Release Day Celebration: Queen of Shadows – Sarah J. Maas

Today the wonderful Throne of Glass series is continued with Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in the series.
This has got to be one of my favourite book series’s around at the moment, and if you haven’t had a chance to read book one – Throne of Glass – you can read my review
here.

To celebrate the release of the book, the tour organisers – Rockstar Book Tours – are hosting a giveaway of the first three books in the series, so if Throne of Glass is something you’ve always wanted to read, now is the perfect opportunity. You can enter by clicking here!

Didn’t know Queen of Shadows was being released today? While here’s a bit more about the book, some links to purchase a copy and if that wasn’t enough, a link to read the first five chapters completely free.

Title: QUEEN OF SHADOWS
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Pub. Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 656
Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Goodreads


Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.


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 will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. 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.


Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.


Read Chapters 1-5 of QUEEN OF SHADOWS HERE!


About Sarah:

Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally best selling Throne of Glass series–Sarah1Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade–as well as the New York Times and USA Today best selling A Court of Thorns and Roses. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, will release worldwide on September 1st, 2015.

A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

So if you’ve already purchased Queen of Shadows, I hope you have a wonderful time reading it. Good luck to all those entering the give away, and stay tuned for my review of Queen of Shadows, coming soon!

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Feature: May Book Haul!

This is very very belated, and I completely forgot that I hadn’t posted it, but here is my round up of books I bought in May!

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas
2. Harley Quinn: Hot in the City – Amanda Conner
3. Darkhaven – A. F. E. Smith
4. The Lesser Dead – Christopher Buehlman

16096824 1. A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

I imagine a lot of people have this on their purchase lists this month! As soon as I heard Sarah J. Maas had a new series in the works, I absolutely had to get my paws on it. Throne of Glass is such a fantastic series, and I have high expectations for this one. I’ve seen some mixed reviews online already, so I’m hoping it won’t be a disappointment!

215559732. Harley Quinn: Hot in the City – Amanda Conner

The cyclone ain’t the only roller coaster in Coney Island…

At least, not after Harley Quinn rides into town. When Gotham’s favourite sociopath inherits a building off the famous boardwalk, she feels right at home in the (literal) freakshow. Unfortunately the legion of bounty hunters after the price on her head seem to know it, too.

Who else but Harley Quinn could handle all that Brooklyn’s criminal underbelly has to offer – Russian spies, senior citizen’s, and rival roller derby teams included – and still have time for a double chilli dog or six?

I’m so excited to read this. Harley Quinn is one of my favourite characters from the Batman universe and when I heard she was finally getting her own series, I knew it was going to be just fabulous. I actually bought this volume as well as volume two: Power Outage, so I’m hoping for a weekend of peace and quiet to really enjoy the tongue n cheek humour and fantastic artwork.

3. Darkhaven – A. F. E. Smith

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Ayla Nightshade never wanted to rule Darkhaven. But her half-brother Myrren – true heir to the throne – hasn’t inherited their family gift, forcing her to take his place.

When this gift leads to Ayla being accused of killing her father, Myrren is the only one to believe her innocent. Does something more sinister than the power to shapeshift lie at the heart of the Nightshade family line?

Now on the run, Ayla must fight to clear her name if she is ever to wear the crown she never wanted and be allowed to return to the home she has always loved.

When A. F. E. Smith contacted me about being part of a blog tour for this book, I instantly said yes. It sounds amazing, and has such a glorious cover. I’ve seen a few reviews posted already and they’ve all rated the book very highly. The book is being released through Harper Voyager next month, so stay tuned for a review and a guest post from the author herself!

208934074. The Lesser Dead – Christopher Buehlman

The secret is, vampires are real and I am one.
The secret is, I’m stealing from you what is most truly yours and I’m not sorry—

New York City in 1978 is a dirty, dangerous place to live. And die. Joey Peacock knows this as well as anybody—he has spent the last forty years as an adolescent vampire, perfecting the routine he now enjoys: womanizing in punk clubs and discotheques, feeding by night, and sleeping by day with others of his kind in the macabre labyrinth under the city’s sidewalks.

The subways are his playground and his highway, shuttling him throughout Manhattan to bleed the unsuspecting in the Sheep Meadow of Central Park or in the backseats of Checker cabs, or even those in their own apartments who are too hypnotized by sitcoms to notice him opening their windows. It’s almost too easy.

Until one night he sees them hunting on his beloved subway. The children with the merry eyes. Vampires, like him…or not like him. Whatever they are, whatever their appearance means, the undead in the tunnels of Manhattan are not as safe as they once were.

And neither are the rest of us.

How fabulous does this sound? I read the synopsis on Goodreads and immediately added to my Amazon basket. I loved a good dark and creepy horror, and this sounds like it checks all the boxes. Christopher Buehlman is well known for his well crafted stories, and I’m sure The Lesser Dead will be no exception!

That about concludes the books I bought in May, what about you, what have you been buying? Have you read any of these, what did you think?

Book Review: Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

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Series: Throne of Glass – Book One
Release Date: August 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 416.
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

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The Throne of Glass series is one I’ve had in my to read pile for what seems like an age, and I’m so glad I finally chose this one, it’s a marvellous read full of mystery and excitement!

Throne of Glass focuses on a young woman named Celaena Sardothien. She has been imprisoned for her crimes against the crown – she is the youngest and most deadly assassin the land has ever seen. But after getting caught and given a life sentence to work in a salt mine, she is given the chance at redemption. Participate in a contest to become the King’s Champion, and her freedom will be granted,  but then she must work for the king she despises. Celaena must fight to win the competition and her freedom.

This book seems very much to have divided opinion, it has hundreds of fans, but many people have said the book just wasn’t for them. I for one enjoyed it, particularly because it is so easy to fall into, I definitely stayed up longer than I should have done reading it, and it’s the sort of story you continue to think about long after you’ve put it down. Immediately I was hooked! There’s plenty of mystery and intrigue, especially towards the second half of the story in which the various contenders begin to mysteriously die. There’s plenty of sword fighting, magic and romance to appeal to every kind of reader. The story flows well and it’s a very easy read it. The characters are written very well, although I will admit that the arrogance of the protagonist did get a little grating. One of the things I particularly enjoyed is the clever ways in which Maas demonstrates Celaena’s skills. Practically anything can be a weapon and there are some really great scenes where even a hairpin gets her out of trouble.

A large chunk of the story also focuses on the love triangle between Celaena, Dorian and Captain Westfall. If you aren’t a fan of this sort of story arc, then perhaps I’d stay clear of this one. Although a large part of the 400 odd page story is focused on the love triangle, it doesn’t take away from the story, and I for one wasn’t as bothered by it as I have been with previous young adult series.

I recently also read a novelette set previously to this story – The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, it’s a pretty quick read but it’s really interesting if you’re enjoying the series so far. The story is set before Celaena gets caught and is sent to broker a deal with an infamous pirate lord. It highlights that while Celaena is deadly, she has a very strong moral compass and she stands up for others. Overall Throne of Glass is a really enjoyable read and I would love to see more scenes in which Celaena actually assassinates people, the story being focused on the contest leaves little room for that, but with a second book already out and a third coming September 2nd I’m sure there’s plenty more of that on the cards, a highly addictive young adult read.

Looking for something similar? Try: Touch of Power or Shadow and Bone.