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TM Blayte Speaks About Origin – Robert Langdon number 5 By Dan Brown

“Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.

As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself . . . and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery . . . and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.”

Stop the music, play the drums and turn down the lights! From the world renowned author of Angels and Demons, and the Da Vinci Code, comes this fan fiction!

I am really trying not to be mean here. But if you read this book, then go and read Brown’s previous works, you will admit it sounds like someone took Robert Langdon, gave him the typical female companion, then for some reason, threw in elements from Toys, by James Patterson.

I am used to a smart, quick thinking and genius Robert Langdon. In this book, we have a Langdon dependent on Google and “Siri on steroids.” If I have to be honest, I have no idea what those other characters are doing in this novel.

The plot was mediocre at best. Maybe that is too harsh. Maybe I have read too many Brown novels, which means I can easily predict the end halfway through. But it feels like the plot was being stretched. In Brown’s previous books, the story always started the mystery in the first five chapters, if it had not already hit the ground running. We took something like twenty chapters in Origin, to get to the good stuff.

I suppose the setting always has something to do with the plot, especially in Brown’s novels. For the purpose of this plot, let us say the setting works, though I am unimpressed. Considering how dramatic and symbolic Dan Brown tends to be, I would have expected this to go down in Kenya, Turkey, or any country with evidence of being a human cradle.

Finding what I like about this book is difficult. After it is all said and done, this was a page-turner, as all Dan Brown books are. I only stopped reading when my body was giving up with fatigue, and the next day, I went everywhere with my laptop, even to the bathroom. Seriously.

On what I hated, I will try to be brief and relevant. What exactly is new here? The answer we receive for the origin of humankind is so common, even I kind of knew it, and I did not take science in high school. I will be fair, and say it is due to my love of Dystopia novels, I was not surprised by the answer to where we are going. I mean, truly speaking, that idea is something I have embraced will happen in a century or two.

Lastly, thumbs up on LGBT inclusion, but was that plotline necessary? Was the palace necessary? Did we really need the palace staff? My guess is it was done to lengthen the novel.

Although this long awaited book was disappointing, I am still open to reading more Robert Langdon. This one was bad, but the thrill element and the last four books give Origin a reprieve from my banishment list.

Talk to me. What do you think about Origin?

Rating: 2 stars

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Readers – Know Ye Not Ye Are Literary Gods?

Today I would like to talk about a multifaceted issue. First, I want to look at what qualifies as a good book, or as a bad book. Second, I want to know if there are any exceptions to book quality.

In 2005 the first book in a series called Twilight was released. It went on to become a NYT Best Seller. In 2012, a series known as Fifty Shades of Grey was released, and broke book selling records. Last year, Dan Brown’s Origin came out, and is still on the NYT Best Seller list, at the time I write this post.

The reason I gave the above examples, is to create a framework. When we say a bad book in this post, we are not referring to the Three Little Pigs on the Moon fan fiction, written by Weremonkey38.

My question is, how does a best selling book gain so many negative reviews, as the three examples I gave? If there are as many people who hate the book, as those that love it, who decides if it is a good book? I know some of you are probably saying reading is subjective. True.

But let us look at books like the Harry Potter series, or Lord of the Rings trilogy. They don’t seem to attract as much negative sentiments from some reading corners, like Twilight. But I’ll agree it is subjective, and let it rest there.

But then, what is the standard for a bad book? Does a novel become bad when it has mediocre plot? Is bad characterisation the trademark of a bad book? Or is it that spelling of “Kanada” on page 241 the deal breaker?

Which brings me to my next question. Does popular and good literature go together? Could the NYT list be filled with popular, but mediocre authors, while worthwhile fiction is picking up dust in Uncle Lovemore’s basement?

Something else on my mind is exceptions. Are we, as readers obliged to make exceptions for terrible fiction?

If a novel is published by a small press, should I make an exception for how terrible it is, because Dragonsick House Publishers doesn’t have the amount of editorial resources Penguin Random House has? Should we cut self published authors some slack because … You know, they don’t have professional backing from a publishing house?

Here is my own opinion on the questions above.

Most of us, fiction readers, read for entertainment. If the book can keep me hooked from beginning to end, it doesn’t matter what some literature professor up in UCT says.

Somewhere out there, there are probably boards of academics who judge on what is good literature. More power to them, but they are not the true judges. You, the readers are the gods of literary judgements. Shakespeare didn’t fill theatres because someone at the University of Oxford gave him a stamp of approval. It was because he was what the people wanted to see, end of discussion. Twilight, Fifty Shades, and every book considered literary junk, are in fact masterpieces. They have the sales to prove it.

