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The Throne of Glass Book Tag

I had an absolute blast coming up with The Lunar Chronicles Book Tag and it was so neat to see that in inspired more book tags based off of books! The lovely Hannah from So Obsessed With and Alexa from Alexa Loves Books created one for Throne of Glass and Hannah tagged me for it so naturally I had to jump in!

Dissonance The Book of Broken Hearts The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

Lysandra | A book with a cover change you loved
I’ve seen so many cover changes along the way but had a hard time thinking of a change that I really LOVED. I remembered a few I hated and there are some that got better but weren’t too stellar. So I scrolled through Goodreads and remembered the new cover for DISSONANCE by Erica O’Rourke! This book got a makeover for the paperback and the hardcover of RESONANCE followed this new design as well and even though the mismatching makes me a little crazy, I do adore this new cover! These are my favorite colors (blue! green! teal! purple!) and I love the origami stars and how that really ties into the book.

Abraxos | A book that’s better on the inside than it looks on the outside
I despise this cover of THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS by Sarah Ockler. This book was so great and it got a totally crappy, stock photo cover. The redesign was only marginally better because at least it pertained to the story a bit more but I hated how the couple on the cover looked like they were thirty and on a romance cover instead of teens on a YA cover. This book deserves way better covers because the content is so beautiful!

Erilea | A series with great world-building

I fell straight into the world in THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss. Among many other amazing aspects, this world totally engulfed me and I loved learning more and more about it. There were always surprises and new things to explore and everything fell right into place.

Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy, #1) The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) Gone Girl
Rifthold | A book that combines genres

I had a hard time with my first experience with fanta-sci (I think A] I wasn’t ready for it and B] it had some world-building problems) but I absolutely adored how fantasy and sci-fi came together in TRIAL BY FIRE by Josephine Angelini! I had to adjust a bit because I think fantasy and sci-fi, as similar as they can be, are hard for me to blend sometimes but it really worked out well this book!
(And of course, The Lunar Chronicles.)

Damaris | A book based on/inspired by a myth/legend

I always think I’m going to like mythology adaptations and somehow I never really quite do… but books like THE RAVEN BOYS take on mythological incorporations so seamlessly that I didn’t even think about it as mythology until I had to categorize the book when I first reviewed, but it really does have a lot in there! Gansey is obsessed with the legend of Glendower and that’s a pretty enormous part of the series!

Kaltain Rompier | A book with an unexpected twist

I always feel like saying a book has a twist ruins the book for people. There are so many I could say but I always want to leave readers in the dark on twists so that they’re totally surprised! SO I’ll go with GONE GIRL. I finally read this book (listened on audio, rather) a couple months ago and I was so, so afraid it would get spoiled and I guess in a way it was… but there were still sooooo many twists left to explore. I had guesses on what happened to Amy but there’s still a lot more to the book even after you find out what did happen to her. I was so pleasantly surprised that even if I knew some info about the book, I still never knew where it was heading!

We Were Liars Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)
Assassin’s Keep | A book with an unreliable narrator

Ugh, I wanted to use the same book that I did for the twist question but again, I don’t want to give THAT away and since I already mentioned GONE GIRL too… Hmmm. I mean, in pretty much any psychological thriller you can expect an unreliable narrator nowadays but let’s go with WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart. Most people have read the book by now and know there’s a twist so… hope I didn’t spoil it for you! (Hey, the word LIAR is in the title so… that shouldn’t be a spoiler. You know SOMEONE is lying.)

Asterin Blackbeak | A book that’s got SQUAD GOALS

Harry Potter immediately popped in my head but even more so than the golden trio, how about The Order of the Phoenix? Or the DA? Seriously squad goals, my friends.

Terrasen | A book that feels like home

I really have to go with QUEEN OF SHADOWS! Okay, so this doesn’t really “feel like home” but I mentioned several times in my reviews that falling back into this series and reuniting with these characters really felt like coming home. It was a familiar place, a happy place, and a place that I found more adventures.

The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3) A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

Aelin Ashryver Galathynius | A book with the power to destroy you

Well, I’ve already mentioned several feels-ruining books already (The Name of the Wind, The Raven Boys, Queen of Shadows) so I’ll go with THE HERO OF AGES by Brandon Sanderson. It’s the last  book in the (first three books) of the Mistborn trilogy (it has spin-offs that take place later in time!) and ohhhh my gosh, I was totally ruined. Feels all over the place, series ending, finishing a binge. What a time.

