The Almost King by Lucy Saxon

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Title: The Almost King
Author: Lucy Saxon
Series: Take Back the SKies #2
Edition: Digital ARC, 400 Pages
Publication Details: June 2nd 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre(s): YA; Steampunk
Disclosure? Yep! I was provided with a free copy in exchange for an HONEST review.

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In the second book in this sprawling saga, Aleks is the youngest of four brothers, each with his future predictably mapped out. But Aleks wants more than a life in his father’s shop. So when he hears his parents worrying about money, he decides to save them the cost of his keep by running away.

Aleks joins the army—but when that doesn’t answer his problems, he breaks the law and deserts. Wanted and alone, he heads north, where he stumbles into love, adventure, and a skyship he might be able to call home . . . if he can evade the soldiers pursuing him.

Prepare for another sweeping adventure by nineteen-year-old Lucy Saxon in a series that seamlessly blends genre elements and a compelling contemporary voice.

Review

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Take Back the Skies considering the very mixed reviews it got, and I knew I’d need to continue with the series after a surprising, infuriating ending, so I was pretty thrilled to get approved for the second book.

The Almost King is set in the same world, but isn’t a continuation on Cat’s story,to my dismay. I was dying to know what that crazy ending was all about, but nooooooo!

However,The Almost King is about Aleks, the youngest boy in a large family who feels like he’s always in his older brother’s shadow and wants to do something that will set him aside from them.

Alexs’ solution is to join the military, which we know from Take Back the Skies is not as it seems.

I’m gonna throw it out there, the start of this book was written terribly. It was wooden, felt disjointed and was just very writing 101. I had expected the first book to be like that but it wasn’t, so I was really disappointed that this one was.

But saying that, it got much better after a chapter or two, and I really enjoyed it. I longed for it to meet up where the first book left off but I think it’s kind of more intriguing that it didn’t.

So all in all, I found this book to be a mixed bag, but I’ll deffo be looking forward to the next instalment.

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This Week in Books 27.05.2015

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Welcome to my weekly post, where I sum-up what I’ve been up to in bookland the past week.

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Now: The Quality of Silence ~ Rosamund Lupton // The Testimony of a Hanged Man ~ Ann Granger

It took me a while to adjust to the switching perspectives in The Quality of Silence, but enjoying it now. I’m still going on my lunch-time read The Testimony of a Hanged Man too.

Then: Charlie, Presumed Dead ~ Anne Heltzel

I didn’t quite love this one, but it had one hell of an ending. My review will be up on Monday, prior to release on Tuesday.

Next: ???

I’ll be making a start on my holiday reads which I posted about yesterday. First up is The Almost King by Lucy Saxon

New on the Wishlist

Linking up with Friday Finds hosted by A Daily Rhythm

I added Uprooted by Naomi Novik to my wishlist after seeing Tammy’s great review on Books, Bones & Buffy.

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Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

New on the Shelf

(Linking up with Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews) and Friday Finds hosted by A Daily Rhythm.

Purchased: I bought the following books this week, specifically for my holiday next week. YAY!

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The Ring of Morgana (Daughter of Camelot #1) ~ Donna Hosie
Cruel Summer ~ James Dawson

Netgalley: I broke my no Netgalley requests pact and was approved for Beneath the Lake by Christopher Ransom, which is also on my summer reading list now.

I’m Waiting on…

(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

The Wolf Wilder ~ Kathryn Rundell

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How beautiful is that cover!?

Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora’s mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans.

When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves.

Expected publication: September 9th 2015 by Bloomsbury Children’s

So, that’s my week in books, now how about yours?

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