Written by: V.E. Schwab
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Book #2 / 3 of the Shades of Magic series
* Please do not read if you have not finished A Darker Shade of Magic (SOM #1) *
Summary: Four months after Prince Rhy nearly died, Kell became bonded to him, Lila Bard sailed off into the sunset, the Danes of White London fell, and Holland disappeared into the rift of Black London, the heroes of A Darker Shade of Magic are all a little stagnant. Restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port. And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.
Written by: Victoria Aveyard
Book # 3 / 4 of the Red Queen series
Review: 3 / 5 stars
*Please do not read for risk of spoilers unless you already have finished Red Queen (#1) and Glass Sword (Red Queen #2).*
Summary: Following her surrender to the Nortan king Maven Calore, Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Despite his mother’s death, Maven Calore continues weaving her web in an attempt to maintain control over his country, and his prisoner. As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone, and the absence of her power, in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Red rebels continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back – even if it means attacking the brother who betrayed him.
When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.
By: Kendare Blake
Book #1 / ? of the Three Dark Crowns series
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Summary: In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins – and the last queen standing gets the crown.
Written by: Marie Lu
#1 / 3 in the Legend Trilogy
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Summary: What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.