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Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. Published 2012- 2018 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s / Bloomsbury YA. CDN $10.39 each Kindle edition.

I waited until I read the entire series to do a review on these books.  The main reason is that I couldn’t put it down.  There is too much here to put the goodreads description for each book, so here it is for just the first one…

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 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.  (goodreads exerpt)

I don’t even know where to begin.  This series was so amazing in so many ways.  It reminded me a little of the Poison Study books by Maria Snyder.  I am also a huge fan of Maria Snyder.  Sarah Maas is now on my favorite author lists!

The story telling is so amazing that I could not put these down.  I just kept downloading each book.  The world building is so intense and real.  I was jealous that she could immerse me so deeply into her story.  As a writer it amazed me and left me wanting more and more of this story.  7 books isn’t enough.

Celaena is the baddest, most intense, fearless, real character I have read in a while.  She is an 18 year old assassin with a destiny that will shock you. (no spoilers here)  She is not without flaws, she is vulnerable and hard and cunning, ruthless and relentless throughout the series.  She grows with each task, book, adventure, let down, sacrifice, set back and everything that gets thrown at her.  She will long be remembered in my heart as a true heroine.

I hate spoilers so suffice it to say this whole series is amazing from beginning to end.  All of the characters are amazing. Some you love, some you hate, some you even hate to love.  Each character is lined with depth and fullness, and intricately woven into the storyline.  Sarah is a master storyteller.  I can’t wait to read the next thing she puts out.

5 amazing stars for me.

 

Storm Glass (Glass #1) by Maria Snyder

storm  Storm Glass (Glass #1) By Maria Snyder.  Published July 30, 2013by Harlequine Mira.  CDN $3.99 Kindle version.

Award-winning author Maria V. Snyder brings readers into a world of molten magic, where storms can be captured within a glass orb and a magician’s powers can remain hidden…until challenged by enemy forces.

As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowan understands trial by fire. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan’s glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers—particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade—require Opal’s unique talents to prevent it from happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap into a new kind of magic. Yet the further she delves into the intrigue behind the glass and magic, the more distorted things appear. With lives hanging in the balance—including her own—Opal must control her powers…powers that could lead to disaster beyond anything she’s ever known. (Goodreads Excerpt)

Wow, what can I say? The last Maria Snyder book I read was The Poison Series, which was absolutely amazing.  She has such a talent for creating new worlds that you just fall into and can’t get enough. I love anything magic and this book was amazing!  I love Opal. She was so genuine and real.  She makes mistakes, she isn’t a great magical talent but it doesn’t bring her down. She is definitely unique.  And her penchant for getting into trouble is very entertaining indeed.  Can we say drama magnet?  Lol Oh and there is lots of romance to boot!

5 stars for me! Loving Maria Snyder again!

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

magic The magician by Lisa Maxwell.  Published July 18, 2017 by Simon Pulse.  I got this free at the libaray, but the kindle edition is CDN $9.99. 

In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.  (Goodreads Excerpt)

OMG I fell in love with this book from the first page.  What’s not to like? Magic, time manipulation, kick ass heroine, and a plot to keep you on the edge of your seat.

I loved this… it was so different and original. I mean look at the caption

            Stop the Magician

            Steal the book

            Save the future.

Does that not just suck you in with those three sentences? I loved how most of the book takes place in old New York.  It is dangerous and sinister and you have no clue who to trust.  I love the secondary characters.  I love the setting. I love all the magic that is a part of this world.  The story is just so compelling and her talent for thievery and manipulating time is so incredibly…..intriguing comes to mind. I can’t say enough about this book.

I’m dying for the sequel…I even had the library put it on advance hold or its release.

5 stars for me!  Shocker I know! Lol

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

 Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard.  Published Jan 5, 2016 by Tor Teen.  $10.99 CDN Kindle edition.

