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?”

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Caitsbooks Reviews Twice In A Blue Moon ARC by Christina Lauren - 4.8 stars

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren – Addictive + Adorable (ARC Review)

Overall: 4.8/5 Stars
Characters: 4.5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: Twice In A Blue Moon is cute, heartfelt, and completely captivating. This book will suck you in and never let you go.

“What would you do if you got a second chance with your first love?”

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// Content Warning: Death (Mention), Racism (Mention) //

Release Date: 10/22/2019
Publisher: Gallery Books
Page Count: 368
Premise:
Twice In A Blue Moon follows Tate Jones who is the daughter of one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, but keeps that little fact a closely guarded secret. When she travels to London for vacation, she meets Sam, and falls in love. However, she quickly realizes she put her trust in the wrong man. Fourteen years later, Tate is an up-and-coming actress, excited to be on the set of her first big break. However, that excitement dies pretty quickly when she discovers who wrote the movie.

“I want every wish he ever makes to be for this. A penny in a fountain. The first star. An eyelash. Eleven eleven. Just for one more time.”

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Caitsbooks Reviews: The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh (5 Stars)

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

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: This book is definitely not for everyone, but it was perfect for me. Everything from the characters, the setting, and the plot- it was exactly what I wanted it to be, and more.

“We forget our dreams, but nightmares linger with us evermore.”

[ Related: Smoke In The Sun (Flame In The Mist #2) by Renee Ahdieh (Review) ]

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“There was no way for us to turn back. The tinder has been collected. The match has been struck.
Only one of us can survive the fires of Hell.”

Release Date: 10/8/2019
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 448
Premise:
The Beautiful follows Celine as she flees her life in Paris and goes to New Orleans. Staying in the convent, Celine falls in love with the city she’s taken refuge in. But when young girls start being found dead, Celine must delve into the dark underworld of the city to find the murderer.

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Gun Violence, Torture, Rape Mention, Rape, Murder, Racism, Racist Slurs, Misogyny //

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Caitsbooks Reviews: The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey - 3.5 Stars

The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey – A Cute Read, with Depth (ARC Review)

*All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change*

Overall: 3.5/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 3/5
Writing: 4/5
Plot and Themes: 3.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3.5/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Library of Lost Things is an interesting read that’s a mix between cute romance and heavy family drama.

“The circle never broke. We lived in a home strung across tightropes.”

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

// Content Warning: Illness (Post-Concussive Syndrome), Mental Illness (Hoarding) //

Release Date: 10/8/2016
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Page Count: 384
Premise:

When Darcy Wells meets Asher Fleet, a former pilot whose dreams seem just out of reach, she doesn’t expect to care for him. For once, she doesn’t want to hide in her books. But after years of protecting her mother’s secret of being a hoarder, Darcy doesn’t know how to let anyone into her cluttered life.

“Holding a real book is like holding something alive. There’s the grit of the pages between your fingers as you turn them. The edges get soft and worn. With a real book, you feel the weight of the story more.”

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Caitsbooks Reviews: The Burning Shadow (Origin 2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout - 4 Stars

The Burning Shadow (Origin #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – Funny, Political, and Cute (ARC Review)

*All quotes come from the ARC and are subject to change*

Overall: 4/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Burning Shadow is a fun read and a great sequel. It’s length definitely makes up for how long I was dying to read it, but it does drag a little bit.

“There are people out there who are so controlled by their hate and their fear that they will not think twice before harming someone in the name of whatever they believe in. Even people you thought you knew.”

Yeah this one hits too close to home

[ Related: The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout (ARC Review) ]

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Gun Violence, Mature Content, Murder, Illness, Xenophobia //

Release Date: 10/8/2019
Publisher: Tor Teen
Page Count: 649
Premise:

The Burning Shadow is the sequel to The Darkest Star. After the revelations of the first book, Evie must come to terms with everything she has learned, and piece together the missing pieces of her memory. Meanwhile, a new virus is spreading to humans and people believe it’s linked to the luxen. With panic spreading, peace between luxens and humans seems harder and harder to maintain.

”All I wanted to do is eat a damn grilled cheese sandwich, eat some freaking soup, and be normal for five seconds…”

( me )

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Caitsbooks Review and Giveaway: Crier's War by Nina Varela (5 Stars)

Crier’s War (Crier’s War #1) by Nina Varela – Giveaway + Review!!

