What am I reading?

So we’re 2/3 of the way through the year and I seem to have fallen behind on the 100 books in 2018 challenge that I set myself!

It’s not that I haven’t been reading – I have – I have just been forgetting to document the books AND I have been ENGROSSED in the fabulous books by Sarah J Maas. If you’ve never heard of her then please do check her out, especially if your a fan of fantasy fiction.

They are not business books but if you’re looking for escape and a bloody good read, I highly recommend these books.

Throne of Glass Series

Throne of Glass follows Celaena Sardothien, an 18-year-old assassin in the kingdom of Adarlan. After being imprisoned for a year by the king, she accepts his son’s offer to compete with other assassins and thieves for a chance to serve as the king’s champion, after four years of which, she would be granted freedom. This leads her to form unexpected bonds with Chaol, the captain of the guard, and Dorian, the crown prince of Adarlan. Over time, Celaena is drawn into a conspiracy and a series of battles, leading to discoveries surrounding both the kingdom and herself. ~ Wikipedia

I first started reading this series last year and after devouring the first book in the series – the eponymous Throne of Glass – I swiftly ordered the others in the series (5) including the “bridging” book Tower of Dawn, which relocates the actions and main characters. As we speak I have the next instalment on pre-order (hurry up October).

My withdrawal from the series whilst waiting for the next book led me to also purchase the prequel novella – The Assassin’s Blade, which goes more into the heroine – Celaena’s (aka Aelin) background.

The series consists of

  • The Assassin’s Blade
  • Throne of Glass
  • Crown of Midnight
  • Heir of Fire
  • Queen of Shadows
  • Empire of Storms
  • Tower of Dawn
  • Kingdom of Ash

I absolutely loved this series of book and followed the lives of the characters avidly. As soon as you pick the books up, you get lost in the intricate story telling and the awesome twists and turns. The lead is an unlikely heroine who has come through struggles to find her place in the world. Magic is abound in all the books and it is amazingly brilliant (Can you tell HOW much I liked these books?)

If you like magical beings and faeries and all things magical,with action, adventure and romance thrown in – these books are for you. I don’t think anything I say can do them justice. It’s a world to get lost in.

A Court of Thorns & Roses

Whilst waiting for Kingdom of Ash to arrive in October I have quenched my thirst for Sarah J Maas’ amazing writing by devouring her newest series of novels – A Court of Thorns & Roses.

While the Throne of Glass series centres on Celaena and her friends in the kingdom of Erilea, A Court of Thorns & Roses takes us to another land. One where humans exist but so do magical, and not entirely friendly, creatures. Once again, worlds collide, sparks fly and romance blossoms. Not in a cutesy way either. There is a reason that these books say: “Contains mature content. Not suitable for younger readers.” It has been said that it is a loose – very loose – retelling of Beauty and the Beast and you can certainly see the comparison within the story arc but there is a lot of expansion.

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses
  • A Court of Mist and Fury
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight

I have just finished “A Court of Frost & Starlight” the fourth book in the series and once again feel deprived – I need new ones Sarah!!

So in total I have read 6 of Sarah J Maas’ books this year, which brings my total for 2018 up to 17 … 83 to go … in FIVE months …..

What have you been reading over the summer?

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