Mini Book ReviewsRule (Rule, #1) by Ellen Goodlett
Publication Date: September 11, 2018
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Three girls with three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown.
The king is dying, his heir has just been murdered, and rebellion brews in the east. But the kingdom of Kolonya and the outer Reaches has one last option before it descends into leaderless chaos.
Or rather, three unexpected options.
Zofi has spent her entire life trekking through the outer Reaches with her band of Travelers. She would do anything to protect the band, her family. But no one can ever find out how far she's already gone.
Akeylah was raised in the Eastern Reach, surrounded by whispers of rebellion and abused by her father. Desperate to escape, she makes a decision that threatens the whole kingdom.
Ren grew up in Kolonya, serving as a lady's maid and scheming her way out of the servants' chambers. But one such plot could get her hung for treason if anyone ever discovers what she's done.
When the king summons the girls, they arrive expecting arrest or even execution. Instead they learn the truth: they are his illegitimate daughters, and one must become his new heir. But someone in Kolonya knows their secrets, and that someone will stop at nothing to keep the sisters from their destiny... to rule.
Magic, mystery, and blackmail abound in this sensational and striking fantasy debut.
There are two books that Rule reminds me of. First, it reminds me of The Thousandth Floor, which I really liked. Second, it reminds me of Three Dark Crowns, but it is so much better. Rule is filled with drama and mysteries. There is a lot of backstory hidden and the reader has no idea what is right and what is wrong. What is the truth? Who should you trust? No one knows. If you like mysteries that involve royalty, you will enjoy Rule.
Rule is about three girls who have completely different backgrounds and suddenly find out that they are possible heirs to the throne. They all have a deep dark secret involving someone in the royal family. This is a book that will suck you in. This is a book where all the characters are completely different and you end up rooting for them all. It’s impossible to pick just one.
Overall I enjoyed this book and I will continue reading the series. I give this book 4/5 stars.
The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
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It’s a summer for first love, last wishes, and letting go.
Maddie has big plans to spend the last months before college tying up high school “loose ends” alongside her best friends. Then her beloved grandmother drops two bombshells: (1) Gram is dying. (2) She’s taking her entire family on a round-the-world cruise of dreams come true—but at the end, Gram won’t be returning home.
With a promise to live in the now without regrets, Maddie boards the Wishwell determined to make every moment count. She finds new friends in her fellow Wishwellians, takes advantage of the trip’s many luxuries, gets even closer to her quirky family, and falls for painfully gorgeous Enzo. But despite the copious laughter, headiness of first love, and wonder of the glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram, and she struggles to find the strength to let go in a whirlwind summer shaped by love, grief, and laughter.
The Loose Ends List was filled with happy laughs and sad moments. It’s a roller coaster of emotions, so be warned. By the end of this book, I almost had tears welling up in my eyes which is very rare for me. At the same time, there were moments where I actually laughed out loud because of the absurdity of situations. I felt the emotions of the characters like they were my own.
The premise of this book is that Maddie’s grandmother is dying from cancer and decides that she wants to spend the remainder of her life on a cruise ship with her family. Of course, Maddie is included on the guest list for this cruise. But it’s not just her family who will be on the ship. It’s a cruise ship filled with family members of people who are close to death. Maddie is hesitant but decides to go regardless. Little does she know what she is getting into.
This book reminded me of one of my favorite books, Carpe Diem by Autumn Cornwell. They both have ‘odd’ grandmothers who set their grandchildren’s lives in directions that no one could expect. Overall, this book is about living your life to the fullest no matter whether you have one day left to live or if you have 100 years. I recommend it and give it 4/5 stars.