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Author: Sarah J. Maas

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Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Publishing, 2012

Material: hard cover

Summary: Celaena Sardothien used to be the greatest assassin the world has ever known. When the loss of a close friend leads to her capture, Celaena spends a year in Erilea’s harshest and most isolating encampment. She gets an opportunity for freedom, however, when the Captain of the Guard approaches her with an opportunity of a lifetime: to compete in a contest to become the King’s Champion. Desperate to escape her current imprisonment, Celaena accepts the offer, not knowing what new adventures await her in this deadly competition, or what friends she will make along the way. This is the first book in an adventure / romance series for teens.

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

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

Interest Level: 12 and Up

Reading Level: 5.7

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

Young Reader Reaction: This book was everything I was looking for: adventure, fantasy, romance, plot twists, and more! It has been a long time since I have felt this way about a series. Celaena is a very enjoyable character to follow. Contrary to many female characters in young adult literature, Celaena proves herself to be dynamic by being both deadly and “girly.” Her love of fashion and material things, while also knowing how to handle herself in combat, was very quaint and a breath of fresh air. I also highly enjoyed the love interests. The romance was there without being the central focus of the book, which impressed me! The only thing I wish were different about this book is that the reader doesn’t get to see as much of Celaena’s skills as I would have liked. Other than this, Throne of Glass was a thrill to read from beginning to end! This book would be a great gift to anybody interested in fantasy, plot twists, and lovable characters!

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: Action packed! Young adults (and adults) will quickly become part of Celaena's world!

Cons: Teen reviewer: I would recommend this book for ages 14+. Due to Celaena's occupation (assassin), fantasy violence and some sexual themes.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! You won't be able to put it down, and when you're done, you're going to want to share it with a fellow fantasy adventure lover.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Cinder by Marissa Meyer; Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi; Grave Mercy by R. L. LaFevers; Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo THE DARKEST MINDS (A Darkest Minds Novel)   SHIVER   REVELATION (Revelation Series, Book 1)

Educational Themes: Because of the fullness of Celaena's character, this could be an interesting choice for a book club selection with teen girls.

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: February 2015

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