Welcome to TV Land – A Book List

Hello, my beautiful readers!

I hope you’ve had a great May so far. Mine’s been alright. Can’t complain too much. Life is certainly being life. However, I do wish June will be better lol. Anyway! Book list of the month!

This month I’ve been thinking about what kind of books could I recommend, but I’ve also been in a weird spot. Some of my favorite shows have had their finales, some are series’ finales. And BOOM! A list is born!

I don’t know about you guys but I really enjoy reading the tie-in/spin-off novels written based off of TV shows. They can be so much fun and really feed my love for my favorite TV shows.

Here’s a list of some of the shows that you can find novels to match. Maybe you know them and maybe you don’t. And if you don’t then here’s a chance to find a new TV series to binge the hell out of and be utterly obsessed with.

Charmed

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel

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TheFlash/Arrow

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Gotham

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Supernatural

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Smallville

 

Roswell
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Teen Wolf

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Castle

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X-Files

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What TV shows do you love? Have you read their novels? I know, for me, I’m a major Buffy fan. I gathered a couple new ones at a book sale last month and I currently have an X-Files book on my TBR list.

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Silence is Not Golden, But Red and Silver – (King’s Cage – A Book Review)

King’s Cage (Red Queen #3)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Published: 2017

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Rated S for the searing pain only the love of a Silver can cause, though war divides many hearts

 

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Mare Barrow is a prisoner of the King of Norta, Maven. More so, she’s powerless. No lightning and no escape. In chains, she’s once again put on display, but not as a princess like before. She’s put on display as the new blood that is forced to betray the Scarlet Guard, the people she loves, and herself. Many times, she tries to break free. It’s the silent stone shackles around her wrists and ankles that keeps her powers locked up. She refuses to let it or Maven break her.

The Scarlet Guard isn’t hiding any longer. They’re ready for war. The tension between everyone might stop it before it gets started however. The exiled prince, Cal is lost without her and will do anything to get her back. Even destroy his brother and anything else in his path.

Reds turn on Reds. Silvers turn on Silvers. Brother turns on brother.

 

I’m still a damn mess over Shade. It’s ugly ya’ll. And every time he was brought up…

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Now, Mare is locked up and I can’t even handle that. She gave herself up! Just as I worried she may turn into a monster, she fell into a helpless heap. Well, not helpless. But, I couldn’t help her. I wanted to jump into the book and help her so badly. So much hurt and heartbreak.

I actually had to wait to start this book because my emotions were all over the place. Just so much hurt. So much loss. And this loss is strangely different for me than it is in other books. While reading this series, I’ve gotten such an in-depth look into Mare’s life and seen how much things matter for her. It’s such a close perspective and every bit that she’s ripped into rips into me.

The war isn’t just talk now. It’s happening. Nobody is safe. Not a single person. There were so many times I gasped aloud as I read, and forget my nails. They got chomped right off. From an assassination attempt to torture, this was dark. However, there were unique alliances made that really surprised the feck out of me. Many more unexpected twists turned like a blade in me, instilling in me that everything is not always as it seems with anyone.

When Mare and Cal finally did reunite, it was like finally getting able to breathe until it wasn’t. And I totally caught that Grey’s Anatomy moment and it shattered me. The two of them sure are cute though. Dance in the rain cute.

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However, this drama-llama she’s got between both brothers is done. I’m not heeding it. Not one bit. I’m not here for a triangle. I’m here for the lightning girl. She cares about both of them and in a way, I can see why. But, I can’t focus on them because I’m focused on my girl, here. I can’t be bothered by dream fictional guys this time.

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For some light, happiness, a spot of blue sky—more new bloods and some are like Mare! Oh, to know she didn’t have to feel utterly alone was so beautiful. It’s so exciting! And the imagery! *whistles* YASSSSS.

Hell, the whole reunion for Mare and her family—everyone—was just sending my heart soaring.

