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SERIESous Spoilers: Warcross

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SERIESous Spoilers: A feature where we discuss what happened in our favourite (or maybe not so favourite) books. Did you like the plot changes? The romance? What surprised you? What angered you? And what do you think will happen next?

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This SERIESous Spoilers Pick:

Warcross by Marie Lu | SERIES

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Zero`s Identity

As soon as we found out that Hideo had a brother, I knew he would be Zero. I thought that was a super obvious twist so I wasn’t surprised in the slightest. In some ways that disappointed me because I always associate Marie Lu with great twists and I really hoped that she wouldn’t use such a overt choice. But what did surprise me was the motivation, and I’ll talk about that in the section below.

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The Real Motivation

OK, I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t see that Hideo twist coming at all. I’ll talk more about Hideo below. That was a GREAT wrench in the plans though. I mean, I should have clued in because the file name was “freeze H T” so hellllooo! Obviously Hideo had something epic in mind that Zero was trying to stop.

However, was I the only one who got Kingsmen vibes from that whole thing? The lenses being handed out for free and then being used to control people is EXACTLY what the plot for the first Kingsmen movie is! They use free wifi cards though but the principle distribution is the same. Give people something that they think they can’t live without and that connects right to the person. Hopefully, we won’t get any colourful head blast offs in Wildcard

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Hideo

I can’t be the only one torn over this turn in his character am I? I was totally shipping Emika and Hideo…still am truthfully but perhaps that is the hopeless romantic in me.

But, is Hideo really a bad dude with good intentions or just a straight up bad guy? It’s really hard to tell and I’m still on the fence personally. I’m waiting to see how his character will develop in Wildcard before I make a final verdict. It’s definitely an interesting spin and one that really impressed me (especially when I already knew who Zero was).

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What are your thoughts? Agree or disagree? What are you looking forward to the most in the next book, Wildcard?

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SERIESous Spoilers: A Whole New World

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SERIESous Spoilers: A feature where we discuss what happened in our favourite (or maybe not so favourite) books. Did you like the plot changes? The romance? What surprised you? What angered you? And what do you think will happen next?

This SERIESous Spoilers Pick:

A Whole New World by Liz Braswell | A Twisted Tale

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Note: I read this as an audiobook so I say “listen” a lot.


–The first 25% is just the movie in book form–

It was a great play-by-play for the movie if you’ve never seen it–minus the amazing music of course. As a massive fan of the movie, I didn’t mind so much. However, it was a little boring to essentially listen to the movie without the actual movie flashing before me. I’ve probably watched Aladdin 100 times in my life so I’m pretty familiar with it all and I didn’t need the word for word recap.

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–Jasmine–

If you ask me who my favourite Disney Princess is, I’d say it’s Jasmine (well my answer is more complicated than that but nonetheless, I am a huge Jasmine fan). In the movie I always respected Jasmine’s drive to live her own life. She’s intelligent and quick; I loved that she attempts to save herself by tricking Jafar. Plus, she has a tiger people!

After I read the synopsis and saw that Jasmine is touted as revolutionary, I was super happy. She’s a strong character in the original movie and the idea that I’d get to see that be elevated in this book? Awesome.

Only, it doesn’t happen that way. She’s a bit of a dud of a character honestly. I didn’t like her at all. I can forgive her ignorance about the outside world, that’s not the problem. It was just her attitude and comments about certain things that rubbed me the wrong way. I thought she had the best character development of anyone–but the character depth was lacking for everyone so that isn’t saying much.

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–The Lacklustre Romance–

As I’m sure you can guess, Aladdin and Jasmine are one of my favourite Disney couples. Economic factors separate them socially but when they are together, the sparks just fly. They have this deeper connection and understanding that I really wanted to see emphasized in this novel.

Was I the only one who thought the romance between these two was forced? I felt like Aladdin would have taken up with any beautiful girl that crossed his path if she batted her eyes at him.

