[Event Recap #6] The 1st Ever #BFRTC Twitter Chat!

EVENT RECAP

In efforts to get to know more bibliophiles, bloggers, authors, etc. around the globe, I hosted #BFRTC (which stands for Book Freak Revelations Twitter Chat) last night. People from all over the world joined as I conversed with people with whom I share a burning passion with. Yes, the word got out far and fast and people from London, Austria, etc., came to about books too!

If you missed it, here are some of the things that went down last night. At least, these are what I can recall. Haha!

  • A lot of people have listed Death Cure by James Dashner as their least favorite read of 2015.
  • Elena of The Queen Reads and Yvonne of The Bookish Panda ALMOST battled it out for Warner’s (From the Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi) heart. Misha, another participant, was even pushing for blood to shed!
  • Dumplin’, Fans of The Impossible Life, The Rose Society, and Winter were labeled as majority’s “Most Anticipated Reads” for the rest of the year.
  • Neil Gaiman, Gayle Forman, Cassandra Clare, Michelle Hodkin, Stephanie Perkins, Marie Lu, Ransom Riggs, and Tahereh Mafi are fan favorite authors of last night’s participants.
  • Some like paperbacks because they’re cheaper, smaller, and lighter than regular hardbound books. Some like eBooks because they are more convenient especially at night. Some like hard bounds because they look gorgeous on shelves.
  • According to Neil, the term “Young Adult” isn’t a genre. It’s an age category.
  • Quite a lot of my participants preferred Hot Chocolate or Iced Tea over Coffee.
  • Live Twitter chats such as #BFRTC or Jasmine’s #WeekendYAParty, are great ways to meet a whole lot more of bloggers, or bibliophiles around the globe. Also, it automatically helps you get to know them immediately.
  • Twitter has got to be one of the biggest party poopers ever, getting me jailed when I was down to my last 2 questions. 😦

Now, as I handed out my last question, which wasn’t actually a question, I gave my participants the opportunity to ask me about anything under the sun, and I’ve gathered some, if not all, of those that caught my attention.

QUESTIONS FROM PARTICIPANTS

From Lawrence of Pages Unraveled: Do you believe in forever? And why Book Freak Revelations?

That’s a question I’ve been faced with dozens of times but never had the chance to formally answer. But yes, I do. I also believe in life after death. But then again, who am I to say that right? I haven’t experienced it yet.

I chose the title “Book Freak Revelations” because at the time, I felt like I had tons of stuff that I wanted to say about books. I wanted to tell everyone about my love for the printed word and its as if each one of my statements felt like a revelation to me and some of my close friends.

From Dre of Sporadic Reads: Zombie Apocalypse. Which bookish character would you take with you to fight off zombies and survive?

I’m going to take Celaena Sardothien (From The Throne of Glass Series) with me. On her own, she’s the greatest assassin there is. But with me, I don’t know. I know that I’ll slow her down, but I believe in her enough that she’ll help me get through the Zombie Apocalypse.

From Bea of Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic: What is the most thought-provoking book you’ve ever read? Also, what book have you read that is way out of your comfort zone?

We Were Liars gave me one heck of a headache. If that’s not thought-provoking, I don’t know what is.

Forbidden is one book that made me realize that different isn’t so bad after all. It became one of my most favorite reads of 2015!

From Elena of The Queen Reads: If you can bring home one character, who would it be?

I want to bring Percy Jackson home. He seems like he would make a great best friend with his sass, action, and humor.

From Anette of Anette The Wicked: What other language would you want to learn and why?

I would love to learn French, which is a dream that partly became a reality last year since it was part of our curriculum in school. Bonjour, mes amis !

From Jenna of Reading With Jenna: If you could create a tag based on any movie / TV Show, which would you choose?

I already created a tag based on a TV show! Do you guys recall the Gossip Girl book tag I co-created with Miel of Bookish and Awesome,Kevin of Tomebound, and Salve of Cuckoo for Books?

From Amy of All Things Amy: What’s your favorite part about blogging, and what inspired you to start?

I am a very opinionated person. Also, I have a deep love for literature. So I came up with the idea of writing down my thoughts about books and start a blog? As time went by, I made a name for myself and now I have over a hundred followers. I love sharing my thoughts with people. However, the best part about blogging is getting to meet new people: co-bloggers, authors, etc.

From Yvonne of The Bookish Panda: Your bookshelves / house is on fire! Which 3 books would you save from the fire? Also, Bookish Crossover – which 2 books / characters from a book would you like to join into ONE world / book?

