King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard


King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Published February 7th 2017 by HarperTeen

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In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

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 newbloods 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.

I just want to start off by mentioning that I have been waiting for this book for AGES!! I was one of the people that really enjoyed Glass Sword (despite the mixed opinions), so I was really stoked for this book! I had my hopes for this book and, some of them were met, whilst others were just shot down… painfully so! This book did have a couple of issues, but I really enjoyed myself whilst reading!

This book basically starts off where the previous one ends. Mare is stuck in the clutches of Maven (by the way, I should mention here and now that I am a #TeamMaven fan right here… even after this book!!). What I did love about this book was the fact that we got multiple POV’s instead of just Mare’s – this way we could see what was going on with Mare in the castle and what was happening back with the Scarlet Guard. I really enjoyed the switch back and forth and I found it really easy to keep up with who I was reading at any one time.

So, I was hoping for some more Maven time in this book because we received very little of him in the previous one – only from a distance. I wanted to see more of him and what made him tick – I personally don’t believe he is inherently evil and I think there is definitely some form of redemption in there somewhere! I loved the relationship between Mare and Maven because it is so twisty and turny and you have no idea what is going to happen next! I really enjoyed the way that Mare brought a side of Maven into the light, which we would never normally get to see because he likes to keep himself closed off! I actually felt really sorry for him in certain parts … can I adopt him? I also liked MAre’s indecision with him because she says that she hates him, but finds herself feeling other feelings for him in certain parts.

I also really enjoyed Mare’s development as a character. I definitely think that she should not have been subjected to what she was, but at the same time, it changed her in certain ways for the better! Especially when it came to her other relationships with members in the Scarlet Guard – they improved after her ordeal and I think that is definitely going to be an interesting factor going forward! I feel like it also made her more likeable as a character herself? I could feel myself empathising with her throughout most of the book!

I was getting pretty annoyed through some of the book because my ship was sinking faster than the titanic!! I don’t want to say too much because of spoilers etc. But I really didn’t feel the connection between Cal and Mare (and I haven’t since they first started their rendezvous right at the very beginning) and I just wanted to smack both of them! I do, however, still have really high hope for my ship and I think something will happen to make it work!

As I mentioned before, I really enjoyed the POV change in this book. I feel like Cameron’s voice was a great choice because she remains unbiased when it comes to Mare’s situation and it made for an interesting read. I loved getting inside of her head and watching the events unfold from her perspective! I was also really surprised with the couple of chapters from Evangeline’s perspective. I actually really disliked her as a character throughout because she seemed really cold and heartless… but then we started reading things from her perspective, and some of her actions redeemed her in some ways, even if she is still horrid sometimes! I can understand why and how she justifies what she does!

Can we just mention that really bittersweet ending? I mean, I am kind of glad that it happened because of reasons (which you will understand if you have read both the book and the other parts of this review), but at the same time I am really excited about what is going to happen next! Especially because they revealed what they are planning on doing and I am kind of intrigued to see who does what first…

I do have to say, though, that considering this is a published book – there were quite a few typos and it actually really bugged me! It would have been ok if it was just one or two, but they cropped up a lot throughout the book and I feel like this could have definitely gone through another round of proof reading!

All in all, I really enjoyed this book! I definitely cannot wait for the next instalment and I really hope there are less typo’s in it! I gave this book 4/5 stars.

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Hey guys! Firstly, I just want to say happy blogoversary to the Broke and Bookish! 6 years is a long time! This weeks TTT is top ten favourite releases of 2016 so far. A couple of these books haven’t been released this year yet and some of the books were released last year because I haven’t read 10 books that have been released this year so far! I’m a rebel, what can I say? In no particular order:

10. the crown The Crown by Kiera Cass. Published May 3rd by HarperTeen. I loved the entirety of The Selection series! So, you can imagine my relief when my wait for this book was finally over!

9. ACOMAF A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas Published May 3rd by Bloomsbury USA Children’s. This was the book of the year for me! I bought this book the day it came out on my kindle, I read it, and then went and bought a physical copy of the book – I am that much in love!

8. Glass sword Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. Published February 9th by HarperTeen. Again, another book I bought myself a physical copy of for myself, because it is another series that I love! Plus, the title for the third book is being released tomorrow by Epic Reads – if anyone is interested!