Regarding cutting any authors slack, the above applies. You don’t cut anyone slack. If you pick up a self published novel, filled with spelling mistakes, but it keeps you hooked, more power to you. The day someone promotes the idea of making exceptions for books I don’t like, is the day I delete Kindle for PC, and agree it has been fun, but now is time to ride.

Before I go. Always remember some books are written for niches. If you hate Erotic Time Travel, but purchase a box of novels from a small press that specializes in that category, that sting is me slapping you across the face. You have no business criticizing something you hate by default. Many negative reviews I saw about Twilight were by people who don’t read YA, or vampire books. Why, or why! I don’t ever see myself criticizing a Space Fiction novel, because it is not a genre I read.

You there, yes, you, who has never read the book, but trash it based on what you heard from other people, I see you. The Fiction Deity watches.

What do you think should be the standard of judging how good or bad a novel is? Do you think readers should make exceptions for certain books, and soldier on, despite the book being terrible? Follow me at (https://www.twitter.com/tmblayte). Checkout what I’m reading at (https://www.goodreads.com/tmblayte).

Book I love, but many people hate: The Twilight Saga.

Book I don’t love, that everyone else seems to be in love with: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

To Review, or Not to Review – That is the Reviewer’s Quandary

This issue bothered me when I was a book reviewer. I asked myself the same question after not finishing a book. Yesterday, I bought another book I failed to take seriously by the third chapter.

Now, one thing about me. I am a student, therefore I choose the books I read very carefully. I watch every pula that goes toward a book with a sharp eye. Therefore, I almost never pick up a book I cannot finish. But as they say, stuff happens. There are always those books with enticing blurbs, that turn out to be rubbish. I know, I know, don’t judge a book by its cover.

Without any delay, here is my question. Am I justified in reviewing any book I touch? Does not finishing a book somehow disqualify me from reviewing it? Is there a portion you can read before you review a book?

Early this year, I tried reading a Middle Grade / YA novel, with Steampunk elements, set in some version of a historic England. It wasn’t a bad book. I liked the plot, and the premise. I even liked the characters. But there was the language. I guess this was how people spoke during the Victorian era. I simply failed to take anything the characters said seriously, without giggling. Since it wasn’t a humour book, giggling my way through it didn’t work. Almost halfway through, I was forced to accept defeat, and stop reading. Oh, but how I soldiered on at first. Because it was a popular book, I really wanted to like it.

A couple of days ago, I read a review of a book by one of the bloggers I follow on WordPress. Intrigued by the review, I purchased the book yesterday. Oh, how I cry for my 3.41 USD.

But there was no helping it. I simply found it boring. By chapter four, I screamed “I don’t care!” and stopped reading.

Then I asked myself. Do I have the right to review these books? Not finishing is an indication upon the book, parallel to finishing a book in one seating. On the other hand, what if not finishing the book robbed me of the good stuff that would have made me understand? Maybe there might be a hidden gem at the end of the laborious read.

The obvious answer to me, is yes! You can review anything. This then reminded me of something I read sometime last year.

It wasn’t a review per se, but more of an article. The writer was criticizing the Maze Runner books. He/she tore down the books, by pointing out how ridiculous the premise and plot was. Some of the writer’s points were valid. What made me furious was the writer hadn’t read most of the books, or watched most of the movies. He/she was simply writing the article based on that damned provider of information, Wikipedia!

My blood boiled. Blood tinged steam came out of my body, which considering the desert climate I live in, isn’t that attractive. How dare they! Wikipedia’s spoilers come nowhere close to unravelling the masterful world of the Maze Runner universe!

But I digress. The question here is if I can condemn a book on my blog, or on Goodreads, simply because I hated the first two chapters, does this Wikipedia fellow also have the right to condemn an entire fiction universe, based on Wikipedia alone?

When it’s all said and done, I believe if I have acquired a book, tried reading it, and am absolutely sure I cannot finish, I should be able to review it. I should make sure to mention it is a DNF.

And this is why I have to respect the person who wrote about the Maze Runner trilogy. Intentionally, or unintentionally, the person mentioned the Wikipedia thing. As long as you are not deceiving your readers, by making them think you’ve read the entire thing, you could even review books based on blurbs alone. Please don’t do that. I’m really starting to mistrust blurbs.

What do you think? Should a review by someone who didn’t finish the book carry less weight? Follow me on twitter at (https://www.twitter.com/tmblayte). Checkout what I’m reading at (https://www.goodreads.com/tmblayte).

Favourite book I didn’t finish first time: The Innocent – Will Robie #1 – David Baldacci

DNF I really wish I’d liked: Throne of Glass – Throne of Glass #1 – Sarah J. Maas (just because everyone loves it).

