Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

December 18, 2013 Review 26 ★★★★★

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
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Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Purchased
Pages: 418
Release Date: August 15th 2013
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all . . . And trying to may just destroy her.

Love or loathe Celaena, she will slice open your heart with her dagger and leave you bleeding long after the last page of the highly anticipated sequel in what is undeniably THE hottest new fantasy series.
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GUYS.

THIS BOOK

I JUST

OMG

Because I am having trouble forming proper, objective thoughts on CROWN OF MIDNIGHT, this “review” is basically going to be one giant mess. Fangirling, key smashing, capslock screaming, it will have it all. I present to you

Bec’s Emotional Journey through CROWN OF MIDNIGHT
(with bonus general observations)

I knew this was going to be good. I mean, how could it not be? Celaena is finally champion. She is out assassinating and kicking even more arse, which still being her gorgeous self, obsessed with food, books, and clothing and Chaol. But she isn’t just a simple pawn. And I can’t say more because I am about to start freaking out. So onto an actual representation of my emotional journey utilizing various gifs (it’s the only way to accurately portray my pain)

Okay, so the entire first half of this book can be summed up with

IT WAS EVERYTHING I HAD EVER WANTED IN THIS SERIES. The romance was fantastic, there was action, there was mystery, there was SO MUCH SEXUAL TENSION AJHDKLSJHDLKJHLKRH And then STUFF HAPPENS AND I AM SO HAPPY I COULDN”T HAVE IMAGINED ANYTHING BETTER AND THE CHARACTERS ARE SO PERF ADN ASKFLHLKSHKL

Seeds are layed down for plot developments, twists that are so fantastic I applauded them. Such awesome developments. Everything was exciting. I was loving all the characters more than I ever could. Dorian became a character I loved when before I’d only really liked. Celaena and Chaol and Nehemia would have been crushed against my chest if they were real. Fleetfoot was adorable. It was all great and fantastic. I was bursting with happiness.

Which of course meant it was getting too happy so a twist was in order. So Stage 2 of the emotional journey, right in the middle of the book left me

Just thinking about this twists makes me cry. And the effect it had on the characters… In a matter of pages Sarah J Maas has managed to take me from an emotional high to a place where my heart just shattered. It was.. I am seriously crying now thinking of it. SO MUCH PAIN. MANY EMOTIONS.

I never saw it coming. Not once did I ever suspect that moment would come. And for almost the rest of the book my heart was in pieces. Slowly it repaired, but never quite fast enough. This is a twist that I don’t think I’ll ever recover from.

Fear not though, it does not end like this. Somehow there is more pain, more exciting moments and eventually more happiness and anticipation to be experienced. In the final part of the book, where the pace is set at a break neck speed, my state of mind was

The last part of the book was just filled with AWESOME. Amazing action, THE BEST TWISTS, more romance, more shocks, and A SHOCKING ENDING ADHLKSKJSHDKSD. It’s not a cliffhanger. You’re not left hanging, but that final revelation (which I predicted in the first book, but it was MORE THAN I EXPECTED and some parts I never really even considered) it’s just… BRILLIANCE.  THIS IS HOW YOU END MID SERIES BOOKS. I cannot wait for the next book

Now I know this is a complete mess of a review and I’ve barely scratched the surface, but CROWN OF MIDNIGHT is a book that’s going to tear you apart piece by piece then stitch you back together and then start to pick at the seams again. So many twists, so many emotions, so many shocks. It’s just perfect. And not enough. After I finished I spent two hours scrolling through Sarah J Maas’s Pinterest board, yearning for more (and it made me even more excited for the next book cause it looks like there’s going to be some AWESOME THINGS in it)

Basically, if you enjoy fantasy, if you want assassins and kick arse females, and brilliant characters, and shocking twists, and pretty writing, and interesting plot lines, you should probably give this series a chance. You might just begin to obsess with it as much as I do XD

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Rating Report
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Overall: 4.9

26 Responses to “Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas”

  1. Sel

    WOW. Okay, this just sounds downright amazing! Fantastic review, Bec :)

    I’ve not read Throne of Glass, but I’ve got a feeling that once I read it, I’m going to LOVE it! (And haha, I stalk some authors’ Pinterest boards too when their book is so awesome I just need to know everything I can about it.)
    Sel recently posted…Review: Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)

    • Bec

      Because it is amazing! You better start the series or else :P

      I don’t normally stalk pinterest boards, but I was so lost when I finished this and not ready to move on just yet so I had to. I just had to.

