Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Review: Everything Changes by Jonathan Tropper

Everything ChangesTitle: Everything Changes
Author: Jonathan Tropper
Published: March 28, 2006
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0385337426
Format: Ebook; 352pg
Source: Library
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

Jonathan Tropper’s novel The Book of Joe dazzled critics and readers alike with its heartfelt blend of humor and pathos. Now Tropper brings all that—and more—to an irresistible new novel. In Everything Changes, Tropper delivers a touching, wickedly funny new tale about love, loss, and the perils of a well-planned life.

To all appearances, Zachary King is a man with luck on his side. A steady, well-paying job, a rent-free Manhattan apartment, and Hope, his stunning, blue-blooded fiancée: smart, sexy, and completely out of his league. But as the wedding day looms, Zack finds himself haunted by the memory of his best friend, Rael, killed in a car wreck two years earlier—and by his increasingly complicated feelings for Tamara, the beautiful widow Rael left behind.

Then Norm—Zack’s freewheeling, Viagra-popping father—resurfaces after a twenty-year absence, looking to make amends. Norm’s overbearing, often outrageous efforts to reestablish ties with his sons infuriate Zack, and yet, despite twenty years of bad blood, he finds something compelling in his father’s maniacal determination to transform his own life. Inspired by Norm, Zack boldly attempts to make some changes of his own, and the results are instantly calamitous. Soon fists are flying, his love life is a shambles, and his once carefully structured existence is spinning hopelessly out of control.

Charged with intelligence and razor sharp wit, Everything Changes is at once hilarious, moving, sexy, and wise—a work of transcendent storytelling from an exciting new talent.


Everything Changes is the story of an extremely dysfunctional family. The "middleman" of the family has always been Zack and he prides himself on doing things the right way. The driving force behind the actions of Zack are found in his father, Norm. Norm is a royal screw-up at life in general and basically left his children. So, what do you think is going to happen when Zack, in his perfect adult life, is faced up against good ol' Norm again? One thing is for certain, and that is that everything is about to change.

Jonathan Tropper does a magnificent job of creating believable characters that I empathized with immediately. However, something about this book made me think it would have been a great Soap Opera. LoL. For real! There is cancer, break-ups, making out, illegitimate children and everything else thrown in but the kitchen sink! Yet, it is still plausible, because messed up stuff happens every day. Just usually not this many things at once to the same person.

If you appreciate a novel that is more grounded in reality checks, then this book is for you. It will definitely make you reconsider your life and possibly how awesome it is. This book did everything it was supposed to do, therefore...

5 stars to Everything Changes.

Review: Storm Front (Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher

Storm FrontTitle: Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1)
Author: Jim Butcher
Published: April 1, 2000
Publisher: ROC
Format: Ebook; 322pg
Source: Library
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

Harry Dresden -- Wizard

Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations.
Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates.
No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or
Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things — and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a — well, whatever.

There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get… interesting.

Magic. It can get a guy killed.


Harry Dresden is an amazing character! He is a Wizard, a really bad-ass wizard that sells his services like a private detective would. So, it's only fitting that Harry is also a consultant for the police department. When Harry is summoned to a murder scene and discovers two bodies with their hearts having exploded through their chests. Soon, a pattern emerges and it is up to Harry to track down the bad guy before they get to him next!

I loved all the paranormal elements. The story kept getting more and more outrageous which was fun as well. The support characters were even great. The thing I like most about Harry is how he relies on his experience over so many other factors. When Harry walks into a situation he has already planned out multiple scenarios in order to prepare himself. Wish I could have that much forethought!

Overall, a fantastic read and I will be continuing the series, for sure!

5 stars to Storm Front!

Review: Angelfall (Penryn and the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee

AngelfallTitle: Angelfall (Penryn and the End of Days #1)
Author: Susan Ee
Published: May 21, 2011
Publisher: Feral Dream
Format: Ebook; 247pg
Source: Purchased
Purchase at:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Synopsis:
It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Recommended for ages 16 and up.


Angelfall was a dark, bizarre, twisted nightmare of a book...in a good way! Penryn would rank up their close to Katniss Everdeen of the Hunger Games for me. Trust me, she is extremely bad ass. You would have to be to survive what Penryn does.

Penryn is struggling to care for her wheel chair bound sister, Paige and her mother that battles with schizophrenia. The angels of the Apocalypse have destroyed most of the world and left Penryn with little choice than to try to escape with her family. It all goes to hell when they are on their way though because a gang of angels attacks Raffe. Raffe is an angel that has been targeted and actually has his wings cut off by the gang of bad angels.

