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  1. says:

    Are you kidding me What the hell is this shit How do you screw up your story quite so badly after starting from an INCREDIBLE premise involving the most notorious assassin in the land now a slave being offered the chance to win back her freedom, sort of, in a to the death tournament fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land says the back of my book, conveniently forgetting that a right before the final duels, the king specifically states that the competitors can win only by trapping their opponent s in a position of sure death and no further so to the death my foot, and b apart from thieves and assassins, a number of the competitors are actually ex guards and random other criminals, for the most part disposable enough not to warrant names, and I d only consider a small handful of them to be gifted at anything I mean, you really have to be TALENTED to go from all of that Exciting Sounding Awesomeness to well to Throne of Glass.After reading the Q A included in the back of my book, though, it all started to make sense, and I wish I d known before buying this stupid ass book that it s inspired by DISNEY S CINDERELLA, of all things I know what you re thinking Where the fridge tart does Cinderella come in Isn t this story about, like, a TOUGH AS NAILS former assassin now slave competing for her life in, like, the most badass tournament ever Well actually, no And I m happy to spend the next few hours of my life quoting this most dumbass book if it means AT LEAST ONE PERSON might decide not to waste their money on it, no need to thank me Wake up Not surprisingly, it was Chaol.She shimmied beneath the blankets, pulling them over her head, but he grabbed the covers and threw them to the floor Her nightgown was wrapped around her thighs Celaena shivered It s cold, she moaned, holding her knees to her body She didn t care that she had only a few months to beat the other Champions she needed sleep Nope, this isn t your bratty kid sister, but the most notorious assassin EVAH You know, the one who after slaving away in the salt mines for four months was so desperate to escape that she even tried a mad suicide dash What the hell, though they re only offering her her freedom It would have been nice if the Crown Prince had considered springing her from Endovier earlier so she could have some time to regain her strength how long had he known about this competition, anyway Sheesh I know, right Silly Crown Prince, not considering the feelings of, like, one of the most terrible criminals his men have ever captured I mean, he gives you large, comfortable living quarters in his castle, a billiards table, a chance to change your life, even a puppy, and what he thinks this is enough Get up Chaol ripped the pillows from beneath her head Now you re wasting my time If he noticed how much skin she was showing, he didn t react That wasn t irrelevant at all Grumbling, Celaena slithered to the edge of the bed, dangling a hand over the edge to touch the floor Fetch my slippers, she mumbled The floor s like ice Yeah, put those servants in their place, Cinderella From the doorway, Chaol asked, Why, might I ask, are you so tired She gulped down the rest of the pomegranate juice and wiped her mouth on a napkin I was up until four reading, she said Why do you even have to ask, Chaol It s only the start of the tournament of Celaena s life of course she stayed up all night reading SLEEP WHEN YOU RE DEAD, YO If the competition barely merits any page time, why should the competitors actually give a shit about it A few minutes later, Celaena frowned at herself as she hurried after the captain into the foyer I look ridiculous These pants are absurd, and this shirt is awful Way to be descriptive, Cinderella Generic complaints FTW It s not like you ve been slaving in the salt mines for a year, or anything like that, OF COURSE YOUR CLOTHES MATTER and HOW DARE THEY DON T LET THE BASTARDS GRIND YOU DOWN You expect me to use a mace an hour after sunrise The horror She bit into an apple It was tart, with a sweet, honey like aftertaste Oh And what books do you love He named a few, and she blinked Well, those are good choices for the most part What others she asked, and somehow, an hour flew by, carrying them on the wings of conversation Jesus This paragraph isn t a pointless waste of space at all There was something girlish about her, too Oh, he couldn t stand her contradictions INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS Because my Chaol doesn t have a va jay jay Celaena bit down her laugh Archery It was an archery contest Yeah, that was my reaction, too Pelor, the gangly assassin, wasn t yet strong enough to manage a longbow, and barely made any shots When he finished, his eyes gleaming with resentment, the Champions sniggered, and Cain laughed the loudest.Despite herself, Celaena felt badly for the boy His shots hadn t been that bad Yeesh If barely making any shots isn t that bad, I can see how CINDERBRAT is the world s scariest assassin Why would she kill me I think she likes being pampered snort If she hasn t attempted to escape or kill anyone, then why would she do it now He patted his friend on the shoulder You worry too much ZOMG U NVR HERD OF BIDING UR TIME B4 This Crown Prince is clearly not the brightest crayon in the box Sam What would he make of all this Since he s never been mentioned before, I really can t say Sorry Dorian peeled himself from the wall For all her assassinating experience, she didn t notice him until he sat down on the bench beside her Yeah, I can see why she s Most Baddest Assassinator EVAH And who glued you to the wall, anyway, Crown Douche Bag No I can survive well enough on my own if given proper reading material He looked at the fire, trying not to think about where she d been only weeks before and what that kind of loneliness might have felt like There were no books in Endovier I find it hard to believe that loneliness is your biggest problem when you re a beautiful seventeen year old girl slaving away in a salt mine, but what do I know A BOOK A BOOK MY KINGDOM FOR A BOOK It wasn t until later that Philippa brought the news The Champion who hadn t shown up for the Test had been found dead in a servant s stairwell, brutally mauled and dismembered.The new murder cast a pall over the next two weeks, and the two Tests they brought with them Celaena passed the Tests stealth and tracking without drawing much attention to herself or risking her neck to save anyone When your plot s so boring that you re summarizing it all, you ve got a problem He remained in the doorway, fearful that she d wake up if he took another step Some assassin She hadn t even bothered to stir I know, right Also, you re a stalking stalker, Crown Douche Bag She smiled at the young chevaliers they passed and smirked at the court women who eyed her pink and white gown She couldn t blame them the dress was spectacular And she was spectacular in it Bloody hell, you d think a year of slavery would knock the vanity right