Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

20613470.jpgHeir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Published September 2nd 2014

Celaena 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 Timesbest-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.

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While I do really enjoy this series, I don’t think I’d call myself a die hard fan like many other people. I feel like I’m much more of a casual fan of this this series. I have been putting off getting caught up on this series for a while, not just because the books are very large but I’ve seen a lot of very aggressive fans on social media and it was very off putting to me. But I’m really glad that I’m finally getting caught up on these books because Heir of Fire is my favorite of the series so far.
I really love the development of this series. The plot, the characters, everything about this series has developed and grown so much since the first book. Sarah is such an incredibly talented writer and I’ll always read whatever books she writes.
Now, the reason why Heir of Fire is my favorite of the series is Rowan. He’s such an amazing character and I love him so much. I love the interaction and friendship between him and Celaena so much. He’s such a well written character and I’m so excited (and scared) to see what is in store for him the in next few books.
I’d definitely this series to anyone who’s looking for a series to emotionally drown in.

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Stephanie’s review of Heir of Fire.

 

 

Review: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

25558608.jpgA Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Published August 30th 2016

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

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I loved An Ember in the Ashes so much. It was one of my favorite books of 2015 and I’ve even reread it. I had such high hopes for A Torch Against the Night and I was not disappointed. This book is even better than I was expecting. I feel like A Torch Against the Night is more action packed, we get to know the characters more, and explores the amazing world that Sabba created a lot more than the first book.
Even if you weren’t super into the first book, I definitely recommend giving A Torch Against the Night a chance. I personally loved it even more than the first book and I can’t wait for the third book.

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(Spoiler free) Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

29056083.jpgHarry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and  Jack Thorne

Published July 31st 2016

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

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Never in my life would I have thought that I would rate this book anything less than 5 stars. I never thought that I wouldn’t love it and I planned on spending a month rereading it over and over. It never crossed my mind that this book would less than perfect. However, I’m torn between giving this book 2 or 3 stars.

I’m a massive Harry Potter fan. I can’t even explain how much I love the books and movies and how much they mean to me. So it physically pains me that I didn’t like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It started off amazing. I loved every single word and I even shed a few tears. However, as it went on and the plot started to develop, I started to dislike it. By the end of the book, I wished I hadn’t even read it. I didn’t mind that it was in script format. I’ve seen a few people saying that the format bothered them but I really didn’t mind at all. The plot, however, was like reading something from a group of drunk people that decided to co-write the most insane HP fanfic the world has ever seen. None of it seemed canon at all. Everything was so crazy and bizarre and so implausible.
And the characters! This book took my favorite characters and turned them into people that I couldn’t even recognize. The only one that stayed true was Ron (and he was the best part of this entire mess of a play/book). Yes, I know that this takes place 19 years after Deathly Hallows and it’s to be expected that the characters would change in 19 years. But this was more than character development. They took away most of the best qualities from the characters and turned them into unlikable strangers.

Overall, I’m heartbroken after reading this book. I was so excited about it and it was, to be completely honest, trash. I almost wish that I never read it. I cannot and will not accept any of this as canon. I don’t know how much input J.K had in this but I pray that she didn’t think up any of this insanity.

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