“My name is Celeana Sardothien,” she whispered. “But it makes no difference if my name’s Celeana or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.”
I’m not quite sure whether I can label this one as a full review or whether these are just some scattered thoughts put together. But nevertheless I have the urge to talk about this book even after I gave myself some days to think about it.
And yes, I am aware that I jumped on the TOG-train extremely late. But I do think that this easily will be one of my favourite books forever.
A deadly assassin? Well, that could be a lot of characters. But a deadly assassin with a love for beautiful dresses as well as fluffy pups and good books? A strong woman that just knows that she is attractive and has no shame in stating so? A strong woman that is only eighteen years old but had to endure way too much by now. That, my friends, is Celeana Sardothien. One of the most wonderful characters I’ve ever read. She is fierce and spirited and knows how to get what she wants. After being a prisoner for a year in the salt mines of Endovier, Celeana is offered a deal from the crown prince himself. She is to take part in a competition to become the kings champion and gain her freedom out of the slavery.
Trust will get you killed – and trust will keep you alive.
First things first – I tend to always start my reviews with something about myself. That’s fine because hey, this is my review. So everyone who knows my reading pattern knows that I’m a sucker for good dystopian books! I’ve read some that were very bad and after this I’m always a little bit cautious when it comes to this genre. A month ago I found a beautiful book through the instagram account of tildareads and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Article Three promised me so much when I only read the text on the back and let me tell you – I fell in love. Hard. The author Anna Jakobsson Lund originally published Article Three in swedish and is an indie-publisher, which made me love the whole thing even more.
We are all alone, trapped in these bodies and our own minds, and whatever company we have in this life is only fleeting and superficial.
I’m pretty cautious when it comes to contemporary works. Not because this genre is bad but because it’s normally just not my kind of book. Nonetheless I’ve read some works and when I stumbled over All The Bright Places, I wasn’t quite sure whether to read it or not. Also there was a lot of hype concerning the book which also made me think about reading it. The reviews I saw were mixed but since the better ones seemed to be predominant I gave it a try. The book was often compared to The Fault In Our Stars by John Green – this work is even mentioned on the edition I own – and I have to agree considering some points. From time to time it felt like a re-read BUT I still enjoyed reading All The Bright Places and I want to tell you why.