Monday, December 29, 2014

10 of My Most Anticipated Books of 2015!

 

So 2015 is just around the corner and I would like to share some of my most anticipated books for next year! I missed the Top 10 of 2014 event but I would still like to share them. There are a ton of new books coming out and it was very hard narrowing this list down and I hope some of you are also looking forward to these books!

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               Rogue                       Salt and Stone                   Red Queen 
         Julie Kagawa                  Victoria Scott                Victoria Aveyard
    16096824       Reawakened (Reawakened, #1)       An Ember in the Ashes
             ACOTAR                    Reawakened            An Ember in the Ashes
           Sarah J Maas               Colleen Houck                  Sabaa Tahir

Books with no covers:

Throne of Glass #4 by Sarah J Maas
The Forgotten Crown by Julie Kagawa
Smoked by Mari Mancusi
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch



What books are you looking forward to in 2015?

-Daniel

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review: Snow Like Ashes

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Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 422
Rating:

Goodreads:

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.
  

Review:

"Someday we will be more than just words in the dark."

This book was really good! However, it was a little difficult to get used to the first person because I haven't read a book like this in a while, but in the end it didn't matter. I can't forget to mention how beautiful this cover is! This book truly lived up to the hype. I feel that it was one of the best books of the year. I really enjoyed all of the characters and the world building a lot.

One of the best things from this book was the world building. Sara Raasch is able to create a whole new world, not to mention one that's original. Primoria is split into four Season Kingdoms which are Winter, Summer, Spring, and Autumn, and into four Rhythm Kingdoms which are Cordell, Ventralli, Yakim, and Paisly. Each kingdom is able to thrive with the help of magic in the form of a conduit, an object such as a locket or staff that draws magic from a magical orb under the Klaryn Mountains. The magic can only be used by the King or Queen of the kingdom, with some kingdoms being controlled by the male heir and others by the female. What was also interesting was that the people from the Season Kingdoms had traits similar to that of the kingdom. The Winter Kingdom, which was destroyed, have people that are pale, white haired, light blue eyed and cannot stand the heat. Whereas people from Spring are more tan, darker haired with darker eyes.

Meira is awesome. She's one of my new favorite protagonists. Meira really wants to be a soldier for the future King of Winter, so that she can feel like she belongs to Winter. She constantly struggles with this fear that she doesn't belong and that she wants to be someone that is of use and important to surviving eight refugees of Winter. The King just happens to be her best friend and the one that she loves.  She is fierce, loyal, kickass, extremely intelligent and she does not like being told what to do even when she is told it's to keep her safe, which actually makes her really mad when told this. At times these traits get her in trouble, but they help her to survive in this world where she gets no help from anyone.

I really loved Mather. I felt that he was so innocent and like Meira he also struggled with belonging and doing something of use for their Kingdom. There was, however, a point in he book where I disagreed with something that he did, but I did understand where he was coming from. Now Theron. At first I was like "YOU GET AWAY FROM MEIRA! She is supposed to be with Mather!" However, towards the end, he really began to grow on me. He's really kind and sweet, and is also very similar to Meira.

There's a huge twist towards the end of the book. I kind of saw it coming because I just new something was off and had to be different, but I didn't anticipate the magnitude of the twist. I was squealing and pacing around my room when I got to the plot twist because even though I kind of anticipated it early on, but that didn't mean I was actually going to be right. I obviously can't tell you because you have to find it out yourself, but hopefully you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

The romance in the novel was very light, however, perfectly suited for this book. There wasn't any huge scenes of love because the story really didn't call for it. There were maybe a kiss on the cheek, a hug that lasts just a moment too long, a look of longing, a moment of hand holding that was rather swoony. I was actually happier over the small things that I could've been with anything else. Like I said, this book didn't need the romance to be awesome.

This book, I believe, was one of the best books of 2014, and I highly recommend that you go get yourself a copy. This book was filled with action, adventure, twists and turns, and a little bit of lovin'.

-Daniel

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Stars Never Rise

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we highlight one book that we're eagerly anticipating."



This weeks Waiting on Wednesday is... *drum roll*





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The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent!
Expected Publication: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 368

Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.

So, what are you waiting on this Wednesday? Post it in the comments and I'll go check it out!

-Daniel 

Waiting on Wednesday: The Witch Hunter

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we highlight one book that we're eagerly anticipating."



This weeks Waiting on Wednesday is... *drum roll*






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The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker!
Expected Publication: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 368

Goodreads:

The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. When she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to die at the stake. Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can track down the person who laid a deadly curse on him.

As she's thrust into the world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and all-too-handsome healers, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.


So, what are you waiting on this Wednesday? Post it in the comments and I'll go check it out!

