Friday, October 16, 2015

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas [Audio Review]

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.

4.5 Celaena is Awesome Stars
Crown of Midnight is the second book in the Throne of Glass series.

I read Throne of Glass years ago when it just came out. I waited a long time to continue the series. I had to be in that YA fantasy mood and Sarah J Maas did not disappoint!

All the raving reviews are true and if you are a fan of the series, well Crown of Midnight will take you for a rocky ride.

I did the audio version and I’ll be honest, I listened to this in the car on my way to another city. My baby was in the back seat and I missed a few parts because the volume was on low. The same narrator reads the story and she is probably why I am going to continue the audio version of this series. I love her voice and let’s face it, she is the perfect Celaena (even though the book is told from a third point of view).

I am not going to rehash the summary, but simply tell you my thoughts and feelings throughout the read.

Most of the reviewers state the story starts slow, but I disagree. I loved the way it starts. I felt like I was getting my feet warm before all the crazy starts happening. There are a bit few slow parts, but all of that was needed to build up the plot.

I LOVE Celaena. She’s the type of character I crave in young adult fantasy reads. She’s strong, independent and does the RIGHT thing. She loves and has passion. Oh the girl loves hard. My favorite relationship in the book is ….wait of it… Celaena and her best friend Nehemia.
Yup! Girl power. Celaena is so tough and lives such a solitary life that I love Nehemia is kind of her pal and person she can lean on. Don’t get me wrong, I love Dorian and Chaol, but Nehemia was my favorite in the book.

The love triangle between Dorian, Chaol and Celaena isn’t so much as a love triangle any more. I was originally team Chaol two years ago, then I turned towards Dorian when I reread Throne of Glass a few weeks ago. I still love Dorian, but it seems that Choal steals the spotlight in Crown of Midnight.

The parts, obviously, I enjoyed the most was the bits and parts of Choal and Celaena. Their relationship is nothing, but simple. Choal is such an honest, good man, it’s hard for me to see past that at times, but I understand that is a quality many readers like. I did enjoy Choal bending a bit in this book and you will see a different side of him. Just you wait!

Dorian tries to move past Celaena and I love that he does. It’s not easy, I get it. Calaena challenges him and keeps him on his toes, but Dorian has better things to worry about, like his father, the King. I’m the crazy minority that is team Dorian. I find him complicated, a little tortured, but willing to change. Dorian will grow in this book as well and I LOVE it.

My favorite part of the story is the last bit when EVERYTHING happens. You will learn a lot and I couldn’t imagine a better way to sum up the read. Gah. It will make you ache for the next book.

Audio Questions
Where does Crown of Midnight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far? 

I would rank Crown of Midnight with the other YA books I have listened to. It’s a lengthy book with plenty of plot twists and elements to keep anyone entertained. 
What was one of the most memorable moments of Crown of Midnight? 

The ending, the ending, the ending. The last two hours of the audio are the most difficult to listen, but also the most addictive part to listen. Just you wait!

 Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Evans’s other performances before? How does this one compare?  

I have listened to her when she did the audio of Throne of Glass and she is the reason why I continue with the audio in this series. She’s the perfect narrator for this series and I couldn’t image any other voice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

…make sure you don’t read any spoilers…


Throne of Glass #1 REVIEW |  AMAZON
Crown at Midnight #2 AMAZON
Heir of Fire #3 AMAZON
Queen of Shadows #4 AMAZON

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

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