The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon- The Prologue

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I have been a huge fan of The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon since the first book released and I’ve been positively dying to read the next book, The Song Rising. The release date is closing in (March 7th 2017- still far too far) and as a TBS Advocate we were sent the prologue and let me tell you- AHHH IT WAS AWESOME. The Mime Order ended on such a crazy cliff hanger and I am so pumped I guessed what was next correctly.

My thoughts on the prologue…

When what you guessed at the end of the last book was RIGHT. Still. Wow.

When what you guessed at the end of the last book was RIGHT. Still. Wow.

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Now Your Turn

If you’ve read both prior books I invite you to read the prologue yourself and let me know what you think!

Be aware- this prologue is FULL OF SPOILERS. So, if you are new to the series or haven’t read The Mime Order DO NOT READ THIS PROLOGUE. I don’t want you to be spoiled.

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Here’s the prologue for The Song Rising (there ARE spoilers)

THE SONG RISING prelude

Did you see that Bloomsbury has changed the covers for the books? They look gorgeous and I can’t wait to add them to my collection. For those, like me, that have the hardcovers they are making a special collector’s edition for the books that will match the old design! How awesome is that!? You can find more info about the cover change here.

About the Book

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By: Samantha Shannon
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Summary:
The hotly anticipated third book in the bestselling Bone Season series – a ground-breaking, dystopian fantasy of extraordinary imagination

Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London’s criminal population.

But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilising the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.

Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it…

Stacking the Shelves

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.

For Review (solicited):

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Won (thank you Page Morgan!):

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Purchased:

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I only purchased Fairest but I liked the picture of all the books so I thought I’d include it. Look at The Mime Order–it is so beautiful in person.

All the pretties…

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Last Week’s Posts

  • Review of Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
  • Discussion– Is our audience also our competition?
  • Lego Art– Taylor Swift’s 1989 Cover
  • ReviewThe Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury   star
  • Discussion– I have limited taste in books

Upcoming Posts

  • Interview with Melinda Salisbury-first week of February
  • Interview with Becky Wallace-second week of February
  • I’ll be participating in 12 Days of Fictional Swooning Hop- February 13th
  • Interview with Karen Bao- end of February
  • I’m working on my next Lego Cover- The Wrath & The Dawn

Giveaways

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Blog Tour- The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon Review + Giveaway

Last year I had the pleasure of reading The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. I was immediately blown away with her world building, creativity and writing ability. I have fallen hopelessly in love with her characters-their journey has become my own as I read how it unfolds. I am so pleased to be able to share my review of the second novel in this series, The Mime Order.

In Samantha Shannon’s world anyone with a clairvoyance falls within a certain order which can be determinded by the ability and also the color of aura the person exudes. Taken from Samantha Shannon’s website:

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If you could see auras this is how I would appear

I. Soothsayers – Purple – Require ritual objects called numa to connect with the æther
II. Augurs – Blue – Use organic matter, or elements, to connect with the æther
III. Mediums – Green – Connect with the æther through spiritual possession
IV. Sensors – Yellow – Privy to the æther on a sensory and linguistic level
V.  Guardians – Orange – Have a higher degree of control over spirits
VI.  Furies – Orange-red – Subject to internal change when connecting with the aether
VII. Jumpers – Red – Able to affect the aether outside their own physical limits

 My Review of The Mime Order

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By: Samantha Shannon
Release Date: January 27th 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:
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Summary:
Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.

Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.

The Story:
What can I say about the storyline for this book and series? I’ll start here- it is fabulous, incredibly complex, detailed and intriguing. I absolutely love the world Shannon has created and her ability to add to it with each book. I felt that The Mime Order was a great sequel to The Bone Season because it gave me more insight into how the Seven Dials ran and also more about the mime-lords and queens. I’m really blown away with the level of depth and creativity shown in this series thus far.

I felt that the first section of this book was slow paced but I adore Shannon’s writing so I didn’t mind. The stakes weren’t all that high and my favorite character, Warden, was absent for the first part of the book. The Mime Order focused many, many pages on Paige reentering her old gang life and how the gangs were run. Once the action picks up the stakes get much higher and I felt the pacing was faster and smoother going.

Be aware, this series is considered to be an adult fiction–the content itself doesn’t seem overly adult themed but the pacing is very much slower than your typical young adult book. Knowing this about the series should help you enjoy the ride and slow burn of these books. These are long books but the payoff is so worth it. If you are like me and appreciate a slow burn then you’ll love this series.

The Characters:
I’m a huge fan of Paige and really all the main cast of characters. Shannon gives them their own internal dilemmas and they are all shrouded in a level of mystery that the reader slowly gets to see through. As with the first book Paige was driven, brave and overall kick-ass. She doesn’t wait for someone else to dictate her future but took things into her own hands. I enjoyed her as much in this book as the last.

As mentioned, Warden was my favorite character. Though he was vastly absent from this book he was still true to his character and wonderful. I loved getting to learn more about him and each of the few scenes with him and Paige were perfection.

The Mime Order spends a good amount of time with Jaxon. He was such an intense and complex character you can’t help but be intrigued with his storyline and motivations. I still can’t get a handle on his allegiance completely and I love that he alluded me.

Final Thoughts:
The Mime Order was a satisfying sequel though the pacing was slow for the first section of the book but once the action picks up you’ll not be able to stop reading. For me, Shannon’s writing was beautifully done and a pleasure to read even in the quieter moments. Though Warden and Paige don’t have that many scenes together the ones they do have count. I highly recommend this series to reader that want a complex world populated with intense characters.

Giveaway:

The lovely folks at Bloomsbury have been nice enough to provide a hardcover of The Mime Order for a lucky reader. This is US only. Enter below:

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Extras:

  • Audio sample from The Mime Order audiobook which will release January 27th:

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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

I want to give you the chance to win a pre-order of one of my most anticipated (or already read and loved) reads this year.
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Stacking the Shelves

Finally, finally I received my copy of The Mime Order. I’ve been waiting (impatiently) for what seems like forever for this book to land on my doorstep. This week was made so much better by that addition. I also decided to FINALLY download a couple of books from Edelweiss that I’ve been putting off because they don’t release for awhile. I couldn’t resist any longer. I have the urge to read fantasy and retellings so by golly, I’m going to.

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.

For Review (Thank you Bloomsbury!):

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The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

I felt like I was waiting ages (ok weeks) for this book to show up. I kept seeing more and more people receiving their copies and I started to get nervous. Was it lost? Did my mail person decide to borrow it? Finally, it arrived and I rejoiced. Turns out my address wasn’t printed correctly so that caused the delay. I would have been devastated had it not arrived. Whew. I am shocked I’ve not thrown all my other books down to pick this one up but somehow I’ve resisted. It seems that some books I’m able to hold off on if I know it’ll be incredibly dense and epic (looking at you Mortal Heart). I am also planning on rereading The Bone Season. We’ll see if I can hold off that long.

For Review (via Edelweiss):

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

How have I resisted the urge to download you my pretties? I have no clue but I couldn’t resist any longer. I downloaded these babies and I hope to start one or both this weekend. Both look so amazing.

Posts from Last Week:

In case you missed it…that was two giveaways going right now. Be sure to check them out.

How was your week?