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

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.

Review | The Young Elites By: Marie Lu

The Young Elites | Marie Lu

young elites First Book in The Young Elites

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

This book is just urgh, the feels. I can’t even explain my emotions right now. I’m in awe, surprised, a little bit terrified, and my emotions are all over the place. I want book 2. Like where is it? Gimme, gimme, gimme. So to say I’ve loved this book is a understatement. But I swear to god. Marie Lu needs to stop. She has the ability to make me love a character so deeply and meanwhile resenting them. And I have no idea how to balance out these emotions. I might need to call in a professional.

Adelina is such a strong and remember-able character. Her emotions on some certain things were very fleshed out and the way she handled everything wasn’t at all graceful and she didn’t think a whole lot though. Throughout the story you could see the darkness that was building inside of her. She was very well developed and exposed to you as you read in such a way that made her feel so real. And even though I went it knowing that she was going to turn to the dark side, when it actually did happen. I kept praying that everyone was lying and she will end up as a hero. Or I’m just going to make up excuses, and try to justify everything she will do.  This book really made me think about morality and what makes something right and what’s crossing over the line to wrong.  What is right in my eyes can be completely wrong in someone else eyes.

Another thing I liked about this book was the bonds between some of the characters. Enzo and the other Young Elites bonds of friendship felt more like a brotherhood, that really did take care of and watch out for each other.  Another  relationship that I loved was between Adelina and her sister, Violetta. It was really able to dig deep that the sisterly love that isn’t expressed but is just there.

Also even though this book is heavy on the action and plot, the romance could have used a little more of a push. I know it’s not the main focus and am perfectly fine with that but it was very obvious that it was there and it keep feeling a little forced.

Even with a slight flaw Marie was able to work her writing so smoothly throughouot the story. It played out so well, and her writing style really stayed true to her’s in the Legend series. While still finding a new voice in fantasy, which I think is amazing and deserves a round of applause. You go, Lu!

I absolutely loved her world that she made. Everything about it was perfect, it was enough beauty and evil in it to make a kickass book. The magic was also done so nicely and just made me love this world even more. I didn’t want to say goodbye to it!

Overall, this book was amazing but, (always a but) it should of been longer. (that’s a good ‘but’ right?) And now all that is left to do is wait for book two. A whole year.

 

waiting sucks.