  2. Tanja

    ROLF! Welcome to my world girl. I mean this is getting really amazing and if Ms Maas manages to blow me away with the next book I’m her minion till end of times. Romance here was heartbreaking and action kickassing! :D Great review, Bec :)
    Tanja recently posted…Waiting on Wednesday (#75)

    • Bec

      This series is getting less predictable and more awesome and I don’t think my body is ready for all that romance and shocks and action.

      Thanks!

  3. Nara

    THE ENDING BLEW MY MIND. I was like, wait…what?! WHATTTT?!
    I need to do a reread of Throne of Glass because apparently there’s actually quite a lot of foreshadowing for that twist. But, man….it was so unexpected.
    Also, DORIAN TWIST. And NEHEMIA TWIST.
    WHY ARE THERE SO MANY TWISTS!? #capslock
    Nara recently posted…ARC Review: The Art of Falling by Jenny Kaczorowski

    • Bec

      It was so great! Best way it could have ended, I reckon.

      I picked up on the twist first time I read ToG. The seeds are there is you pay attention to the details and Celaena’s reactions to things. Still, it was WAY MORE than I was expecting. AND THE DORIAN AND NEHEMIA TWISTS WERE THE BEST AND MOST HEARTBREAKING BUT SO FANTASTIC AND SHOCKING FOR PLOT DEVELOPMENT HDLSHLSDH

  4. Charlotte @ Thoughts and Pens

    This has been gathering dust on my TBR pile and yet I still don’t know why I haven’t pick it up yet. I mean, this book is a dream come true with a female assassin, right? I guess I was just procrastinating because I am afraid to get disappointed… I mean with the hype and all that. But heck, with this review, I really need to read double time and get to this ASAP.

    book was just filled with AWESOME. Amazing action, THE BEST TWISTS, more romance, more shocks, and A SHOCKING ENDING ADHLKSKJSHDKSD.? Good lord, do you want to kill me with envy?
    Charlotte @ Thoughts and Pens recently posted…Book Review: Shadow and Bone

    • Bec

      Silly Sally, pick it up! Forget the hype, just read it. Take in no preconceived notions, just experience the awesome that is Celaena Sardothien and enjoy.

      haha, I try :P

    • Bec

      YES! I can’t wait to see how much more awesome book 3 could possibly get. The books do need to be released more often. OR we just get a MASSIVE bind up of the rest of the books magically tomorrow so we don’t have to wait anymore. That’d be good XD

      Thanks!

    • Bec

      Because it’s amazing!

      Ahahaha, I have epicness? More like I just can’t form words or sentences very well so resort to key smashing and gifs.

      You definitely should get to reading this series sometime :)

    • Bec

      WHY ISN”T IT???? It’s has one of the most kick arse, awesome, hilarious, and all round fantastic heroines I have ever read. And the other characters aren’t bad either.

      I hope you get to experience the awesome! :D

  5. A Canadian Girl

    Lol! I feel like I’m one of those few people that actually didn’t like the first book. But even then I knew I was probably going to give this one a try in the hopes that I’d end up liking the series. I still haven’t read Crown of Midnight yet but you’ve made me excited about it, Bec :)

    • Bec

      I know a couple who didn’t like it for various reasons, but it’s right up my alley and I love it! I hope that if you try CoM it changes your mind :)

    • Bec

      I know, I’m sorry. This book just gave me so many feelings and the only way I could even partially talk about it was like this!

      It’s a great series. I hope you pick it up :)

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