Review: War Storm (Red Queen #4)

Title: War Storm (Red Queen #4)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: May 15, 2018
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Victory comes at a price.

Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

Review:

It has taken me a while to read this highly anticipated finale to the Red Queen series. I was glad to finally finish it!

It’s been a few years since I started reading this series. I had forgotten a lot that happened, so I had to read some summaries before reading this book. Even though it has only been four books, there were a lot of subplots and characters to follow. I was surprised at how easy it was to get back into the story once I started reading it. Victoria Aveyard’s writing gives a complete picture of what is happening, so it was easy to read.

The one criticism I have about this book is that it drifted from the original plot of the story. The story mostly followed Mare, Evangeline, and Iris. There was a lot of focus on the different houses and kingdoms in the world. I think it would have been much shorter if it just focused on the battle between Mare, Cal and Maven. The stories of the other families could have been explored in its own series.

I’m glad that I finished this series. I’m curious to see what happens in the collection of stories, Broken Throne.

What to read next:

Broken Throne (Red Queen #4.5) by Victoria Aveyard

Have you read Red Queen? What did you think of it?

Top Ten Tuesday – First Books I Reviewed

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and it is now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is First Books I Reviewed. I have also linked to my reviews. These are from 2 years ago, so my reviewing style has changed a lot over this time. Here’s my list:

1. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

2. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

3. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

4. Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis

5. Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor

6. Captain Marvel, Volume 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More by Kelly Sue DeConnick, David López

7. Jonesy, Vol.1 by Sam Humphries

8. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

9. We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

10. Gutenberg’s Fingerprint: A Book Lover Bridges the Digital Divide by Merilyn Simonds

(All photos taken from Goodreads)

Review: Work It, Girl: Boss the Bestseller List Like J.K. Rowling

Title: Work It, Girl: Boss the Bestseller List Like J.K. Rowling
Author: Caroline Moss, Sinem Erkas (illustrator)
Genre: Children’s, Nonfiction
Publisher: Lincoln Children’s Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

In this new series for aspiring future girl #bosses, discover the life of JK Rowling, the famous author. Be inspired by her remarkable story, and learn 10 key lessons from her life and work. Featuring inspiring quotes and mantras, this is a book for all girls wanting to forge their own career path. 

Review:

I’ve always been a huge fan of J.K. Rowling. I have fond memories of reading the first Harry Potter books with my dad when they first came out.

Her life story is a huge inspiration to me, as a writer. I was familiar with a lot of her story, but I still found this book fascinating. Jo created her own success by working hard at what she enjoyed doing. She wrote when she had time, including while her daughter was napping. She continued to work hard even after she became successful. She also never forgot her humble beginnings, by giving back to those in need.

The books in this series are beautiful. I love the creative graphics. The images look like they are created with layered pieces of paper. There are many pages just made up of just pictures, with short quotes from J.K. Rowling.

I love this series! There are currently two books, one about Oprah Winfrey and the other about J.K. Rowling. I can’t wait to see what other inspirational women are featured in this series.

What to read next:

Work It, Girl: Run the Show Like CEO Oprah Winfrey by Caroline Moss, Sinem Erkas (illustrator)

Who Is J.K. Rowling? by Pam Pollack, Meg Belviso

Have you read Work It, Girl: Boss the Bestseller List Like J.K. Rowling? What did you think of it?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? – April 22

This blog meme is hosted by Book Date. It is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

What I just finished:

This weekend I finished War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard.

What I’m currently reading:

I’m currently reading Social Misconduct by S.J. Maher.

What I’m reading next:

Next I will be reading King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2) by Amanda Foody.

What are you guys reading this week? Have you read any of these books?

Review: Shadow Me (Shatter Me #4.5)

Title: Shadow Me (Shatter Me #4.5)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Purchased
Format: Ebook
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Fan favorite character Kenji Kishimoto narrates this gripping companion novella to Tahereh Mafi’s New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, set during the explosive events in Restore Me!

Juliette is still reeling from Warner’s betrayal, and Kenji is trying to balance his friendship with her with his responsibilities as a leader of the resistance against the Reestablishment. Things get even more interesting when an unexpected person from Omega Point’s past surfaces.

The ending of Restore Me left readers gasping, and this novella full of Kenji’s signature sass and big heart is the perfect story to tide fans over until Defy Me, the shocking fifth book in the Shatter Me series, hits shelves in April 2019.

Review:

This novella was different from the other two in the Shatter Me series because it is told from Kenji’s perspective. The other two were narrated by Warner and Adam. Kenji is one of my favourite characters, so I was so excited to read some of his story.

Kenji is a fun character. He usually brings some comic relief to the serious story. He’s Juliette’s best friend, so he is in a very different position from Warner and Adam, who have both been her love interests. However, this story shows a different side to Kenji. He has had a tough life, being orphaned and living on the streets before being taken in by Castle. Though he has been through a lot, he is still there for Juliette when she needs him.

These novellas are a great addition to the series. They usually show the same scenes that were in the main novel, but from a different point of view. This gives us a full image of what is happening in the story.

The next novella is also from Kenji’s perspective, so I can’t wait to read it!

What to read next:

Defy Me (Shatter Me #5) by Tahereh Mafi

Have you read Shadow Me? What did you think of it?

Jill’s Weekly Wrap-Up – April 21

Here are my reviews for the week with my ratings:

I did 9 weekly blogging memes:

How was your week? What did you guys read?

Sundays in Bed With… War Storm

The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This Sunday I’m reading War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Victory comes at a price.

Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

What book are you in bed with today?