7. wink poppy midnight Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke. Published March 22nd by Dial Books. If your looking for a book that isn’t all that it seems that is full of a bunch of whacked out teenagers… then this book is perfect for you!

6. this is where it ends This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. Published January 5th by Sourcebooks Fire. I hyped this book up to myself long before its release date and it didn’t disappoint! i had been looking for a book that took place during the shooting for quite some time and this book delivered in every way!

5. wrecked maria Wrecked by Maria Padian. Publish date October 4th 2016 by Algonquin Young Readers. ok, so technically, this book doesn’t belong on this list because it has yet to be released. However, I am a rebel. I read an ARC copy of this book and I loved it! Such a unique take on sexual assault!

4. one was lost One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards. Publish Date October 4th 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire. Another book that technically shouldn’t make this list. However, I read an ARC over the weekend and it was an amazing read!

3. endure Endure by Sara B. LarsonPublished December 29th 2015 by Scholastic Press. This was the third and final instalment in the Defy series and I was sorry to see it end!

2. spelled Spelled by Betsy Schow. Published June 2nd 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire. This book had me laughing out loud – in a pretty unladylike manner – and I had stitches in places I didn’t even know existed! Definitely worth the read!

1. what we sa What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler. Published September 22nd 2015 by HarperTeen. This book was based on a true story (The Steubenville High School Rape Case) and I think it represented the controversy of the case well. It deals with some really tough issues and highlights important ones too!

That’s me! I loved all of these books! What books have been your favourites so far this year? Feel free to leave links and comments and I will check them all out!

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Hey guys!! It has been an extremely long while since I last did one of these! This week’s TTT is 10 of my recent 5 star reads. I am going to change this a little bit and do 10 of my 4/5 star reads because lately, I haven’t had that many 5 stars! So, in no particular order:

10. reclaimed Reclaimed by Sarah Guillory. This is one of those books that jumped my TBR list and I read it almost as soon as I put it on my TBR! I gave this book 4/5 stars. You can find my review here. Grab your copy here!

9. a court of thorns and roses A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I literally went into this book with absolutely no idea what it was about! I did’t read the premise before starting! Either way, I really enjoyed this book and gave it 4/5 stars. Find my review here. Grab your copy here!

8. the dead house The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich. This book  creeped. Me. Out. I literally didn’t go to bed without my husband – and he was back late!! I gave this book 4/5 stars. Find my review here!  Grab your copy here.

7. endure Endure by Sara B. Larson. I adored this series and I was at a loss when it came to the end!! I just didn’t want it to end! I gave this book 5/5 stars. See my review here. Grab a copy here!

6. the white rose The White Rose by Amy Ewing. I really enjoyed this book and I can’t believe I have to wait for the next instalment! I gave this book 4/5 stars. See my review here. Grab your copy here!

5. Glass sword Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. Ah, the long awaited 2nd book. Of course, this book is going to be on here! I loved this book! I gave this book 4/5 stars. See my review here. Grab your copy here! 

4. the jewel The Jewel by Amy Ewing. This is the first book in the series, again, another book I really enjoyed! I gave this book 4/5 stars. Find my review here. Grab your copy here.

3. snow like ashes Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch Again, who wasn’t waiting for this book?? I jumped on this bandwagon pretty late but better late than never! I gave this book 4/5 stars. See my review here. Grab your copy here.

2. Queen of Always Queen of Always by Sherry D. Ficklin. I adored this series! I am not normally one for historical fiction, but this was pretty amazing! I gave this book 4/5 stars. Find my review here. Grab your copy here!

1. The winners curse The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski I really enjoyed this book – but I wasn’t so keen on the second! Hopefully the third will live up to my expectations! I gave this book 4/5 stars! Find my review here. Grab your copy here!

So that is it! You can probably understand now why I had to change the theme a little bit!! What did you guys add? Feel free to leave your lists below and I will check them out!

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass sword

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. 

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever? (Goodreads)

So, I have been looking forward to this book since I had finished reading the first one – which is to say a really long time! So, me being me, I ordered it when it came out! Miss Aveyard, you really need to learn to write faster, because after that ending, I don’t want to wait for the next book!