I really can’t find a fault in this installation of the series. It was gorgeous and chilling!. I latched on and still haven’t let go. Powerful imagery. Such well thought out plot points. Aveyard really didn’t rush things and I LOVE it when that happens. There’s no reason to rush things all the time. Look at everything along the way. Aveyard didn’t just look though. She dragged my butt right through the mud. Lol.

 

Overall

This series keeps getting more powerful with every book and War Storm is the final book. Not ready for it at all. Glad to wait for it to release to paperback. Completely A-okay with it.  However, I’m so unbelievably nervous. This is like coming up on the final season of Game of Thrones. While many people already know since War Storm is out, I don’t know. LOL. Anyway, I just get that churning feeling that a lot of people aren’t going to make, one of them being Mare. And after she’s developed so much in this book, that makes me so sad.

 

Quotables:

“It’s cruel to give hope where none should be.” (Mare, p. 18)

“Until we meet again.” (Mare, p. 39)

“Gods do not ally with insects, but they can be infected by them.” (Evangeline, p. 142)

“Control takes more practice than brute force.” (Cameron, p. 155)

“Those who know what it’s like in the dark will do anything to stay in the light.” (Maven, p. 279)

“Monsters are so easily made, especially in people like us…” (Mare to Cameron, p. 416)

“Love is not a word we use. We feel it, we mean it, but we don’t say it. it feels so final, a declaration from which there is no easy return.” (Mare, p. 437)

“Choose me. Choose the dawn.” (p. 503)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? you should see me in a crown by Billie Eilish.

 

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Dorothy Must Die, The Series – A Review

Dorothy Must Die Series

Author: Danielle Paige

 

New Year’s Resolution: 2019

This year I’m taking on the challenge to read five book series I haven’t read yet but are on my TBR list. The first one to be completed is the Dorothy Must Die series. It consists of four main novels and several novellas. I stuck to the main story with the four books. I’m thinking about reading the novellas. I’m not certain I want to, but if I feel froggy enough so I’ll be reading them much later.

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Amy Gumm Lands in Oz after a tornado wipes out her trailer park. Suddenly, she’s given the mission to assassinate Dorothy. Oz has become a twisted place since Dorothy has come to Oz. Can Amy fix it? With the help of the Order of the Wicked and other unexpected allies, she hopes so.

 

 

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I wasn’t sure what I was expecting with this series. Twisted tales are my typical jam. An acquaintance of mine told me, “Dorothy’s the bad guy and she dresses like a hooker.”. LOL. So, Dorothy being the big bad of the story and Oz being turned upside down really garnered my attention.

 

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The Wicked Will Rise

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So, the plan to assassinate Dorothy failed and I wanted to see what would happen next. It’s in this book that there’s more of Oz revealed. It’s quite a spacious land. Wingless monkeys, a rainbow cathedral, and an island of lost things. The journey to eliminate Dorothy just got a little longer.

 

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Yellow Brick War

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After the cliffhanger of The Wicked Will Rise, I couldn’t not read the next installment. Emotions were running sky-high. I needed more Amy and Nox. The chemistry between is so nice. But they’re also super stuck! Nothing worse and more enticing than forbidden love. That and Dorothy was really taking this war to new heights.

 

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The End of Oz

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I found this addition and conclusion to the series to show another side of the land of Oz in an even more interesting and horrifying light quite intriguing. The story could’ve ended with the last book, The Yellow Brick War, in a way, but this allowed for something fresh to happen.

 

My favorite book of the series is the third one because it was a major game changer to the series. That being said, my least favorite book was the second one. It fell short of what I was expecting and drawn out a bit too.

Overall, I’m glad I read this series. It’s not one that got my emotions in a wrenching knot or struck me with the desperate need to finish them because they’re so good. They were enjoyable and fun and, in some moments, a riot. They certainly weren’t a waste of time. Not at all. They just didn’t hit that peak for me. I do recommend the series if you love a good twist on tales and the complicated romance scene. The action was pretty great too! I was plenty surprised! Just a really decent story. I guess the reason it doesn’t hit the favorite shelf is that it just didn’t suck me in. It happens.