Penryn and Raffe have to figure out how to work together if they are to get what they both want. Penryn wants her stolen sister back and Raffe wants his wings re-attached. As much as they don't want to admit it, they need eachother's help even if they are on opposite sides.

This book is really for ages 16 and up and I can see why. Some of the things described in this book are severely gruesome. Normally, that would completely turn me off of a book as that is not really my style. But, for some reason, this book held my attention so much I just couldn't stop reading even if I had wanted to do so. I loved the character of Penryn and just thought she was so tough. Raffe is a little bit of a mystery still. Guess I will have to read World After to see what happens!

5 stars to Angelfall!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Review: The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1) by James Dashner

The Maze RunnerTitle: The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1)
Author: James Dashner
Published: Aug 24, 2010
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Format: Paperback; 375 pg
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 0385737955

Synopsis:

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.


The Maze Runner has been collecting dust on my shelf for like 2 years now! I have been wanting to read this series for so long and just kept putting it off. Well, NO longer! I made up my mind that I am going to read this series and I am so glad I did!

The Maze Runner is a top notch adventure full of surprises. I thought the writing was excellent and the characters drew me in immediately. The plot always had me guessing. I think Chuck was perhaps my favorite character. He was just so innocent and pure of heart!

The story of The Maze Runner begins with Thomas. His name is the only solid memory he has to hold on to as he realizes he is in a giant metal box with no idea where it is going. Eventually, we discover the new home for Thomas is called the Glade. The Glade is home to many young boys whose memories are conveniently erased. All of them have showed up in the box, once a month since they can remember, for the last 2 years. The Glade is basically ran by Alby, one of the oldest in the Glade. The biggest aspect of the Glade is the Maze. The Maze has never been solved and no one has ever survived in the Maze at night. Yet...

Anyways, the day after Thomas shows up, a message appears in the form of a girl brought up in the Box. This message kicks off a chain of events that had me flipping pages like a mad woman! From there, well, you will have to read to find out! haha

I really loved this book and tore through it. Next, is The Scorch Trials! I'm so excited!

5 stars to The Maze Runner!

Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender Title: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Author: Leslye Walton
Expected Publication: March 25, 2014
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Format: Ebook; 320pg
Source: Netgalley

Synopsis:

Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration. That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo. First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.


This story will haunt me for the rest of my days. This book was unlike anything I have read before. It began on almost a whimsical note, introducing characters and locations with flourish and outstanding detail. The beginning of the story made me think of The Royal Tenebaums. The quirky way in which each character was introduced kept my rapt attention. As the story progressed, I realized there was so much that was unique about this book. However, a theme of darkness ran throughout.

As brutal as some of the aspects of this book are, I really enjoyed reading it. I loved how the story of Ava Lavender was told through three generations of women. There is Emilienne, the grand-mother of Ava, Vivienne, Ava's mother and Ava herself. All of the women have had their share of heartache and disappointment.

There were some scenes in the book that would make me say this is definitely NOT a young adult book. The story became so raw and violent. This book is definitely not for those that love happy stories. It is gritty and even though you have an idea of what is going to happen, you really hope it won't.

Overall, a beautiful and heart-breaking tale that will stay with you long after you have read it.

5 stars to The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Reviews: The Split Worlds by Emma Newman

Both of the books reviewed here are from 
The Split Worlds series by Emma Newman.
My review for Between Two Thorns (Split Worlds #1) is HERE.

Any Other Name Title: Any Other Name (Split Worlds #2)
Author: Emma Newman
Published: May 28, 2013
Publisher: Angry Robot
Format: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
ISBN: 0857663240

Synopsis:

Cat has been forced into an arranged marriage with William - a situation that comes with far more strings than even she could have anticipated, especially when she learns of his family's intentions for them both.

Meanwhile, Max and the gargoyle investigate The Agency - a mysterious organisation that appears to play by its own rules - and none of them favourable to Society.

Over in Mundanus, Sam has discovered something very peculiar about his wife's employer - something that could herald a change for everyone in both sides of the Split Worlds.


Any Other Name is the second book in The Split Worlds Trilogy. It picks up with Catherine (Cathy) being married to William, which is the last thing she wants! Cathy is a very independent female character struggling for her own place in the world where she doesn't belong to someone else. Being the eldest daughter of one of the most powerful Fae families comes with many downfalls for poor Catherine.

