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

Caitsbooks Reviews The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, 4 Stars

*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.”

Read more to see all of my thoughts on The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, as well as get more information on the Giveaway!

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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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The Archer at Dawn (The Tiger at Midnight #2) by Swati Teerdhala – Is It As Good As The First Book? (ARC Review)

*Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change. All opinions are my own.*

Overall: 4/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3.5/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Archer at Dawn wasn’t quite as amazing as The Tiger at Midnight, but it was still a solid sequel, and I’m very excited to see where this series goes.

“She was the Viper, Dharka’s legend. She delivered justice, and she would finish this.”

[ Related: The Tiger At Midnight by Swati Teerdhala (ARC Review) ]

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, War Themes, Murder, Misogyny, Kidnapping/Abduction (Mention) //

Release Date: 5/26/2020
Publisher: HarperCollins
Page Count: 449
Premise:

The Archer at Dawn is the second book in The Tiger at Midnight trilogy, following Kunal and Esha as stakes rise and loyalties are questioned. They must navigate court politics as they work to rescue the lost princess, while also trying to take down the Pretender King.

“And now that his hands were dirtied, he felt as if they’d never be clean.”

Want to know all of my thoughts on The Archer at Dawn? Read more!

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Crave (Crave #1) by Tracy Wolff – Vampire Books Are Back From the Dead (Review + Giveaway)

*Thank you to Entangled Teen for sending me a copy of Crave along with some Crave goodies! For a full unboxing, check out my bookstagram!*

Overall: 4/5 Stars
Characters: 4.5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 3.5/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: Crave is pure fun. This book has some of my favorite things about the paranormal romance genre, and it got me so hyped for more vampire books.

“I can see something in his eyes. Something powerful and terrible and all-consuming.”

[ Related: The Betrothed (The Betrothed #1) by Kiera Cass – I Need to Rant (Review) ]

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Assault, Torture, Panic Attacks, Anxiety, Murder, Illness, Kidnapping/Abduction //

Release Date: 4/7/2020
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Page Count: 592
Premise:

Crave is a YA paranormal romance book following Grace, a girl who has just lost both of her parents, and is forced to move to an elite boarding school in Alaska, where her uncle is headmaster. However, this school isn’t what she expected, and no matter what she does, she doesn’t seem to fit in. Then she meets Jaxon, a boy who runs hot-and-cold, and is hiding a dangerous secret.

“He turns me inside out with a look, destroys me with a kiss.”

Read more for all of my thoughts on Crave, and details on the giveaway!

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The Betrothed by Kiera Cass – I Need to Rant (ARC Review)

Caitsbooks Reviews The Betrothed by Kiera Cass - 2.5 Stars

Overall: 2.5/5 Stars
Characters: 2/5
Setting: 2/5
Writing: 3/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 2/5
Review in a Nutshell: This was… disappointing. Maybe my hopes were too high, maybe I wanted too much from it, but all I know is that I really wish it was better.

“If you wish to stand next to the first, by all means. You’re the one who’ll be burned.”

[ Related: Best March Reads + April TBR – Quarantine Reading ]

The Betrothed Cover: Girl in gold dress, looking off to the side. "The Betrothed". "#1 Bestselling Author of The Selection". "Kiera Cass".

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Cheating, Domestic Abuse, Murder, Miscarriage (Mention), Racial Slur (more information here)//

Release Date: 5/5/2020
Publisher: HarperCollins
Page Count: 400
Premise:

The Betrothed follows Hollis, a girl who has caught the eye of the king. Everything seems to be going well, as it looks like King Jameson will soon propose, but life as a queen is not what Hollis expected. Or wanted. After meeting a stranger who she finds herself drawn to, she must decide what she wants for her future.

“Not only would he make you a queen… he would make you a legend.”

Read more for all of my thoughts of The Betrothed (including all the details on why I’m disappointed by it)

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