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: The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3)

Title: The Song Rising

Author: Samantha Shannon

Pages: 347

Format: Advanced Reader Copy (ARC)

⭐️ 5 / 5

Buy from Waterstones, Foyles, Amazon

An enemy who’ll stop at nothing. A city with nowhere to hide. A traitor looking for vengeance. A lover confined to the shadows. A rebel who becomes a Queen.


It’s been almost 2 years to the day that we were gifted the second novel in The Bone Season series, The Mime Order, and left with that horrific cliff-hanger on the final page.  The wait is almost over and there are only a few short weeks remaining until The Song Rising finally hits the shelves.  However, as part of my role as a Bone Season Advocate, I have been privileged enough to read a copy of this book early (thanks Bloomsbury!) and I am here to give you some idea of what’s in store for Paige in her most recent adventure.

The Song Rising picks up seconds after the end of the Mime Order with Paige’s dreamwalking form staring dumbfounded at Jaxon Hall; her previous mentor, confident and friend.  I love that Samantha Shannon has continued her trend of the novels completely running into one another which is perfect for a book-binge as there are no gaps or pauses in the narrative.  Throughout the course of the novel we explore Paige’s reign as a newly victorious Underqueen along with all the complications and surprises that this role brings.  We learn more about where Jaxon’s loyalties lie and his past ways before Paige came into the equation whilst Paige is beginning to learn her own strengths and just how useful her gift can be.  In short, life as Paige knows it flips on its head and it’s wonderful.

The Song Rising is a shorter novel than both of its predecessors however this takes nothing away from the content and seems to be simply because the novel takes place over a shorter amount of time than the previous novels.  There is some incredible world building in this installment as not only do we explore further reaches of Scion London, but we learn a little about the Scion world outside of the capital; Scion Manchester and Scion Edinburgh.  As we have come to expect from these novels, The Song Rising is packed with page turning tension which ensured I reached the final page far too soon.

As with the previous novels, The Song Rising contains a host of diverse characters who are all layered, complex and really likeable.  We are made to care about every single character no matter if they are one of the main group surrounding page or a fairly infrequently mentioned secondary character.  This, along with the excellent narrative, explains why we’ve had to wait a little longer for this novel than we’re used to.  It’s a very strong book and an I don’t mind having to wait that little bit longer for such a perfect addition to the series.

I have been left eargly awaiting the currently unnamed The Bone Season #4.

You can catch up with Paige, Warden, Nick and the rest of your favourite voyants and Rephaites alike from publication day; 7th March.

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