The Grift of the Magi – Heist Society #3.5 – Ally Carter

Before jumping into this review. Like I said last week, this is my last book review on TM Blayte Unsilenced. I will still occasionally write fiction related posts, and film reviews of a select number of films. I will also still review books by request.

I have enjoyed the few months of writing book reviews. It is with a heavy heart I type out this last review. I really wish things could be different.

“Katarina Bishop is a thief. To many it wouldn’t matter that she now uses her considerable skills to re-steal valuable works of art and return them to their rightful homes.

She’s still a thief.

So that’s why Kat’s surprised when an Interpol agent comes to her one snowy evening, asking for Kat’s help.

The Magi Miracle Network was set to auction off a very rare, very valuable Faberge egg two days before Christmas, but the egg’s been stolen and now the charity’s reputation—and their future—is on the line.

Kat’s family and Interpol might be opposite sides of most jobs, but someone just stole Christmas.

Now it’s up to Kat and her crew to steal it back.

The Grift of the Magi is a Heist Society novella and is approximately half the length of the other novels in the series. It stands alone, but if you want read more about Kat and her crew check out Heist Society, Uncommon Criminals, and Perfect Scoundrels.” Goodreads.com

I think I now understand why Harry Potter and the Cursed Child did well, despite being the least among Harry Potter works. There is nothing as refreshing as catching up on characters from a series that ended years ago. And considering this is Ally Carter, it can only get better. And, for me, there is nothing more awesome than my last review being on a series I’m crazy about.

So someone has stolen one of the Magi’s gifts to Jesus. Worse, they’ve stolen it from a charity. Considering Kat is in the business of stealing back, and her family’s views on stealing from charities, it is not hard to convince Kat to become involved. And she is joined by the old crew.

We can instantly see Kat is still the same old scheming, compassionate person. But she is now involved with Hale, so there are romantic elements. I think the romance really shows how Kat has … Is growing.

I liked the plot of this novella. It was focused and to the point. Did I mention the story was just fun to read?

The Heist Society world has always fascinated me. They are thief’s, no doubt about it. But they are also sensible people. Their operations come with high moral codes. There is a genuine air of family about the characters, without spilling over into mafia tough love.

I am not even going to mention the quick pace of this book. This seems to be a trademark of Ally Carter’s work.

I liked the resolution. I have always liked Heist Society endings. Bitter sweet, without any tragedy.

Do I really have to say I will certainly continue reading Ally Carter’s work? Not If I Save You First, anyone?

Talk to me. What do you think about The Grift of the Magi? Follow me on Twitter at (https://www.twitter.com/tmblayte).

Favourite quote: ““We’re at the Imperial Hotel,” Hale said. “You can bring the egg to suite—”

“You’re in suite 792, yeah,” Bobby said, but Hale didn’t pause to be impressed or wonder about Bobby’s seemingly omniscient font of knowledge.”

Carter, Ally. A Heist Society Christmas Story: The Grift of the Magi (Kindle Locations 525-526). Hachette Children’s Group. Kindle Edition.

Rating: 5 stars

The Midnight Star – The Young Elites #3 – Marie Lu

“There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she’s gained.

When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.” Goodreads.com

And so, The Young Elites ended. I read this series in about a week. I have to admit, this is the best series I’ve read in a while.

When we put this book in the light, next to the first two, the middle goes splat.

Adelina now reigns as a powerful queen. Using fear and her rose society, she is almost unstoppable. Off course she doesn’t realise people follow you out of fear, and stab you in the back at your weakest. More than ever, we see her battle the good and evil in her. I am glad there is no final redeeming magic here. Adelina remains a evil, cruel person, with only some flashes of goodness.

Raffaele was never my favourite character in this series. At this point, I don’t even know why. He didn’t do anything I hated in this book, but he is still my least favourite character in the world.

I really expected more from Teren. He has always been the character I sympathise with the most. I really wanted him to do more than what he did.

The plot centred around the darkness entering the world. Together, the Roses and Daggers have to work together to save the world. Ultimately, it becomes evident they can all still be friends. At some point, there is even warmth between Teren and Adelina.

The world building, history and mythology in this entire series comes in small doses, but is still good. You get the feeling that this world is large, but Marie Lu doesn’t wear us down with the details.

The Midnight Star was a thrilling read. My only problem was how the middle of the book was not as interesting, or engaging as the other books.

I liked the resolution. It is a bittersweet ending. Very few authors have the nerve to do what Marie Lu did at the end. I will say it again, Lu doesn’t sugar coat things.