-Daniel 


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Review: In The Afterlight

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In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 535 
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**If you have not read The Darkest Minds or Never Fade please proceed with caution. There may be spoilers that were unavoidable**
Goodreads:

Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds.

They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America's children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the "rehabilitation camps" housing thousands of other Psi kids.

Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.

Review:
Oh my flipping gosh! This book was so fantastic! I loved every second of it and I could not put it down! Alexandra Bracken really knows how to write 'em! If I could I would rate this more than 5 stars. From the first page to the last I was completely enthralled. There were many heart wrenching moments, especially when it started to near the end. I really enjoyed the ending, however, I wish there was a little more information given, like what happened to Sam and what's going to happen with all of the remaining main characters.

In The Afterlight follows the final stretch of the journey for Ruby and her friends to find the cure for IAAN and how to achieve it. Throughout this book, Ruby has changed even more (if that's possible) from her time during The Darkest Minds and Never Fade. Ruby is now able to control and use her Orange powers, however she still fears the "monster" that lives with in her. At times she embraces the "monster" in order to get what she needs. In the last book, Never Fade, Ruby lost someone who was so dear to her, someone she swore to protect and felt like she failed. Ruby hasn’t recovered from this and I saw how much this affected her actions in this book. She has some new skills that come in handy throughout the book, and is a little more ruthless than she was in the Darkest Minds and Never Fade. She has some soul-searching moments, some badass moments, some very tender moments between herself and her friends. She's fiercely protective of all her friends, new and old, and I'm happy to say that she is still one of my favorite protagonists.

I love Liam. He's so caring and determined when it comes to his friends and he was the same old Liam near the end. I was so happy to see him resurface even for a little bit. He was still always there for you, always optimistic, always looking for the least violent solution to save everyone. He is still struggling a little with the fact that Ruby erased his memories. However, at the end I believe he has completely forgiven her and still loves her fiercely. There were many swoony moments between Liam and Ruby, which I really enjoyed and I believe that they both deserved, however, there were also many times when they were fighting. One of the greatest things about Liam and Ruby's relationship is that even when they are fighting they still love each other. They have one of the strongest relationships and its wonderful.

Chubs and Vida are still arguing however we see a budding relationship. They bring a lot of comic relief and I often found myself laughing throughout the book because of these two. I really hope this relationship will last forever. Cole remains a bit of an jerk, although a somewhat loveable jerk. We see Cole and Ruby become good friends. Clancy Gray is still in the same position he was when last seen in Never Fade and I still hate him. He's a lying and deceiving jerk.

There are intense, heart-racing moments that had me at the edge of my seat, there are some really sad moments that had me reaching for tissues, and some really heart warming moments. All in all this book was extremely good. I highly highly recommend this series. Everything is so well written and perfect. 

-Daniel




Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Death Marked

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we highlight one book that we're eagerly anticipating."



This weeks Waiting on Wednesday is... *drum roll*





Death Marked by Leah Cypess!
Expected Publication: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 400

Goodreads:

A young sorceress’s entire life has been shaped to destroy the empire controlling her world. But if everything she knows is a lie, will she even want to fulfill her destiny? The sequel to Death Sworn is just as full of magic and surprising revelations, and will thrill fans of Leigh Bardugo and Robin LaFevers.

At seventeen, Ileni lost her magical power and was exiled to the hidden caves of the assassins. She never thought she would survive long. But she discovered she was always meant to end up, powerless, in the caves as part of an elder sorcerer’s plan to destroy the evil Empire they'd battled so long. Except that Ileni is not an assassin, and she doesn't want to be a weapon. And, after everything, she’s not even sure she knows the truth. Now, at the very heart of the Empire—its academy for sorcerers—the truth is what she seeks. What she finds challenges every belief she holds dear—and it threatens her fledgling romance with the young master of assassins.

Leah Cypess spins an intricate and beautiful conclusion to Ileni's story. In the end, it may not be the epic decisions that bring down an empire, but the small ones that pierce the heart.
 

Why I'm Waiting on it: 
I just recently finished Death Sworn and I really liked it! I can't wait for the sequel to come out!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Post it in the comments and I'll go check it out!

-Daniel

Sunday, November 23, 2014

ARC Review: Death Sworn

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Death Sworn by Leah Cypess
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication: March 4, 2014
Pages: 352
Rating:

Goodreads:

When Ileni lost her magic, she lost everything: her place in society, her purpose in life, and the man she had expected to spend her life with. So when the Elders sent her to be magic tutor to a secret sect of assassins, she went willingly, even though the last two tutors had died under mysterious circumstances.

