Showing posts with label Sarah J Maas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sarah J Maas. Show all posts

Saturday, 29 August 2020

Best Reads/Audiobooks Of The Past Two Months...

As you probably noted, I haven't really talked about what I read/audiobooked via the past few months. July was a surprise blog break and then, to ease self back into blogging this month, I took on a bunch of blog tours (which were fun as this made look into books and series, some of which I wouldn't have noticed till I was asked and now am going "I need to put this on my radar, if I have time/space on my TBR") to help me ease back into blogging.

But that didn't mean I have stopped reading. Oh no. I have still been reading. And, for the most part, I have been reviewing them on my Goodreads (goodreads.com/pewterwolf). But there were a few I wanted to reference on here as they were SO GOOD, that I wanted to share with you guys. I hope you don't mind...

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Changing My Mind

As you guys know, I struggled with Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas a few years ago. I actually went back and reread my review/post about my time and I wrote that, while it was a struggle, I did like it. Towards the end. But if you ask me my thoughts on that book and my reading experience, I would say "A hard slog". It was a struggle to say to say the least.

This explains why I keep putting off Crown of Midnight. I know, one day, I'll read it. Just because I want to see if I can and if I get into the story more. Have forgotten near everything from Throne of Glass so will be returning to this world blind.

But that didn't stop me from trying. Just before A Court of Thorns and Roses came out, I was lucky to get an eProof of it. A retelling of Beauty and the Beast? With faeries? And it's New Adult - an age group I've not read much/anything in? Where do I sign up?

But within two chapters, I DNFed it. I didn't click with the writing, hated the main character's family and wasn't exactly a fan of the main character herself. Plus, with rumours that there was a few sexual scenes coming up later in the book that can/have been read as non-consental via drink and drugs, this threw me out into a "No way in hell am I reading this!"

And I still hold those views. Let me make this clear. I don't want to read this if out

But something happened a few days ago when I wasn't feeling well: I was listening to a podcast (Read That F***ing Book) and, hearing their reactions and thinking of everyone's reaction, I thought "Did I judge this too harshly? I only read two or three chapters and I went so against it". So, probably because of the cold meds am taking taking, I saw a free eSampler of A Court of Thorns and Roses and downloaded it (it was free).

And I read the first four chapters. And I have something shocking to say - I kinda liked what I read.


I know! I'm in shock myself! I just thought "Will read these and that's it. Back to reading Invasion of the Tearling I go!" but I'm surprised how easily I clicked with the writing this time round and the start of the reimagining of this tale.

Maybe I did judge it too harshly. This is why it's important to form your own opinions. And, if your uncertain of a story, reread it at a later date and see how you feel about it then.

So, where does this leave me with this tale? I clicked with the writing now so should I try and go read this when I have the time (and my TBR pile is much MUCH less! I have a lot of books to read and, recently, been craving LGBT and thrillers!) or should I leave this alone and move on with my reading life?

Answer, dear reader: I have no idea. I know I won't be so harsh on Sarah J Maas as I was before, but there is still trouble in her books that makes me hesitated. The non-consental sex scenes in this, the non-consental use of drugs and alcohol and the diversity issue. OH! The diversity issue in Sarah J Maas's writing (from the looks of it, she writes mainly straight, white characters - something that I find very hard to believe in the worlds she's creating - this goes with all series, FYI).

So, while there are issues and issues I will be grinding my teeth over and hissing like an angry cat towards the skies about, I'm not going to rule reading this out completely. We shall see... Maybe one day... but that one day isn't today...

Friday, 7 February 2014

GoodRead - Throne of Glass

For some reason, everyone has suddenly seemed to be talking about this book in the BookTube community and after buying this and its sequel, Crown of Midnight, I decide to try this out and see what the fuss was about.

Celaene Sardothien was once one of the most feared assassins. But then she got caught and is serving a lifelong jail sentence down a saltmine. But one year in, she was made an offer by the Crown Prince. Be his Champion in a contest set up by his father, the King. If she can bet the other 23 champions, she will be the King's Champion and, within 4 years, she will have her freedom.

While she is at the castle made of glass, she will discover that there is an evil in the castle. An evil that is willing the kill the other champions. But evil wears many faces... And in the world where magic is outlawed and is gone from the world, is the evil man or something darker...

*takes a deep breath* Right, I want to make something clear here. This blog and all the reviews here are of my opinion. I feel like I have to stress this every now and then because I'm scared that how I write my reviews will be read one way when actually, it should be read another.

Ok, my thoughts on this. I think I'm in a state of book-grief because of These Broken Stars (and before that, Allegiant) so I feel like I might be a little harsh on this.

But am torn over this. After having problems with the first 20%, I slowly began to enjoy it. While I didn't love it, it was a nice read to past the time.

And yet, while I did like reading this, I found this book very frustrating! And because I kept getting frustrated with the characters (mainly Celaene who is so brilliant [aka she suffers from, what I call, the "Kay Scarpetta Syndrome", where the main character is perfect in nearly every way and it's annoying as hell]), there were times I felt reading this was hard work.

I know book 2 in the series is much better than the first - I have seen all you guys reviews and I trust you guys (and I got both books in the series in a Kindle Sale - 99p each!) and I am going to read Crown on Midnight sometime before the third book in the series, Heir of Fire (you can't fault these titles!) or the eNovellas collection, The Assassin's Blade.

But this book sits on the fence for me. Sorry guys for being vague on this review...