King’s Cage (Red Queen, #3)by Victoria Aveyard

Synopsis 
In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

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.


Review 

The third installment of the Red Queen series, “King’s Cage” starts off were the second book had left off, with protagonist Mare Barrow coming to terms with the decisions she has made.

The book jumps from Mare’s POV to Newblood Cameron’s, and lastly to Princess Evangeline Samos’s to add more depth and detail to the story, 

I did find that the story does lags in a few points.But I also general find that this happens when books go to multiple PIC.  The  book does keeps it’s fight scenes, war-talk and hints that readers will soon find out how Newbloods came to be, without ever really giving anything away.

 We do get the impression that a lot is happening and yet at the same time, we also get the impression  that nothing really happens.   This could be a result of the different attributes of the POV.

Overall, readers will enjoy the high’s and lows with the book, and without giving too much away, it is clearly set up for a fourth installment of the series.


 





Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Synopsis 

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favourite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create
delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter
into a secret courtship.


Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.


Review

 

This is the story about how the Queen of hearts became the way she is.
 We find out  what made the Queen of Hearts become such a blubbering, humourless, merciless and heartless terror.

At the beginning of the story we are introduced to  Catherine Pinkerton, the sweet girl who dreams of opening her own bakery . 
But her mother has other plans. She wants to make her the Queen of Hearts.


“You’re the daughter of a marquess. Look around. Look at the things you have, the life you’re accustomed to. You don’t know what it’s like to work every day so you can feed yourself and
keep a roof over your head. You don’t know what it’s like to be poor. To be a servant.”



Not only does Cath not want to be a court lady, but her heart most definitely does not belong to the insipid King of Hearts. With a
sexist society to raise your blood pressure and a forbidden love story to make your heart beat faster, just throw a murderous Jabberwock and the mad hatter for some light heartedness.


It was magical, and adorable, story. Even though you know how it will end. There is part of you hoping for a different ending

Vigilante by Kady Cross

  Synopsis 

A brutally honest, uncompromising story about a teen girl who decides to take matters into her own hands. 

It’s senior year, and Hadley and her best friend, Magda, should be starting the year together. Instead, Magda is dead and Hadley is alone. Raped at a party the year before and humiliated, Magda was driven to take her own life and Hadley is forced to see her friend’s attackers in the classroom every day. Devastated, enraged and needing an outlet for her grief, Hadley decides to get a little justice of her own. 

Donning a pink ski mask and fueled by anger, Hadley goes after each of the guys one by one, planning to strip them of their dignity and social status the way they did to Magda. As the legend of the pink-masked Vigilante begins to take on a life of its own, Hadley’s revenge takes a turn for the dangerous. Could her need for vengeance lead her down a path she can’t turn back from? 

Review

I received this ARC from the publisher, in exchange for a honest review. 

Wow.​Vigilante is a story that is so relevant  and thought provoking . Touching on a issues that are at the forefront  society. Vigilante deals with a very sensitive topic, but I felt like Kady handled these topics extrenly well indeed. For some people this story will be extremely  hard  and a very emotional read. But it is a book that i feel needs to be read, to be talked about.

 This  is not like anything else i have ever read before. Our heroine is a normal teenage girl trying to find justice for her friend who was raped, bullied and then feeling as if she had no other choice kills herself. 

Hadley and Magda were best friends, then one night at a party, Magda was drugged and raped. With images of what happened being shared. But when the charges are dropped it all becomes to much and she committed suicide. Hadley feels the tremendous guilt over what happened to Magda. Hadley is full of frustration and angered by the situation that she decideds to take matters into her own hands. 

Hadley starts to help at a self defense class, which helps her not only  making a few new friends but to also help and empower other girls.One of her ideas during the story, is a girl watch program. This is something that i could see being set up and  working.

Hadley’s life really spins out of control as the boys she’s after are aware that someone is out to get them. But when over Pink V app3ar and intervene  to protect othere girls Hadley begins to wonder what she has started. 

This book is quiet heavy and dark, however there are those little moments that were light-hearted and surprising.  With a ending that will leave you shocked

Exploring the very sensitive topic; rape, bulling and suicide. Which  Kady handles very well and realistically. This book is one that real needs to be on a school reading list. That needs to be read and talked about. There is such potential that this story could help people talk about the subject and take action. To prevent these events from happening.

​Freeks by Amanda Hocking


Synopsis
 

In a world of magical visions and pyrokinesis, Mara just wants to have a normal life. But is that possible?

Mara has become used to the extraordinary. Roaming from place to place with Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Carnival, she longs for an ordinary life where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future.

She gets her chance when the struggling sideshow sets up camp in the small town of Caudry and she meets a gorgeous local guy named Gabe. But before long, Mara realizes there’s a dark presence lurking in the town that’s threatening the lives of her friends. She has seven days to take control of a power she didn’t know she had in order to save everyone she cares about—and change the future forever

Review 

Amanda Hocking is back with another fantastic book. Let me start by saying at i am a huge fan of Amanda Hockings work and Freeks is no different.  I find that they are so easy to read, pulling you effortlessly into the world she has created. You feel as though you are part of the story.

Freeks is filled with  action and great characters that you can’t put the book down.

Mara knows that there  is no point in getting attached to any of the town folk, after all, she is leaving in a week. While investing the town Mara meets a boy at a party, and she can’t help but have feelings for him . The only problem is that no one ever falls for the girl working at the carnival. But could he be different.

To make things worse, there are  dark forces  in the new town, and they’re attacking the carnival and everyone Mara loves. 

 Mara has been travelling with the carnival all her life. You get to see Mara’s love for her carnival family when they are being threatened. I love how her bonds are so strong with everyone, and how she’s so protective of her people. She’s just a very likeable character. 

Gabe is a great love interest in the story. The scenes between Mara and Gabe are really cute and romantic.

The storyline was perfect. The book had a good pace going, the action was building up great. The ending was fantastic and I really hope that there will be more books in this series. 

There is something in this book for everyone.  This is a  add to your TBR  pile. 

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Aurora Firedrake returns in the spellbinding sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes.Perfect for readers of Sarah J. Maas, Tamora Pierce, and Leigh Bardugo.

 

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The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 Sysnopsis 

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.


Review 

The Problem with Forever is a story that touches on the lives of two high school seniors who are reunited  after being removed from  the foster carer they were living with. 

 After a horrific childhood where the only person who showed her any love was her foster brother, Mallory  is now living with caring and understanding adoptive parents. 

It’s been four years since she removed and not a day has gone by that she didn’t think about what became of him.

Choosing to transition from homeschooling to completing her senior year at the High School, she is knocked for six when she discovers that Rider is also a student there. As is Rider.

Rider is fiercely loyal and protective, but he has deep insecurities and an extreme amount of guilt on the inside. 

Mallory and Rider  were no strangers to abuse and neglect. All they had was each other. Rider became Mallory’s protector and therefore defended her whenever she was in danger to the point of putting himself in harms-way to protect her . He endured a lot of abuse in order to prevent Mallory from being the target. They shared a really special connection one that the should never have had to.

I was really suprised with this story and  I would recommend this to anyone who loves YA romances. It is a really sweet story which deals with abuse and their lasting long term effects.

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