But beneath the assassins’ caves, Ileni will discover a new place and a new purpose… and a new and dangerous love. She will struggle to keep her lost magic a secret while teaching it to her deadly students, and to find out what happened to the two tutors who preceded her. But what she discovers will change not only her future, but the future of her people, the assassins… and possibly the entire world.

Review:

I really enjoyed this book! It was a fast read, however, it was a little slow at the beginning but it eventually sped up and improved. I wasn't really sure what to expect but this book has magic and assassins so I had to give it a try. I found myself slowly getting attached to Ileni and even Sorin a little bit. After getting past the slow beginning I couldn't stop myself from reading. I finished this book in about a day. I do wish there was a little more magic involved though, however, that was almost impossible because throughout the book Ileni was struggling with the fact that she was slowly losing the last bits of her magic.

Ileni was practically sent to her death because she no longer had her great magical powers. She was sent to the depths of a mountain filled with hundreds of assassins in order to teach the assassins how to control and use their magical powers in order to aid them in their fight against the Empire and to find out who murdered the past two tutors. Throughout the book we often see that Ileni has accepted her fate and her death and is sometimes reckless when it comes to her interactions between the hundreds of deadly assassins. Ileni is very strong headed and borderline reckless, however, I found that I really enjoyed her. 

Sorin is one of the top assassins in the mountain and he was forced by his Master to protect Ileni. At first Sorin is like a brick wall, solid, unemotional, and humorless. However as we progress through the book we see Ileni chip at this wall and we eventually see some of Sorin's feelings show. He has a past that was very tough and his future doesn't look very promising because, let's face it, assassins don't live very long given their profession. He's got trust issues, which I can understand and he's got one person he listens to and that's it. That's all he's ever really known since living on the streets so you can't fault him.

I think one of the best things about this that many people found was that there was no love triangle. It was only Ileni and Sorin and even then there wasn't much loving going on. We see their relationship slowly kindle and grow throughout the novel and we even see a hint of friendship.

There are parts of this book that will have you cringing at scenes of gore and death. There are some parts where you will see some swooning and a little bit of lovin'. It will also have you rooting for Ileni time and time again wishing that some how all her magic would return in one fell swoop. It's full of action, adventure, romance and death. It leaves you wanting more but the cliff hanger isn't unbearable which makes it a little less horrible to wait. I recommend this book to everyone!

*Thank you Greenwillow Books for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review and thanks to Jessica from Step Into Fiction for holding the giveaway for this ARC*

-Daniel



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Rogue

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we highlight one book that we're eagerly anticipating."



This weeks Waiting on Wednesday is... *drum roll*






















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Rogue by Julie Kagawa!!!
Expected Publication: Spring 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 348

Goodreads:

Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can't forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her—Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he'd signed his own death warrant.

Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order's headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember's own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George.

A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war?

Why I am Waiting:
I received Talon at BookCon last year and I was so excited about it! This series is going to be amazing! I loved everything about Talon, with the secret dragon organizations and the St. George militants. I can't wait for the scond book to come out!

So, what are you Waiting on this Wednesday? Post a link in the comments and I'll go check it out!


--Daniel







Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Orphan Queen

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we highlight one book that we're eagerly anticipating."



This weeks Waiting on Wednesday is... *drum roll*


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The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows!!
Expected Publication: March 10, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books 
Pages: 400

Goodreads:

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.


So, what are you Waiting on this Wednesday? Post a link in the comments and I'll go check it out!

-Daniel

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

SALT & STONE Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

http://www.victoriascottya.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Bio-Pic.jpgVictoria Scott:
Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe of the Harvey-Klinger Literary Agency. She’s the author of the FIRE & FLOOD series published by Scholastic, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her first stand-alone young adult title, TITANS, will be published by Scholastic in spring 2016. Victoria’s books have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets including the UK, Turkey, China, Poland, Israel, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Taiwan, New Zealand, and the Netherlands. She currently lives in Dallas, and hearts cotton candy something fierce.
 

About Salt and Stone:
Expected Publication: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 320

Goodreads:
What would you do to save someone you love?

In Fire & Flood, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can't quit--she has to win the race, save Cody, and then fight to make sure the race stops before it can claim any more lives. In the next legs of the race, across the ocean and over mountains, Tella will face frostbite, sharks, avalanche, and twisted new rules in the race.

But what if the danger is deeper than that? How do you know who to trust when everyone's keeping secrets? What do you do when the person you'd relied on most suddenly isn't there for support? How do you weigh one life against another?

The race is coming to an end, and Tella is running out of time, resources, and strength. At the start of the race there were one hundred twenty-two Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the final part of the race, just forty-one are left--and only one can win.


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Waiting on Wedesday: Six of Crows

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we highlight one book that we're eagerly anticipating."



