I hit 100 followers in late September, but like many things concerning For the Lover of Books, I’m way behind. Thank you so much to everyone who has followed For the Lover of Books, or even simply read one of my posts! It really does mean the world to me. I never thought I would find an audience, or a place in this wonderful community, but I’m so grateful I never gave up on blogging now that I have.
So I came up with a fun (and embarrassing) way to celebrate reaching 100 followers. I’m going to react to my old reviews. The first one is the first review I posted on For the Lover of Books (I had another blog that was pretty terrible before I started For the Lover of Books), and the second one is my review of Heir of Fire, which I remember being not very nice. You can check out those reviews here and here, but I’m really not encouraging you to.
Review 1: Grave Mercy
Number of pages: 549
Time it took me to read: Approximately 1 week
Rating (out of five stars): 3.5
I’m so glad I replaced “time it took me to read” with “number of times read”. No one cares how long it took me to read it.
My first impression of Grave Mercy was skeptical.
What a terrible sentence.
After skimming the blurb on the back of the book, this book did not really seem like something that I would enjoy, but having received it as a gift, I decided to give it a shot. The cover, for me, wasn’t spectacular; a friend had to point out the crossbow in the girl’s hand for me to notice it.
No one care what you thought of the cover, past me. They’re hoping you’ll review the actual book.
The romantic aspects of Grave Mercy were entirely predictable. The very minute you’re introduced to Ismae’s (the main character) love interest you could tell that this book was going to be exactly like multiple other YA (Young Adult) romances
1. Past me mostly read paranormal fantasy, so I’m not sure where this extensive knowledge of YA romances is coming from. 2. I’m pretty sure my readers would have been able to figure out who the main character was without the brackets. 3. If you mention YA, people know what it means without having brackets explain it to them. This isn’t an English essay.
Even though they were entirely predictable, the romantic aspects of Grave Mercy were written exactly to my tastes (I like for there to be something going on (For example: War) while there are sweet hints of romance in the background).
I’m cringing so hard. Why on earth did I think I should put this on the internet? Also, what on earth does “sweet hints of romance” even mean? Why did I like my war with a side on romance? The grammatical aspects of this sentence are also a mess, but I’m more upset about the other stuff.
Grave Mercy also had almost no description. I honestly appreciate that there is a fine line between too much description *cough, cough A song of Ice and Fire* and so little description that the reader can never fully immerse themselves in the world of the author’s creation, but telling the reader the hair colour of approximately three characters and the eye colour of approximately one character is definitely not going to cut it description wise.
This bit is actually okay. I still write parts of my reviews like this. I still bash other books in my reviews as well.
Overall, I thought that Grave Mercy was okay. While there are many cons to reading it, something about this book made me go and purchase the other two books in the series with the remaining Chapters cards that I had to ration until Christmas. Because of this, I give Grave Mercy 3.5 stars out of 5.
I mentioned almost nothing actually wrong with Grave Mercy, yet apparently there are “many cons to reading it”. Also, no one cares about your rationing of Chapters cards.
Review 2: Heir of Fire
Number of pages: 562
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 3.5
Warning: If you have not read the first two books do not continue reading.
Same rating, but a much harsher review. If you haven’t read the first 2 Throne of Glass books, apparently there are spoilers ahead.
“Forget Morgan Rhodes’ awful series, I give you a review of A Game of Fire by George R. J. Maas. It has everything you could want in a book: unnecessary P.O. V’s, unnecessary details, and it’s even dreadfully boring. Sarah J. Maas has truly made a Y.A. A Game of Thrones.” (Me, halfway through Heir of Fire)
Not only did I feel the need to bash 3 books in one paragraph, I also felt it was necessary to quote myself in my own review.
The above quote may seem harsh, but it’s something I actually said aloud while reading this book.
I’m just so frustrated with this series because I can see the potential and I know that Sarah J. Maas will write a fantastic book one day, but there are some times that this book fall so short of its potential that I wanted to throw it.
Did I even proofread this?
Part of me wanted this book to earn 4 stars, and it was really close to doing so, but there are too many things that need to be fixed.
Did the other part of past me go into Heir of Fire hoping to hate it? Also, I’m fairly certain this was a lie, since I most definitely did not like Heir of Fire, but I wanted to justify reading Queen of Shadows, which I had already purchased.
The first issue I had was with the cousin thing, specifically the discussion about Celaena marrying Aedion and the inevitable addition of Rowan to the triangle of love (I’m just predicting here). I don’t care how distantly related you are, if you are cousins you should not marry or go out with each other (again, I’m just making a prediction).
I think the use of “the cousin thing” as a descriptor was a result of me trying to keep this review spoiler free, but it doesn’t change the fact that it is a really bad descriptor. The poor grammar returns.
The plot twists in this series are so predictable. I predicted the whole long lost, part Fae queen thing from book one, and as soon as the really rare bond between Fae was mentioned, I put two and two together and figured out who (because she wasn’t special enough) had this rare bond with someone who, for spoiler purposes, will remain nameless.
So far, past me hasn’t spoiled the first 2 books, but she has spoiled the one she’s reviewing.
I have grown attached to this series, and though I have many criticisms, I have enjoyed reading this series so far. This was the first book to make me emotional, although not as emotional as I normally get, and I appreciate that in a book.
Please tell me my grammar is better now. Also, “though I have many criticisms” makes almost no sense.
I think that the characters are growing into better characters and I’m even starting to like Celaena. However much I started to like Celaena, there is one thing that still bothers me that is perfectly stated by Rowan (I’m not saying that I am a fan of his) on page 102 “…I don’t know what the hell you’ve been doing for ten years, other than flouncing around and calling yourself an assassin”. Also, as much as the addition of new characters irritated me, I found their perspectives and plot lines interesting.
I feel like a broken record, but the grammar in this paragraph is just as terrible as it was in the last ones. Also, this isn’t an English essay, past me. You don’t have to set up quotes like that.
Overall, I enjoyed, yet was frustrated by Heir of Fire and it has therefore earned 3.5 stars out of 5.
This is a review of lies. I really didn’t enjoy it. I ranted to my friends about it for months.
I hope you enjoyed that pile of humiliation, and thank you again for making me a part of this community. I don’t know where I would be without it.