Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Throne of Glass (series) + October's book!

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.




Third book:

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.




Fourth book:

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!

Feel free to link up below!

44 comments:

  1. I haven't read the Throne of Glass series yet but it is on the list and your review is helpful in knowing what to expect!! I think I'll add Jackaby this month...it does sound like a good Halloween-y choice!! Is the link up for the book club always on the first Tuesday of the month or depends on when the book is picked? :)

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  2. My personal fave is your gif for the second book... Makes me want to read it!

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  3. A coworker of mine also recommended the Throne of Glass series to me, and I definitely want to pick it up. It sounds right up my alley with the fantasy twist. And Jackaby sounds like the perfect book for October and Halloween! I definitely need to give it a try!

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  4. You've intrigued me! I actually do like fantasy stuff every now and then if it's really good. It's a nice change of pace from the normal books I tend to gravitate towards.

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  5. I've been debating on reading this but wasn't sure if I wanted to get into a series or not. But the cover of Jackaby has me totally intrigued. I know, I'm so bad. Sometimes I judge a book by its cover lol! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  6. Loving your gif on the 4th book! Don't you love it when a series totally makes up for the previous book being a slower read? But the struggle is real when waiting on the next one to be released, hang in there gurlie <3

    Green Fashionista

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  7. let me know about jackaby. i just got that in the library but put it right back into circulation because i don't have time to read it (i have like 4 books to get through plus vacation!)

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  8. Oh that looks good. I want to read it, but unfinished series drive me insane.

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  9. I have honestly NEVER heard of this series, but I'm glad you like it :)!

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  10. I am with you, when I have to wait for the next book in the series it is soo annoying! I will have to look into this series!

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  11. I've been trying to find a good YA book (or series) to read lately. It's like you knew that...

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  12. I am definitely adding Throne of Glass to my to-read list. But I will probably wait until the series is finished, like you I HATE waiting for books in a series to come out. ;)

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  13. Oh I think I might like this series. Adding it to my ever growing reading list!! Thanks!! You have helped me rediscover my love of reading.

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  14. I probably would have never tried this just from the cover.. .but you got me totally intrigued. Heading to Amazon to add yet MORE books to my wish list!

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  15. Ooh this makes me want to pick up so many new books! I'm in the middle of a meh book right now so I rarely reach for it. I just need to power through!

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  16. I love that you loved the series. Probably not my genre. With any series, there always seems to be that one dud, huh? Hope the 5th one is awesome.

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  17. Sooooo what you're saying is wait until the final book is finished. LOL

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  18. How did I not notice this was the book club book?! This is definitely going on my TBR, but I'm sad that I didn't read it at the same time as all you lovely ladies. I'll think about Jackaby. Like you said, Doctor Who!!! (P.S. I've gotten all the way to Matt Smith, and I understand now about Rose and the Doctor, and I met Donna, loved her, and cried when she went away - like an embarrassing amount)

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  19. So basically, don't read these until the 5th book comes out? The only problem with that is that all you did in this post was convince me that I DO need to read them. Sigh. Read now or wait??

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  20. Cool - added these (at least the first books of each series) to my Goodreads queue ... like it's not already long enough, but whatever.

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  21. Hmm... Assassin Cinderella? Sounds good to me. I'm definitely curious about that Beauty & the Beast retelling, too. Just looked up Jackaby -- it looks really interesting! Can't wait to read what you think of it.

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  22. Ugh I hate waiting on books. Hate hate hate. Ummmm Jackaby sounds really interesting. It sounds like Grimm. I feel like we might have talked about Grimm before, maybe? Do you watch it?

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  23. I've seen a few people reading these books but I had no idea what they were about! They sound pretty interesting so I might have to give them a try. Though I don't have a library card (yet) so I'm in a bit of a reading pickle lol.

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  24. I am so glad to hear someone else who avoids starting a series until all the books are done. I thought I was the only one with that idiosyncrasy. Thanks for the honest review and the background on how the author got the idea. I found that so interesting.

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  25. This sounds so good, but I'm with you on usually wanting to wait for all the books to come out first. I love the Lunar Chronicles (as you know), but I have Cress & Fairest waiting on my Kindle because I'm waiting for Winter to come out. I only vaguely remember what happened in the first two books, so I figured it'd be better to wait! lol

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  26. I skimmed this post in its entirety because I did not finish the book this month! And I don't want any spoilers! I'm at about 60%. I just haven't had as much time to read now that we're back in school (summer is my best reading time). I am hoping to finish it eventually and when I do I'll come back and read your thoughts! :) And if I finish this week I'll come back and see if there's any chance I can read next month's book in time!

