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ARC Review: Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh

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Goodreads Synopsis

I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Readers Copy of this book through the amazing Epic Reads. Thank you so much Epic Reads!

Obsidian and Stars is the sequel to Ivory and Bone, Julie Eshbaugh‘s debut novel.

If you’d like to read my review for Ivory and Bone, click HERE!


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I really loved this book! It was an amazing sequel and I loved it infinitely more than the first. I still had a few problems but it was still amazing and again, way better than the first in the series. I flew through this even faster then Ivory and Bone; I couldn’t put it down. It was so easy to stay engrossed in the story. I really loved that we were in Mya’s POV this time around. I thought it was great to hear more from her and it allowed us to see more into her character. I did miss Kol’s voice though and I hope that the next book is in his POV again. The writing was again so beautiful and descriptive; I love that it really paints the picture in my head. I’m really loving this series and I hope that it keeps continuing and being amazing!


This review is going to contain SPOILERS. So, if you have not read Obsidian and Stars and do not wish to be spoiled, please go read it and then come back so we can discuss together!

Now onto the review!


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So, first things first. My biggest problem with the first book was thankfully not repeated in this book. I hated the tense that Ivory and Bone was written in and hated that it was only for a certain portion of the book and then stopped; it was really annoying. So I’m really happy that the same thing didn’t happen in this book. It wasn’t as hard to get in the story and the flow wasn’t as choppy because of this.

I liked that this one was in Mya’s POV. She really kept to herself in the first book and it was hard for Kol to understand her and get in her head. So, I’m very glad that we got a chance to be in her headspace. It was really nice and refreshing and her head was a very interesting place to be. I did miss Kol’s voice though and I hope that the next book is in his POV.

The book started off with Mya heading to Kol’s clan with the intention of being betrothed to Kol. I was really excited for Mya and Kol to be betrothed. I like that the relationship between them continued not to feel forced. Although they have so much going on and their relationship is really tested with everything that took place in this book they were still really sweet together. I loved the interactions between them. Their story together is very interesting.

However, we are immediately thrown into sadness with the death of Kol’s father. This is not only sad because his father died and Kol himself was hurt but it means that Kol becomes the High Elder of his clan. It puts a huge amount of responsibility on him very quickly and is just the first strains in puts on all of our characters.

After Kol’s father dies, Kol and Mya are betrothed and so are Pek and Seeri.  But then the next devastating thing happens; Mya’s brother Chev, the High Elder of her clan announces that he is going to marry their youngest sister, Lees to his friend Morsk. Mya is angered by this not only because he’s not giving Lees a choice but because she is significantly younger than Morsk. Lees is still a child and Morsk is no where close. Even though I know that this wouldn’t be a big thing in the time these books take place, I still didn’t like it. It made sense for the story but I really didn’t like it and it caused so many problems for everyone.

I know that the reason Mya took Lees away was because she knew that Chev wouldn’t pay attention and listen any other way. But I think the bigger reason was that she felt so selfish and in a big way felt responsible for Chev making the decision to marry Lees to Morsk. I think it was a very childish thing for her to do but I also completely understood why she did and it ended up allowing her to save Noni which was a very good thing.

Everything that took place on the island happened very quickly. By the time you processed one thing, something else was already going on. Mya and Lees found Noni and helped her, Chev came to apologize and rectify the decision he made to marry Lees to Morsk, Chev died, they were once again betrayed by the Bosha, Kol’s health continued to deteriorate, they had to fight their way off the island. It was all just one big mess.

Chev dying was what put the most strain on Mya and Kol’s relationship and betrothal. Them both becoming High Elder of their clan made what was right and wrong very hazy. They wanted to be together so badly but they also had to think about what was right for everyone else and the survival of their clans.

I’m happy with how everything was resolved. I’m glad that their two clans merged and that Kol and Mya were married. It made me really happy. Their clans being merged will make future books really interesting and I’m looking forward to seeing Kol and Mya lead together.