out of a girl The assassin pivoted around the table and took aim again She missed Gritting her teeth, she considered snapping the cue in half across her knee But she d been attempting to play for only an hour She d be incredible by midnight She d master this ridiculous game or she d turn the table into firewood Now, now, CINDERBRAT Temper tantrums are, like, so unbecoming For the world s greatest assassin, this is pathetic, said Dorian, stepping from the doorway Because assassins are widely known to be proficient at billiards What, you didn t know She had often wished for adventure If you spend seven years as an assassin and somehow manage not to stumble headfirst into all sorts of adventures, you re probably not doing it right So she d cheated a little, but she d won LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, HOLD ON TO YOUR SEATS WE VE JUST HAD OUR FIRST GLIMPSE OF CELAENA ACTUALLY BEHAVING REMOTELY LIKE AN ASSASSIN And it s only page 240 It had been over three weeks since her last encounter with Elena, and she hadn t seen or heard her at all, despite the three Tests she d had, the most exciting of which being an obstacle course, which she passed with only a few minor scratches and bruises Unfortunately, Pelor hadn t done so well, and had been sent home at long last But he d been lucky three other competitors had died All found in forgotten well, obviously not that forgotten hallways all mutilated beyond recognition The plot overload It s it s positively unbearable Amidst her worrying, another Test passed without incident or embarrassment though she couldn t say the same for the soldier who d been sent home and she kept up her intense training with Chaol and the other Champions WOW So Much Story How can I process it all Candy A large paper bag sat on a pillow, and she found that it was filled with all sorts of confectionary goodies There was no note, not even a name scribbled on the bag With a shrug and glowing eyes, Celaena pulled out a handful of sweets Oh, how she adored candy Celaena issued a jolly laugh and crammed some of the candy into her mouth Someone, she said in between chews, is very good to me I just oh God I have no words D Cookie Monster strikes again Of course I want her, Celaena said, then realized what the implications would be But I want her trained I don t want her urinating on everything and chewing on furniture and shoes and books And I want her to sit when I tell her to and lay down and roll over and whatever it is that dogs do And I want her to run run with the other dogs when they re practicing I want her to put those long legs to use Dorian crossed his arms as Celaena scooped up the dog That s a long list of demands Perhaps I should have bought you jewelry after all Hold your puppies, Dorian, CINDERDIVA STILL isn t done When I m training she kissed the pup s soft head, and the dog nestled her cold nose against Celaena s neck I want her in the kennels, training as well When I return in the afternoon, she may be brought to me I ll keep her in the night Celaena held the dog at eye level The dog kicked her legs in the air If you ruin any of my shoes, she said to the pup, I ll turn you into a pair of slippers Understood Jesus Christ Is it bad that what I want is for someone to rend Celaena limb from limb And why does she have a bunch of shoes, anyway Am I the only one who remembers that she s a fucking FORMER ASSASSIN NOW SLAVE Philippa huffed Just don t tell them I helped you when you get dragged back here Sure, because if Celaena says nothing, they ll probably assume it was one of her other, non existent maids who helped her navigate her way into her dress Frowning, Chaol watched his friend dance with the assassin He wouldn t have danced with her, anyway And he was glad he hadn t worked up the nerve to ask her, not after seeing the color that Duke Perrington s face turned upon discovering the pair WTF is the author Chaol talking about What actually happens five minutes prior to this is that Celaena asks him to dance and he says no Also, this guy s kind of a wussy with a p for a Captain of the Guard He s never even killed anyone before Yeesh Captain of the Guard, my foot Cain was little than a pawn in a game to amuse the king That s what they keep saying, but the king isn t even present in the castle for the majority of the competition, so Oh, one thing THE NAMES How the heck do you pronounce Chaol Kale Like the cabbage And Kaltain Rompier has to be one of the stupidest names I ve EVER come across It makes me think of frolicking unicorns, or something As for the main character, well, I don t even know what to call her Selena Kay lay na that s the one I eventually settled on, after spending half the book mentally mumbling her name I mean, what in Erilea kind of a name is Celaena Is it really any wonder that Nehemia eventually renames her Other people get normal enough names, such as Dorian and Grave and Sam and Elena and Xavier and Cain and Philippa and Verin and Ned simple names, really I guess the special snowflake needs a special name to go with her very special personality impairment Don t even try to get me started on the place names, because I tuned them out after Eyllwe, so I have no idea how these countries lands coffee beans relate to one another, but I ll probably live.And what is even the point of the glass castle Or the non existent throne of glass that the book s apparently named after Thinly veiled CINDERELLA references FTW If you ask me, the author should have gone for Cinderella in Candyfloss Land , because you certainly don t get much than that I don t even know what Celaena spends most of the second half of the book doing The tournament trials and murders are mentioned in passing here and there Yesterday we threw knives Another three people were eaten over the past three weeks and the book focuses on I don t know what Celaena sitting in her room, Celaena fawning over herself in front of one mirror or another, Celaena boasting about her amazing assassin skills that you d otherwise never know she had, Celaena going for walks, Celaena admiring pouffalicious dresses, Cinderella Celaena wishing someone would invite her to the ball, Celaena eating sweets, Evil King being evil, and Frolicking Unicorn being high It s exciting stuff Really.Also, since when do slaves have possessions Why does some random slave who immediately gets murdered by some random people, so yay for the Drama Llama have enough salve to pass around as required Who makes this salve From what Who are these slaves allowed to associate with that they can procure salve What do they trade for this salve Their bodies Their hair Salt they ve squirrelled away from the mines Yeesh Explain yourself, Sarah J Maas UGH Terrible, terrible, horrendous Nonsensical, stupid, pointless Fluffy, pathetic, ridiculous Need I say Really Need I Throne of Glass tries to emulate Poison Study and fails spectacularly Save yourself the torture and go straight for Poison Study If you ve already read Posion Study, read it again Or try Graceling Just don t say I didn t warn you.


