The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas

July 4, 2012 Reviews 0 ★★★

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. MaasThe Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas
Buy from AmazonBuy from Barnes & NoblePublished by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on January 10, 2012
Genres: YA Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
three-stars
On a remote island in a tropical sea, Celaena Sardothien, feared assassin, has come for retribution. She’s been sent by the Assassin’s Guild to collect on a debt they are owed by the Lord of the Pirates. But when Celaena learns that the agreed payment is not in money, but in slaves, her mission suddenly changes—and she will risk everything to right the wrong she’s been sent to bring about.

The first of four novellas leading up to Throne of Glass, Maas gives readers who weren’t around to read her novel on Fictionpress their first taste of Celaena Sardothien, Adarlan’s Assassin. I haven’t stopped hearing about the author for months now because of how her novel started out, and I was eager to see what all the fuss is about. I can’t say I don’t see how she got so many fans, but I can say she still needs improvement.

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Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

July 3, 2012 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Seraphina by Rachel HartmanSeraphina by Rachel Hartman Published by Random House BFYR on July 10, 2012
Genres: YA Fantasy
Pages: 512
Format: eARC
Source: eARC via NetGalley
four-stars
Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina's tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they've turned the final page.
Once the title went up on NetGalley, all I could read about for an estimated month was praise for Seraphina. Friends of mine who got to Seraphina before I did were singing its praises to the heavens before I read the novel and that got me curious. I was familiar with both the book and its author, but I hadn’t put much thought into it before. What was it about this book that had them all so excited? After reading the novel myself and straining my eyes after an eye doctor appointment just so I could finish reading, I see what they’re talking about (no puns intended).
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A Collection of DNF Books

July 2, 2012 DNF Collections 0

DNF Collection #1 DNF
I try to finish every single book I read. I really do. In addition to being able to dodge the critics who say my opinion is invalid because I never finished the book (though that brings on the critics who ask “Well, why did you finish it if you didn’t like it”–I never win), it means I get all my questions answered and I get to have my peace of mind. When I leave books unfinished, all the unanswered questions nag at me and drive me up the wall!I do write reviews for some of the books I don’t finish, but I estimate I’ve only reviewed maybe half of my DNF books. Here’s a post collecting some of the books I’ve given up on and why.(All links in the titles take you to the book’s Goodreads page, where you can learn more about it.)
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