Currently Reading: Throne of Glass

On Friday I began the first novel in a series I am reading with a group of people on Instagram. The Throne of Glass series is a young adult fantasy set of books that was written by Sarah J. Maas. This series is continuously referred to in the Bookstagram community and I decided I needed to read and enjoy it as well.

The first book in the series is titled Throne of Glass.

As expected with a series, I did not get to know too much about the characters in the first novel. However by the end of the book, I did want to know more about them – so much so that even though I said I would read the series with others, I could not wait an entire week to begin the next novel in the series. Today saw me opening the pages to the next book: Crown of Midnight.

I suspect I will continue on with the series until I am done – especially as I have all the books on my shelves. My interest in the story has been peaked and I am looking forward to reading the rest. I don’t feel too guilty about not waiting for the others in my group as I know of one other who is also reading ahead.

What are you currently reading?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

Book Review: Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas

Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas was totally a cover buy for me – isn’t the artwork on the cover gorgeous? Another reason that I picked up the novel is that I had heard that Maas is an excellent storyteller.

Genre: Adult Fantasy

Blurb:

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.

My thoughts:

After reading this book, I am now a fan of Maas. Her story-building is extremely skillful as she creates characters that you grow to love. As Crescent City is an adult fantasy, there is a gritty edge to the characters as well as the author’s representation of them (be warned that there is swearing involved). Maas’ honest representation of her characters, however, make the story more believable and realistic despite it being set in a setting created in the author’s mind.

The first 200 pages of the novel is slow-going as the reader is introduced to the intricate world of this new series. However, soon the pages of this 803 page tome are quickly turned and enjoyed. Once I became invested in the story, I could not put it down. Luckily I read the major part of this novel over the weekend so I could spend hours curled up on the sofa with the images of the novel.

What I loved about this story is that it wasn’t predictable – there were times when the storyline surprised me. By the end of the novel, I was fond of many of the characters and I look forward to seeing more of them in the next book in the saga. If you enjoy fantasy, Crescent City is a must-read. I enjoyed this novel so much that I know I will reread the book.

I give this novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This novel was the 46th novel in my book pledge for 2020)

Currently Reading: Crescent City

I have read a lot of good things about Fantasy author Sarah J. Maas – all of them good. Recently she has released the first novel in an Adult Fantasy series she has written and when I saw the stunning cover, I knew I had to purchase it and immerse myself in the story.

I am 200 pages into this 800 page novel – and it is starting to get interesting. I suspect I will soon be unable to put this one down.

What are you currently reading?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

Book Review: Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

I wanted to introduce myself to Sarah J. Maas and her writing as I had seen so much of her work on Instagram. While browsing her offerings at the bookstore, I saw that she had written a superhero story. I love superheroes, so I picked up her interpretation of Catwoman: Soulstealer.

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Superheroes

Blurb: 

When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.

My thoughts: 

I loved this story and did not regret picking it up. Maas makes Selina’s story real and believable. Through her words we see the true person behind the mask (and no, I haven’t read the comic book so I am unable to compare). We are told of Catwoman’s background and the journey she took to become one of the masked characters in Gotham city. We learn of the obstacles she has encountered, the decisions she has had to make, and the love that she has for the most important person in her world. In the story we also learn about another superhero – Batwing – and I enjoyed reading the cat and mouse game that Catwoman plays with him.

Reading this story made me realise that I do want to read more of Sarah J. Maas. She weaves her story adroitly and sets a good pace for the story. Reading Catwoman: Soulstealer has also made me want to read the rest of the DC Iconns in the series.

I give this novel ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This novel was the 6th in my book pledge for 2019)