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It’s an insta-love but one that lacks a visible spark. They don’t really have those memorable moments like they do in the film and so I never grew to enjoy the romance.

–The Genie–

I don’t think I could do a post discussing this book without talking about the Genie! I actually didn’t mind this spin on the classic character. His somewhat cynical but accurate appraisal of the world was a highlight of the novel for me.

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He was one of the only characters to get a decent backstory in this novel and I liked that. I wish he had a bigger role but in another way I’m glad because how do you top the original?

–The Ghouls–

This is perhaps the biggest “twist” to the original tale but it really didn’t work for me. It just made everything seem silly and ridiculous.

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Part of the charm of the original movie (at least for me) is that it could be real. Yes, it has magic and flying carpets but the core of the story (that a street rat could save a kingdom and the princess can save herself) is a moral and feel good story. Not saying that can’t happen with ghouls; I’m saying the ghouls just took this story to a different level and in a way that didn’t really benefit the story.

–All of this because of a Parrot?–

Ok, I love Iago don’t get me wrong. He’s one of the most memorable sidekicks in Disney for a lot of reasons. But the whole idea that Jafar wants to recapture the love of Iago? Really? That’s the best motive we could come up with?

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Why not make Jafar completely in love with Jasmine? Or perhaps her mother? Or throw in some lost paternity and make him the Sultan’s long lost older brother who thinks he should be in charge. Or keep it simpler and make him power hungry when it comes to magic. There are about thirty other ways to do it I think.

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SERIESous Spoilers: The Midnight Star

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SERIESous Spoilers: A feature where we discuss what happened in our favourite (or maybe not so favourite) books. Did you like the plot changes? The romance? What surprised you? What angered you? And what do you think will happen next?

This month’s SERIESous Spoilers Pick:

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu| The Young Elites Trilogy

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–Enzo’s Death–

Was I the only one who thought this moment would have a bigger impact? This was one of the only things I felt that was rushed in this novel. Enzo was such a huge character in the first book and while his role was reduced in the second novel, I just felt that his death should have a bigger impact on Adelina as a character in the grande scheme of things.

–The Ending–

I really don’t know how else you could have ended this without Adelina dying. While I’m all for anti-heroes being redeemed, I think a HEA for her would have been a bit of a sellout for her. So this worked for me–though I was worried for a minute that we were going to get her back into the world of the living.

–How the Title Works for the Story–

This was the only title I couldn’t figure out for the longest time. Why “midnight star”. But that whole bit at the end was just brilliant. I love how everything was tied up by a simple page of writing.

What are your thoughts? Agree or disagree? What are you looking forward to the most in the next book?

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Seriesous Spoilers: Lady Midnight

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SERIESous Spoilers: A feature where we discuss what happened in our favourite (or maybe not so favourite) books. Did you like the plot changes? The romance? What surprised you? What angered you? And what do you think will happen next?

This month’s SERIESous Spoilers Pick:

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare | The Dark Artifices

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–My Personal Hype–

I marked this book as “to read” in August of 2012. Yes, 4 years ago! The original series had just released the 5th book and the finale was on the way; as was the finale for The Infernal Devices. So when Lady Midnight was released, it had been 2 years since the last Shadowhunters book though I was being placated by the TV show.

I was still really excited to get back into this world. I remember being intrigued by Emma and Julian when we first met them in TMI and I couldn’t wait to see what Cassandra Clare would do next!

–Diego or Mark: Who’s Your Pick for Cristina?–

One of my favourite characters was Cristina! I seem to always enjoy the side characters the most in these books and Cristina was no exception. I wanted to know what had her fleeing Mexico–especially from”Perfect Diego”–and I wanted to know what was happening with her and Mark.

Can I just say that I loved this love triangle? Or should I say square? Because you can’t forget about Kieran and Mark’s relationship as well. I find Cassandra Clare writes such organic relationships that I never feel like she is simply checking off a diversity box for the sake of diversity.