There wasn’t anything that I really disliked about this. I had a few problems but they were all miniscule and spread out; nothing really bugged me too much. I really enjoyed everything that took place; I think it all made sense for the story and carried on from the first book really nicely. I still loved all the characters and I look forward to where they will be taken next.


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My favorite part was when they were all in the tunnel trying to get to the beach. I loved how Pek had carried Black dog up and how Lees and Noni got to lead. And I love that Kol and Mya exchanged some really important moments.


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“That’s why I like the blackest nights-the darkest, obsidian skies of winter. When the world is coldest and darkest, the stars shine brightest.”


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And those were all my thoughts and feels on Obsidian and Stars!

Did you think this was a good sequel? Did you enjoy reading from Mya’s POV? Would you like to continue reading from Mya’s perspective or did you prefer Kol? Has your favorite character changed since the first book? What was your favorite part? Any quotes that really resonated with you? Where do you think the series will go from here? Are you excited for the series to keep going?

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Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

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Goodreads Synopsis

Ivory and Bone is the first book in this series of the same name. This was Julie Eshbaugh‘s debut novel in 2016 by HarperCollins. I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile and it got pushed up on my TBR because I received an ARC of the second book in the series, Obsidian and Stars and well, you have to read the first book before you can read the second XD

This review is going to contain SPOILERS. So, if you have not read Ivory and Bone and do not wish to be spoiled, please do read it and come back so we can discuss together!

Let’s get to the review!


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This was a fantastic book. I wasn’t too sure about it when I first started reading and had to push myself through the first couple of chapters or so, but once it got going, I was hooked.

Julie Eshbaugh‘s writing is so beautiful and addicting. She really brought the world to life in my head.

I found the way of life in this book so interesting. It takes place in prehistoric times where the people hunt mammoths and live in clans. I found it fascinating to read and think about how they lived. I found their “religion” if you will, to be very interesting too.

I loved all the characters. They felt like real people and everyone was very unique and had their own important role in the story. There was also a lot of character development in this book, not only for our main character but for pretty much everyone in the story.

I really enjoyed Kol and his family. I like their family dynamic and interactions. I liked that though Kol was to be the next leader of the clan and the oldest son that he never was stuck up or acted entitled. He was a very courageous, calm, smart and already showed signs of a great leader.

Kol’s brothers were all very interesting as well and all possessed unique qualities. I never found it hard to distinguish them from each other because they were all so different. Which I really liked and appreciated because sometimes younger sibling end up being very similar and hard to tell who is who because their not given a lot of time or individualized characteristics. I loved all the characters names in this book too; they were all so unique and cool haha.

I really loved the relationship between Kol and Mya. Although the sole purpose of Mya’s family visiting Kol’s clan was to find a mate for Mya and Kol was of course the ideal choice, it never felt forced to be this great romance. When Mya’s character was introduced I was a little worried that we would have this really forced and fast relationship but I was very pleasantly surprised. Not only did she not like him, but their clans didn’t even try to force them to feel something or to forge an alliance through them which I really enjoyed. Which was another thing I liked about Kol’s family. I really liked Mya’s family and clan as well. Though they differed from Kol’s, they were still interesting and pleasant.

I found the clan “politics” to be quite cool too. Like what was considered rude or polite or too forward or out of custom etc. It was all very interesting. And all the clans we saw were different from each other with their own customs and rules. However, they were very similar too.

I really enjoyed Kol’s voice and personality. He was an amazing character and I’m glad that we saw the story through his eyes. I liked Mya’s character and found it refreshing that she was different from all the other girls and kind of played by her own rules. I hope that we get to see more of Pek in the future; I found him to be a very refreshing character and loved the relationship between him and Kol.

I hope that we get to read more about the world and way of living in the novels to come; it was probably what I enjoyed most about this book. I hope that we get to see the relationship between Kol and Mya move forward, however I don’t want to be rushed or move really fast either. And I would love to keep reading about Kol’s brothers and family moving forward with the series as well.

Now, let’s get onto what I didn’t like so much.

