Hey everyone! This week I will be reviewing The Crown's Fate by Evelyn Skye! The Crown's Fate is the magical sequel to The Crown's Game. I hope you all enjoy this review! And please be weary of spoilers for the Crown's Game.
Hardcover page count: 432
My rating: 5/5
The Crown's Fate is the conclusion to the Crown's Game duology, a magical tale folloing two enchanters, Vika and Nikolai, competing to be the Imperial Enchanter. It picks up where The Crowns Game left off, with Nikolai barley escaping death, Vika being made Imperial Enchanter, and Pasha getting ready for his coronation to become tsar.
But everyone suffers from their own set of problems. Nikolai is struggling to struggling to escape from his death-like state in a dream world of his own creation. He is nothing but a shadow, and when given a oppertunity to escape, he must face the dark price that follows.
Pasha is facing problems with his own legitamacy, and is not sure if he is quiet ready to be king. He faces problems from his love, who won't even look at him, and suffers grief from having his best friend being dead.
And Vika is slowly realizing that being Imperial Enchanter might not be as easy as it was originally put out to be.
But a revolution is slowly coming together, and with new magic being generated, life is just becoming more dangerous then any might have previously thought.
I really enjoyed this sequel. It beautifully ties together so many of the loose ends and answers many of the questions that we had at the end of The Crown's Game. Ms. Skye uses real history and entwines it with her character's lives. I loved how she once again had each enchanter battle each other with amazing feats of magic, each with a new viewpoint.
Vika and Nikolai's relationship is further expanded, giving it more depth and making us love this couple even more than before.
I love how Ms. Skye lets us see new depths to Nikolai's character, making us love him even more then before (who knew that was possible?).
We also get to experiance the historical side to this story more, and get to see exactly how Russia's people react to certain feats of magic, and what exactly they expect from a king. And thanks to Ms. Skye's studies in Russian history, we get to experiance a attempted coup right in the middle of this magical world.
The book is an amzing ending to this duology and will please any history lovers searching for a historical read filled with with magic and hidden nods to various historical figures. It beautifully concludeds Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha's tale, and makes us fall in love with the Crown's Game yet again.
I hope you guys enjoyed this review. I absolutly loved this book and I hope that you guys enjoy this book once it comes out on May 16th, 2017! And if you hadnt read it before (sorry for the spoilers) check out my reivew of the first book The Crown's Game, and check it out! And if there are any books that you would like me to review, let me know in the comments below!
Hey guys! So, a few weeks ago I went to Barnes and Nobles, and something amazing happened. I met Romina Russell, author of Zodiac! She was sitting and was signing books next to some random bookshelf, so obviously this was the perfect oppertunity to walk up and talk to her! She was super nice, and ended up coming to my school, which was amazing!
Because she was coming on a Monday, and her newest book Black Moon, the third book in her series, was coming out the next day, I took it upon myself to make Black Moon inspired cakepops! So without further adieu, here is how you can make your very own Black Moon cakepops!
What you need:
- moist cakemix (I picked chocolate to look like deep space, plus it tasted amazing)
- whipped vanilla frosting
- black candy melts (you will be melting these down to coat the cakepops, and if you can't find the candy melts, you can use candied chocolate)
- edible sparkles (I chose white, blue and purple sparkles to match the cover)
- styrofoam( to place the cakepops in as they dry)
- little bags
- lollypop sticks
Here is a picture of all my supplies together:
Step 1: follow the directions on the cake box and bake your cake! Dont worry about making pretty or anything, just put it into a cake pan and bake! But, when entering the time, take the cake out one or two minutes early, so its on the softer side. Make sure that it is fully baked though and not to wet on the inside, but also make sure that it is not overcooked.
Step 2: Take the cake out and use a spoon or fork to mush the cake around. Add one or two spoons of the frosting and mix it in with the cake to make it mushy, and no longer in its original cake form.
Step 3: Get out a big plate and begin to form the cake into tight one-inch in diameter balls. These balls will be the center of your cakepops. Cover the plate with plastic wrap and put it into the freezer for 5-6 hours until they are very hard. You have to make sure that they've been in the freezer for long enough, otherwise they will crumble when you try to put them on the sticks.
Step 4: after the balls have been frozen for 5-6 hours, prepare the coating. you will use the double-boiling technique to melt the coating. The packaging will say that you can microwave it, but that tends to dry the coating out. What you will basically do, is put all of the candy melts onto a sizeable metal bowl. You will then place this bowl over a pot of boiling water. Here is a link to a site that shows you how to do it in more detail, just dont put any butter in the bowl like how she has shown: https://domestocrat.net/2012/11/21/the-anatomy-of-a-double-boiler/
Let the candy(or chocolate) melt for about ten minutes while you continually check it. Mix is from time to time to check the consistency. Dont worry if they are not melted enough (like form me, this black candy coating didnt melt enough), because it wont end up effecting the taste.
Step 5: Take out the balls and place lollypop sticks in them. Make sure they are hard enough.
Step 6: Take the balls on sticks and coat them with the coating( you should probably take the bowl of the oven while doing this). Once you finish coating a ball, immediatly stick it into the styrofoam and decorate it. The coating gets hard quickly, so put the sparkles on fast so they stick. If the coating gets to hard to work with, don't hesitate to reheat it!
Step 7: Let the cake pops dry and put little bags on them. Wrap the bag with ribbon and Voila! Your cakepops are ready!
Here are some pictures of the finished product below!
And or course, here are pictures of the cakepops with Black Moon on the amazing Romia Russell's Instagram!
She took three :P
I had so much fun making these! They tasted great and looked amazing! Let me know down below what you thought about this, I'm trying to do some new types of posts and I reallly hope that you guys enjoyed this! I am so happy that Romina Russell agreed to come to my school. She was a great and inspirational speaker and I had so much fun corrdinating this event with her. Zodiac was so amazing, and I hope you guys check it out! I am going to attach some pictures of the event down below!
I hoped that I got you guys hyped up for Black Moon with these cakepops!
Until next time,
Hey guys! This week I will be reviewing Zodiac by Romina Russell, the first book of the Zodiac series! The third book, Black Moon is coming out on Tuesday, and it has an absolutly georgous cover! Check it out!
Harkcover page number: 336
My rating: 4/5 stars
My review: Zodiac is the amazing debut novel of Ramonia Russell. It tells the story of a girl named Rho in a universe where people live on planets and moons that make up the Zodiac constellations. Rho is a young student studying to become a Zodai, someone who reads the stars for predictions, and protects the galaxy. But one day Rho’s House is suddenly attacked and they are whisked off on an adventure to find out the cause and to stop it before other Houses attacked. You may know the twelve Zodiac signs, but Russell introduces us to a new house, the 12th house, which hasn’t been around for thousands of years. Romina Russell creates an amazing world with her novel. She creates amazing planets full of people who represent their house in both appearance and personality. I loved how you can really see the differences in the different types of people and how they interact with one another. She creates characters that really represent their houses, but also define the typical borders out for them. While the love triangle is cheesey at times, her amazing characters make up for it. They have amazing personalities that fit greatly into her story. Russel combines cool space travel and fascinating new technologies, with a magical world full of people who can see the future- and fight to save it.
Thanks everyone for reading! Let me know what you think in the comments below! I'm so happy because, I actually met the author at a Barnes and Nobles, and I have now organized for her to come to my school! You never know who you're going to meet!
See you guys next week!
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