Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Top Ten YA Novels 2013 #6: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

I think Throne of Glass series has six books, right? And hard as it is to believe, the second book is already crazy as hell. I cannot imagine how much crazier will the series be in the following books.

The sixth place belongs to:

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas


An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.

Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?


Date Read: July 30, 2013

My Review:

My Rating: 9/10


Top 5 Reasons Why I Like It:

1. Celaena Sardothien
When it comes to the assassin, almost nothing is unlikable about her. She's extremely smart, brave, and cares for those she loves very much. Though her loyalties might not be where people expected her to be, like the synopsis said, "an assassin's loyalties are always in doubt.". To top it all off, Celaena can definitely kick ass. She's kind of like a new generation of heroine.

2. The ending
Yep. The ending. It's freaking killing me! You can't just end it like that! And the most jaw-dropping part is, this is only the second freaking book and you already throw that cliffhanger to us. I can't imagine how crazy it will be in the second half of the series. But I always like a cliffhanger ending, even if it's killing me.

3. Chaol Westfall!
That's right. The captain. Sweet, loyal, and all the good stuff you can think of. Oh, how I ship Chaolaena. Except... it doesn't end well, so far.

4. There is no shortage of blades here
I love battles or duos or fights. And while I also love guns, my favorite is and will always be blades. Swords, daggers, you name it. And in a book like Crown of Midnight, There will also be blades. I mean, Celaena is an assassin, for crying out loud. 

5. (Spoilers) the whole Dorian-might-actually-have-magi thing
Yes, this just make the whole book more interesting. The king despises magic. And yet his son - his own son, with his own blood - can apparently use magic. Ironic. Really, truly ironic. I can't wait to see what will happen next for Dorian.


Why I recommend this book/series.

It's the whole series that I recommend, including all the prequel short stories. I read the prequels first before dwelling into the first book. It's slightly different from the main series. But no matter what, once you dive into the world of Adarlan, of how dark and corrupted it is, and how an assassin is fighting for her life, her parents and her freedom. It's almost impossible not to love this series. And when you actually start reading the main's beyond fascinating. Incredibly dangerous. Read it, for you will not regret it.


Do I like the cover?

Hell yes. Celaena looks badass on the cover. And it's one of the top ten covers in 2013 of my choice. 


Top 3 Favorite Scenes:

1. The Chocolate Cake Scene (P. 169-172)
No kissing involved. But that doesn't mean the Chaol/Celaena scene isn't sweet. 

2. The Rescue scene and the scenes following
Yet another fight scene. But hey, this is one of the best fight scenes in Crown of Midnight, and Crown of Midnight has plenty of good battle scenes. And the scene following is even better because of the surprise element. Though it breaks my heart, it's epic.

3. The Dance Scene (P.132-134)
Another Chaol/Celaena Scene. :) :)



Chaol/Celaena of course!

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