I hated the tense this book was written in. This was the thing I hated the most about this book. It was what took me awhile to get used to in the beginning and caused me to force myself through the first chapters. I didn’t like it at all. Past tense doesn’t usually bother me; it takes me a minute to be like “oh, alright” and get used to it and it’s fine. However, not only was this in past tense, but Kol was also telling the story to Mya. So, it would be like “That’s when I saw you”, etc. Which caused the flow to be quite choppy in my opinion. Especially in the beginning. I don’t know but I just didn’t really like it and felt that it was unnecessary. And considering that the story that Kol was telling to Mya ended before the end of the book and then kept going just made it even more unnecessary. I hope that she doesn’t do that in the upcoming books because it really bugged me. This would have been a five star book for me had she not written like that.

I also didn’t like Lo’s clan. They weren’t really introduced and were only there to cause conflict and bring Kol and Mya’s clans together. They were introduced very quickly and then the conflict that came with them arose very quickly and the resolution was very quick as well. We didn’t get to see a lot of them and then they were almost immediately out of  the story. The resolution between Mya and Lo wasn’t really this big thing, it just sort of happened. I just didn’t like how anything to do with her clan was executed. I feel like it could have been a lot smoother and could’ve been made to be really interesting and it wasn’t. I hope that the conflict in the future books doesn’t continue to be other clans because I think that it will become very tiring and repetitive very quickly.


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My favorite part was actually the very end of the book. I like how things were left. I was very satisfied with how things came to a close yet, I was also very excited to see where things would go from there. I liked that scene with Kol and Mya and thought that it was very well executed and it was very, very sweet.


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My favorite quote was,

“It’s odd, I think, how the thing you love most in a person can also be the thing you sometimes wish you could change”


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I’m rounding it to four stars on Goodreads. I know I’ve said it a million times but I mean it, GOODREADS NEEDS TO ALLOW HALF STARS!

There were a couple of things that really aggravated me but overall it was a fantastic read.  I flew through it. Once I really got into it I couldn’t put it down. I loved the characters and the story and it was all so very interesting. The writing was gorgeous and so descriptive and visual. I can’t wait to see where this series goes!


And those were all the thoughts and feels on Ivory and Bone!

Do you think that this was a good start to a series? Did you like the writing style? Did you find the tense to be annoying or do you think it added to the story? Did you like the characters? Who was your favorite? What was your favorite part? Any quotes that really resonated with you? Are you looking forward to continuing on with the series?

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Mini Review: Love Me Two Times by Christie Ridgway

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Goodreads Synopsis

This is book 8 in the Rock Royalty series. I’ve been waiting a very, very long time for this book. Last year I back to backed all 7 within the span of a month or so and I absolutely loved them all. I had really been looking forward to this one and I’m very happy that I finally got to read it and that it didn’t let me down.

Sadly though, I wasn’t able to get through this as quickly as I wanted. The book itself flew by but I was struggling with being able to sit still and put my mind to reading.

This review is going to contain SPOILERS. So, if you have not read this book or the ones preceding it and do not wish to be spoiled, go read them and then come back so we can discuss together!

If you’d like to read my review for the first book in the series, Light My Fire, click here.

Let us get on to the review!


 

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This book was worth the wait. I loved Beck so much.

Though I will say that I guessed both of the “big revelations” if you will. I guessed both that baby Soul’s father would be Beck and that the little girl that haunted Ren’s past would be explained in Beck’s story.

That being said though, from the first page in Jewel’s point of view she told us that Beck was the father so it’s not like it was really a big surprise. And even when it was revealed that Jewel was the child that was involved in the accident that caused Ren and Beck not to be close anymore, it wasn’t really dwelled on or treated like a big deal.

This book was a lot shorter than the previous 7 which irked me quite a bit. I wanted more of their story and more Beck and UGH.

