Series Review: The Lone City Trilogy by Amy Ewing

Series Review: The Lone City Trilogy by Amy EwingTitle: The Lone City Trilogy
Series: The Lone City
Author: Amy Ewing
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genres: Dystopian
Publication Date: September 2, 2014 to October 4, 2016
Rating: four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence... and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

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Series Review: The Lone City Trilogy by amy Ewing

The Lone City Trilogy by Amy Ewing is a series that impressed me. This series is very political, and there is so much action. I enjoyed the main character’s talents and the descriptions of the city. The Lone City is addictive and the perfect series to binge. Continue reading

Review: Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster

Review: Last Star Burning by Caitlin SangsterTitle: Last Star Burning
Author: Caitlin Sangster
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genres: Dystopian
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

To escape execution for a crime she didn’t commit, seventeen-year-old Sev is forced to run away from the only home she’s ever known in this exciting start to a brand-new fantasy series from debut author Caitlin Sangster.

Sev has been tattooed with the White stars of a criminal since she was eight. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.

Now her mother’s body is displayed above Traitor’s Arch, kept in a paralyzed half-sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev must do hard labor to prove that she’s more valuable alive than dead.

When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombing, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev’s only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person—Howl, the chairman’s son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can’t help but wonder if he knows more about her past—and her mother’s crimes—than he lets on.

But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev’s life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance.

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Review: Last Star Burning Caitlin Sangster

Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster is such an original story that is filled with political intrigue and plot twists. The main character is so likeable and fierce, and the setting is incredibly complex. This book is one not to be missed! Continue reading

Review: Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

Review: Fate of Flames by Sarah RaughleyTitle: Fate of Flames (Effigies #1)
Series: Effigies #1
Author: Sarah Raughley
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy
Publication Date: November 22, 2016
Rating: three-stars
Series Rating: three-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Years ago, everything changed. Phantoms, massive beasts of nightmare, began terrorizing the world. At the same time four girls, the Effigies, appeared, each with the unique power to control a classical element. Since then, they have protected the world from the Phantoms. At the death of one Effigy, another is chosen, pulled from her normal life into the never-ending battle.

When Maia unexpectedly becomes the next Fire Effigy, she resists her new calling. A quiet girl with few friends and almost no family, she was much happier to admire the Effigies from afar. Never did she imagine having to master her ability to control fire, to protect innocent citizens from the Phantoms, or to try bringing together the other three Effigies.

But with the arrival of the mysterious Saul—a man who seems to be able to control the Phantoms using the same cosmic power previously only granted to four girls at a time—Maia and the other Effigies must learn to work together in a world where their celebrity is more important than their heroism.

But the secrets Saul has, and the power he possesses, might be more than even they can handle…

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Review: Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley is unlike anything I’ve read before. This book is about a group of girls who fight phantoms to save the world. The main character goes from fangirl to fighter, even if it takes time. However, the story was pretty slow and there were a few parts that seemed dry, affecting my overall enjoyment. Continue reading

Book Review: The Crown by Kiera Cass

Book Review: The Crown by Kiera CassTitle: The Crown (The Selection #5)
Series: The Selection #5
Author: Kiera Cass
Also by this author: The Heir (The Selection #4)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Rating: five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

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Book Review: The Crown by Kiera Cass

The Crown by Kiera Cass is the fifth book in The Selection series and it is a perfect ending to the series. Even though The Heir could have been better, The Crown definitely made up for it. The characters are so much more developed and Eadlyn really changes from her old, snobby self. The bigger theme of family was so sweet and makes the book even more enjoyable. Continue reading

Review: Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith

Review: Dreamstrider by Lindsay SmithTitle: Dreamstrider
Author: Lindsay Smith
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Genres: Dystopian
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.

Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject's body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.

A richly conceived world full of political intrigue and fantastical dream sequences, at its heart Dreamstrider is about a girl who is struggling to live up to the potential before her.

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Review: Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith

Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith is a unique and fast-paced novel that includes a clever and brave main character who can stick up for herself. The book doesn’t contain a lot of romance, which allows more room for the plot to develop. I really enjoyed this book and am certain that everyone else will as well. Continue reading