Queen of Shadows (Sarah J. Maas)

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Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire — for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . . 

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return. 

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.


I don’t even know how to start this review. Each time I think about reviewing this book, I just look at it and think that maybe I should just read it again, to properly convey to you how awesome I thought this book was. But I have so many other good books to read, I can’t read this one over and over, right?

So, on we go. This will obviously have a lot of SPOILERS, for the four previous books in the series, but for this one as well. So, people, if you haven’t read Queen of Shadows, I love you, but go away! Also, be aware that I’ll probably throw some highly unpopular opinions onto this review – which will probably not even feel like a review anyway. You have been warned.

First off, let me tell you, this book was my favorite read of the year. The buddy read and crazy talks on twitter had a hand on it, but the book itself is fantastic! A LOT of action, a lot of plot twists, a lot of plot in general, some romance, a lot of bromance and awesomeness all around.

I’m gonna first of all address the highest criticism made to this book: “Celaena and Chaol are out of character”. I read this over and over again, everywhere, even from people who enjoyed this book a lot. Maybe I’m from a different planet, because I thought they were very much in character throughout the whole thing.

First of all, if you’re still referring to Aelin as Celaena, you probably will never be happy about this story or any other that follows. She has been Aelin since the moment that she forgave herself and accepted her true power and lineage, with all the burden that comes with it. Celaena is still there inside of Aelin, but Aelin is so much more! Celaena COULD rattle the stars, while Aelin DOES rattle the stars. See the difference?

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I found it so natural that she wouldn’t trust anyone implicitly, because Celaena didn’t either – or are we forgetting that she only told Chaol the truth about everything because she didn’t have much choice?

Now, about Chaol, this is a guy who is trying to displace the guilt he feels onto someone else… Aelin is an easy target. He’s also not a 100% wrong about what he says. The fact that she holds things from him, makes him doubt her, and the same the other way around, a lot of miscommunication, which by the way had already happened in Crown of Midnight. Chaol actually had a great development throughout this book. He had claimed his side on the end of Heir of Fire, but it was never Aelin’s side, it was always Dorian’s, so why would he side with her when she got back? He suffered a lot and the only thing I think him guilty of was not even trying to understand her side of the question, but guilt ridden as he was, I thought that was natural.

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Neither of them are perfect, so their reaction to each other, I found it so organic. Sorry if you guys don’t agree, it’s totally fine ;-).

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Arobynn Hamel… Ok, so he’s totally the worst, right? I wanted him dead. No doubt about it. BUT… I felt his dynamic with Aelin super intriguing and I wanted more. I actually liked him better here than on The Assassin’s Blade, because now she knew what he wanted from her, and I honestly felt that was natural, even though repulsing at the same time. But come on, he was never a father figure to her, and if he had no problem with bedding Lysandra who is the same age as Aelin, why wouldn’t he want the same with her. And I do feel like he truly loved her, in his own twisted and sick way. What he had done to Sam, that was the work of a very jealous man… Truth is, I felt that Arobyn was such a well written villain, and I wanted to see more of him. I liked his death, though I wished that Lysandra had drugged him prior to sleeping with him and slitting his throat, because the risk of him waking up was so big, and I was so afraid for her.

Onto Lysandra… I had a hard time trusting her in The Assassin’s Blade, but I liked her then, I liked that she provoked Celaena. And Sam liked her, so how bad could she actually be, right? So, when she first appeared with Evangeline, I not only liked her, but my heart broke for her. Then she devolved this friendship with Aelin and it was such a majestic thing, how these two girls had each other’s backs, and they needed another girl in their lives so bad. I also likes Lysandra’s interactions with the rest of the gang, especially Aedion, oh, the Ghost Leopard thing was amazing.

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Before heading to the romance part, I’m going to mention the witches, who had a lot more to do in this book. For most of the time Manon was a bit frustrating, she was also in a very tough spot… I really felt for her, truly, but she spent way too much time in a state of indecision between what she felt was right and what was expected of her, and I was glad when Asterin finally broke her and made her see the truth. I liked Elide, she has potential, though I felt that she had a lot of page time in Queen of Shadows, and that maybe half of it could have been given to someone else.