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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No Place Like Home (The End of Oz – A Book Review)

The End of Oz (Dorothy Must Die #4)
Author: Danielle Paige
Published: 2017

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Rated W for wicked creeps in a land of complete horror where the food is dreadful.

 

Ding dong—Dorothy is dead.

But it turns out girls from Kansas are harder to kill than we look.

Dorothy is dead. Ozma, the rightful ruler of Oz, has finally returned to her right mind and her throne. Oz is free…not.

All was right, and now it isn’t. Amy’s old enemy turned friend, Madison is now stranded in Oz and the Nome King is sweeping in to take over Oz. Luckily, they are saved by Oz, but lead them to Ev, the gnarly kingdom of the Nome King. There they hope to find a way to defeat the Nome King there.

While Oz is still at risk, Amy is struggling with whether she wants to go back to Kansas or remain in Oz. Where will she call home?

 

The Dorothy Must Die series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 4 of 4

 

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The Wicked Will Rise Review: Here

 

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All series eventually come to an end. Except for series like Shadowhunters (Cassandra Claire) and possibly Morganville Vampires (Rachel Caine). LOL. They might be eternal. This is the final book in the Dorothy Must Die series and it was so different from the books that precede it. While the heavy feeling of the end was there, I really loved that if ever Paige wanted to come back to Oz later, she could. So, it was bittersweet, yet warming to my heart.

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Amy and Nox are teaming up once again to save Oz once and for all. They have to be among one of the most interesting relationships I’ve read in a book. I like my pairs/relationships hot, steamy, and intense, but I find ones that begin in friendship with a solid steel bond that turns into so much more amazingly beautiful too. They’re more real. Amy and Nox were very real.

Madison has come to Oz! Whoa… Still pretty surreal, even now as I’m reviewing the book. I couldn’t stand her! I’ve definitely turned my leaf on her. She turned out to be kickass and that’s epic. I really love it when an enemy can turn out to be an ally and even a friend. The development is a splendid one.

Also, Ev was creepy AF. No joke. Ick and double ick. The reference to Return to Oz was on point!

“Return to Oz? It’s like showing a little kid Clockwork Orange. Fucked me up for life…” (Madison, p.31)

I’m just glad there’s no zombie/robot Totos. Eesh. The Wheelers were pretty messed up though. Just a lot of disturbing creatures in a disturbing world. I get a Castlevania mixed with The Dark Crystal vibe.

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Looking back on the past played a big part in this book. Each character, including some just being introduced, was looking back to what brought them to this point, Oz on the verge of another war. It’s shocking to look back at where this all began. So much has changed. It just stuns me. You know what I’m saying, right? That feeling? It’s crazy. And satisfyingly fulfilling.

 

Overall

A pretty good conclusion to an entertaining series. Magical and certainly out of this world. I had a lot of fun and was always surprised. Definitely a delightful and simultaneously disturbing twist on a tale I already find slightly screwed up. From wingless monkeys to wicked witches to ugly ass beetles that are easily offended. I was really taken with Amy’s journey and how it changed her life. So, maybe the story wasn’t the most exciting, but her journey was important and brave and well-developed.

 

Quotables:

“…I can’t erase our past but I don’t live in it. I am not ruined. I’m just done with it. What you did to me…it’s a part of who we both are, and I carried it for a long time. But if you still carry it, that’s for you to deal with.” (Amy to Madison, p. 199)

“No matter how many times I said it, I knew I’d never get used to the feeling of the words in my mouth. The knowledge that it was true. That I’d never feel this way about anyone else again as long as I live.” (Amy, p. 213)

“Nothing cures a broken heart like pie.” (Dorothy, p. 239)

“We are made of what shapes us.” (p. 251)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? A Place Called Home by Kim Richey.

