her full potential as the King’s Champion. Well. Sarah did a great job making me hate him. But he really was relevant to the story. He made me realize that there are a lot of things that I, myself, didn’t know about Celaena.
  • Nehemia’s death was absolutely heart shattering. She was the perfect friend for Celaena. She was calm. She was regal, and her moves were always calculated: just as a Princess’s actions should have been. But sadly, she was taken away from us way too early. I don’t know if it’ll ever feel necessary, but I will always miss our rebel princess.
  • The amount of revelations in this single book is insane! We get to know more about Celaena, and her origin, I discovered a lot more about Dorian than I’ve honestly anticipated, and the insurmountable amount of details, are not in anyway predictable, making the whole book and the whole series very exciting.

The story was incredible! I couldn’t have asked for more! (5 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* Can anyone actually believe that our Celaena Sardothien is Aelin Ashryver Galathynius? That she is the true Queen of Terrasen? Boy! I have to admit! it didn’t become obvious for me until I was reading the last chapter of the book, but OH MY GOD! Why haven’t I seen this coming? It was a perfect fit! She’s a brave and noble assassin. Terrasen is a land known for its solidity. She was the perfect Queen. Hands down! Although, in a different note, I’m not too happy for Celaena, sailing off to Wendlyn leaving Chaol Westfall in Rifthold. That is just so sad. But that was quite an ending, to be honest! (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: All in all, this second book in the Throne of Glass Series is tremendous for a sequel. The characters were immensely developed, the world, Erilea, was given an adept building, and it just made the whole series a lot more exciting! I seriously can’t wait for the next installment, Heir of Fire! (5 out of 5 stars)

Quotable Quotes:

“Believe me, Celaena, I know you can look after yourself. But I worry because I care. Gods help me, I know I shouldn’t but I do. So I will always tell you to be careful, because I will always care what happens.” – Chaol Westfall

“You have power in you, Prince. More power than you realize. It sleeps. In here. When the time comes, when it awakens, do not be afraid. When it is time, I will help you.” – Nehemia Ytger

“I can’t tell if I should be ashamed of wanting to hold you on this day, or grateful that, despite what happened before now, it somehow brought me to you.” – Celaena Sardothien

“The rest of the world quieted into nothing. In that moment, after ten long years, Celaena looked at Chaol and realised she was home.”

“What does that mean?” he demanded.
She smiled sadly. “You’ll figure it out. And when you do…” She shook her head, knowing she shouldn’t say it, but doing it anyway. “When you do, I want you to remember that it wouldn’t have made any difference to me. It’s never made any difference to me when it came to you. I’d still pick you. I’ll always pick you.”

“Who said anything about shame?” She gestured down to her naked body, even though it was covered by the blanket. “Honestly, I’m surprised you’re not strutting about, boasting to everyone. I certainly would be if I’d tumbled me.
“Does your love for yourself know no bounds?”
“Absolutely none.”

“Enough! We have enough enemies as it is! There are worse things out there to face!”
Celaena slowly turned to him, her face splattered with blood and eyes blazing bright. “No, there aren’t,” she said. “Because I’m here now.”

Good God! That’s just half of the quotes that I really want to share, guys! This is such a great book!

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[Book Tags #1] Extraordinary Means Book Tag

TAGSSo, last July 14, 2015, I was tagged by the lovely Salve of Cuckoo For Books to do the Extraordinary Means Book Tag. Below is a video of Salve’s entry.

This tag basically answers the question: “What extraordinary means would you go to for some of your favorite books and authors?” and below are my answers.

  1. I would give up the internet for a month for a signed first edition of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas! The first edition of that book features a more concrete image of a woman, who I assume is the protagonist, Celaena Sardothien, and the same font as it is with the next editions. That book was incredibly good and it would literally mean the world to me if I could get a signed first edition copy of that!
  2. I would give up pizza for a year if it meant I could sit next to Pierce Brown on a long plane ride. He might be the hottest nerd I know. It’s true! He’s the fantastic author of the Red Rising series and he is a big Star Wars fan! I might not be that big a fan of the Science Fiction genre but I like to believe that after a long plane ride with this cool author, my decision’s bound to change.
  3. I would sit through a thousand hours of commercials if it would ensure Hollywood made All The Bright Places into a movie. Well, basically, casting has already started. Elle Fanning, previously known for her portrayal of Sleeping Beauty in Disney’s Maleficent, has already been casted as Violet Markey, the main female lead. All The Bright Places was such a great read, and it’s my most favorite one of the year, and it would bring me joy to see that book in the big screen.
  4. I would never read a new book again if it meant I could live inside Rick Riordan’s world filled with Gods and Demigods. Seriously? Who wouldn’t want to be part of a world where you could be a Demigod son (or daughter) of an Olympian God? RIGHT? Oh my god, I am telling you, that would be so cool! (And I’m a Demigod son of Poseidon. How about you?)
  5. I would let my Google search history be made public if it meant I could be best friends Sarah J. Maas. She’s one of the prettiest authors I have ever came to know, and she’s such a kick-ass person, just like the characters in her books. And she’s such a good friend, as far as I can tell with her friendship with Susan Dennard and Alexandra Bracken. And she genuinely seems like a really nice person.
  6. I would donate everything I own to Goodwill if it meant I could date the Captain of the Guard, Chaol Westfall, in real life. He’s a book character from Throne of Glass and he is such a sweetie! ♥ He genuinely cares for Celaena, and I find it cute that at first, he was a tough nut to crack, putting up a strong facade because of his high title, but as the story progressed, I got to discover more things about him, and believe me, he is a total heartthrob!