This weeks Waiting on Wednesday is... *drum roll*




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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo!
Expected Publication: October 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.

Goodreads:
The project, described as a blend of Ocean’s 11 and Game of Thrones, is set in Kerch, a small island nation in the "Grishaverse" (meaning the same universe as her Shadow and Bone books) with tremendous economic power, the hub of all international trade and a country rich in art and culture ... but also home to one of the most dangerous criminal underworlds. A crew of dangerous felonious misfits face impossible odds when they are pulled together to break into one of the most guarded places in the world 

Why I want it:
So, not much is known about this book, however, I can't wait for this to come out! The Grisha Trilogy is one of my favorite series and it just so happens that Six of Crows takes place in the Grishaverse! Additionally, it is described as a blend of Ocean's 11 and Game of Thrones!!

So, what are you waiting on? Post a link in the comments and I'll go check it out! 

-Daniel 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Review: The Assassin's Blade

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The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Pages: 435
Rating:

Goodreads:
Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom's most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin's Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.

When Celaena's scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn's orders, Celaena risks unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too. They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn's clutches and if they fail, they'll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives.

A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers listeners a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling and deadly world.

Novellas Included:
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
The Assassin and the Healer
The Assassin and the Desert
The Assassin and the Underworld
The Assassin and the Empire

Review:

Theses novellas are amazing! I love the world of this series and all its mystery, power, and people. The Assassin's Blade follows a few adventures that an assassin, Celaena Sardothien embarks on. Through the novellas we learn a great deal about Celaena and many of her traits. We meet multiple characters, like Sam Cortland and Arobynn Hamel, and we learn a lot about who these people are. The cover is also absolutely beautiful! I was drawn immediately into the action, and this was a fascinating glimpse of a young heroine who will grow and learn throughout these five novellas, until we meet her in the first novel in the series, Throne of Glass.

In The Assassin and the Pirate Lord we are introduced to Celaena, a 16 year old assassin. She is the best and most feared assassin of her Guild after her master. In this novella she is sent to an island run by pirates in order to claim something for her master without realizing what she really was there to collect, slaves. With the help of the assassin she despises the most in her Guild, Celaena will try to find a way to free the slaves and get away with it too. As the first novella, the very beginning story of Throne of Glass series, this was a good one. The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, has successfully rocked my expectation for the series. 

In the short, second novella, The Assassin and the Healer, we see Celaena preparing for her punishment, the trek through the red desert. The story mainly takes place in a bar and the back alleys of the bar and mainly told in Yrene's, the waitress/barmaid, POV.  We find out that she used to be a healer and that she’s lost her home, family, and is losing sight of her dreams. This novella isn't really necessary, but it shows more character development and is an all-around good story.

My favorite novella out of the five was The Assassin and the Desert. I loved the story the most and I loved all the action and betrayal. This novella follows Celaena’s trek through the desert after betraying her master Arobynn and what she has to do in order to be forgiven by him. The Assassin and the Desert has more mystery, more friendships, more betrayal and more character growth. However, there is still some awesome fighting and world-building. We get to see the dunes of the desert, the ranks of the Silent Assassins (who were quite awesome), the city of Xandria, and much more.

In the fourth novella, The Assassin and the Underworld, starts off with Celaena returning from the Red Desert and Arobynn apologizing. Although we don't see Celaena leave yet, we see her more and more willing to leave. We also see Sam and Celaena start falling in love. The two of them are frustrating at times because they are fighting each other and not really saying what they feel. Celaena has limited experience when it comes to love, and doesn't know how to deal with her feelings of jealousy. Instead of reaching out, she lashes out at Sam. Sam is the one who changes Celaena and makes her want a bigger life than an assassin. He gives her the courage to stand up to Arobynn. We also learn a bit more about Arobynn and his relationship with Celaena.

In the fifth novella, The Assassin and the Empire, was heartbreaking. Celaena is now living in her own home, along with Sam, away from the Assassin’s Keep and Arobynn Hamel. However, not being able to leave in good terms with their old master, Celaena and Sam are struggling to get food on the table and their money is diminishing each day. Anxious to be free from Arobynn, Sam gets hold of a contract that could finally get him and Celaena away from all this, but this contract is very dangerous. This novella is filled with love, betrayal, and death. Celaena and Sam are doing their last contract in order to get some money that will help them move. Everything is going to plan, when suddenly, everything goes wrong. The ending is heart wrenching and you must read it! The ending of this novella leads right into the first novel, Throne of Glass

These novellas have really made me fall in love with Celaena. I recommend them to everyone and I highly recommend that you read them before Throne of Glass. The Assassin's Blade was a quick read and exceptionally written.

-Daniel