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Book Club

Book Club-King’s Cage and War Storm

Book Club has turned out to be one of my favorite days of the month!  The Red Queen series has been one of the best series I have read in such a long time.  The first two books were thrilling, and the third and fourth books were no exception. King’s Cage was so good, that I couldn’t stand to wait another month to start the final book.  So in this post, we will cover the final two books, King’s Cage and War Storm.  Just like in Glass Sword, King’s Cage and War Storm both pick up where the last book left off.  It’s just like turning the page of a new chapter.  But let me warn you…this series is so good, it is very difficult to put down.  You just NEED to know what happens next.  So make sure you give yourself plenty of reading time.  

King's Cage

book cover, King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Here is the description as seen on Amazon:

“In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series, rebellion is rising and allegiances will be tested on every side.

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. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of new bloods and Reds 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.

 

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.”

Spoiler Alert

This books does not disappoint!  It is action packed and full of twists, turns, and surprises.  Mare turns out to be Mavens weakness, as he can’t seem to let her go.  He refuses to kill her and ends up spending most of his time with her.  He found a way to weaken her and keep her from using her power, making her into a puppet to further his agenda.  We are finally introduced to the kingdom of the Lakelands, where Maven strikes a deal to marry the Lakeland Princess in exchange for a truce and to end the war.  A trick to gain the approval of the Red’s.  There is an attack on the castle, a rescue attempt for Mare.  

There are more new bloods, some with the same power as Mare!  Someone helps Mare escape, a bargain to keep Mare from hurting someone else.  And you will be shocked when you realize who helped her!  After much blood shed, Mare is able to escape and return to her family and Cal where they begin preparing to overtake Maven.  In the end, another prominent leader is killed, which spurs another war into action.  Someone else is taken hostage and there may be an opening for a new king.

On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate this book a 10! 

Title: King’s Cage
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Length: 528 pages
Amazon Kindle price: $11.99

War Storm

book cover of War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

Like I said earlier, I couldn’t wait to read the fourth book, so here is the description of War Storm as seen on Amazon:

“The #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series comes to a stunning conclusion in War Storm.

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 new bloods 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 demolish 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.”

Spoiler Alert

Out of the entire series, this was my least favorite.  Each chapter was from a point of view of a different character, sometimes, not really adding to the overall story line.  This was the longest book yet, but it almost felt like we were just rushing to end all of the various story lines.  There were flirtations between Cameron and Kilorn that I would have like to have seen more of (at least letting us know they ended up together or something along those lines.)  I hate the way the book ended!  Without giving too many details away, the book is left very open ended. 

Cal and Mare very clearly have feelings for each other, but choose to walk away from one another.  Maven’s death happens so suddenly, it is almost disappointing.  The way the series continuously hinted at the possibility of his redemption, it would have been nice to see something more happen with him.  The Lakeland women escape and what?  No one ever hears from them again?  There are so many questions left unanswered!  Whether this is done to allow the reader to create the ending they wish, or to leave the possibility of more books in the future, I don’t know.  But I NEED TO KNOW what happens between Mare and Cal!  I want it tied up in a pretty bow, no loose ends.  Victoria Aveyard, if you’re reading this, please, PLEASE, give me one more book!  Let me know what happens next.  End my torture!

On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate this book a 7! 

Title: Warm Storm
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Length: 672 pages
Amazon Kindle price: $11.99

Next Month: A Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

book cover, a Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

What book are you reading right now?  What book should we read next?  Would you like to join our book club?  Let me know in the comments below!

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Book Club

Book Club-Glass Sword

Wow! Book Club is one of my favorite activities! The Glass Sword picks up exactly where you leave off in the first book.  It’s like turning the page to a new chapter.  Red Queen was full of surprises, betrayals, and the hint of possible romance.  The second book is no different.  Packed full of action and suspense, it is hard to put it down.  After the description, this post does have some spoilers.  But I do try and keep it to a minimum and just express how much I LOVED this book.  Here is the description as seen on Amazon:

“IF THERE’S ONE THING MARE BARROW KNOWS, IT’S THAT SHE’S DIFFERENT.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: She is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

 

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.”

glass sword book cover by victoria aveyard

Spoiler Alert

 They are now on the run and facing the clock to find the other “newbloods” before Maven.  Mare is struggling with becoming a leader and how to handle her own array of emotions.  Not everything is as it seems, and sometimes we have to wait to see how a few things play out.  There were several times during the second book that I was on the edge of my seat with anger.  How could they do that?!!!  Only to later realize there was more to the story and I was only seeing the short game.

They end up adding Nine more newbloods (really there are more than that, but these 9 play a larger role in this book).  Spoiler alert!  There are new powers such as impenetrable skin, perfect memory/intelligence, manipulation of sounds, killing by touch, changing physical appearance to anyone, create illusions, blowing things up, manipulate gravity, and silencing others abilities.  I mean wow!  All powers that Silvers have, but to an entirely new level.  Stronger, with no bracelets needed!

