Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
The Skinny: After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes. Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king’s bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she’s given a task that could jeopardize everything she’s come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon — forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.
Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for? – From Goodreads
BFF?: <deep breath> I F-ING LOVE CELAENA SARDOTHIEN!!!!!! She is one of the most fantastic MCs I’ve come across in a very long time. I think what I love best is that even though she’s this deadly assassin, she’s just a girl. She has feelings and emotions. She’s unsure of herself and her feelings towards others. She cares about her friends. However, what made me love her even more in this book is that we FINALLY get to see her live up to her reputation. I won’t say much more, but wow. Just WOW.
Readability: I didn’t want to put this DOWN! The writing felt easy, enjoyable. I sometimes get bogged down with fantasy, so it was nice to read something that was very fantasy but accessible.
Crush Level: 9
Dorian? Who is Dorian? Let’s give it up for CHAOL!!! I wasn’t the hugest fan of him in Throne of Glass, mostly because he was pretty vanilla. I think I was more attracted to Dorian and his sparkly personality. But after reading Crown of Midnight? PSHHH! Forget him! Give me more Chaol! I won’t say anything else, because I want you to experience him and his wonderfulness for yourself, but he really did give me all the swoons!
Remember that scene in Mickey’s Christmas Carol where Scrooge’s doorknocker turns into Jacob Marley’s (as played by Goofy) head? Okay, I didn’t imagine this particular doorknocker, named Mort, to look like him, but it’s the same principle. I actually imagined him to look like, and sound like, the doorknob from Alice in Wonderland!
Usually I can see twists coming a mile away in YA books. Not because they aren’t well written, but because sometimes it’s just the natural way things go. But the twists in this book? Wow, NEVER saw them coming! There was one particular scene where I slammed my hands on my desk (yes I was reading at work), my jaw dropped to my chest, and I pushed myself away from the desk. It was that shocking.
I kind of hate rebel groups in books because they always end up sad. But this particular rebel group was actually really interesting. Along with it you aren’t sure who you need to trust. Celeana gets all mixed up, unsure of who is her friend and who is enemy, which story to trust and which is a lie…
Commencement Speech: OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG <deep breath> OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG
Yeah, it’s that good. Read it.
Yearbook Quote: None! ARC! (but I do have a good one if you want me to share!)
Superlatives – Most likely to OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG
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