Review | Red Queen

Start to Red Queen Trilogy
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Published: February 10, 2014 from HarperTeen
Genre: YA fantasy
My Rating: 3/5

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

There was too much hype. I truly think that if I didn’t go into this book believing all the hype and expecting it to be this wonderful masterpiece, I would of enjoyed it way more than I did. It kinda makes me sad, because the concept is so up my alley and usually I can deal with corny writing and stuff like that. But I just couldn’t look past anything with this one. My brain was constantly on full critique mode. Continue reading

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Review | The Winner’s Curse

First Installment in The Winner’s Trilogy
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Published: March 4, 2014 from Farrar Straus Giroux
Genre: YA fantasy
My Rating: 5/5

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love…

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

 

So I’m going to be honest here. I gave this book a five star rating because when I finished it I thought it was well deserved. I still stand by my rating but it’s one of those books where you just have to ride with it. Now that I look back on it, there is many aspects that were perfectly fine for me but for other people it can be very irking. So if you go into this book with an open mind and just embrace it, you’ll most likely end up enjoying it.

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Review | Falling Kingdoms Books 1-3

Over this past year, I’ve been exploring new genres and branching out the types of books I read. One thing that I found out this year was that I freaking love fantasy. It’s becoming to be a problem by pretty much rivaling all the other types of books I read. So at no surprise I’m reviewing Falling Kingdoms a fantasy series. Well the first three, there is going to be six books in this series. Which I am looking forward to. Anyways without further ado, a spoiler free review. (It was so hard to write it without spoilers, I had to keep a lot of it super vague but hopefully it makes somewhat sense.)

Falling Kingdoms

Falling Kingdoms is the start to a high YA fantasy. Taking place in a world named Mytica, Falling Kingdoms follows four young characters in rival kingdoms. Cleo is the younger Princess of Auranos, she isn’t the heir to the throne so her interests were solely on having a good time. While in the struggling kingdom of Paelsia lives Jonas. A boy with a rebellious spirit and a strong sense of righteous. Add in Lucia and Magnus; daughter and son of the bloodthirsty king of Limeros. And you have YA fantasy epicness.

Sorry I’m not the best at summarizing books. But hopefully you just the jist of it (if not click on the cover for the goodreads.) Anyways, I thought the world building in this one did a wonderful job. I was able to get a visual and feel of what this world is and what it is only to become, which kept me vividly into the story. I was able to get an understanding about the world’s magic and the rivalry between the kingdoms and why things are the way there are. But some of the concepts were hard to follow at first, but they get explained later in the series.

I loved this one, but it had some parts that I wish were just not there. There were some plot lines that were meant to strengthen the character but I didn’t like how it was done. I believe there could of been a better way of doing so. I also had  problems with certain characters, which led me to just hate them. I also felt like the author was making us side with only one person and one person only. Not giving much room for the other characters to stand out.

Although, I had some issues with this first one. I still enjoyed it, and it pulled me into this world. Which is the only thing that really matters to me. After finishing it, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next one. I was left with so many questions that needed to be answered.

Rebel Springs

This was an great sequel. The pacing was steady, never losing my interest but much toned down than the first book. It really expanded my view on all the characters good and bad. Bringing in already minor characters and giving them more of a voice. I enjoyed this book for different reasons than I enjoyed Falling Kingdoms. This one dealt with a lot of the conquences that each action has, it focused on the characters coping with everything. And becoming stronger for it. In this one I felt the characters truly finding a place in this story and in themselves.

This book has it’s flaws. One being that some parts felt like a deja vu from the first one. And it was a bad idea in the first one. But you know the character just thought it was still a bright idea, and did it all over again. I literally rolled my eyes with how this one character was acting throughout the book. Fingers crossed they learned their lesson. And get a lot of character development in. Cause you need it.

Gathering Darkness

The lovely third. I just love the title of this one, Gathering Darkness it gives off a eerie vibe. But still give you a feeling that something big is starting up. Which is exactly what this book did. It pulled plot lines together, filled in most of the gaps, widen the world and it set up the rest of this series. I can’t say much without spoiling everything but I was very pleased. Sure a lot of the plot ‘twists’ were very very predictable. But that didn’t make it any less enjoyable. The characters are finally starting to cross boarders with each other, making for interesting scenes. Two new characters join the mist and make things very interesting, probably even changing the course of this series. And finally I can say I have no idea what direction this series is going to take. Only that I’m ready for the next one.

Have you read this one yet? Thinking about it? It definitely is one to give a try.