• Soon off to get my hair done...I don’t even want to acknowledge how bad my roots are again😂
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Then meeting my favourite person for some drinks in our local💕
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In the meantime I’m still in laptop mode contemplating how long it’s going to take me to write my Dark Age review🤦🏻‍♀️
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There’s a significantly smaller review up of Seraph of the Age Volume Sixteen (Link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd: do you review everything you read?
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  • #throwback to a lovely meal out at @common_bar with @felfiramoondesigns and @coffeeeyesandblankstares 💕
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I could eat this again today🤤
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  • Off into Manchester once again to meet one of my favourite people for some lunch🍕
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And to pick up a final few holiday bits! Not long now 💕
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There’s a review of Good Omens up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Myself and @sam_g_oldham binge watched the show too and my god it’s good!
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#qotd - what is your go to Pizza?
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  • Mild radio silence for a few days...I was so caught up in Dark Age!
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Well I’ve now finished it and I’m not entirely sure what to do with myself now...😭
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Tonight I’m off to see my favourite person and watch more Mindhunter! We’re rewatching the first season atm💕
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There’s also a raft of new posts up on my blog including a little look at some of my random holiday purchases.
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#qotd: what book gave you the biggest hangover?
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  • I’ve almost finished Dark Age and my god what a ride! Books like this remind me why I love reading.
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I can’t imagine how this series is going to be wrapped up in the next book🙈
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I plan on finishing it off today and then going baking with my favourite person💕
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There’s an unboxing of the @fairyloot July box on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - favourite kind of cake?
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#book #bookblogger #blogger #bookish #bookishbox #fairyloot #brunching #ladieswhobrunch #bookstagram #bookstagrammer
  • A day spent in joggers with a good book is always a day well spent.
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Well, I did spend the morning ripping apart the house whilst tidying and clearing out 😂
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A little holiday purchase here. I’ve lusted after @diptyque products for ageees before I took the plunge.
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A little write up of the Vetyverio perfume is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#blogger #beauty #beautyblogger #diptyque #perfume #bloggerlife #bloggersofinstagram
  • Who knew sipping cocktails all day and night would stop you reading as much?😂🍹
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A bit of a slower reading month but I had a lot of fun and a really good relax on holiday!
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Only 17 days till the next one with my favourite person💕
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My July reading Wrap Up is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#book #bookblogger #blogger #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookish #wrapup #holiday #manga #fantasy #scifi #contemporary
  • Spending a day on the couch again but for much less happy reasons. I am the worst patient when I’m ill 😭
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On a happier note I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for A Chain Against the Dawn by @drewwilliamsirl
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What an amazing novel! Think Illuminae meets Guardians of the Galaxy😍
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There’s a full review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#book #bookblogger #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookish #blogger #blogtour #achainacrossthedawn #drewwilliams #scifi #bookshelf #booknerdigans
  • I am not moving from the couch today😂
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I have Netflix on, a tea and a blanket...what more could you need?☕️
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There’s a new post up...another Seraph of the End review😂 (Link in bio✌🏻)
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#book #bookblogger #bookish #blogger #bookreview #manga #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookshelf #seraphoftheend #viz #vizmedia #bookobsessed
  • What a wonderful day yesterday 😍
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And another planned tonight!🍸
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There’s a review up of THAT Chanel Bronzer (Link in bio✌🏻)
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The holiday purchases now making their way onto the blog 🙊
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#blog #blogger #beautyblogger #beauty #chanel #chanelmakeup #bronzer #makeup #creambronzer #soleiltandechanel #review
  • Can’t wait to head back to Ville Franche next year with my favourite person.
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Boat loads of wine and snazzy bruschetta 👏🏻
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There’s a little TBR up for the NEWTs read-a-thon up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: Have you got a favourite city abroad?
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Books Reviews Young Adult Fiction

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

September 9, 2017

I had been eagerly awaiting the third instalment of the Red Queen series and danced my little heart out when it arrived. A distinct difference to my reaction to the ending of the book, why oh why did it end like that. 

This is a series I have loved and enjoyed despite its flaws. Yes, its flawed, does that mean I can't enjoy it? Course not! I've yet to find a book where I am truly happy with absolutely everything (Red Rising is the closest so far.) I'm trying to make myself be more critical when I'm reading which I'm finding very very difficult. 

Without question my favourite aspect of King's Cage was seeing the layers of Maven. Learning about how his mother shaped him, moulded him - essentially how she broke him. There were times where I felt something akin to sympathy, that to me makes for a wonderful villain. Don't get me wrong he's a nasty piece of work and does horrendous things but you have to wonder how much of it was him and how much was the remaining influence of his mother, Elara. 

His interactions with Mare were incredible to read. I loved how Victoria blurred the line between Maven's love and obsession with Mare. He wanted to look after her but because of his warped mind seemed to treat her more like a possession. A pet he could parade around.  

"I'm not a fool, little lightning girl. If you're going to play in my head, I'm going to play in yours. It's what we're good at." One of my favourite lines from the series. Thats really what the first half of the book was like and I loved it. 

Something that I really didn't understand was why Cameron had a POV in this book. I realise that there needed to be someone with the Scarlet Guard but why her? Farley would've been such an interesting POV to read. A pregnant rebel leader? Um, yes please. Cameron's POV was full of complaints, about Cal and about Mare. I saw a review that described Cameron as Mare on crack and I have to agree. She bashed Mare for being self righteous but she's even worse!

I also wish that Evangeline's POV chapters started earlier in the novel. I loved her perspective and again, how layered a character she is but she appeared so late in the novel! It was a little jarring to then have to read from another perspective (because they aren't easily identifiable unless you see names mentioned.) I have a feeling Evangeline will become one of my favourite characters. I really like her relationship with Elane, its nice to see her protective and vulnerable side. 

Finally, the ending. My God. 

I feel like every novel so far in the Red Queen series has had Mare and Cal ripped apart at the end. Be it by their own beliefs or because one of them is captured. It's irritating. In this novel I wish it had ended differently like maybe them compromising. My ideal ending would've been Cal agreeing to be King but only if he had Mare as his Queen. And Mare agreeing to be his Queen because was suggests equality more than a Red Queen?! 

Anyway, I'm definitely in need of the next book now. Like I need to see how everything wraps up.

Info

Name: King's Cage

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co

Pages: 507

ISBN: 978-1-4091-5119-7

Rating 3.5/5

Have you read King's Cage? What did you think?

Thank-you for reading, 

Katie x

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