Top Ten Tuesday #5: 2018 Releases

Here are my top ten releases of 2018 I really want to read:

  1. The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan (Release Date:  May 1st)
  2. War Storm by Victoria Aveyard (Release Date: May 15th)
  3. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas (Release Date: May 1st)
  4. Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer (Release Date:  January 30th)
  5. Batman:  Nightwalker by Marie Lu (Release Date:  January 2nd)
  6. The Fates divide by Veronica Roth (Release Date:  April 10th)
  7. Stormcaster by Cinda Williams Chima (Release Date:  April 3rd)
  8. Love & War by Melissa De La Cruz (Release Date:  April 17th)
  9. Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare (Release Date:  December 4th)
  10. Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely (Release Date:  January 2nd)

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Book Review: A King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard


Goodreads Summary:

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.


About the Author:


I’m a screenwriter/YA author who likes books and lists. This site is the nexus of my universe.

My book RED QUEEN will be published Winter 2015 from HarperTeen at HarperCollins. I’m repped by the incomparable Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.

The genres I’m into include YA, Fantasy, Historical, Adventure, Apocalyptic – if people are dying, I’m buying.


My Review:

I did not like the ending of this book at all.  What I really hope for is that this is not the conclusion of this series and I really hope for a better ending than this one.  The rest of the overall book was wonderful, and in order to find out why I didn’t like the ending as much you have to read the book to find out.


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World Travel Wednesday: Norta

This edition of World Travel Wednesday spotlights the setting of the Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard, Norta.  You can view those reviews by clicking the links below

Red Queen

Glass Sword

Cruel Crown


The Kingdom of Norta, simply known as Norta, is a country located in the northeast. Its capital is Archeon and its government is led by a monarchy formed from the Silver Houses. It has been called as the “light of the world” by its citizens due to its technology and power.

Like the Lakelands and Piedmont, the language of Norta is Common.


Book Review: The Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard


Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

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

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.

About the Author:


I’m a screenwriter/YA author who likes books and lists. This site is the nexus of my universe.

My book RED QUEEN will be published Winter 2015 from HarperTeen at HarperCollins. I’m repped by the incomparable Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.

The genres I’m into include YA, Fantasy, Historical, Adventure, Apocalyptic – if people are dying, I’m buying.

My Review:

I loved the overall book, but I didn’t like a few parts of it.  Usually on goodreads if I love the overall book, but it has some parts that I don’t like I will take a star off and give the book 4 stars and match the rating on my other blog.


Top Ten Tuesday #3: Favorite Fictional Couples

America & Maxon (The Selection Series by Kiera Cass)


Mare & Cal (Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard)


Juniper and Jasper (Kiss Cam by Kiara London)


Jace & Clary (The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare)


Annabeth & Percy (Percy Jackson & The Olympians; The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan)


Cinder & Kai (The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer)


June & Day (Legend Series by Marie Lu)


Katniss  & Peeta (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)


Tris & Four (Divergent Series by Veronica Roth)


Rose & Dimitri (Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead)



Dreamcast: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I was searching around the internet for different YA Novels that have been turned into movies and ran across an article that was titled YA Novels becoming Movies from PopSugar Entertainment.  There was one particular book that caught my eye and made me extremely happy.  If you read the title of this post, you probably already know what that book is.  So I thought that it would be really fun to post my dream cast for this movie.


Mare Barrow:  Lily Collins or Alexandria Daddario (if Matthew doesn’t play Prince Cal)

Prince Cal:  Logan Lerman

Prince Maven:  Jamie Campbell Bower


Kilorn Warren:  Uriah Shelton


Queen Elara:  Kate Winslet


Gisa Barrow:  Willow Shields


Evangeline Samos:  Isabelle Fuhrman or Leven Rambin

Captain Farley:  Scarlet Johansson or Jennifer Morrison

King Tiberias:  Robert Redford


Shade Barrow:  Matthew Daddario



Tramy Barrow:  Tom Holland


Bree Barrow:  Liam Hemsworth


Daniel Barrow:  Woody Harrelson


Ruth Barrow:  Ashley Judd or Elizabeth Banks

Julian:  Mark Ruffalo


Lucas:  Alex Pettyfer


*Not sure about where to place the actor/actress

What do you think of this Dreamcast?  Who is in your Red Queen Dreamcast?  I would love to hear these kinds of things in the comments section of this post from you.


Top Ten Tuesday #2: Favorite Heroines

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is my favorite Heroines.  These mainly come from YA novels that I really love to read.

Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)

Mare Barrow (Red Queen)

Bella Swan (Twilight)

Tris Prior (Divergent)

Cassia Reyes (Matched)

Annabeth Chase (Percy Jackson & The Olympians)

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles)

Clary Fray (Mortal Instruments)

Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy)

Zoey Redbird (House of Night)


I would love to hear who your favorite heroines are and if you agree with my favorites  so that is a hint to comment below any of your favorite YA heroines.


Waiting On Wednesday: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

I have read Victoria Aveyard’s books Red Queen and Cruel Crown and immediately fell in love with this series.  I haven’t read Glass Sword yet, but I really hope to get to it before King’s Cage comes out in 2017.


Goodreads Synopsis:

In the third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series, Mare is forced to play a psychological cat-and-mouse game with an old and deadly enemy, where the stakes are not only the future of the Red Rebellion but the sanctity of her own mind.

Cruel Crown: Steel Scars by Victoria Aveyard

I really loved this story as well as the entire book.  I also love it when authors release their short stories as a print book so that people without E-readers can read the stories as well. I really love that fact that we got an inside look at Captain Farley’s past and got to see her point of view of when she met Mare.  (Read my other review @


Top Ten Tuesday #1: Book Covers

With this Top Ten Tuesday I decided to do my Top 10 favorite book covers.  Now to narrow down the playing field I decided to only choose one book per series and maybe if I do another one of these I will choose a different book from any of these series.  (Click Picture to see Synopsis)

  • The Crown by Kiera Cass (The Selection Series)


  • Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (The Infernal Devices Series)


  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen Series)


  • Winter by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles)


  • A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns & Roses Series)


  • The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima (Seven Realms Series)


  • Fallen by Lauren Kate (Fallen Series)


  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman (Starbound Series)


  • The Calling by Louis G. White (Gateway Series)


  • The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong (Dark Powers Series)