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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Review, Young Adult0 Comments

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J MaasCrown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas
Series: Throne of Glass, Book 2
Also in this series: The Assassin's Blade, Throne of Glass, Heir of Fire
Published by Bloomsbury on 27 August 2013
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Assassins, Dating & Sex, Death & Dying, Epic Fantasy, Espionage, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Love & Romance, Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 420
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: The Assassin's Blade, Throne of Glass, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Heir of Fire

Place(s) Traveled To: Bellhaven, Fenharrow // Rifthold, Adarlan (World: Erilea)

First Line(s): The shutters swinging in the storm winds were the only sign of her entry.

After the disappoint that I felt after my read of Throne of Glass some of you might be wondering why I picked up Crown of Midnight which is the second book in Sarah J. Maas’s series and the truth is I don’t rightly know why. Several people I know said that Crown of Midnight was better and that the action really takes off and so since I had a copy I thought why not. Plus, there is a part of me that is a total glutten for punishment and there are times with a book or series I just can’t stay away, no matter how painful it is to read them. And while I did like Crown of Midnight better than Throne of Glass  this book still annoyed the ever loving crap out of me. If I could smack a character inside it, it would be Celaena as she still doesn’t fill that role she is meant to, that of the badass assassin. Though, at least in this one she doesn’t spend the entire book going on and on about parties, clothes and boys. So praise be for small favors.

The love triangle started in Throne of Glass is also mostly resolved and you can be sure that I breathed a sigh of relief there as this one had the makings of going on for the entire series. Of the two choices, Prince Dorian and Choal I do think that Celaena made the right choice for her and found a good compliment to herself. Even if she allowed misscommunications and misunderstandings to come between them. Most of these characters are supposed to be strong and powerful and yet they never come across as such. In fact, Celaena’s judgmental friend Nehemia often says something similar to Celaena during their few interactions. Though Nehemia’s words might have had more effect on Celaena if they weren’t laced with scorn and attitude. There were several times when I wondered why these two were friends since Nehemia only seemed to judge Celaena and find her wanting.

The plot of Crown of Midnight was a bit more true to the synopsis than the one of Throne of Glass but it was just so easy to figure everything out. There was much sighing on my part as the characters overlooked bright shiny clues over and over and then were all shocked at the big reveal. Really characters? Really?? I thought you were supposed to be smart. This made for a really predictable read and my only real consolation was that it was a quick one. It saddens me that this isn’t a series that I’ve been able to get into as I do love the fantasy genre but this one is filled with ever high school cliche and it lacks any real world building. Celaena is supposed to be a skilled assassin and yet she barely uses these supposed skills and doesn’t come across as strong at all. She’s weak and annoying and I just want to shake her half the time. About the only character that I liked in this one was Choal and even he made choices that I wanted to shake him for.

I do have an egalley of Heir of Fire and I am debating on if I should read it or not. Based on my feelings for Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight my head is telling me to avoid it like the plague. And yet, a small part of me can’t help but wondering what new crazy, toss the book across the room things Celaena and company might bring to the table. See…told you I was a glutten for punishment. As of now, plans to torture myself are on hold but who know what my fingers will dance to the next time I’m flipping through my ereader looking for something new to read. After all, WTF-ery reads might annoy but there is also something addicting about them.





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