Genre: young adult, fantasy, romance
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas is a loose retelling of Cinderella with a twist — what if she was an assassin sent to kill the prince?
What I like ✅ engaging enough to read to the end ✅ Chaol was adorable ✅ interesting world-building elements
What I didn't like ✖ it is not well-written; riddled with cliches such as "my blood boiled", "my body froze", "every fibre of my being"; way too many exclamation points (!) ✖ wooden, mechanical dialogue ✖ Celaena is over-the-top powerful, literally good at everything, loves reading and music, speaks multiple languages, everyone with a shred of sense likes her, the world's best assassin (as the book constantly reminds us while presenting no proof), while at the same time she has the maturity and innocence of a 14-year-old school girl — did I mention she is insanely beautiful? ✖ most of the characters are just "meh" ✖ Celaena consistently makes dumb, illogical decisions, and withholds information because Maas needed a reason to drive the plot forward ✖ the mysteries in the plot are about as subtle as a punch to the face Rating 2/5 🌟 Verdict
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Discussion Who is your favourite: Captain Chaol or Prince Dorian?