I admit, I was totally Team Mark for Cristina pretty early on in the book. But then Diego kinda stole my heart a little with how he acted after the “big fight”. So now I’m a little torn. (Though I think I am still rooting for Mark).

–What’s up with Diana?–

Is history repeating itself with an Institute tutor? I hope not. I admit, I didn’t pay too much attention to Diana as a character but I’m curious to know what she is hiding.

–Who is Kit?–

This twist I was not expecting in the slightest. This has me really intrigued as well. I had to look at the Shadowhunter Wikia to try and trace the various family trees but I’m coming up empty with theories. Here’s hoping we get some answers in the next book!

–Anyone else happy for the engagement?–

I never really liked Simon in the first 3 books of the TMI but I began to love him later on in the series and I love his relationship with Isabelle. The bonus story with their engagement party made me so happy!

Do you think Clary and Jace will be engaged? The way it ended made me think “not right now” but I definitely see it happening!

*end of rabid fangirling*

What are your thoughts? Agree or disagree? What are you looking forward to the most in the next book?

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SERIESous Spoilers: A Court of Mist and Fury

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SERIESous Spoilers: A feature where we discuss what happened in our favourite (or maybe not so favourite) books. Did you like the plot changes? The romance? What surprised you? What angered you? And what do you think will happen next?

This month’s SERIESous Spoilers Pick:

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas | A Court of Thorns and Roses Trilogy

It was probably one of the most anticipated sequels this year so I think it goes without saying that I wanted to share some of my thoughts on it. Please join me!

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–So Long Happily Ever After!–

In my series review, I state my problems with Tamlin and Feyre’s romance. In short: my biggest problem was Tamlin’s alpha tendencies and how it made their relationship pretty unhealthy to me. I wasn’t totally sold on it though I did warm to it in time because I did see why they would connect romantically.

So, I think it goes without saying that I wasn’t totally disappointed that things didn’t work out between the two of them. Their relationship is SO UNHEALTHY and I’m glad that gets touched upon in this book as well. Feyre’s character development in this area really impressed me–even if it did seem to take her forever.

It weird though, in this series I’m not a huge fan of the romance overall. I’m rather indifferent to Feyre (I think her jaded personality in ACOTAR prevented me from totally loving her) and I would say the same about Rhys. It’s bizarre for me because I’m not really attached to any of these characters in any way. Not like I am in the Throne of Glass Series or, say, The Mortal Instruments Series.

BUT, I do prefer Rhys for Feyre and I loved watching their relationship develop as a romantic partnership. The key is the partnership part–I love when the romance makes that the focus.

–Reversal of the Beauty and the Beast Story–

In ACOTAR, it’s pretty obvious how the Beauty and the Beast Story works. Tamlin is the Beast and Feyre is Belle who challenges and eventually frees the Beast. Rhys might be the Gaston but his role isn’t as romantic as that, though he is the “bad guy” to a certain degree.

But what’s so great about ACOMAF is that we see these roles shift. Gone is the “is-it-Stockholm-syndrome?” story and instead, we get one that focuses on the healthier side of things.

What happens if Belle had had the choice to stay like Feyre did in Rhys’ court?

What if Belle was able to grow and exert her independence in a positive way?

What does a love look like that isn’t simply a result of forced proximity and protection?

Perhaps the English Literature student in me read too much into this aspect, but what I think Maas did here is pure genius and is easily what made this book a 5 star read for me.

–What’s going to happen next?–

I was warned that some serious shit goes down at the end of ACOMAF but I wasn’t totally prepared for everything that happened. So many great plot lines to be resolved! I thought there was going to be a little more bloodshed but I love these deceptive games that are now afoot!


What are your thoughts? Agree or disagree?

What are you looking forward to the most in the next book?

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SERIESous Spoilers: Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

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SERIESous Spoilers: A feature where we discuss what happened in our favourite (or maybe not so favourite) books. Did you like the plot changes? The romance? What surprised you? What angered you? And what do you think will happen next?

