Let’s Discuss! Reading a 16 Book Series

Let’s Discuss! Reading a 16 Book Series

Hi everyone! Ever since I finished Morganville, I’ve wanted to write a post about the series as a whole, and my experience reading such a long series. For a long time, I didn’t really read series, and I read a lot of standalone contemporaries. In fact, I only got into Morganville because of Rachel Caine touring when Midnight Bites came out and my friend at the time wanted to go! I’m really glad we did, because here I am 3 years later, having finally completed and adored the series.

I have to say, going into 16 books was daunting, but it couldn’t have been an easier to read series. Most of the books are short, and although not exactly lighthearted, they’re all easy and quick reads. I needed something I knew I wouldn’t have to focus on too much while moving house a couple of months ago, and these were the perfect books to pick up. Going on holiday in early May meant I could storm through a few more, and I think I finished them in under 2 months altogether! Before I talk about my last thoughts and feelings, I’m going to link all of my reviews below.

Glass Houses (Morganville #1) – Rachel Caine
The Dead Girls’ Dance (Morganville #2) – Rachel Caine
Midnight Dance (Morganville #3) – Rachel Caine
Feast of Fools (Morganville #4) – Rachel Caine
Lord of Misrule (Morganville #5) – Rachel Caine
Cape Corpus (Morganville #6) – Rachel Caine
Fade Out (Morganville #7) – Rachel Caine
Kiss of Death (Morganville #8) – Rachel Caine
Ghost Town (Morganville #9) – Rachel Caine
Bite Club (Morganville #10) – Rachel Caine
Last Breath (Morganville #11) – Rachel Caine
Black Dawn (Morganville #12) – Rachel Caine
Bitter Blood (Morganville #13) – Rachel Caine
Fall of Night (Morganville #14) – Rachel Caine
Daylighters (Morganville #15) – Rachel Caine
Midnight Bites – Rachel Caine

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It’s going to be bittersweet to leave these books behind, and I want to end by saying a few things about the series as a whole:

  • The cast of characters and the group of friends (Claire, Shane, Michael and Eve), have been some of the best I’ve read about. Their chemistry, and action packed scenes contrasted with them living together, made me love them all so much.
  • The location has been so layered, atmospheric and beautiful, in it’s own weird way.
  • Rachel Caine has some skill to keep me interested for 16 books, the longest series I’ve read so far!

I want to leave on a quote from the end of the book which I loved so much and thought summed up the wonderful journey Caine has taken me and so many other readers on:

“You know, you are not the mousy little thing I met that morning in Common Grounds,” he said. “You’ve become something else entirely.”‘

Claire, it’s been so great to see you grow up and mature. Thank you for your story, and the adventure that came with it.

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! Cursed Child + London

Hi everyone! As you may or may not know, I was lucky enough to find myself in London a few weeks ago to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. My boyfriend bought tickets for us to see it for my birthday, and the date rolled around a few weeks ago.

We saw both parts in one day which I’d definitely recommend! I think I’d lose such a bit of the connection to the story if I didn’t see it the same day, even though 6 hours in one day is a long time to sit in a fairly uncomfortable theatre seat. We got the cheapest tickets and ended up right at the back of the theatre (as to be expected), but for the price we still managed to see most of the play without being too uncomfortable. If you’re thinking of booking these seats, however, I will warn you that you could end up having a partially obscured view (like behind a pillar, for example)!

But despite the seats, the play does make up for it in atmosphere, sound and general effects. The visual effects were amazing, and so was the sound. The sound really brought some of the scenes to life, and we really enjoyed the dance scenes too! The sets aren’t too complex for most of the play (a lot of them are built out of old trunks/suitcases, e.g. the inside of the Hogwarts Express), but definitely do the job. There’s also a decent amount of time between parts to check in at your hotel and have a proper sit down meal (that’s what we did, anyway), so you feel refreshed for the second part!

I won’t say too much about the plot itself (especially as I reviewed the script here), but I will say the first half is better than the second (in our opinion). The story definitely isn’t perfect, but had some really interesting aspects and was very entertaining, while exploring heavier topics. Overall, if you’re a Harry Potter fan then it’s definitely worth a trip! If I was to go again, I’d probably aim for mid-range tickets, though.

