[Event Recap #12] #SarahJMaasinPH

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So, once again, last Sunday, March 13, 2016, I attended another book signing event. Hosted by the amazing National Book Store, this event was for the fans of the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, Sarah J. Maas!

If you’ve been reading some of my book tags from last year, you would probably know by now just how much I loved her books! (And no, I still haven’t finished reading Heir of Fire yet, so please don’t judge me. Haha!) She rapidly became one of my most favorite authors and getting to meet her as well as snag a photo was such a great privilege!

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[Book Review #40] A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beastwith faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

Book Specifications:

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Format: Hardcover

Part of a Series: Yes. A Court of Thorns and Roses #1.

Release Date: May 5, 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

No. of Pages: 416 pages

Price: 874.00Php

Genre: Romance, Young Adult, High Fantasy, Magic, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction Fantasy

Book Review:

The Cover: Featuring a blood red background with a silhouette of forest tress on the right, and an incomplete image of a woman or a huntress, per se, the cover of this new book from a new series is absolutely stunning! It’s regal, it’s complex, and there’s just no words to describe it better. Plus the addition of the title in a simple font style, and the white color, for the title, blended beautifully with the red background. I am in awe right now! (4.5 out of 5 stars)

The Story: A Court of Thorns and Roses is a retelling of the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, where a mere mortal falls in love with a creature who is living under a curse. True, the story did seem similar to said fairy tale, but Sarah J. Maas, once again, shocked me, along with a lot of her readers, with her best work yet! She told the story of Feyre, a mundane huntress who, expectedly, falls in love with Tamlin, a High Lord of the Spring Court who’s living his cursed life. Her writing, as creative as ever, propelled me to turn the pages of this book rapidly, just like with what happened with my reading of the books in the Throne of Glass Series. Once again, Maas introduced us to wonderfully developed characters, strategically invented worlds, and creatively imagined creatures. Matched with a great writing style, A Court of Thorns and Roses, just like all of Sarah J. Maas’ books will not disappoint readers with a heart for High Fantasy. (5 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* I know what happened when Beauty and the Beast ended. Belle broke the beast’s curse, and they lived happily ever after. But, of course, with Sarah J. Maas controlling the story, there’s bound to be some twists and changes. But there’s quite a lot of elements that made me fall madly in love with this book’s ending: Again, just like always, I’m listing it down.

  • Amarantha’s riddle? Yeah, if I just heard that before the story ended, I would’ve guessed the answer ASAP! I don’t know, but I felt like it was absolutely easy for me to comprehend.

“For though each of my strikes land a powerful blow,
When I kill, I do it slow…
But scorned, I become a difficult beast to defeat.
But I bless all those who are brave enough to dare.”

Yep, the answer is LOVE!!

  • Amarantha’s last task for Feyre, in which she was tasked to stab three innocent Faeries was, in every way, heartless. I had a painful time reading that chapter, but I have to say, when I got to the part where she was supposed to stab Tamlin himself, all hell broke loose in me! I had to compose myself before reading on, and was so happy to discover that everything was just a false alarm. *Phew*
  • Amarantha’s death, for some reason even I can’t comprehend, wasn’t at all predictable to me. I actually predicted for a main character to die before the story ended but I am thanking every thanking every God in Olympus for having that nasty wannabe queen killed!
  • I never imagined or predicted for Feyre to become High Fae, but I have to admit that I am absolutely curious as to what happens to her next. Along with all the characters, they took me for such a joyous ride!

As I’ve expected from the beginning, once again, Sarah J. Mass did not disappoint, and with this book, she just became my favorite author in the High Fantasy genre! (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: The only mistake I’ve made in reading this book, is that I have to start waiting now for the sequel to arrive. That is one of the biggest mistakes I have ever made. But, just like any other books by Sarah J. Maas, this is pure gold! (4.83 out of 5 stars)

Quotable Quotes:

“I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.” – Feyre

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.” – Tamlin

“I love you, thorns and all.” – Tamlin

“You look . . . better than before.”
Was that a compliment? I could have sworn Lucien gave Tamlin an encouraging nod.
“And you hair is . . . clean.”

“Because when the legends get written, I didn’t want to be remembered for standing on the sidelines. I want my future offspring to know that I was there, and that I fought against her in the end, even if I couldn’t do anything useful.” – Rhysand

“I would have been gentle with you, though. I would have had you moaning my name throughout it all. And I would have taken a very, very long time, Feyre.” – Tamlin

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[Book Review #38] Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Book Specifications:

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Format: Hardcover

Part of a Series: Yes. Throne of Glass #2.

