Sep 3 – 9, 2023 | Little Sparks #18


A lot happened this week. It marked a year since I started working full-time and had multiple reflections and revelations.

I went to an Alumni event and felt, for the most part, a kid masquerading as an adult. While catching up with old classmates was lovely, it felt nostalgic/bittersweet being back on campus. It was a complicated feeling.

Time passes by too fast.

Here’s my reading highlight:

The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5) by Sarah J Mass
5 stars

Once again, I am reminded why Sarah J. Maas is my favourite fantasy author. I loved the multiple short stories as a prequel and had so much fun reading them and learning more about Celaena. I truly believed that Celaena, a 16-year-old, was a skilled assassin and more capable than those seemingly twice as old and stronger than her.

A key theme in this book is sexism. It was in the background throughout the book (the short stories), but it was most evident at the end of book 0.5 when we learn of Arobynn’s biggest deceit towards Celaena. I’m looking forward to reading book one of the series.

I realised that most of Sarah’s female lead characters have one similar trait. They are all not that great listeners and thus act rashly at times. Hahaha. I guess it’s a downside of being a stubborn teenager.