Top 5 Tuesday: Debut Novels

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Today I’ll share what’s on my reading list for summer!

#1 Carrie by Stephen King

Stephen King is the most famous horror author out there. In case you didn’t know, his very first novel was Carrie. For me, it was the third of his books that I picked up, but it is my favorite one! Carrie is super intense, and was impossible to put down!

#2 Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I was late to join the party when it comes to SJM novels. Although I do have some problems with her writing, I thoroughly enjoyed Throne of Glass. Did you know that Maas had started writing that book back when she was about 18 years old?

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A Sarah J. Maas Rant

Hey, folks!
Those of you who drop by regularly might have noticed that I recently devoured just about anything SJM has ever written. I have a lot of feelings and thoughts to share about that (especially about the TOG series) – not only positive ones.
I’m doing all that in a separate post to avoid spoilers in my reviews. Anyway, let’s get started!

Writing Style:

As much as I love her characters and stories, Sarah J. Maas seriously needs to work on her writing style. The more books I read by her, the more I noticed how much she fancies certain words and phrases. By now, I have an unending hatred for “toes curling in boots”, people “purring”, anybody who “lies through his/her teeth”, etc. It’s not just annoying but it also makes certain things lose their impact. Night Triumphant sounds rather impressive, but when she keeps flaunting the word Triumphant it’s not that big a deal anymore.
There are many others of whom I read multiple works, but SJM is the first one where this really strikes me. It bothered me so much, that I actually considered putting down the books somewhere in the middle of the TOG series. Hadn’t I already been that invested in the story and the characters, I wouldn’t have finished reading.
Along those lines, I have one more observation. Throughout her novels I noticed that she often refers to the female characters as girls, wheres the male ones are always men. I am aware that Aelin or Elide are quite young, but it still annoyed me. Granted, that didn’t occur as often as the other stuff I mentioned but it nevertheless bothers me – especially because her female characters are so badass!

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Book Talk: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas (ToG Prequel)

Hey, my darling readers!
I finished the actual Throne of Glass series, but let’s not forget the collection of novellas titled The Assassin’s Blade that acts as a prequel to TOG. Of course, I also had to devour that one. Let’s dive right into Celaena’s pre-TOG adventures!

The Plot:

The Assassin’s Blade consists of five novellas that recount Celaena’s life before the events in Throne of Glass. She meets the pirate Lord Rolfe, encounters Yrene, falls in love with Sam, …
The stories all serve as background information to stuff briefly touched in the TOG series!

The Rating:

First of all, bear in mind that all of the stories are just novellas, they are only loosely linked and don’t have as much scope and depth as a full-fledged novel!

That being said, I completely enjoyed The Assassin’s Blade. The stories are a nice addition to the TOG series and despite the short style, SJM managed to break my heart as well. (but more on that matter in my upcoming rant-post!)

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Book Talk: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas (ToG #7)

Hey, my darling readers!
We reached the end of Sarah J. Maas famous Throne of Glass series. (There will be a review for the prequel novella collection The Assassin’s Blade, though.) I am both happy and sad that it’s over. This book was really intense. So, let’s talk about Kingdom of Ash!

The Plot:

So many things going on in this one. While Rowan, Elide and the rest of the cadre try to free Aelin from Maeve’s clutches, Manon and Dorian are tracking the Crochans – and the Wyrdkeys. In the meantime, Aedion tries his best to ensure there’s a least a bit of Terrason left when everybody returns…

The Rating:

Before opening Kingdom of Ash I kept thinking “If Aelin isn’t out of that damn coffin by page 250, I’m hauling my ass over to Doranelle to finish off that bitch Maeve myself”. If that doesn’t echo your sentiments, you didn’t read the book right. I thought that part was the most evil thing SJM could come up with, but boy was I wrong.

While the chapters concerning Aelin’s torture were absolutely heartbreaking, that’s not what moved me most. My favorite chapter of the entire series, as well as the part that had me crying the hardest, are part of Kingdom of Ash, courtesy of Manon Blackbeak/Croachan/Kin Slayer. I won’t go into detail which particular moments I mean, but if you read the book, you probably already know and are now in search of a box of kleenex to dry your tears.

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Book Talk: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas (ToG #6)

Hello, my dear readers!
With Empire of Storms Sarah J. Maas wrecked me for good. Everything about it is just intense. So while I piece my heart back together, let’s talk about the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series!

The Plot:

Tower of Dawn takes place at the same time as Empire of Storms. We finally get to hear about Chaol’s adventures down South 😉

The Rating:

You know, prior to getting started with Tower of Dawn I had seen the cover on Goodreads and wondered why it was the only book of the series without a blond-haired chick on the cover. About 2/3 through Empire of Storms it finally dawned on me (terrible pun intended) that we didn’t hear a word about Chaol there and Tower of Dawn would probably be devoted to his journey.

After that realisation, I was both excited and annoyed. I really wanted to know what happens next (especially in terms of Aelin’s “situation”), so I debated just skipping TOD for now and going straight to Kingdom of Ash. Let me tell you: I am so glad that I didn’t!

Tower of Dawn is super thrilling and a whole lot of stuff is going on there. Despite some of the shit Chaol had pulled in the past novels, I was still rooting for him. I had my fingers crossed so hard that he’d accomplish his mission. Not just the one regarding an army but also concerning the situation about his legs.

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Book Talk: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (ToG #5)

Hello, my dear readers!
With Empire of Storms Sarah J. Maas wrecked me for good. Everything about it is just intense. So while I piece my heart back together, let’s talk about the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series!

The Plot:

The final battle is near. Aelin is trying everything in her might to buy Terrasen and thus her court a chance at survival. But that is easier said than done. There’s always a price to pay…

The Rating:

Well, Sarah J. Maas really killed me with this one. What the hell was she thinking? Finishing the book with a cliffhanger like that is just pure evil. I am beyond glad that the series is already fully published and I can continue immediately. I feel truly sorry for all the fans who had to wait for the next part!

Believe me when I say many bombs are dropped in Empire of Storms. I spent I good portion of this novel with my mouth hanging open in disbelieve. Although I am not 100% that everything makes perfect sense, I was thrilled by all the plot twist and can’t wait to find out how the story will end.

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