Title: King’s Cage
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Published by: Orion
Publication date: 9th February 2017
Pages: 507, paperback
Genre: young adult, fantasy, romance
Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.
As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.
When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.
I read Red Queen in February during my Wifi-less Readathon, and fell completely in love with it. As soon as I could, I read Glass Sword and then went out of my way to find the third book, King’s Cage. I have read this series very quickly, in quite a short space of time, and until I read the third book, I’d assumed it was a trilogy, and so I’d actually thought it was the final one in the series! Note, there will be some Red Queen spoilers in this review, so make sure you have read the first book if you haven’t already!
Happy Mother’s Day! To celebrate this day, I thought I would talk about six books I have read that had mother/teen relationships that really stuck with me!
Last weekend, I decided that it was about time I rearranged my bookshelf – since I started blogging, I have received/bought many more books, and I found that my shelves were getting really untidy. Also, I was getting increasingly jealous of Jess’s (bookendsandendings) perfectly-organised books!
Having finally gone through all of my books, I’ve found that I cannot fit them all on my main bookcase, or even on the row I have on my desk, so I still have a few piles of books lying around my room. I also found that I have multiple copies of a few books, so I thought I would do a giveaway with a couple of them – there is more information on that at the bottom of this post!
For the record, reorganising your bookshelves is hugely therapeutic; I was having a pretty stressful day, and by the end of this I felt so much better, so I would really recommend it! I also have a few suggestions as to how you could rearrange it, as there are lots of different ways!
We’ve all been there – starting a book, being unable to put it down, thinking Who needs sleep anyway?, and then a few hours later, emerging with one more book ticked off your TBR. Of course, we all know that if you really put your mind to it, this is possible with any book. Anything can be finished in one sitting if you have the time and willpower.
I will have to make a part two to this, as this is not all of the books I have read in one sitting, but today I thought I would talk about six of them!
Warning: this book/review contains reference to self-harm which some may find distressing.
Author: Eve Ainsworth
Published by: Scholastic
Publication date: 2nd March 2017
Pages: 288, paperback
Genre: young adult, contemporary, mental health
How can you heal if you can’t face your past? Confident, popular Gabi has a secret – a secret so terrible she can’t tell her family, or her best friend. She can’t even take pleasure in her beloved skateboarding any more. And then one day an impulse turns to something darker. Gabi has never felt so alone. But then she learns that not everyone has wounds you can see. A searing look at self-harm and acceptance from hugely talented author Eve Ainsworth. Warning: includes content that some readers may find upsetting.
I have been looking forward to reading Damage since I heard about it back in January, at Scholastic’s Bloggers’ Book Feast. This is a book about a girl struggling with self-harm – having read Eve Ainsworth’s previous two books, Seven Days and Crush, I know that she is an author I can trust to write about such an important topic in a way that is both sensitive and interesting. And I was not disappointed.
Recently Charlotte from The Unicorn Wishes tagged me in the My Life in Books Tag. I haven’t done a tag in a while – this looks like lots of fun, and her answers were really interesting, so thank you for tagging me in this!
(Disclaimer: this book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own)
Title: The Auctor Trilogy
Author: T. R. Wolf
Published by: Self-published
Publication date: 28th November 2016
Pages: 337, eBook
Genre: fantasy, young adult, romance
When seventeen-year-old Addie Auctor’s mother is murdered by her father, she must confront many secrets that her family has hidden from her. The worst of these secrets is that Addie’s father, Donovan Hawthorne, is still hunting Addie because of an ancient blood feud between her mother’s family, the Auctors, and her father’s family, the House of Hawthorne. In order to be protected from the House of Hawthorne, Addie and her brother, Augustus, are sent to Initiation at an exclusive University, the Wicked Cabal.
Initiation is nothing like Addie expects. She is immediately separated from Augustus and thrown in with four complete strangers – Fallon, Maddox, Liam, and Tempe. Addie must try to forge friendships with her fellow Initiates while they solve clues, battle mystical creatures, and explore increasingly dangerous places.
Readers of all ages will love this adventure filled with suspense, treachery, and romance.
The author of The Auctor Trilogy, T. R. Wolf, emailed me a few weeks ago asking if I would like to review her book on my blog. After reading the description I thought it sounded really interesting – I am a huge fan of fantasy stories, especially those which also contain some romance!