Before I get into this review, I want to talk about the giveaway! I’ll be giving away a copy of Crier’s War to one person. The giveaway ends on October 8th, so enter now for a chance to win!!! All details on how to enter are down below, after the review!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own! *

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 4.5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4.5/5
Review in a Nutshell: The second I heard this book was LGBTQ+, I put it on my TBR, but I never expected to love with the writing, world, and characters as much as I did.

“Justice was a god, and Ayla didn’t believe in such childish things.
She believed in blood.”

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// Content Warning: Violence, Death, War Themes, Murder, Mental Illness //

Release Date: 10/1/2019
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 448
Premise:
The Automae, once created to be the playthings of humans, now rule Rabu, with humans as their servants. Ayla’s family was killed by the Automae when she was a child, and now she serves the House of the Sovereign waiting for her chance to get her revenge and take away his family. Crier is the Sovereign’s daughter, Made to be his heir, but after her betrothal to Scyre Kinok, she realizes that there is much about her kingdom, their history, and herself, that she doesn’t know.

“‘Humanity is how you act, my lady,’ said Jezen. ‘Not how you were Made.’”

Read more for all of my thoughts on Crier’s War, plus all of the info on the giveaway!!

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Caitsbooks Reviews: When She Reigns (Fallen Isles #3) by Jodi Meadows - 3.5 Stars

When She Reigns (Fallen Isles #3) by Jodi Meadows – Dragons and Anxiety: How Could This Go Wrong? (Review)

Overall: 3.5/5 Stars
Characters: 3/5
Setting: 3.5/5
Writing: 3.5/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3/5
Review in a Nutshell: When She Reigns delivers on its promises of dragons, but at the cost of some of its other aspects. That said, I still enjoyed it.

“Hate cannot abide where many stand in love.”

(This exact line is said a million times. I think I’ll be saying it in my sleep)

[ Related: As She Ascends (Fallen Isles #2) by Jodi Meadows (Review) ]

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// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Torture (Mention), Panic Attacks, Anxiety, Animal Abuse, Animal Death, War Themes, Murder, Mental Illness //

Release Date: 9/10/2019
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Page Count: 496
Premise:
When She Reigns is the third and final book in the Fallen Isles trilogy. It takes place shortly after the devastating ending of As She Ascends, and follows Mira and her friends as she tries to find a way to save her people and her home.

“Love survives death.”

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Caitsbooks Reviews: Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper #4) by Kerri Maniscalco - 5 Stars

Capturing The Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper #4) by Kerri Maniscalco – I Can’t Believe It’s Over (Review)

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: Capturing The Devil is an amazing end to a series that has captured the hearts of so many fans. While I’m sad it’s over, I couldn’t imagine a better finale.

“Perhaps some monsters were immortal after all.”

[ Related: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – Review ]

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// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Assault, Torture (Mention), Mature Content, Rape (Mention), Drugged, Animal Death, Murder, Mental Illness, PTSD, Homophobia, Kidnapping/Abduction //

“I had been stalked and hunted and had escaped thus far.
I’d now be the one setting a trap for this monster.”

Release Date: 9/10/2019
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Page Count: 448
Premise:
Capturing the Devil is the final book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. Audrey Rose and Thomas now found themselves in America, where a series of disappearances has them on the hunt for an elusive murderer. The two of them must try to catch the killer, while also trying to hold onto their future together.

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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? (Review)

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: The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett (ARC) - 4 Stars

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett – Not What I Thought It Would Be (ARC Review)

*All quotes are from the ARC and are subject to change upon publication*

Overall: 4/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 3.5/5
Writing: 4/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Lady Rogue is a funny, lighthearted historical fiction that

“Being enemies was easy.
Falling in love was harder.”

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

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

“I’ve yet to hold the devil’s handiwork.
Everything evil I’ve found was made by human hands.”

Release Date: 9/3/2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Page Count: 384
Premise:
Theodora has always dreamed of traveling with her father on his treasure hunts, but despite her knowledge of ancient relics, he refuses to let her go. Instead, he takes Huck Gallagher, the boy Theo used to think was the love of her life. But when Huck returns from an expedition for the cursed ring of Vlad the Impaler without her father, they must team up to rescue him. With only her father’s journal for clues, the two end up on a dangerous journey into Romania, where a dangerous society is also searching for the ring. And they’ll do anything to get it.

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