ARC Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas – AH-MAY-ZING!
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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Childrens on August 27, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, YA
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About the Book:
An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.
After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.
Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.
Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?
The only word strong enough to describe the AH-MAY-ZING novel that is Crown of Midnight is, INCREDIBLE!!! How in the world can a book really be THAT good!? Well, I’m here to tell you folks, if you haven’t read this series you truly are missing out on something EXTRAORDINARY! Crown of Midnight is BAD A$$ery times a million.
How do I always manage to catch a book in the middle of the series? Yes, I am an EPIC failure. I did not read Throne of Glass. *gasps* I know, I’m shuddering at my own admission. I can’t believe I missed the first novel in the series…*sighs* I HAVE to do better. Luckily, I saw Crown of Midnight on NetGalley and wanted it soooo bad. I originally thought I wasn’t going to get it. It’s one of those novels that everyone is so hype for I just knew they’d already met their quota or my blog wasn’t big enough to receive it. Imagine my EPIC surprise when got approved. *insert high-pitched screaming here* My reaction = 3 year old Kid + Candy Store. Yea, I was THAT excited. Crown of Midnight hit every single one of my expectations and then some. It rocked my world so hard I thought I might die in shock. How will I live until the next book is released………………………………………………*OMG*
The heroine. Celaena Sardothien is the ultimate heroine. She’s strong, fearless, wise, but not without her faults. As much as she wants to be in control of her life, destiny and freedom, she has to live with the fact that she’s not. Being an assassin – and the Kings Assassin puts Celaena in a difficult position. She doesn’t want to be a killer, but our heroine is good at it and she believes it’s the only way to gain her freedom from the crown. Over the course of the novel, Celaena is tested. And by tested I mean she has a lot of crazy circumstances thrown in her lap. Circumstances that lead to difficult decision and even worse outcomes – deadly outcomes. Not to give away anything spoilery, but there is one situation that was so heavily manipulated by outside forces, I cried like a baby when we learned the aftermath. *tears* Still crying. Yes, there is plenty to cry about in Crown of Midnight, but there is also much to rejoice about as well…
The boys. Oh my. I am in a love triangle with a Prince and a Captain of the Guard. Yes, both men are swoon-worthy without even trying. I don’t know how I could ever be in Celaena’s shoes and decide which one is the better candidate for my heart. Both men have their faults, yet each one brings something special to her life. Both offer protection and endless possibilities but in the end, I think Celaena makes a wise decision. So if you were worried that this EPIC fantasy doesn’t have any steamy moments, let me put your mind at east and assure you that there is plenty to swoon over.
The action. OMG…..OMG…..OMG. Maas is a very skillful writer. Crown of Midnight is in my opinion, as perfectly paced as Tahereh Mafi’s, Shatter Me. I was flipping pages so fast; I was at the end before I even realized my journey was over. So much happens in the novel that I frequently found myself wishing it were about 200 pages longer, à la Harry Potter style. The world Maas created was so vivid I could taste it. Imagine myself walking into the library with Celaena and discovering the secret passageways. I wanted to reach out, give her a hug, and go on runs with her in the mornings. I wanted to be there, I wanted to live there. Even now, I wish the story wasn’t over.
Overall, if you haven’t discovered this series yet…don’t hesitate any longer to get started. It will take you places you can only envision in your wildest dreams and you will find yourself wishing you’d taken the amazing journey sooner. (By the way, Crown of Midnight now sits at #3 on my EPIC MUST-READS shelf on Goodreads)
5 Out of 5 Controllers
Royalty Award for Epicness!
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