Top Reads of 2015

After lots of pondering, I’ve narrowed it down to 25 books. There were lots of books that I really enjoyed but only 25 made the cut; with 2 of them being 2016 releases.  *All links are to my reviews. Hovering over (or clicking) the covers gives you a little caption of why I chose the […]

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

18243700Published March 4th 2014 by Bloomsbury Children’s

Series Reviews Throne of Glass | Crown of Midnight | Heir of Fire

Young-Adult, High Fantasy, Novellas, Adventure, Magic, Romance

Purchased Hardcover

My Rating 4 Stars

b009a-dad13-add-to-goodreads-button3Celaena 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.

Included in this volume:

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

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Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

17167166Release Date: August 27th 2013

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s

Series: Throne of Glass #2

Genres: Young Adult/Fantasy/Magic/Romance

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased

My Rating: 5 Umbrellas

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie…and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

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Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

16034235Release Date: August 2nd 2012

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Genres: YA Fantasy/Historical/Romance

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchased

My Rating: 4 Umbrellas

Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

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Stacking The Shelves #22

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews that spotlights the books we are adding to our shelves, whether they be virtual or physical.

Only a few for me this week. I have been swamped with work these past 2 weeks and haven’t had time to post reviews for the books I have finished. I’m trying to catch up within the next 24 hours, because by this time tomorrow night I will be going to bed for yet another hellish week. Enough with my rant and on to the books……..

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The Rosie Effect (Don Tillman #2) by Graeme Simsion

I was so excited to get approved for this!! I absolutely loved the first book, The Rosie Project.

Purchased

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas paperback

Finally bought this book! I have been meaning to start the series and saw that it is coming up soon on my TBR list. Forgive me and my OCD tendencies 🙂

Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter ebook

Remember Me (Find Me #2) by Romily Bernard hardcover

Ready to dive into this one. Love me some Wick and Griff!!

Amazon Freebie

Angelbound by Christina Bauer

I’ve read great reviews and decided to get it while it’s free. That way, if I hate it, I can’t complain. LOL

That’s all for me this week. What books did you add to your shelves?