Book Review: “The Exiled Queen”

“The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms #2)” by Cinda Williams Chima

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Library

Other Seven Realms books

Summary from Goodreads:

Haunted by the loss of his mother and sister, Han Alister journeys south to begin his schooling at Mystwerk House in Oden’s Ford. But leaving the Fells doesn’t mean that danger isn’t far behind. Han is hunted every step of the way by the Bayars, a powerful wizarding family set on reclaiming the amulet Han stole from them. And Mystwerk House has dangers of its own. There, Han meets Crow, a mysterious wizard who agrees to tutor Han in the darker parts of sorcery—but the bargain they make is one Han may regret.

Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna runs from a forced marriage in the Fells, accompanied by her friend Amon and his triple of cadets. Now, the safest place for Raisa is Wein House, the military academy at Oden’s Ford. If Raisa can pass as a regular student, Wein House will offer both sanctuary and the education Raisa needs to succeed as the next Gray Wolf queen.

Everything changes when Han and Raisa’s paths cross, in this epic tale of uncertain friendships, cut-throat politics, and the irresistible power of attraction.

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Quick Thoughts: “Unmade”

“Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy #3) “ by Sarah Rees Brennan

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal

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Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

Powerful love comes with a price. Who will be the sacrifice?

Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.

Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility—and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves most.

This final book in the Lynburn Legacy is a wild, entertaining ride from beginning to shocking end.
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Quick Thoughts: “Untold”

“Untold (The Lynburn Legacy #2) “ by Sarah Rees Brennan

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal

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Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

It’s time to choose sides….

On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy English town. But Kami Glass knows the truth. Sorry-in-the-Vale is full of magic. In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission in order to kill for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so that the town can return to the old ways.

But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers in town. A decision must be made: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she’s now free to love anyone she chooses. But who should that be?

A darkly humorous take on Gothic romance, Sarah Rees Brennan’s Lynburn Legacy weaves together the tale of a heroine desperate to protect those she loves, two boys hoping to be saved, and the magical forces that will shape their destiny.

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What I Want To See Less Of (3)

I thought it would be fun to talk about what I as a reader would like to see less of in Young Adult (and Middle Grade) books.

MIA Family

I know not having parents around makes the story easier to tell but where’s the love for parents and families? Family is a big thing. It’s our first relationship in life. They cause us many headaches but they also bring us much joy.

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Quick Thoughts: “An Ember in the Ashes”

“An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1)” by Sabaa Tahir

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Library

Other An Ember in the Ashes books

Summary from Goodeads:

Laia is a slave.

Elias is a soldier.

Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

 

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Quick Thoughts: “The Lottery and Other Stories”

“The Lottery and Other Stories” by Shirley Jackson

Genre: Adult Fiction

GoodreadsSource: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

The Lottery, one of the most terrifying stories written in this century, created a sensation when it was first published in The New Yorker. “Power and haunting,” and “nights of unrest” were typical reader responses. This collection, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson’s lifetime, unites “The Lottery:” with twenty-four equally unusual stories. Together they demonstrate Jack son’s remarkable range–from the hilarious to the truly horrible–and power as a storyteller.

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Unboxing Book Riot’s Young Adult Box # 2

Weee! My newest Book Riot: Young Adult Quarterly Box came! The theme this round is friendship. For $50 (plus shipping), you get a box full of goodies every 3 months.

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