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Summer Holidays 2014 Wrap-Up

This is the first Summer Holiday Wrap-Up on Bonfire Books, and I hope to be able to repeat it next year and the next and so on. I love to challenge myself, and for the 6 weeks summer holidays I challenged myself to read at least 30 books. Below I am going to list ALL the books I read. I have been a bit cheeky and counted novellas towards my tally- they count right? Surely they must 😉

My school broke up at 12:30pm on Wednesday 23rd of July and I went back on Monday 8th of September. So just to confuse you I’ll be counting books read from the 24th of July until the 7th of September.

LET THE BOOKS BEGIN:

Blood Entwines queen of someday Obsidian Onyx Opal Origin the winter people Opposition rebel heart Devices planet urth Black Ice These Broken Stars daughter of smoke and bone  the assassin and the pirate lord the assassin and the healer1 the assassin and the desert the assassin and the empire the assassin and the underworld Throne of glass Crown of Midnightwe were liars the bone season heroes melt pushing the limits the 5th wave to kill a mockingbird tremors

Overall I read a total of 31 books including the 6 novellas and it was a total of 8,766 pages!! I am literally so proud. It’s my new favourite number 😉

Well, that’s it. Sorry if you were hoping for more. I’m only one person after all. Like I said before, I hope to do this next year and cant wait to see how many books I can read. I’ll also get study leave this year, starting in May; so hopefully I can read a lot of books. And revise, of course! Until then, Tschüß!

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August Mini Wrap-Up

I’m so sorry that this is so late, but I have been really busy moving house and going back to my last year at school. But August marked a really good reading month for me; possibly one of my best ever! I read a total of 14 books and 5 novellas!!!

So, this is going to be a long list. But lets start with what I did read this month:

the winter people Opposition rebel heart Devices planet urth Black Ice These Broken Stars daughter of smoke and bone the assassin and the pirate lord  the assassin and the healer1 the assassin and the desert the assassin and the empire the assassin and the underworld we were liars the bone season heroes

Books I re-read in August:

Origin Throne of glass Crown of Midnight

I am currently reading:

the kiss of deception

I probably bought books in August, but I really can’t remember lol. Here are a few I got for my birthday:

These Broken Stars four we were liars

Although we are currently half way through September, these are the books I want to read before the month is out:

partials the coldest girl in coldtown

So yeah, those are the books I read in August. Pretty good I think, it definitely brought my book count for this year up. By the end of August I was at 79 books. I’m aiming for 100 before December 31st and really hope I get there. I’m just about to do my Summer Holidays Wrap-Up, where there will be a lot MORE books listed. Wish me luck!:)

REVIEW: Crown of Midnight (Book 2) – Sarah J. Maas

Crown of MidnightCrown of Midnight

Sarah J. Maas

Book 2

Paperback, 415 pages

Published August 15th 2013 by Bloomsbury Childrens

ISBN: 978-1-4088-3494-7

Rating:
– 4.9 stars

“Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all . . . And trying to may just destroy her.”

Wow! Where to begin with this story? Ok, begin at the very first page whereCelaena, now the kings Champion, has been sent to behead one of the kings foe’s. This book is probably one of the most action packed, kick-ass, exhilarating sequels I have ever read. The plot twists in this book literally gave my feelswhip lash but have truly sent my love for this series soaring. This book entailsCelaena being sent on assassination missions by the king, but whilst trying to accomplish these horrid deeds she also uncovers some horrendous truths that really leave characters lives in the balance.


The character development in this book is phenomenal and definitely left tears in my eyes. We see a vicious, animalistic side to Celaena that hasn’t been seen before. But also, we see the kind heart side of her explored more too. We also get to know Chaol more in this book and get to know the extent of his feelings for Celaena and how far he’d go to not necessarily protect her but just to make life easier for her. This is another reason why I love Maas’s writing as it is realistic and relatable. Plus, Dorian is also presented with a massive revelation in this book that will change his life forever, and the way he deals with this change is respectable but minimal so hopefully, is more explored in book three Heir of Fire. We were also left we a lot of what I call “Cliffhanger-characters”, where we don’t truly know what happened to them including Kaltain and Roland. My only fault with the characters in this book was Nahemia. I wasn’t able to really connect with her in book one- Throne of Glass- either, because she is so secretive and is very much a closed case kind of person. I personally just felt next to no emotion from her in both books.