 

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Wicked Comes to Kansas (Yellow Brick War – A Book Review)

Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die #3)
Author: Danielle Paige
Published: 2016

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Rated S for stranded wicked witches in Kansas that are ultimately screwed.

 

Home was nowhere now…(p. 1)

Amy’s back in Kansas, unfortunately. And she’s not alone. Nox, Glamora, Mombi, and Gert are stranded in the flat, dusty state too. The only way to get back to Oz and to the war breaking out there is to find Dorothy’s original shoes. Yes, the silver ones.

To get them, Amy has to do the unthinkable. She has to go back to high school. So much has changed since she disappeared to Oz. Her mom is sober. Her enemy at school suddenly wants to be best friends. A tornado sweeping through Dusty Acres might just be the best thing too ever happen.

Amy must stick to her mission. She must kill Dorothy. Many have died because of her failures. When she returns to Oz, she won’t fail. She can’t.

 

The Dorothy Must Die series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 3 of 4

 

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So much cool went down in this book. Right as I was beginning to wonder what was happening back in Kansas, POOF, Amy gets a quick trip home! While totally cringe-y, it was also engrossing! While magic is risky and is working to twist Amy into something dangerous, in Kansas she’s got nada in the magic department.

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And if it’s not one pain in the ass then it’s another. And this time, it’s another and it’s in Kansas. Who knew, right? But, without magic, can Amy stop it? Well, I can’t spoil that. But there’s so much tension and so much happening in this book! Feelings. Old enemies. Old friends. Broken hearts. Unexpected reunions. BATTLE!

This book didn’t wait to break my heart, not a single second wasted. Amy, and not just her, really got put through the wringer. I’ve really caught on to Paige loving to rip into the pain first and then keeping the sting of it alive throughout the story, and she does very well with it. My heart just kept falling

Side Note: This book really highlighted just how bad of a liar Amy is. It’s hilarious.

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The scenery is ever-changing. Really wicked too. I was as surprised and stunned as Amy with everything. It was like being in The Twilight Zone in Kansas AND Oz. “Is this really happening?” kept flitting through my brain as I read. Also, the further the book got the more horrifying it grew. I keep thinking this can’t get more grotesque but damn if it didn’t. I couldn’t feel worse for Toto especially. I mean, the little yapper is evil, but he got a nasty fate that no animal deserves.

 

Overall

The mission is getting darker and darker by the page. I’m always so taken with the action! Amy is such a fighter and a sassy one at that. It never ceases to impress me. Really. The young woman is a fighter and I’m here for it! She’s Oz’s vampire slayer and Dorothy is the apocalypse…little Buffy analogy there. Totally well placed in my opinion.

 

Quotables:

“If you want to help us get back too Oz, you have to go back to high school.” (Gert to Amy, p. 18)

“The world I grew up in is gone, too. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to give up on it. Because if you give up—then what is there left to live for?” (Amy to Nox, p. 141)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Not in Kansas Anymore, Thank God – (Dorothy Must Die)

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1)
Author: Danielle Paige
Published: 2014

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Rated W for some wicked crazy witch bitches with a smidge of addiction to magic. This isn’t Oz anymore.

 

I didn’t ask for any of this.

I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

Amy Gumm, the other girl from Kansas, didn’t ask to be brought to Oz, via tornado no less. Sure, her life in Dusty Acres sucks. Her mom is a junkie and a drunk who could care less about her existence. The girls at school bully her.

Landing in Oz, this magical land Amy grew up believing was make-believe, she’s shocked that it’s not all yellow brick road and munchkins. There’s a dark wickedness over the land. And her name is Dorothy. Shocking, right? She’s supposed to be good. She destroyed the wicked witch of the freaking west.

