May 27, 2013

The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski

Darcy Jones was five when she was abandoned at a firehouse in Chicago and has been flying through foster parents since.  At the age of sixteen she is finally going to the same school for a second year in a row.  This new year has been great up until she kisses her crush, gets arrested and her foster mother throws a kitchen knife at her all in the same day.  Darcy responds by vanishing.  And by doing so she finally starts to find some answers.  Fantastic book.

May 9, 2013

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Celaena Sardothien, best assassin in the land, who happens to be serving out a sentence in the mines, is tracked down by the Crown Prince of Adarlan to be his chosen Champion in the King’s search for an assassin.  The last man, or woman, standing in this competition receives the honor of killing for the King.  Initially, the book reminded me of Hunger Games, however it took a different turn and wasn’t solely about the competition.  I do recommend it if you liked Hunger Games.  Anyway, back to Throne of Glass.  In an attempt to regain control of her freedom, Celaena accepts the King’s challenge.  When the other Champions, an assortment of assassins, soldiers, and thieves, start to turn up gruesomely slaughtered outside of the prearranged Tests, Celaena tries to put meaning to the strange Wyrdmarks and sinister-looking gargoyles that can be found throughout the Glass Castle.  The action really picks up when Celaena finds a hidden passageway leading from her room to a catacomb.  And also what teen book wouldn’t be complete without a love triangle!