Review: Rook by Sharon Cameron

Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Series: N/A
Pages: 456
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
Genre(s): Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Retelling
Synopsis from Goodreads:

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 rambles

Special thanks to Scholastic Press for providing me with a beautiful finished copy of the book for review!

Rook is a book, that if you give it a little bit of time, will end up being completely worth the read in the end. When I first heard about this book, I knew that it was right up my alley. A book set in post-apocalyptic France? A girl that has an alter ego that free prisoners from a corrupt government? A swoony romance? Check, check, check, yes, yes, yes.

What I really loved about Rook, apart from the amazing storyline, was the way that Sharon Cameron wrote and moved the story along. As a reader, I loved being able to check in on the story from so many different characters, as Rook had so much political intrigue happening. The moves to different characters were so seamless, and I absolutely loved how Cameron transferred the reader in such a way to the next section of the chapter.

As mentioned briefly above, Rook is a pretty slow paced book, until the end. Cameron really does an amazing job setting up the world, situations, character development, relationships, and conflicts all in the first half of the book. When I finally got to the end parts, I could not stop turning pages. There was so much action, excitement and suspense!

While Rook is a post-apocalyptic/dystopian book, it read so much like historical fiction that I couldn’t help but love it! The dialogues, wardrobes and architecture all reflected what reminded me of the French aristocracy.It was unique in that fact that it wasn’t futuristic, but instead, the world had gone back in time.

There was a romance, and while I did enjoy it, I can honestly say that I didn’t fall completely head over heels in love with either René or Spear! Originally I liked both men for different reasons (René for being cocky and clever, Spear for being the “boy next door” type and being protective), but as the story progressed, my fondness for both diminished. I felt like the relationship between Sophie and René (while nothing really happened until toward the end, Sophie decided she loved René pretty quickly, I thought) was rushed. And I thought that Spear lost his charming protectiveness when he started to develop an obsession with Sophie not being with René.

As I said before, the ending was the best part of the book. There were some huge revelations, sad deaths, and I felt the story was wrapped up really well. Rook is definitely a great read, and I’d highly recommend it for both fans of historical fiction and post-apocalyptic/dystopia!



It’s officially my start to summer vacation!

Hey guys,

So I totally went on hiatus without telling you guys — oops sorry. But, but BUT it’s now officially my summer vacation and I’ve actually been reading! *gasp*

I’m almost done with Rook by Sharon Cameron (LOVING IT!), and then I’m planning on making my way through my review copy TBR that’s been piling up since the beginning of the end of school.

As I’ve mentioned before I’ll be going away for six weeks to a pre-college program on June 26th. I’m planning on reading lots and pre scheduling as many posts and reviews as I can before then. I’m sure I’ll take to Twitter to share some of the fun I’m having!

So stay tuned for actual blog posts, coming soon…;)


How do you bloggers read so much?


I’ve actually been in awe of this for quite some time, but just now did it hit me that I should ask you guys how you’re all doing it. LET ME IN ON YOUR SECRET!

I was reading through all of these weekly wrap up posts (as a book blogger does on the weekend…), and I noticed a trend: You other bloggers read a lot. (Well, duh, Emily, they read a lot. They’re book bloggers…) Right, but I’m a book blogger too, and I know from more personal posts from you guys that you either are high school or college students, or have jobs or kids, or much more important things to do than to read books. BUT YOU MANAGE TO READ LIKE 3 BOOKS A WEEK! I can read 1 to 2 a week (just on the weekends, I don’t really read much during the week because of that thing called school), and that’s depending on my homework and studying situation. Like this weeked, I read about 100 pages of a book I’ve been trying to read for two weeks, and not because the book is bad, I just have no time (or so I think…I’m guessing you all have less time that I do, so that leads me to believe you all have a secret you’re not sharing…*gives you a sideways glance*).

I guess what I’m asking is: how do all of you book bloggers out there with busy lives make time to read throughout the week, and at the magnitude that you do?

With attending a pre-college program this summer for six weeks, senior year next year, and then college the fall after that, I’m getting nervous that I won’t have as much time to read anymore. Just this year I’ve decreased the amount of books that I’ll be able to read from last year, and the year before that. My point is that I want to continue blogging and being able to read throughout my higher educations, but I’m not quite sure how to make it all work…

So what do you guys think? How do you read so much during the busy week?


The It’s Been Forever Since I’ve Shown You the Books I’ve Gotten Book Haul

book haul

Well, the last WiR post that I had up on the blog was back in February. It is now June. I am not proud of this. I’ve gotten a boatload of books these past months (so many that I can’t totally remember what I’ve shown or haven’t…), so I decided to write an out of the ordinary book haul post! I’ll only be showing the books that I haven’t reviewed yet on the blog. *All covers link to Goodreads.

For Review (NetGalley)


Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman (Thanks to Harlequin TEEN!) | Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith (Thanks to Poppy!) | Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (Thanks to Little, Brown BYR!)

For Review (Physical)


Rook by Sharon Cameron (Thanks to Scholastic!) | I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest (Thanks to Scholastic!) | Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn (Thanks to St. Martin’s!)

Bought (Physical)


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas | P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

What books have you added to your shelves lately?


Mini Review (Because I Can’t Find the Words to Describe My Feels): The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Publisher: HarperTEEN
Release Date: May 5th, 2015
Series: N/A
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

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There has not been a book by Kasie West that I haven’t felt the need to gush over, and The Fill-In Boyfriend was no exception. If you’re in need of an adorable, unlikely romance that will put a smile on your face, then you’re in for a real treat!

I couldn’t have read the book at a better time, as I had just gone to my prom (dateless, of course). I absolutely loved the way that Gia and fill-in Bradley (I won’t spoil his name because if you read the book, you’ll know it’s important) first met, and their interactions throughout the book.

Basically, the two of them are so freaking cute that I physically didn’t put the book down for want to keep reading the high levels of fluff and adorableness that were oozing from The Fill-In Boyfriend‘s pages.

As you can tell from the title of this review, I don’t really have words to write because all I can really think of when I turn my brain to this book is: CUTE SWEET SWOON ADORABLE I WANT THAT BOY I WANT THIS RELATIONSHIP THIS BOOK IS PERF KASIE WEST I LOVE YOU. [Cee has written a wonderful post on the syndrome I’m having more and more often which is the “I love you too much to review you syndrome.”]

So, that’s pretty much all I have to say to you about this book other than READ IT. *throws book at your face*