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When Manon finally faces off Aelin it was EPIC! And the fact that she could summon Dorian back because the Valg Prince in him recoiled from her – AMZING! Let’s get something straight, I don’t think I’m non board with this crazy ship – Manon and Dorian – but I do think they’ll have an important role in each other’s lives and they will probably be the support they both need in the next book.

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Speaking of Dorian, oh, my dear Dorian… his chapters hurt. They physically hurt me! I had my heart clenched each time Dorian had a small amount of POV, because yes, they were all very small, but they had so many damn feelings in it, that my heart was breaking all the damn time. And yet, I felt that his chapters were perfect: short and painful. They showed exactly what was going on inside him and boy… it was not pretty. The only thing that bugged me a bit was his inability to fight the Valg inside him… Caltrain did it, although her Valg could have been less powerful, or maybe not… Dorian was also heartbroken when the Valg took over, and he probably wanted to give in a little, because he felt so responsible for Sorcha’s death.

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But that final battle… WOW!!!! Aelin and Dorian and the King and Chaol… WOW WOW WOW!!!! Aelin and Dorian, Fire and Ice, and all glorious! It was beyond perfect!!!

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Finally, onto the romance… I know a LOT of people had a problem with the romance in this book. Some didn’t like Aelin with Rowan, some said that their romance came out of nowhere, or that there was way too much focus on the romance, or a lot of other things. I don’t care. I thought it was perfect! To be honest, I’ve been shipping Aelin and Rowan since they met in Heir of Fire, and you might say “but they were only friends, the romance doesn’t make sense” and I say BULLSH*T!!!!

Yes, they were friends in Heir of Fire, but there was always something more there (at least for me). It was the way they understood each other completely, how they fought and pushed each other, the nights spent in the same bed and Aelin’s reiterations that she was attracted to him (cofcof). The way they were willing to die for each other when they hadn’t known each other for that long. They are each other’s best friends and the love they fell for one another was already pretty evident in book 3. About the sexual attraction, yep, I think it was there too, actually, I think it was there from the first time that Rowan bit her. Again, YES – HE BIT HER TO PROVOKE HER AND NOTHING MORE, BUT his reaction after (after the biting and then when he learned about her scars) told me that maybe he wasn’t totally being honest with himself. So, when they’re finally reunited on this book, I was giddy from happiness, and I loved every single torment that they gave each other, the hair washes, the nightgowns and the lack of underwear… they are equals in every single way.

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And boy, it’s GLORIOUS! And there’s something that Rowan thinks after they kiss for the first time, that made me wonder if had been wondering if not only could he find someone after Lyria, but also if Aelin is that someone… and I’m guessing (by his extremely positive reaction) that the answer is YES on both accounts.

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Another huge thing that I think people are still clinging to is Sam. Don’t get me wrong, I love Sam just as any other girl, but – don’t kill me please – I think that Sam is overrated! *okok, have you calmed down yet?*

Let me make my case, ok? Sam was amazing, sure, and he was in love with Celaena for a long time, but she was in love with him for a really SHORT one. And they were together for only one month before he died. And let’s not forget, it wasn’t a good month! They loved each other a lot, but they fought a lot too, and Aelin never got to the point of trusting him implicitly. So, while he was SUPER important in her life and for her growth, I don’t think she loved him MOST OF ALL, and I’m not sure that they would have had a future, had he lived… she wouldn’t be the person she is now, that’s for sure, and that would be a shame, because Celaena was great, but Aelin is freaking AWESOME!

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I LOVED the bromances in Queen of Shadows! There’s Chaol and Dorian, obviously, after the “I love you” in Heir of Fire, and Chaol doing everything he can to save Dorian and all. But Aedion and Rowan!!!! They have my heart, because those 2 freaking fae (half-fae) males are so damn AMAZING! 😀 😀 😀

And Aelin was beyond glorious!!!! The “Firebreathing bitchqueen” is freaking amazing!!!

