Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets… and secrets hide in every shadow. Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads. Ace Of Shades Series: The Shadow Game #1Author: Amanda FoodyPublication Date: April 10, 2018Publisher: Harlequin TeenPage Count: 416Format: eARCGenre: Young […]
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My name is Christy Snow. I'm seventeen and I'm about to die.
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Series: Eyes Wide Open #1
Author: Ted Dekker
Publication Date: December 26, 2012
Publisher: Outlaw Studios
Page Count: 66
Genre: Young Adult, Christian Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
My Rating: ★★★½
“Christy was familiar with panic attacks, but she had never faced the kind of fear that now settled over her like death itself.”
Christy has found herself in her tomb—literally. All she wanted to do was retrieve her locket from her friend’s hideout, where she accidentally left it the day before.
She’s tried to reach Austin, but her cell battery died in the middle of a desperate phone call. Hopefully, it will be enough. Hopefully, he will understand her urgency.
As the walls close in around her, Christy questions who she is and all that she knows. As she is led on a terrifying adventure, she is faced with asking the hard questions about who she is, and what really makes her, her.
“What is it, then, that comprises our deepest selves and gives us worth?”
This is one of those books that I feel I could dissect for days. There is so much here that could be discussed, but I will refrain, and rather urge you to pick up this series.
Discussing self, both of the main characters are introduced with all of their crises hanging out. Christy, a teenage girl with self-image insecurities and feelings of abandonment as she was orphaned, struggles to connect with other kids her age. She feels as though she doesn’t have a childhood or a past altogether. Because of this, she puts a false sense of security in a locket necklace, still featuring the display photo that she bought it with.
When she finds herself encased in stone, she could never guess what is to come next. Just when hope and escape seem to be on the horizon, Christy is sucked into a world of deception, confusion, and manipulation, and becomes a victim of a rather nasty antagonist.
“Not knowing who your parents are can mess with your identity. An all too common phenomenon these days, but in reality, most people have no idea who they really are. Do you know who you are, Christy?”
Austin, having a very different upbringing and life altogether, still manages to relate to Christy.
“In every other way he was quite average: average height, average weight, average athleticism. But his mind set him apart.”
His mind is his sustenance. A brilliant mind with many promises of a bright future, Austin begins to experience terrible headaches and fears for the worst. On his way to visit the doctor, he receives Christy’s desperate voicemail and decides to search for her first. In doing so, he discovers a grim secret and finds himself trapped in a world where there is no exit.
For those of you who enjoy psychological thrillers, and books that make you really reflect on yourself, this is a series you may enjoy.frustrating at times!
Six months alone in the labyrinth has made her strong. But the search for the exit means gambling on an old ‘friend’ and going against everything she’s been taught to survive. Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads. Children of Daedala Series: Children of Icarus #2 Author: […]
Release Day April 3, 2018! Triplet queens born on the island of Fennbirn can be many things: Elementals. Poisoners. Naturalists. If an oracle queen is born, however, one with the gift of sight, she’s immediately drowned, extinguishing her chance at ever taking the throne. But […]
Release Day December 26, 2017
They used to be together. Just three sisters. Alone in a glen. This is the story of the three queens—after they were born, before they were separated, during the time when they all lived together, loved each other, and protected each other. It’s also the story of the day they were torn apart, and the several years that follow.
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The Young Queens
Series: Three Dark Crowns #0.2
Author: Kendare Blake
Publication Date: December 26, 2017
Page Count: 93
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Novella
Cover Artist: ---
My Rating: ★★★★
The three queens are always brought up in the Black Cottage, secluded from the rest of the world. While their lives are unique, they are still children and siblings who enjoy each other’s company.
They aren’t born hating one another–that hate is instilled in them. This devastating short story tells about the relationship between Mirabella, Arsinoe, and Katharine before politics tears them apart.
This prequel to the Three Dark Crowns series serves mainly as a detail-gap filler. While there are some moments of enlightenment as we peek into the past, there isn’t really any big reveal.
Despite that fact, I simply enjoyed being back on the island of Fennbirn whilst waiting for The Oracle Queen and the third book in the series to come out in 2018.
I loved how the point-of-view followed the same rhythm of the other books in this series. It switches between multiple (different) characters’ perspectives, to give an even further glimpse into the events that took place when the queens were young. I really liked this tactic
“I am doing it.” Camille lay her hand on her Midwife’s shoulder. “I know that I took my crown off and threw it at you. But I am still the queen.
If there is one thing that would be considered the big reveal, is that we find out how Arsinoe and Katharine are switched. The story opens in Queen Camille’s perspective, telling about the birth of the three young queens Maribella, Arsinoe and Katherine, and her leaving them at the black cottage. While it’s a sad part of the tale, the reader starts to see some of the injustices of the poisoner group being in power for such a long time.
Three dark queens are born in a glen. But only one will rule. Jules knows the thyme by heart. But in her young mind it is only a rhyme.
Jules is no stranger to the spotlight in this series. You could say it’s a must that her story is told as well. The reader meets Jules at a young age and sees how she and Arsinoe become acquainted, as well as when she discovered her familiar Camden.
“Have this, your last day as sweet girls,” she whispers. “For when you next meet, you will remember none of it.”
I’ve always wondered about the woman that raised the three queens until the time they left the black cottage and what she thought about their future doom. Willa’s story brings to light that several people recognize the injustice the girls must face.
There’s more, but I don’t want to reveal too much. Overall, I enjoyed this short read. It wasn’t anything ground-shaking, however, it helped to clear up some details that I had questions about. It’s worth taking the time to read if you are a fan of this series!
Sexual content: A brief and non-descriptive scene between Jules’ aunt and her love interest.
Violence: Naturally, this series features some violence between the sisters and different groups – especially when it comes to the poisoners.