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review 2018-09-25 21:33
Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards #1) by Jennifer Estep
Kill the Queen - Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep’s KILL THE QUEEN is an amazing debut to the Crown of Shards series.  Lady Everleigh Saffira Winter Blair was the seventeenth in line for the throne.  Her cousin, Vasilia, the crown princess, kills everyone in the royal family to ensure her spot on the throne.  Evie manages to escape hiding among a troupe of gladiators, while determining her next move.  This fantasy is suitable for adult audiences.

 

 I loved this story.  It was refreshing and exciting.  Evie is a likable character.  She was orphaned after the murder of her parents.   She was at the bottom of the royal family food chain, not being treated very well.  She has a good sense for right and wrong.  She has a magical ability that she keeps hidden.  She has all the makings for a humble heroine.  She is courageous and ruthless.  She is caring and selfless.

 

I adored her interaction with Lucas Sullivan.  Their verbal banter was entertaining.  They have amazing chemistry.  Lucas has an interesting history. 

 

The plot was skillfully executed and clever.  There are interesting twists, lots of drama, and action.  The characters are well-developed and believable.  KILL THE QUEEN would make an excellent movie or television series.  I look forward to the next book in the series.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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review 2018-09-18 17:34
Oh, My Queen! by cherie_morte
Oh, My Queen! - cherie_morte

An engaging fanfic in which director Jensen falls in love with his ex co-star Jared who is now openly trans.

Source: archiveofourown.org/works/12500220
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review 2018-09-16 20:48
Queen Sugar - Natalie Baszile

I picked this up for kindle a while back because OWN (I believe) has a series based on it.  This summer I started watching the series via Hulu.  I now, offically, have too many series on Hulu and AcornTV that I am addicted to watching.

 

The book is different than the series in some major ways - two siblings instead of three, for instance.  But you can see why a series was made from it - race, family, history, and tradition all come into play in the story.  There is also quite a bit of class.  The tone isn't one of judgement, but of sympathy and reporting, especially in the case of Ralph Angel.

 

There is a quiet beauty in this story.  A love not only for land and family, but also for the beauty of words.  It is a beautiful book.

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review 2018-09-09 22:45
The Recess Queen - Alexis O'Neill,Laura Huliska-Beith

 

Brief Review:

The Recess Queen is about a young girl who is a bully to her classmates. She is not liked very much by her peers because of this, but before the students went on school break another girl was assigned to work on a project with the Recess queen and learned why she does what she does.

Idea of how it can be used in a classroom:

The Recess Queen could be used to show students just because someone is being a bully it doesn’t mean that they are a horrible person and they might be, being treated that way at home. The teacher could have the students write/discuss about a time where someone wasn’t nice to you and it made you want to do the same to others because you needed a way out of it too or have the students write about a time where they were the bully or the bullied.

Reading Level & Leveling System:

Lexile Scale

AD550L

Pre-k to 2nd

Book Rating:

I would rate this book a 5 because it shows the students the different perspective of why the Recess Queen was doing what she was doing and I think would let the students be a little more understanding of their peers and know that they really don’t know what each other is going through at home and its best to try to understand where each other are coming from.

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review 2018-09-08 09:15
#50 - War Storm by Victoria Aveyard
War Storm (Red Queen) - Victoria Aveyard

I had been really excited about this book after finishing King’s Cage but then I forgot about it. I hadn’t bought it and I don’t know, I just forgot which is weird as Red Queen had been one of my favorite read. I just kind of lost my interest for this series over the year. It is kind of sad. But I still enjoyed reading War Storm and I think the ending was great.

 

I still don’t like Mare or Cal. I actually hate them and I was not rooting for them at all, I kind of did not care about their problems. But I really enjoyed reading about Iris and Maven, I wish there were more chapters about them. I needed to know more about Iris Cygnet who is an amazing character in my opinion. Maven is just a little piece of shit but I can’t help but love him. Farley is a fierce and badass woman and I liked her. The other characters I did not really cared about.

 

I got confused a lot of time reading this book because I felt like there was a lot of coming and going everywhere and I did not always get why they were leaving or where they were going. It was confusing for me as it had been a while since I had read a Red Queen novel and I did not really remember the name of the different places. But this is just my own fault, I should have read a recap or something before starting War Storm.

 

The pace was too slow in my opinion; there were many pages where sometimes nothing was happening at all. And then all the action happened in the last pages. I have to say, the final scene between Mare and Maven.. oh my. It was intense!

 

I cannot really elaborate on the plot without revealing too much information on the series thought. I would recommend to read this if you have been a fan of the series or if you enjoyed the first books, it is still worth it!

 

Despite the fact that I did not enjoy it that much, I am really sad this series is over because I have been reading it for years now. I remember reading Red Queen while I was supposed to be studying for my exams at university. It is one of the first YA book I read back in the days when I started watching Booktube and writing reviews so it means a lot to me.

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