I loved the relationship between Beck and Jewel and Beck and Soul. He really developed as a character and ended up in a great place. I really love that the story wasn’t that Beck remembered that he had a great time with Jewel or that he just wanted to remember so badly that we decided to be with her or even that he just wanted to be with Soul. I love that it was revealed that not only had he fallen in love with her in the first place and decided to come home as quickly as possible and be with her and then he fell in love with her the second time, without any recollection of the first. And he wanted to do right by his daughter.

I wish that we could’ve gotten a book on when they fell in love for the first time. If Beck hadn’t lost his memory he would’ve been the first of the Rock Royalty to fall in love.

I loved Ren and Cilla’s wedding. It made me so happy that we got to see it. In the series they were the first to fall in love and the first to be engaged. Their wedding was so sweet and I’m glad that the Lemon’s didn’t have a chance to ruin it.

I kind of hope that Jewel and Beck used all the wedding plans in Jewel’s name and did get married that weekend haha. It technically wouldn’t have been fair to the rest of the rock royalty who were waiting for Ren and Cilla to then get married. BUT, again, Beck and Jewel did fall in love before the rest of them and they have a baby together.

I don’t know if I want to continue with the “spin off” that she is writing about Beck’s friend Ryan Hamilton. I’m sure that we would get to see glimpses of the rest of the nine getting married and such but I don’t know if I want to read about him. Although I love these books, I think that they are all written very, very similarly and I think that her continuing this specific series with this side character that we haven’t even met is to try and keep it going because this is series has done very well for the author.


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I have two favorite parts. The first being when Beck watched Soul by himself and he really enjoyed himself and had fun and then she got into Jell-O powder and scared him and it was just super cute. My second was Ren and Cilla’s wedding. Again, we’ve been waiting for this since book one of the series and it was so sweet.


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Beck was one of my favorite guys that we followed throughout the series. I loved that we watched him fall in love for the second time. We’ve seen Jewel through all of the books in the series and I’m glad that not only did she become apart of the Rock Royalty tribe but that she also got her happily ever after too.


And those were all my thoughts on Love Me Two Times by Christie Ridgway!

Did you like this installment to the series? Was Beck your favorite Rock Royalty guy? Did you guess that Beck was Soul’s father? What was your favorite part? Do you think you’ll want to read the spin off book about Beck’s friend?

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June TBR 2017!

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My TBR for this month is going to be a little up in the air.

I only have a few things that I know for sure that I’m going to read and then I have a few that are dependent on some other factors throughout the month.

I’m not sure what will end up happening but I have a pretty good pile and hopefully I’ll be able to work through all of them.

I’m being a little (very) ambitious this month. I shouldn’t be but THERE’S JUST SO MANY BOOKS I WANT TO READ.

I have a list of 7 books and 1 graphic novel that I’m wanting to get through.

So, without further ado, let’s get to the TBR!


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I am currently a chapter and a half into Love Me Two Times by Christie Ridgway. This book is the 8th installment in the Rock Royalty series. I have read all of the books in the series and I have loved them. I read them back to back to back all within a month because they were so good. But, this one wasn’t out when I read the others and then I forgot when it was supposed to come out.  BUT, I have it now and I started it last night. I can’t accurately tell you what page I’m on because not only is this book only available in ebook format, but I am reading it on my phone. I read all the others very, very quickly so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to do the same with this one.

After that, I’m not 100% sure what I’ll be reading next. I have a few orders out for books that I’ll be reading as soon as I get them. BUT, there not supposed to be here until the 6th or 7th. SO, if I finish Love Me Two Times before they come, then I have a few things I’m going to try and finish quickly.

The first being:

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb. My mom has been urging me to pick this series up lately. She loves all of Nora Roberts’ books and all of her books under the pen name J.D. Robb. She says that she really thinks that I’ll love this series so I’m looking forward to giving it a shot and it looks like it will be a fast read.

And, the second being:

Scott Pilgrim Vol. 2, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World by Bryan Lee O’Malley. I finished the first volume in the series this last month and I’m wanting to continue working through the series. I zoomed through the first so hopefully I’ll be able to do the same with this one.

I’m REALLY hoping that I’ll be able to complete all of that before my order arrives.

