Book Reviews

Tower of Dawn, Sarah J. Maas

— Short Story–

The Glass Castle has been shattered. The King of Aderland is dead and Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Feliq find themselves crossing oceans to find a way to save their country. Chaol has sustained a spinal cord injury, which has him paralyzed from the waist down.  It is their job, as the new Hand of the King, and the new Captain of the Guard to bring back support to continue fighting this war that is waging between Duke Perrington and basically the rest of the world. It is also to try and help Chaol find a healer at the Torre Cesme to help him walk again. While spending time in another leaders court, Nesryn and Chaol both have their tasks that they need to get accomplished, and both of them start to find their ways back to themselves and who they are to the core. Chaol, with the help of Yrene, finds that he needs to heal in more ways than the physical sense, and Nesryn finds what her soul has been missing. Both are still fiercely loyal to their country, but Antica has made them stronger in who they are in so many ways that they would not have felt in Antica. This story is about rediscovery of ones self and a willingness to keep going forward through the darkness.

— My Thoughts —

Omg omg omg omg I’m glad that I read this book. There’s something about Sarah J Maas books that are starting to feel like home to me. When I started listening to it on audible I immediately felt less stressed and ready to get back into this world. I never thought that the stories of Chaol and Nesryn were what I needed until I really got into it. I have never been a huge fan of either of them, but I through their journey in growth, I grew with them too. This book touches on the topic of what it’s like to go through a massive trauma and not have time or take the time to heal. Not just the physical parts, but the mental parts as well.  As someone in healthcare I fell for Irene’s story a lot. Irene herself has been through a lot of things in her life and has not dealt with them, but she finds joy in helping others and has a passion for it. In healthcare there are so many of us, if not everyone, who finds joy in helping others, but we often times let our own lives get the better of us because we don’t seek the emotional help that we need. Often times we let ourselves succumb to anxiety and depression because we believe there’s no one to help us, but enough about my, I mean our, problems let’s talk about this book.
I loved it!! It gave such great information that is going to be necessary in Kingdom if Ash, the final installment of Throne of Glass.  It introduced some new characters and a whole land that we can now visualize and understand as we go into the next book. Without this book she would have had to do a lot of back telling of places, events, and characters.  I thought that it was interesting getting to know Nesryn so much more and being able to understand and see what it is like to be a part of two worlds, but not feel wholly a part of both. To finally feel the freedom and enjoyment of ones own culture and heritage without judgement or persecution.
Some people believed that this book was not wholly necessary, and I disagree with that. I think that we needed some parts to better understand the last installment in Kingdom of Ash. I also believe once again people went in reading a Sarah J. Maas book with a lot of misconceptions on what the book was even though it was explained long before the book came out last year. Go into it with an open mind and remember that it is a PARALLEL to Empire of Storms, so while all of those events are happening, Chaol and Nesryn are in Antica. It is literally the next book after Queen of Shadows. You can go straight from that book to this one, the references made by Hasar during the book to Aelin’s doing and whereabouts will still make sense.
Now for another fun part! Over on my Instagram page I am doing a GIVEAWAY of Tower of Dawn! It is a signed copy and it is yours if you win the Giveaway. It is in no way sponsored! I got the book last year at SJM event for the book and I’ve been meaning to give it away for a long time now, I just wanted to read it first. The rules of the giveaway are this:
  1. You must be following me on Instagram
  2. You must like the picture
  3. You must tag a friend who you want to take to Antica with you
And that’s it! I’ll be choosing a random winner on Labor Day, September 3rd. The picture you’re looking for is the one at the top of the post, or click here!
What do you think of the Throne of Glass series? Have you read Tower of Dawn? What did you think? I’ll be posting a review on my Youtube channel soon, so be on the lookout for that!! Until next time,
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Book Reviews

A Court of Thornes and Roses, Sarah J. Maas

– Short Story – 

The world is split in two with the fairies, also known as Fae living in the north and the humans living in the south. The only thing that is separating them is a wall. The history of that wall comes from years of bloodshed and war when the Fae ruled the earth and kept the humans as slaves or worse. Finally the war ended and the humans, with the help of some Fae, were able to win the war. The wall was built to keep the Fae in as well as keep humans away from Prythian, the land where the fairies live.
Feyre has been the sole protector of her family ever since her father lost their fortune. Her sisters Nesta and Elaine have done nothing to help Feyre other than spend the little bit of money that she brings home. Her father has a knee injury, and is so far removed from the family that he does not even try to help other than some small wood carvings. When out in the woods one winter night, one kill of a wolf would change her life forever.
Next thing Feyre knows she’s being told by a wolf shaped fairy that she can either stay and die, or live out her life in Prythian, but she does owe a life death for the fairy that she killed. The only thing holding her back is that she made a promise to protect her family, but she decided to leave in order to keep her family alive, and her life is forever changed.

– My Thoughts – 

I know, I know I’m late to reading this series! It has been a long time since a book made me feel the way this one does. Sara J Maas does a magnificent job with the first installment of this series. ACOTAR makes you feel angerI felt like the characters have so many dimensions to them that we have yet to learn, and I feel like there is so much more to come. Feyre and Tamlin have an interesting dynamic, and Tamlin might be the one to bring Feyre out of the dark place that she has been living in for so long. Feyre is able to grow in ways she never thought she would be able to. I cannot wait to read A Court of Mist and Fury and I’m getting started on that right away! Until next time,
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