Friday 1 September 2017

What I Read In August

Hello September, goodbye August. The Summer holidays are almost over and now I can tell you all of the books that I managed to read last month. I was actually pleasantly surprised at the amount of reading I was able to fit in.

The majority of my reading was actually dedicated to one series of books, Sarah J Maas's Throne of Glass series which up until now consisted of 6 books, although I'm now waiting for next instalment which is due to be released next week!

Assasin's Blade by Sarah J Maas

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin's Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas - together in one edition for the first time - Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn's orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

This book is actually a set of short stories bought together in one book. I read this first and it really gives some background detail as to why the main character is like she is in the rest of the books, one words sums up this book, Sam!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her ... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead ... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

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.

Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don't.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she's to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

I thought it would be better just to describe all the books together. Fans of books like The Hunger Games will really enjoy this series. With a strong female lead and a great supporting cast, these novels are fast paced and filled with both action and emotion. I was gripped and read all books in less than 2 weeks, but be warned there is one hell of a cliffhanger!

The First Last Kiss by Ali Harris

How do you hold on to a love that is slowly slipping away from you? 

Can you let go of the past when you know what is in the future? 

And how do you cope when you know that every kiss is a countdown to goodbye? 

This is the story of a love affair, of Ryan and Molly and how they fell in love and were torn apart. The first time Molly kissed Ryan, she knew they'd be together forever. Six years and thousands of kisses later she's married to the man she loves. But today, when Ryan kisses her, Molly realises how many of them she wasted because the future holds something which neither of them could have ever predicted… 

I'm going to write a longer review of this book next week so keep an eye out for that. What I will say is this book isn't quite what I expected but in a very good way, just have a box of tissues handy if you decide to read it.


  1. It sounds like you really love the Sarah J Maas books! They don't sound like my cup of tea at all though. Enjoy your latest edition!
    The First Last Kiss sounds good. I'll look out for your longer review of that one.

  2. Wow! That's a lot of Sarah J Maas - I'll need to look out for them next time I'm at the library as they are obviously great reads! #readwithme

  3. Wow- so much reading in the summer holidays- I take my hat off to you! thanks for the synopsis above- I shall look them up. #readwithme

  4. I've not heard of Sarah Maas but I'm impressed that you read so many of her books in one month!


  5. I haven't heard of Sarah J Maas but her books must be good for you to have read so many! I'll have to look out for them #readwithme

  6. I haven't heard of either of these authors. The books by Sarah J Maas don't sound like my sort of read, but I shall be looking forward to your full review of The First Last Kiss

  7. I hadn't heard of Sarah J Maas and have yet to read 'The Hunger Games' (I KNOW) but ifI like them I'll definitely be looking out for Maas's books. #readwithme

  8. I think I'd probably enjoy the Sarah Maas books but I really can't buy more books right now. I seriously have no place to put them!


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