Once my order does get here, I will be reading one of the books immediately.

That being, Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh. I just received an ARC for the second book, Obsidian and Stars and I obviously need to read the first before I read the second. So, I need to hurry and get both of these read and reviewed by the release date of Obsidian and Stars which is expected to be the 13th of June. These books are top priority for me this month.

The other book in my order that I’ll be reading ASAP is, *drum roll please*, LORD OF SHADOWS by Cassandra Clare. This book came out on the 23rd and I haven’t been able to get my hands on it yet and it’s been KILLING ME. I’ve been trying to avoid spoilers and stay away from anything talking about it and I’ve been successful so far. I have loved every single Cassandra Clare book. I love all of them so much and look forward to each release. This is my second most anticipated read of the year and I can’t wait to start it and just AHHHH I’M SO EXCITED.

Now, sometimes I can get through Cassandra Clare’s books pretty quickly. That being because I can’t put them down. However, her books are massive and Lord of Shadows is no exception to that. So, with that being said, I could be done with this in a few days OR it could end up taking me the remainder of the month to finish it. There’s no telling how long it will take me. BUT, if I do manage to move through it fairly quickly, then I have a few things that I’ll be picking up afterwards to finish off the month.

Which will be books 7 and 8 of the Cirque Du Freak series by Darren Shan. Titled, Hunters of the Dark and Allies of the Night. I’m not really expecting to get to these two this month but there is a slim chance that I will. And, I’m thinking that even if I don’t get to both, I will be able to at least start Hunters of the Dark.


But, we will have to see what happens and what actually gets read. I have given myself a lot to try and get through and I really hope I’ll be successful!


And that’s everything I’m hoping to read this month!

What are you currently reading? What are you planning on reading this month? Have you deciding to be ambitious or do you just have a few things you’re wanting to get to? Are you planning on participating in any readathons? Leave a comment and let me know!

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May and #AtoZreadathon Wrap Up!

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I had a really successful reading month! I didn’t complete everything on my TBR, but I came very close and I did succeed in getting through all the letters of the alphabet for the AtoZreadathon.

I had to change the level of difficulty for the readathon from medium to easy (which means that between all the titles and the authors of the books I read this month, I was able to tick off all 26 letters of the alphabet) so that I could get through every letter. It was getting towards the end of the month and I still couldn’t find anything for J and I was a little behind schedule so I just thought it best to adjust the difficulty.

I was able to get through five books, one graphic novel and two single issue comics. Which came to a total of 1,545 pages!!

So, let’s get to everything I read this month!


 

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The first book I finished this month was Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.

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When the month started I had 97 pages left of this and I was able to power through it pretty quickly. I really loved this book and although the ending disappointed me a little bit, it was amazing. I also went and saw the movie this month which I loved as well and I highly recommend that you go see it (but read the book first of course).

 

 

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If you’d like to read my review for Everything, Everything click HERE.


After that, I finally read King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard!

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This is the third installment of my favorite series and is one of my two most anticipated reads of this year. I had been putting off reading it because my heart just wasn’t ready after what happened in the last book. But, I couldn’t take the wait anymore. And, although it broke my heart and punched me in the gut and just KILLED ME, I loved it. This is still my absolute favorite series and I can’t wait until the next one comes out.

This was my favorite read of the month!

I gave this book:

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If you’d like to read my review for King’s Cage, click HERE.


Then, I picked up Scott Pilgrim Vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley.

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This is my little brothers favorite book series and he has been pushing me to read it for some time now. I was going to try and read all the books in the series this month, but sadly, that didn’t end up happening. However, I did enjoy this one. I didn’t hate it nor did I love it but, it was very enjoyable. I think that it’s something very light and easy to read between novels, which is how I plan to get through the rest of the series.

 

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After that, I read Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts.

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I didn’t really enjoy this book. I had been looking forward to this one for awhile and it just let me down. It’s not that this book was bad but it was nowhere near good either. I had many problems with it, the biggest being that there was no depth to any of the characters or the story and just UGH, I DIDN’T LIKE IT.

