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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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?

LINKS:

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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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Caitsbooks Reviews The Honey Don't List

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

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!

[ Related: 12 Summer Romances (6 YA, 6 Adult) ]

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Caitsbooks Reviews The Shadows Between Us - 5 Stars

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller – The Slytherin Romance We All Need In Our Life (Review)

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Shadows Between Us is a fun, addictive novel that lived up to all of my expectations- a feat I worried would be impossible.

“They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart. And they never will.”

(This is literally the first line in the book how can you not want to read more?!?!)

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

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Assault, Slut Shaming, Murder //

Release Date: 2/25/2020
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Page Count: 326
Premise:

This book has been described as a Slytherin romance, and honestly? There’s no better way to describe it. Alessandra has a goal: marry the Shadow King, then kill him and take his kingdom. The challenge? She isn’t the only one who wants him dead, and she must keep him alive long enough to make it to the author.

“I know when I’ve been beaten, and I have barely even started.”

Read more for all of my thoughts on this book!!

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Caitsbooks Reviews The Caged Queen, + a Giveaway

The Caged Queen (Iskari #2) by Kristen Ciccarelli – (Giveaway + Review) – Everyone Must Read This Series!

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: Did someone say enemies-to-friends-to-enemies-to-lovers? This book has all the delicious angst you would expect with that type of relationship at the forefront, but it also has so much more. From beautiful writing to beautifully complex characters, this is not a book, or series, you should miss.

“Once there was a girl who loved the sky almost as much as she loved her sister.”

[ Related: The Last Namsara (Iskari #1) by Kristen Ciccarelli – Review ]

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Assault, Rape Mention, Sexual Harassment, Animal Abuse, War Themes, Murder //

Release Date: 9/25/2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 400
Premise:

Before I get into the plot of this book, I want to specify: This is not a true sequel. This book doesn’t follow Asha and Torwin, but instead follows Roa after the events of The Last Namsara. Also, you can technically read this book without having read The Last Namsara, but why would you do that when The Last Namsara is so amazing? However, if you plan to read The Last Namsara, please go do that right away because there will be major spoilers for it in this review (but don’t worry- no spoilers for The Caged Queen). Also, if you are interested in reading The Last Namsara, or just want your own copy, keep reading (or just scroll down to the bottom of the page to avoid spoilers) to learn about a giveaway I’m hosting!

Okay, let’s talk plot. Roa and her sister Essie were always together. However, tragedy struck when Essie died in a terrible accident. Years later, Essie’s spirit remains in the form of a hawk, but she grows weaker every year and won’t be able to stay with Roa much longer. Roa is desperate to keep Essie with her, but when she discovers a way to bring her back to life, she must decide how far she is willing to go. To save her sister, Roa must kill the one who should have died in her place, Dax, the new king of Firgaard and Roa’s husband. Roa and Dax may have only gotten married so she could save her people, and he could have the reinforcements he needed for his revolt, but is she capable of killing her new husband, even if he is her enemy?

“What are souls, but stars waiting to be born?”

Read more for all of my thoughts on The Caged Queen, plus information on my giveaway of The Last Namsara!

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