The development of Mare Barrow as a character in this book is pretty amazing. I think the best bit about her development was the fact that it is realistic! A lot of people would say that she moans a lot and doesn’t see past herself and her own pain, but after everything that she has been through, I think her reaction is one that any person would have. She still steps up in this book and stops being this meek character who does everything that she is told by the people around her. She also doesn’t forget her lessons. Whether they be from the Silver blooded people or the Red blooded, she uses every lesson to her advantage.

Did anyone else get the feeling that Mare and Cal just are not meant to be? I really didn’t ship their relationship and I just wanted it to end! It didn’t give me the feels and it left me pining for the relationship that Mare had with Maven. I think Mare misses him in this aspect as well . which is probably not good for the relationship she has with Cal.

“Anyone can betray anyone”. I have a theory to what I think will happen, but I think I will let you guys read it and make your own theories. I could be extremely wrong, but I think Cal is going to show some colours at some point. I also want Maven to pull a Warner from Shatter Me. No one wants Maven to actually remain evil, and I think Victoria would be cruel if that is the way she leaves him. I want the boy back that we thought we knew!

Can I just say that ending??? I think I need to hibernate until the next book comes out. How do you expect me to wait until 2017???? I mean, c’mon! I need the next book. Please, write faster!!

What I will say about this book is that I needed more Maven. I liked his scenes, though there were few. As a member of #TeamMaven, I feel like there just wasn’t enough action from him and he was just skirting the outsides. We sort of heard about him, but not really from him.

I really enjoyed this book – so kudos to Aveyard for not falling into the second book trap! I don’t think I can wait until 2017 for the next book after an ending like that!! Again, she has me all turned around, looking for the answers!! I gave this book 4/5 stars!

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Hey guys!! Hope you all had a great christmas and got everything that you all wanted and had fun rocking around the tree! 🙂 This weeks TTT is top ten most anticipated releases for the first half of 2016 – but I will probably just go for the whole of 2016! So, in no particular order:

10. the crown The Crown by Kiera Cass. This really is the last instalment in the Selection set and I just cannot wait!

9. this is where it ends This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp I literally cannot wait to read this book!! I love books with themes like this and I just … need it!

8. Glass sword Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. I think as an official member of the Scarlet Guard, it is my duty to pine for this book… which I was doing even before I became a member!

7. heartless Heartless by Marissa Meyer This is not the official cover, but good enough for the point – if this book is anywhere near as good as the Lunar Chronicles, then we are in for a treat!

6. Lady Renegades Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins. For anyone who read my reviews of the first two, I was less than impressed. Having said that, I am willing to give this series a chance to get the finale right!

5. endure Endure by Sara B. Larson. I adore this series and I literally cannot wait for this instalment!

4. Furthermore Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi. Again, I adore Mafi’s writing, so I cannot wait to see what she in store for us next!

3. the may queen murders The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude. I know nothing about this author – but the premise looks promising! 🙂

2. shiny broken pieces Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaiporta and Dhonielle Clayton. I LOVED Tiny Pretty Things!!! So, it is obvious that I need this book!

1. Hoax by C. L. Stone. This doesn’t have any form of cover whatsoever and also no premise! It is, however, the 5th in the Scarab Beetle series and I can’t wait!

Thats it!! What are you guys waiting on? Feel free to leave links and answers below!

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Hey guys! This weeks TTT is top ten christmas wishlist. There are so many books that I want, it is pretty hard to narrow down this list! Some of them are physical copies of books that I have already read, whilst others are new books that I want.

10. what we sa What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler I loved this book! I really want a physical copy of this book just so I can stroke it and sleep with it under my pillow…

9. The Program The Programme by Suzanne Young. This is a book that I have heard a lot about, but have never had the chance read it yet – I cannot wait to get my hands on this book!

8. Red Queen Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would and I would love to have my own physical copy of it!

7. cinder Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I actually own (and am currently reading) a copy of Winter, so I need to complete this set of physical copies of my shelf by buying the first three in the series!

6. the young elites The Young Elites by Marie Lu. I have been anxious to read this book for a long while!

5. tiny pretty things Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton. Who would not want to own a physical copy of this book???