Release Date: August 27, 2013

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

No. of Pages: 418 pages

Price: 874.00Php

Genre: Romance, Young Adult, High Fantasy, Magic, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction Fantasy

Book Review:

The Cover: Just like the first book in the series, the cover features an image of a badass-looking woman, holding up two assassin swords/blades, but now, on this action-packed sequel to the Throne of Glass, the cover displays an orange background, with the same image seeming a lot more confident about herself. After accepting the fact that she is now the Champion of the King of Adarlan, she does seem a lot more sure about her plans and position, thus, the radiating kick-ass look. (5 out of 5 stars)

The Story: The story once again followed the life of Celaena Sardothien, otherwise known as Adarlan’s Assassin, after her victory over her other competitors for the title of the King’s Champion. In Crown of Midnight, we get to know our favorite assassin a little more. We discover a lot of back story for not only Celaena, but also for Dorian Havilliard, our favorite prince, and my all-time favorite Captain of the Guard, Chaol Westfall. Through this book, we also met a few more characters such as Archer Finn, Celaena’s old friend from the Assassin’s Keep, and a whole lot more. Below are some more details.

  • First and foremost, I would have to point that I am absolutely aboard the CHAOLAENA ship! Who’s with me? As the story started up until the middle part of the book, we saw quite a lot of my ship. Celaena fell in love with Chaol, and he with her. They were madly in love, and were absolutely ready to face the consequences until one certain thing that happened, which I will discuss onwards. But, I am still on that ship! I won’t change my mind!
  • As I started reading this book, I already knew that it will be as exciting as the first book, Throne of Glass. But boy, was I wrong! Crown of Midnight contained a lot more action in every page! Every chapter made me feel alive! Even the scenes where Chaol and Celaena seemed sweet, were full of swoon and excitement, something that I never thought of seeing in a novel as badass as the Throne of Glass series. *slow clap for Sarah J. Maas*
  • Archer’s motives with Celaena was downright predictable. The moment Celaena bargained with him for his life, I knew right away that he will betray our assassin. But his tricks weren’t predictable at all. He led Celaena to believe that Chaol was her enemy. That Nehemia, our beloved Princess of Eyllwe, hindered her to access her full potential as the King’s Champion. Well. Sarah did a great job making me hate him. But he really was relevant to the story. He made me realize that there are a lot of things that I, myself, didn’t know about Celaena.
  • Nehemia’s death was absolutely heart shattering. She was the perfect friend for Celaena. She was calm. She was regal, and her moves were always calculated: just as a Princess’s actions should have been. But sadly, she was taken away from us way too early. I don’t know if it’ll ever feel necessary, but I will always miss our rebel princess.
  • The amount of revelations in this single book is insane! We get to know more about Celaena, and her origin, I discovered a lot more about Dorian than I’ve honestly anticipated, and the insurmountable amount of details, are not in anyway predictable, making the whole book and the whole series very exciting.

The story was incredible! I couldn’t have asked for more! (5 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* Can anyone actually believe that our Celaena Sardothien is Aelin Ashryver Galathynius? That she is the true Queen of Terrasen? Boy! I have to admit! it didn’t become obvious for me until I was reading the last chapter of the book, but OH MY GOD! Why haven’t I seen this coming? It was a perfect fit! She’s a brave and noble assassin. Terrasen is a land known for its solidity. She was the perfect Queen. Hands down! Although, in a different note, I’m not too happy for Celaena, sailing off to Wendlyn leaving Chaol Westfall in Rifthold. That is just so sad. But that was quite an ending, to be honest! (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: All in all, this second book in the Throne of Glass Series is tremendous for a sequel. The characters were immensely developed, the world, Erilea, was given an adept building, and it just made the whole series a lot more exciting! I seriously can’t wait for the next installment, Heir of Fire! (5 out of 5 stars)

Quotable Quotes:

“Believe me, Celaena, I know you can look after yourself. But I worry because I care. Gods help me, I know I shouldn’t but I do. So I will always tell you to be careful, because I will always care what happens.” – Chaol Westfall

“You have power in you, Prince. More power than you realize. It sleeps. In here. When the time comes, when it awakens, do not be afraid. When it is time, I will help you.” – Nehemia Ytger

“I can’t tell if I should be ashamed of wanting to hold you on this day, or grateful that, despite what happened before now, it somehow brought me to you.” – Celaena Sardothien

“The rest of the world quieted into nothing. In that moment, after ten long years, Celaena looked at Chaol and realised she was home.”