This month’s SERIESous Spoilers Pick:

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman | My Review

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–A Pirate Prequel, not a Pirate Tale–

Were you expecting the early sailing tales of Blackbeard when you picked up this book? I had read a review on another blog prior to reading this novel so I knew that that wasn’t going to be the case. Thank goodness! Or I would have been disappointed in the lack of pirate sea-time.

If you want a novel about the early life of a famous pirate, I recommend Never Never by Briana Shrum.

–Blackbeard ≠ Bluebeard–

I will admit that I spent the first few chapters of this book going, Teach becomes the pirate that had lots of wives and murdered them? No! That can’t be right! I actually like him! I can’t like someone like that!

Then I remembered it was BLUEBEARD who did that to his wives and I calmed down a whole lot!

–Less is More!–

So while I wasn’t expecting a pirate novel per-say, I wasn’t really sure what the plot was going to be otherwise. Normally, I like a lot happening in my novels but here I liked the “less is more” mentality. I liked watching Anne and Teach grow as characters and in their relationship. It was definitely a romance focused novel but with characters that have many interesting layers. You have Anne struggling to find her identity while Teach is struggling to be his own person. And because of that, they compliment each other so well and it becomes so addicting to read.

Or maybe that was because Teach could be rather swoon worthy when he wanted to be.

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–The Ending!–

I mainly wrote this whole post just so I could freak out over the ending. I hate when books finish abruptly and that was so the case with this one! I turned the page thinking, “oh will they ever find each other” and BAM “Author’s Note”. At first I thought my eReader skipped a page (sometimes I do that) but NOPE! It ends like that!

I spent the last half of the book thinking it was not going to be a happy ending for these two. I figured, Anne must die or get married off somewhere and in his misery, Teach becomes Blackbeard and reigns on the seas until the end of his days in an attempt to get over her. I suppose I am a romantic like that. But near the end, I started to think “maybe they do find each other and she becomes a home base for him when he becomes a pirate or she joins him at sea”. Again, the romantic in me wants that finality.

When I finished the book, the sequel Blacksouls had not been announced. So after I had some time to think about it, I kinda liked the idea that we may never know if they find each other. It adds to the enigma of Blackbeard–there really is so much we don’t know about him in history and I like the mystery that maybe he did have a lady love that was the inspiration for his ship’s name? But I love the fact that maybe we will get some closure that fills in the gaps of what happens to the young man Teach before he becomes Blackbeard…and how.

What are your thoughts? Agree or disagree?

 What was your reaction when you finished the book? Do you think they ever reunite?

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SERIESous Spoilers: Winter by Marissa Meyer

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SERIESous Spoilers: A feature where we discuss what happened in our favourite (or maybe not so favourite) books. Did you like the plot changes? The romance? What surprised you? What angered you? And what do you think will happen next?

This month’s SERIESous Spoilers Pick:

Winter by Marissa Meyer | The Lunar Chronicles

Perhaps I jumped on the Lunar Chronicles bandwagon at the end of its journey, but I really have some things that I would like to say about the grande finale to one of my new favourite series!

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–The Length!–

WOW, that was such a long book! It took me a solid week and a bit to finish it all! It’s been a long time since I read a book of that size!

But despite the length, I thought that the book had a good flow to it. I felt like it always built and had a few climaxes that kept me on the edge of my seat. And I just love these characters so much that it was great to spend a that time with them before we said goodbye.

–Thorne reveals his feelings–

I have to say that in Cress, one of my favourite aspects of the book is that Thorne and Cress don’t get together at the end of the book. While I knew that the two would eventually (at least I had really, really hoped) end up together, I thought it was refreshing to see that journey spread out a little longer. Given everything that happens in Cress, I liked that they had more time to figure each other out and get that connection established. To see them together at the end would be too easy (and predictable) and I didn’t want that for these two.

And I thought it was really worth the wait! Their scenes together were probably my favourite of the entire book (Winter). Thorne had me swooning and Cress had me fangirling  as her wishes came true. I had a dopey smile on my face after the big reveal–it was rather embarrassing.