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  27. Awk, I TOTALLY agree about Celaena's "vain" personality. I LOVED IT IN THE FIRST BOOKS. :D It felt awesome that she was all badass AND loved pretty clothes and wasn't ashamed about it. WOOT. xD I'm less in love with the series now, but Crown of Midnight is one of my most favourite books of ever. *happy sigh*
    Also starting series that haven't finished yet is SUCH A PROBLEM. hehe. Cliffhangers. Omg, they are deathly. XDD
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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  28. This sounds like a series that I would love but I also can't handle waiting (especially since I'll probably forget all the details in the meantime!) I think I'll keep an eye out and see when the series wraps up ;) - Svetlana @Life With a Side of Wine

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  29. Oh man, having to wait for new books, episodes of shows... ANYTHING... is the worst!!! lol

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  30. And I'm two seconds away from going to download these books to my Kindle because homegirl is going away for the weekend and needs a whole slew of new reading material. SCORE!

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  31. Hahah I seriously love you and how much you love books is the most charming thing I've ever witnessed and I mean that so genuinely. This doesn't really seem like it's up my alley, but so glad you liked it so much! Hope you don't have to wait too long for the next :)

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  32. So......I don't usually do well with book CLUBS, you know I'm more a challenge girl. BUT. I *may* (don't hold me to it) try to actually participate for October.

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  34. i haven't heard of this series, so i am glad to read your thoughts on it. and yay for you being back!!

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  35. I just went straight to the library's website and found Jackaby. I'll try it! (If I can force myself to make the time lol)

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  36. I knew there was a reason I requested that book from the library, lol! It became available last week so I'll eventually read it but I doubt I'll make it through the entire series. Love the cover for Jackaby!

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  37. I really wish I liked it hahaha ... I didnt get the "oh shit son" feeling haha but still an interesting read!

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  38. I'm bummed I was too busy doing the invitation business thing to read... but I just started a new one last night... and I can tell that I've got the bug again. I dunno sometimes I finish a book or series and it's hard to get excited about starting a new one, because the old one was so good. bhaha Jackaby looks cool, I'm going to add it! I am still going to read throne of glass though! Excited! Already put a hold on the e-reader version of A Court of Thorns and Roses... XO - Alexandra

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  39. Ooh I know what you mean about not liking to start a series until all the books are written. I'm the same about forgetting the details! I've got this series on my GoodReads to read eventually! :)

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  40. You've hooked me. I want to read this right now!!

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  41. We've fangirled enough already but truly, I love Celaena's conceited/arrogant attitude. You're totally right, it's refreshing when compared to the Bellas and Clarys of the fictional world (and probably why I loved Katniss soooo damn much).
    And for the record that was your actual legit reaction to book 2. I have the evidence to prove it LOL!
    Love love love that you loved it OMG

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  42. OKAY!! I'm back. As you know I finished the book this weekend so it was fun to come and read your thoughts. I agree with you on many points. The love triangle was well done. I didn't mind that the character was confident. The "oh what? You think I'm pretty/special/unique?? I'm so average!!" type of characters annoy me. Somehow though the plot felt disjointed for me, or like she was planning on going in one direction with the book then it changed into another direction midway. Which...is kind of how it sounds from her quote! I was also totally confused about the time period. They drank hot cocoa and said stuff like, "Get the picture?"And just in general I did not get that invested in the characters or connect with them. I can't really pinpoint why...I just didn't. I love a good kickass female lead (a la Lisbeth Salander) but I didn't feel like this character pulled that off that vibe for me. I still gave it three stars because it was interesting enough for me to finish and I didn't dislike it. Different strokes and all that!

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  43. Okay so your review makes me want to read these, but I'm not really a big fantasy person so I don't know.... I liked Divergent (ONLY the first one) and that's about as much as I've read in the genre. What do you think??? And I just downloaded Jackaby-- you had me at Sherlock!

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  44. Okay, I have just requested Jackaby from my local library, so I'm basically committed to joining in for October. It's the first Tuesday of the month, right?

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