“What does that mean?” he demanded.
She smiled sadly. “You’ll figure it out. And when you do…” She shook her head, knowing she shouldn’t say it, but doing it anyway. “When you do, I want you to remember that it wouldn’t have made any difference to me. It’s never made any difference to me when it came to you. I’d still pick you. I’ll always pick you.”

“Who said anything about shame?” She gestured down to her naked body, even though it was covered by the blanket. “Honestly, I’m surprised you’re not strutting about, boasting to everyone. I certainly would be if I’d tumbled me.
“Does your love for yourself know no bounds?”
“Absolutely none.”

“Enough! We have enough enemies as it is! There are worse things out there to face!”
Celaena slowly turned to him, her face splattered with blood and eyes blazing bright. “No, there aren’t,” she said. “Because I’m here now.”

Good God! That’s just half of the quotes that I really want to share, guys! This is such a great book!

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[Book Review #36] Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

Book Specifications:

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Format: Hardcover

Part of a Series: Yes. Throne of Glass #1.

Release Date: August 7, 2012

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

No. of Pages: 404 pages

Price: 855.00Php

Genre: Romance, Young Adult, High Fantasy, Magic, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction Fantasy

Book Review:

The Cover: The cover on my copy features a lady with white hair wearing an absolutely gorgeous biker-chic type of outfit holding two assassin type swords (or blades). I JUST LOVE IT. And did I mention that it’s a large print hardbound book? Yeah. It is. I’m inhaling the glory of this book. Seriously. (5 out of 5 stars)

The Story: The plot follows the life of a Celaena Sardothien, otherwise known as Adarlan’s Assassin, know to be the most notorious in all the land. She was spending her eternity in the Salt Mines (Endovier) when she was collected and was sent to the Crown Prince of Adarlan, Prince Dorian Havilliard, where she was offered a chance at freedom. But first, she was to face 23 other champions, and once she was victorious, must prove her loyalty to the king and in four year’s time, will be given freedom. Below are some great details about the book:

  1. The characters were all spectacular! I loved Celaena from the start! Her badass-iness was absolutely exciting and I wanted to know more from her, making me able to resist many times to put down this book. I also loved her attitude. She was like a modern-day teenager: always angry and feisty, and I loved that about her! Chaol Westfall really reminded me of Four from Divergent, seeing that he was the one who trained Celaena, just like how Four trained Tris. He was sweet, and he didn’t want to admit it. He’s so cute, omg! And Dorian Havilliard. I can’t even begin to express how much I love him. I just do. I’m not going to go further with the other characters, but I loved them all! Their background stories, their developments! I just loved it! I can’t even choose a different word for it. I LOVED IT.
  2. The word building was so evident, rich, and just plain breathtaking. I had no trouble imagining Adarlan, Endovier, Eyllwe, and their entire world. Sarah Maas’ writing style was in every way easy to read and imagine that reading the first page of this book would instantly transport a reader to Adarlan. It was so rich and there was a lot happening, but the reader could still very well grasp the story. Oh, and the map included was very, very helpful. I loved it! Good God!
  3. As I’ve said above, I loved how angry Celaena was on the opening chapters of the book. It is in Anger where I find interest in, specially when it comes to badass female protagonists. But beyond Celaena’s anger and frustration, lies a very good reason for her to be everything that she is. And I love that her character development did occur, but she was a badass female in every step of the way. I just love these kinds of stories. And she might as well be THE best female protagonist since Katniss Everdeen. ‘Nuff said.
  4. I like how our protagonists, well except Chaol, had a fiery passion for the printed word! I just love it when the characters I read about are as in love with books as I am. I mean, come on! That scene where Prince Dorian sent Celaena some books that he “recently read”. That was soooo cute!
  5. Fleetfoot. I can’t even comprehend how I love Fleetfoot. Okay, that’s that.