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So, to sum it up, I loved this book – if that wasn’t clear so far. I loved the action, the plot, the characters and their development. I loved the amazing females in this book, the males, the men, the witches and the shapeshifter. I LOVED the plot twists, and I can’t wait to see where it will all go. I loved the friendships, and the fights, and the romance. I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK!!!

Now I apologise for my LONG (2000 words *cofcof*) “review” that is more of a fangirl and opinion dumping. I know most of you won’t agree with some of the things I said, but that’s totally fine ;-). Also, one of the reasons I loved reading this book so much was thanks to Josie, Anjie and Erika, so, thank you girls – even if Anjie will positively hate what I wrote here.

(I’m sorry, this was too cute not to share! Little Rowan – source)

AND NOW I REALIZE THAT I’LL PROBABLY END UP WRITING ANOTHER REVIEW FOR THIS BOOK ONCE I REREAD IT, BECAUSE I FEEL THAT I STILL HAVE A LOT MORE TO SAY ABOUT IT.

Top Ten Tuesday: Quotes from Books I loved this year

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So

Suddenly I’m very glad that I’ve been collecting quote posts and creating and inserting quotes images on my reviews for a few months, because it means that I have those made already. Sure, there are probably some great quotes that I’ve read lately that won’t be in here, not that they wouldn’t be in my top ten, but I’m just too lazy right now to go look for them 😛 – so this is the Top Ten of quotes that I had already collected, and posted, on this blog.


1. Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell

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2. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, Becky Albertalli

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3. The One Thing, Marci Lyn Curtis

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4. My Heart and Other Black Holes, Jasmine Warga

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5. Attachments, Rainbow Rowell

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6. More Happy Than Not, Adam Silvera

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7. Crown of Midnight, Sarah J. Maas

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8. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), Felicia Day

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9. An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir

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10. Heir of Fire, Sarah J. Maas

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The “While We Wait for Queen of Shadows” Book Tag!

Hey, welcome back for another Book Tag! Kelsey @Don’t Shush Me! created this one in honour of the released of the much awaited Queen of Shadows (Sarah J. Maas) tomorrow. Thank you Kelsey, for nominating me for the “While We Wait for Queen of Shadows” Book Tag.

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77493_originalFavorite book by Sarah J. Maas & why?

It’s so tough, I haven’t read a book by her that I didn’t like!

Although all of the Throne of Glass books have a higher rating, I think I’ll go for A Court of Thorns and Roses. I liked that it was a bit more adult, and a lot more explicit. Also, it was the first book I read by Sarah and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

Favorite character in Throne of Glass series & why?

Celaena/Aelin! It’s so refreshing that a girl can be a badass and girly, feminine and scared all at the same time.

 

Ok, which team are you on (Dorian, Chaol, or Rowan)?

Did you forget Aedion? Because he’s very much in play (at least in my head!). So, right now I’m Team Rowan and Team Dorian! I love them both, and I can see the advantages of her being with anyone of them. For Chaol, however, I don’t see it happening… he got his chance (sorry dude! I still like you!).

How long have you had to wait between reading Heir of Fire, & Queen of Shadows?

I don’t think it will come to a month. I finished Heir of Fire on August 9, and I’ll be receiving my Queen of Shadows on September 7…. 😀 It’s the advantage of being late to “these books are awesome” party!

 

What are your favorites out of the books that have helped you pass the time in between Sarah J. Maas book releases?

Probably The One Thing, by Marci Lyn Curtis and The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh.

When do you think you’ll get a chance to read Queen of Shadows?

Probably as soon as it gets here on Sept 7, though it’s a Monday, which means I will have little time during the week, and it will probably drag until the next weekend.

What would you say to recommend Sarah J. Maas books to someone who has never read them?

IT’S FREAKING AWESOME!!!! What the hell are you waiting for?! Lol! I would tell them that both stories are very worthwhile, and even if they’re not totally convinced, they should give it a go.


I tag everyone that it’s a fan of Sarah J Maas and is patiently awaiting for the arrival of QoS tomorrow.