Manon Blackbeak | A book that intimidated you 

Definitely A GAME OF THRONES. I started it shortly after the series came out (no wait… maybe it was after the second season was coming out… or something) so now I had to read a whole massive series before I could start watching the show AND it was a huge fantasy series when I was still getting my feet wet with some serious adult fantasy. It was super intimidating but we did the series read as a read along and it was not only manageable but so much fun!

Rowan Whitethorn | A book that makes you swoon

All the swoons forever and ever for Etienne St. Clair. I think he’s still my number one book boyfriend even after the countless books (okay, I can count them. But it’s a LOT) that I’ve read throughout my lifetime. ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins always captures my heart!

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1) The Princess Bride: An Illustrated Edition of S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

Chaol Westfall | A book that challenged you to see things differently
I think I’ll go with CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein. That book totally blew me away (GAH that would have been a good unreliable narrator book! Sheesh, I’m all over the place here) and it made me rethink my aversion to historical fiction. I know the book is still fiction but it does have a lot of real history in there too and it was so interesting to really learn something as I was reading.

Fleetfoot | A book that you received as a gift

At my rehearsal dinner for my wedding, all of my bridesmaids put together a gift which consisted of a hand-picked book for me with a note written inside. My sister bought me the illustrated 40th Anniversary edition of THE PRINCESS BRIDE which is so gorgeous. Not only were the books amazing but even more importantly, the notes inside made me cry! It was such an awesome gift.

Eye of Elena | A book you found right when you needed it

This is a super hard question! Hmmm. I think I’ll go with IF I STAY by Gayle Forman. I wasn’t too sure about YA contemporary when I first started reading YA and I ended up picking up IF I STAY from the library. I fell head over heels in love with the story and it renewed my faith in pretty much everything — contemporary, YA, reading, beautiful stories in general. It was absolutely perfect timing and launched my love for Gayle Forman!

So there you have it! Those are my choices for the Throne of Glass book tag! Thanks again to Hannah and Alexa for putting that together! What do you think?

This is the part where I tag other people to join in the fun so I’m tagging… Andi from Andi’s ABCs and Amy from Tripping Over Books! (Or anyone else who hasn’t been tagged and wants to do it!)

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

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) – Sarah J. MaasTitle: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas
Publishing Info: September 1, 2015 by Bloomsbury Publishing
Source: Amazon
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: August 29, 2015
Related Posts: The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1 - 0.5), Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1), Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2), Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3), A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1), A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2), Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5), A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

The queen has returned.
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .
She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.
The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series contrinues Celaena's epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.


** This review will contain spoilers for the previous three books in the series but NO specific plot spoilers for QUEEN OF SHADOWS, however, if you have not read QUEEN OF SHADOWS yet, you may consider some things I talk about in my review to be minor spoilers (about the romance!) so reader beware! ** 

QUEEN OF SHADOWS was just utter, utter perfection for me. I was a bit of a late-comer to the Sarah J. Maas fandom having just started the Throne of Glass series last year (I binge read the first three books right as HEIR OF FIRE came out) and I absolutely fell in love. Even though it’s been a year since I’ve been immersed in this world, picking up QUEEN OF SHADOWS just felt so comfortable and I easily fell back into all of the magic that this series has to offer. It’s hard to review the 4th book in a major series without giving plot points away so I’m going to stay off of plot (for the most part) and try to talk about more about specific elements of the book that I enjoyed as well as how the book seems to be standing up to criticisms (yes, people have them and I don’t understand them).

One thing that I’m always incredibly impressed with is Sarah’s ability to really make this series one long story. Even though it’s broken up into six books, each novel relates back to another in the series and I’m always so impressed with not only how they tie in to one another but also how they are constantly connected right from the beginning and we only get to find out those connections as we dive further into the series.

I also really just love how this book feels like “coming home”. Reading QUEEN OF SHADOWS gave me that feeling of “Yes, I love this world. I know this world. This is where my heart belongs” and I feel that each time I read the next book in the series. Sarah J. Maas does a fantastic job of making these books come alive in every possible way. The settings and world building are incredible and I really do feel like I’m experiencing the novel as I’m reading it — I’m fully immersed. The characters and their personalities really just come to life and I feel like I’ve really come to know these people and places.

