Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Review: Throne Of Glass ~ Sarah J. Maas

Title: Throne Of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass, book #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Publishing date: 3rd of May 2013
Number of pages: 404 p.
Language: English, Dutch, Spanish, German, a.o.
Age Category: Young Adult
Other Books In This Series: 
Crown Of Midnight, book #2
Heir Of Fire, book #3
Queen Of Shadows, book #4
Empire Of Storms, book #5

About Throne of Glass

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King's Champion and be released from prison.

But something evil dwells in the castle—and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world. (Source: Goodreads)

My Review

I know I have said this before in one of my reviews, but I will say it again. This is going to be one of the hardest reviews to write ever. No because I didn't like the book, but because I just don't know where to start telling you how special this book is. I would like to do this book justice by my review which seems impossible, since now words can describe how great it is. Funny thing to say about something that was written. I just don't posses Sarah J. Maas's talent for storytelling.

So let's get to it then, can I just say: THIS BOOK IS AWESOME PLEASE READ, and be done with it? No that is a bit rude, isn't it? From the moment I picked up this book I was hooked, stopping seems impossible.

The main character is Celeana Sardothien, an assassin that is now working of her depth in the salt mines in Endovier, until the day the crown prince Dorian offers her a chance to regain her freedom. It is right there in Endovier where the story starts and we get to meet the slightly arrogant Celeana.

I have always loved books with a stong female lead, so I was bound to love this. And I did, I got in a state-of-mind were I forget to eat, drink and do all stuff that I had planned. Something that hasn't happened since reading Twilight or L.J. Smith's work. Please note that this is merely a comparison about the way the book seems to absorb me. The above mentioned works are not to be compared to this book based on content.

This book is set in Erilea, a world ruled by a vicious manipulative king. During the course of the book we get to know a little bit about the world Celeana, Chaol (the captain of the Guard) and Dorian live in. Not the easiest world to live in, since the King of Adarlan rules with an iron fist. Everyone who disagrees is thrown in one of the labour camps, like the salt mines of Endovier.

The story told through Celeana's point of view for the most part, but we get to meet some of the side characters as well. Chaol the handsome captain of the guard who is responsible for training and guarding Eleana tells part of the story as well, so does the crown prince Dorian. This makes for a round story, their point of views really added a great deal to the story.

I know Throne of Glass is/has been a big hype in the English speaking world for a long while. And I have read lots of reviews about this already, but the thing that originally drew me in was the amazing cover. I bought an ebook version of this for like USD 1,- or something and was so astonished by the layout that I ordered the hardcover version right upon finishing the ebook. And continued to buy the rest of the series as it came out. Now being the proud owner of 6 beautiful hardcovers, I sometimes just pick them up from the shelf just to look at how pretty they are.

Rating

This novel is full of surprises and full of action, not ever a dull moment. It is fast paced and gives us an introduction in Erilea, the new world that was created. A world where magic is banned, a world of which we only scratch the surface in this first installment.  And a world I am begging to return to as soon as possible.


Monday, February 6, 2017

Movie review: Guardians Of The Galaxy


Title: Guardians Of The Galaxy
Runtime: 121 minutes
Director: James Gunn
Release Date: 14 August 2014

About Guardians of the Galaxy

After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, Peter Quill from Earth, is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser.

To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team of space heroes known as the "Guardians of the Galaxy" to save the world.

What I thought of Guardians of the Galaxy

I am not overly fond of science fiction in general, or so I always thought, because when I looking at all the movies and books I like, that is not really true any more.  So when I heard about this movie I just had to see it, why? Well it is Marvel of course!!! The Marvel movies that have been coming out the last few years, like Iron man, the Advengers, Thor (yum) ect. Comic-turned-into-movies are becoming the new big thing. 

Now I am wishing someone had gotten me into comics sooner, because I think I would love them as much as the movies. I just don't know where to start with comics. So suggestions are always welcome. 

Now back to the actual movie, I would like to begin with the music, which is really cool and sometimes combined with the scenes the choice of music becomes hilarious.  It is one of the aspects that makes this movie so great, and music also plays an important role in the movie, especially for Peter Quill our main character.

At the start of the movie we see, that Peter's mother dies and that Peter is then beamed up, however we don't get more of a backstory than that, which I think is too bad, I would have like to learn a bit more about Peter and about the Ravagers (the space pirates).  When Peter steals an orb all the fun (action) begins. He runs into some trouble being Gamora, Groot, Rocket and add to this the powerhouse Drax and the Guardians of the Galaxy gang is complete.

The fun thing about this group is that they are all so different, which leads to hilarious moments. The story is not all that complex but it doesn't always need to be in my opinion.

Rating

This movie kept me well entertain, was never boring, had terrific special effects, a lot of action and sometimes hilarious moments. All in all this movie for me is definitely a 5 skater movie.

The Trailer



Saturday, February 4, 2017

Swinging Saturdays #62: Hard Rockers


Swinging saturdays is a musical meme hosted by Ice Cold Passion, to share our passion for music. The goal is to make a top 5 (or Top 10) for whatever genre or artist you like or get creative and share a theme based music top 5. For example a bookish soundtrack, funny songs, song to listen to on a rainy day top 5.