• Just about to head down for dinner🤤
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One things for sure, you never go hungry on a @royalcaribbeanuk cruise!😂
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There’s also a new review up of Seraph of the End Volume Twelve (Link in bio✌🏻)
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  • Greetings from sunny Naples☀️
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Yesterday I got a massage for the first time and I’ve never felt so zen in all my life!
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Today is being spent by the pool with cocktails and a little bit of laptop time.
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Speaking of there’s a new review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • A little belated considering I’ve been away for a little while now but my holiday TBR is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Three things: 
I am tanned.
I have read one book so far.
Peach Daiquiris are my new favourite drink🍹
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  • All packing has been done, I don’t think I’ve forgotten anything but we’ll soon see😂
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Now for a nice relax with my favourite person tonight💕
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There’s a new post up for the Needlemouse blog tour too (Link in bio✌🏻)
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There should be plenty more posts going up whilst I’m away 🙊
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  • Another lovely weekend passes by. This one filled with Lego building, food and watching the new series of Stranger Things💕
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I adore Steve. He’s such a sweetheart.
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Tonight I’m curling up with my next read and tomorrow I’m being cooked for- I know, very lucky🙊
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There’s a new post up all about my last read as part of the Blog Tour!
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What’s your favourite thing to cook?
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  • Just under a week till holiday number one begins and I’m starting to look at what I’m taking with me 🙊
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This little red number is definitely coming!💃🏻
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After a tiring day I’m spending the evening on the couch with a book and wine...definitely need wine😂
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Question: are you a super prepared packer orrr are you a throw it all in the morning you go kinda person? 🤔
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  • So June was an amazing reading month! And a pretty great month in general.
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I went away with my favourite person, went to some bookish events and ate a lot of wonderful food💕
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And we finally got sun! What’s your go to ‘summer read’?
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The full wrap up is on my blog (link in bio✌🏻) and there’s also a little fun post about some books I think Hufflepuffs would enjoy💛
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  • I spent all last night and all this morning binge watching The Dragon Prince after seeing @bookswithchloe recommend it. All I can say is I need season three😍
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The rest of today will be spent photo taking in prep for going on holiday!
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I finally have a TBR for it too...and I’m going to work on one for the NEWTS read-a-thon👏🏻
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There’s an unboxing of the @fairyloot June Broody Banter box now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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It’s my favourite box to date!
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Have you ever used any bookish sub boxes? Is there another I need to try?
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  • #AD - Gifted
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I’m having a much needed day of rest today!
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Hay fever is no joke but at the same time sooo ridiculous. I mean I’m allergic to grass and trees when you think about it😂
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Tomorrow I have a full day of post writing planned until my favourite person gets home💕
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There’s another new review up of Once & Future up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Spoiler - I loved it.
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  • #AD - Gifted
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In full holiday prep mode but I cannot for the life of me pick what books to take!
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I have a few ideas and two holidays...help!
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I’m also going to try and do ARC August this year. Wish me luck🤞🏻
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There’s also a review of this amazing book up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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My Dark Vanessa is now an all time favourite of mine and is due to be published in 2020!🙊
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  • I said there were a lot of reviews currently up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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I adored The Star-Touched Queen. It was magical, dark and full of the most beautiful writing😍
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Books Reviews Young Adult Fiction

Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

June 22, 2019
Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

What a fantastic conclusion to one of my favourite duologies, I'm just sad it's over now. Melinda Salisbury creates absolutely masterful political intrigue. Sorrow isn't your typical sword-wielding, martial arts proficient heroine. Her battles are won with logic and tactics instead which I've found so refreshing. As much as I love a good sword battle it's nice to see a book that favours its characters brains rather than brawn.

In this instalment, we see our favourite and not so favourite characters appear again and are introduced to some new. Every character is well crafted and complex. They aren't perfect by a long shot which I say time and time again is one of my favourite things to see in a character.

This book surprised me and ended in a way I never thought possible but I loved it. Well and truly. I can't wait to see what Melinda Salisbury brings out next.

 

Final Spoiler Warning...

 

This book was a rollercoaster from start to finish.

It began with Sorrow's ceremony to become the new chancellor and just went down from there. I have never read a book with so many plots and schemes. I found it so interesting how it was through this that Vespus Corrigan managed to trap Sorrow in a web of lies she was an unknowing victim too. The scene where she moved the bones from the crypt I found truly harrowing, more so that any battle could've been. However, that scene came second to Vespus manipulating Sorrow and her old flame Rasmus who happens to be Vespus' son. The way he forced them together whilst Rasmus was on Star Water was horrifying but you have to commend Rasmus for his will. He still loved Sorrow but knew that she didn't feel the same way. He didn't take advantage in any way shape or form.

I adore Luvian, so much. His reunion with Sorrow was everything I ever wanted. There was one specific scene that I thought was truly beautiful for a few reasons. Their 'love scene'. It wouldn't be right to call it a sex scene as there was no sex. So, why I loved it, well, it was revealed that Luvian was a virgin which was so refreshing. Usually, its the girl that is placed in that situation but the display of male vulnerability was so heartwarming. He asked Sorrow to guide him and that she did...until he got cocky and stated he'd read how to do certain things. It was lovely and promoted safe and healthy sex as they both agreed not to as there was no available contraceptive. YES YA NOVELS. TEACH THIS MORE.

The ending was exactly what I didn't expect but loved. Luvian and Sorrow lived together whilst she was at University on the weekends and he worked for the new democratic government. Sorrow stepped down as Chancellor and decreed that now it would be given to a person after a vote by the different members of the council.

Oh! Mael and Arkady are adorable together.

Honesty, I have no faults for this series.

INFO

Name: Song of Sorrow

Author: Melinda Salisbury

Publisher: Scholastic

Pages: 370

ISBN: 978-1-407180-28-1

Rating: 5/5

Have you read Song of Sorrow?

What did you think?

Thank you for reading,

Katie x

  • Reply
    Jessica at Booked J
    June 22, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    It’s always sad to say goodbye to a favourite! This sounds truly brilliant, though.

    • Reply
      Katie - A Novel Idea
      June 25, 2019 at 1:55 pm

      Oh I agree! I end up with such a book hangover when I finish a series.
      It’s well worth a read, as is Melinda’s other series. The Sin Eater’s Daughter. Such an amazing and atmospheric set of books.
      Katie x

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