Fable by Adrienne Young – A Journey on the High Seas (ARC Review, Fable #1)

Thank you to Netgalley and Wednesday Books for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Overall: 3.5/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 3/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3.5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Fable is the start of an addictive new fantasy series that will have you dreaming of the high seas.

“Keep your knife where you can reach it.
Never, ever owe anyone anything.
Nothing is free.
Always construct a lie from a truth.
Never, under any circumstances, reveal what or who matters to you.”

[ Related: Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin – Was It As Good As The First? (ARC Review, Serpent & Dove #2) ]

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

Release Date: 9/1/2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Page Count: 368
Premise:

Fable follows Fable, the daughter of a renown trader, who is abandoned by her father on the shores of an island of thieves with nothing. After four years, she’s eager to get off the island, find her father, and claim her rightful place in his crew. But to do so requires the help of a mysterious trader named West, who isn’t what he seems.

“You weren’t made for this world, Fable.”

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Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin – Was It As Good As The First? (ARC Review, Serpent and Dove #2)

Thank you so much to Edelweiss and the publisher for giving me an ARC to read and review.
All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change.

Overall: 4/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3.5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Serpent & Dove was one of my favorite releases of 2019, and while I really enjoyed Blood & Honey, it did get hit by the second-book-slump.

“The brotherhood had never been weaker. The crowd had never been larger. And the stakes– they’d never been higher.”

[ Related: Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) by Shelby Mahurin – My New Obsession (ARC Review) ]

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Torture, Mature Content, Sexual Harassment, Murder, Kidnapping/Abduction //

Release Date: 9/1/2020
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 528
Premise:

Blood & Honey is the second book in the Serpent & Dove trilogy. This series was extended from a duology to a trilogy, and I kind of wish it stayed as a duology.

“Closing your eyes will not make it so the monsters can’t see you. It will only make you blind.”

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From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – I’m Obsessed (Review)

Caitsbooks Reviews From Blood and Ash - 5 Stars

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4.5/5
Review in a Nutshell: From Blood and Ash was incredible. From the romance to the world, I was captivated. Excuse me as I count down the days until the sequel.

“Fear and bravery are often one and the same. It either makes you a warrior or a coward. The only difference is the person it resides inside.”

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

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Assault, Mature Content, Suicide Mention, Abuse, Animal Death, Murder, Kidnapping/Abduction //

Release Date: 3/30/2020
Publisher: Blue Box Press
Page Count: 634
Premise:

From Blood and Ash follows Poppy, who was chosen to be the Maiden. The Maiden must live a solitary life until she is given to the gods at her Ascension, a fate Poppy dreads, despite it being the highest honor. When she gets a new guard, the attractive and alluring Hawke, Poppy finds herself drawn to him, despite knowing that it could make the gods deem her unworthy. But with a fallen kingdom on the rise, she not only has to worry about losing the gods’ approval, but also her life.

“Some truths do nothing but destroy and decay what they do not obliterate. Truths do not always set one free. Only a fool who has spent their entire life being fed lies believes that.”

Read more to hear all of my thoughts on From Blood & Ash!

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

Caitsbooks Reviews The Damned by Renee Ahdieh (4.5 Stars)

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.”

Read more for all of my thoughts on The Damned!
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Review + Giveaway: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin #1) by Roseanne A. Brown (Blog Tour)

Today, I want to talk about an amazing new release: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown! Not only will I be sharing my thoughts on this book, but I will also be included my favorite quotes, a mood board, and a giveaway!

I was lucky enough to be a part of the blog tour for this book. If you’d like to see the other posts, click here to view to the blog tour schedule!

[ Related: Giveaway + Review: Bone Crier’s Moon (Bone Crier’s Moon #1) by Kathryn Purdie- So. Addictive (Blog Tour) ]

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Animal Death, Murder, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Racism, Oppression //

Title: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin 
Series: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin #1
Author: Roseanne A. Brown
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: June 2nd, 2020
Page Count: 480
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Synopsis:

The first in an fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction.

For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, as payment into the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.

But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.

When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?

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Read an excerpt from A Song of Wraiths and Ruin here!

Read more for my review, favorite quotes, mood board, and the information on the giveaway!

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