When Kari suggested we read Throne of Glass for September's book club, I was hesitant. Not because I wouldn't like it, but because I knew I would and the series isn't finished and I hate when I read a series and then have to wait for it to be finished. I forget too much in between books but not enough to reread and... life is hard y'all.
So. I read the book. Then I read the second. and the third. and the fourth. and now I have to wait for the next one uggghhjfknzdfbngnmjb.
Here are my thoughts on (only) the first book:
- I love the main character. Some people find her annoying, conceited, etc etc. But you know what? I found her refreshing. I'm sick of main characters that doubt themselves and don't know their own talent or what they want. An ego is not a bad thing. She's not perfect and I dig it.
- Love triangle done right. Um, spoilers? Anyway. There are so many books out there with a pathetic excuse for a love triangle - as in they just throw it in there because they think they should, but it actually is not a triangle at all because there is a clear winner. I feel like this (first) book did it right, you're a bit conflicted and the love triangle is not the main point of the story. Don't let me talk about it anymore otherwise I will word vomit spoilers.
- It was interesting. It kept me turning the page and I wanted to know what happened.
- It's not really a Cinderella retelling, so whoever told me that totes lied. Sarah J Maas says herself:
"I got the idea for Throne of Glass when I was sixteen. Music always inspires my books and when I was listening to the 'Cinderella' soundtrack, I thought, 'What if Cinderella was actually an assassin who liked getting dressed up all pretty and going to the ball, but then she wouldn't mind kicking butt," Sarah explains. "Then of course, I wanted to know who this assassin was. So it started off as a Cinderella retelling and later it became it's own original fantasy."
- There is more to it than the cover / synopsis. So many times I have picked up a book and thought I would love it based on the synopsis or cover, but it's rarely the other way around. I love when the synopsis doesn't really sound intriguing but the book exceeds my expectations.
This basically sums up my thoughts on the second book:
oh shit son. <-- my actual reaction when I finished, just ask Kari.
meh and ohmygod. This was the hardest book in the series for me because it was so long and it seemed to drag in places. But overall, I loved it. I just felt like there were some unnecessary parts or parts that dragged. But overall, good.
Because the third dragged a bit, it took me a little bit to pick up the 4th book, but of course, as soon as I did, I loved it with all the love. Let's just say I have never jumped ship before but I was like byyyyeee Felicia to the other ship. I shall say no more.
All that being said, would I recommend this series? Honestly? Yes, but not to everyone. Simple as that. If you like YA / fantasy / fairytales / books like these, then yes. If you like real life stuff, and have trouble with suspension of disbelief, probably not. If you like hardcore stuff and are expecting more assassin-y stuff, probably not.
I convinced a girl at work to start reading them and she loved them as much as I did. Insert evil laugh. Make all the people like all the books.
Now, hurry up book #5!
Apparently A Court of Thorns and Roses started as a Beauty & the Beast retelling, so you know I'm reading that one next.
As for what we (book club!) are reading next, we thought it would be fun to have a little Halloween type theme because, you know.. Halloween and all. So we are reading: Jackaby by William Ritter.
From what I heard, it's Doctor Who meets Sherlock. I'm not really into scary / horror so I am glad we chose this because it doesn't sound scary, and did I mention Doctor Who? It sounds interesting. Lets hope it is!
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