As of the end of this book, I have really mixed feelings towards the character of William. He always seems shady to me, yet still manages to try so hard to make Cathy happy in their arrangement. But sometimes, even the wonderful William goes terribly astray.

I thought this book was a great read. Newman's writing brought the characters to life and the story clicked into place nicely. Max and the Gargoyle are back, too! I just love those two rascals. The story had an excellent pace and kept me intrigued.

5 stars to Any Other Name!


All Is Fair Title: All Is Fair (The Split Worlds #3)
Author: Emma Newman
Published: Sept 24, 2013
Publisher: Angry Robot
Format: Ebook; 416pg
Source: Purchased

Synopsis:

In love and war nothing is safe.

William Iris struggles to keep the throne of Londinium whilst hated by his own court and beset by outsiders, while Cathy discovers the legacy of her former governess. But those who dare to speak out about Society are always silenced. Sometimes for good.

While trying to avoid further torments from the mercurial fae, Sam finds himself getting tangled in the affairs of the Elemental Court. But an unexpected offer from the powerful and enigmatic Lord Iron turns out to be far more than Sam bargained for.

Max and the gargoyle are getting closer to uncovering who is behind the murder of the Bath Chapter and the corruption in London and Max finds the gargoyle’s controversial ideas harder to ignore. Can he stay true to his sworn duty without being destroyed by his own master, whose insanity threatens to unravel them all?


All Is Fair is all about the main female character, Cathy, and her struggle for independence and equality. At first, this struggle is simply for herself. However, as her view of things broaden, so do Cathy’s priorities. She decides to take on equality in the NeverNever, the fae world.

The character of William, Cathy’s husband, had just a successful and powerful arc as she did. At the end of book 2, Any Other Name, I really disliked him. But, by the end of All Is Fair, I thought he was at least attempting to be the best man he could be.

It seemed there were still a lot of unanswered questions. I don't know if there will be more books in the series or not, but it seems that the possibility was definitely left open.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a quick and enjoyable read!

5 stars to All Is Fair!

Showcase Sunday #20: Everything Changes


Hello all!
Welcome to my Showcase Sunday!
it is a great way to recap your week!
Here we go...




I am sooooo excited because my library has FINALLY
made it where you can get Ebooks! This is a biggie for me!
I have read several ebooks from the library now
and think it is absolutely great!
Here are some of the books I recently received off hold.


Everything Changes
To all appearances, Zachary King is a man with luck on his side. A steady, well-paying job, a rent-free Manhattan apartment, and Hope, his stunning, blue-blooded fiancée: smart, sexy, and completely out of his league. But as the wedding day looms, Zack finds himself haunted by the memory of his best friend, Rael, killed in a car wreck two years earlier—and by his increasingly complicated feelings for Tamara, the beautiful widow Rael left behind.

Then Norm—Zack’s freewheeling, Viagra-popping father—resurfaces after a twenty-year absence, looking to make amends. Norm’s overbearing, often outrageous efforts to reestablish ties with his sons infuriate Zack, and yet, despite twenty years of bad blood, he finds something compelling in his father’s maniacal determination to transform his own life. Inspired by Norm, Zack boldly attempts to make some changes of his own, and the results are instantly calamitous. Soon fists are flying, his love life is a shambles, and his once carefully structured existence is spinning hopelessly out of control.

Charged with intelligence and razor sharp wit, Everything Changes is at once hilarious, moving, sexy, and wise—a work of transcendent storytelling from an exciting new talent.


An Abundance of KatherinesWhen it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. He's also a washed-up child prodigy with ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a passion for anagrams, and an overweight, Judge Judy-obsessed best friend. Colin's on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which will predict the future of all relationships, transform him from a fading prodigy into a true genius, and finally win him the girl.
Letting expectations go and allowing love in are at the heart of Colin's hilarious quest to find his missing piece and avenge dumpees everywhere.


I hope everyone has had a great week!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Review: Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Allegiant Title: Allegiant (Divergent #3)
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: Oct 22, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN: 006202406X
Format: Hardcover; 526pg
Source: Library

Synopsis:

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.


I thought this book was a decent enough read, but only because I was invested in the characters from Divergent. I feel like Divergent was the best of the three novels in the Divergent series. Insurgent lacked the same passion as Divergent, but I was really hoping Roth would kick it up a notch again with Allegiant. She didn't.

I don't mind the ending as much as the lack of substance throughout the rest of the novel. To me, it felt like everyone (Especially Four) was taking their turns riding the pity train. I didn't get invested in any of the characters at all this time and the book just seemed to drag in places with all the angsty feelings flying around. I did appreciate the character of Tris and all of her self-sacrificing ways, however, I don't feel it was necessary.