On our second day in London, we met a friend and had some lunch, but also visited a few bookshops! We wandered around a few secondhand/rare booksellers, and Waterstones Tottenham Court Road, but our favourite by far was Foyles. I honestly nearly cried standing in there, just overwhelmed by all of the books I had never expected to see in real life. It’s definitely worth a wander round, I could have easily spent hours in there!

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! My YALC TBR pt. 2

Let’s Discuss! My YALC TBR pt. 2

As I discussed on Tuesday’s post, I’m super excited for many trips this year including going to YALC 2019. YALC stands for the Young Adult Literature Convention and is kind of the only one of it’s kind in the UK. It’s like YALLFest or Bookcon for us. I’ve been twice before, but only travelled down to London for one of the three days. But this year, I’m going to be staying down with my lovely friend Chloe for the whole convention!

The other day we discussed books on my TBR by authors I’ve already read, but today I’m talking about authors who are brand new to me.

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Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors. 
Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants. 

I’ve wanted to read this ever since it came out, and I’m so excited for it! I haven’t read all of the authors before, so it’ll be a good way to check out some new writers for me.

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In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer.
These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.
Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

Most of my YALC TBR is probably fantasy, and I love that! I saw this one and couldn’t resist.

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Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel.
But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

I’ve had my eye on this since the release, isn’t it beautiful? I’ve only heard good things about it so I’m really looking forward to picking it up.

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Sephy is a Cross: dark-skinned and beautiful, she lives a life of privilege and power. But she’s lonely, and burns with injustice at the world she sees around her.
Callum is a nought: pale-skinned and poor, he’s considered to be less than nothing – a blanker, there to serve Crosses – but he dreams of a better life.
They’ve been friends since they were children, and they both know that’s as far as it can ever go. Noughts and Crosses are fated to be bitter enemies – love is out of the question.
Then – in spite of a world that is fiercely against them – these star-crossed lovers choose each other.
But this is love story that will lead both of them into terrible danger . . . and which will have shocking repercussions for generations to come.

I know, I’m a disgrace for not having read this book before! It seems like every YA reader in the UK has, and it’s definitely about time I pick it up.

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Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali tries her hardest to live up to her conservative Muslim parents’ expectations, but lately she’s finding that harder and harder to do. She rolls her eyes instead of screaming when they blatantly favor her brother and she dresses conservatively at home, saving her crop tops and makeup for parties her parents don’t know about. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life in Seattle and her new life at Caltech, where she can pursue her dream of becoming an engineer.
But when her parents catch her kissing her girlfriend Ariana, all of Rukhsana’s plans fall apart. Her parents are devastated; being gay may as well be a death sentence in the Bengali community. They immediately whisk Rukhsana off to Bangladesh, where she is thrown headfirst into a world of arranged marriages and tradition. Only through reading her grandmother’s old diary is Rukhsana able to gain some much needed perspective. 
Rukhsana realizes she must find the courage to fight for her love, but can she do so without losing everyone and everything in her life?

I love the look of this book, contemporary with a twist is just what I like in contemporary now!

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Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

Another fantasy that sounds so intruiging.

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Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black. 
Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.
Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.
After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

I’ve only heard good things about Schwab, and I feel like I’m so late to the party with her books. I’m excited to pick this one up!

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A century ago, scientists theorised that a habitable planet existed in a nearby solar system. Today, ten astronauts will leave a dying Earth to find it. Four are decorated veterans of the 20th century’s space-race. And six are teenagers, graduates of the exclusive Dalton Academy, who’ve been in training for this mission for most of their lives.
It will take the team 23 years to reach Terra-Two. Twenty-three years spent in close quarters. Twenty-three years with no one to rely on but each other. Twenty-three years with no rescue possible, should something go wrong. And something always goes wrong.

I was so drawn into this cover and synopsis. It sounds so intriguing and like something I’ll love.

Are you going to YALC?