I liked Legend. I adore The Young Elites. I think I am now at that point I won’t mind reading anything with Marie Lu on it.

I am not a reader who pays attention to beautiful prose, or perfectly worded sentences. I know many will disagree with the following statement, but I have never read something as beautifully written as this since Lord of the Rings. Maybe I’ve read better plotting and suspense, but nothing as well written.

Talk to me. What did you think about The Midnight Star? Follow me on Twitter at (https://www.twitter.com/tmblayte).

Favourite quote: The Young Elites were the flash of light in a stormy sky, the fleeting darkness before dawn. Never have they existed before, nor shall they ever exist again.”

Rating: 5 stars

The Book of Blood and Shadow – Robin Wasserman

“One night. One body, broken in a pool of blood.

One killer, lost in the shadows.

One girl, left behind.

Left alone, to face the consequences.

To find the truth.

To avenge the dead.

One night is all it takes to change Nora Kane’s life forever. Her best friend is dead; her boyfriend has vanished. And the trail of blood leads straight back to her: The person who might be responsible. The person who might be next.

Desperate to save the people she loves and determined to find justice for the ones she’s lost, Nora unearths a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist. Something to which Nora herself might hold the key. It turns out her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries—and solving it may be the only way she can save her own life.” Amazon.com

Dear Readers. I am proud to present yet another attempt at an author I’ve never read before. Admittedly, I’ve read a novella she wrote with Cassandra Clare, but that’s it. After reading this book, I am thinking of starting a new author season. Two to three months every year I only read work from authors new to me.

Welcome to Dan Brown for teens. Only better, and more engaging, without feeling like I’m reading passages out of Wikipedia.

Nora is an average girl. She comes from a troubled home, and has a small group of friends. To create the impressive CV, something most students work toward, they become research assistants. And that is when everything goes to hell.

I liked Nora. She isn’t the chosen one without any useful skill. Nora doesn’t depend on friends with a higher IQ. She is smart enough to break most of the codes they encounter.

From time to time, Nora displays the lunacy many YA lead characters possess. Seriously, that taking the letter business. Overall, many of her decisions are logical.

For a YA novel, Book of Blood and Shadows has a complex plot. We are talking an ancient machine some old brotherhood is chasing down. Another ancient brotherhood opposing them. And then Nora stumbles along, only to find out she is somehow central to the whole thing.

I liked the plot. It was enticing enough, that I kept on reading through pages filled with nothing.

The world building and scene setting was excellent. Instead of sticking to a rigid factual history, facts were combined with legends and fiction. How cool would it have been if Elizabeth had formed her own sisterhood of badass warriors that are still operating? Just throwing that out there.

I’m not sure I can call this a page-turner. Yes, I finished it. Yes, I wanted to know what was going to happen next. But I wasn’t driven to staying up half the night. And there are those pages I feel nothing was happening. Did we have to go through that with Max twice? Thrice?

When it’s all said and done, the premise was engaging enough to keep me coming back. However slowly.

The best thing about this novel was the resolution. It is one of the most realistic I’ve read. Nora and everyone involved are broken by the end. The unreasonable denial at the end, is what normal people would do.

I hope to read more of Robin Wasserman in the foreseeable future.

Talk to me. What do you think about The Book of Blood and Shadow? Follow me on Twitter at (https://www.twitter.com/tmblayte).

Favourite quote: “He puckered up and blew me a loud kiss, raspberry-style. “Love you, too.” He said it to me all the time, and to Adriane nearly every time they met or parted or hung up the phone. I’d even heard him say it to Max one night, after a few too many beers. They were easy words for him.”

Wasserman, Robin. The Book of Blood and Shadow (p. 91). Little, Brown Book Group. Kindle Edition.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Assignment Zero – Overworld Chronicles #13.5 – John Corwin

“IMPOSSIBLY DEAD

When a teenage girl is found dead in a lake of her own blood, it looks like a clear-cut case of death by supernatural causes. But the Synod orders the Templars to stand down, claiming it’s a case for the nom police.

Elyssa Borathen, daughter of the Templar commander disagrees. Defying orders and breaking protocols goes against all her Templar training, but leaving that girl’s murder unsolved is something she can’t live with, even if it means starting her own illegal investigation.

She jumps head-first down the rabbit hole, but her leads only take her deeper into a maze of conspiracies. What seems like one mystery may be several intertwined, with Overworld factions vying for supremacy.

What started with one girl’s murder may rock the Overworld foundation to its very core.” Goodreads.com

This is a precursor to the Overworld Chronicles. The main plot is further expanded in the series as a matter of fact.

