Caitsbooks Review The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson 4 stars

The Storm Crow (The Storm Crow #1) by Kalyn Josephson – Actually Good Mental Health Representation in Fantasy?! (ARC Review)

*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this review are my own.*

Overall: 4/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4.5/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Storm Crow is a great start to what will definitely be a magical and amazing fantasy series. 

“It’s difficult to walk against the wind. It takes strength.”

[Related: Interview with Kalyn Josephson, Author of The Storm Crow]

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// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Depression, Self Harm, Animal Death, War Themes, Mental Illness, PTSD //

“Gone was the world I knew, and I’d let it be taken.”

Release Date: 7/9/2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Page Count: 352
Premise:

The Storm Crow follows Princess Anthia, whose kingdom was attacked by the Illucian empire. The attack was brutal, killing her mother, the queen of Rhodaire, and killing all of the magical Crows her kingdom relies on. With her sister, Caliza, now on the throne, focusing on Rhodaire’s future, Thia can only think of the past and what was lost. When the threat of war becomes too much, Caliza has no choice but to marry Thia off to the Illucian prince, Ericen. But before Thia can be whisked away, she finds the one thing that can offer hope to her kingdom. A Crow egg.

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Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1) by Elizabeth Lim – A Fantastic Fairytale (Review)

*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this review are my own.*

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Spin The Dawn is a fun, fast paced fantasy. It was pitched to me as Mulan, Project Runway, and a hint of Aladdin, and honestly, that is the best way to describe it. 

“Artisans such as you are soldiers in times of war.”

[Related: Interview with Elizabeth Lim, Author of Spin the Dawn]

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// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Assault, Alcoholism, Animal Death, War Themes, Murder //

Release Date: 7/9/2019
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 387
Premise:

Spin the Dawn follows Maia, the only daughter of a skilled tailor. When her father is summoned to compete in a competition to become to Imperial Tailor, she disguises herself as a boy and takes his place. However, winning the title of Imperial Tailor is harder than she could imagine, as she must balance her secret, sabotaging competitors, and the impossible task granted to her. 

“‘I, too, once journeyed beyond the stars’ 
‘What did you find?’ 
His voice turned lethally soft. ‘That it’s just the beginning.'”

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Currently Reading: The Burning Shadow (Origin #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – Fun, but Long

It’s been a month since I last mentioned my reading slump… and yeah it’s still here. It seems to only be getting worse, which is making me wonder- at what point is it no longer a slump and instead just your life? I don’t know. These are questions I don’t want answered. Let me live in denial and think that this will one day end.

Despite my awful slump, I have been reading! I’ve currently been working on my ARC of The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I’m halfway through (about 320 pages in) so I thought I would spend some time today discussing my thoughts so far!

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Storm and Fury (The Harbinger #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – Bringing Paranormal Back (Review)

Sorry this review is a little later than I had hoped. I had some family stuff happen (don’t worry- all super good things!) and I got very very distracted. That said, while I’m still a bit distracted, I can’t let anything get in the way of me talking about Jennifer L. Armentrout books, so let’s get started!

Release Date: June 11th, 2019
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Page Count: 512 Pages

Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: Storm and Fury is a fun spin-off, and while nothing can compare to the original series, it definitely holds its own as a great read.

“I’m guessing the sky is full of stars?”
“It is, but the only ones that matter are the ones you see.”

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The Dark Elements Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout- Cliche but Addictive (3 Mini Reviews)

So, this series is a little old by YA standards (I feel like after a couple of years, the majority of books are just forgotten in this community… but that’s a discussion for another post), but it’s getting the comeback it deserves with the release of Storm and Fury!!!

Anyway, before I go into my review- I need to admit my bias here. This is one of my all-time favorites from High School. That said- if I started it now, with no built-in biases, I probably would not be so kind. My standards have changed a bit, but this book series is still too special to me to not adore.

Overall: 4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 4.5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Jennifer L. Armentrout writes 1 type of book: the swoon-worthy, light-hearted, banter-filled romances that you can’t put down even if you know exactly what’s coming. If that’s what you’re looking for- you’ll find it in The Dark Elements Series.

“People with the purest souls are capable of the greatest evils.”

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The Princess and the Fangirl (Once Upon A Con #2) by Ashley Poston – An Ode To Fandom (Review)

Overall: 4/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Princess and the Fangirl is the perfect geeky novel that will make you dream of comic con.

“We need those stories, too. Stories that tell us that we can be bold and brash and make mistakes and still come out better on the other side. ”

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Defy the Fates by Claudia Gray – Review & Life Update

Hello! I know, its been awhile. I’m so sorry for disappearing out of nowhere. The semester is coming to an end, and school and work just got the best of me. That said– I’m back and here to stay! My posts during this next week or so may be a little sporadic as I try to survive finals, but after that, I’ll be back to my 2+ posts per week!! I’ll still be doing my monthly wrap up/tbr, as well as my May Releases, they’ll just be a little late this month.

I’ve missed ranting about books and talking to you guys! I’m so excited to be back!!! Okay, enough about me, let’s get to the review…

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Quick Stats:
Overall:
 4/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3/5
Review in a Nutshell: Defy the Fates is an action-packed ending with all of the humor, romance, and philosophizing that the first two books made me fall in love with.

“The opposite of Faith isn’t doubt. The opposite of Faith is certainty.”

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The Tiger At Midnight by Swati Teerdhala – ARC Review

The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala

(All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change)
Quick Stats:
Overall:
 4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Plot and Themes: 3.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Tiger At Midnight is a captivating novel, focusing mostly on the physical and mental journey of two fascinating characters.

“Never greet a tiger at midnight, for they are the manifestations of your past misdeeds.”

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Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett – ARC Review

First, I just want to thank Ashley at StudyingIsMyRaisondetre on tumblr for sending me the ARC!!! I’m eternally grateful!!!

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Quick Stats:
Overall:
 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Serious Moonlight is an adorable, realistic, and fun book that is perfect with a slice of pie.

“Judging people unfairly doesn’t define them; it defines you. And in the end everyone will be disappointed.”

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Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi – Review

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Quick Stats:
Overall:
 4/5 Stars
Characters: 4.5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 4.5/5
Plot and Themes: 3.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3/5
Review in a Nutshell: Defy Me is a fascinating new installment in theShatter Me universe that has me so excited for the next book!

“Happiness does not happen. Happiness must be uncovered, separated from the skin of pain. It must be claimed. Kept close. Protected.”

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