She’s twisted Oz with her magic and selfish bratty ways. Munchkins are slaves. Her friends: Tin Man, Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion are now horrifying monsters. Everybody must follow Dorothy’s crazy rules or else worse things than torture will happen to them.

Brought into the Order of the Wicked, she’ll be trained to be wicked by some of the baddest witches of Oz for one important purpose. To kill Dorothy. Easier said than done.

 

The Dorothy Must Die series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 1 of 4.

 

I’ve read some twisted fairy tales before and I find them to be very interesting. I’ve never read a twisted tale on The Wizard of Oz. This wasn’t a read that had me hopelessly addicted. It didn’t, but damn was I entertained. This was wild and shocked me a bit a few times. And let me tell you, nobody is safe.

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So much originality added to a good tale. Everything is flipped upside down and all around. I couldn’t put this down because I honestly just wanted to see how much crazier this would get. LOL. Was there an emotional attachment? Nah. Sometimes it’s about the fun of a story. That and seeing what happens at the end.

Amy is so spunky. Pink hair, loads of disgruntled commentary, and really hates secrets and being left in the dark about important info. She’s not the common protagonist. In fact, she didn’t even want to be the protagonist. It’s quite hilarious. Her allies, because they do not seem like much of friends, Ollie, the wingless monkey, Nox, a wicked, as well as a few other witches, are pretty salty ones too. I couldn’t get enough of the banter with all of the characters. It’s bold and snappy.

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Oz is exactly as I would’ve imagined it. A sugar high with a side of acid. Acid, the drug, not the skin peeling chemical. With Dorothy, it’s freaking creepy, reminding me—and if you folks have ever played PC games, yes, the ones that required CDS then you might know this one…possibly—of McGee’s Alice. Twisted landscapes with twisted characters, which you have to fix. LOL. Pretty wicked. Nostalgic with old Oz touches, but also new and horrifying. Who knew eh?

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Overall

I really enjoy how this story feels like a parallel universe, yet not. It’s like a sequel nobody ever realized. It doesn’t quite make the favorites, but it’s fun and unexpected and certainly has a spot on my bookshelves. Worth the read guys.

 

Quotables:

“I first discovered I was trash three days before my ninth birthday…” (Amy, p. 1)

“I didn’t know what was worse: to have your shot and screw it up, or to never have had a shot in the first place.” (Amy, p. 5)

“No rest for the wicked, is there, Amy.” (Glamora, p. 129)

“It’s not magic that makes you who you are. It’s the choices that you make. Look at Dorothy.” (Nox to Dorothy, p. 155)

“Those who have sacrificed always have the most to lose.” (The Wizard to Amy, p. 298)

“Doing Good had been uglier than I’d expected it to be. And the price…the price now was feeling like I needed to always be looking over my shoulder.” (Amy, p. 365)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

 P. S. Song today? All These Things That I Have Done by The Killers.

 

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War Bleeds Red and Silver (Glass Sword – A Book Review)

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Published: 2016

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Rated T for understandable trust issues and bearing the treacherous weight of a revolution.

 

Kneel or bleed.

Mare Barrow is just getting used to being different. A Red, but also a Silver. She bleeds red, but she has powerful Silver abilities. She can feel electric currents and shot lightning from her hands, which also earned her the nickname, Lightning Girl, much to her chagrin.

Having escaped from execution by the new king and ultimate betrayer, Maven who was once her friend and fiancé, she and Cal are on the move with the Scarlet Guard. Granted, Cal is with them more or less against his will. With the help of the Guard and other unexpected allies, Mare and many others, including her brother Shade who was thought to be dead, hurry to find the others, like her and Shade, from the list that Julian left her. They’ll need to hurry too.

Maven has been laying down new laws, causing Reds to rage. His grip tightens, but Mare is determined to fight back and free everybody from the tyrant. But, in doing so, she runs the risk of becoming something dark and deadly. This fight against the monsters, Maven and his mother, threatens to turn her into one herself. Under the weight of this revolution and her comrades has she already been lost? At what cost is it enough?

