Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love? (Amazon, Heir of Fire Kindle Edition)

This book is: soo good. Although, the first time I read this book, I was not a big fan. Not because the book is bad, but because the book shifts its narrative every few chapters, which I am not a big fan of. Due to the fact that readers get to read from several different characters’ perspectives, it could sometimes be very confusing before one understood, for example, who the witch Manon is… Now, after I have read this book about seven times, I appreciate all the tidbits of information one can glean, and also the access to some of the series other characters’ minds (opinions, feeling etc.) all the different narratives gives you.

The plot is: a bit confusing and unclear. Especially if you compare this book’s plot to the other books’ plots. However, if you finish this book and read the following books in this incredible series, you’ll understand everything that’s going on. In my opinion, this is a necessary bridge between the first two books and the following masterpieces (N.B. books 4 and five, not “5.5” or six).

The beginning is: a bit slow and somewhat confusing.
The middle is: building up the plot to become something great.
The crescendo is: oh my, oh my. Amazing and kick-a(ss)-licious!
The finish/ending is: funny and promising.

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Absolutely! This book, this SERIES, is incredible!

– Sofia Sundfors

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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

Haunted Blade (Colbana Files #6) by J.C. Daniels

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Haunted, Hunted…and harassed.

Never let it be said that Kit Colbana had ever been given the easy road. Or even the semi-paved road. Only weeks after dealing with the mysterious—and murderous—being called Puck, she’s got another killer on her hands. Perhaps even two.

Some of the bodies turning up bring up haunting memories of a past she longs to forget, but as always, that past is chasing her at her heels, like a hated shadow.

As the body count racks up, there’s an imbalance of power, particularly among the vampire population, and Kit must yet again deal with ugly memories as one of the monsters who tried to break her is set free to deal with the imbalance of power. Yet while a power struggle rages in East Orlando, there’s another, more subtle battle taking place and Kit feels like the center of it all.

Arrogant? Maybe. But the dead bodies don’t bear the mark of her grandmother’s pet killer by sheer coincidence…and she doubts her nemesis being released is either. (Amazon, Haunted Blade Kindle Edition)

This book is: … #%*!?! I am so mad! This book could have been so good!

The plot is: great, but it is hidden behind poor, poor, terrible editing. There are so many spelling mistakes, sentence fragments, word-order mistakes etc. I lost count. English is not my native language and I found about 10 mistakes/page. I should not be able to do so, but what’s more, this book is not an author’s first published book. No, it is one book in a line of many, many, many other books. It is also the sixth book in a series (not to mention all the novellas here and there…). This book should not have been (allowed to be) published in this condition. This book needs an editor; a qualified, good editor). If an editor has worked on this book already, that editor should not be working as one and should let a more competent editor take over. In addition to poor editing, this book also lacks structure. The storyline is choppy and the reader is having to jump from one scene to another without a cohesive flow. Most scenes also feel rushed and as though the author couldn’t decide on what she wanted the book to be about. With lots of idéas that led nowhere (yet), rushed scenes, choppy storyline, and poor editing, this book is a disaster. The only reason that I’m giving this book two stars is because there is a good story behind all the bad editing and what not. Also, because you finally got to learn a bit more about Kit’s past.

The beginning is: ok. A bit slow and boring, but like the other books in this series.
The middle is: promising.
The crescendo is: rushed, but exciting. If it hadn’t been rushed, I think the story and the action-packed scenes could have been amazing.
The finish/ending is: promising, but alas, It ended with a cliff-hanger. I hate cliff-hangers! If an author can’t keep her readers interested in the following book/books when a series is six books along, without a cliff-hanger, they are doing something wrong. If one book in a series ends with a cliff-hanger, fine, but more than one in a series, that is annoying as #%*@!

The characters are: alright, but the secondary characters need more depth this far along in the series. The main cast is sort of good, but Kit need’s more “umpf” and backbone at this point. I know she has seen and been subjected to many horrors, but she needs to stop hiding, throwing up, and be a quivering mess. Especially since she keeps proclaiming to be a strong independent woman who doesn’t need a babysitter/bodyguard because she can take care of herself. Well then, she better start acting like it!

The language is: … well… see my rant above.

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? I’m torn, this series is good, but this book is awful. I’m looking forward to reading the next book because I want to know how it will end (however many books there might be left), but I’m not sure the writing/editing will be any better which would only make me mad again… I would recommend reading the first three books in this series, but the following three are a bit of a disappointment for me (this book, the sixth, being the worst, but with the best plot of the three, if that makes any sense what so ever).

– 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

Seduction (Curse of the Gods, #3) by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Willa Knight: Dweller? Sol? Accidental evolutionary hiccup?

Willa has never been a particularly useful dweller: she isn’t very good at chores, she isn’t very good at worshipping, she isn’t very good at not having opinions, and she isn’t very good with rules—but none of that matters anymore. The rules are changing. The dwellers are trying to make their own way in the world, and Willa can’t seem to help getting tangled up in their plans. Luckily, she has the Abcurse brothers to help her out—until she doesn’t, and suddenly she’s alone again in a world on the brink of chaos. With the Abcurses gone, she’ll have to rely on her wits, and her sister Emmy, to stay under the radar and survive. Because someone wants her dead. But, really, what else is new? (Amazon, Seduction Kindle Edition)

This book is: fabulous. But still, like with the previous two books, I can’t put my finger on what it is that makes these books so amazing (apart from the fact that they are written by two authors that are geniuses when it comes down to writing awesome books).

The plot is: great and just as hilarious as the other two books in the series.
The beginning is: funny.
The middle is: intriging.
The crescendo is: like, oh shit!
The finish/ending is: a bit unexpected and intriguing.

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Yes, try it before you say “No thanks”. It’s nothing like you’ve ever read before.

– 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