–Winter’s “condition”–

I really liked Winter as a character. I thought her situation was really interesting and complimented Levana’s story well. I mean, you have Levana showing you what happens when you use your powers too much and the disillusion it can cause; you have Cinder in the middle struggling to come to grips with her power; and then you have Winter at the complete opposite end of the spectrum where she doesn’t use her powers–essentially denying who she is–and she is completely delusional because of it.

As a literary critic, I get it; as a reader, I struggle with it.

I suppose the best way to describe my feelings on it all is “confusing”. I felt like the book started mostly focusing on her and her situation and from that I had a good handle on it all. But somewhere along the way, Winter gets a little cast aside (and I totally understand why in the grand scheme of things) and I feel like her development gets stifled because of it. I just wanted a little more information on what was happening with her, especially near the end when it seems like everything is falling apart for her.

–The End of Levana–

The mind-manipulation in this book really, really got to me. Limitations of power, specifically magic, is one of the reasons I struggle with witch or magic-based stories. Where do you cap the power? and how can you say this can or cannot happen when the limitation can be seemingly limitless? (I hope that makes sense!)

These limitations weren’t really a huge issue in this book, but I found it got tiresome to have people manipulated all the time. The narration being in the 3rd person didn’t help either in trying to keep it all straight.

Someone asked Marissa Meyer on Goodreads what would be one thing she would change in the series and she said “I would make the Lunar gift less powerful” and I completely agree. I felt like the only time this story really dragged was during those scenes where the mind-manipulation was the sole source of action. I think I wanted more outwitting than direct mind-games to be the downfall of Queen Levana when all was said and done.

What are your thoughts? Agree or disagree? were you satisfied with how everything ended?

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SERIESous Spoilers: The Heir

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SERIESous Spoilers: A feature where we discuss what happened in our favourite (or maybe not so favourite) books. Did you like the plot changes? The romance? What surprised you? What angered you? And what do you think will happen next?

This month’s SERIESous Spoilers Pick:

The Heir by KIERA CASS | The Selection #4

I hummed and hawed over writing this one but I was having so much fun posting comments on other people’s reviews that I decided, why not?

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–Eadlyn’s Attitude–

Eadlyn was a major improvement over America…hands-down/no doubt about it/why-am-I-even-pointing-out-the-obvious! BUT I did have some mixed feelings about her.

What I loved: her need to be independent. I am I total feminist when it comes to the idea that women and their partners should be on equal ground. A girl can rule a kingdom just as well as a boy and if he can rule alone, why can’t a girl? So I was totally team Eadlyn when it came to doing it on her own.

What I DIDN’T love: how she tried to assert her proof that she could do it on her own. She simply came across as a brat to me who lacked the maturity to rule on her own. It was frustrating to watch her dig her own grave so to speak because I WANTED her to succeed! She was cruel when she didn’t need to be and plain rude in some cases and that irked me. Especially when someone called her out on it! It was hypocritical to me and she played the “princess” card a little too much for my liking. (Being a princess doesn’t excuse you from being a jerk to people).

Her attitude improved as the book progressed but it was a rough start for me!

–the caste system–

We all know that the caste system was eliminated/phased out in the time between The One and The Heir. Obviously, there are still some kinks to work out–change can’t happen over night, especially when people are conditioned to a certain ideology for so long. And that’s fine and I expected that.

Apparently I was the only one.

Eadlyn seemed to struggle with this a lot at the start of the novel. How she handled it just shows her age and her inexperience when it comes to politics. It just seemed ironic to me that for a group of people who wanted the Castes to go away, they had no problem bringing up their past castes when introducing themselves or using their previous caste to their advantage. Like I said, she played the Princess card too much for my liking and she was awfully focused on what people’s past Caste rankings were to prove to me that she supported the idea of no castes. Just irked me a little.

