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July 5, 2013 • Cee • Reviews

Sarah J. Maas - ToG .2The Assassin and the Desert (Throne of Glass #0.2) by Sarah J. Maas
March 30, 2012
Bloomsbury Children’s
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The Silent Assassins of the Red Desert aren’t much for conversation, and Celaena Sardothien wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s not there to chatter, she’s there to hone her craft as the world’s most feared killer for hire. When the quiet is shattered by forces who want to destroy the Silent Assassins, Celaena must find a way to stop them, or she’ll be lucky to leave the desert alive.

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First sentence: “There was nothing left in the world except sand and wind.”

We are a couple months after the events of  The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, Arobynn Hamel had punished Celaena by beating her and sending her out to the desert to be trained by the Mute Master of the Silent Assassin. 

This was kind of hard for me to get into. I blame the weather. (It’s been extremely stuffy-hot, which is completely unbearable to me. It’s fitting though – the weather. As I read The Assassin and the Desert, I felt like I was with Celaena as she trekked through the hot desert.) Though, I did eventually got sucked into the story during the halfway point when Ansel, a girl that’s training under the Silent Assassin, took Celaena to the Xandria on some business for the Mute Master. That was when the story moved forward, whereas I felt everything before was stagnant.

I really enjoyed Ansel more than I did with Celaena. She’s a different She’s a nice contrast to Celaena’s serious, arrogant personality. Ansel’s personality and actions show that assassins are capable of smiling and having fun (even though we find out it was a ruse). Life should be lived, fun should be had. When Ansel’s true personality/mission was revealed, I was saddened by it, but her actions are important to show Celaena’s growth and moral conduct . 

This novella sets up the difference between Adarlan’s Assassins and other assassins (like the Silent Assassins). For Adarlan’s Assassin, they are subjected to an environment that rewards brutality, and forces these particular assassins to see each other as enemies. Their three rules would be: “1. Look out for number one, 2. No weakness, and 3. Be vicious.” And for the Silent Assassins, everybody learn from each other.  They genuinely value what everybody has to bring to the table. I enjoy seeing the differences and seeing how Celaena continues to grow disillusioned by Arobynn’s treatment of his assassins. I wonder what the next novella will bring us.

gradeC+





July 4, 2013 • Cee • Letters

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Dear America,

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Happy birthday! It’s been 237 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed by the founding fathers. And it’s been 17 years since Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum saved the world from an alien invasion. Whoooooo.

What I won’t be doing today –

  • Reading. Blogging. Internet stuff.

What I will be doing –

  • Eating (hopefully BBQ)
  • Hanging with friends
  • Watching Independence Day (not sure that this will happen)
  • Watching fireworks
  • Dying from the heat (of course today is the hottest day of the week)

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To my fellow American readers/bloggers, happy fourth of July! And to my international followers, happy day! I hope all of you have a fabulous day.

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July 3, 2013 • Cee • Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting On is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Holly Black - The Coldest Girl in ColdtownThe Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
September 3, 2013
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

Why I’m waiting?

I’m not a big fan of post-apocalyptic books, but this particularly one is written by Holly Black (I adored her Curseworkers series). There is something creepy about this book, and yet, I’m anxious to read it. The title is clever, and I hope it’ll keep me on the edge of my seat or force me to cower underneath my blanket. Also, post apocalyptic road trip? Never heard such a thing. But I want it. (At least, I have yet to read one.)

What books are you waiting on this Wednesday?





July 2, 2013 • Cee • Lists

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens! This week’s topic is “top ten most intimidating books.” We can be intimidated by the book’s size, content, or that everyone else loved it but you are sure you won’t. Whatever it is.  I have broken my top ten into two categories – young adult and classic literature. 

1. The Diviners by Libba Bray
I know I will love this book (because it’s set in my favorite time period), but the sheer size of this book is completely intimidating. It’s at least 550 pages. Dammmnnnn.

2. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Any book that is sci-fi or steampunk makes me pause and wonder whether I should read it. There’s something about it that I don’t understand. I can’t explain it.

3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I’m usually weary of retelling of fairy tales. They never live up to my expectations. I really want to love this book. (We’ll see when I pick it up to read.)

4. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
My feelings about this book is similar to my feelings about Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. I fear that I won’t like this book because the main character may be deluded by her so-called “love” for the bad boy so she lets him walk all over her even though he does shitty things (that angers me a lot). Also, I roll my eyes at YA books about fallen angels because it’s a topic that’s done consistently but not well in the books I’ve read.

5. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Revenge-based plots make me question about whether the reason for it is strong enough to be sustained the book. What if it isn’t? Or what if the revenge isn’t impactful? What if there’s a lack of character development? What ifs!

6. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostevsky
I’ve heard excellent things about this book, but Russian Literature is INTIMIDATING, period.

7. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Classic literature is always intimidating. I’ve already convince myself that this book will be my favorite out of all the classics, but I’m scared that it won’t be.

8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
My sister and friends keep telling me that I’ll love the story, but I know the story so well that I feel like I won’t enjoy it when I actually read the book. I don’t want to disappoint them (which shouldn’t be a big deal since we all have differing opinions but still!).

9. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Any books that are American classics or a must-read or both makes me want to run in the opposite direction. What if I don’t find this book funny? What if I don’t “get” it? I get absolutely stressed out with these questions. I shouldn’t feel like that, but I think of how much classics I have to read. There’s too much!

10. Dubliners by James Joyce
Joyce’s writing is daunting to me. I read A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and didn’t really enjoy it because I wasn’t a big fan of Joyce’s stream of consciousness writing. (I think the problem was lack of plot; I need a semblance of one.)

What books are on your list? Link me up! 





July 1, 2013 • Cee • Letters

Dear you (aka people who may or may not be following me right now),

Google Reader is gone. Discontinued. Terminated. A sad day.

I had prepared myself months ago when it was first announced that Google Reader was going away. When the news came, I signed up for Bloglovin and Feedly. I never realized how much having a news feed reader made my life so much easier, especially with blogs that I regularly frequent. It was convenient to have it all in one place. (Note: I never really used Google Reader at all. I guess that’s why I’m not really torn up that it’s gone.)

You should follow me! (This post/letter is my obligatory “follow me on bloglovin/feedly.”)

I hope you follow me! You know you want to. (Hugs to all of you if you do!)

Sincerely,

Cee