I’m constantly impressed with the character growth throughout this series as well. If you look at Celaena/Aelin from THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE or THRONE OF GLASS and Aelin in QUEEN OF SHADOWS, she’s a totally different person and I love seeing how much she’s grown throughout the course of these books. She went from arrogant teenager into blossoming queen and it’s been amazing to witness that slow and subtle transition. She’s really grown so much and she’s starting to own this queen-business and I am 100% behind her!
I was actually surprised that character growth seemed to be a negative thing in some reviews… I did a rather silly thing and read some one and two star reviews because I couldn’t fathom why people were so put off by the this book when I felt so in love with it and some people said that Aelin was totally different and where is old Celaena. But… YES! Of course she’s different! If the whole series had been about arrogant and cocky Celaena, I wouldn’t have liked it. There would have been no character growth at all. She’s been growing and changing this whole time and I think most of that happened in HEIR OF FIRE so I was kind of shocked that this — what I felt was slight — change in demeanor was so surprising and so many people were taken aback. I think Aelin has been growing up this whole series and I’ve been so impressed with the changes she’s made! I think she still has the same personality but because of her goals, because of what she’s been through, and because of what she’s learned, she’s changing from a girl into a young woman and handling herself differently. You can’t be a spoiled and arrogant queen.

The way the romantic feelings have evolved and changed have also been handled extremely well. Personally, I was never a Chaol/Celaena shipper. I would have been happy if they ended up together (hey, they still might — series isn’t over yet) but I was never fully invested in it for some reason. Things really start to change in QUEEN OF SHADOWS and as these characters grow, they start to explore their true romantic feelings and pulls even more and in some cases, they’re not quite what they used to be. It sort of felt like growing out of your old high school crush or boyfriend — what you had in common when you were younger may no longer be applicable and as people grow, they tend to change and refocus their goals, what’s important in life, and who a perfect match for them might be. I felt like that’s what happened with Aelin and Chaol. Maybe Celaena and Chaol would have worked well together but I don’t think Aelin and Chaol are meant to be. They’ve both been through a lot throughout the course of this series and their end goal is still the same but their paths may not be quite identical anymore. I think both characters started to realize this, especially in QUEEN OF SHADOWS.

Of course, the story itself was just amazing. QUEEN OF SHADOWS was a hefty book at over 650 pages and there was so much that happened… and none of it ever felt unnecessary. I never tired while reading QUEEN OF SHADOWS and wished I could stay within these pages long after the book ended. I was constantly captivated and didn’t want to put the book down! Sarah J. Maas is an expert story teller and I could get lost in the pages of her books forever. I’m a huge fan of this series and Sarah’s stories and I will be forever anticipating new works from her! This series is incredibly well-done and I can’t wait to see where else this plot takes us.


“The View from Goodreads” is a featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Aelin // Character Obsessions: Defeat of the Valg, protecting the kingdom.
I am so impressed with how much Aelin has grown throughout this series. I’ve loved witnessing her changes and how she’s been handling things in the past couple books. She’s still the same badass and has that same personality/attitude, but her focus has changed so much more now that she’s owned being the Queen of Terrasen.
Lysandra // Character Obsessions: Evangeline, debts, revenge.
There is SO much of THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE that we see coming back in QUEEN OF SHADOWS and guess what! Lysandra is back! I loved seeing the role she ended up playing in this book and I LOVE that it ties all the back to THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE.


Kept Me Hooked On: Epic epic fantasy. This is some EPIC epic fantasy. I love how books and series like this just fully pull me in and make me feel like I’m a part of the story.
Left Me Wanting More: Manon/Aelin encounters. I’m still enjoying the Blackbeak side of the story BUT I do wish there was a bit more connection to the main plot. I love Manon and I’ve been so happy to learn more about her but I can’t wait for this half of the book to tie in some more!

Addiction Rating

This is easily one of my all-time favorite series. The books, the characters, the world-building, the writing — all have grown throughout the series and I just can’t get enough.



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The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) – Patrick Rothfuss   A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) – George R.R. Martin