Friday, October 2, 2015

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J Maas [Audio Review]


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.

5 Never Giving Up Stars
I’m rereading Throne of Glass via audio because it’s my favorite form of rereading. I love listening to books and I love what emotions it makes me feel. I haven’t read this book in three years! Let’s just say I completely forgot what happened. So this reread was like a first time reread for me and it was flawless.

I entirely love this book even more.

Celaena (Pronounced “Selena”) is a trained assassin, after serving a year sentence at Endovier, a crazy hard labor camp (where people die after a few months) Prince Dorian offers Celaena an offer she can’t refuse.

Celaena can compete in a competition to be the new royal assassin. If Celaena wins the competition she will have to serve a four year sentence as the royal assassin and she then will finally be free. While Celaena is competing, she is being “watched” by the lead arm guard, Choal (Pronounced “Kay-ol”) is equally as handsome as Prince Dorian.

There is a slight love triangle between Celaena, Choal and Prince Dorian. I reread my previous review three years ago and I was originally team Choal. Now, after listening to the audio I am team Dorian. Interesting how my taste has changed huh? I’m pretty much in the middle and I hope I’m rooting for the right guy.

There’s something about young adult fantasy books I crave and love reading when I’m in that mood. The books take you to this epic journey and I love that ANYTHING can happen. I was originally against love triangles, but in YA books, it works for me.

Throne of Glass to me, is a mixture of Hunger Games and The Selection, which is great for me, because I loved both books.  Celaena’s  priority is freedom and the first part is by winning the game. But of course, it’s not going to be easy and as players start ending up dead. Celaena becomes more cautious.  

I love how the Heroine is strong and independent.  I like Celaena a lot, she’s very self-sufficient, yet vulnerable. I loved that Calaena is arrogant and she checks herself out in the mirror. I love the banter between Choal and Caelaena, it’s so mild and yet enough to keep you on your toes. I also love her interaction between her and the Prince because come on, we all want to end up with the Prince right?

The Prince is egotistical and has ladies throwing themselves at him. He also has a duty to his crown and to his King. I love reading his inner battles against his father and I want more of this!  I think Dorian is fabulous, yet kind of naïve. I don’t need characters throwing themselves at each other to keep me entertained. I need just little bits of scenes that show how great slow attachments can form.
I like Throne of Glass is written from 3rd person POV because you get to know what each character is thinking.

Throne of Glass is written beautifully; there’s an equally mixture of action, fantasy, love and mystery to entice any reader. Throne of Glass a perfect mild young adult read.

I recommend Throne of Glass. 

Audio Questions:
If you could sum up Throne of Glass in three words, what would they be?
Enticing, Addictive and Compelling

What was one of the most memorable moments of Throne of Glass?
I really enjoyed the beginning of the book. I love how the author sets up the read and she definitely puts the right tone. She made the main character a bit of a mystery and although you knew the Heroine went through some hardships, you really don’t get it until later in the book. It knocks you by surprise and had me hooked from there.

Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Evans’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I 100%, shout from the rooftops LOVE Elizabeth Evan has a female narrator. She was the perfect person to read this book and I’m ecstatic she is reading the WHOLE series. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect reader. Even though the book is written in 3rd POV, in my head I’m reading it as the main character.

I love her as the main character. Her voice isn’t too sweet, but youthful enough for me to imagine a 17 year old. She doesn’t make her voice too deep for the male characters to where it’s distracting, but I like the voice changes so you know it’s a male character. I do wish she had more than two voices. Some narrators have different voices for all characters, but Elizabeth only has a female and male and reader voice. BUT I seriously have fan-crush love for her.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
To put it simply, this book was a real treat to read. I was in the mood for a YA fantasy read and the author delivered. It met all of my expectations and more.


Throne of Glass #1 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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