Friday, March 30, 2018

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas | Review

20613470Title: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Series: Throne of Glass #3

Calaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak-but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth... a truth about her heritage that could change her life-and her future-forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?
The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish. 
I have been absolutely flying through this series. I originally picked up the first book a few years ago, though only recently got around to reading Crown of Midnight and just couldn't put the series down. I have my roommate to thank for that--she finally started reading the series and got me interested in them all over again.

I think the best thing about this book was all of the history we get surrounding Celaena's past. We finally get to figure out what happened to her all those years ago. Plus, there's the introduction of these new, awesome characters!

I don't think I enjoyed this book as much as Crown of Midnight or even Throne of Glass for that matter. They were very different compared to this one, yet I still found this one enjoyable. We finally get to meet Rowan, who is a fae prince. I knew as soon as I met him that I was going to like him, because everyone in the fandom literally always raves about him!

This book also comes with the introduction of Manon who is the heir to Blackbeak coven. I originally wasn't the biggest fan of her, but the more I read about her/through her perspective, the more she grew on me. She reminds me a lot of Celaena, as they're both ferocious, badass female characters.

I will say that I am still a hardcore Dorian/Celaena fan. I ship them so hard. However, I'm starting to think I wouldn't mind Dorian with someone else too...

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Raven King
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Series: The Raven Cycle #4

The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.
All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

As some of you may know, I have found it hard to push through this series. Literally nothing ever happens... it just seems so slow paced, yet the characters keep drawing me back to the book. They're just so intriguing and interesting that they keep me wanting more. Plus, Maggie Stiefvater's writing style is absolutely angelic and poetic which makes me never want to put down anything she writes.

This book picked up exactly a week after the last, so not much more has happened. I don't want to go into too much detail because I don't want to spoil anything, but it did an excellent job concluding all of the open plot points from the whole series. It may not have been my favorite conclusion I've ever read, but it was still good and kept my heart-pounding through the second half of the book.

Needless to say, I suggest checking out this series if you haven't already. You may find it boring at times, but you're going to want to stick it through because of the characters involved.