**spoiler alert** Lara Jean and Peter get a third and final book. I was super happy with how the second book ended, but this book was like the dessert**spoiler alert** Lara Jean and Peter get a third and final book. I was super happy with how the second book ended, but this book was like the dessert to a really fantastic meal. I finished this book in six hours!
We get to see Lara and Peter in their senior year. Everything seems to be going their way until Lara does not get into her first choice school where Peter has a full ride to due to lacrosse. Then their life starts to unravel. She gets wait listed to an out of state school, and into her second choice. The second choice is in state, so she will be within two hours of Peter. They talk about driving to see each other. Then they find out that she got into the out of state school, and she is ecstatic. Her best friend comes in clutch by helping her go visit the campus that night. She decides to go there, and Peter becomes even more distant from her.
In Margot's life, she's dating some cool European Indian dude. He's the greatest and really respectable to their dad. However, Margot can't stand how serious the relationship gets with her father and the neighbor. She refuses to call her anything but Mrs. Rothschild. Kitty loves Trina, and can't wait to be an only child when Lara Jean heads to college.
Overall, this novel was really accurate on what senior year is like. It made me nostalgic about my own senior year. I'm glad she wrote this one, and I'm sad to see her go. I'd love to know if college is great for her or if her and Peter make it, but I'm sure Lara Jean and Peter are doing just fine....more
**spoiler alert** I thought that maybe with Mare being captured by Maven that they would reunite and fall in love again. WRONG! Maven is a cruel human**spoiler alert** I thought that maybe with Mare being captured by Maven that they would reunite and fall in love again. WRONG! Maven is a cruel human being, but we finally find out why. During Mare's imprisonment, she does become slightly closer to Maven, but not in the I want to fall back in love with you way. Instead she learns all his secrets, and she is sure she will kill him. Maven keeps Mare in a nicely decorated room and bed with four silencers on her at all times. They make sure she eats and drinks stuff, but she has no access to her ability. Then Maven hooks her up with manacle bracelets and anklets that are made of silent stone, so she is constantly being drained of her ability.
Mare does learn some cool things. Maven had his head screwed around so much that he can't love his brother, Cal. He knows that he loved his father and Cal when he was young, but he is not able to anymore. Then his mother tried to take his love of Mare away, but it doesn't work out completely. It's left Maven messed up because his heart wants her around all the time, but his mind knows he has to kill her or keep her hidden away. We learned this while Mare started having breakfast with Maven after his first attempted and failed assassination. Evangeline was supposed to be married to Maven, but he doesn't love her and keeps postponing it.
Mare then tells Maven that he is scared that Evangeline will kill her once he becomes king. My heart beat faster hoping Maven would say he would marry Mare. Not the case! Instead Maven starts taking in Newbloods, and then he takes Mare on a trip around the kingdom leading up to meet up with the Lakelander king. They agree to put years and years of animosity and war behind to unite and fight the Scarlet Guard. This would be great, but the Lakelander king wants Maven to marry his daughter. Maven agrees at the shock of Evangeline and her family.
The Lakelander Princess seems like a calm and collected person. Evangeline hates her, and Mare can't find a reason to dislike her even when she learns the Princess believes in God. Then Mare gets locked up again. The next time she is pulled out, it is by Evangeline. She gets her up and dressed to take her to Maven's bedroom. When they get there, the guards say they don't know why they are there. Evangeline says to tell Maven that Mare is here to see him. They tell Mare to only go back by herself as they point at a door. She goes, and Maven is in the tub bathing. That's when he tells her he is getting married tomorrow, and she will have to be part of the wedding party. She'll be made to carry the princess's train. At that point they share a look and words about how he won't ever get what he wants which is to marry Mare or have Mare stay without her being in manacles made of silent stone.
Mare despairs because she was thinking she could escape during the wedding, and now she is part of the whole ceremony. The worst part is that Maven makes Evangeline the Princess's maid of honor. What a jerk! The wedding happens, and I'm still sad that Maven and Mare couldn't make it work no matter how dysfunctional it would have been. Mare gets rescued following the ceremony. Then Evangeline helps her escape by decapitating her four silencer guards. Mare finds Cal where Elara's brother uses their minds to have them fight each other to the death. They kill him, and they are sent out by a Newblood who can teleport like her brother could. When she makes it back, they are flown to a new place. She gets to be with her family, work with other similar abilitied Reds, lose her virginity to Cal, and watch the birth of Shade and Diane's baby. Then we get the biggest cliffhanger since the last book!
