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King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

My rating: 5/5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 4.02/5 stars

I was suspicious as soon as I opened King’s Cage, because while the first two novels in the series (Red Queen and Glass Sword) had been narrated singularly from Mare’s point of view, the chapters in this novel are each marked with the name of the narrator. I know what that means: the main character’s death is imminent. Narration shifts are just an author’s trick to try to get readers used to hearing other characters’ thoughts so we are prepared, so the story can go on even after the main character is gone! Continue reading “King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard”

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Deception’s Princess by Esther Friesner

My rating: 5/5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 3.53/5 stars

Deception’s Princess is one of eight books in the Princesses of Myth collection by Esther Friesner. This collection takes old legends from various cultures around the world and reimagines them as novels. (Usually, two novels are devoted to each legend.) I had not heard of Friesner’s works before I happened across them in the library, but it is obvious by this point that I do, in fact, judge books by their covers, and the cover of Deception’s Princess intrigued me. Combine a picture of a red-haired girl who looks like Disney’s Merida, a falcon on her arm about to take flight, and the fact that I am a sucker for all things princess, and we have a very good recipe for a book that Natalie is going to read! Continue reading “Deception’s Princess by Esther Friesner”