Sunday, April 9, 2017

Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Ultimately, I’m not sure I can recommend this book. The story of an assassin who becomes the right hand of the tyrant she loathes could have been a lot better, a lot darker.

I sometimes felt as though there was a lot of fluff in the prose. Descriptions felt overwrought, and sometimes didn’t shed as much clarity as I wanted. I was a little annoyed at how many different colors Chaol’s eyes were. But this book really hooked me until the end.

That being said, I’m hard-pressed to say I’m very enthusiastic about this book. It falls closer into the ‘guilty pleasure’ category. It lacks many characters who aren’t white and may be completely heterosexual, though sequels may prove otherwise. (I’m big on picturing romantic pairings and couldn’t help but match Nehemia with the prince, or with with assassin. I feel like the former is more likely to happen.)

There are several reasons I’m going to keep reading. First, I enjoy the feeling I get from the Wyrdmarks, which superficially resemble Chartermarks, and thus Chartermagic, which was used in the Abhorsen books, a favorite series of mine. Second, I believe the hype, and suspect that Maas will tighten things up in subsequent books as she goes on. Third, I heard a spoiler for a much later book in the series that gives me gut wrenching feelings about character development so interesting I have to keep reading. I need to know why that spoiler happens and can’t wait for the fall out drama.

Also, I think the new covers make this series look that much more interesting. I’m more inclined to read a series about the angry white-haired woman on the cover of this, than the golden haired courtier on the original cover. Does Celaena wear far too many dresses in this book? Yes, but I sincerely hope that changes in the rest of the series.

I described this book to a friend as though one were reading a show on the CW. The fights are awesome, the CGI is tasteful, but the soundtrack is almost perfectly chosen. Sometimes you think the characters stop doing something Very Important to have a Talk.

I’m not even sure Celeana really grew as a character here… I can’t help but feel that this feels like the debut it is. I still hold out hope that the writing improves as the series continues, as it often does. The premise may be a weak one, but hopefully it pans out in the end. I want a rebellion!

Pages: 432
Year: 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Read: 22 Feb 2017 to 2 March 2017
Stars: 2.5 (it was ok/I'm curious)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie

Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch 1) by Ann Leckie

The first book in a trilogy that took us on a rather wild ride.

I’m now a person who reads very little about books when I get the right inclination to read them, I just do. I used to pour over descriptions of books, weighing which one to buy and read. Somehow I ended up with so many freaking books on my shelves.

I read this because it was recommended after I finished Leviathan Wakes, I decided not to read the rest of the books in that series, upon which the SyFy show ‘The Expanse’ is based. (See that review for my reasons. It’s a good book, and a good show.) Ancillary Justice is not really all that similar, and I waffled at first because to me it sounded a little bland, but the promise of revenge and all those awards got me to take the leap.

How very glad I am that I did. I’ve now become a big fan of Leckie’s, and am really looking forward to the conclusion of this series.

The flashes from past to present were interesting enough, but it was kind of funny to me that after one cliffhanger had me yearning to learn more about what happened to Awn that fateful day nineteen years ago, I did actually enjoy the ‘slower’ bits in between about Seivarden and Breq traveling. It’s all important to the story though, so hang in there.

By the end things were rip-roaring along so fast that I had no choice but to launch myself into the next book. See that review for more thoughts and some light spoilers.

Pages: 416
Year: 2013
Publisher: Orbit

Read: 21.9.16-25.11.16
Stars: 5

Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey


Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse 1) by James S.A. Corey

I read this after watching the show, I think, wanting to quickly catch up with the crew of the Rocinante after such a thrilling melding of detective story and space romp. The rather stationary plot of a missing girl, versus the bouncing ball of a crew looking to right a wrong, serve justice and not get blown up in the process was intriguing. But then the ball kept on rolling.

I decided not to read the rest of the books upon which the SyFy show The Expanse is based, because reading this revealed that almost half the book was yet to be accounted for. And there was a whole new character that hadn’t been introduced in the book yet. I started reading a page or two about the next book and realized how much further ahead of the show I’d be.

This book was a rip-roaring riot. I laughed, I gasped. I loved the gritty way the future worked, the way things felt real and important. I loved the thought out way things had grown with Mars, Earth and the Belt. Any second I’m gonna start confusing the book and the show. But that’s the thing! The authors are working on the show and the book felt like a very cool in depth look into the background. They’ve said that even if you read all the books, you’ll still be surprised and delighted by the show.

But man, they’ve done a good job setting up the characters, giving us more time to know them and the imminent threat of war. Oh boy, the threat of war.

And now having seen the first half of season 2, seeing the rest of this book come to life, I can honestly say they did a great job portraying some of my favorite scenes and expanding on them. Man, what a great series this is going to be. I can’t wait to start reading Caliban’s War.


Pages: 592
Year: 2011
Publisher: Orbit

Read: 8.9.16-17.9.16
Stars: 5

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