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Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Book Title: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre(s): YA, High Fantasy, 
Publication Date:  August 2, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's 
Source: bought
Get a copy: Amazon | Barnes & NoblesThe Book Depository
My rating: 4.5/5 stars!
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.



OH MY...MY HEART JUST DIED.

THE FEELS GUYS! THE FEELS!...


I waited for the right time to read this book. And receiving the follow-up books to Throne of Glass last December seemed like a sign. So I picked this one with great anticipation to read. With all the hypes this series got and is still getting, I can't prevent myself from being hesitant to dive into the story. But my excitement overshadowed my anxiety.

Celeana is so full of surprises! She's like fire and ice and rage. She's like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun...Oops! Not the Doctor sweetie, I'm referring to our very kick-ass heroine- Celeana Sardothein. No camparison there between the Doctor and Celeana. That phrase perfectly fits her though. SO MUCH. She's like the epitome of death when she's in total rage- beautiful yet deadly. 

Throne of Glass Pronunciation Guide

A week ago, I finished reading Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2). And OH MY GOODNESS! The feels guys. MY HEART JUST DIED. I'm working on my review of Throne of Glass right now. I'll be posting it here soon and Crown of Midnight right after. For the moment, all I can say is...EPIC!

Anyway, As I was reading Throne of Glass I had a hard time figuring out how to pronounce Celaena Sardothien's name. Same thing goes to Wyrdmarks, Choal Westfall, Eyllwe, Erilea and others. I was really curious! And when I was on Tumblr, I came across this picture...

Review + Discussion: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Book Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date:  February 26, 2013
Source: bought
Rating: 5/5 stars!
Get a copy: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository 
Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor
... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor.

Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises...Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

I've been putting off writing my thoughts about Eleanor & Park. What a bad blogger I am for doing so!  But my memory of how I felt towards this book is still raw and vivid that I couldn’t help myself bursting out my feelings about it.

Obesity, to others, seems like a disease of some sorts. People bully the obese and it never ends. Eleanor is a victim of bullying for her appearance. When she stepped in the bus where Park is, she became the target for a non-stop verbal abuse. No one offered her a sit, but Park did...reluctantly. Maybe it was out of pity but he was far from nice for he gave her a disapproval curse. Their first meeting didn't go well. So are the next day, and the next. Comic books and mixed tapes however have this power to start a connection between the two. And that's when the two misfits found a place where they truly belong- in each other's lives, filling the abyss that has lone been empty.

Stacking the Shelves #14




Stacking the Shelves is a weekly book blog feature hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews.  It gives book bloggers the opportunity to share the books they get each week with other bloggers and their readers

Here are the books I got prior to this week. 

Bought:


A New Design for a New Year of Blogging!

Since it's another year in blogging, I thought of changing my blog's design. And here's the outcome to what I've been working for almost, I think, a month now.  




What do you think? 

Top 10 Most Anticipated Books this 2015


Here are the top ten books I am super excited for the release, in no particular order:







A Court of Thorns and Roses

This is probably my most anticipated book this year. I mean, C'mon. This is SARAH J. MAAS we're talking here. Recently, I got into her Throne of Glass series and OH! MY HEART JUST STOPPED BEATING. All the feels. THE FEELS.


The Witch Hunter



Graceling meets The Game of Thrones you said?
Gimme! *GRABBY HANDS* 



Red Queen


Surely, I'm not the only one dying to read this book. It's the talk of the town!

2015 Blogging Goals and Resolutions



2014 was a tough year to continue blogging especially after Typhoon Haiyan hit my city. It took a few months for the electricity to come back and so I didn't have access to the Internet. It was hard to actively update my blog that time. So I was gone for a few months. And when I was back, I didn't have the spirit to post.


It was a year of recovery for me and my fellow Taclobanons...


I had a hard time getting back into the blogging community. There were no bookstores left after the onslaught of the typhoon and that's when I thought about stopping. But then I remembered all those hours reading late at night just to make sure I have something to post; the feeling when you receive wonderful comments from other bloggers and book lovers; my new found friends in the blogosphere; getting ARCs that you've been dying to read from generous publishers and those moments when you read the books you're excited about- I remembered all those things that brought joy to my soul. And I cling to those moments. Thank you for those who didn't stop visiting this blog. YOU gave me a reason to continue.


Here I am wanting to start again. Wishing you guys the best of the best this 2015. Let this year be filled with great memories and awesome reads!




1.) Goodreads Reading Challenge:

I failed in reaching my reading challenge in Goodreads last year. I read 28 books! Only twenty-eight! It's such a disappointment. I want to make it up to my readers so for this year I aim to read 60-90 books. 

2.) Two-to-three-posts-a-week Policy


Again, last year wasn't my best blogging year. There came a time that I posted only 1 entry for the month. Sigh. Forgive me guys for being a negligent blogger.


3.) Read ARCs


Several ARCs are piled up in my bookshelf, waiting to be read. This year, I plan to read at least one ARC I got prior to 2015. 


Happy Holidays to you!

Dear readers,

Here's to hoping you'll have a wonderful Holiday with your friends and family. Let this Holiday season be filled with happiness, joy, love, books and more books! ;)

Love,
Sharmaine