The Runaway King15703770
Jennifer A. Nielsen

YA Fantasy

Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls, and Jaron feels the pressure quietly mounting within Carthya. Soon, it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. But the further Jaron is forced to run from his identity, the more he wonders if it is possible to go too far. Will he ever be able to return home again? Or will he have to sacrifice his own life in order to save his kingdom?

The Runaway King was better than the first book. While I liked The False Prince, I had more than a few complaints, but the author seemed to have fixed them in the sequel. I would recommend this for someone who wanted a more mild version of Six of Crows.giphy1

What made me like this was the characters. I especially loved Sage (I wonder about his MBTI…) and how he was cranky, but always tried to do the best he could -even with horrible options.2874654690_1

I didn’t care for how you wouldn’t always know what Sage was planning/thinking even though it was written in the first person (the biggest problem with the last book).giphy

Sage was great (as I said). I loved seeing Imogen, Mott, and Tobias again. Fink made me think of my little brother (in a good way) and Erick was pretty cool. As for villains, you’re never stuck with one for very long.spn_5x8themesong

  • As with most YA fantasy books, people die and get injured with swords. The pirates whip ‘traitors’
  • There were implied safety concerns for girls working for pirates
  • Sage curses a lot (teaches some pirates new words. An impressive feat to be sure), but it’s never specified what he says
  • Minor drinking (they are pirates after all)

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331 pgs.
Scholastic Press
Mar. 2013
Ascendance Trilogy #2

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3267859Jennifer lives at the base of a very tall mountain in Northern Utah with her husband, three children, and a naughty puppy. She loves the smell of rainy days, hot chocolate, and old books, preferably all at once. She is a former speech teacher, theater director, and enjoyed a brief but disastrous career as a door-to-door pollster. In her spare time, Jennifer tends to panic, wondering what she has forgotten to do that has allowed her any spare time.

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Have you read this series? Do you like characters like Sage, or can you not stand them?  School’s done, so I’m trying to post all the backed up reviews.

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