(I hope that makes sense–I’m writing this months after reading the book and I don’t remember all the finer details to give specific evidence).

–who is she going to pick?–

Now for the fun part! Who is she going to pick?! This book reminded me a lot more of The Bachelorette than it did a dystopian novel. Which is great if you want a true YA romance and not so great if you wanted more dystopian strife.

My pick is Kile. He came on strong at the start as the obvious choice for me though he kind of fell behind the scenes later on. I’m hoping that changes in the second book. I just love the whole idea that they couldn’t see what was in front of them the whole time.

I really love Erik but I don’t want him to win. It just seems like a cop-out to me though I’m not sure why. It’s weird because I think they would be a good match but at the same time, it would just be more satisfying to me as a reader to see her end up with someone from within the actual Selection; especially when she didn’t want to have it in the first place.

As for Henri, keep him in the platonic friend zone. There isn’t passion there and I think they work much better as friends. Plus, I want more YA books to have those platonic friendships; not all friends are in love with each other in the real world!

What are your thoughts? Agree or disagree? What are you looking forward to the most in the next book?

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SERIESous Spoilers: The Heir of Fire

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SERIESous Spoilers: A feature where we discuss what happened in our favourite (or maybe not so favourite) books. Did you like the plot changes? The romance? What surprised you? What angered you? And what do you think will happen next?

While reading The Heir of Fire, I got inspired to create a post where I actually talk about the events of the book. My reviews have no spoilers because I hate spoilers. BUT, I love talking about the books I read! Especially ongoing series where crazy things are happening (or maybe not happening) and I have no one to vent to. I don’t plan on doing this every month–it’s more of a spur of the moment, rant driven type of post.

So please vent with me! Share your theories, your likes and dislikes and more importantly, what are you looking forward to the most in the next book.

This month’s SERIESous Spoilers Pick:

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)

The Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas  |  Throne of Glass Series

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–What on earth happened to Chaol!?–

Chaol was my favourite choice for Celaena when the love triangle was proposed between him and Dorian. I love Dorian–and I loved the larger focus he had in this book, his story really captured my attention. But I felt like Celaena had a better match in Chaol.

Now I don’t think that so much…

Most, if not all, “one true pairs” go through rough patches. Especially in a series as long as this one is intended to be. It would be boring if things were always happy go lucky and I can appreciate that as a reader even if I don’t like it. But with this series, I really don’t know. I think Celaena and Chaol are really, truly over!

Or at least, I hope they are because I was super disappointed in Chaol. I really don’t think he can get past who Celaena is and I can respect that to a certain degree. I like that he is strong in his convictions, I find it rather refreshing. I just hate that I…well hate him now and I’m really struggling with that because he was a favourite character of mine.

–Thoughts on Rowan: Yay or Nay?–

I’m not totally sold on their impending romance …yet. He really reminds me of Sam–who is my actual favourite leading man for Celaena if I had to choose. (Sam was another assassin with Celaena and I loved their connection and relationship during the novellas.)

I think he has potential to be a great partner for her. They just seem to connect on all the right emotional levels when it comes to duty, fighting and life. I could easily be sold on this new romance with the right development in the next book!

–Did your heart break for Dorian or was that just me?–

Wow, was this Dorian’s story or what? I was so addicted to his story that it pushed me through this book when I found it to be dry (at times).

I was so shocked by the turn of events (I honestly didn’t see it coming with Sorcha) that I still refuse to believe it happened.

–Was anyone else reminded of Game of Thrones when reading this?–

I have no idea what was going on with Manon except that it was very Daenerys Targaryen to me, just no dragons. (Manon’s whole arc made me feel like I missed something completely in the previous novels) And those weird creatures Celaena had to fight–white-walkers anyone?

I actually felt like this entire book was very reminiscent of Game of Thrones. Not that that is a bad thing, it just took the series in yet another direction I wasn’t expecting.

What are your thoughts? Agree or disagree? What are you looking forward to the most in the next book?

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