In preparation for Queen of Shadows: #ACOTARparty (infinitebooklist.tumblr.com)

–  My Queen of Shadows has left the building and won’t arrive until September 7! =/ –

I was searching for something the other day and came across this brilliant Tumblr post with a lot of facts and information about Sarah J. Maas, her books, her upcoming books, etc. This list is NOT MINE! I repeat, it is NOT MINE! I found it of HERE. But given that I can’t reblog Tumblr posts to WordPress, here it is. If you have Tumblr, make sure to visit the original post there, ok?

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I will warn you, there will obviously be some kind of SPOILERS, though not that many plotwise. You can just skip the topics you don’t want to know about! 😉 (I will be making some comments of a few lines and those will be in pink).

EVERYTHING YOU MISSED AT THE #ACOTARPARTY

Throne of Glass

  • Chaol POV in QoS – wait, didn’t he have POV in all the books so far?! I’m confused!
  • HoF was hardest to write
  • Manon’s POV is easiest to get into
  • Aelin-Manon meeting in QOS !!! – YAY! Wonder how that’ll go down…
  • In regards to how mad Aelin will be when she returns to Adarlan: “Aelin will be mad enough when she returns that it’s a good thing her magic is stifled” – Will she get even madder when she finds out that her cousin is locked away and her Prince is wearing a collar?
  • “Definitely possible” for Fae to have more than one soul mate!!!My SHIP WILL SAIL! Just saying, I want Rowan and Aelin to happen!
  • Character Sarah is most excited for us to meet/re-meet in QoS = Lysandra
  • Asterin Blackbeak is wanted for murder – Not surprised! Still like her though.
  • Five year old Dorian would want 30 year old Dorian to be an “epic dragon-slayer” – He’s still very much on time for that! How awesome is Dorian, right?
  • If Sarah could bring back any character that she killed, it would be Nehemia
  • Sneak Peeks into QOS: “Violence, revenge, steamytimes, attitude problems, epic shenanigans… the usual” – Ok, steamytimes Sarah?! Who exactly will Aelin be having steamy times with?
  • Rowan’s cadre may “purrrrrrrhaps” show up again – YAY!!! I want to know all of them better.
  • On whether Aelin’s fae-ness makes her immortal: “you’ll find that out in future books” – My bet is on yes! It would make so much sense, and then she could be with Rowan… forever…
  • Influence for Rowan: “Rowan just walked into my head one day, and that was that” – Thank you for that, now he has walked into my head and he doesn’t want to leave!
  • QOS is just over 180k words
  • SJM knows how ToG will end but “still many, many stories to be told in that world afterwards”
  • Manon likes to have her hair brushed – by Asterin?! I’m still shipping it.
  • Yrene will be returning in future ToG books
  • Celaena’s weapon of choice = daggers
  • Fleetfoot is 100% confirmed to survive the series – Thank goodness for that!
  • Nox will return (as of right now ) but not is QoS
  • “Nox has been off on some VERY fun adventures since TOG” – I’m strangely curious about this.
  • Best thing about writing Celaena = her fire (figurative and literal)
  • Ending of ToG won’t be like fiction press draft which Sarah considers to be “an entirely different book” of which “everything has been thrown out”
  • Dorian stole a berry pie from castle kitchen when he was 11, ate the whole thing and was sick for a day (random fact) – yep, can totally see that!
  • Dorian is 6′0, Chaol is 6′1, Celaena is 5′7-5′8, Aedion is 6′3, Rowan is around 6′4
  • Ansel will return
  • “Perhaps” we will see the Silent Assassin’s again. “Perhaps” they will play a role in later books.
  • Rowan would win in a fight against Legolas… “Duh”! – Duh in deed!
  • Chaol gets his “fair share of page time” in QoS
  • Ironteeth “witches have slits high up in their gums where the iron teeth snap down/over their normal teeth”
  • Arobynn is mid-late 30s
  • Piano is only instrument Celaena can play
  • Chaol has “the NICEST buns” (lol)
  • It was always the plan for Sam to die
  • “Sam is 1000% dead and never coming back” – Sorry people, no Sam coming back from the dead!
  • Chaol had “a few” love interests before Celaena – Strangely, I would like to hear more about them.
  • Most important question asked (according to SJM): “who has the better bum, Chaol, Dorian or Rowan?” – SJM won’t answer except to say that Celaena definitely has an opinion on this – I bet Celaena’s opinion is that it’s Chaol, given that she saw them and all… in my head, it’s Rowan, or Aedion…
  • SJM knows who Celaena is going to end up with – Can she tells us before 2017?!

