Saturday, February 28, 2015

Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy #1) by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy #1)
by Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: Orion
Release Date: February 10th 2015
Rate: Loved it (5 stars)


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 is everything the synopsis promises and much more! I am in love with everything in the book: the story, the twists and turns, the characters... Red Queen is definitely one of my favorite reads of this year.

Victoria Averyard's dystopian world, is divided between Reds and Silvers, humans and gods. The Reds are common people mistreated by an oppressive Silver King who sends them to battle when they turn 18 if they don't have a job and that keeps reminding them how different and superior they are from the Reds. Silvers have powers, their blood is silver and have all the commodities in the world while Reds struggle to see the sun one more day. 

But everything will change when a well dressed stranger gives Mare a job in court. She will discover she's different from everyone, from the Silvers and from the Reds and she will definitely become the Red Queen.

Although I have read a lot of dystopian stories and come to a point to say enough when all of them sound the same, Red Queen is one of those stories you simply need more and are eager to keep reading. The dystopian world that Ms. Aveyard has created is spectacular, brutal and deadly in a royal and glamorous way. 

The main character in the story is the sort of character that is perfect with all her imperfections. She's a thief and she can't stop from saying what's happening in her mind. Even if that leads her to a probably death. Meanwhile, Prince Cal is one of those guys who's all the responsibility on his shoulders and he does what's expected from him. However, he has his moments that made me swoon over him and definitely won me over to be Team Cal all the way down. Prince Mavel is the complete opposite to his half-brother and it's incredible how much he shares a similar personality to Mare. 

The plot in the story is unique, unexpected and breathtaking. I was on edge all the time. Once I started the book, I couldn't put it down. I needed to know what was going to happen next and what will happen between Mare, Prince Cal and Prince Maven. The twists and turns in the story are mind-blowing and the book has an surprising and fantastic ending that made me scream that I needed the following book. I think not knowing how the story is going to end is what makes this story so good and what keeps the reader on edge the whole time.

This book is one of my favorite reads of this year, not only for the amazing forbidden love and sweet relationships built throughout the story, but because is about defending what you believe is right, it's about starting a revolution, being mistaken and see the consequences of your acts, about sacrifice, betrayal, family and love. I highly recommend it and just hope you like it as much as I did. I will definitely wait on the following book like a true book addict!

Lyndsey Fonseca as Mare
Zach Roerig as Prince Cal
Hunter Parrish as Prince Maven

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I'm a screenwriter/YA author who likes books and lists. This site is the nexus of my universe.

My book RED QUEEN will be published Winter 2015 from HarperTeen at HarperCollins. I'm repped by the incomparable Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. 

The genres I'm into include YA, Fantasy, Historical, Adventure, Apocalyptic - if people are dying, I'm buying.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Blog Tour: The Hidden Library (The Collectors' Society #2) by Heather Lyons

The Hidden Library (The Collectors' Society #2)
Publisher: Cerulean Books
Release Date: February 26th 2015
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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.

Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.