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Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) 
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Pages: 404
Source: Kindle/Own

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-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 assassin.

Her 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 more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her ... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then 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.

New Releases: Week of July 17, 2018

Nyxia Unleashed (The Nyxia Triad #2)
Author: Scott Reintgen
Publisher: Crown BYR
Publication Date: July 17, 2018

Getting to Eden brought Emmett and his crewmates one step closer to their promised fortune. But surviving Eden may be the biggest reward of all. Discover book two in the trilogy Marie Lu called, “a high-octance thriller.”

Emmett Atwater thought Babel’s game sounded easy. Get points. Get paid. Go home. But it didn’t take long for him to learn that Babel’s competition was full of broken promises, none darker or more damaging than the last one.

Now Emmett and the rest of the Genesis survivors must rally and forge their own path through a new world. Their mission from Babel is simple: extract nyxia, the most valuable material in the universe, and play nice with the indigenous Adamite population.

But Emmett and the others quickly realize they are caught between two powerful forces—Babel and the Adamites—with clashing desires. Will the Genesis team make it out alive before it’s too late?

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Novellas/Short Stories

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Favorite Novellas/Short Stories

1. A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas - So I know a lot of people didn't like this because it didn't really have a plot. But you know what, I liked it. I thought it was a fun little novella. I loved getting to see our favorites enjoying the solstice. I loved the cute annual tradition we find out about between Cassian, Azriel and Rhysand (snowball fight). I loved Feyre's gift to Rhys. I loved getting to see Feyre do art again and use it to help the community. I just really enjoyed this. 

2. Queen Song (Red Queen #0.1) by Victoria Aveyard - So despite the fact that I have many issues with the Red Queen series and the only book I actually really enjoyed from it was Red Queen itself, I did LOVE Queen Song. Its all about Cal's mother Coriane. I loved getting to see who Coriane was and getting to know her through this since we never actually get to meet her in the series. I loved seeing what she wanted for her son, I loved that her and Cal's father just fell in love and married despite the rules of the kingdom and not doing Queenstrial. But it definitely also made me sad because we see what Elara does just to get her hands on the crown to put her disgusting plan with her future son into action. 

Review: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Renegades (Renegades #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Pages: 556
Format: Hardcover/Own

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone... except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Stacking The Shelves #108/Sunday Post #40

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!

So I've been eyeing these books for a while since I know a lot of people seem to like them. They are currently both $1.99 for the kindle books on Amazon so I figured it would be a great time to pick them up! I'm really excited to finally start this series! :)

Review: The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Pages: 435
Format: Kindle/Own

Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom's most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin's Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.

When Celaena's scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes—and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn's orders, Celaena risks unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too. They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn's clutches—and if they fail, they'll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives...

A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers listeners a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling—and deadly—world.

Included in this volume:

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
The Assassin and the Healer
The Assassin and the Desert
The Assassin and the Underworld
The Assassin and the Empire

Unknown Read-Along: Update #1

So sorry for this being posted a little late. I was having some phone issues earlier this week that required my attention in trying to get it fixed or replaced. So I was dealing with that the past 2 days and didn't get the chance to sit down and write up the post. But good news, I got a replacement phone without a lot of hassle, and I'm here only one day late to post the update! WOO!

Ok guys, so you know this is a reread for me, so this is going to be more analysis and maybe piecing things together I originally didn't see the first time I read through it. So keep that in mind as you read my thoughts. I'll try to avoid anything that could be potentially spoilery. So I'll start with some thoughts I put in my original review of Unknown and then talk about things I understand better now. And then talk about how some of those may affect the view going forward.