Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

A young adult fantasy, Throne of Glass is the first in a series of books by S. J. Maas, also known for her bestselling ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’. Maas is clearly a master of fantasy worlds, as I read Throne of Glass I wondered how long it must have taken to write an entirely new world, different from ours in nearly every way. I’ve always said it is much easier to write about our world because it is simply a matter of describing what we see, but to imagine a whole new place with completely different settings and norms, it takes quite the imagination.

The story revolves around young, beautiful Celaena Sardothien, the best assassin in the whole of Erilea, trained by Adarlan himself. Captured and enslaved, she was sent to a horrific death camp to die. An unusual saviour comes along in the form of Chaol, the Kings Guard, and the Kings son, Dorian Havilliard. Dorian offers Celaena her freedom in return for four years’ service to the King as his personal Assassin/Champion, but to do so she must win a competition of survival against the worlds deadliest competitors, to prove her strength to the King. As Celaena fights for her freedom, she discovers more going on in the royal court than could ever be imagined, not only is magic resurfacing after the King banned it many years ago; evil is surfacing and Celaena may be the only one able to defend Erilea from it. With the added bonus of two beautiful men fighting for her affections, Celaena starts to uncover who she really is and what part she must play with whom.

This book consumes you, it drags you into its world unwillingly. Celaena is every bit the warrior and survivor many women aspire to be. Not only is she passionate, she is strong and dangerous, a character I admire and defend. With a wicked sense of humour, she is a woman not to be trifled with and because of that, I could not put the book down, she captured me as much as she does her male companions within the novel. The story is genius, with many twists and turns for you to think about. There is something reminiscent of the classic tale of Cinderella in this fantastical story, as our protagonist goes from slave to Champion. If you love all things fantasy like me, then this is a series for you.

By Lauren Victoria Noding

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Book Review: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

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Book Review: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

A surprisingly good read, I initially thought that this might be too similar to the Hunger Games/ Divergent/ Uglies story lines, in that society is split between two opposing groups of people, those that are and those that aren’t. To an extent it is similar, there are two opposing sides and one individual that seems to rise up from the underlings to take down the oppressors, however Flawed seems to bring its own A-game in a unique and fulfilling way.

Society is broken, brainwashed into believing that some are ‘Flawed’ lesser people because they don’t follow the same ‘Perfectionist’ mentality as their leaders. Until one day, a young girl named Celestine, who follows the perfectionist regime religiously, makes the mistake of aiding a ‘Flawed’. Her case is brought up in a harrowing court case where she is then deemed ‘Flawed’ herself, branded with the customary F to advertise her mistake. Celestine’s life is never going to be the same again, some believe she is the hero to overturn the Flawed community by showing the flaws in the ‘Flawed’ system. While others think of her as nothing more than a dirty troublemaker; “Flawed to the bone”. Celestine has to make a decision on what she believes is right, will she bring down the Flawed system, or will society succeed at turning her into everything she originally hated?

With a love story to combat all the atrocities of human nature, it’s nearly impossible to put the book down. With such a strong, complex voice narrating, readers might be reminded of the similarities to our modern world and the modern woman, deciding what kind of person she wants to be.

By Lauren Victoria Noding

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