So, I know everyone does Waiting on Wednesdays (and by everyone I mean YA book bloggers; so really, not everyone at all), but it's such a huge part of what we as book lovers share - that crazy, unhealthy NEED that you feel - that I can't not take part! Waiting on Wednesday is a meme started by Jill of Breaking the Spine. :)
This Wednesday, I'm waiting on...
THRONE OF GLASS by SARAH J. MAAS
I know a lot of people have read this already, but I honestly can't wait. I completely devoured the novellas:
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (Goodreads | Amazon)
The Assassin and the Desert (Goodreads | Amazon)
The Assassin and the Underworld (Goodreads | Amazon)
The Assassin and the Empire (July 2012)
They were sooo good, and so much fun. It's been a while since I've read YA fantasy that just feels so natural. Her stories feel just like the fantasy I read when I was younger and really reminded me of Tamora Pierce. It doesn't feel forced at all. Celaena is so funny and so refreshingly girly for an assassin. I loved the world-building (especially the story of the spiders in The Assassin and the Desert). I loved the blossoming relationship between Sam and Celaena (why isn't he mentioned in the Throne of Glass blurb????). And this is just from reading the NOVELLAS. I can't wait for this book.
PRE-ORDER THRONE OF GLASS: Amazon | The Book Depository
Release date: 7 August 2012 (US) | 2 August 2012 (UK)
Summary: (Taken from Goodreads)
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 kings 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.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.