The Archer at Dawn (The Tiger at Midnight #2) by Swati Teerdhala – Is It As Good As The First Book? (ARC Review)

*Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change. All opinions are my own.*

Overall: 4/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3.5/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Archer at Dawn wasn’t quite as amazing as The Tiger at Midnight, but it was still a solid sequel, and I’m very excited to see where this series goes.

“She was the Viper, Dharka’s legend. She delivered justice, and she would finish this.”

[ Related: The Tiger At Midnight by Swati Teerdhala (ARC Review) ]

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, War Themes, Murder, Misogyny, Kidnapping/Abduction (Mention) //

Release Date: 5/26/2020
Publisher: HarperCollins
Page Count: 449
Premise:

The Archer at Dawn is the second book in The Tiger at Midnight trilogy, following Kunal and Esha as stakes rise and loyalties are questioned. They must navigate court politics as they work to rescue the lost princess, while also trying to take down the Pretender King.

“And now that his hands were dirtied, he felt as if they’d never be clean.”

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Caitsbooks Reviews The Betrothed by Kiera Cass - 2.5 Stars

The Betrothed by Kiera Cass – I Need to Rant (ARC Review)

Overall: 2.5/5 Stars
Characters: 2/5
Setting: 2/5
Writing: 3/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 2/5
Review in a Nutshell: This was… disappointing. Maybe my hopes were too high, maybe I wanted too much from it, but all I know is that I really wish it was better.

“If you wish to stand next to the first, by all means. You’re the one who’ll be burned.”

[ Related: Best March Reads + April TBR – Quarantine Reading ]

The Betrothed Cover: Girl in gold dress, looking off to the side. "The Betrothed". "#1 Bestselling Author of The Selection". "Kiera Cass".

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Cheating, Domestic Abuse, Murder, Miscarriage (Mention) //

Release Date: 5/5/2020
Publisher: HarperCollins
Page Count: 400
Premise:

The Betrothed follows Hollis, a girl who has caught the eye of the king. Everything seems to be going well, as it looks like King Jameson will soon propose, but life as a queen is not what Hollis expected. Or wanted. After meeting a stranger who she finds herself drawn to, she must decide what she wants for her future.

“Not only would he make you a queen… he would make you a legend.”

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Caitsbooks Reviews The Stars We Steal

The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne – All Drama, Not Much Plot (ARC Review)

All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change

Overall: 3.25/5 Stars
Characters: 3/5
Setting: 3.5/5
Writing: 4/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Stars We Steal is a fun, enjoyable book with plenty of drama, easy to read in one sitting (which I might have done).

“I was chasing dreams like starlight.”

[ Related: Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne (Review) ]

// Content Warning: Assault, Torture Mention, Phobia, Murder Mention, Homphobic Comments, Illness //

Release Date: 2/4/2020
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Page Count: 400
Premise:

This book is really The Bachelor/Bachelorette but in space. Okay, well it’s actually a retelling of Persuasion, but I know almost nothing about Persuasion (I know- sacrilege) so I can’t speak to how good of a retelling it is. But instead of talking about the stories and ideas this book is inspired by, let’s talk about the story this book is really about.

The Stars We Steal follows Princess Leonie (who prefers to be called Leo) who is entering the Valg, where the wealthiest bachelors and bachelorettes enjoy a month on a luxury spaceship and try to find their future spouse. Leo knows she needs to marry someone wealthy enough to save her family from financial ruin, but she would prefer to not marry anyone. At least, that’s the case until her first love, Elliot- now a successful captain- returns to join the Valg.

“Like a compass aligning itself. He was my true north.”

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Caitsbooks Reviews: The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey - 3.5 Stars

The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey – A Cute Read, with Depth (ARC Review)

*All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change*

Overall: 3.5/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 3/5
Writing: 4/5
Plot and Themes: 3.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3.5/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Library of Lost Things is an interesting read that’s a mix between cute romance and heavy family drama.

“The circle never broke. We lived in a home strung across tightropes.”

[ Related: The Burning Shadow (Origin #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – Funny, Political, and Cute (ARC Review) ]

// Content Warning: Illness (Post-Concussive Syndrome), Mental Illness (Hoarding) //

Release Date: 10/8/2016
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Page Count: 384
Premise:

When Darcy Wells meets Asher Fleet, a former pilot whose dreams seem just out of reach, she doesn’t expect to care for him. For once, she doesn’t want to hide in her books. But after years of protecting her mother’s secret of being a hoarder, Darcy doesn’t know how to let anyone into her cluttered life.

“Holding a real book is like holding something alive. There’s the grit of the pages between your fingers as you turn them. The edges get soft and worn. With a real book, you feel the weight of the story more.”

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Caitsbooks Reviews Graceling by Kristen Cashore - 3.75 Stars

Graceling by Kristen Cashore – Is It As Good As People Say? (Review)

Overall: 3.75/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 3.5/5
Writing: 3.5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3.75/5
Review in a Nutshell: I went into this book with crazy high expectations, and while it didn’t quite meet all of them, it was still a great read.

“Mercy was more frightening than murder, because it was harder.”

[ Related: August Favorites & My September TBR ]

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// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Torture, Animal Death, Murder, Incest (hinted at), Pedophilia (hinted at), sexual assault (hinted at), Human Trafficking (Mention) //

Release Date: 10/01/2008
Publisher: Harcort
Page Count: 471
Premise:
Katsa is a Graceling. She was born with an innate gift. Except, while some people were Graced with fighting, telepathy, or music, Katsa was Graced with killing. Used as the king’s pawn, Katsa is sent across the kingdom threatening and torturing whoever the king tells her to, but what he doesn’t know is that she has her own missions, helping those who need it. On one of those missions, she meets Po, the youngest prince of a faraway kingdom. The two of them must work together to solve a mystery that threatens his family, but they didn’t expect to fall in love, or uncover a secret that threatens everything they know.

“When a monster stopped behaving like a monster, did it stop being a monster? Did it become something else?”

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