I knew this book had missed the mark when I finished the last few chapters and realized I wasn't happy, mad, sad or anything about this book. I am very disappointed in Roth. She took a brilliant concept and just went completely off-track. Oh well, you can't win 'em all.

Sad but true...

2 Stars for Allegiant.

Related reviews:
Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth
Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Think Out Loud #76: Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!


Hello all!
Welcome to Think Out Loud!
This weekly meme is a great way
to explore other topics outside of the bookish realm!
Post whatever you want!!


 I hope everyone had Happy Holidays
and that you have a Happy New Year's too!







Wednesday, December 25, 2013

FREE! Astrid, The Dragonslayer's Blacksmith by Resa Nelson

Hello all!
From Dec 25-27, 2013
a brand new mini-novel from 
Resa Nelson, author of
The Dragonslayer Series
is FREE!!
I have read all 4 books in the Dragonslayer series
and cannot wait to dig into this as well!
If you would like to read my reviews for the
Dragonslayer Series they are here:
The Dragon's Egg (Dragonslayer #4)

Purchase at Amazon
HERE!!!

Astrid, The Dragonslayer's Blacksmith

AstridAstrid constantly worries about her place in the village of Guell. She loves being the apprentice of Guell’s blacksmith, Temple. But Temple bought her from a childseller many years ago, which means Astrid has no blood kin in Guell. If anything should happen to Temple she’s likely to lose her home, her work, and her sweetheart, DiStephan, the dragonslayer’s son.

One day Astrid’s worst fear comes true when Temple and DiStephan fail to return from a short journey to a nearby village. A teenage boy named Finehurst arrives in Guell, claiming to be Temple’s nephew and rightful heir – and insisting that he saw Temple and DiStephan killed by a dragon. The villagers are divided in their opinion of Finehurst, but Astrid is soon thrown out of her own home, desperate to find a way to regain it. Before the dragonslayer goes in search of his missing son DiStephan and Astrid’s mentor Temple, he sets forth a challenge for Finehurst and Astrid to prove their blacksmithing skills by forging a dagger. Normally, Astrid would be confident, but the village’s iron supplies are so low that she doesn’t know how she can possibly make a dagger that can prove her worth.

Astrid, The Dragonslayer’s Blacksmith is an all new mini novel that takes place in Resa Nelson’s Dragonslayer world (the 4-book series includes The Dragonslayer’s Sword, The Iron Maiden, The Stone of Darkness, and The Dragon’s Egg). Appropriate for adults and teens, ages 14 and up.

Contact the Author:
Twitter: @ResaNelson


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Review: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn

Nick and Norah's Infinite PlaylistTitle: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Author: Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Published: May 23, 2006
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Format: Ebook; 183pg
Source: Library
ISBN: 0375835318
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:
It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who’s just walked in to his band’s show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City—and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date.

This he said/she said romance told by YA stars Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be—and where the next great band is playing.

Told in alternating chapters, teeming with music references, humor, angst, and endearing side characters, this is a love story you’ll wish were your very own. Working together for the first time, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have combined forces to create a book that is sure to grab readers of all ages and never let them go.


This book was so different from the movie! But, as usual, I did prefer the book to the movie. And I loved the movie, so you can imagine my feelings for this book!

Of course, I couldn't help but fall into the trap of picturing the lead characters in the novel, Nick and Norah, as the actors that portrayed them in the film version. But, hey, those actors, Michael Cera and Kat Dennings, totally kick ass so it's all cool. Plus, sometimes I have a difficult time visualizing characters in my head so they are just a fuzzy outline in my mind. These characters I had a 3D imagination and it was awesome!

I really enjoyed Nick and Norah's individual voices. It was interesting to have such opposite points of view. I loved how the book really explores Norah's background more and how Nick is more than a lovesick fool. In the movie, Nick and Norah spend all night searching for their favorite band, Where's Fluffy. In the book, the night is more about the two of them spending time with each other and Where's Fluffy is like a footnote.

Anyways, this book does contain foul language and sexual situations, so if that bothers you, beware! I, however, loved it.

5 stars to Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Reviews: The Assassin and the...

I recently dived into the Throne of Glass novellas
and here is the result!
My review of
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (Throne of Glass 0.1)
Is HERE.

