Don't you just love it when a book surprises you? As in, you didn't expect it to be so amazing, but it was!!!
Throne of Glass, Sarah J. Maas
Source: Owned (won in a contest)
Published: Aug. 2012
Pages: 404 (hardcover)
Genre: Fantasy (Young Adult)
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.
I really enjoyed this book - it's action packed throughout and fast paced, and the characters were interesting with varied personalities. Calaena kicked butt as an assassin and I liked her wit, but I would have liked to see her use more of that kick-assness that she was known for prior to going to prison. She also displayed a level of immaturity that was not what I would have expected of someone touted as the best assassin in the land - and someone who went to the hardest prison there is - and almost escaped.
And what happens when she gets the opportunity to win her freedom by winning a competition - she thinks about romance. That's not exactly what would be on my mind, but all in all, I didn't mind it too much, and it was well done. I loved seeing how the story progressed and I look forward to reading the next book in the series. (Goodreads | Amazon)
There Once Lived A Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband and He Hanged Himself. Love Stories by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Translated by Anna Summers
By turns sly and sweet, burlesque and heartbreaking, these realist fables of women looking for love are the stories that Ludmilla Petrushevskaya is best known for in Russia. Here are attempts at human connection, both depraved and sublime, by people in all stages of life: one-night stands in communal apartments, poignantly awkward couplings, office trysts, schoolgirl crushes, elopements, tentative courtships, and rampant infidelity, shot through with lurid violence, romantic illusion, and surprising tenderness. (Goodreads | Amazon)
I needed to read something by a Russian author for my Winter Olympics Reading Challenge, but I didn't want to read one of the classics. Instead I wanted to see something more contemporary, and this looked like an interesting, if dark, book.
- Inspired by "It's Monday, What Are You Reading?" at Book Journey