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Books and Reading | Book Reviews | Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass Series 4/7) by Sarah J Mass

Queen of Shadows Book Cover Queen of Shadows
Throne of Glass Series 4/7
Sarah J. Maas
Young Adult Fiction
Bloomsbury Publishing
September 1, 2015
Kindle Book/Audio Book
576
Amazon/Audible
Celaena Sardothian (Aelin Galathinios)
Rifthold
Heir of Fire
Empire of Storms
Read from 2/11/17 to 7/8/18
Elizabeth Evans

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. Now she returns to the empire – to confront the shadows of her past ... The fourth breathtaking instalment in the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series. Bloodthirsty for revenge on the two men responsible for destroying her life, and desperate to find out if the prince and his captain are safe, Celaena returns to Rifthold, the seat of so much evil. She has accepted her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, there are dark truths to learn and debts to be paid. Aelin must stay hidden beneath her assassin's hood and draw on her mortal strength as Celaena to prevent the King of Adarlan from tearing her world apart. Only then can she fight for her people. Readers will be held rapt as Celaena's story builds to an agonising crescendo, packed with heart-pounding action and swoon-worthy romance.

I started reading this book as soon as I’d finished reading the previous book in the series which is Heir of fire because i enjoyed that one so much. However I didn’t enjoy it much at all even though I did end up reading it in audio book format which made it more bearable as the Narrators Narration was great and it was far more atmospheric than it would have been just reading it. In fact I didn’t enjoy it so much that at the halfway point I was considering not reading anymore of the series but at the end of the audio book there was an excerpt from the next book in the series and listening to that made me want to read it’

Sarah’s writing style, plot and character development were as good as ever but I didn’t feel that I connected to Celaena as strongly as I did in previous books in fact i Just found her extremely annoying, although her relationships with the other characters were endearing on the whole. It slightly annoyed me how the story jumped between Celaena’s story and the story of the witch clans because I was just settled in hearing the story from one point of view when I found I was hearing the story from the other persons/groups point of view which was a little jarring. I can understand why Sarah wrote it this way because it meant that as the reader you were able to get both points of views of the main groups in the story but when it changed points of view it pulled me out of the story.

As much as I only gave this book a three star rating I did enjoy it a bit but it’s just not the best book in this series as it probably has “middle book” syndrome in that although it’s an Ok story the characters have become a little blah. However it is still a book that I would recommend it to anyone whose a fan of The Throne of Glass Series or enjoys reading paranormal, fantasy, Romance.

Books and Reading I Reviews I A Batter of Life and Death (Bakeshop Mystery 2/ ) by Ellie Alexander

A Batter of Life and Death Book Cover A Batter of Life and Death
A Bakeshop Mystery 2/14
Ellie Alexander
Fiction
St. Martin's Paperbacks
June 30, 2015
Kindle Book
272
Amazon
Julia Capshaw, Nina
Ashland,Oregpn
Meet your Baker
On thin Icing
read from 25/11/17 to 25/01/18

Welcome to Torte-a small-town family bakeshop where the coffee is hot, the muffins are fresh, and the cakes are definitely to die for... It's autumn in Ashland, Oregon-'tis the season for a spiced hot apple cider with a serving (or two) of Torte's famous peach cobbler. It's also the perfect time for Jules Capshaw to promote her family's beloved bake shop by competing in The Pastry Channel's reality show, Take the Cake. The prize is $25,000. But as Jules quickly learns, some people would kill for that kind of dough. Literally. Then, just as Jules dusts off her Bavarian Chocolate Cake recipe and cinches up her apron, the corpse of a fellow contestant is discovered-death by buttercream. What began as a fun, tasteful televised adventure has morphed into something of a true-crime detective show for Jules and everybody else on set. Who could have killed Chef Marco, and why? Can Jules sift out the killer before someone else gets burned?

I enjoyed this book as much as I did the first one in the series although the story was a liitle slow to begin with, for the first dozen or so chapters. Although the story was slow going initially it was great to back in Julia Capshaws world again as well as in the middle of yet another murder mystery which she was in the middle of.

The characters in this book were really well written and believable, and I loved seeing the way Julias relationships with the characters from the previous book developed further as well as how her relationships with the new characters developed. Julias strong and loving relationship with her Mother but complete and utter confusion about her feelings for her estranged Husband Carlos, a fellow chef.

Although the plot was slow going to begin with the author had written it so well that it kept me the reader want to keep reading so I could find out what happened. From when one of the chefs in the Baking competition that this book was based around was murdered and Julia was drawn in to the mystery of the murder. The descriptions of both the characters and scenes were so well written and beleivable that I actually felt like I was in the story my self.

I would recomend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries particularly those that are known as cozy and based around baking.

Dragonlove (Dragonfriend #1) by Marc Secchia

Dragonlove Book Cover Dragonlove
Dragonfriend #2
Marc Secchia
YA Fantasy Romance
CreateSpace
September 6, 2015
Kindle Book/ Audiobook
528
Direct from Author/ Audible
huamalia,
Dragon friend
Dragonsoul
Read from June 10 to October 22 2017
I received this book from the author for review purposes but this doesn't effect my views on the book.

When a woman loves a Dragon, that love will change the world. Six years have passed since Hualiama and Grandion defied the Island-World's most sacred law. They burned the heavens together as Rider and Dragon. For his crime, Grandion the Tourmaline Dragon suffered exile and imprisonment. The Dragons forced Hualiama to forget her past. Now, the suns must set upon the age of the Ancient Dragons. Amaryllion Fireborn, last of his kind, bequeaths Hualiama an astonishing legacy. She is the Dragonfriend. Raised by Dragons. Burned by Dragon fire. Oath-bound to a Dragon. Crossing the Island-World in search of her Dragonlove, she will forge an indelible mark upon history. As war between Dragons and Humans engulfs the Islands, Hualiama must unravel the secrets of her tragic past in order to confront an evil that threatens the very existence of the Dragonkind. For love that is tested in the crucible of fate must burn, or die.