Book #7 (For Real)

Hello! “Me Before You” finally came, which is why “Throne of Glass”‘s review is a little late. Oh, and the Hamilton guide came, and that was like 500 pages, but don’t worry, it only took me two days. 🙂 So I suppose I will talk about both books.

“Me Before You was excellent, definitely worth the wait. I loved the story of Louisa herself, (a caretaker for a disabled man named Will,) and of course the romance that came with it. The ending, though I won’t spoil it, was very sad and somewhat dissatisfying, as it seems Will didn’t love Louisa as much as she loved him. All the same, I’m excited to see the movie and glad the book came in at last.

“Throne of Glass” was good too, but hard to get into. The premise of the novel is that 24 criminals will compete to win their freedom, as well as riches and a position – the King’s Champion, AKA the King’s Dirty Deed-doer. Now, while the concept of 24 people competing with weapons and training beforehand certainly sounds very, VERY familiar, the book was actually very different from “The Hunger Games”. Except for the love triangle. Our heroine, Caleana is a former assassin – the most famous in the country, at only 18. She’s also somehow brilliant at reading, playing piano, and nearly everything else that comes up. Oh, and she’s gorgeous. Now, her trainer is the Captain of the Royal Guard, named Chaol, and he finds her very attractive, as does the prince, but as her occupation is somewhat un-noble, all three are put in a tricky situation – and none of them seem to care in the least. Daaaaaang. The best thing about the book for me was the friendship between Caleana and another character, Nehemina. The two girls were sweet to watch and their relationship is described as “unconditional love”. I’d rather read about platonic love than romantic love, so they definitely improved my opinion and made Caleana a better character. While I doubt I’ll continue with the series, I’m not sorry I read the book.

 

Now, I’ve ordered the books for the next several challenges and have them all tucked away – in the middle of my bedroom floor – so that there won’t be as much of a wait between posts.

A book you own but haven’t read.
A book that was made into a movie.
A book you pick solely because of the cover.
A book your friend loves.
A book published this year.
A book by an author you’ve never read before.
A book by an author you love.
A book at the bottom of your to-read pile.
A book with a color in the title.
A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.
A book you started but never finished.
A book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe.
A book with a female heroine.
A book set in the summer.
A book of poems.
A book you learned about because of this challenge.
A book that will make you smarter.
A book with a blue cover.
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t.
A book “everyone” but you has read.
A book with a great first line.
A book with pictures.
A book from the library.
A book you loved – read it again!
A book that is more than ten years old.
A book based on a true story.

 

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Markus Zusak, as many of you know, is the author of “The Book Thief”, which I adore and hate for reasons that are perfectly understandable if you’ve read the book. It’s short, so expect my next post sometime this week.

 

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