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! My YALC TBR pt. 1

Let’s Discuss! My YALC TBR pt. 1

Hi all! I am so excited because I have so many trips this year, including going to YALC 2019. YALC stands for the Young Adult Literature Convention and is kind of the only one of it’s kind in the UK. It’s like YALLFest or Bookcon for us. I’ve been twice before, but only travelled down to London for one of the three days. But this year, I’m going to be staying down with my lovely friend Chloe for the whole convention!

I’m super excited, and now the authors have been announced I’ve planned my TBR. Considering there are over 80 authors going (yes, 80!), I’m quite impressed I’ve managed to cut my TBR down to just 13 books. Obviously if I can manage more books then I’ll consider adding to the list, but for now I’m focusing on those. Today’s post is about books by authors I’ve read before, and later in the week I’ll be chatting about new authors for me!

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How far would you go to save those you love?
Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility. Closeted in a pocket of London and doted upon by a small, ageing community, the pair spend their days mudlarking for artefacts from history and looking for treasure in their once-opulent mansion. 
Their idyllic life is torn apart when a secret is uncovered that threatens not only their family but humanity’s entire existence. Lowrie and Shen face an impossible choice: in the quiet at the end of the world, they must decide who to save and who to sacrifice . . .

This book is the only one on my TBR I actually already own. I’ve loved Lauren’s other books The Next Together and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, and I’m super excited for this one.

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The epic conclusion to Lauren James’s debut The Next Together about true love and reincarnation.
Sixteen years ago, after a scandal that rocked the world, teenagers Katherine and Matthew vanished without a trace. Now Clove Sutcliffe is determined to find her long lost relatives.
But where do you start looking for a couple who seem to have been reincarnated at every key moment in history? Who were Kate and Matt? Why were they born again and again? And who is the mysterious Ella, who keeps appearing at every turn in Clove’s investigation?
For Clove, there is a mystery to solve in the past and a love to find in the future, and failure could cost the world everything.

Talking of The Next Together, I definitely need to finish of the series! Meeting Lauren at YALC will actually be my third time meeting her, so this will be my only book of hers that won’t already be signed.

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Frances Janvier spends most of her time studying.
Everyone knows Aled Last as that quiet boy who gets straight As.
You probably think that they are going to fall in love or something. Since he is a boy and she is a girl.
They don’t. They make a podcast.
In a world determined to shut them up, knock them down, and set them on a cookie cutter life path, Frances and Aled struggle to find their voices over the course of one life-changing year. Will they have the courage to show everyone who they really are? Or will they be met with radio silence?

I met Alice a couple of weeks ago and had my paperback of Heartstopper signed, but I’d love to pick up some of her other books.

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In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.
Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

It’s honestly been years since I read The Wrath and the Dawn, but I absolutely loved it. The chance to actually meet Renee Ahdieh might kickstart me to pick this one up!

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Ellery’s never been to Echo Ridge, but she’s heard all about it. It’s where her aunt went missing at age sixteen, never to return. Where a Homecoming Queen’s murder five years ago made national news. And where Ellery now has to live with a grandmother she barely knows, after her failed-actress mother lands in rehab. No one knows what happened to either girl, and Ellery’s family is still haunted by their loss.
Malcolm grew up in the shadow of the Homecoming Queen’s death. His older brother was the prime suspect and left Echo Ridge in disgrace. His mother’s remarriage vaulted her and Malcolm into Echo Ridge’s upper crust, but their new status grows shaky when mysterious threats around town hint that a killer plans to strike again. No one has forgotten Malcolm’s brother-and nobody trusts him when he suddenly returns to town.
Ellery and Malcolm both know it’s hard to let go when you don’t have closure. Then another girl disappears, and Ellery and Malcolm were the last people to see her alive. As they race to unravel what happened, they realize every secret has layers in Echo Ridge. The truth might be closer to home than either of them want to believe.
And somebody would kill to keep it hidden.

I’ve been wanting to read this since it’s release, and I’m super excited for it. I loved One of Us is Lying, so it’ll be interesting to see what Karen has thought up now!

Are you going to YALC?