 

 

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If you’d like to read my review for Zac and Mia, click HERE.


I then picked up X-Factor Vol. 1 No. 94, Mutant Sacrifice and The Mighty Thor Vol. 1 No. 413, The Beast Within.

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These were single issue comics. I really like reading single issue comics. I usually read them between books because their fast and easy to get through. I find that it helps when I’m reading books back to back when the books I’m reading aren’t apart of a series. It’s also a quick and easy way to up your page count XD

However, I didn’t really enjoy these two. I haven’t really been enjoying the single issue comics I’ve picked up lately which has been very disappointing. I think it may have something to do with the fact that I’m reading them later in the day and therefore it’s hard to concentrate but I’m not sure.

I give both of these comics:

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And my last reads for the month were Trials of Death and The Vampire Prince by Darren Shan.

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These are books five and six in the Cirque Du Freak series. I have been pushing through this series per my boyfriends request and I am really enjoying them. I am exactly half way through now and all of them have been really, really good. Their more of a middle grade level book which  makes them easy and fast to read. I think that book three, Tunnels of Blood is my favorite so far. However, I think that the one I just finished, The Vampire Prince, which is book six makes a really close second. I’m really excited to keep moving forward with these and I plan to do a series overview review when I finally finish them all.

I gave both of these books:

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And that’s everything I read in the month of May!!

I’d love to know everything you read this month! How many books did you finish? How many pages did you read? What was your favorite book that you read this month? Did you pick up any graphic novels or comics? Did you participate in any readathons? Leave a comment and let me know!!


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Mini Review: Zac and Mia by A. J. Betts

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Goodreads Synopsis

I started reading this book back in October (yeah, I know that’s bad). I got to page 13 and I put it down to read something else and didn’t really have an interest in picking it back up so, I picked something else up and well, it just kept going. But I decided that it’s been far too long and decided just to power through it and finally finish it. I started reading again on Thursday night and just finished it about 20 minutes ago. I don’t have an exuberant amount of thoughts, however I did want to share the thoughts I do have.

This review is going to contain SPOILERS. So, if you have not read this book and do not wish to be spoiled, please go read it and come back.

But let’s get on with the review.


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I did not like this book as much as I thought I would. At all. I was incredibly disappointed. It wasn’t terrible. But it wasn’t great either.

There wasn’t a lot of depth to the characters or the story. The plot flowed really weirdly in my opinion. And overall, it fell so flat.

I didn’t like Mia. At all. She was a self absorbed whiner and very annoying.

All the other characters were impersonal and had no depth.

Honestly, the only thing I liked about this book was Zac. His witty humor and his personality were great and I really liked him.

I didn’t like “Part 3” of the book. It was all Mia’s perspective and as I said, I didn’t like her.

Zac’s relapse felt rushed and we didn’t really get the chance to absorb and move forward with the information. It just happened.

Everything just fell so flat and it disappointed me greatly.

I can’t really recall a favorite moment or any part of it that I truly enjoyed while reading.


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And so, those were all my thoughts about Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts!

Did you feel that it fell flat or did you enjoy it? How did you feel about the characters? Did you favor Zac, or Mia?

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King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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Goodreads Synopsis

King’s Cage is the third book in the Red Queen series. If you have not read the previous two books or if you have not read this one, please go and read it and then come back. This review is going to contain SPOILERS.

If you’d like to read my review for the second book in the series, Glass Sword, click here!

I also have reviews for the prequel novella’s!

If you’d like to read my review for Queen Song, click here.

If you’d like to read my review for Steel Scars, click here.


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Let me just start by saying that the Red Queen series is by far my favorite series of all time. I love it so much. Red Queen is a special book to me. And Glass Sword is my favorite of the series so far.

I’m a little late reading this book. It came out mid February and I got it immediately and well…it’s been sitting on my shelf ever since. It’s been killing me to have it just sit there unread but…MY HEART JUST WASN’T READY.

