Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass Book #1) by Sarah J. Mass and GIVEAWAY!!!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass
Release Date: August 7th 2012
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Pages: 404
Buy it: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository

      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 three 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. 

      I first noticed Throne of Glass when the new cover change came in almost two years ago. It was beautiful and I knew that I was going to go out of my way trying to find the new paperback beauty that is Throne of Glass! The covers for every single one of these books in the series is beautiful and I just want to display them all on my shelves (currently I have Crown of Midnight on display for it is one of my favorites). Throne of Glass is the perfect blend of taking a story that is familiar to most of us and adding an exciting new twist.
      I love high fantasy novels and the worlds they create so much so that I become infatuated with every single detail. I need to know the history and what this land looked like. Luckily most of these high fantasy books do come with a map in the front and what I usually do is photo copy it so then I do not have to struggle flipping through the book trying to find the map and eventually losing my page.
      This book had me enthralled from start to finish! I grew a quick love for Celaena, Dorian and Chaol and refused to put the book down until I knew what would happen in the end. This book is very similar to The Hunger Games in the sense that all these assassins are competing against one another, but there is the under-lying story of this murder mystery that we follow that gives this book a little more depth. The competition to determine who would be the King's champion is fine, but now entirely original. The addition of the murder mystery cemented the suspense and introduced the magical element that I found most appealing.
      The one bone I do have to pick with this book is the love triangles! i hate love triangles and they are the epitome of my downfall. Love triangles kill me in every sense of the word and I was so bummed out when I found out that this book had one, however I did not mind it in this case. Yes it is frustrating to see Celaena share moments with Chaol when I am Team Dorian (forever and always), but I have learned to deal with it be content with this love triangle. Celaena's interactions with both of them were pleasant and I enjoyed reading both of their parts.
      Celaena is one of my favorite female protagonist in YA ever. She is so bad ass and terrifying but yet has two boys falling for her. It was refreshing to see someone go from kick ass assassin to showing everyone up at a ball. She is a trained assassin with a mission and a mind of her own. The only fault I had with Celaena was her lack of awareness. Surely an assassin would not eat candy given to her anonymously, especially if the other competitors are trying to kill one another off.
      Other than that very minor detail, I loved this book. I have already read Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire which are both fantastic. If you are skeptical of picking up this series, it is an amazing intro into the fantasy world of castles, kings and assassins. The plot was not overwhelming and confusing like most are and the world building was simple and not to complex where a reader could get lost easily.
      All in all I really enjoyed Throne of Glass! 5 out of 5 stars

As you guys all know i love a good giveaway! I love giving back to my readers who show me support and kindness! So as many of you know Queen of Shadows is coming out September 1st and I will be giving away 2 copies of this book a week before it comes out! You could receive Queen of Shadows a week before everyone else! Giveaway ends August 29th and to enter all you need to do is follow these rules and regulations...

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Lee Chand


  1. Is there a lot of detailed gore or done in a way that's not too graphic?

  2. I've seen a lot of reviews saying that this book is great, so I had to try to read this too! Glad you like this too :)

    Tiffany @ The Bookish Thought

  3. “My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name's Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I'd still beat you, no matter what you call me.” - Throne of Glass

    Tasya @ The Literary Huntress

  4. Everyone talks about this book, and I'm kind of afraid to read it, cause I only had contact with fantasy with Game of Thrones. Most likely will give it a shot, Sarah J. Maas writing seems wonderful! :)

  5. Thank you so much for the chance!!! Here is my favorite quote!

    “He brought his lips to my ear. "I would have been gentle with you, though." I shuddered as I closed my eyes. Every inch of my body went taut as his words echoed through me. "I would have had you moaning my name throughout it all. And I would have taken a very, very long time, Feyre.”
    ― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses

  6. So glad you liked this one. I love it as well. .Y only fault was with Celaena and her arrogance... Ugh it was frustrating. But I already have books two and three to read! :) great review.

  7. I have not read any of these books yet but I do plan to. They sound fantastic.
    Doreen Lamoureux
    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  8. “You could rattle the stars... You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”

    I can't wait for Queen of Shadows! I really want to see what happens to Dorian and now that Aelin is back- it's going to be so amazing! :D

    thanks for the giveaway btw! <3

  9. I actually read first chapters of it when I was in our local bookstore months ago, haha! I liked the writing AND THE BOOK COVER!! But still haven't buy one :3 Everyone's talking about this series. -Kristelle @ Amiabooklover

  10. Thank you so so much for the giveaway! I LOVE this series and I can't wait until QoS comes out! My favorite quote from the entire series would have to be at the end of Heir of Fire: "She lifted her face to the stars. She was Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, heir of two mighty bloodlines, protector of a once-glorious people, and Queen of Terrasen. She was Aelin Ashryver Galathynius - and she would not be afraid." It's such an epic quote and it sums up all the major character development she underwent from the beginning of The Assassin's Blade to the end of Heir of Fire!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks (Twitter: @lauraew333 and Goodreads: Laura W)

  11. My favorite quote is

    "What’s the point in having a mind if you don’t use it to make judgments?”
    “What’s the point in having a heart if you don’t use it to spare others from the harsh judgments of your mind?”

  12. My favorite quote is:
    “Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

  13. I have not read the book, so no favorite quote :( :P

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  15. Oh wow The Queen of Shadows! How do you manage to get all these amazing books? And not only do you get them early, but multiple copies as well?

  16. My favorite quote is......
    “Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons."
    -Throne of Glass

  17. Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite quote is:
    “Life isn't easy, no matter where you are. You'll make choices you think are right, and then suffer for them.”
    -The Assassin's Blade

  18. I have not finished Throne of Glass yet, but im flying through it! Hoping to be ready for queen of shadows by sep 1st ;)
    SO I do not have a favorite line yet!
    thank you!

  19. Oooh, my favourite quote would have to be "She was fire, she was darkness, she was dust and blood and shadow." from The Assassin's Blade. A pretty badass quote, if you ask me.

    Claudia Victoria @ PenMarkings

  20. "She was Aelin Ashryver Galathynius-and she would not be afraid."

  21. This is one of my favorite series right now. I'm gonna be reading Queen of Shadows soon. Great review! #TeamChaol here!