The Assassin and the DesertTitle: The Assassin and the Desert (Throne of Glass 0.2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publisher: March 30, 2012
Format: Ebook
Source: Library
Purchase: Amazon

The Silent Assassins of the Red Desert aren’t much for conversation, and Celaena Sardothien wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s not there to chatter, she’s there to hone her craft as the world’s most feared killer for hire. When the quiet is shattered by forces who want to destroy the Silent Assassins, Celaena must find a way to stop them, or she’ll be lucky to leave the desert alive.

REVIEW

The atmosphere was established in the beginning as Celaena Sardothien, the main character, is traveling through the desert to reach her destination of The Silent Assassins. The "sigh" of the sands being the only sound I thought was a wonderful way of symbolizing how alone and empty Celaena is feeling.

In the first novella, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, Celaena was paired with another assassin named Sam, who she befriended. The ending of that novella didn't turn out to well for them according to the opening of The assassin and the desert. Celaena's Master apparantly beat the dog-crap out of Celaena and she has no idea what happened to Sam. It is eating her up inside not knowing, but she was sent to learn from the Mute Master of the Silent Assassins in the Red Desert and cannot fail if she ever wants to return home to Rifthold.

Celaena is only in the Desert for about a month. It seems it would be difficult to allow a character believable growth in such a short time-frame, yet somehow, Sarah J. Maas, the author, manages it. I don't know why I waited so long to come back to The Throne of Glass series because it just keeps getting better if "Desert" is any indication of what is to come from Maas. There was a lot of action and the writing was fantastic. The character of Celaena is beautiful and deadly, a great combination!

The only thing left to say is...

5 stars for The Assassin and the Desert!


The Assassin and the UnderworldTitle: The Assassin and the Underworld (Throne of Glass 0.3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Ebook; 101pg
Source: Library
Purchase: Amazon

When the King of the Assassins gives Celaena Sardothien a special assignment that will help fight slavery in the kingdom, she jumps at the chance to strike a blow against an evil practice. The mission is a dark and deadly affair which takes Celaena from the rooftops of the city to the bottom of the sewer--and she doesn't like what she finds there.

REVIEW

In this installment of the Throne of Glass novellas, we find Celaena back with Arobynn, The King of the Assassins, home in Rifthold. While Celaena is somewhat happy and relieved to be back in her "pampered" world, she can't shake the feeling that something is off.

The latest assignment Celaena has been given is supposed to be a huge blow to those involved in the business of slavery, something Celaena is opposed to immensely. This assignment will take her to places noone would ever want to go!

During the course of this novella, it is clear that Celaena has feelings for Sam. I don't want to blow anybody's ending though, so I will shut up right there! Let me just say, the writing of Maas just gets better and better.

5 stars to The Assassin and the Underworld!


The Assassin and the EmpireTitle: The Assassin and the Empire (Throne of Glass 0.4) 
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: July 20, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Ebook; 94pg
Source: Library
Purchase: Amazon

Celaena Sardothien is the assassin with everything: a place to call her own, the love of handsome Sam, and, best of all, freedom. Yet, she won’t be truly free until she is far away from her old master, Arobynn Hamel; Celaena must take one last daring assignment that will liberate her forever. But having it all, means you have a lot to lose . . .

REVIEW

Wow. Arobynn is such a bastard! I really hate this guy for what he keeps putting Celaena through! Okay, I feel better now... lol

This novella was just as great as the first three and I am dying to dive into Throne of Glass. Alas, my library book that just came off hold will push it back a bit. But trust me, I will be dying to find out what happens until I can finally read Throne of Glass and the sequel, Crown of Midnight!

The Assassin and the Empire is definitely the most heart-breaking of the novellas. I can't say much about the plot for fear of revealing too much, but it was excellent. And of course, Sam and Celaena are just brilliant characters that I really empathize with and I love finding characters like that!

Anyone that enjoyed Throne of Glass should read these novellas if they haven't it. It must add so much more to the character! I can't imagine reading Throne of Glass without having all this backstory.

So...
5 stars for The Assassin and the Empire!


#ReadingCram Wrap-Up


Hello all!
Welcome to my wrap up post for the
#ReadingCram Readathon!
It was hosted by
and
Juliababyjen's Reading Room.


I completed these books:

A Wrinkle in Time (Time #1) by Madeleine L'Engle
Nick and Norahs Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Suitcase of Stars (Enchanted Emporium #1) by Pierdomenico Baccalario

My goal was 6 and I hit 7. YAY!!
That also means I hit my main goal of 60 books.
I am so glad I joined this Readathon!
It was so much fun!
Here are some of the challenges I completed:



I hope everyone had as much fun as I did!
Great job to the hosts!



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