Review of Rook by Sharon Cameron

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By: Sharon Cameron
Release Date: April 28th 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.

My Thoughts:
I loved Cameron’s debut duology and was certain that I’d love this book as well because I love her writing style so much. I was right! Rook was another wonderfully imagined story with a historical feel. You can tell that Cameron researches the time period she’s deriving inspiration from and utilizes her knowledge in really unique and wonderful ways.

Rook was told in third person which doesn’t always work for me. I tend to lose a bit of my connection to the characters when told this way but after a slightly slower start I was immersed and really entranced with Sophia. She was head strong, brave yet she wasn’t perfect by any means.

I really enjoy Cameron’s approach to her romances. They never overshadow the storyline and yet they are swoon-worthy. I shipped the couple in this book even though I was never certain of who I could trust 100%. All the characters seemed to have so much they were hiding from each other and it being told in third person really helped keep the mystery of everyone’s motivations.

In high school The Scarlet Pimpernel was one of my favorite assigned reading so I loved that Cameron took bits of that story as inspiration and also tied it into this story. It was done beautifully and hopefully it’ll encourage folks that haven’t read Pimpernel to read it. Another great element that came as a surprise for me was that Rook was set in an apocalyptic world. I didn’t know that going into this one (I rarely read summaries if I know I love the author already). Cameron really took a great approach to a world that has had to restructure and sees the past as a mystery and something to fear.

So, the writing worked for me, and I loved the characters and their interactions. The storyline was gripping and I wasn’t able to predict the outcome so why only 4 stars? Well, my only issue was that the pacing felt off to me. The beginning and end were much slower to me than the middle section and though I was invested in the story the ending felt overly long. This could be a mood thing for me and I’d be interested to hear if you had that same issue if/ when you read it. Regardless, it is a book worth reading.

Final Thoughts:
Rook was another strong novel from Sharon Cameron. I loved her original take on an apocalyptic world as well as her characters. Though the story was full of interesting mystery the ending did drag for me.

Extras:

Stacking the Shelves

I was out of town last weekend so I didn’t post so this will be for two week’s worth of books. Boy, did I have a great haul these last two weeks. I love each of these books oh so much. I can’t wait to read the ones I’ve not read it.

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

The Books

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Ahhh! I love all of these so much! I have read End of Days (look for my review next week), Shadows (LOVE this series) and Ember in the Ashes. I’ve started Rook and I’m loving it.

Random yet Relevant

I’ve interviewed a couple of these authors from my stack up above so I wanted to direct you over to their interviews if you’re interested.

  • Interview with Sharon Cameron author of Rook. I interviewed Sharon a couple of years ago about her debut series. She talks about automatons and which fictional characters she wishes she’d written. So check it out especially if you’re on the fence about reading her other series.
  • Interview with Sabaa Tahir author of An Ember in the Ashes. I adore Sabaa and her debut novel was exceptional. Learn more about how long she worked on it and her music play list.

Last Week’s Posts

Posts to Look For Next Week

  • Interview with Renee Ahdieh author of The Wrath & the Dawn + Giveaway
  • Blog Tour A Matter of Heart – Giveaway
  • Review of Rook by Sharon Cameron
  • Review of End of Days by Susan Ee

I’ve not been as active commenting or replying to comments because I’ve not been in the mood to blog much this last week. I keep trying to get myself motivated but it wasn’t happening. So, I’m hoping that the fresh month of May will help inspire me. So far so good. May you will be an amazing month, right?

How have you been?

New Book Obsessions for the New Year + International Giveaway

Happy New Year! 2015 is upon us and so it’s time to take stock of all the books I’m eager to read this upcoming year. I’ve been lucky enough to get a few of my most coveted books early and have read or am in the process of reading them.

2015 Releases I’ve Read or Am Reading:

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I’ll be posting reviews of these as each gets closer to their release date. Ensnared will be this week.

Series Continuations:

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Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen, Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine , The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May, Golden Son by Pierce Brown, Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci, The Wondrous and the Wicked by Page Morgan, The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson, Daughter of Dusk by Livia Blackburne and Angelfall 3 by Susan Ee

These two I’ll cheat and order the Australian version when it releases because I have zero patience.

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Every Move by Ellie Marney and Burn by Paula Weston

And of course-Winter by Marissa Meyer, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, the 4th Throne of Glass, 4th Raven Cycle book, and Ungodly by Kendare Blake. I can’t wait to see the covers when they are released.

First in a New Series:

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine, Dove Arising by Karen Bao, Tangled Webs by Lee Bross, The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows, The Cage by Megan Shepherd and Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

Stand Alones (or not listed as a series on Goodreads):

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The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker, The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough, Trollhunters by Daniel Kraus &  Guillermo del Toro, Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley, Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson, Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George, Rook by Sharon Cameron, Velvet by Temple West and The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth

I am confident I’ve forgotten some amazing titles but this is a pretty good start to the books I’m eager for this year. I’d love to see your list or hear of some that I’ve forgotten. This next year’s titles look so amazing and those covers….so beautiful.

This is just a glimpse of my 2015 Wish-list. If you care to see more you can find them on my Goodreads here

Giveaway

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