4. Introductions, ghost bird The Academy Series by C. L. Stone. I actually own all of the Academy books as an E – Copy – whether that be The Scarab Beetle series or the Ghost Bird – What I would love is to own physical copies!

3. game of thrones A Song of Ice and Fire series. Because life isn’t complete without ASOIAF.

2. Black Ice Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick. I have had this on my TBR for quite some time now – I really want to be able to take it off of the list!

1. Splintered Splintered by A. G. Howard. Physical copies of this series to encourage the madness in me! 😉

This is it! This is my christmas wishlist (If I ever had one!). What do you guys want from santa this year? Feel free to leave links and comments below!

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Hey guys! I realise I haven’t posted in the last couple of weeks – I seem to have spent most of my days sleeping! Problems of a pregnant woman! Either way, I am posting this Weeks TTT which is top ten books that feature diversity! So without further ado and in no particular order:

10. dragonlance Dragonlance by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. These books feature a wide range of people, species and minorities in general. Plus, each person has their own demons and their own social problems to face!

9. Red Queen Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. This book represents people of different classes and treatments based purely on the colour of their blood. I loved this book and can’t wait for the next one!!

8. pointe Pointe by Brandy Colbert. Abduction, anorexia, love interests etc. Do we need any more diversity?

7. Splintered Splintered by A. G. Howard. Despite the fact that this couldn’t be realistic in any sense or form, all you have to do is compare the characters that come from Wonderland to those who come from the real world to see the diversity. It is almost like a culture shock!

6. Shatter Me Shatter Me be Tahereh Mafi. A book with a minority of people who face a social stigma based on the fact that they have powers. Plus, you know, dystopian society and all that…

5. the selection The Selection by Kiera Cass. 35 girls, all from different upbringings, backgrounds, classes and locations.

4. two boys kissing Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan. Levithans books normally feature some form of diversity in it – so I decided to go with the first book of his that I ever read, which features gay teens as well as a chorus of men who passed away from aids and a bunch of teens facing problems of their own in relation to their sexuality.

3.the fat girl The Fat Girl by Marilyn Sachs. An overweight girl who faces the stigmas of high school society and an abusive relationship.

2. to all the boys I've loved before To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Our MC has a Korean background – so some of the culture differences show within this book is a form of diversity.

1. Divergent Divergent by Veronica Roth. Need I explain this one?

So that’s it? What’s on your lists? Feel free to leave links and comments below.

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Hi guys! This weeks TTT is based on our favourite heroines! There are so many to pick from, I am not even sure where to start! so in no particular order:

10. Shatter Me Juliette from Shatter Me. I loved her as a character. She is strong, she never gave up but she also learned through her mistakes and she took the advice of others.

9. the hunger games Katniss from The Hunger Games. I can see Katniss being on a lot of lists this week – so we don’t need to say much, other than she is a strong character!

8. Introductions, ghost bird Sang from the Ghost Bird Series. While she isn’t a strong character in the sense of Katniss or Juliette, Sang is strong in her own way. She is a quick learner and very very loyal. Her character is constantly growing, which is what I love about her.

7. throne of glass Celaena from Throne of Glass. Again, another strong female lead who I can see being on quite a few lists!

6. the selection America from The Selection. America is strong willed and stubborn, but this doesn’t stop her character from learning throughout the series. She is also a loyal character. Some things don’t get her down, whereas others do and I feel like this makes her more realistic.

5. Divergent Beatrice/Tris from Divergent. Obvious choice – again!

4. Red Queen Mare from Red Queen. Mare is a fighter. She doesn’t just sit back and take what they throw at her. “Anyone can betray anyone.”

3. Splintered Alyssa from Splintered. While currently reading Ensnared, I am reminded of just how much I love Alyssa! She takes the word crazy and gives it a whole new meaning – and she does this in style!

2. Daughter of smoke and bone Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Karou is a character who never gives up. No matter what happened throughout this entire series, she pushed through it and found a solution to whatever problem was facing her.

1.defy Alexa from Defy. I think if you gave anyone a female lead who is forced to disguise herself as a boy, who manages to earn a place on the elite prince’s guard, that they will love her!

This was such a hard choice! I feel like there are so many more that I left out of the spotlight and I am left feeling guilty! What were your choices? Feel free to leave a link or your answers in the comments below and I shall check them out! 🙂