Top 5 Tuesday: Characters I’d dress up as

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
This week we’ll talk about some characters I’d totally dress up as!

#1 Jude from The Folk of the Air

Just about every single one of her outfits described in the books – from ballgown to assassin slacks – sounded downright gorgeous. I’d put on everything Jude ever wore in a heartbeat.

#2 Alessandra from The Shadows Between Us

So, I recently finished this book and loved it so much. The main character Alessandra has a thing for fashion and creates most of her clothes herselves. On top of that she keeps setting new trends the entire court tries to emulate. If I could steal one of her outfits, I would.

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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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