One of the reasons I love this series so much is because it’s so high stakes and unpredictable. But it makes my heart hurt so much. After what happened in Glass Sword, I just wasn’t ready yet.

But I finally couldn’t take it anymore and decided it was time to read it. And, from the time I actually began to read to the time I finished it, it took me exactly a week to devour all 528 pages. I barely put it down.

This was a great addition to the series. However, it is my least favorite thus far. I had my problems with this one. It moved a lot slower than the rest of the series.

For almost three fourths of the novel, Mare is in captivity. Which means she isn’t doing much. We basically watch her unravel. In Mare’s own words, she becomes a ghost.

However, her being a prisoner allowed us to see Maven behind the scenes and we got to see the politics of his new court and, instead of seeing the Scarlet Guard operate and plan, we got to see the effect of what they did on the King. It was interesting and allowed for some good insight.

In the last book we got to see Cal and Mare interact. It this one, it was all Maven. I hold a special place for Maven. Like Mare, I struggle not to like him and feel for him. And we got a lot more of his background and we finally got to see him make his own choices without Elara. Which made me feel for him even more. Mavens life truly is depressing.

But he keeps Mare close. We know he loves her in his own wicked way and that he can’t let her go. So we just watch what Maven does. We watch him scheme and plan. He turns reds against the Scarlet Guard and recruits newbloods. He goes on a tour of the country and gains more and more support, painting the Guard as terrorists. And we watch him form an alliance with the Lakelands. Maven is incredibly smart.

Everyone plots against him though. He had House’s in his own court attempt an assassination on him. The Scarlet Guard keeps fighting. Mare tries her hardest to keep fighting. Maven’s reign is truly doomed.

I was just waiting for the first part of the book to end. We’re used to non stop action and twists in this series AND IT WASN’T THERE. It was killing me. Don’t get me wrong, like I said, it was interesting to see everything that was happening with Maven but it dragged and dragged and DRAGGED.

But things finally started to pick up with Maven’s alliance with the Lakelands and his marriage to their Princess, Iris.

I actually really like Iris and I hope we see more of her in the next book. She was a very, very fascinating character. Though, I know that when we do see her again, she will most likely be bringing lethal destruction with her.

So, Maven is married. Something that I find very weird. And when we see him again, I wonder how that will effect what he feels for Mare and the decisions he makes concerning her. He’s unpredictable with her and I wonder if this will enhance that or make him less conflicted. He doesn’t love Iris; their marriage was for power and alliance. But, still. I’m curious to see if this will change him any.

Maven’s wedding turned into a war zone. And I was so ready for it. Something was finally happening. She was finally being rescued. Cal was finally going to be here.

I am Team Cal all the way. Although I love both Maven and Kilorn, I root for Cal.

Evangeline really came to surprise me. She freed Mare. On the condition that Mare wouldn’t go after Ptolemus. But still, she freed her. Chapter Nineteen in Evangeline’s point of view was one of my favorite parts of the book. We finally got to see more to her than just this crown thirsty girl. It was nice to see a different side of her. All the chapters we got in her point of view were great. And, I never thought I’d say this, but they made me feel pity for her. I hope things work out for her. I truly do. I really came to like her. Maybe even Ptolemus a little bit too. I don’t think I’ll ever like him because I am still upset about Shade dying. But, I feel for him a little bit.

From the point that Mare got rescued to the end of the book it was amazing. It was what I was waiting for. We get caught up on what had been happening while Mare was away. And a lot has changed. We see even more newbloods and we see an array of abilities. The Scarlet Guard is up and moving a hundred times better and more effectively than we had in the past and things were actually going well. Very well. I hope that this situation with the Scarlet Guard and Montfort doesn’t come back to bite because like I said, the Scarlet Guard is doing so much better and getting things done and have more people behind them. I have a sneaking suspicion that they will turn on them at some point in the next book. But for now, it’s serving them well. They repeatedly succeeded in defeating Maven and it was so amazing. I hope it continues.

