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.”

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

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

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.

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Caitsbooks Reviews Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith: 2.5 Stars

Bloodleaf (Bloodleaf #1) by Crystal Smith – A Quick Read, But Is It Good?

Overall: 2.5/5 Stars
Characters: 2.5/5
Setting: 3/5
Writing: 3/5
Plot and Themes: 2/5
Awesomeness Factor: 2/5
Review in a Nutshell: Bloodleaf is an okay read, but overwhelmingly so. Nothing about it is unique or amazing enough to make it stand out from the YA fantasies it finds itself similar to.

“The wolves howl, Aurelia, and there may come a time when I will no longer be able to hold them back.”

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// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Assault, Torture, Suicide Mention, Self Harm (for magic), Rape Mention, Animal Death, War Themes, Murder //

“I’m just as lost and confused and lonely as anyone else.”

Release Date: 3/12/2019
Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers
Page Count: 384
Premise:
Bloodleaf is a loose retelling of The Goose Girl. It follows Princess Aurelia, a blood-magic wielder in a kingdom where witches are the enemy. With her people eager to see her burn, Aurelia is sent to the neighboring kingdom for her safety, and to meet the prince she has been betrothed to since childhood. But when she is betrayed, Aurelia is forced to disguise herself as a commoner as she uncovers a plot that could destroy everything.

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Caitsbooks Reviews: Rage ARC by Cora Carmack (3 Stars)

Rage (Stormheart #2) by Cora Carmack – The Sequel Slump (ARC Review)

*Quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change upon publication*

Overall: 3/5 Stars
Characters: 3/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 2.5/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3/5
Review in a Nutshell: Rage was a good read, but it may not be worthwhile if you didn’t really love Roar.

“I wanted to choose my own life, rather than having it chosen for me.”

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// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Assault, War Themes, Murder, Kidnapping/Abduction //

“Life happens how it happens, and you can either move with the maelstrom or die wallowing about the change in the winds.”

Release Date: 8/27/2019
Publisher: Tor Teen
Page Count: 460
Premise:

Rage takes place shortly after the ending of Roar. There isn’t really much I can say without spoiling the plot of the first book, but this one deals more with the politics of the world, including a rebellion that has risen up.

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Caitsbooks Reviews: Roar Cora Carmack (3.5 Stars)

Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack – Fun, but Nothing Special

Overall: 3.5/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 3/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3/5
Review in a Nutshell: Roar is a fun fantasy, with plenty of romance and a unique world. However, if you’re only a mild fantasy fan with a big TBR, I would understand skipping this one in favor of others.

“Perhaps death is all that waits for me across the great waters, but better to know death than to choose fear of the unknown.” 

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// Content Warning: Violence, Sexual Assault (Attempt), Anxiety, Murder, Illness, Imprisonment //

“If there’s one thing I know it’s that freedom shouldn’t feel like a noose around your neck.”

Release Date: 6/13/2017
Publisher: Tor Teen
Page Count: 380
Premise:
Roar follows Princess Aurora, who comes from a long line of powerful Stormlings, but holds no Stormling power herself. Desperate to protect her kingdom and her secret, Aurora agrees to her mother’s plan of marrying her off to a Stormling prince from another kingdom, but the more she learns about him, the more her future terrifies her. Disguising herself, Aurora flees the palace and joins group of storm hunters who promise her a way to gain storm magic for herself.

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Caitsbooks Reviews Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud - 3 Stars

Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud – A Cute Read (Review)

Overall: 3/5 Stars
Characters: 3/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 3/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3/5
Review in a Nutshell: Truly Madly Royally would be great if you’re looking for something easy to read and basic. It’s not great, but it’s fun.

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Release Date: 7/30/2019
Publisher: Point Paperbacks
Page Count: 304
Premise:
When Zora goes to a prestigious summer college program, she never expects to meet an actual prince. She also didn’t expect the instant chemistry they would share. But dating a prince comes with attention, and being in the spotlight isn’t always fun.



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Wicked Fox (Gumiho #1) by Kat Cho - Caitsbooks Review: 3.5 stars

Wicked Fox (Gumiho #1) by Kat Cho – Was It As Good As I Hoped?

Overall: 3.25/5 Stars
Characters: 3.5/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 3/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3/5
Review in a Nutshell: Wicked Fox is a fun read, great for fans of k-dramas or paranormal romance, but otherwise may not be worth it.

“Night and darkness made a believer of everyone.”

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// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Abuse, Murder, Illness //

“The rest of the night, all Jihoon thought about were myths and fables. The lessons they taught and the price they came with.”

Release Date: 6/26/2019
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 429 
Premise:
Wicked Fox follows Miyoung, who is half-human, half gumiho (nine-tailed fox). To survive, she must feed off of men’s gi every full moon, but Miyoung doesn’t want to be a killer. When she sees a stranger, Jihoon, being attacked by a goblin, she saves him, but in the process, she loses her fox bead- a magical bead that grants control over who to whoever holds it. However, when she tries to reunite with her bead, the results only cause more problems.

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Caitsbooks Reviews: The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez (3 Stars)

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez -Sweet, Sarcastic, and Sharp (Review)

Overall: 3/5 Stars
Characters: 3.5/5
Setting: 3/5
Writing: 4/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 2.5/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Friend Zone is a fun lighthearted romance with surprising depths.

“Why won’t you let me love you?”

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Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott – Review

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Overall: 3/5 Stars
Characters: 3/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 3/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3/5
Review in a Nutshell: Five Feet Apart is exactly what you’d expect it to be. It’s a tearjerker romance with solid characters and decent writing, but lacked originality.

“Everyone in this world is breathing borrowed air.”

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