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch. (Goodreads excerpt)

What to say?  OMG I love this series!  So refreshingly real and captivating.  I was sucked in right from the start.  It is intense, emotional, dramatic and … real.  It is not your typical book and I will admit that I am a big fan of anything to do with witches and magic so already I knew this was going to be a book for me.  I am extremely glad that I didn’t have to wait for the next book since I only just found this series.  I instantly downloaded the next one and am like gimme gimme gimme more please *sigh.

I am also a huge fan of kick ass heroines who can do it on their own.  This book gives us two!  And before you start thinking that I don’t like romance..lol  I am sucker for that as well.  And this has that too!  OMG my editor is going to lose her mind with all of the exclamation points in this blog…lol  I just can’t help it. I love LOVE love this book and the series.

5 stars for me!  Obviously J

Obsession (Arum) by Jennifer Armentrout

Obsession Obsession (Arum) by Jennifer Armentrout. Published May  31, 2013 by Entangled Teen: Embrace.  Kindle edition CDN $3.99

Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn’t chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his job. That is, until he’s saddled with something he’s never had to do before: protect a human from his mortal enemy.

Serena Cross didn’t believe her best friend when she claimed to have seen the son of a powerful senator turn into something… unnatural. Who would? But then she witnesses her friend’s murder at the hands of what can only be an alien, thrusting her into a world that will kill to protect their secret.

Hunter stirs Serena’s temper and her lust despite their differences. Soon he’s doing the unthinkable—breaking the rules he’s lived by, going against the government to keep Serena safe. But are the aliens and the government the biggest threats to Serena’s life… or is it Hunter?  (Goodreads Excerpt)

Well what can I say?  I’m a big fan of the Lux series so of course I couldn’t wait to dive into this…I wasn’t disappointed.  I loved the tension and drama between these two characters.  I did want to smack Hunter up the side of his head on a few (ok a lot) of occasions.  He is just so arrogant.  But when you think about who he is in the story…well yeah I would probably be just as arrogant.  top that with Serena who doesn’t take his shit and well she is pretty spunky for a mere human…lol

I don’t want to ruin it so suffice it to say I loved the book!  Loved the characters and it was nice to read a spin off of a good series.  Oh and no you don’t really need to read the Lux series…but why wouldn’t you?

5 stars for me!

The Siren by Kiera Cass

siren The Siren by Kiera Cass.  Published by Harper Teen.        $11.99 CDN Kindle edition.

Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny…and Kahlen doesn’t want to.

Falling in love with a human breaks all the Ocean’s rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen’s feelings, she’ll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.   (Goodreads excerpt)

Well what to say about this book?  I loved it!  Well I loved most of it.

I have really come to enjoy Kiera Cass. I loved The Selection. While this one is totally different, it was still thoroughly enjoyable. I will admit that I’m not too sure how I feel about the ending. I won’t give anything away (I hate spoilers) but I think I wanted more…not that I am sure exactly what more means at this point without telling too much of the story…

I have to say the book was original and full of interesting characters and intrigue. It wasn’t as ‘suspenseful’ or ‘grabbing’ as The Selection, but still very good in its own right. I also liked that this is a book that the author apparently rewrote.  I would love to read the original to see what changes were made.

4 stars for me!

Torn ( A Wicked Trilogy #2) By Jennifer L Armentrout

torn Torn (A Wicked Trilogy #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout.  Published July 19, 2016  by Jennifer L Armentrout.  CDN $4.99 Kindle edition.

Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself. (goodreads excerpt)

OMG I am totally loving this series. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!.  It is really hard to gush all over a book I love without giving anything away, but here goes…

Ivy is still smart ass and tough as nails.  I love the fire between her and Ren…and OMG the secret!  well holy smoke in a landmine!  (not giving anything away 😉 ).  This book vamps up the heat in more ways than one.  It gets really intense with the arrival of the Prince and keeps you on the edge of your seat.  I am sooo stoked for the next book!  Jennifer Armentrout never disappoints!

5 stars for me!