Review + Giveaway: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games #0) by Suzanne Collins – The Origin Story of a Monster

Caitsbooks Reviews The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, 4 Stars

*This review, like all my reviews, is spoiler free. If you would like to know my spoiler-y thoughts on the book, check out my youtube channel!*

Overall: 4/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 2.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes was much better than I thought it would be. Granted, I expected to hate it.

“Snow lands on top.”

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// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Eating Disorder, Suicide (Mention), Poisoning, Amputation (Mention), Snakes, Rabies, Murder, War Themes, Cannibalism, Animal Death //

Release Date: 5/19/2020
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Page Count: 540
Premise:

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is the prequel to The Hunger Games trilogy. It takes place during the 10th annual Hunger Games, following a young Coriolanus Snow (not yet the President Snow we all love to hate). For the first time, the Games are having Capital students mentor the tributes, and Snow has been assigned the girl from District 12.

“Nothing you can take from me was ever worth keeping.”

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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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Crave (Crave #1) by Tracy Wolff – Vampire Books Are Back From the Dead (Review + Giveaway)

*Thank you to Entangled Teen for sending me a copy of Crave along with some Crave goodies! For a full unboxing, check out my bookstagram!*

Overall: 4/5 Stars
Characters: 4.5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 3.5/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: Crave is pure fun. This book has some of my favorite things about the paranormal romance genre, and it got me so hyped for more vampire books.

“I can see something in his eyes. Something powerful and terrible and all-consuming.”

[ Related: The Betrothed (The Betrothed #1) by Kiera Cass – I Need to Rant (Review) ]

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Assault, Torture, Panic Attacks, Anxiety, Murder, Illness, Kidnapping/Abduction //

Release Date: 4/7/2020
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Page Count: 592
Premise:

Crave is a YA paranormal romance book following Grace, a girl who has just lost both of her parents, and is forced to move to an elite boarding school in Alaska, where her uncle is headmaster. However, this school isn’t what she expected, and no matter what she does, she doesn’t seem to fit in. Then she meets Jaxon, a boy who runs hot-and-cold, and is hiding a dangerous secret.

“He turns me inside out with a look, destroys me with a kiss.”

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The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren – A Cute, Fun Rom-Com (Review)

Caitsbooks Reviews The Honey Don't List

Overall: 4/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3/5
Review in a Nutshell: This book is a really cute, lighthearted read that you’ll be able to run through in just one sitting.

“Relationships are a lot like houses: without a good foundation, they’ll crumble.”

// Content Warning: Cheating, ableism, toxic dynamic between boss & employee //

Release Date: 3/24/2020
Publisher: Gallery Books
Page Count: 308
Premise:

The Honey-Don’t List follows two employees, James and Carey, of a famous home remodeling couple. When said couple embark on a book tour, James and Carey are forced to come along to keep the couple from ruining their brand (or killing each other).

“I want to make her life better by being the best thing in it.”

Read more for all of my thoughts on The Honey-Don’t List!

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The Raven and the Dove (The Raven and the Dove #1) by Kaitlyn Davis – A Great Start To An Addictive Series

Caitsbooks Reviews The Raven and the Dove - 4.5 Stars

Thank you to Netgalley and the author for an ARC in exchange for an honest review! All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change.

Overall: 4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 4.5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Raven and the Dove is full of loyalty, love, and betrayal. With a complex and fascinating world, this book will transport you into a classic tale of forbidden love and lies that just might tear your heart out. You’ve been warned.

“How fragile unbreakable bonds can be.”

[ Related: Interview with Kaitlyn Davis, Author of The Raven and The Dove! ]

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, War Themes, Mental Illness, PTSD, Kidnapping/Abduction //

Release Date: 3/9/2020
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Page Count: 506
Premise:

The Raven and the Dove is a retelling of Tristan and Isolde, which is an amazing folk tale and honestly deserves way more retellings than it has. Thank God for Kaitlyn Davis, giving this story the recognition it deserves.
This book takes place in a fantasy world, where there are those who live on floating islands above the mist covering their planet and those who live below. Princess Lyana Aethionus lives above, the Dove princess of the House of Peace. On the dawn of her courtship trials, she saves a Raven, who she believes to be the prince of the House of Whispers.
Rafe is the bastard son of the dead Raven king. When his brother, Prince Xander, asks him to take his place in the courtship trials and bring back a mate for him deserving of their kingdom, he agrees. However, after an incident with a dragon, he is saved by a dove who has the same illegal magic as him. When the courtship trials begin, he must fight to prioritize his kingdom and his family over his heart.
Meanwhile, below, a king is desperate to save his people, no matter what the cost.

“Everyone has secrets.”

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