They win the battle against Maven's troops near the Lakeland border, and someone kills the Lakelander King which makes everyone angry. Then Queen Anne, Cal's grandma drops the bomb. Cal has to choose to be King with Evangeline as his Queen. Mare then runs out after Cal. She tells him he has to choose, either her or the crown. He chooses the crown. End Book. UGH! I didn't know this was a four book series or else I wouldn't have started it. Now I have to wait for book four next year. ::rolls eyes:: WHY?!...more
**spoiler alert** Red Queen destroyed my heart so much that it was difficult for me to read Glass Sword. It took me almost a month to get it finished**spoiler alert** Red Queen destroyed my heart so much that it was difficult for me to read Glass Sword. It took me almost a month to get it finished because I was so in love with Maven. I couldn't believe he was a bad guy. I felt like Mare in this book. I hated Maven for doing what he did, even more Queen Elara. I believed like Mare that once Maven was not mind controlled by Queen Elara, he would change. That was a lie. After she killed Queen Elara, the book ends with Mare turning herself over to be imprisoned or worse by Maven. Kilorn grew up so much in this book because he had to in order to survive. He betrays Mare to get in with Colonel Farley (Farley's Dad!), and then he springs Mare out from her imprisonment with Cal on Tuck. Kilorn, Farley, Shade, Mare and Cal flee Tuck to start saving Newbloods (that's the word for abilitied-Reds). But while they are rescuing them, it's hard to get their in time for everyone. Maven has the list too, and he's killing Newbloods and leaving little notes for Mare telling her to return to him so he can stop the carnage. Mare keeps the letters and reads them to herself in secret from Cal. Cal and her grow closer together, but Mare's heart (and mine!) can't fully admit she loves Cal. She's harboring some stupid hope that Maven is being controlled, and there is still the guy she fell in love with inside him. Cal and her cuddle and sleep together platonically, but there is no progression into a real relationship. After Shade is killed by Ptolemus, Evangeline's brother, Cal and Mare go at it with each other. They both say ugly but true things to each other, and my poor heart knows it's going to be hard for them to find each other again.
Then the craziest cliffhanger since Red Queen happens! Maven brings down the plane that has Newbloods, Mare, Cal, Kilorn and Farley on it. They were on their way to rescue the army troop that has 15-17 year olds in it. When he brings down the plane, he uses magnetrons to crush them in the plane, and that's when Mare does it. She tells him to take her and spare the rest of them. That's how it ends! Ack! Onto the next book!...more
**spoiler alert** It was an interesting read because you are able to learn more about Coriane, Cal's mother. You learn more about her character, and y**spoiler alert** It was an interesting read because you are able to learn more about Coriane, Cal's mother. You learn more about her character, and you get to see how much Cal is like his Mom. But then you never quite figure out how Maven's mom did it. From later books, I know it happens a certain way, but you don't get that feeling. Maven's mom is so good at what she does that Coriane doesn't even suspect that she's been in her head. It's a good back story, so we can better understand Cal and Maven's mom. But I could have used a few pages in King's Cage about it. ...more
It's a good short story about Farley. We learn a little bit about who she is, who her parents are, and how she is a rebel even within her rebellious oIt's a good short story about Farley. We learn a little bit about who she is, who her parents are, and how she is a rebel even within her rebellious organization, Scarlet Guard. I also think it sets up book two plot lines, but I'll find out soon enough....more
Even though it took me longer to read this book, it was only because I started teaching again. This book surpassed my expectations. Usually, an authorEven though it took me longer to read this book, it was only because I started teaching again. This book surpassed my expectations. Usually, an author does not continue the momentum on a sequel. But this book took me away! I was reading any moment I could find....more
Every time I got used to the book, it changed up perspectives/point of views. I did enjoy reading from Cassie's point of view. I can't reveal too muchEvery time I got used to the book, it changed up perspectives/point of views. I did enjoy reading from Cassie's point of view. I can't reveal too much on my review because it would give spoilers away....more
OMGooosssshhhhh!! I can't wait for Arcana Rising. I'm glad I waited until this weekend to read this one. I now just need to wait 8 hours for the nextOMGooosssshhhhh!! I can't wait for Arcana Rising. I'm glad I waited until this weekend to read this one. I now just need to wait 8 hours for the next book.
This book goes through and tells us where everyone was on the day of the flash. Evie didn't really get to give us too much description about what happened except for glimpses from the TV before the screen went black.
The book starts with Death. While some cards are given a back story, some other cards are short blips letting us know abilities. Then there's a mysterious card that has information redacted by - who else, really - The Fool! Then there's the last card or so it's made to seem that drove me crazy.
I won't ruin the surprise for you! But know that you need to read this ASAP!...more
**spoiler alert** An intricate plot involving three narrators who are all friends. It keeps giving you more of the story, and it is worth the payoff i**spoiler alert** An intricate plot involving three narrators who are all friends. It keeps giving you more of the story, and it is worth the payoff in the end. If you love best friends being together, read this. ...more
Cute book with great glimpses into the ever after. Cute love story that actually took me awhile to figure out, and I felt foolish for not getting it.Cute book with great glimpses into the ever after. Cute love story that actually took me awhile to figure out, and I felt foolish for not getting it. Brie is a strong character who is going through the obvious missteps that which comes when you die suddenly in the middle of getting dumped....more
This book was great because even though I could guess some of the plot twists, I couldn't guess the two big ones at the end. This book had me swooningThis book was great because even though I could guess some of the plot twists, I couldn't guess the two big ones at the end. This book had me swooning and crying in sadness and anger!