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    Once again, it seems like I m in the minority for this book because I didn t like it It s such a shame too because I d heard a lot of good stuff about it Oh well, maybe it s just meor maybe because this book just plain sucks.Let s start off with our protagonist, Celaena who s the greatest assassin in the world Okay, I m cool with that But it d be nice if she could actually prove it because from what I ve seen, she s once hell of a crappy assassin People walk in and out of her room all the time when she s sleeping and she just keeps on snoring Hello, aren t you supposed to spring awake like a ninja and hold a knife to that person s throat That s what I expect from someone who just left a death camp Instead I get this.The real clincher is what I call the Candy Incident There s a bag of candy left on Calaena s bed with no note or anything This is during the period where a murderer is going around killing Champions and a couple have died already And what does the greatest assassin in the world do She gobbles them up immediately, going Oh, how I adored candies Remember that episode in Avatar the Last Airbender when Sokka drinks cactus juice and gets all high Then, it wears off and this happens Couldn t have said it better myself, Katara Calaena is the kind of idiot that licks stuff off walls, even without the hallucinatory assistance of cactus juice.But wait, there s Nothing happens to her because she s purrrfect and fabulous, like that song from High School Musical In fact, I m pretty sure she s a Mary Sue Let s check off her traits, shall we Tragic past, check Pretty, check Amazingly good at something, check Has than one love interest, check Don t even get me started on the love interests.There is absolutely no difference between Dorian and Chaol except for the fact that I m leery of the name Dorian Maybe it s because I just recently finished The Picture of Dorian Gray so whenever I see his name, I think of this It could be me but then again, you wouldn t name your kid Lolita, would you And the ending view spoiler where Calaena breaks up with Dorian because she s the King s Champion and it would be inappropriate We all know it s a ploy to squeeze in some kissy kissy time with Chaol in the next book And by being single, she doesn t look like a cheater hide spoiler


