My Edition: HarperCollins eBook
Released: June 7th 2012
Series No: The Selection #1
Pages: 327 approx.
This book had been on my wishlist for quite some time and so when I finally managed to get my hands on a copy, I was super excited to start. Luckily, since this was the first book I read out of the two and so had nothing to compare it with, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I like how the author has written a story with a fresh take on the dystopian genre. A unique and unusual plot is a big must-have for me and so I'm glad this book delivered. The world-building was also enjoyable. I was constantly intrigued by all the 'Castes' and really wanted to know more about how they had come to be that way. I'm hoping to get more information in the sequel! The main character, America, was caring and sarcastic and so turned out to be an enjoyable narrator also. The only thing that lowered my liking for her was during the ending when I got the impression that she was going to start... 'toying' with both love interests. I really hope this isn't the case because both of them care for her deeply and it would just be plain unfair and a little vain on her part. :3 Speaking of the love triangle, I really couldn't make up my mind for the majority of the book who I liked better. Maxon or Aspen. One minute I liked one over the other and then two scenes later I'd like the other one more. If I had to pick though, I would say Maxon. Another character I liked was May - she had such an adorable personality! I've actually got the sequel sitting next to me which I need to read and review and I can't wait to get started!
FOUR STARS FOR THE SELECTION! :D
My Edition: Bloomsbury Paperback
Released: August 2nd 2012
Series No: Throne of Glass #1
Pages: 404 approx.
Now this is where I'm going to have to start scratching my brain since I read this book a few months ago. Anyway, I'll try my best. The synopsis of Throne of Glass creates a great premise - instantly you can see the potential in the storyline. So when I found out that the main character was going to have to compete in a serious of challenges throughout the book to become the Royal assassin, I was rather excited. I thought it was a great idea! But, alas, it just didn't turn out that way. Where I had wanted description upon description of what was happening in each challenge and action scenes upon action scenes, I just didn't get that. Or, more specifically, I just didn't get enough of that. The pacing of the book was also a little off for me. I got quite bored at parts throughout the book and my concentration would drift quite a bit before I forced myself to re-read and then continue on. However, it wasn't all bad. I did enjoy the characters! Celaena was definitely very multi-dimensional - she had contrasting sides to her personality. On one hand she was as hard as nails but then she also had a more gentle, vulnerable side to her too which I enjoyed whenever it appeared. She also liked to read which is, obviously, a bonus! ;) Like with The Selection, I'm not completely sure where I stand on the love triangle. However, we didn't really find out too much about Chaol (aka. Captain Westfall) in this book so I can't fairly choose. So, overall, Throne of Glass was a likeable enough read but I just wished it had focused more on the action aspect and the challenges rather than the other sub-plots.
THREE STARS FOR THRONE OF GLASS! :)
Have you read either - or both - of these books? Were your views similar or completely different to my own? Do you prefer Maxon or Aspen? Chaol or Dorian?
PS: My maths exam is over! Woooooooo! Definitely calls for a party (even if I didn't do so good)... :3 ;)