February 28, 2015

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Review!


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?

   Red Queen took me on a journey I never even could have imagined. My heart was torn apart, my mind was played with, and my feelings were as confused as my mind. I thought I knew how this book would end, but I was SO wrong. So wrong. Never in my history of 1,900+ books have I had a book drag me through the ringer as much as this one did. I thought I knew who to trust, but again, I was so wrong. All I know is that Mare is a heroine that will rival all heroines. She is a strong character with a heart of gold. She is the only one I trusted. This book is full of adventures I never thought possible, and plot twists I wish I had never read. Red Queen is a book that will captivate you, drag you on an emotional rollercoaster, and leave you feeling like you need to reread the book again just to solidify what just occurred.

   I loved the beginning of Red Queen. It was very descriptive and it set the tone for the rest of the book nicely. The world building is very unique in Red Queen also. It is different from anything I've ever read before. This story is set in a time where kingdoms still exist, those with silver blood are considered to be superior, and red bloods are considered inferior. In an age that resembles the renaissance era, there are also forms of technology, like versions of subways, cars, lights, cameras, television, etc. it's a little hard to get your head around, but it is interesting nonetheless. It doesn't hinder the story in any way. The story gets interesting really fast and from that point on I was thrown into a world full of scary secrets, royalty, and action.

   The characters in this book are some of the most complex I have ever had the pleasure of reading about, which makes the story that much more engaging. The story line is one that will appeal to the masses, and it will have them hooked from the start. I immediately clicked with Mare. She was wicked awesome. She was fierce yet kind, and she would have done anything to protect the ones she loved and trusted. That arena scene had my heart racing and I was cheering my butt off for Mare. I was fascinated by Cal and Maven, the two princes who seemed to want to be otherwise. Cal is caring and attentive while Maven is caring but aloof. It was always interesting to see them interact with Mare. Cal was interesting, and I instantly had a soft spot for him. Plus, he had a motorcycle. What? I’m a sucker for men on motorcycles. Maven seemed like the type of prince who would do what was right by the Reds, and I liked him for that. However, I had so many mixed feelings about Cal and Maven throughout Red Queen. One character I knew I would hate no matter what, was the Queen. From the start, I just wished Mare would have shown the Queen how powerful she really was. The Queen was just so infuriating and vile. Another character I will never stop despising is Evangeline. She was everything I hated in a character, but she was supposed to be that way. I really hope Mare defeats her in the future or shows Evangeline that she is more powerful. That brings me to the idea of Mare being special and having these amazing powers. I loved that about her because I always love a good story where the heroine is unique in some way.

   I went into this book thinking that it would be a great read, and I figured I would be able to predict what happened, but I was shocked to find something completely different. I was transported into a story that left me numb from all that happened. Nothing is simply great or predictable about this book. Red Queen is a phenomenal book that will have you questioning everything and everyone. I could give this book all the stars in the galaxy and all the awards in the world, but five out of five stars and a new addition to my favorite books list will have to suffice.

 PS: trust no one.

February 26, 2015

The Hidden Library by Heather Lyons Release Day Review!

Sometimes, the rabbit hole is deeper than expected . .
Alice Reeve and Finn Van Brunt have tumbled into a life of secrets. Some secrets they share, such as their employment by the clandestine organization known as The Collectors’ Society. Other secrets they carry within them, fighting to keep buried the things that could change everything they think they know.
On the hunt for an elusive villain who is hell-bent on destroying legacies, Alice, Finn, and the rest of the Society are desperate to unravel the mysteries surrounding them. But the farther they spiral down this rabbit hole, the deeper they fall into secrets that will test their loyalties and pit them against enemies both new and old.
Secrets, they come to find, can reveal the deadliest of truths.
   The Hidden Library had my heart feeling all sorts of emotions from fear to anger to hurt to astonishment. This a book that will keep you on your toes. After I was a few chapters in I was determined to figure out what was happening to Alice and if Finn would help her in time. Not to mention the fact that I was trying to work out the mystery of everything going on in the Collectors' Society and the Timelines. In the Hidden Library we are taken on more adventures and the mysteries we were left with in The Collectors' Society begin to unravel.
   We get to see Finn's POV in this book and I really enjoyed it. We finally delve into the mystery that he is.  We begin to understand why he doesn't talk about the past and why he is the way he is. Finn's POV also give us a look into his side of things and in this book it was crucial. We begin to see a more relaxed side of Alice, and we also get to learn more about Finn. In the process, I fell more in love with Finn and Alice and their journey. Finn is still as sweet, romantic, and protective, but Alice seems to grow fiercer in The Hidden Library. I absolutely loved it. There were scenes in the book where I was giddy with happiness at the sheer force of her. She grew even surer of herself in this book and it was amazing to see.
    Another thing that I love about The Hidden Library is that we get to see even more familiar and iconic characters from classic books in this book and I love it. The mere fact that this book features some of the most iconic fictional characters in classic literature sets it apart from any other book. Along with the amazing characters, the action in this book never failed to impress me.  The mystery and adventure increased exponentially in The Hidden Library and we are one step closer to figuring out who is deleting Timelines. This book put me through the ringer to be honest. We started off fairly slow and we ended on a note that left me screaming for more. We are left with more questions, terrifying results, and even scarier theories of the future. I don't know what will happen next, but I have a feeling that Alice and Finn haven't encountered the scariest rabbit hole of all. I cannot wait until the third book comes out. Heather went beyond my expectations with The Hidden Library and I'm both terrified and excited to see what happens with my beloved characters next. I give it five out of five stars.
Now you have read my review so how about an excerpt?
   We are about to open the conference room door and enter the hallway when he stops. He     turns to me, his lovely eyes achingly sincere. “I want to take you on a date when all of this craziness is over. A real one. We’ve kind of gone about this all backwards, haven’t we?”
   One corner of my mouth lifts up. “Are you saying you’d like to court me?”
   There is no playfulness to his face, no quirk to his own lips. My heart flutters at his seriousness.      “Yes.”
   He wants to court me.
   Too many emotions rush around in a caucus race throughout my body. I have no doubts of Huckleberry Finn Van Brunt’s feelings toward me. I understood them two minutes ago just as well as I did this morning when I woke up and from the night before and from the day in Wonderland where he said, in not so many words, that he was falling in love with me.
   I told him he was my north star, and meant it. He countered we are binaries.
   He and I . . . We’ve never said those words, though, not the ones that truly spell out fragile, deep secrets of a heart and soul. Words so easily and yet unfortunately uttered by many, be it to express their appreciation of fried bits of potatoes to sports teams on the television. Words offered so frivolously about a variety of subjects and yet can be the most difficult, most painful, most meaningful, most cherished syllables we gift another person.
   I have said these words before, to another man. Another man I still love. One I know, in the deepest confines of my heart, that I will love until the last breath escapes my body. A man who courted me in secret and then publicly in the face of astonishment, disapproval, confusion, and, in the end, prophesies.
   I have willingly given the man in front of me my heart, though, whether he knows it or not. He now holds it in his hands, and while I pray he is my future, there is still a part of me that bucks in conflicted confusion and delight by this declaration of his.
   He wants to court me.
   And yet, as sweet and romantic as such a gesture might be, I require no such formalities. My affections for Finn Van Brunt have already solidified into something real and wonderful and meaningful.
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About Heather Lyons:
Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.
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