Assignment Zero is another reminder of how much I liked the Overworld books up to book ten. This is normal vampires and Templar activity. There is just the hint of other supernaturals. This is before we had different realms and such.

Elyssa is a Templar in training. All she wants is to be the best, and make her father proud. She is the typical YA character, slightly rebellious, with a disregard for rules when it is called for.

The plot starts with the death of a girl. The Templar bosses call off the investigation. Elyssa is still convinced there is something not normal about the death, so she investigates. She uncovers an underground war, with two opposing factions.

I liked the plot. It was good enough for a novella. And what I loved was the focus. There is nothing I hate more than a novel spending chapters and chapters on irrelevant things, and then only the last three chapters on the main problem. Maybe this is why I hate novels with romance as a subcategory.

The world building was excellent. People policing the supernatural community is not exactly new. But the politics and pure awesomeness of Templars make it sound fresh, though it is not. Templars seem to work with other supernaturals, which might indicate they don’t have the holier than thou attitude of the Alchemists from Vampire Academy, or Nephilim from the Shadowhunters series.

Is anyone else wondering why Elyssa and Templar women are always wearing skirts? I mean, isn’t that impractical for someone who must be ready to start fighting at any moment?

This was a page turner. Quick paced, and to the point.

This is a precursor, so I really don’t think any other resolution would have made sense.

While I highly doubt I will ever read another book centred around the almighty Justin, I have no problem reading Justin free works like this.

Talk to me. What do you think about Assignment Zero? Follow me on Twitter at (https://www.twitter.com/tmblayte).

Favourite quote: “”He wrapped his huge arms around me and gave me a hug. “Hey, Ninjette. Did you have loads of fun?”

I laughed. “It was a blast. We went out for ice cream and a movie, and Daddy said I was his little princess.”

Michael snorted. “Aw, how special. Maybe he’ll buy you a pink dress and a sparkly wand too.”

Corwin, John. Assignment Zero: An Overworld Chronicles Story (Kindle Locations 221-223). Raven House. Kindle Edition.

Rating: 4.5 stars

The Rose Society – The Young Elites #2 – Marie Lu

“Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?” goodreads.com

Everyone will remember how much I loved the first book in this series. If you haven’t read that review yet, head over to https://tmblaytespeaks.wordpress.com/2017/12/27/marielutheyoungelites/ right now.

I will not say I was surprised. We all knew Adelina was going down a dark route at the end of The Young Elites. What I did not anticipate, was the level of darkness. Lu did not sugar quote anything, and we saw our main character go all Voldemort. There is still some good left in Adelina, but the darkness is always winning. Finally, it is not the case where we blame her powers. Even with her powers removed, she is still in darkness. Again, I will say being bullied by her father, and maybe her sister messing with her powers, has done this to Adelina, more than any power.

Poor Teren Santoro. I certainly now have more sympathy with Teren, more than any character. I suspected the queen was using him all along. What makes his situation even more sad, is everyone, Adelina included takes advantage of him. He might not be a good person, but he is probably the most selfless. He truly believes he is doing the world a favour.

Raffaele is by far my least favourite character. Hiding behind the mask of humanity and righteousness, he is pretentious. To be fair, he was doing all he could. After what he knows about Elites, shouldn’t he be calling for a temporary truce, so they can deal with the even bigger problems affecting Elites?

As always, the world building here was awesome. I was highly impressed by the idea of a nation where a daughter is the heir, and not the sons. Many fantasy works have the son-heir concept, without explaining why that would be in a Fantasy world. They way homosexual themes are addressed also impressed me. Lu did not simply make it something considered pervert, or just exclude homosexual people all together. My main idea here is, when it is Fantasy, authors limit themselves by our standards. In Fantasy, the sky, or maybe the realm of the dead is the limit.

I liked the plot of The Rose Society. Characters we actually love and route for, clash with each other. Am I the only one who expected the Roses and Daggers to come together, put their differences aside, and work to some greater good?

The romance in The Rose Society gave me pause. I hate heavy romance in general. While the romantic elements were low, the almost triangle seriously has me worried.

The novel was a page turner. I’m jumping on book three as soon as I finish editing this review.

As the second book in a trilogy, the resolution was aimed at hooking you for number three. But this is okay. I know if the next one is the last one, the stakes will be very high. And I wouldn’t have skipped it if you paid me.

Talk to me. What did you think about The Rose Society? Follow me on twitter at (https://www.twitter.com/tmblayte).

Favourite quote: “A cruel queen does not mean an unsuccessful one. Under her guidance, Kenettra changed from a glittering gem into a clouded stone, and her empire became one to rule all others, a darkness that stretched from sun, to sea, to sky.”

Rating: 4.5 stars