A Court of Thorns and Roses

  • Lots of romance and some sexytimes – YES! I need more Tamlin/Feyre sexytimes!
  • Working on last names for Tamlin and co.
  • Potential companion novels!
  • Book #2 is currently only Feyre’s POV
  • More Nesta and future ACOTAR books
  • (spoiler-y) Someone special for Lucien down the road – He so deserves it. My baby deserves all good things, he has been through enough.
  • Took 5 weeks to write first draft (”crazy fast”)
  • Book 2 is longer (as of right now)
  • Currently no time to write ACOTAR novellas but “maybe one day”
  • Rhys is favorite character to write in ACOTAR
  • Tamlin’s chest is so chiseled, “you could literally crack a nut on his chest” – 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀
  • Rest of ACOTAR will have fairy tale roots but any specifics would be “spoiler-y”

TOG + ACOTAR

  • Celaena was harder to write than Feyre because “I had to rip open old wounds and dark parts of myself to write HOF”
  • Lucien and Dorian would be “bffers” – I can totally see this, because they have kind of a similar sense of humour.
  • ACOTAR cover might be favorite
  • Chaol and Tamlin would be good friends (but tense at first)
  • If Celaena and Feyre met, “they would be like two cats meeting for the first time”
  • ACOTAR men would not know what to do with Celaena, she would eat them all alive – She would, and I would love to read about that. Is there some fanfiction anywhere about this?
  • Favorite villain to write = Manon’s grandmother
  • SJM’s advice to surviving SJM’s endings: “invest in tissues. and chocolate” – Buying chocolate on the next trip to the supermarket.
  • Cover color decisions are not up to SJM
  • “TOG and ACOTAR are in the same Megaverse. So you could technically open a Wyrdgate between their worlds.”
  • Working on sharing annotated playlists but “they’re all really realllllly long”

Character Personalities

  • Feyre would love Sophia Coppola films
  • Celaena would love Gone With the Wind
  • Dorian would love classics (films) – And he would pick some classy pick up lines from them, no doubt.
  • “Rhys wears black boxers… when he feels like wearing underwear at all.”
  • If Celaena were an animal, she would “10000%” be a velociraptor
  • Feyre’s sport is cross-country or swimming
  • Manon’s sport is ice-hockey (without pads preferable)
  • Celaena’s sport is soccer
  • Feyre’s most visited website = Pinterest
  • Celaena’s most visited website = Goodreads
  • Rhys’ theme song = “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred – LOL!
  • Celaena’s unofficial theme song = “Back in Black” by AC/DC
  • TOG characters who would have tattoos (if modern day): Aedion, Celaena, Rowan, Nehemia
  • TOG characters who would not have tattoos (if modern day): Manon, Dorian, Chaol
  • Celaena is a “double-shot-espresso-hold-the-bs” type of person (not tea) – Never a doubt in my mind about that.

Writing

  • SJM likes/prefers writing longer books
  • “Might have something up her sleeve” in terms of what book she will right after the current two series are done
  • “Every book is it’s own journey and has its own challenges– and it definitely doesn’t get any easier.”
  • “HATES” outlining but makes “extensive playlists” to “keep track of story structure”
  • Will “NEVER be done adding hot men to the line-up” – Yes Please! More Hot Men coming!
  • Needs to have a beginning and ending before committing to a story
  • Other fairy tales Sarah would consider adapting = Firebird Legends, Vasilisa the Brave/Beautiful (Russian folklore)
  • Can write male and female characters of equal awesomeness because she “sold her soul to a demon at the crossroads at midnight” – is she watching too much Supernatural?

