Review: The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.4, #0.5) – Sarah J. Maas


The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.4, #0.5) – Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)

Title: The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1, #0.2, #0.3)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: March 4, 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 438

Source: TBR Shelf

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 readers 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”


The Assassin and the Underworld (Throne of Glass #0.4)

5 out of 5 stars

Aww to the ending of this.

This novella followed Celaena after she gets back from the Silent Assassin camp in The Assassin and the Desert. She comes back and gets showered with gifts from Arobynn Hamel and has enough money to be free from her debts from him. Arobynn gives her a mission that will fight against the slave trade that started off this novella series.

Sam.

Okay, so I knew that she liked Sam, but so cute omg. Everyone can be an asshole sometimes, but Celaena and Sam are the masters of this. They so obviously like each other and have for forever, so the way they’re just mean to each other killed me, but it’s fine. I’m over it… kinda.

SPOILERS

So Sam and Celaena go on this mission to kill this guy who they find out is actually the good guy. That sucks, but what could be worse? Oh yeah, your boss using your money to buy the virginity of the girl you hate more than anyone. Oh but on top of that, you’re blamed for everything. I was pissed off for Celaena and I just want her to go and kill Arobynn because he’s not okay.

I was fully convinced that Sarah J. Maas was going to kill off Sam, but she didn’t yay! I love Sam. He’s sweet and cute and funny and nice and sarcastic mmm. He’s my fav. So at the end fo this Celaena pays off his debt and then they move in together in her new apartment that she told Arobynn she was moving into. Cute.

I feel it now, though. Sam is going to die. Because everything is too perfect right now. Their first kiss was too cute and when he told her that he loved her omg aww. But something bad is going to happen and it hurts me, but it’s just my prediction.


The Assassin and the Empire

5 out of stars

I’m broken from that.

So I literally read this in one sitting. Didn’t even get up. All 94 pages of it. I couldn’t help it because it was so good.

Don’t read this if you haven’t read this novella, but I was right.

I knew I was going to be right because that’s usually how it works. (not tooting my own horn but I’m good at predicting endings). Poor Sam. Poor Celaena.

Oh my gosh ugh no why sadness.

So this novella followed Celaena and Sam after they leave the Assassin’s Keep and they’re living together in Celaena’s apartment. They have no money but have to pay Arobynn Hamel their debt to get out of the Guild, which is super messed up and is totally a horrible monopoly, but they want to move away to the Southern Continent to create a new life for themselves, and Sam takes on a job that will pay super well, and it. Goes. Down.

My heart is so sad because I didn’t want what happened to Sam to happen, and I hated seeing Celaena hurting like she was. It’s not fair that she has to endure even more pain, and fricking Arobynn Hamel is the one who gave her up. Oh my lord I literally almost threw my book across the room when I found out it was him. I had the suspicion it was him from the moment he took on the job, but ugh not okay.

I can’t wait for her to find out that it was him that gave them up because she’s going to murder him in the worst way possible because he took Sam away from her. Oh my lord and she never got to tell him about her childhood it’s just so sad.

ps. I know there are a lot of run-on sentences, give me a break. I have a lot of emotions happening.

I KNEW it was going to happen. And that’s the worst part because I don’t feel like I was actually prepared for it emotionally.

The ending was so powerful and just made me want to re-read Throne of Glass *which I will,* but she used Sam’s mantra. Aww. So sad but aww. She is strong and she will survive it, and going into the first book (again) will make me understand more about her and her backstory and I’m just so excited :) :) :)

yay I love Sarah J. Maas.

Series:

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (Throne of Glass #0.1)

The Assassin and the Healer (Throne of Glass #0.2)

The Assassin and the Desert (Throne of Glass #0.3)

Review: The Moth and the Flame (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.25) – Renee Ahdieh


The Moth and the Flame (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.25) – Renee Ahdieh

The Moth and the Flame (The Wrath and the Dawn, #0.25)

Title: The Moth and the Flame (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.25)

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Release Date: March 22, 2016

Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Format: eBook

Page Number: 37

Source: Nook

It started as playful, if barbed, banter before rising to a fateful wager with a most notorious rake—the Captain of the Guard, Jalal al-Khoury—who may have finally met his match in a lovely, if haughty, handmaiden, Despina. But she, too, seems to have met her match in the handsome Jalal. What begins as a tempestuous battle of will and wit in short order becomes a passionate affair spurred on by tragedy of the worst kind.

4 out of 5 stars


This was what I wanted while reading The Wrath and the Dawn duology, so I’m really glad that this was a thing. Despina has always been one of my favorite characters, so a short story about her… I’m here for it.

I love me some cute mushy romance, and this is the beginning of a relationship that I totally ship so hard. I love Jalal and Despina together, so it was super cute seeing them interact for the first time. I know that Jalal was kind of a player before he met Despina, but once he started talking to her he didn’t want to think about anyone else. Awww cute cute cute.

I love reading kissing scenes, so this was real cute. Again, here for it. I love seeing some of the characters that don’t get talked about too much in the full series, in novellas like this. I’m so excited to read the rest of them because I know that I’m going to love them all. I HOPE THERE’S ONE ABOUT SHARZHAD AND KHALID TOGETHER OMG. I would be LIVING for that.