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! Meeting Alice Oseman and Lauren James

Let’s Discuss! Meeting Alice Oseman and Lauren James

I had another exciting opportunity recently in the form of a book signing! Although it makes me so nervous to meet my favourite authors, it’s always so fun and I end up having an awesome time.

This time, I was lucky enough to meet Alice Oseman and Lauren James. Alice is the author of Solitaire, I Was Born for this, Radio Silence and the Webcomic turned graphic novel series, Heartstopper. She was signing to promote Heartstopper, and being interviewed by Lauren James! Lauren is the author of The Next Together, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and The Quiet at the End of the World. The Quiet was only released last month, and I’m super excited to read it!

I actually met Lauren a couple of years ago when she only had The Next Together and The Last Beginning out. It was so awesome to meet her again having read a few of her books and really enjoyed them.

It was such a cute and small venue, which made the event so intimate and casual. Lauren interviewed Alice, then they both answered questions in a q&a session and signed books! As it was so small, we had as much time as we needed with the authors, which was awesome. Also featuring my lovely friend Chloe who I went with!

How cute are the little doodles they both did in the books?! Overall, I had such a fun and special night that I won’t forget anytime soon.

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! Books I Want to Re-read

Let’s Discuss! Books I Want to Re-read

As a reader, I’ve found that I’m definitely one of those people that forgets most of the things that happen in books over time. I guess after you’ve read 50 books, the 1st you read kind of fades into the background. So there are some books I read like 2 or 3 years (or 100+ books ago) that I want to rekindle the love for! It was hard to split it down to just these few.

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Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is definitely one of those books I’m scared to re-read in case I don’t love it as much as I did the first time, because this book is so significant for me. It completely kickstarted my love for YA, and I actually cried when I met Jennifer Niven a few years ago. But it means so much that I definitely want to attempt it again someday soon.

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Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves. 
Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.
That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

I read this book when it was released, and adored it so much I even wrote an open letter to the author. She responded to it, which is definitely a highlight of my time as a blogger so far!

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

I adored Six of Crows, but I think I would have loved it even more if I’d have read the Grisha trilogy first. So I’m planning on buying and reading that soon and giving this one another go!

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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

I loved Illuminae as a standalone, but unfortunately I really didn’t like the rest of the series. However, I definitely want to re-read this and pretend it’s only one book, haha.

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Jude and her twin Noah are close until a tragedy drives them apart. Now they are barely speaking – and both are falling for boys they can’t have. Love’s complicated.

This book was honestly so amazing, I cried at the end just because I was so overwhelmed with love for it. It’s definitely one I want to pick up again!

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Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

I read this book so so long ago that I don’t remember much (if anything) that happens. But I’d still love to continue with the series so a re-read is in order!

Which books would you like to re-read?

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! Meeting Cassandra Clare

Let’s Discuss! Meeting Cassandra Clare

One of my favourite things about being a blogger is having the opportunity to join other fans at events! I have a few upcoming signings, and if I see anyone I like, I always try to attend events.

Since late last year, there’s been a small group of my friends who head off all over the UK to go to signings together. So far we’ve met Ransom Riggs, Adam Silvera, Becky Albertalli and now Cassandra Clare and Holly Black!

I actually met Cassandra Clare for the first time almost 3 years ago, but at the time I had only read City of Bones and mainly went for my friend at the time who adored Shadowhunters. Of course, I’m now a massive fan of all of her books and have read most of them since early December! It was so awesome to go back and meet Cassie as a reader.

Other than the event being in a strange venue (a club/venue for gigs) which was very loud and had disco lights (??), it was brilliant. Cassandra and Holly chatted for a while on stage, and then took questions. There were some really interesting Q&As too! After a couple of hours waiting, we finally got through to meet the authors. I also made Cassie a cake, pictured below, which she loved!

I made her a very British Victoria Sandwich cake, which is layers of sponge with jam and buttercream in the middle. When I told her, she said she’s wanted to try one since researching for The Infernal Devices years ago! Her and Holly Black’s reactions to the cake were priceless.

I absolutely loved this signing and I’m so excited for my upcoming ones!

-Beth

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