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CROWN OF MIDNIGHT (THRONE OF GLASS, 2)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 2014

Material: hard cover

Summary: Celaena Sardothien is now, officially, the King’s Champion, but she is far from being free. Knowing that the man she serves was responsible for the deaths of her people, Celaena could never be loyal to the crown. While she tries to find the mysteries surrounding the castle’s glass walls and to keep her own secrets, her closest friendships start to suffer. Then one night, all the secrets they have been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world falls apart, she will have to decide where her true loyalties lie … and for whom she is willing to fight. This is the second title in Sarah Maas' Young Adult series, Throne of Glass. It is a High Interest / Low Readability book.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 13 and Up; read yourself: 12 and Up

Interest Level: 13 and Up

Reading Level: 6.1

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: Surprisingly, one of the greatest aspects of this book is the romance. I usually try to find a book with a better selling point than a decent romance, but this one really got to me. The relationship develops in a believable way, and the chemistry is unbeatable. Just like with the first book, I also enjoyed the plot progression and character development. This author has a gift for advancing her stories at just the right speed.

The one thing I didn't enjoy was the drastic turn of events in the middle. Yes, it was necessary to advance the plot, but it transforms Celaena’s character into something unlikable and difficult to read about. I would recommend this book for ages 14 and older due to the main character’s occupation. This book would be a great gift to anybody interested in fantasy, solid romantic chemistry, plot twists, and unique magic systems!

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: Readers who loved the first book will fall deeper in love with the Throne of Glass series.

Cons: Teen warnings are for fantasy violence and more sexual themes (now that Celaena has an actual relationship).

Borrow or Buy: Buy! You won't be able to put it down! Just be sure to read the first book first. You'll want them all.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas; Grave Mercy by R. L. LaFevers; Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo; Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes; Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson THE PRINCESS AND THE HOUND   SISTERS OF THE SWORD   THE HUNGER GAMES

Educational Themes: Choices and consequences are always a great discussion starter. As Celaena's character grow, so do the opportunities to engage teens with topics related to choices, consequences, and healthy relationships.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from their local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Young Adult, Series

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2015

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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