It is about Mare Barrow who is a Red that has abilities that Silvers have as well. However, in her world, Silver are the only ones who can have magical powers/abilities. She is unheard of, and due to the unrest in her country, she needs to be hidden amongst royalty.
It's a must read! I had a hard time trying to write this review when I know I have so many books to get through....more
This book tells the story of Valerie Leftman, a victim of a school shooting. Her dilemma is that she was in love with the shooter, Nick Levil. He shooThis book tells the story of Valerie Leftman, a victim of a school shooting. Her dilemma is that she was in love with the shooter, Nick Levil. He shoots her, and he turns the gun on himself. This is the premise, and it expands into the most heart-wrenching read.
If you enjoy reading coming of age stories or dealing with grief stories, this is the book for you. The thing that really got to me about this book is how real everyone acts. They are human people trying to "move on" after this tragedy.
(view spoiler)[ Nick Levil is the boy who has comforted Valerie as her life is wracked by personal tragedies everyone else experiences. She becomes an outcast among her old friends due to a horrible time in middle school. It sets her onto a new group in high school. Her boyfriend, Nick, is the new kid in school. He's scrawny, pale and a loner. They connect in their solidarity against popularity in school. Then Valerie starts this notebook where she lists out all the things she hates. Nick catches her, and he doesn't think she's weird for having a notebook where she vents about all the things she dislikes. It's not a list of people she would like for Nick to kill, but after the shooting, that is how it looks.
Her recovery is hard as Nick shoots her in the thigh. She has actual wounds; of course, she has emotional wounds. She can't help feeling miserable, and she has the most non-supportive people around her. Her parents can't forgive her and blame her even after her name is cleared. Her brother starts to dislike her because the world revolves around her and not him anymore. They were never siblings who fought; instead, they were siblings who bonded over having parents that hated each other and should be divorced. Since the shooting made her parents stay together, they are even further apart.
Even though Valerie is cleared of the charges, her journey to forgiving herself is an arduous one. She has to stop blaming herself. It's hard to stop blaming yourself when your parents believe you are guilty. Then she starts to believe it is her fault. She has to see a therapist weekly. Dr. Heiler is the best therapist for her. He has never given therapy to someone damaged in quite this way, but he doesn't shy away from her. He's soothing and the only voice of reason for her.
This story doesn't make any of the healing happen nicely. She has setbacks. I cried on more than one occasion over the audacity of people. I couldn't believe how her father was acting. I couldn't believe how her old friends outcast her just because she did not ask them how they were doing. It's hard to think about others when you are such a mess yourself. Nick's best friend, Duce, is a jerk, and even though he gets mad at her for not reaching out to them. It's obvious no one else reached out to her. Stacey's attempts at friendship were not real. She was doing a part, but it's Jessica Campbell's pursuit of friendship that shows you what her real friends should have done.
You can't fault the characters for their reaction. A shooting of this magnitude has reactions for everyone. I would think the victims would go have changed their ways. You think everyone would just be nice to everyone, but that's not real life. The most shocking to me was Ginny Baker. Nick blew her face off. She survived, but she had to have so many plastic surgeries to get her to look semi normal. It turns out Ginny Baker used to like Nick when they were freshmen. She thought he was nice, and she liked him as more than a friend. Then Chris Summers started liking and dating Ginny, and she was forced to stop talking to Nick. Ginny had been blaming herself for the start of the shooting, attempting suicide trying to finish the job Nick started. It's never told how Ginny got on the Hate List, but it doesn't matter. What matters is that Valerie is able to see she is not the only one holding blame. This is how Valerie is finally able to recover and remember who she was before Nick did the horrible thing he did. I also loved how Nick was considered a victim as well.
Valerie heals, and her ending is left open ended. What happens to her? I think she went on to have adventures and start to figure out what made her passionate about living. I imagine her first few attempts at dating were bad since she feels she's not a good judge of character. But I'm sure she finally finds the one who is patient and is able to love her and make her healing complete. I'm sad this story is done, but it was the most satisfying read I've read in awhile. It was too real, but it was just what I needed even if I didn't even know it. (hide spoiler)]
Read this book if you are ready to be sad, angry, laugh, cry, angry cry, etc. It's a wheel of emotions, but I have no regrets having read this. I will make sure to let everyone know they should definitely read this book. It's definitely a must read to see the humanity in people. ...more