Heir of Fire – Review

Heir of Fire – Review

“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.” 
― Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

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Book: Heir of Fire

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy

Rate: ❤❤❤

I’ve been waiting (and dragging) to read the third book in the Throne of Glass series: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. At first the book pace didn’t work for me. I had to force myself to keep reading it until I was finally in the right rhythm.

Heir of Fire was a long book, and one of the downsides was that not much happens until the second part of the book. I’m an objective reader and though I do enjoy some mystery and anticipation, when the story drags for too long, I tend to steer away from it. (Pretty Little Liars comes to mind).

So we begin the book with Celeana already in Verase (Wendlyn), and we learn she hasn’t done much besides getting drunk and starting fights. She is broken by Nehemia’s death and Chaol’s “betrayal.” I say “betrayal” because I’m still not sure she should feel so betrayed the way she does. Yes, if he told her about the threat she might have doubled up the defenses and protected Nehemia, but still he was kidnapped the night it happened, and she would still go after him and save him, and Nehemia would still die. For me, the reasons for her anger aren’t strong enough.

Moving on, she basically hates the world and herself. Don’t get me wrong, I love stories about being broken and mending yourself together, but she is in another level of that. At some point I just wanted to slap her and scream “pull yourself together woman!”

But allas, we learn about her true powers and the history of what happened the night her parents died. Towards the end of the book, things finally get steamy and that’s when I started flipping the pages.

I didn’t like the multiple POVs because it was just too many to keep up. In some chapters the author mixes up POVs and we don’t know exactly whose line of thought we are following. Also, for me it was a bucket of cold water because every time I was finally invested in a character’s POV, it switched to another.

With all that being said, I did enjoy the story (though it could be shorter and more direct), and I will keep reading the series because I have to find out what happens. (though it may take a while).

The world building is beautifully crafted as always, and I applaud the writer for her imagination.

 

Have you read the Heir of Fire? What were your thoughts on it? 

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Throne of Glass – Review

Throne of Glass – Review

Hello dearies,

This is the second review I’m writing, and just like the previous I won’t be rating the book from 1 to 5 stars. I don’t believe in rating because I think it’s super subjective. What might be a five for me, may be a three for you and you might have enjoyed it the same way, though your critics might be towards something else.

Therefore, I will only write how the book made me feel and the things I liked about it, instead of just writing a synopsis of it.

Here we go:

Book: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy

I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while, since I’ve seen so many reviews and pictures of it (I love book instagrams). It was a fast read for me; I wouldn’t put the book down, and got really hooked in the story. We follow a young trained assassin, Celaena Sardothien,  through a life-death contest to become the King of Adarlan’s Champion, and with that winning her freedom (she’s been on a slave camp for a over year). I expected a lot more action from this book, since the real juice only started to appear on the second half of the story. I think the writer lost way too much time with love triangles that are poorly developed (I’m a little tired of love triangles) and frivolous conversations, instead of showing more of the assassins ability and strength (sometimes she came out a little too whiny making me wonder how did she became the best assassin of the Kingdom). For example, the contest is designed with many tests, but we only read a few of them, others are just skimmed through.

With that being said, I liked the character development, since we learn she is not just a cold hearted assassin, but more of a girl that was thrown into this world and had to do anything to survive. We see her starting to care for other people than herself, which shows that her soul is way more human than what people thought of her. The end leaves you wanting to understand more, since some important information lightly appears towards the final chapters. Who is she? Who is her family? How powerful is she? We start to learn that there is a big secret around her, and the author is pretty clever at giving bits and pieces of information throughout the story that the reader must connect. Instead of throwing everything at once, she kind of turns us into little detectives, trying to figure out what is actually going on, before the heroin does.

I definitely recommend reading it, it is a well-developed story, that catches your attention from beginning to end and definitely makes you want more. The author did a great job at creating this new universe, with different customs, religion and history. I loved the writing style and her POV choice. I’ve grow very accustomed to first person POV, so it was a nice break from it. The way she writes is smooth, simple, yet it fits the genre, setting, and atmosphere of the book perfectly. I’m already on my way to get the second book of the series, since I have to kill my curiosity.

Have you read Throne of Glass? What were your thoughts on it?

13 Reasons Why Review

13 Reasons Why Review

For quite a while, I’ve been deciding whether or not I should post this review of the TV series: 13 Reasons Why.

Some of you may know that the opinions on the show have been pretty controversial, so here goes my personal opinion:

I agree that the show has flaws, since it doesn’t teach people how to help someone that has been experiencing depression and suicidal thoughts. And yes, the show does romanticize the suicide theme, however, that’s what most shows and movies do: Breaking Bad with the drug business, How To Get Away With Murder with crimes, Beauty and the Beast with Stockholm Syndrome, and so on.

Despite all of this, I actually enjoyed the show. I experienced bullying myself from the age of eight till the age of fourteen, and like Hannah I felt lost, alone, and misunderstood. Also, just like Hannah, my bullies didn’t see what they were doing as mean and disrespectful, and some may even be reading me right now, and still not realize that what they did was hurtful. Unlike Hannah, I didn’t experience things as mean or belittling, because at a young age the jokes and cruelties were more childish. Thankfully, I always had great support from my mother, who knew everything that was happening, and who supported me, and fought for me. Looking back, I know I have changed so much, and I also learned that tougher things in life exist, and somehow my strength was built from it.

With that being said, I am still against bullying, because, while some people might grow from it, other mights be crushed from it. We are different people, and we react differently to situations, so people can’t expect that everyone will move on and brush it off. So, I think the importance of the show is to teach people how little things they do matter, and how a joke, a rumor, or name calling can be damaging to others.

The show also approaches very sensitive and taboo subjects, such as rape, which is extremely important to discuss, since a high number of women–being a teenager or an older woman- experiences it, and feels judged, dirty, and a victim marked by the tragedy. 13 Reasons Why shows the extent of the problem, and really shocks his viewers with the violence that it is, so people will understand that it’s not a subject that can be ignored.

For people who want to see it, I suggest you do it carefully. For those in a healthy state of mind watching it can be a learning experience, but to those who are going through a depression the show might shock you in a way that won’t be helpful. If you are struggling with something, I encourage you to seek help. Even if only one person is by your side that’s all the strength you need. Also, you are stronger than you think, and you are not alone.