Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Assassin's Blade:The Throne of Glass Novellas

The Assassin's Blade: The Throne of Glass NovellasThe Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass 0.1-0.5)
My rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Summary:Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin's Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas - together in one edition for the first time - Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn's orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? 

*if you haven't started this series, please do because I need to talk to someone to let out my feels!
My Thoughts: There are five novellas that follow Celaena’s life before she was captured and sent to Endovier, that make up this book. It’s a prequel to the series and you can technically read this book in any order from the rest of the series, but I think it’s BEST to read it right after Crown of Midnight, which is the second book.

When reading Throne of Glass, we know Celaena is an assassin and we kind of see that lifestyle, but not quite. In these novellas, we actually see her working as an assassin and it’s pretty darn cool. I actually thought I wasn’t going to like that part of her lifestyle, but it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. I can officially say I love her!
I read these novellas right after Throne of Glass so I already knew what was going to end up happening, but that didn’t take away from the suspense and it didn't take away from making me scared to keep reading further, and it didn't take away from leaving me in tears at the ending.

I thought all five novellas were interesting, others more than others, but they all contributed to the story one way or another. My favorite was probably The Assassin and the Desert or The Assassin and the Underworld.

Now, let’s talk about Sam. Guys. GUYS. I love Sam! Forget about Dorian and Chaol, it’s all about Team Sam! Haha, just kidding {kind of}. I'm still team Chaol, but seriously though, Sam. He was just supportive and ahhhh I just loved him! *heart eyes*.
I loved the relationship he had with Celaena and the ending just broke my heart into a million tiny pieces.
To me, sometimes Celaena might seem careless, but what’s special about these novellas is how we see that she isn’t as careless as she seems. I was just surprised!

We also find out a lot more about her master, Arobynn and let me just say he is a total JERK. I just can't understand how he did some of the things he did! I wonder how he will be tied into the rest of the series.

My favorite part happened in The Assassin and the Underworld when Celaena unleashed her fury. For me it was awesome, but at the same time heartbreaking.
Like I said before, I freakin' love Celaena and the ending, like literally the last couple of pages just proved how AWESOME she is.
She squared her shoulders. Straightened her spine.
My name is Celaena Sardothien and I will not be afraid
Just yes! I hope you guys get the chance to read this series :)

If you've read the novellas already highlight to view spoiler: Does anyone think Sam is secretly alive? I totally think so! Please tell me someone else thinks the same.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Goodreads Summary: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography.

My thoughts: I felt it was about time I picked this book up because I know they're going to start filming the movie soon and I want to be able to picture my own characters in my head. Plus, I kinda already love Ransom Riggs because I follow him on Instagram and I think he's good looking and he and his wife are the cutest!

What even was this book?! To tell you the truth, I was extremely creeped out in the beginning of this book because the week before I started this book, my roommate's fiancee was telling some downright, legit creepy stories and one of those stories reminded me of this book. Every time I would flip the page and there was a photo, I would get the heebie-jeebies!! And I read at night so when I'm about to go to bed I usually lay the book next to me {you know, to keep the story with me}. I did that for a couple minutes, but I kept thinking about the girl on the front cover just staring at me and I quickly got the book and placed it on my shelf. HAHA, I'm practically scared of everything.
But I know it totally looks like some horror story, but it wasn't quite that scary. In the beginning, it was more creepy and weird, but by the end it was purely interesting.

I didn't know there was going to be a relationship in this book, but there kinda was and it was really completely weird and I didn't care for it. Also, I had a hard time connecting to the characters and I found myself not really caring for them either. At one point I couldn't even remember the main characters name and I was like halfway into the book already. I also thought a lot of the characters were introduced at once and I had a hard time remembering who was who.

One thing that was really incorporated well in the book was the photography. The photos were placed right after a description of a certain place or person  and it was pretty helpful because at times I couldn't quite picture the description in my head, but then the photo would clear it up for me.

Here's a random quote I love:
She moved to pinch me again but I blocked her hand. I'm no expert on girls, but when one tries to pinch you four times, I'm pretty sure that's flirting. 
I don't even know why, but I can't help but crack up when I read it!

I think for Ransom Riggs's first novel, it was pretty good and even though I didn't love this book I will still continue on with the series because I hear the second book is better. Also, it took me forever to read this book because I was reading like a couple pages a night so I think I would have enjoyed it more if it wasn't finals week :)

Favorite Quote: I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.