Sarah J Maas

  • Best Book Sarah’s read in the last year = Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  • Favorite Anime (growing up) = Sailor Moon, Utena, Magic Knight, Rayearth, Gundam Wing, Fushigi Yuugi, and Ronin Warriors
  • Won’t answer which male character she would be with because people might read too much into it
  • Would take on Mydengaard Wyrm (from ACOTAR) and “be a BAMF”
  • Met Susan Dennard online via a group blog, “rest is history”
  • Favorite line from ToG = “Because hers was not a story of darkness.”
  • Preferred superpower = shape shifting
  • Would shape-shift into tiger or dragon or velociraptor
  • Would be best friends with Asterin Blackbeak in real life
  • If Celaena were to all of a sudden appear in real life, SJM would first and foremost introduce her to iTunes
  • Before writing, wanted to be a marine biologist living on a boat and studying great white sharks
  • “PROUD Feminist”
  • Has an entire shelf in her fridge dedicated to cheese

Heir of Fire (Sarah J. Maas)

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Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?

*** WARNING, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS – BECAUSE IT’S QUITE IMPOSSIBLE TO TALK ABOUT THIS THIRD BOOK IN THE SERIES WITHOUT SPOILING SOMETHING FROM THE PREVIOUS TWO BOOKS! ***


First off, this series just keeps getting better and better and I can’t wait to see what Queen of Shadows will bring.

I really loved that this book was about Celaena facing her past and come to grips with who she really is. Because, let’s face it, she’s magnificent! She grew so much in this book and we finally get to see what happened all those years ago, on the night that she woke up between her dead parents. I finally understood what stood in her way, and so did she, and I was so glad that she finally accepted all of her and was kind of happy about it. Although I spent a good portion of this book crying my eyes out…

Now let’s talk a bit about the guys, I’ll start with the “old” ones.

Chaol Westfall, I have to tell you, my irritation with him at the end of Crown of Midnight eased a bit, but this guy had so much trouble choosing a side… please… I mean, MAN you are a grown man, you’re not even a boy like Dorian! I get it, really, I realize that his main concern was not picking a side but keeping everyone safe, but that just didn’t work for me. While I like Chaol a lot, I was screaming internally at him most of the time. I was glad when he FINALLY made up his mind – after a few lovely harsh words from Dorian – and chose the RIGHT side! I’m quite curious to see him reuniting with Celaena now…

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Dorian Havilliard, I keep loving him more and more each book that goes by. In this book he moved on from Celaena, while still clearly loving her as a friend. He started to learn how to control his power, and even fell in love. But poor guy, for a boy who’s supposed to be quite promiscuous, he manages to date the only 2 girls in his kingdom that only share his bed fully clothed… I hated when Chaol was not telling him the truth, but I loved his reaction when he finally learned it, he didn’t hesitate! He knew right there and then that the right side was Celaena’s and he would do whatever in his power to help her… against HIS OWN FATHER! I mean, this guy has balls!!! His lessons to Chaol?! EPIC! I’m really worried about that ending though, I don’t know how he’ll get away from that, I just hope he’s still himself by the time Celaena manages to get him.

Now on to some new guy, Aedion Ashryver, yes, Aelin’s cousin. Oh my! What a man! I mean… he’s the male version of Celaena, quite literally… HOT! As soon as he got his first POV, I liked him. This guy will move heavens and mountains to get his Queen back safe and sound. No hesitations. I also liked that after all those years, he was still jealous of Dorian.

But my favorite ever has to be Rowan Whitethorn… I LOVE HIM! He always saw Celaena for what she really is… Aelin. He saw the potential, the fear, he didn’t cuddle her, he pushed her so she would push back. And it worked, he helped her build herself up… Oh, he’s just the best!

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– Now, just to make it clear, here’s my standing on the ships. –  

1. Aelin and Rowan – Yeah yeah, I know they’re only friends, and I like that friendship a lot, but really, all those nights sleeping in the same bed, seeing each other naked, being carranam, … I don’t know, let’s just say that I wouldn’t mind it at all if their relationship evolved, because I think that out of all the guys in these books, Rowan is the one who understands her better, and who loves her the most just as she is.

