|AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas|
SERIES: Throne of Glass, book 1
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury USA Children's
PUBLICATION DATE: August 7, 2012
SOURCE: publisher's ARC
GIVE IT TO: anyone! Adults and teens will love this one!
REVIEW: What a treat! I loved every minute of Throne of Glass and turned the pages compulsively. The characters and plot are complex and unpredictable. I love how Celaena kicks major butt but still enjoys wearing pretty dresses. The love triangle is well-drawn, and both of Celaena's romantic suitors are equally swoon-worthy. The ending tied up this book nicely while leaving plenty of unresolved conflicts open for the sequel. And I will be reading that sequel!
My only complaint about Throne of Glass (and the reason for the 4-star rating) is the number of similarities to The Hunger Games. I started to list the examples specifically (I found at least 9 major character/plot similarities), but I prefer to keep the focus of my review on the book's excellence rather than how it compares to another title. Despite glaring similarities, Throne of Glass is a page-turner that I could not put down AT ALL.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Read it. One of my favorites of this year.
STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: On order.
READALIKES: The Hunger Games, Divergent, Blood Red Road, Legend
- Overall: 4/5
- Creativity: 4/5
- Characters: 5/5
- Engrossing: 5/5
- Writing: 5/5
- Appeal to teens: 5/5
- Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5
- Language: very mild; a** and bi*** are all I remember seeing, and that was only once or twice
- Sexuality: mild-medium; some kissing; a few references to menstruation; male competitors taunt Celaena with crude sexual jokes, but even they are not too explicit
- Violence: high--plenty of murder, blood, dismemberment, eyeball-eating, fighting
- Drugs/Alcohol: mild--characters drink wine, references to hallucinogenic poisons
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