If It’s Not a Rant, It’s a Rave: Review of The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine




Title: The Shadow Queen
Author: C.J. Redwine
Publication date: February 16, 2016
Publisher:  Balzer + Bray
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance
Format: Hardcover (purchased)


Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

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Confession time: I have met C.J. Redwine over ten times (probably even more, but hey, who’s counting?). I love going to C.J.’s events and hearing her talk about her books, life, and her writing shenanigans. I’ve met her hilarious husband, while purchasing her first book; during our first meeting, he showed me his tattoo of the barcode for one of C.J.’s books (yes, he is just as awesome as C.J.). But even though I am a huge fan of the wonderful and passionate C.J. Redwine, and I own all of her books, this is the first book of her’s that I have read, and you guys, I loved it!!!

You guys, whenever I’m in Nashville for a book event, I make sure I am in C.J.’s audience. She’s a great public speaker, and even though she has faced many difficulties in her past, her power and fierce attitude shine bright when she talks about her work, and I love that about her. First off, I have heard C.J. talk about the beginning formation of The Shadow Queen at least 3 times. I know it started off after viewing The Huntsman starring Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth. I know that this is a planned series of 10 books, 4 confirmed to be published, and each book can be read separately. 


Fantasy books and retellings will always be dear to my heart. They are my escape from reality. They are my dreams manifesting into unknown worlds filled with feisty and independent princesses, talking animals, and die-hard adventures. Fortunately, The Shadow Queen contained all the elements I love about fantasy books and MORE. 

The main character of The Shadow Queen, Lorelai Diederich, is now one of my favorite literary heroines. She is fiery, caring, and dedicated to righting the wrongs of her kingdom. Throughout the story, she stays faithful to her mission to save her kingdom, but she also faces each obstacle she encounters with relentless strength and  diligence. As a princess, a sister, a friend, and a warrior, she offers a lot to the story. Lorelai loses so much in this book, but instead of wallowing in self-pity, SHE PERSISTS! 


And not to give too much away, but I love how magic and magical beings are immersed in this Snow White retelling. We have everything from poisonous apples, transforming dragons, mind-speaking pet birds, and terrorizing ogres. Magic is cherished in this book, and even though it may be used by some as a selfish means, it is also the perfect resource to conquering evil. 

Last, even though one of my favorite characters dies in this book (WHY?! THERE WAS SO MUCH POTENTIAL and DEVELOPMENT THERE!!), I really enjoyed this book. I honestly cannot wait to start The Wish Granter and read C.J. Redwine’s new twist on an old fairy tale. 


NOTE:  I was not provided a copy of this book by the author or the publisher in an exchange for a review. I bought this book with my own funds. I reviewed it at my own discretion.  All statements and opinions in this review are mine.

W…W…W…Wednesday: 02/22/2017



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Top 5 Thursday: February TBR

It’s Top 5 Thursday, where as the week is winding down, I tell you the Top 5 Things I’m looking forward to in regards to the bookish world. 

Today I want to discuss the the Top 5 books I hope to read in the month of February.

  1. The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry:    I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book. You can’t go wrong with romance and time travel, right?! 
  2. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard:    I am currently reading this book! I mysteriously and most graciously received this Red Queen Hidden Gem (#RQHiddenGem), a glass case with an advance reader’s copy of Glass Sword, from Epic Reads and HarperCollins

    IT IS HONESTLY THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK SWAG/GIFT I HAVE EVER RECEIVED AND OWN. Thank you again to everyone at Team Epic Reads and Harper for this wonderful gift. 

  3.  Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel:   I started this book in 2015, and I promise you, I am at least 50% through it, but I just can’t push myself to finish it. Station Eleven is not bad, it’s actually really, really good. So good that my brain refuses for it to ever end. Well brain, you’re finishing Station Eleven by the end of February…you got it! Also, I’m reading the UK hardcover version, because it’s prettier than the USA cover. 
  4. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine:  I have met C.J. more than I can count on both my hands. I own all her books, all signed and personalized. They ALL sound badass with a badass heroine. C.J. is an extraordinary author, and she can fangirl with the best of us when it comes to adoring awesome authors. Whenever I hear C.J. speak at a book event, she makes me want to be a writer–she’s sassy, witty, strong, and kickass. During the 2015 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, I won an ARC of The Shadow Queen (WOOT! WOOT!). the shadow queenIt has literally been in my tote bag (which I use as my purse, btw) since last Autumn. I can’t wait to read it this month. And be sure to pre-order this beautiful cover book. If you are one of the first 200 people to pre-order the book from Parnassus Books in Nashville, you will not only receive a signed (and personalized copy, if requested) book, but you will also receive an awesome swag pack. Pre-order HERE.
  5. First Kisses and Other Misfortunes by Kimberly Karalius:     This is a FREE e-book novella that provides the story of Nico and Martin’s relationship!!!celebration dance the middle sue heck eden sher

    You guys, IT’S FREE and we get to learn about Nico and Martin’s hopeful relationship. What more can fans of Love Fortunes and Other Disasters ask for?!!! NOTHING, WE CAN’T ASK FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN THEIR LOVE STORY!!! The Grimbaud Life continues and I’m on a hot air balloon floating up to happiness!!! 

♥ I’m a sucker for beautiful covers *swoons* 

The Love That Split the WorldGlass Sword (Red Queen, #2)Station Eleven

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)First Kisses and Other Misfortunes

Alright, tentative FEBRUARY 2016 TBR list, HERE I COME!