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2. Aelin and Dorian – Yes, still up high on my list! I always loved them together, but now even more. They both grew up so much, that now I think Celaena would not only understand Dorian’s life, but they could embrace it together (seeing as they’re both heirs to their respective thrones). And he accepts her for who she is – granted, he actually hasn’t seen it yet, but he will… Also, theirs powers are complementary! That has to mean something, right? And Dorian trusts her implicitly and is letting Fleetfoot sleep with him, so there’s that!

3. Aelin and Aedion – Oh, before you kill me, I know they’re cousins, but they both say at least twice that they’re distant enough, that the conversation had actually occurred. And I think there might be something there, at least from Aedion’s side, though I do hope he gets to see her – I’m pretty sure Chaol will be able to get him out somehow.

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4. Celaena and Chaol – See how I didn’t use her real name there?! So, I think this ship has sunk! Again, I love Chaol, and I know he’s crazy about the girl, but he still wishes that she was just Celaena, who she’ll never be again, and I don’t think he would be able to manage her real self and all that that entails. Also, I think Celaena is done, she finally took off her ring 🙂 .

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I also enjoyed Manon Blackbeak and the witches. Actually, when her POV started, I wasn’t really into it, but then I just found myself rooting for her and Abraxos, and somehow (weirdly) I ship her with Asterin…

I’m so excited for book 4! I want to know how Aedion will be able to get out of his cell, how Chaol will stay hidden from the King and how he’ll fight, how that damn necklace is coming off of Dorian’s throat, how long will Rowan stay away from Adarlan, how Aelin will be able to trick everyone, … I want to know!!!

Also, I missed Elena, Gavin and Mort on this book, I was kind of hoping that Gavin would appear to Dorian and help him control his magic somehow, or at least that Mort would speak to him, like Celaena thought that he might… oh well…

Rating: 4.8 Stars

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Crown of Midnight (Sarah J. Maas)

>>>  Nº 22 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A book that scares you #2 <<<

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Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom…

*** Warning, there will be SPOILERS – because it’s quite impossible to talk about this second book in the series without spoiling something! ***

Holy smokes, this book is good! I put this one within the same category as Throne of Glass – a book that scares you – because the second half of this book had me scared to death, not because I was afraid that Celaena would die, but because I was afraid that she had lost herself.

This one definitely has more twists and turns than the first one, and crap, I did not see them coming!

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(sorry, but this quote is just super fantastic!)

First, about the guys, I love Dorian to death, he will always be my number one choice. With that said, I was glad that Celaena and Chaol got together in this book, the feelings were there from the start and they had to be addressed sometime or another. I even think that maybe she’ll never love anyone as much as she loves him, that doesn’t mean I want them together.

It really bothered me though that she couldn’t quite handle Dorian in the beginning of the book, they had just broken up and she was being cold, distant and mean to him… I mean, I know why, the girl is 18 years old, I don’t think she actually knew how to deal with it anyother way. But I was glad about Dorian’s reactions, he was always the bigger man, he knew that Chaol liked Celaena and vice-versa, and took a step back and allowed them to be…

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Now, Celaena and Chaol, like I said, I like that it happened. They were cute and for a moment there I was almost rooting for them! I mean… Chaol certainly started to say more than he thought he should and he was cute and embarrassed and swoon…

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And that dance…

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And his birthday… wow, Chaol certainly had a GREAT birthday!!!

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I honestly loved their little romance, and I say little because it lasted way too little time. Seriously, with that kind of emotional “break-up”, Sarah could have least given the guy one whole month of happy sexcapades in his office or the broom closet, right?