I wanna talk a little bit about Farley. She has always been one of my favorite characters and her being with Shade intensified that because he was one of my top three favorite characters. I loved him and I loved them together. This book made me love her even more if that’s possible. She was pregnant and still fighting and planning. And then once she had her baby, she was still on the front lines fighting for what she believed in and for a better world for her daughter. I loved it. I love that after having the baby she wasn’t just on the sidelines or left at home. It wouldn’t have been true to her character if she had. Farley is a fighter. And I think now even more so. She’s lost Shade and she wants her daughter to grow up without a war strewn country. I love that she named her baby after her mom. I think Clara is a very pretty name. And I love that we get told she looks like Shade. And, I love that when Farley goes out for the big fight at the end of the book that it’s Mare’s mom that looks after Clara. It’s really sweet and it’s a little piece of Shade still in the book and it really makes me happy when she is mentioned.

Now, let’s get to what I didn’t like so much.

So, the whole Samos King thing. I don’t like it. At all. Volo Samos has decided to be a King of his own property and have people act and treat him like the actual King. His wife is Queen. And Ptolemus and Evangeline are Prince and Princess?They have servants and other houses treating them like royalty. I really don’t understand. They have a certain amount of property. It doesn’t sound like it’s an incredibly substantial amount of land. So I mean, you just want to live kingless in your house with servants and other people calling you “your majesty”? EHHH??????? I don’t like it. And I don’t see it lasting at all. Either Maven or Cal will end it eventually. Or maybe even the guard. I guarantee it.

Another thing I didn’t like was the chapters in Cameron’s point of view. I like Cameron, I really do. And I was initially excited to see that we’d be getting her POV. But I hate how it was done. We got a few chapters sprinkled here and there and they weren’t extensive. Just a few pages giving us a little bit of what was happening. We needed more. Mare was imprisoned for so much of the book and we were left in the dark where everyone else and the Scarlet Guard were concerned. We should’ve had more from her point of view so we could know more. Instead we just got the bare minimum from her. And, I feel like her chapters weren’t written as well as the rest of the book. I don’t know. I just was a little disappointed with how it was pulled off.

Also, WHERE THE HELL WAS KILORN. He was there so much in the first two books and he’s one of my top three favorite characters and HE JUST WASN’T THERE DAMMIT. UGH. I love him so much and it’s like he was just left out. He’s in the book for I bet less than 10 pages. Barely mentioned. Barely thought about. I get that it’s because the rivalry between Kilorn and Cal is gone and that Mare has chosen to be with Cal. But come on. That means he disappears? He’s a big part of Mare’s life and her family. He should’ve been way more present.

And finally, the ending. The ending made me mad. We’re trying to make Cal King and Evangeline his Queen. But everyone is saying that they are trying to change the world. For reds and silvers to be united. But the Scarlet Guard does not believe or trust anyone. Not even Cal. They back him for now but their plan is just to let Cal, Maven and the Samos’ to kill each other and then to end up on top. It’s dirty. And won’t get them anywhere in the end. I love Cal, but nothing will change if he ends up King. Nothing will change if Maven remains King. And things will be even worse if Volo Samos remains King. I side with Mare. Why does anyone have to be King? I hope she can find a solution not only to change everything but to change Cal’s mind. It broke my heart when he chose the crown over her.


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My favorite part was when Clara was born. All the Barrow’s were there and even the Colonel was there. It made me really miss Shade but, all together made me really happy. It was a very sweet scene.


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Although it had a few problems, this was still an amazing book. It’s my least favorite of the series so far but I still loved it. This remains my favorite series and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.

I was glued to the story and characters as always. This world just keeps getting more and more interesting and I love it.

I can’t wait to see what happens next and I think that the next one is actually the end of the series if I’m not mistaken.


 So, those were all my thoughts and feelings about King’s Cage!

Did you like this installment to the series? Did you find it lacking or did you enjoy it just as much as the others? Which is your favorite of the series? Who are your favorite characters? Which Calore brother do you root for? What was your favorite part? What do you think about the ending and where do you think the series will go from here?

Tell me all of your thoughts and feels down below!!


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