Short Stories + Novels
A Throne of Glass series 1-4 by Sarah Maas — ★3.5
After reading ACOTAR, I decided to keep along with Maas’ work. Yes, there were some issues in that book but I was looking for a longer series to get into and generally books in the 3-star category are at least entertaining enough for me to not hate them. Throne of Glass also had its issues, but obviously there was something about it to keep me going for 4 books.
So if you’re not familiar with the ATOG series, here’s the basic premise: We’re in a land where magic once existed, but no longer does… mostly. There’s the tyrannical king, making life very much miserable, especially in the lands he’s taken over. Every bad guy needs a hero to kick his butt, and ours is Celaena, the super talented, yet also very pretty, best assassin ever. She’s chosen to compete for the “honor” of becoming the king’s assassin — the very king who enslaved her in the salt mines. And that’s where our story starts off.
There’s angst and tension and mysteries and quite bit that romance thing. Things that save the book: the world building, the pacing (for the most part), the interpersonal relationships, and, as much as I hate to say it, Rowan (and also Chaol a bit). These romantic relationships in the books are not healthy relationships. Chaol’s is a bit closer to it… But there’s a lot of distrust and territorial-ness and controlling that’s written as being romantic and swoon-worthy. I also found issue with Manon and Celaena being almost too similar. In some ways they could be the same person, but there’s enough of a difference to keep them separate.
Anyway. There’s two more books in the series, and I’ll likely read those as well. I don’t see them topping the list of favorite series, but they’re entertaining. It’s like those TV shows, you’re not really getting anythings from them but you still watch them.
Comics + Graphic Novels
Ms. Marvel #18: Last Days of Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson
I love this issue. Kamala struggles with so much in this issue, especially how can you save them all — or how can you be a hero when everything seems futile. It really resonated with me. I know I say this every month, but for real, you should be reading this series.