Caitsbooks Reviews The Damned by Renee Ahdieh (4.5 Stars)

The Damned (The Beautiful #2) by Renee Ahdieh – (Review)

Thank you so much to PenguinTeen for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts and opinions are my own. All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change.

Overall: 4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Damned is a fantastic sequel; expanding on the world and characters, building on the plot, and answering so many of my questions from the first book.

“It is never too late to chase the better version of yourself.”

[ Related: The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renee Ahdieh – I’m Obsessed, But Not Everyone Will Be (ARC Review) ]

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Assault, Gun Violence, Panic Attacks, Suicide, Murder, PTSD, Racism, Misogyny //

Release Date: 7/7/2020
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 456
Premise:

The Damned is the sequel to The Beautiful, and takes place directly after the events of the first book. I can’t go into too much detail because I don’t want to spoil anything, but if you liked this first book, then you definitely want to pick this one up.

“The higher hatred burns, the more it destroys.”

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The Kinder Poison (The Kinder Poison #1) by Natalie Mae – A Quick + Fun Read (ARC Review)

*Thank you so much to Penguin Teen for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!*

Overall: 4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Kinder Poison surprised me with it’s humor and addictive qualities.

“All good stories start with bad decisions.”

[Related: Review + Giveaway: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown (Blog Tour)]

Release Date: 6/16/2020
Publisher: Razorbill
Page Count: 416
Premise:

The Kinder Poison follows Zahru, a girl who sneaks into the palace to enjoy a celebration, but finds herself chosen to be the human sacrifice, and caught in a dangerous game between the heirs to the throne.

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Caitsbooks Reviews The Raven and the Dove - 4.5 Stars

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

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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Caitsbooks Reviews: A Curse So Dark and Lonely - 5 Stars

A Curse So Dark & Lonely (Cursebreakers #1) by Brigid Kemmerer – Im So Glad I Finally Read It!! (Review)

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: A Curse So Dark and Lonely deserves the hype it’s been getting. This book is a refreshing take on a familiar tale with political intrigue, magic, and, of course, romance.

“I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.”

[ Related: 19 Best Debut Novels of 2019 (Recommendation Nation) ]

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Suicide Mention, Suicide, Self Harm Mention, Rape Mention, Pedophelia Mention, War Themes, Mental Illness, PTSD, Kidnapping/Abduction //

Release Date: 1/29/2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Page Count: 484
Premise:

A Curse So Dark and Lonely follows Prince Rhen, and Harper. Prince Rhen was cursed, forced to live through the same fall again and again, with each season ending in him turning into a monster focused solely on destruction. The monster has destroyed everything, but, he could escape this curse if only a girl falls for him. Harper lives in Washington, D.C., with her brother and dying mother, that is, until she gets dragged into a fantasy world by a stranger. She isn’t going to be charmed by the prince, but when she sees how the people of his kingdom are faring, she decides to use her time in the enchanted land to help.

““Rhen,” she calls after me.
I pause in the doorway and face her.
“I’m not going to fall in love with you,” she says.
Her words are not a surprise. I sigh.
“You won’t be the first.””

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Caitsbooks Reviews The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (5 Stars). There's a whole lotta snakes in the background of this image.

The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black – Did It Survive The Hype? (Review)

This Review Will Contain *Mild* Spoilers for The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King, but there will be NO SPOILERS for The Queen of Nothing.

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: Listen, I’m trash for this series. The Queen of Nothing had a lot to live up to, but it did. It reminded me why this series is so hyped, it proved it deserves every bit of it.

“Let me be feared and never again afraid.”

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// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Assault, Child Abuse/Neglect, War Themes, Murder //

Release Date: 11/19/2019
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 309
Premise:

The Wicked King left off with the worst possible cliffhanger ending, with a plot twist I never saw coming. The Queen of Nothing takes place not too long after that ending- Jude has created a life for herself in the mortal world after being exiled, doing odd jobs for other Folk and living with Vivi and Oak. When her sister Taryn returns from Elfhame with shocking news, Jude must delve back into the world of courtly politics and war to help her, even if it means facing the man who betrayed her, the High King Cardan Greenbriar.

“Two paths are before me, but only one leads to victory.”

Read more for all of my thoughts on the conclusion to The Folk of the Air series!!

[ Related: The Wicked King by Holly Black (ARC Review) ]

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