 

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First off…SHADE IS ALIVE! I REPEAT, SHADE IS ALIVE. Since this is known, I’m not considering it a spoiler. Even in Red Queen when it was thought he was dead, the way Mare talked about him made he have such a crush on him! Ugh. Unreal. Love him. Annnd, yes, I got to the end and bawled my eyes out!

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The book brought me from sneaking around to full-on guerilla rebellion. I understood why Mare began to harden herself. There’s nobody she can trust outside of Shade, and even that was a little shaky. With all of the weight everybody put on her shoulders, forcing her to do what they didn’t want to, it’s no wonder she hardened harder than diamond. The young woman did things she should never have been forced into and put in positions that she didn’t deserve to be in! It outright grinds at me that she’d get glared at and chastised and be avoided and resented and yet, she does what they wanted her to do! They wanted her to lead this rebellion and when she does, she became the evil one. Rebellion isn’t clean. It’s dark and both sides get hurt. This isn’t a place to eat your cake and keep it pretty too. The one thing I hope for Mare is that she finds a light in the darkness to hold on to through this so she doesn’t lose herself.

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Maven. Maven. MAVEN. That sniveling shitbrain. I’m still a bit stunned from his betrayal. The way he dropped his Silver fist over his country was pretty horrifying. There are so many characters that I’m still mourning that died at his hands. Yet, there’s something compelling about him. He, in his own twisted way, loves Mare, and I hate to say it, but I feel like Cal doesn’t because he’s too afraid to, which in a way, is understandable and simultaneously left me very uncomfortable because I don’t like that the antagonist is more in love with her than Cal. That’s just unnerving.

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So much is happening in this book. I’m still processing it all. The Lakelanders, the ones that Reds are being forced to fight against, have a much larger role than I ever imagined. Romance is not a big player in this book. Power. Freedom. Rebellion. Trust. These are what rule the pages. Romance takes a small part, but not in the grand scheme and I really liked that. There was comfort to be had, but there was also heartbreak. Heartbreak from loss and failure.

There was so much action as well as new supernatural abilities. I was so excited and stoked! Being on the front lines of all of this was exhilarating too!

I had so many predictions and I hate that some of them came to pass. I was so strung at the end that I could barely breathe. A real feckin’ mess, I’m telling you.

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I think if I had anything to complain about this book it would be how often it reflects back on Red Queen. It did it so often that it was getting ridiculous. I know what happened in the first book and if any reader decided to read this book before that one then they should be told to go read it, not given a play-by-play. With knowing what happened, I really think Aveyard could’ve loosened up on it. I’m not a dummy. I remember it all. My heart ached for all that happened and thanks to this book, it now bleeds.

 

Overall

My nerves are shot, but am I going to read the next book because I’m addicted to pain? SURE! It’s no wonder I got through this so fast. I couldn’t put it down. There’s hope within me that is begging for Mare to be okay. I don’t know what’ll happen in King’s Cage. I’m getting ready to start it. But, I’m intensely attached to this series and must see it to the end no matter how badly it destroys me. Wow, this is taking me back to The Arcana Chronicles and that series drove me to need a drink after its latest installment, The Dark Calling.

 

Quotables:

“Anyone can betray anyone.” (p. 98)

“The best part about thieves is that you can trust them—to do their worst” (Mare, p. 183)

“I have been running for so long. Since before all this even started. Even back in the Stilts, I was a runner. Avoiding my family, my fate, anything I didn’t want to feel. And I am still racing now. From those who would kill me—and those who would love me.” (Mare, p. 249)

“We can’t choose who we love. I wish, more than anything, that we could.” (Mare to Kilorn, p. 255)

“No one is born evil, just like no one is born alone. They become that way, through choice and circumstance.” (Julian to Mare, p. 411)

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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