Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Bloodthirsty for revenge on the two men responsible for destroying her life, and desperate to find out if the prince and his captain are safe, Celaena returns to Rifthold, the seat of so much evil. She has accepted her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, there are dark truths to learn and debts to be paid. Aelin must stay hidden beneath her assassin’s hood and draw on her mortal strength as Celaena to prevent the King of Adarlan from tearing her world apart. Only then can she fight for her people. (Amazon, Queen of Shadows Kindle Edition)

This book is a masterpiece. It contains so many twists and turns that if you don’t have your head on straight you’ll most likely miss something of great importance.

All the characters are really, really well depicted and have a lot of depth to them. Like in the third book, readers get to read from the various point of views, which in my opinion, is both a blessing and a curse.

I very much enjoy how readers get such an in-depth and broad perspective of the story; how every single detail intertwines in such an intricate way that it sometimes boggles the mind. How in the world Sarah J. Maas even came up with half of the ideas are a wonder. Normally, as a reader, you wait impatiently for the one “aha-factor” in the book that’s either going to surprise or disappoint you; this book had like eight or nine really good ones. This is why I’m proclaiming this book to be a masterpiece.

Apart from great characters, an amazing plot, and aha-factors that are unreal, this book is also written in an English register that enables people with “lesser” English skills to still be able to read and understand what is said and done. This is not to say that the language is simplistic, but it isn’t written more difficult than needed, either.

To conclude: This book…
…has characters of great depth/quality.
…has lots of aha-factors.
…has an excellent plot.
…is written with good English = Not too simple or too hard English, which enables readers with various skills in the English language to read this book.

This book is a Masterpiece.

– Sofia Sundfors

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all . . . And trying to may just destroy her. (Amazon, Crown of Midnight Kindle Edition)

This book is: my least favourite book (excluding the novellas) in this series (I’ve read books 1-5 + novellas 0.1-0.5). Even so, this is a fantastic book. The only reason I’m giving it 3 (3.5) stars of 5, is because it isn’t my personal favourite.

The plot is: perfect as it is. However, I would change a few bits and pieces, here and there, but only because of personal preferences, and not because the story would be better. On the contrary, I think how this plot is told is one of the best versions it could have been told/written.

The beginning is: great, if a bit slow.
The middle is: intriguing.
The crescendo is: heartwrenching.
The finish/ending is: exciting.

The characters are: fabulous!
The worldbuilding is: amazing.
The language is: spot on.

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Yes! Yes! Yes! More so because the series as a whole (or at least books 1-5) is superb, not perhaps for this book in particular.

– Sofia Sundfors

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted? (Amazon, Throne of Glass Kindle Edition)

I adore this series, and love, love, love this book!

The plot is excellent
The beginning is fantastic!
The middle is alluring!
The crescendo is magnificent!
The ending is not what I had in mind, but an intriguing ending for the following books to build upon!

The characters are unique in many ways. They also all have a lot of room to grow and evolve into the best characters they can be.

The world Maas has created is amazing and written in a way that leaves the reader with lots of questions, but also with answers to a few of them. The remaining questions will be answered throughout the following books, I’m sure (update; yes, answers will be forthcoming in the following books). It leaves you excited to read on!

The language used works well with the book, its contents and its audience(s).

The themes are classic yet modern, in an amazing twist/blend kind of way.

I highly recommended reading this book if you’re looking for a great fantasy book with a kick-ass heroine and a series packed with twists and turns that will not let you down.

– Sofia Sundfors

Trying To Live With The Dead (The Veil Diaries, #1) by B.L. Brunnemer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Hi, I’m Alexis Delaney. I’m your average 17-year-old girl. Except I can see the dead. And talk to the dead. And push them away and, well, help them move on. So..okay, I’m not your average 17-year-old girl. For years I’ve been struggling to survive the souls still roaming around. The shitheads always seem to find me. Moving from town to town every few months never helped either. More dead just always find me. But things are changing for me now. I’m moving in with my uncle Rory and cousin Tara. I’m finally going to be able to do normal teenage stuff I’ve been missing out on. Right?

Well, if this one bitch of a ghost could leave me alone on campus that would be great. Especially since I haven’t told my new friends about my abilities. Can you believe this? Five good looking guys practically adopt me on my first day of school, and I still think they’re a bit nuts for it. Now if I can only just keep my life with the dead from mixing with my normal life, everything would be great. Yeah…I don’t see that happening either. But I’m going to give it a shot. Who knows? It might work. (Amazon, Trying to Live with the Dead Kindle Edition)

This book is: fantastic!