That’s probably it. And I don’t want to have to tell everyone everything I love about this book because it might take me a hell of a lot longer before this gets posted. And I have a deadline, folks! Haha! (5 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* The ending was as it should be for me. I mean, I’m not expecting anything yet, since it’s the first book in the series but it was a great way to sum up Throne of Glass. Celaena winning and becoming the King’s Assassin, Chaol killing Cain, Nehemia having a heart to heart talk with Celaena, Kaltain finally getting what she deserves, and Celaena gently letting down Dorian (YES! And yes, I’m on Team Chaol). I mean, it was a superb ending and I couldn’t have wished for anything more. (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: Before I started reading this book, I was about to give up on the fantasy genre for the sole reason that I binge read quite a disappointing fantasy novel, but just a single page from this book got me hooked up again! I will be reading the rest of the books in the series and will surely re-read again sometime soon! Adarlan is a fictional world that I want to be a part of! Well, only if I’m friends with Celaena, Chaol, Nehemia, and Prince Dorian. (5 out of 5 stars)

“My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.” – Badass Celaena Sardothien

“Sometimes, the wicked will tell us things just to confuse us–to haunt our thoughts long after we’ve faced them.” – Nehemia Ytger

“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

“No. I can survive well enough on my own— if given the proper reading material.” – Celaena Sardothien

“We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”

“Names are not important. It’s what lies inside of you that matters.”

“I’m not married, because I can’t stomach the idea of marrying a woman inferior to me in mind and spirit. It would mean the death of my soul.” – Dorian Havilliard

“I name you Elentiya.” She kissed the assassin’s brow. “I give you this name to use with honour, to use when other names grow too heavy. I name you Elentiya, ‘Spirit That Could Not Be Broken.”

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[Stacking The Shelves #5] Fully Booked SM Megamall Sale Book Haul

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So over the weekend, as I attended the #KMRinPH book signing event, I’ve received word that Fully Booked SM Megamall was having an on-going sale. So, being the sale-loving book hoarder that I am, I didn’t let this money-saving chance pass me by. Of course, I had to take advantage of this and planned on buying books from Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass Series. And boy, was I not disappointed! Below are some details about my recent book haul.

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses in Hardcover format by Sarah J. Maas – This book has been on my to-buy list ever since I started hearing about Sarah J. Maas and her books. And so, after days of waiting and book hunting, I finally have it! I actually have no idea as to what this book is about but I do know that this is a book filled with fantasy and world-building. Let me see how this book will treat me. Originally priced as Php874.00, thanks to the 20% off sale, I snagged this book for only Php699.20!
  2. Throne of Glass in Hardcover format by Sarah J. Maas – Just like A Court of Thorns and Roses, after hearing numerous praises from several book friends, I finally decided on buying this book from the series of the same name. Man, I heard nothing but good things about this series and I wanted to give it a try. And oh, look at the gorgeous cover! Originally priced as Php855.00, thanks to the 20% off sale, I snagged this book for only Php684.00!
  3. All The Bright Places in Hardcover format by Jennifer Niven – If you’re a close friend of mine, you would know how much I love this book. This is by far my favorite read of 2015, and when I first bought and read it, I bought a trade paperback copy because I wasn’t able to find it hardcover format. And I needed to buy it again in hardcover because it was just that good! So as I browsed the shelves of Fully Booked, I came across a copy of this book which had a “Damaged Copy – Less 20%” mark on it’s back. Curious, I checked the book for damage and I saw that it was only minimal. And since it wasn’t my priority that day, I placed it back on the shelves. Upon payment of my books, I discovered through one of their staff that a damaged copy would still incur 20% less due to their sale, and therefore, if I buy the damaged copy, I would get a total of 40% off. So I raced back to where it was, and guess what! I bought it for only Php432.00! It was originally priced at Php720.00! What a steal, right? ♥
  4. The Ship of Brides in Trade Paperback format by Jojo Moyes – This was actually and impulsive purchase. I don’t know but there’s something about Jojo Moyes and her books that makes her one of my auto-buy authors. And it’s a contemporary book so I feel like it’s such a great buy. Originally priced as Php640.00, thanks to the 20% off sale, I snagged this book for only Php512.00!

And there you have it! Over the weekend, I spent a total of Php2,328.00. Yes, I am that much of an addict, and that much of a book hoarder. And guess what. I am not finished yet. Hopefully, by the end of this week, I save enough book money to buy the 3 remaining books by Sarah J. Maas entitled Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, and The Assassin’s Blade. Good God, this is such an expensive vice.

What are some of your latest book purchases? Leave some comments and let me know what you got! 🙂

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