Review: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon (The Bone Season #2)

Title: The Mime Order

Author: Samantha Shannon

Pages:  528

Published: 27th January 2015

⭐️ 5 / 5

N.B This review is taken from my previous blog Theatre and Movies and Books, Oh My, which was deactivated in 2016.

The Mime Order is the long awaited sequel to Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season, and my most anticipated read of this year. I have really been looking forward to catching up with the characters and this book did not disappoint. As this is a review of a sequel, it may contain minor spoilers for the first book in the series so proceed with caution.

The Mime Order continues mere seconds after The Bone Season finished, with Paige and the gang speeding away from Sheol I and back to London. This book follows Paige re-adjusting to life in the city with the knowledge of what she learnt in the penal colony. Will she be able to return to her life before she was captured, or will she expose that Scion is a puppet government under the control of the other-worldly Rephaim? The plot of this book is a lot slower than The Bone Season as there is little of the action experienced in the first however I was still completely gripped with the twists and turns and the character development. There is so much world building to enjoy. We learn a lot about the structure to the clairvoyant underworld of London and the Scion regimes in place in the city. I really enjoyed this as it built on the snatches of information we gained in the first novel. I was also able to see that this book sets up where the series is heading and how that is going to happen which makes me excited for the rest of the series.

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Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (The Bone Season #1)

Title: The Bone Season

Author: Samantha Shannon

Pages: 480

Published: 20th August 2013

⭐️ 5 / 5

N.B This review is taken from my previous blog Theatre and Movies and Books, Oh My, which was deactivated in 2016.

The Bone Season follows nineteen year old Paige living in a future dystopian London controlled by an oppressive, authoritarian government called Scion. Kidnapped and ripped from everything and everyone she knows, Paige must survive in Oxford the city hidden from society for centuries.

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Quick-fire reviews

As some of you may have noticed, my project for this month has been a brand new Instagram account! I’ve set up this bookstagram purely to share beautiful images of my books and connect with more people who enjoy reading and may benefit from my reviews.

If you’re interested, please do check it out. You’ll find me at: @beauteaful.reads on Instagram or via the links on my homepage and in the side bar.

With that in mind, here’s my first collaboration post to bring my blog and bookstagrams together!

Today’s bookstack features a selection of the white/cream/beige books that I own. As Britian is currently enjoying (or suffering) a heatwave I thought these crisp, clean covers could make some good summer reads. Here’s some quick-fire reviews and thoughts on those I have included!

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Review: Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel of the Sands #3)

Title: Hero at the Fall

Author: Alwyn Hamilton

Pages: 506

Published: 1st February 2018

⭐️ 5 / 5

I loved the first two books in the Rebel of the Sands series so I was really excited to jump into the concluding novel as soon as I could get my hands on it.  The novel picks up almost immediately after Traitor to the Throne finishes so we are thrown straight back into the action.  One of my favourite things about this series has been the pacing.  It’s been great fun from the start of book one to the end of book three and Alwyn always seems to perfectly balance the fast paced action sequences with well timed rest periods which usually let us explore the world she has created for us.  This leads me nicely to the world building.  I mentioned in my review for Traitor to the Throne how much I enjoyed the step up in world building and how we got to see further reaches of the Sultan’s realm.  This continues into Hero at the Fall and the details allow me to feel that these cities are tangible places that I could visit, although I’m not sure I’d want to what with wars and battles going on in the streets.  I’ve always loved Alwyn’s writing style and her descriptions make it so easy for me to ‘direct the cast’ in my imagination.  I cannot wait to see where she takes us after this smash-hit debut series.

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Review: Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher

Title: Eve of Man

Author: Giovanna and Tom Fletcher (Debut YA novel alert!! Debut as a writing duo alert!!)

Pages: 404

Published: 31st May 2018

⭐️ 4.5 / 5

Eve of Man is the debut young adult novel for power couple Giovanna and Tom Fletcher, and their first novel as a writing duo marking the beginning of a new trilogy of YA books.  Before reading this I was sceptical, as I’m not the biggest fan of dual narrators and I wasn’t sure how the writing would flow and blend owing to the differing writing backgrounds of the authors.  Giovanna has predominantly written women’s fiction up until this point whereas Tom has found his feet in children’s picture books, middle grade novels and short stories.  These styles are worlds away from YA, and in the case of this novel it wasn’t as simple as one author making the transition into a different genre, but two.  However, I was very pleasantly surprised by what I found and I’d definitely place this book high on my list of favourite reads this year.

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Review: The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury (Sin Eater’s Daughter #2)

Title: The Sleeping Prince

Author: Melinda Salisbury

Pages: 367

Published: 4th February 2016

⭐️ 5 / 5

Warning: minor spoilers ahead in the form of fangirling over a character pairing

This is the second instalment in Melinda Salisbury’s The Sin Eater’s Daughter series.  This is the first book in a long time that I ran through in one sitting.  After immensely enjoying the first book in the series, I was initially disappointed as this novel seems to drop Twylla from the narrative completely and instead picks up with an unknown character.  All I desperately needed to know was how Twylla was getting on after the events of her story and instead we move to a struggling village in a neighbouring part of the realm and follow Leif’s younger sister Errin.  I was not happy.  However I was far to quick to judge because she became one of my favourite fictional characters to read about in 2017.  She is young, snappy and hungry (name that musical 😉) to survive the changes in the world she sees around her.  After Leif’s departure from their newly broken family home, Errin is forced to give up her trade as an apothecary to care for her sick mother.  She must resort to illegally making remedies, poisons and other lotions and potions to pay for her survival and to ensure the villagers don’t turn on her mother who is looking increasingly like she is possessed by something sinister.  She has grown up in a society firmly rooted in fact and science, which is the polar opposite to what we have seen with Twylla.  However with their world facing the reawakening of the Sleeping Prince, a being of legend, Errin’s people are not able to place as much surety in science as they are used to.  Errin must watch her family life and the society she has always known and loved crumble before her and watch her neighbours take up some of the odd practices of the devout citizens in the part of the world we know through Twylla.  The only constant in Errin’s new life of despair is her strange friendship with the mysterious Silas.  Enter my favourite couple of the series.

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