But then the world came tumbling down and it broke my heart… Nehemia! To be honest, I wasn’t 100% sold on the Princess, she was a bit shady to me, but I enjoyed her girly times with Celaena and understood her importance to her, and then THAT happened, and it broke everything! And suddenly she was facing Dorian, and attacking Chaol, and scratching him and wanting to kill him (thank God for Dorian’s magic!), and torturing people, and sharing wicked grins with the King, and I got really scared, suddenly I was afraid that she wouldn’t be able to came back from that…

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Speaking about Dorian, he has MAGIC!!! Wow. I love it, and I love the why, why he’s able to retain something that everybody else lost. This book opens up the door for a whole lot of other stuff and I’m loving it. And all that action beneath the library!!! 😀

Archer Finn!!!

I did not saw that coming!!!! And it didn’t quite shocked me the way he ended up…

I loved that Dorian and Celaena became friends again, and that she realized that she had him. But even though I love LOVE Dorian, I do understand why Chaol did not tell her about the threat or the interrogation to Nehemia, I also see why her trust was broken, but she could have at least tried to see his side of the matter (especially after what Nehemia tells her through the portal).

This book was the perfect setup for Heir of Fire (which I’m currently reading), it has much more intrigue and mystery than Throne of Glass, and much much more magic!

I’ll tell you, for a moment there I could almost see myself shipping Celaena and Chaol (because god damn it, they’re so cute). But then when he finds out what and WHO she is, I didn’t like his reaction. I hated that he kept his distance, that he made the decision to send her away without talking to her first (even if it was for her best), and I hate that when he found out her real identity, his first thought was of the threat that she was to his kingdom and King, even though he now knew what the Kind’s been doing.

By the way, in the first book review I said that I might name my “firstborn” Celaena, but now I’m thinking that Aelin sounds much more majestic! Aelin and Aedion would be great names for twins ;-). I’m loving Sarah J. Maas’s names :D! (small remark, as I do not plan to have kids anytime in the foreseeable future, and I just got my Kindle, I decided to name it Aelin! Yes people, my Kindle has a name.)

Rating: 4.8 Stars

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July Wrap-Up

And that’s it, July ended and we’re already in August… how the hell did that happen?! o_O

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Back at the beginning of this month I has set up reading 6 books this month, as you can see on my July TBR. I have failed! I had meant to read:

1. P.S. I Still Love You (Jenny Han)

2. An Ember in the Ashes (Sabaa Tahir)

3. Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas)

4. Crown of Midnight (Sarah J. Maas)

5. Heir of Fire (Sarah J. Maas)

6. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (Leslye Walton)

I ended up not reading Heir of Fire or The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender due to lack of time.

But I did read:

1. P.S. I Still Love You (Jenny Han)

2. An Ember in the Ashes (Sabaa Tahir)

3. Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas)

4. Crown of Midnight (Sarah J. Maas) (review coming soon)

5. Bossypants (Tina Fey) – I actually listened to the audiobook – my very first audiobook! (Review coming soon)

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All in all it was a bad month in terms of time to read, but the books themselves were amazing, I only wished I had had the time to get to Heir of Fire, but worry not, I’ll be done with it by this time next week. I’ll be posting my August TBR later today.

July TBR

I never did a TBR list before. I only decide which book to read next when I’m finished with the current one. This month, however, will be a little different. Recently I moved most of my possessions back to Portugal, yes, I mean most of my books, so I had to roughly pre-determine what I was going to be reading for the two upcoming months…

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1. P.S. I Still Love You (Jenny Han) – I actually just finished this one last night, it took me a bit more than I was hoping for, because I had a few hectic days where I couldn’t get a word in…

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2. An Ember in the Ashes (Sabaa Tahir) – Just started it this morning 😀 ! I have been wanting to read this since the moment I bought it in May, so here I go.

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3, 4 and 5. Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire (Sarah J. Maas) – Since the moment I finished ACOTAR I’ve been itching to pick this series up. My only problem with it is that I don’t know how to fit it in my Reading Challenge… May I count it as a trilogy?! Even though I know it’s in fact a series and the 4th is coming out in September?! I don’t know… and I don’t care, I want to read them!

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6. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (Leslye Walton) – I think (or rather I hope) that I can fit this book into this month. I read 8 books in May and another 8 in June, so I think it’s possible. This one has a spot in my Reading Challenge

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