Review: Crown Of Midnight

Nov •  5 •  2013

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Crown Of MidnightCrown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Mass
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on August 27th 2013
Genres: Young Adult -Fantasy
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.

Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?

High fantasy is quickly becoming one of my favorite genres. Surpassing all my expectations, I adore this book!

Plot: This plot moves quickly yet it has so much to get into. From emotions ranging from happy to anger, fights that lead to the death and an ultimate betrayal that will make you gasp, this plot does not let up. There is no stopping once you read this book. All the sarcastic comments, fights, and love is forever etched into my mind like a movie that I want to rewind and watch again. I read this book driving up to the Houston Book Rave. My husband was driving and bored so he ask me what I was reading. I told him, describing scene by scene. Before we knew it, we had this back and forth thing going where I would read a few chapters then fill him in. At one point he was like, “Are you done yet? Tell me what happen!” And I’m like,”Dude! I’m reading as fast as I can!” And he’s all like,” Well hurry up! I want to know if she is going to kill the guy!” Then he asked me several times if it is a movie. I told him no. He made a sad face.

Love: O.M.G. This part is another amazing areat of the book that I totally felt invested in. I think the full range of emotions that the author gives the reader makes it easy to feel invested. I knew the characters. Celaena is my type of gal. Kick-butt and strong, she doesn’t play around or take crap from anyone. She tells it how it is and her threats aren’t threats. There are promise that she will fulfill whatever she says. Watching this love form between Calaena and the guy is like watching a train wreck happen in slow motion. It starts off good, then goes faster and then the crash. Oh man, the crash. When I read that scene, I actually put my face in the book and said,” NOOOOOO!” I really hope that things can be fixed but Calaena is tough girl and doesn’t forgive easily. But just so you know, I”m anxious for the next book already.

Ending: You think after reading soo many heavy revelations that the author will give an easy ending right? HECK NO! The ending not only ripped me to shreds but HOLY CRAPOLA!! That revelation stunned me like a statue. I’m pretty sure I re-read the last page several times just to make sure I read that scene correctly. The author did a beautiful job, connecting every piece of the puzzle slowly but at the right time. I NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW PLEASE!

Crown Of Midnight is an dashing story you don’t want to miss. A perfect fantasy that is easy to divulge in, Crown Of Midnight matures into a blooming story setting the bar high for the next book. Slick and action-packed, Crown Of Midnight is full of win!!

I give it 5 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Jenny
    Nov 5, 2013

    “Oh man, the crash. When I read that scene, I actually put my face in the book and said,” NOOOOOO!”

    Oh no. That doesn’t sound good at all. Is it cheating? Please tell me it’s not cheating, that’s a book deal breaker for me Savy! I can deal with anything else, I swear! I’m all nervous now…

    • Savannah
      Nov 5, 2013

      No, Jenny. It’s a betrayal of trust and miscommunication. Still, that was one hard scene to read.

  2. Candace
    Nov 5, 2013

    YES! I’m LOVING all the YA high fantasy and this one was GREAT!

    • Savannah
      Nov 5, 2013

      YES! All the YA high fantasy is AWESOME!

  3. NoooooOOOOooo! You have me wanting this series so bad!! I needs both books now and I feel like I am missing out on some really good stories! Pushing it up the wishlist!

  4. Giselle
    Nov 5, 2013

    Sounds like a very strong sequel which is great – nothing is worse than being disappointed by book 2! Now I need to get off my butt and read book 1 already >.<