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 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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Review: The Graces by Laure Eve

This week’s train read/commute book has really stollen my heart…

In the week of my one year anniversary of moving to London it was so lovely to wrap myself up in a book that reminded me of my roots, even the slightly odd and alternative ones 😉

Title: The Graces

Author: Laure Eve

Pages: 415

Published: 1st September 2016

⭐️ 5 / 5

This is another novel I decided to read after attending Victoria Aveyard’s event at Waterstones Piccadilly (read about it here). Laure Eve was one of the authors that appeared alongside Victoria, and the more she talked about her own book the more I realised just how much it was up my street. I was NOT disappointed!!

The Graces is about a mysterious family from the small town that the protagonist, River, has just moved to. This simple statement immediately presents some intriguing plot points that drive the book; River is not her real name – we never find out what her real name actually is, only that she feels more comfortable and more herself being known as River. As well as her name being mysterious it’s also unclear where the small town she has just moved to actually is, nor do we know why she has moved there until the final thirty pages or so. The town has a lot of Americanisms in the feel of the high school but it also screams of the kind of small town I grew up in. I’m from Devon and the feel of home is dripping from every page, which makes a lot of sense considering Laure grew up in Cornwall. As much as both sides of the border hate to admit we are certainly very similar in our intriguing ways, especially when is concerns our mythology and our varied histories.

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Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #1)

Title: Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Pages: 383

Published: 12th February 2015

⭐️ 4 / 5

On the surface Red Queen is yet another YA novel set in some idea of our future where the world has been overrun by some kind of awful regime. We know the drill, right? Wrong. This book was a game changer for me in the way I think of ‘revolutionary YA fiction.’ Unlike novels such as The Hunger Games, Red Queen takes on a different view. The protagonist does not lead some kind of peasant uprising – she is thrust into the limelight straight into the key family, who figurehead the corrupt establishment and oppressive regime, and is betrothed to one of the Princes. Mare becomes the face of all the bad the regime stands for and must play out her part in the revolution completely under the radar, with her own kind hating her for her seeming betrayal. I absolutely loved it.

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Review: Ink by Alice Broadway

*CLAXON* I’m back in the swing of a reading schedule and I’ve actually finished a book! I’ve finally clawed my way out of the reading slump that uni caused and I’m ready to jump back to it.

So…

This week my commute book has been Ink by Alice Broadway. I picked this up last week after hearing Alice talk about her book at Victoria Aveyard’s event at Waterstones Piccadilly (which you can read more about here).

Title: Ink

Author: Alice Broadway (DEBUT NOVEL ALERT)

Pages: 366

Published: 2nd February 2017

⭐️ 4 / 5

First of all can we just loOK HOW PRETTYYY

I know we don’t judge books by their covers but come on. This is a thing of beauty right there. Looks glorious on your bookshelf, glorious whilst you’re fighting for elbow space on the tube, it’s just so pretty and that makes me happy.

I really liked this book. It was a lovely easy read that I just lapped up and sped through without even noticing the page numbers whizzing by. The book is set in a world where life is recorded through the ink on your skin and the citizens have strict beliefs as to why this must be the case. We join the protagonist, Leora Flint, in the aftermath of her father’s death, which has left her reeling. Through mourning him and visiting his skin book she discovers that something isn’t quite right, which leaves her questioning her whole life and her beliefs.

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