There you have it! Those are the answers that I have for the Extraordinary Means book tag! I am now tagging the following people to do this tag as well:

I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! Again, thanks for tagging me, Salve! Check her out, you guys! 🙂

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[Book Review #36] Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

Book Specifications:

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Format: Hardcover

Part of a Series: Yes. Throne of Glass #1.

Release Date: August 7, 2012

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

No. of Pages: 404 pages

Price: 855.00Php

Genre: Romance, Young Adult, High Fantasy, Magic, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction Fantasy

Book Review:

The Cover: The cover on my copy features a lady with white hair wearing an absolutely gorgeous biker-chic type of outfit holding two assassin type swords (or blades). I JUST LOVE IT. And did I mention that it’s a large print hardbound book? Yeah. It is. I’m inhaling the glory of this book. Seriously. (5 out of 5 stars)

The Story: The plot follows the life of a Celaena Sardothien, otherwise known as Adarlan’s Assassin, know to be the most notorious in all the land. She was spending her eternity in the Salt Mines (Endovier) when she was collected and was sent to the Crown Prince of Adarlan, Prince Dorian Havilliard, where she was offered a chance at freedom. But first, she was to face 23 other champions, and once she was victorious, must prove her loyalty to the king and in four year’s time, will be given freedom. Below are some great details about the book:

  1. The characters were all spectacular! I loved Celaena from the start! Her badass-iness was absolutely exciting and I wanted to know more from her, making me able to resist many times to put down this book. I also loved her attitude. She was like a modern-day teenager: always angry and feisty, and I loved that about her! Chaol Westfall really reminded me of Four from Divergent, seeing that he was the one who trained Celaena, just like how Four trained Tris. He was sweet, and he didn’t want to admit it. He’s so cute, omg! And Dorian Havilliard. I can’t even begin to express how much I love him. I just do. I’m not going to go further with the other characters, but I loved them all! Their background stories, their developments! I just loved it! I can’t even choose a different word for it. I LOVED IT.
  2. The word building was so evident, rich, and just plain breathtaking. I had no trouble imagining Adarlan, Endovier, Eyllwe, and their entire world. Sarah Maas’ writing style was in every way easy to read and imagine that reading the first page of this book would instantly transport a reader to Adarlan. It was so rich and there was a lot happening, but the reader could still very well grasp the story. Oh, and the map included was very, very helpful. I loved it! Good God!
  3. As I’ve said above, I loved how angry Celaena was on the opening chapters of the book. It is in Anger where I find interest in, specially when it comes to badass female protagonists. But beyond Celaena’s anger and frustration, lies a very good reason for her to be everything that she is. And I love that her character development did occur, but she was a badass female in every step of the way. I just love these kinds of stories. And she might as well be THE best female protagonist since Katniss Everdeen. ‘Nuff said.
  4. I like how our protagonists, well except Chaol, had a fiery passion for the printed word! I just love it when the characters I read about are as in love with books as I am. I mean, come on! That scene where Prince Dorian sent Celaena some books that he “recently read”. That was soooo cute!
  5. Fleetfoot. I can’t even comprehend how I love Fleetfoot. Okay, that’s that.

That’s probably it. And I don’t want to have to tell everyone everything I love about this book because it might take me a hell of a lot longer before this gets posted. And I have a deadline, folks! Haha! (5 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* The ending was as it should be for me. I mean, I’m not expecting anything yet, since it’s the first book in the series but it was a great way to sum up Throne of Glass. Celaena winning and becoming the King’s Assassin, Chaol killing Cain, Nehemia having a heart to heart talk with Celaena, Kaltain finally getting what she deserves, and Celaena gently letting down Dorian (YES! And yes, I’m on Team Chaol). I mean, it was a superb ending and I couldn’t have wished for anything more. (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: Before I started reading this book, I was about to give up on the fantasy genre for the sole reason that I binge read quite a disappointing fantasy novel, but just a single page from this book got me hooked up again! I will be reading the rest of the books in the series and will surely re-read again sometime soon! Adarlan is a fictional world that I want to be a part of! Well, only if I’m friends with Celaena, Chaol, Nehemia, and Prince Dorian. (5 out of 5 stars)

“My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.” – Badass Celaena Sardothien

“Sometimes, the wicked will tell us things just to confuse us–to haunt our thoughts long after we’ve faced them.” – Nehemia Ytger

“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

“No. I can survive well enough on my own— if given the proper reading material.” – Celaena Sardothien

“We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”

“Names are not important. It’s what lies inside of you that matters.”

“I’m not married, because I can’t stomach the idea of marrying a woman inferior to me in mind and spirit. It would mean the death of my soul.” – Dorian Havilliard

“I name you Elentiya.” She kissed the assassin’s brow. “I give you this name to use with honour, to use when other names grow too heavy. I name you Elentiya, ‘Spirit That Could Not Be Broken.”

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