THIS IS ONE OF THE HARDEST QUESTIONS IN THE UNIVERSE. But I am going to save Crown of Midnight, my signed copy of Golden Son, and All The Bright Places.

For the Bookish Crossover, I think I want to read a book which has both characters from Throne of Glass and ACOTAR in it. That would be so rad!! Although, I think every page would be so full of action I might not be able to sleep at night.

From Neil of @daNEILwing: What are your opinions about authors behaving badly?

I’ve never heard of authors acting out and behaving badly. But they deserve the same freedom Miley Cyrus gets BUT FOR THE LOVE OF GOD please do not twerk! Also, don’t start wearing less clothes. PLEASE.

From Josiah of The Bookish Fanboy: If you can change an ending of any YA book, what book would it be and what is your alternate ending?

Of course I have to change the ending of your favorite John Green book, Josiah! I have to change the way Gus died and at least give them some more time to spend with each other! Infinities are supposed to be big, dang flabbits! Death is inevitable, yes, but sometimes, Love need to be stronger than death. That’s what I believe in.

From Jhoanne of @frazzlepleurs: If you could choose a fictional book best friend, who would it be and why?

Percy Jackson. Hands down.

From Misha of Musings of a Disorganized Mind: Choose 3 most favorite books and decide which of the 3 you’ll reread, rewrite, or burn. And why?

I’ll reread Crown of Midnight because I miss my Chaolaena feels, rewrite Legend so that * doesn’t get killed, and burn All The Bright Places because I feel like I’ve lost too many packs of Kleenex because of it.

From Bea of Beatrice Learns to Read: If you were to tattoo a name of a fictional chracter on your body, which character will it be and why?

Chaol Westfall. Yep. Certainly. I would have it etched on my right chest near my neck. The same area where Tris had her bird tattoo etched.

From Inah of The Bibliophile Confessions: Blogging milestones? What’s the best thing that happened to you since you became a book blogger?

I’m labeling my acquiring of my first ever ARC as a blogging milestone! I felt so happy that time!

The best thing that happened to me ever since I started blogging was to have authors or publishers send me emails asking for book reviews. I’m going to be honest and say that I haven’t gotten any messages from bigtime publishers but I still appreciate it all the same.


That’s it for my recap of the first ever #BFRTC. I can’t wait to host another one in the near future! And to those who came and spent their hours with us, I had a blast having you guys! I’ll be sure to inform everyone as to when the next one will be. Stay tuned!

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[Stacking The Shelves #6] July 2015 Bookhaul

STACKINGIMG_4439These books were all purchased within the month of July, and most of these books are from Fully Booked, specifically from their SM Megamall branch. I don’t know if you guys are aware, but their branch had this 20% off sale last July, and I, obviously, took advantage of it. I took the chance to complete the Throne of Glass series and buy some new romantic contemporary books! Below are some details about my haul.

  1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass – Hardbound, from Fully Booked –PhP855.00
  2. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Mass – Hardbound, from Fully Booked –PhP874.00
  3. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Mass – Hardbound, from Fully Booked –PhP874.00
  4. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Mass – Hardbound, from Fully Booked –PhP874.00
  5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass – Hardbound, from Fully Booked –PhP874.00
  6. An Ember in The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – Hardbound, from Fully Booked –PhP899.00
  7. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway – Hardbound, from Fully Booked –PhP684.00
  8. Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca – Hardbound, from Fully Booked –PhP684.00
  9. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – Hardbound, from Fully Booked –PhP432.00 (I KNOW, RIGHT?!)
  10. The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi – Hardbound, from Fully Booked –PhP684.00
  11. The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes – Trade Paperback, from Fully Booked –PhP640.00
  12. Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes – Trade Paperback, from Fully Booked –PhP640.00
  13. My Heart and Other Blackholes by Jasmine Warga – Trade Paperback, from Fully Booked –PhP399.00

IMG_4901These, on the other hand, are the books I brought home from the #BookwormsUnite last July 26. (Here’s a recap of that event)

  1. ARC of What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler
  2. Losing Faith by Denise Jaden
  3. Home Away From Home by Lorna J. Cook
  4. A Swoon Reads Sampler from Hazel of Stay Bookish
  5. Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman
  6. Fuse by Julianna Baggott

IMG_4923Lastly, these two bright red books came in late for my monthly haul.