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    Want to be updated on everything Throne of Glass Visit the Throne of Glass fansite CELAENA be all like Leaving me like Let me just clear things up People are rating this book low because they don t like Celaena, saying she s arrogant or self centred or over confident, first of all, if Celaena were a guy, you d be head over heels for her But she s a girl and now her story is being over looked because, instead of drowning in self pity, she decides to stand up, throw her hair over her shoulder and say screw the world, I m gonna survive I admire her for not letting her time in Endovier break her How many books have you read with an author spending a dominant part of the plot trying to pry away the pity in the heart of her damaged characters, yeah, that s right, almost every time They re usually so engrossed with whatever they did or whatever they went through, they bury themselves in their past and drown themselves in their own sympathy that it s actually ridiculous.But Celaena isn t like that and she s getting hate for it.Celaena aside, Dorian was okay, I ve got no rotten points to divulge about him I would, however, like to see his character develop further, because right now he s x Not what he seems x Doesn t like being a prince x Insanely good looking x Has daddy issues never forget the daddy issues And these are such stereotypical characteristics of a YA Prince Dorian is charming in a boyish non arrogant way He makes Celaena smile and is an all around good guy And he loves books Those are always plus points in my book.I don t really know what to think about Chaol, at this point, he s still a raw character, not entirely cooked enough to be eaten what Sometimes he s so frustrating, other times he s so adorable I want to hug him.Right now, I ve already read The Assasin s Blade and Crown of Midnight, I m also halfway through an ARC of Heir of Fire and I can confidently say that if you give this series a fair shot and Celaena too then you ll see what I love so much about it Just so you know I ve never completely disregarded major negative points in a series before, so much so that I still gave it 5 stars and I am not going to deny that Throne of Glass deserves its varied ratings But I love Throne of Glass for reasons of my own, I m not reviewing this for some publisher, so I m letting you know now, my views are biased I empathise with Celaena on so many levels, it s almost like we re the same person when I read the books, so with that, I ve grown attached to the series as well.


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    DNF 35%Meet Celaena She s the world s best assassin Or so we re told She s very, very talented Very talented And famous She s also really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, takes a deep breath really pretty It was true that she had been attractive once, beautiful even.She looked at her rags and stained skin, and she couldn t suppress the twinge of shame What a miserable state for a girl of former beauty But it was her golden hair that caught the attention of most, hair that still maintained a glimmer of its glory In short, Celaena Sardothien was blessed with a handful of attractive features that compensated for the majority of average ones and, by early adolescence, she d discovered that with the help of cosmetics, these average features could easily match the extraordinary assets What remarkable eyes you have The prince s eyes shone with amusement at her brashness but lingered a bit too long on her body.No, he had to remember that she was an assassin with the blessing of a pretty face He found her beautiful It was something in the way her eyes sparked when she looked at something lovely in the landscape Through a clearing in the swirling mass, a cluster of stars could be seen He couldn t help thinking that they gazed down at her A lovely girl gazing at the stars, and the stars who gazed back. Gag She looked spectacular Utterly and completely spectacular.Though she may look pleasant, Beautiful ladies are always associated with the Crown Prince you should be flattered that you re attractive enough to be considered his lover Your face is much pretty when you smile She smiled at the guards outside her door, and her smile burst into a grin at their exchanged approving glances You look rather pretty today An expression of surprise crossed his features when he beheld her in her finery it would be hard to pass off someone so pretty as your sister I bet they won t expect to be trounced by a beautiful lady His dark eyes snaked along her body, Her disgust didn t improve when Grave ran an eye over her body.Her turquoise eyes glittered as she stared at his hand, and his heart quickened when her gaze rose to his face Yes, sweaty as she was, she was beautiful. Much pretty I had hopes that the book would pick up once the competition began, and for a split second, it did But then they added drama in the form of suitors for her big hearted future love interest, and there was another potential love interest, and I just really can t be bothered.I m out.


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    First cover Yeah, don t I look badass in this Wait, hold on, does my hair and makeup look okay I think I need to pose like this, so I look all strong and tough Second cover Fuck off or I ll end you I still stand by my opinions on the covers I never liked the first cover, and am infinitely grateful that they changed them for the sequels But as far as how Celaena herself is I would say she s a bit of both I feel like these covers portray two very different extremes, and Celaena seemed to possess a quality from each of them That s actually what I loved about her She s fast becoming one of my all time favorite YA heroines.I ll admit that a long while ago, I hadn t expected the book to be this good But as soon as I read the prequels, I fell in love, and I definitely have high hopes for this series.