This book, like the last, is multiple POV’s. We have the three main protagonists (Celaena, Dorian andChaol) 3rd person POV’s. But there are also very short excerpts from other characters, which add to the mystery and suspense. The character’s thoughts are beautifully capture by Sarah J. Mass and I cant wait to see what is going to unfold later in the series.


Overall, this series is a must read! I understand that some people didn’t particularly enjoy the first book as there wasn’t much world building and action. But this book will definitely change your opinions if you felt like this, I am almost 100% positive about it. The character development is spot on, leaving still some major flaws that the characters will have to meet head on to fulfil their fate’s. There are also, lots of unanswered questions and after the abrupt ending that left me wanting more, I cannot doubt that people will come to adore this series.


Please like and comment below if you have read these books, you want to buy this book but need more persuading or if you agreed/disagreed with my review. I’d love to hear from you! You can comment below or you can contact me here.

P.S I still haven’t wholly decided who I want Celaena to be with. We didn’t get too many Celorian scenes, which foreshadows a major development between the two?! I hope so 😉

REVIEW: Throne of Glass (Book 1) – Sarah J. Maas

Throne of glassThrone of Glass

Sarah J. Mass

Book 1

Paperback, 406 pages

Published 2nd August 2012 by Bloomsbury

ISBN: 978-1-4088-3233-2

Rating:
– 4.8 stars

Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?”


Wow, this book blew me away. I had heard a lot of great stuff about it but was antsy to read it as I am not a huge fantasy fan, but it is something I do want to become more interested in. And boy, was this a great choice! The synopsis tells you pretty much all you need to know before delving into this book: Celaena was an infamous assassin before she got caught and sent to Endovier- where she was to work until her death, as ordered by the king. But the king’s son Dorian and his friend and Captain of the guard Chaol arrive to take Celaena back tot he king’s castle to take part with other master criminal’s, soldier’s and fighter’s from across the kingdom to fight for the chance to become the king’s ‘Champion’, his ultimate assassin. But Celaena is also offered her freedom if she wins. And she’ll do anything to claim it.

The characters in this book are fantastic. Celaena is just so kick-ass, she has to be one of my all time favourite heroine’s. She’s smart, cunning and beautiful; a perfect cocktail for an assassin. Dorian was so sweet and he created the humour and lightness in this book as he brought the best out in everyone. And Chaol also brought out another side to Celaena. He is more serious than Dorian, but I think in the books to come we will see that something has made him that way and we’ll find out what and why. Hopefully, we’ll find out more about all the character’s pasts, especially what happened to Celaena’s parents. As I think this was a pivotal event in not just her life but will be essential in the story.


This book is written in third person from multiple POV. But don’t worry, it is all clear and I had no problem figuring out whose point of view it was. The description was great in this book and I had no problem in it. However the only thing I had a problem with was I didn’t feel like there was loads of world building, but this is mainly because the duration of this book was spent within the castle grounds. So fingers crossed there is more exploration of this setting during the next books in this series. Series I am so happy this is a series, three books would definitely not have been enough!


To sum up, go get this book! I am not a huge fan of fantasy and I loved it as there was only a small introduction to the fantasy element in this book. So I think I would recommend this book to anyone who likes series, kick-ass characters, romance and mystery. I have already bought book two Crown of Midnight and the novellas The Assassin’s Blade and cant wait to get stuck in. Plus, I’m ready for Heir of Fire which is predicted for release on September 2nd 2014.


Please like and comment below if you have read these books, you want to buy this book but need more persuading or if you agreed/disagreed with my review. I’d love to hear from you! You can comment below or you can contact me here.

P.S (If you’ve read this far) what team are you on? Chaol? Or Dorian? I can’t really choose, but right now this second I think I’m team Dorian.