Series:

The Crown and the Arrow (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.5)

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)

The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)

Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #1-5) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman


Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #1-5) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

Title: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #1-5)

Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman

Release Date: November 15, 2016

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 642

Source: TBR Pile

Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows he was friends with Clary, and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him…but he doesn’t know how. And when Clary and Isabelle look at him, expecting him to be a man he doesn’t remember…Simon can’t take it.

So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. His new self. Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. And that differences—like being a former vampire—are greatly looked down upon. At least Simon is trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. These ten short stories give an epilogue to the Mortal Instruments series and provide glimpses of what’s in store in the Dark Artifices.


Welcome to the Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #1)

4 out of 5 stars

This was kind of hard for me to get into right away, because I didn’t remember what had happened in the previous books! It took me about halfway through this novella to actually remember that Simon had lost his memory because of the demon encounter in City of Heavenly Fire. It’s cute to see how he first reacts to the characters he knows and loves again, though. He’s so in love with Isabelle, but he doesn’t realize it yet. She comes to the Shadowhunter Academy in Idris to see him, and it’s so good. Wow. It’s been awhile since I’ve laughed/giggled while reading a book, but Cassandra Clare never fails to make it happen.

Simon is so… nerdy cool, and I forgot that because it’s been awhile since I’ve read about The Mortal Instruments characters. I can’t wait for him to become the “awesome Shadowhunter” he vowed to become, and I am so excited for him to gain his memory back. One of my favorite parts of this novella was when he was remembering what Isabelle’s eyes looked like up close. They are one of my favorite ships, so I’m all about the Sizzy feels. He loves her so much. He keeps remembering little things about her, and he tells her that he won’t be the Simon she fell in love with, and she leaves, but she won’t give up on him. She’ll wait for him, I know it. Simon is one of my favorite characters, so I can’t wait to read the rest of these novellas.

 

The Lost Herondale (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #2)

5 out of 5 stars

I knew that I was going to like this one just by reading the title. I’m a sucker for the Herondale family, so hearing more about distant relatives was very cool. So, if I’m not mistaken, Tobias Herondale was Will’s younger brother. So he must have been perfect because Will. I mean, come on. I’m starting to remember more about the series already, and am grasping some of the little connections. I really loved that Catarina told Simon about Tobias and his real story. I also really loved that Clary came to visit Simon at the Shadowhunter Academy in Idris. She misses him, and she loves him, and she just wants him to have the life that will be best for him even though it might mean she loses her best friend. It’s so heartbreakingly sad but happy at the same time. I have conflicting emotions regarding this novella series thus far. I really like George, Simon’s roommate. He seems really cool, and he also cares about Simon. He’s also Scottish, muscular, handsome, and likes reading. Can’t get better than that.

 

The Whitechapel Fiend (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #3)

5 out of 5 stars

I love being in the Shadowhunter world again. It’s my favorite series, and it’s just making me so happy to be reading about my favorite characters again. This one has been my favorite so far because most of it was a story about Will, Tessa, Cecily, and Gabriel. I love my Shadowhunters from London, and love seeing them in their element. This story was cool because it was a short retelling of Jack the Ripper. Jack the Ripper, in this story, was just a demon attacking women rather than a man killing them. It was a very cool take on this “classic” story. I love seeing Will oh my gosh. Favorite book boyfriend of all time. I also loved that Jace got to talk to Tessa about being a Herondale; it was so precious how happy he was at the end. And now my suspicions that Isabelle will stick around for Simon have become true. He writes her a letter and it’s so cute because it’s so Simon. I love this novella series.

 

Nothing but Shadows (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #4)

4 out of 5 stars

This novella was about James Herondale, the son of Will and Tessa, through his experience while in The Shadowhunter Academy. Almost the whole novella was told as a flashback/story from Catarina Loss to Simon. Simon just wants to have his memories back, and he wants his friends back, but he has new friends at the Academy. It’s such a hard decision, but I know he’ll make the right one. I’m kind of surprised that this novella series isn’t about Simon more. It’s mostly just been flashbacks to previous Shadowhunters. It’s nice, but is not what I was expecting. I’m still really liking George, even though I know they couldn’t be parabatai because of certain circumstances. I hope that Simon and George are still friends after this whole series is over. Oh my gosh George could come up in Lord of Shadows. So exciting. Woah, realization. Nothing but Shadows…. Lord of Shadows…. hmm connections?

 

The Evil We Loved (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #5)

4 out of 5 stars

Again, I’m surprised that this is not completely about Simon. I guess the point of novellas is to learn new information about the characters you know and love, but I just want more of Simon’s story. This was about Robert Lightwood, Isabelle and Alec’s dad, and his teenage years when he joined The Circle with Valentine. It was interesting, but it was also sad. Robert is so judgemental of anyone different than him. He got rid of his parabatai because he told him that he loved him. That’s cold considering you’re best friends. I LOVED the ending of this one; Isabelle and Simon are so perfect together. I just want them to be together forever omg. I am really enjoying this book so far, and can’t wait to finish the rest of the novellas.

Series:

Welcome to the Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #1)

The Lost Herondale (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #2)

The Whitechapel Fiend (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #3)

Nothing but Shadows (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #4)

The Evil We Loved (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #5)