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    Caleana Sardothien, young woman assassin, is betrayed and sentenced to the salt mines of Endovier After a year, however, she is given an opportunity If she wins a contest to become the king s champion, she will be granted a four year contract, working as an assassin for the empire she hates, at the end of which time she will be freed After reading the premise of the book, I thought, Sign me up After the first chapter, I knew I was in good hands This book has plenty of mystery, magic, humor and romance a perfect brew for fans of good YA fantasy If you liked Graceling, Grave Mercy, Shadow and Bone or other fantasies featuring strong female protagonists with scary good skills, I think you ll enjoy this quite a lot And it s the first of a series


  7. says:

    3.5 4 stars I CAN T DECIDE JUST YET I decided to reread this book, as I am about to continue on with the series, finally I did really enjoy this the second time round, but found myself a little critical of a few things I will be doing a full video review of this soon, so look forward to of my thoughts then


  8. says:

    WHAT I WAS EXPECTING


  9. says:

    I DID IT OMFFFFFFG THIS BOOKWAS JUSTSOF GOOD What is even going on, how did i not read this sooner I am now onto Crown Of Midnight and DYING LOVE LOVE LOVEI FINALLY READ IT PEOPLE SO HAPPY


  10. says:

    Sorry, but it looks like I ve been excited for NOTHING After enticing me with its promises of a reading experience reminiscent of Megan Whalen Turner and George R.R Martin, Throne of Glass ultimately let me down Having been excited for this novel for weeks and actually liking the sample I read, I have been brought back to earth now with a jolt This YA fantasy is a rather sorry example of its genre.I have the notion that a big part of this book did not work for me because of its heroine Celeana is smart, athletic, talented and beautiful She loves music and reading She is fluent in different languages She is great And she knows it And rubs it in your face repeatedly As do her suitors and admirers I had the feeling that Sarah J Maas tried everything to make me love her heroine How do you make readers love someone Present them with a book lover But somehow, she accomplished the opposite I did not loathe Celaena, but she grated on my nerves I wished someone would tell her off, would for once not grant her every wish I wished the characters I liked would not fall for her charms and good looks The little romance Celaena had I won t say with whom was laughable at best and mostly resulted in me rolling my eyes at the fact that the only attraction that existed between those two stemmed from them both being beautiful.In terms of plot, I cannot deny that there was always a level of suspense present I did want to know how this story ended, and yes, there were actually parts when I feared the whole thing would not end well partly because my beloved heroine did not deem it necessary to inform certain people about what she had witnessed in the castle Overall, though, the story remained a tad too juvenile and simple for me Important events were mentioned only in passing and the mythology did not go any further than what was important for the main story line Many things remained unsaid doubtlessly for the sake of sequels yet to come but it was not the subtle way of remaining unsaid but hinted at I love in fantasy novels, it felt like remaining unsaid to lure me into reading on There were aspects I liked Celaena s friendship to Nehemia, the Eyllwe princess, and Chaol, the loyal and fierce captain of the guard but in the end, there isn t enough to make me interested in reading any sequels.In short what I wanted A less is mentality World building that does not only cover what is necessary to follow the main story arc Subtle romance Villains in different shades of grey Assassins that actually assassinate And do not only sit in their room talking or thinking about clothes and boys What I got A vain and mostly unlikeable heroine Two men absolutely bedazzled by her presence Hints of a love triangle Lots and lots of descriptions of clothing Flimsy world building An overall poor execution writing wise Thank you Next Thanks a lot to Netgalley and Bloomsbury for the review copy.


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Throne of Glass download Throne of Glass, read online Throne of Glass, kindle ebook Throne of Glass, Throne of Glass 5d282821073d This Is A Previously Published Edition Of ISBN After Serving Out A Year Of Hard Labor In The Salt Mines Of Endovier For Her Crimes, Year Old Assassin Celaena Sardothien Is Dragged Before The Crown Prince Prince Dorian Offers Her Her Freedom On One Condition She Must Act As His Champion In A Competition To Find A New Royal AssassinHer Opponents Are Men Thieves And Assassins And Warriors From Across The Empire, Each Sponsored By A Member Of The King S Council If She Beats Her Opponents In A Series Of Eliminations, She Ll Serve The Kingdom For Four Years And Then Be Granted Her Freedom Celaena Finds Her Training Sessions With The Captain Of The Guard, Westfall, Challenging And Exhilarating But She S Bored Stiff By Court Life Things Get A Little Interesting When The Prince Starts To Show Interest In Her But It S The Gruff Captain Westfall Who Seems To Understand Her BestThen One Of The Other Contestants Turns Up Dead Quickly Followed By Another Can Celaena Figure Out Who The Killer Is Before She Becomes A Victim As The Young Assassin Investigates, Her Search Leads Her To Discover A Greater Destiny Than She Could Possibly Have Imagined