Book Review: 7 Becoming Things about BROKEN THRONE by Victoria Aveyard

“Broken Throne”

Red Queen #4.5

by Victoria Aveyard

Nikki’s Rating: 7 out of 10

Summary: A collection of short stories from the exciting Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. With some of the stories taking place before and some taking place during the events of the Red Queen series, it is a must read for all fans to better understand the world’s history and characters. But most importantly, “Broken Throne” ties up loose ends and concludes the Red Queen series.

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7 Becoming Things about BROKEN THRONE by Victoria Aveyard

(May Contain Spoilers)

1. The Red Queen Series

The Red Queen series as a whole is an enchanting and fun read and it was a pleasure to dive back into the world. “Broken Throne” explores more of the Red Queen series featuring stories from side characters, maps, information, and history from different areas of the continent, and details of the Calore line. All these extra details add more vividness and richness to the world and characters.

2. Our World

The world in the Red Queen series is actually supposed to be our world in an alternate future. A dystopian setting where the continent and people are much changed due to time, global warming, and war. While things ultimately ended up working out in the Red Queen series in the sense that humans actually survived, the series remains as a warning for the damage we are currently doing to our world.

3. LGBTQ

The difficulty and acceptance of being part of the LGBTQ community was a common theme throughout the Red Queen series and “Broken Throne” was no exception. Evangeline Samos is seen struggling with the decision to publicly come out after hiding her preference for females for years. Readers get to witness her internal turmoil knowing the disapproval and rejection she may receive from others, especially her mother. This situation really mirrors the reality that millions of individuals experience in real life as they struggle with their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

4. Iron Heart

“Iron Heart” was one of my favorite short stories within “Broken Throne.” While Evangeline Samos was pretty villainous throughout the Red Queen series, her character changes as the story progresses and readers, as well as other characters in the novels, begin to understand why she was the way she was. Her story in “Broken Throne” continues showing the more human aspect of her as well as the ways in which she is trying to become a better person.

5. Writing

As with all the books in the Red Queen series, “Broken Throne” was well written, fast-paced, and enthralling. As a reader who generally does not like short stories, I was pleasantly surprised that each story was satisfying and enjoyable.

6. Cal & Mare

As a hopeless romantic, my absolute favorite thing about “Broken Throne” was that Mare and Cal found their way back to each other. Seriously, I thought they were going to continue being stupid and not talk about how they felt about each other. Thankfully this did not happen. Cal respected Mare’s wishes of wanting time to heal and sort her feelings out, Cal did not hold it against her or try to make her change her mind. And then when they were both ready, they were able to get their happily ever after with each other

7. The End

This reader was really disappointed with the ending in “War Storm” and feels that “Broken Throne” rectified this. Totally unsure if Aveyard always intended for the ending in “Broken Throne” or if she put it together due to outcry from fans being disappointed with the ending in “War Storm.” Regardless, “Broken Throne” gave the Red Queen series a conclusion that was gratifying, hopeful, and realistic.


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Book Review: 5 Dashing Things about DARK HEAT by Donna Grant

“Dark Heat”

Dark World #8.1-8.3; Dark Kings #0.1-0.3

by Donna Grant

Nikki’s Rating: 5 out of 10

Summary: Sworn to defend and protect dragons at any cost, the Dragon Kings have sworn off attachments to humans. As humans once hunted and nearly drove dragons to extinction, the Kings know how dangerous it is for their kind if their secrets get out and have used magic to harden their hearts against all women. But they are in for a surprise as they find out that love is the strongest magic of all.

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5 Dashing Things about DARK HEAT by Donna Grant

(May Contain Spoilers)

1. Short Stories

While short stories are not my favorite as you do not get to know individual characters as well, it is always nice when short stories are collected in one book. With “Dark Heat,” three short stories are included: Dark Craving Dark World 8.1/Dark Kings 0.1; Night’s Awakening Dark World 8.2/Dark Kings 0.2; and Dawn’s Desire Dark World 8.2/Dark Kings 0.3. There is also a bonus story, Passion’s Claim included.

