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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Party of Two (The Wedding Date #5) by Jasmine Guillory – A New Favorite (ARC Review)

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Berkley Books for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: Party of Two was the exact read I needed. It’s cute and fun, but has true depth.

”Sometimes the only way to get something good is to take a few risks.”

[Related: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – The Perfect Start to Summer (Review) ]

// Content Warning: Racism (Mention) //

Release Date: 6/23/2020
Publisher: Berkley Books
Page Count: 320
Premise:

Party of Two follows Olivia Monroe, a lawyer who moved to L.A. to start her own law firm, and Max Powell, a junior senator. When the two meet, sparks fly, but with Max’s high profile job, and Olivia’s desire to stay out of the spotlight, is what they have special enough to survive?

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Caitsbooks Reviews The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, 4 Stars

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

*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.”

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

// 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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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!

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