We lost several characters this round, one of whom, breaks my heart.  We also get the hint (spoiler alert) that there may be new baby on the way.  And just like the Red Queen, Glass Sword ends in such a way, you can’t possibly stand to wait to start the next book.  This series would make the best movie!  And let me tell you, I will be the first in line to buy a ticket!

Cruel Crown

cruel crown book cover by victoria aveyard

The two novellas were also on our reading list for this month.  Here is the description from Amazon:

“Two women on either side of the Silver and Red divide tell the stories no one else knows.

Discover the truth of Norta’s bloody past in these two revealing prequels to #1 New York Times bestseller Red Queen.

QUEEN SONG

Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lie ahead for her in royal life.

STEEL SCARS

 

Captain Farley was raised to be strong, but being tasked with planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected. As she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital, she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation—Mare Barrow.”

Queen Song

Out of the two novellas, this was by far my favorite.  The insight it gives you into the life of Cals mother and father is priceless.  We learn just how deadly and evil Elara truly is and exactly how far she is willing to go to get what she wants.  It was definitely a must read that added so much to the overall story line and increased your passion (whether it be good or bad) for certain characters in the book series.

Steel Scars

This one, I could have done without.  It is written during the same timeline as the first book, Red Queen, but it is from Farley’s point of view instead of the perspective of Mare.  There is a good bit of communication back and forth from Captain Farley and the Scarlet Guard and it is all in a military style of writing.  For me, this made it a bit more difficult to read and after a while, lost my attention.  There were a few points during that book that grabbed my interest and hinted at a possible love story, but all in all, I don’t feel like this novella added much to the overall series.

Details

On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate this book a 10! 

Title: Glass Sword

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Length: 464 pages

Amazon Kindle price: $11.99

 

Next month: King’s Cage

What book are you reading right now?  Do you have suggestions for our club?  Would you like to join the club and read with us? 
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Book Club

Book Club-The Red Queen

How it started

My friend and I recently decided to start a book club.  This came about after she and I went to the movies and watched, ‘Book Club.” (Imagine that).  The premise of the movie:  Four older women are in a book club.  They take turns each month choosing the title to read and meet to discuss the book once they have finished.  In the movie, they review the Fifty Shades of Grey series.  If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.  We laughed so hard and left feeling inspired to start our own club.

Book Club DVD Cover released 2018

The First Selection

We invited a few of our friends to join and decided we would choose in order of who joined the club first.  This first month, was my selection.  I did some research online for “must read books” and came across a series that I had never heard of, The Red Queen series.  

The Description

‘Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood-those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities.  Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court.  There, before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.  To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost silver princess, and betroths her to one of his own sons.  As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard-a growing Red rebellion-even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction.  One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays the only certainty is betrayal.  This sweeping story of palace intrigue, class hierarchy, and deception will keep readers hurtling along, desperate to find out Mare’s fate.  Her honesty and determination, quick with, and no-holds-barred attitude will surely make readers fall in love with her.’

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, cover photo

My friend laughed at me saying she hoped I didn’t mind waiting to read book two, because she wasn’t going to choose the second book.  She already had her selection in mind and this was not her type of book.  She had decided this solely on reading the above synopsis.

The First Meeting of Book Club

When it came time for our book club to meet to discuss the book, we ended up with a total of five members.  We met, enjoyed dinner together, and then got down to business.

This book is AMAZING.  My friend, the one who wouldn’t be choosing the second book, was so in love she had already skipped ahead to start reading the second novel.  “This is why I love book club!  I never would have read this book if you hadn’t chosen it, and I love it so much!”  Words straight out of her mouth.

Why we loved it

We all loved that this book centers on a heroine.  Mare is a well-rounded character who is brave, kind, strong spirited and more.  The two possible heroes of the story are Cal and Maven, half-brothers.  One is the charismatic prince who can do no wrong, the other living in his shadow and never quiet living up to his brother’s accomplishments.   The book also focuses on the separation of classes, the division of blood and the supposed “superiority” of Silver over the Red.  

This book is so much more than a romance, but the romantic story line keeps you on your toes throughout.  For the duration of the Red Queen, we go back and forth between the two brothers, wondering which one Mare will fall for.  There are so many interesting characters and the book does a wonderful job of being so descriptive, that you are able to picture them in your mind.  You are able to get a sense of who is good and who isn’t.  You are given little hints here and there to let you know, not everything is as it seems.  If you are anything like me, you will not be able to put this book down.

What's Next

Because everyone in our book club is obsessed with this book, we have all agreed that we will finish the series.  That is just how good it is.  We NEED to know what happens next!  The next book in the Series is Glass Sword.

Also, after doing a bit of research online, we discovered there are two novellas that go with this series.  They are available together, called “Cruel Crown.”  “Cruel Crown” is two short stories, one centered on Cal’s mother and her history with Cal’s father and how it ultimately led her to her death.  The other on Captain Farley, her point of view during the same time frame as the Red Queen

On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate this book a 10! 

Title: Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Length: 416 pages

Amazon Kindle price: $10.99

 

Next month: Glass Sword and Cruel Crown

What book are you reading right now?  Do you have suggestions for our club?  Would you like to join the club and read with us?  Comment below!

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