2. Dragons

Dragons are AWESOME! I’m so happy that Grant included dragon-shifters/dragon warriors in the Dark World series. These warriors are amazing, they can shapeshift into dragons, their original forms, and they are also responsible for protecting and caring for the dragons. Breaks my heart that they had to send the dragons to another plane of existence due to dragons being hunted by humans. Humans ruin everything!

3. Erotic

Each story heats up with erotic scenes between the featuring couples as they fall in love and can no longer deny the passion between them.

4. Characters

As always, Donna Grant writes enjoyable and likable characters. Her men are usually gentlemen who are tender, strong, and fiercely loyal to each other and their women. And most importantly, Grant doesn’t write damsels in distress but rather strong, independent women who are equals to their men.

5. Midnight’s Seduction

Donna Grants Dark World series continues in “Midnight’s Seduction,” the Dark Warriors Book 3.


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8 Fun Things about J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

by J.K. Rowling

Nikki’s Rating: 8 out of 10

Summary: Updated and now available to Muggles, Newt Scamander’s compendium of magical creatures, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them is a must-read! Listed alphabetically, Newt Scamander gives important information on all sorts of magical creatures from the dangerous dragons, and their types, to the beautiful elusive unicorn.

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8 Fun Things about J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

(May Contain Spoilers)

1. The World

The Wizarding World of J.K. Rowling is absolutely brilliant and imaginative. Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them is just another glimpse into that wonderful Wizarding World.

2. Immerse Yourself

With a Foreword by New Scamander and the Introduction, which includes a history of magical beasts and Muggle awareness and Ministry of Magic beast classifications, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them really immerses us into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

3. Enjoyable

While not quite a story, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them is a fun, enjoyable quick read.

4. Drawings

My only complaint is that Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them isn’t filled with drawings of all the magical creatures! The drawings that are featured are adorbs and make me want these beasts even with dangerous M.O.M. classifications.

5. Animals

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them is all about animals and while they are fictional it is interesting to see how J.K. Rowling imagined them.

6. Comic Relief

Comic Relief, a charity with a vision of a just world, free from poverty, gets a donation with each sale of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them.

7. Lumos

With each sale of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, donations also go to Lumos, a nonprofit set on ending the institutionalization of children.

8. Quidditch Through the Ages

For further reading into the Wizarding World, besides the Harry Potter series, check out Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard.


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8 Triumphant Things about J.K. Rowling’s “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

by J.K. Rowling

Nikki’s Rating: 8 out of 10

Summary: The Tales of Beedle the Bard features five classic fairy tales beloved by wizards for years and can now be enjoyed by Muggles everywhere. Translated from the Ancient Runes by Hermione Granger and commentary provided by Albus Dumbledore, these tales of love and adventure will bring you much joy and delight.

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8 Triumphant Things about J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard

(May Contain Spoilers)

1. Wizarding World

Beginning with the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World is utterly fantastic and any chance to spend even a few minutes there is time well spent.

2. Immersion

Tales of Beedle the Bard does an excellent job of immersing us into the Wizarding World with commentary by Albus Dumbledore and an Introduction and footnotes provided by J.K. Rowling to help clarify things for Muggle readers.

3. Fairy Tales

Common in all cultures, fairy tales are always enchanting and The Tales of Beedle the Bard are no different. With an emphasis on good overcoming evil, these folktales encourage young wizards to do what is right and to help them understand that having magic doesn’t make your problems go away.

4. Fun

As with other collections of fairy tales, The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a quick and fun read and utterly amusing with the wit of Albus Dumbledore.

5. Beautiful

As a hardback, light blue book decorated with silver stars, The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a visually stunning book. But the beauty doesn’t end there. Inside, many pages feature simple elegant drawings and each page is decorated with roses.

6. The Fountain of Fair Fortune

My favorite of the tales, “The Fountain of Fair Fortune’ features 3 witches who take their fate into their own hands, graciously work together and solve their problems without magical intervention.

7. Lumos

With every sale of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Scholastic donates to Lumos, an international nonprofit organization that is working to end the institutionalization of children.

8. Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

If you need another book outside the Harry Potter series to get your Wizarding World fix, try Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them or Quidditch Through the Ages.


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