Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication date: August 2012
Source: e-book from Netgalley
Series: Throne of Glass, Book 1
Celaena Sardothien, a master assassin, has been stuck in prison for the last year, wasting away. But when she receives an unexpected reprieve, a chance to earn her freedom while competing to be the royal assassin, she doesn't hesitate. The competition proves only a little challenging and she's glad to be out, but when other contestants start turning up dead, things begin to get a little bit interesting.
Things I Liked:
There are many good things about this book. I liked seeing a Cinderella retelling that was unique but still retained some of the iconic elements of the fairy tale. I especially liked the strong girl assassin who could take care of herself. Celeana was an interesting character, but not one I'd say I actually like. The story kept me interested through most of the book, though at the end I was more disappointed than anything. I think I liked the idea of the book more than its execution, unfortunately.
Things I Didn't Like:
I really had a hard time finishing this one. I struggled with it for months, persisting only to see why so many people loved it. I got pretty sick of Celeana. She seemed rather smart and strong at times, vulnerable and afraid occasionally, but most annoying when she'd get so angry about stupid things like not playing billiards well. Her desire to kill or injure people who bothered her was somewhat inconsistent with her conscience about killing and her desire to save people. She has a temper, which is refreshing to see, but it came and went sometimes at random. The ending was a bit out there for me, but fairly satisfying. I was unimpressed with the writing, which was awkward at times and included random details that seemed to be there for no reason. I'm the first to admit some of these problems might be with the ARC I was reading, but I don't care enough to check out the finished copy and find out. I'm not entirely sure if I want to read a sequel or not, we'll see.
Reminded me of Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, for the female assassin angle
Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott for the unique Cinderella retelling
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
Mostly implied, nothing on page
Some fairly gory, but not overwhelming
Overall rating: **
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