The plot is: amazing.
The beginning is: intriguing, sad and loving.
The middle is: wonderful.
The crescendo is: heartbreaking and filled with fear and suspense.
The finish/ending is: sorrowful but also heartwarming (if that makes any sense ).

The characters are: wonderful.
The worldbuilding is: just right.
The language is: perfect for this book/genre/audience.

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Yes, without a doubt. It is a great start to a new, fantastic series.

– Sofia Sundfors

Persuasion (Curse of the Gods, #2) by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Willa Knight: Dweller? Bad-ass? Notorious pet to five magical beings?

In Blesswood, there are rules, and someone is trying to teach her how to follow them. The only problem is Willa. Which shouldn’t be anything new, since she has been a problem since birth—something her pseudo-sister Emmy would agree on. So it definitely shouldn’t be new … but it is. Because things are starting to happen that have never happened before. Things are starting to get …chaotic. (Amazon, Persuasion Kindle Edition)

This book is: just as good as the first one.

The plot is: hilarious.
The beginning is: perfect.
The middle is: just right.
The crescendo is: oh, oh.
The finish/ending is: heartbreaking and great at the same time.

??? I can’t put my finger on what makes these books so good… maybe the humour…?! I don’t know, because there is nothing really special that stands out. There is something, though, because I can’t get enough of these books. Maybe you could clue me in when/if you read/have read the book(s).

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Yes, because if you’ve read the first instalment, you’ll want to read the rest of the books in the series as well.

– Sofia Sundfors

Trickery (Curse of the Gods, #1) by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Willa Knight: Dweller. Slave. Non-magical being.

In Minatsol, being a dweller means that you are literally no better than dirt. In fact, dirt might actually be more useful than Willa. Her life will be one of servitude to the sols, the magic-blessed beings who could one day be chosen to become gods.

At least her outer village is far removed from the cities of the sols, and she won’t ever be forced to present herself to them… Until one small mistake changes everything, and Willa is awarded a position to serve at Blesswood, the top sol academy in the world—a position that she definitely did not earn.

Under the sudden, watchful eye of the gods, she will be tasked to serve the Abcurse brothers, five sols built of arrogance, perfection and power. They are almost gods themselves, and under their service she is either going to end up sentenced to death, or else they are going to ruin her so badly that she will wish for it. Either way, she is in trouble. (Amazon, Trickery Kindle Edition)

This book is: weird, but in a great way. It took me a long, long time to start reading this book because I wasn’t sure it was really my cup of tea. I finally gave it a shot, though, and I was pleasantly surprised.

The plot is: hilarious. I thought I would be annoyed by the main character’s clumpsy and idiotic behaviour, but I find myself enjoying, and laughing about it instead. I would actually award this book 4.5 stars, but since I can’t, I’m giving this book 5 stars instead of only 4.

The beginning is: a bit boring and confusing.
The middle is: intriguing and hilarious.
The crescendo is: a bit rushed, but still good.
The finish/ending is: promising.

The characters are: “in development”. They are nice, but they need polish and depth.
The worldbuilding is: OK.
The language is: interesting. You’ll come across expression like “give me a click” and other expressions of time (and other things) in the book.

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Yes, it’s a great start to a, surprisingly, great new series.

– Sofia Sundfors

King Hall (Forever Evermore, #1) by Scarlett Dawn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: King Hall — where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies.

Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing: survival. Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing — The Mystical Kings. Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace — her burgeoning friendships with the other three Rulers: a wicked Vampire, a wild-child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life.

Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realizes the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: the Revolution. (Amazon, King Hall Kindle Edition)

This book is: phenomenal! Can’t wait to read the following books.

The plot is: unlike anything I’ve ever read before.

The beginning is: amazing!
The middle is: filled with humour and awesomeness!
The crescendo is: awful but in a great way. (Don’t worry if that makes no sense. Read the book and you’ll understand).
The finish/ending is: “cliffhanger-ish”. Luckily, the following books are already published and available for purchase.

The characters are: very lovable and great. The main characters are excellent and you want to be a part of their group/be their friend.
The worldbuilding is: just right.
The language is: perfect for this type of book/genre/audience.

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Absolutely! It is an amazing book, one of my favs!

– Sofia Sundfors