Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas + Giveaway

Queen of Shadows
(Throne of Glass #4)
by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 656
Format: Hardcover, Ebook,
Release Date: September 1st, 2015
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

*Note: Review has been shortened to avoid spoilers.*

“She was a whirling cloud of death, a queen of shadows, and these men were already carrion.”  
- Queen of Shadows

Throne of Glass wasn't a debut novel I was sure would move me when it was first released into the world.  The cover and the synopsis felt all too familiar at the time and I was hesitant to give it a try. Despite that, I walked into the series and read Sarah J. Maas' debut title with an open mind. My verdict: Sarah J. Maas had me hooked from start to finish with her incredibly immersive characters and world building.

“She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.” 
-Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows, the fourth installment in the Throne of Glass series, takes readers on an epic high fantasy journey that follows our favourite characters of the series. With over 600 pages of non-stop page turning excitement, Sarah J. Maas' Queen of Shadows kept me up all night, desperate to devour the entire book without want of interruption. Celaena, thankfully, still continues to be one of my favourite heroines in young adult fiction; realistically flawed and beautifully bad ass. Furthermore, the emotion in Queen of Shadows was potent and had me reaching over for the tissues several times.

As the fourth installment in the series, Queen of Shadows does not disappoint Throne of Glass fans and readers. Sarah J. Maas continues to deliver her incredible writing and storytelling in this high fantasy release perfect for readers over the age of 13. I'm highly anticipating the release of book 5 and look forward to seeing what Sarah has in store for her readers and her characters.

Rating: 5/5 Cupcakes - Highly Recommended

Giveaway (INT)
To celebrate the release of Queen of Shadows, I'm giving away one (1) copy of a Sarah J. Maas book of the winner's choice. Any edition as long as The Book Depository has it in stock. 

The giveaway is open to everyone as long as you can receive shipments from The Book Depository. You do not have to be a follower of A Cupcake and a Latte to enter. I am not responsible for stolen, damaged, or lost packages and this giveaway is in no way sponsored or endorsed by the publisher or author.  Good luck! =D

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  1. Great review Wendy.
    I haven't read this series yet but I plan to. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I've only read Throne of Glass.
    Found the paperback not long ago and really liked it.
    Thank you again.

  3. Excellent review Wendy and thank you for this amazing giveaway. I've read the first three books in Thrones of Glass series and loved them.

  4. I just started this and I can't wait to get back into this world!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  5. Thanks for this giveaway !! I'm actually reading Heir of Fire and loving it but I hope there will be more action in Queen of Shadows ^.^

  6. I agree, Celaena is totally badass! I can't wait to finally read this one. I binge read the first 4 books and now the wait for this one was so long!

  7. YES!!! And I cannot wait to get my hands on this book!

  8. I've read and loved the first two books in this series. Since then I've been too scared to read HoF and QoS because I've heard some things :S I think I better get on it soon though. Even if the feels are going to kill me haha. Thanks so much for the chance :D

  9. Don't mind me entering your giveaway ;) I have read the other books in the series! I liked Heir of Fire the most so far, hopefully Queen of Shadows shatters my expectations. Thank you so much for the giveaway, Wendy! <3

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  10. I've read Throne of Glass but I REALLY want to keep reading!! Thanks so much for this giveaway! <3

  11. Sadly I haven't read any Sarah J. Maas book yet. I reaaally want to, though! Thanks for the chance! <3

  12. This is a series I have been wanting to pick up. I love the covers.

    Megan @ http://readingawaythedays.blogspot.co.uk

  13. The Throne of Glass series is just amazing and hands down Celaena/Aelin is the most badass heroine alive!
    Queen of Shadows is the best book so far, they really seem to be getting better and better,
    I cannot wait for ToG5 and also ACOTAR2 because that serious is just *sigh* perfect <3
    Thanks so much for this opportunity, awesome giveaway!

    Cody @ Literary-ly Obsessed

  14. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm actually re-reading the series before I can get my hands on the Queen of Shadows. One of my favorite series ever!

  15. Yes, I have read the series! I love it. It's by far one of my favorites. Thank you for this amazing chance! :)

  16. YES I LOVE THIS SERIES! I've read all of them, and it is by far my absolute favourite series (besides harry potter lol). Thanks for the awesome giveaway Wendy!

  17. Yes I <3 the series - love how strong the female characters are!!