Monday, September 14, 2015

Blog Transfer!

Hello everyone! I just want to let you guys know that I will be transferring my blog to WordPress.
I've been using this blog for years and it's a wonderful experience to meet fellow bookworms here.I decided to move into a new page and explore more. I'll be transferring some of my posts there and I'm still exploring on it. :)

Here is my link to my new blog (the name is still the same.)
 Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic

Feel free to follow me and hopefully, I will still see you there! Thank you very much! :D

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Pages: 404
Goodreads Rating: 4.23 / 5 Stars
My Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Summary:


After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined. 


My Review:

Review originally posted on Goodreads

Looks like I need to catch up in reading this series. I've been putting this off for quite a while because of the hype and I wasn't in the mood to read fantasy novels. When I finally had a chance to read it, I guess it lived up with its hype.

Throne of Glass is an engaging, action-packed and fast paced read. It's definitely a great start and I'm so pumped to read more of it. I got to admit that it wasn't easy read for me at first because it's been a while since I've read a fantasy novel and I keep going back to its map every time a place was mentioned. Yep, that kinda slow me down. After a few chapters in, I'm officially engrossed with the story. Sarah J. Maas well-crafted such a fantastic setting and the concept is surreal. Praises to Ms. Maas' captivating writing style.

Celaena Sardothien is a feisty, badass heroine. She definitely got the angst,wits and sarcasm. As a penance for her crime, she suffered in Endovier. Her life had been miserable and I cannot imagine how this woman endured the pain she experienced in the salt mines. It's horrible. Being offered a freedom she craved for by Dorian Havilliard, the Prince of Adarlan. She is convinced to participate on a competition to become a new assassin. She underwent an intense training for her to become more competitive and she's supervised by the Captain of the Royal Guard, Chaol Westfall, whom she considered a brooding yet sarcastic guy. This challenge is not an ordinary one. She's determined to win this competition so she could be free but she needs to be careful because someone threatens her life. 

The characters are very likable and interesting. They all made me curious, even Princess Nehemia Ygter. As for the guys, Prince Dorian is indeed a sweet, charming, confident and gentleman. I think I get why some people root for him. Plus, he's a bookworm. ;) While Chaol is this brooding, sarcastic hero with guarded feelings but there's something about him that makes me curious. These two are irresistibly attractive, no doubt about that. However, I am kinda rooting for Chaol on this. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book though there are some parts that are quite unclear to me and I need answers for that.

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

I was tagged by the lovely, Dre of Sporadic Reads to this awesome tag. Thank you so much Dre for tagging me! I will be tagging: Jasmine of Jasmine Pearl Reads , JM of Book Freak Revelations , Yani of Paper Boulevard, Jules of Jules Bookshelf and Angelica of The Bookish Angel

The Questions:

How long have you been blogging? 

  • I've been blogging for 5 years but most of the time I'm using my Goodreads. However, this blog I'm using right now has been running for 2 years, I think. (I forgot) :) 

At what point do you think you'll stop blogging?

  • NEVER. haha! I love blogging or reviewing books. I will do it as long as I wanted to.

What is the best thing about blogging?

  • You get to express your thoughts about the things you love to other people by posting book reviews, recommendations, tips etc.
  • Meeting people with common interest all over the world. 
  • MORE BOOKS TO READ IN DIFFERENT GENRES. YES!

What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

  • Reading slump. Ugh. I hate it when I experience this. Usually I pick a contemporary book to read or just watch a movie.
  • Not getting into the hype. Sometimes you feel left out when all people read the same book at the same time. Well, I just read what I want to read, probably I'll read it when I'm in the mood or let the hype go down.
  • Plagiarism. Yep, that's the worst thing and experiencing one is a really horrible feeling. I settled this privately in a nice, very calm and respective way because I don't want to embarrass anyone in the social media and will not deprive anyone from blogging. so yeah. :) 

How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

  • I usually go to Pinterest to find the perfect picture for my post and edit them via Paint. I'm not good with graphics and editing. I need help on that department. haha!

Who is your book crush?

  • I have a LOT. hahaha! I'm going to break it according to YA, NA and Adult. It's hard to answer this. LOL.
  • For YA: Tobias Eaton from Divergent by Veronica Roth. For NA: Will Cooper from Slammed by Colleen Hoover. For Adult: Gabriel Owen Emerson from Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard. 

What do you wear when you write your blog post?

  • Tank top and shorts. haha! I usually write my blog post during night time. Yep, I'm a night blogger. 

How long does it take you to prepare?

  • It depends on my mood. Sometimes I'm on a blogging hiatus, I usually post my reviews on Goodreads first before posting it here. Sometimes it takes longer when I'm editing pictures. lol

How do you feel about the "Book Blogger Community"?

  • I love it. They are very welcoming and supportive. You get to share the passion for reading and just spread all the love for books. They truly understand you when other people don't. So glad I met fellow book lovers. :)

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

  • Be honest with your thoughts regardless it's a positive or a negative feedback. Not all books will definitely not please us. 
  • Be legit. As much as possible, do not rush on writing a review. Sometimes it's hard to think of words to express your thoughts. Let your inner thoughts take over! Write your own review and you'll never go wrong.
  • Be friendly and kind. Talk to those people commenting on your posts and of course thank them whenever they praise you. 
  • Keep an open mind. There are times people will not agree with your review or post. It's important to respect it and it can be challenging to reply those. Have a nice constructive discussion out of it, for sure you'll gain respect. 
  • Lastly, just be inspired and continue in what you are doing. Passionate bloggers will be successful with that. :)