on Jan 15, 2018
Find life.
Deep in a forest, Aileana Kameron claws her way out of the earth. Back from the dead with no memory of who she is or what has happened to her, the Falconer now possesses even greater otherworldly powers and a ruthless instinct to kill—and the one piece of knowledge that can change everything.

Find Kiaran.
Two fae monarchs, Aithinne and Kadamach, stand on the brink of war, and according to an ancient curse, one must die at the hand of the other or all the worlds will perish. Once, Kadamach was known as Kiaran, and he was mentor, protector, and lover to Aileana. Now, under the grip of the curse, his better nature seems lost forever.

Find the Book.
Aileana's only hope lies in the legendary Book of Remembrance, a book of spells so powerful it can break the fae curse and even turn back time. But the book has been lost for centuries, and many are looking for it, including its creator, the Morrigan—a faery of terrifying malevolence and cruelty. 

Sacrifice everything.
To obtain the book and defeat the Morrigan, Aileana must form an unthinkable alliance, one that challenges every vow she has made to herself—even as the powers that brought her to life are slowly but surely killing her. 



5 out of 5 Stars

Review: I am beyond excited to bring you my review of The Fallen Kingdom, book #3 in the Falconer Trilogy by Elizabeth May. If you've been a reader with us for awhile you may remember my reviews of books #1 and #2, which can be read here and here. It probably goes without saying but I recommend reading books #1 and #2 as my review may contain spoilers from both. 

This magical series blends elements of steampunk, historical adventure, romance, and fantasy together in a perfectly delightful mixture. 

The Vanishing Throne ended with Aileana's death and her re-awakening after receiving the Cailleach's power. As volume #3 begins Aileana no longer remembers anything, not even her name. She awakens to a world decimated by the battles between Seelie and Unseelie. Between Aithinne and Kadamach. 

As Aileana begins to piece together pieces of her past we meet up again with some old friends as the final quest to determine the fate of the world begins. 

Elizabeth May has outdone herself with Aileana. She is a complex, enthralling human being, during this book we share her fear, her hope, and her outstanding bravery in the face of utter darkness. A badass with a good heart. I'll also add my undying fangirl devotion for the love between her and Kiaran Mckay. I ship them so hard. I've enjoyed reading the evolution of their relationship throughout the trilogy. This book finds a very different Kiaran than readers have become familiar with. Since Aileana's death Kieran has reverted to his former self, Kadamach. A ruthless Unseelie King. Yet Kiaran fights valiantly against his darker nature and is as always, lovely to read. 

Aithinne is back and mad as ever. I love the spark of humor and fun that she brings to the story. Everyone's favorite pixie, Derrick, is the first to meet up again with Aileana and we are reminded of the intense bond of friendship between these two. <3

This final volume is a good deal darker than the previous titles. In these last moments each character will have to face their fears and demons, and stand against the evil that threatens to destroy their world. In fact in order to do this Aileana teams up with Sorcha, who fellow readers probably loathe as much as I do. Nevertheless after learning a bit of her history I do hate her slightly less and she surprises everyone by performing one final noble, self-less deed. (to the delight of all readers, I'm sure ;) 

While it's sad to say goodbye to these lovely characters I can honestly say I've had a truly fantastic time hunting faeries with Aileana and I look forward to re-reading her adventures in years to come! 
on Jan 8, 2018
London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the deadly Marauders—the German army led by the cutthroat Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past English borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook is on the hunt for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the surviving children. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return.

Until one day when they grab Joanna. Gwen will stop at nothing to get her sister back, but as she sets out, she crosses paths with a daredevil named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharp shooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and ever promise is bound by blood, it might cost Gwen more than she bargained for. And are Gwen, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart the ruthless Captain Hook?






4 out of 5 Stars

I wasn't sure at first where this review was going to go since (against my better judgement) I jumped into book #2 and have already finished it, which left me with so many mixed feelings. However, I've decided to work with my original notes from before reading book #2 (the review of which will be posted late this month.:) Happy Monday!

Everland is an exciting and unique spin on the classic tale of Peter Ban by J. M. Barrie.

Our story begins in an alternate steampunk version of London, now called Everland. A deadly virus has been unleashed by the German army under the command of Captain hook. Now children scramble for life amid the falling ruins of a once beautiful city.

The beginning was quite slow, perhaps for the set up since this is the first in a trilogy. I will say in agreement with some other reviews that London definitely didn't feel like London. To be honest it almost could have been any city but for a few key landmarks. I've never been to London but it always seemed like a special place so it's a shame this book couldn't capture the magic, so to speak.

Gwen was a wonderfully flawed main character and great fun to read. I was worried that Pete, would be quit stereotypical but the author has given him a lot of heart and a lot of hope. Both main characters are pleasantly complex. I wasn't really feeling the romance between them at first but I actually think it works. I didn't find the Lost Boys or Bella to be that compelling, their personalities seemed very forced. Captain Hook seems quite interesting, if they redeem him. He has sooo much potential to switch sides and be good. I really hope they do that in the second book.

A popular complaint among reviewers is that Pete is sexist. I'm not sure where they're getting this but I didn't see any examples. There are several instances where Pete doesn't want Gwen to go into danger but it never seemed like he was saying it because she was female. To me he said it because he had feelings for her, you know he "liked liked" her. To me not wanting the person you like, or love, or whatever to be in pain or die isn't sexism...it's caring but whateves.

The elements of steampunk were awesome and creative, they really lent themselves well to this particular tale.

All in all I think this was a wicked cool concept and I quite enjoyed it!
on Jan 1, 2018
Happy New Year, runaway readers! The team here at Runaway Pen hopes you're all doing very well and looking forward to a healthy and happy 2018! Thank you so much for sharing in our bookish adventures, we hope to see you back here every Monday for new book reviews. Happy reading! <3



College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life. When her favorite character is killed off, Liv Just. Can't. Deal. She launches an online campaign to bring her hero back to life. Step one: Bribe her best friend, Xander, into helping by making costumes for his steampunk cosplay. Step two: Balance her booming fandom life with school, parental disapproval, and her (nonexistent) love life. Maybe a trip to Dragon Con with Xander would help?



Genre: Young Adult Contemporary 


5 out of 5 Stars 

Review:

I'm really excited to be starting 2018 with a review of one of my favorite books of 2017. 

All the Feels is a fun, fantastic, angsty, romantic trip of a novel and I loved every minute of it! 

Through Liv, the reader finds a fellow fangirl deeply embedded in the fandom life of her beloved Starveil. Danika Stone expertly conveys the passion that we fangirls (and fanboys) feel for our favorite characters. Liv is a perfectly flawed relate-able main character. I think many readers will be able to identify with her obsessions, anxieties and insecurities. She grows tremendously during the novel and I love how she finds her strengths among the things she already loves. 

What can I say about Xander? *dreamy fangirl sigh* Xander is a wonderful, confident, flamboyant cosplayer who dresses steampnk just about every day. During the book Xander is a loyal friend to the end, ever ready to support and encourage Liv. 

Filled my twitter conversations, blog posts and fanfiction All the Feels provides a very full and interesting story wrapped around the craziness of fandom life.

I hardly ever read contemporary fiction but I'm so glad I read outside my comfort zone for this awesome read! 





Reviews to expect this coming year: 
Everland by Wendy Spinale
The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May
The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause
Eight Grade Bites by Heather Brewer
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
      ....and many more!