  1. Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – Hardbound, from Fully Booked –PhP684.00
  2. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick – Trade Paperback, from Powerbooks –PhP399.00

And that concludes my July Bookhaul, and I would personally want to thank the following:

  1. Sir Lester and Ms. Sheila, and all the staff of Fully Booked SM Megamall for extending my reservations of the books I bought from their store;
  2. The donors of the books I got from #BookwormsUnite, which, unfortunately, I haven’t thanked personally yet;
  3. My good friend Aira Sarno for buying my Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda from that sale in Fully Booked SM North Edsa; and
  4. Rafael Ray Borja of The Royal Polar Bear Reads, for my copy of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock! You are a generous soul, brother!

That concludes this post! What are your thoughts on the books I hauled? Are there some books you want to buddy read with me? Tell me all about it in the comments below!

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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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[Waiting on Wednesday #1] My Top 6 Most Anticipated Books

WOWI’m coming up with another list, you guys! And today, I’m sharing my top 6 most anticipated releases of the year!

2015 really gave birth to quite a number of new novels, and it launched the career of a few authors as well. To name a few, novels like The Night We Said Yes, Last Year’s Mistake, More Happy Than Not, and Emmy & Oliver (which are all in my TBR waiting to be read) are all released this year. And authors like Lauren Gibaldi, Gina Ciocca, Adam Silvera, and Robin Benway were all discovered this year as well.

And 2015 isn’t just the year for new novels and authors. It’s also the year where a few sequels get their release. The Heir, P.S. I Still Love You, Golden Son, just to name a few, were all released this year as well.

Now to give my readers few ideas as to what books I’m waiting for as 2015 slowly progresses, here are my top 6 most anticipated reads for the rest of 2015.

#6: The Rose Society by Marie Lu

Last year, I was able to read The Young Elites. What got me hooked up with the story is the character, Adelina Amouteru, and her buring passion to be accepted and just to fit in. But everyone wronged her. Her family left her for dead. Her friends betrayed her. And now, on this fully-hyped sequel, Adelina will seek revenge. With just that blurb, I am already really stoked! This book is set to be released by October 13, 2015.

#5: Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa

“This is the story of a girl, her gay best friend, and the boy in love with both of them.” — This is the blurb that I found on Goodreads as I stumbled upon this book. With just that single statement, my curiosity got the best of me, and I had to read the rest of the synopsis. In a nutshell, it’s about love, friendship, and IT HAS AN LGBT CHARACTER. Okay, I’m in! This book is set to be released by September 8, 2015.

#4: The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore

After the war with the Mogadorians, humans are (according to my theory) now granted legacies! Although Setrakus Ra, the pure evil of an antagonist seems to be another step closer to gaining victory, we all know that our favorite members of the Garde will stop at nothing to swoop in and save the day (Wow! That sounded like a blurb for a cartoon show.) This book is set to be released by September 1, 2015.

#3: What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

This is an interesting choice for me because: 1. I haven’t quite read any mystery novels since I became a full time bibliophile and; 2. It’s a contemporary novel, and yet, I don’t think it has romance in it. But when I saw this from and Epic Reads Magazine given to me last July 5 for the #KMRinPH book signing event, for some reason, my interest just twitched! I don’t know why, but I feel like this mystery novel will be the book that will hook me up with the Mystery genre. This book is set to be released by September 22, 2015.

#2: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

According to the blurb from Goodreads, this novel will focus on Willow Dean, a self proclaimed fat girl with a beauty queen for a mother. And everything was fine, until he falls in love with a former jock named Bo, who seems to like him back. But somehow, along the way, she loses her self confidence and in efforts to bring it back, she joins a local pageant! Well, personally this novel got me with only the cover. And my liking this book actually started out as a joke from one of my book friends, Cedie. He kept on teasing me, kept on telling me that this novel seemed perfect for me. And well, after a few days of reflection, I actually agreed. And now, I can’t wait for the release of this book. It is set to be released by September 15, 2015.

#1: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Okay… I am going to be a hundred percent honest… Obviously, I’ve only read the first book in the series, Throne of Glass. But seeing how I loved that book, I can’t wait for more from the series to be released! Keep on writing those Throne of Glass novels, Sarah! Just keep them coming! And no, I’m not elaborating as to why I’m waiting for the release of Queen of Shadows. Why, you ask? It’s because I don’t want to be spoiled. However, this book is set to be released by September 1, 2015.


And that concludes this post! Tell me, what are your thoughts on my most anticipated reads of the year! Did you find a title that seemed to fit your liking? Tell me all about it! 🙂

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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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