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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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.”

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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.”

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Bone Crier's Moon Blog Tour

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

Bone Crier’s Moon is one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and I can’t believe that I finally get to talk about it! As part of the blog tour, I’ll be sharing my review, my dream cast, and my favorite quotes!

[ Related: The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza (Blog Tour) (ARC Review) ]

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Animal Death, Animal Sacrifice, Murder, Kidnapping/Abduction //

Title: The Winter Duke
Author: Kathryn Purdie
Publisher: HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen
Release Date: March 10th 2020
Page Count: 480
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Synopsis

Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.

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Read an excerpt from Bone Crier’s Moon here!

Quick Stats

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: Bone Crier’s Moon is possibly my favorite book of the year (so far). It’s addictive and fun, with fantastic characters and a fantastic world. I can’t wait for book 2, Bone Crier’s Dawn!

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Caitsbooks Reviews The Raven and the Dove - 4.5 Stars

The Raven and the Dove (The Raven and the Dove #1) by Kaitlyn Davis – A Great Start To An Addictive Series

Thank you to Netgalley and the author for an ARC in exchange for an honest review! All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change.

Overall: 4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 4.5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Raven and the Dove is full of loyalty, love, and betrayal. With a complex and fascinating world, this book will transport you into a classic tale of forbidden love and lies that just might tear your heart out. You’ve been warned.

“How fragile unbreakable bonds can be.”

[ Related: Interview with Kaitlyn Davis, Author of The Raven and The Dove! ]

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, War Themes, Mental Illness, PTSD, Kidnapping/Abduction //

Release Date: 3/9/2020
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Page Count: 506
Premise:

The Raven and the Dove is a retelling of Tristan and Isolde, which is an amazing folk tale and honestly deserves way more retellings than it has. Thank God for Kaitlyn Davis, giving this story the recognition it deserves.
This book takes place in a fantasy world, where there are those who live on floating islands above the mist covering their planet and those who live below. Princess Lyana Aethionus lives above, the Dove princess of the House of Peace. On the dawn of her courtship trials, she saves a Raven, who she believes to be the prince of the House of Whispers.
Rafe is the bastard son of the dead Raven king. When his brother, Prince Xander, asks him to take his place in the courtship trials and bring back a mate for him deserving of their kingdom, he agrees. However, after an incident with a dragon, he is saved by a dove who has the same illegal magic as him. When the courtship trials begin, he must fight to prioritize his kingdom and his family over his heart.
Meanwhile, below, a king is desperate to save his people, no matter what the cost.

“Everyone has secrets.”

Read more for all of my thoughts on The Raven and the Dove!

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