Silver in the Red (Red Queen – A Book Review)

Red Queen (Red Queen #1)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Published: 2015

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

Rated R for radical rebellion and liberation that’ll possibly make you stop breathing sometimes.

 

Power is a dangerous game.

It’s their blood that separates them. Red and silver. Reds live in the slums and at the whim of Silvers. Silvers, with their godly, supernatural abilities, look down on the Reds with disdain and disgust.

Mare Barrow has lived in the Stilts all her life, stealing what she could to help her family survive. But suddenly and unexpectedly, she’s given a chance to prove she can be more than a thief, but it falls apart when she, along with all silvers, discover supernatural abilities, which she shouldn’t have because her blood is red.

Instantly she’s thrust into the deadly world of the silvers as a lost princess, and set to betroth one of the king’s sons. There are many deadly secrets hiding in the world of silvers and she’s only one. Delving further into the silver world, she’ll have to be careful. One wrong move could mean her life.

 

Sooooo…this is a reread. I read it a couple of years ago, but just having gotten Glass Sword and then King’s Cage, I wanted to relive this beginning. I’m very glad I did.

Mare is such an intense character. She’s very smart and quick on her feet and as a thief, she has to be. Now she has to do it as royalty or else she could end up worse than dead. Just like the first time, I was left holding my breath, and the end still shattered me. Mare’s heart broke and every bit of trust she harbored was obliterated. Everything she knew was ripped away and it messed me up good. Aveyard is great when it comes to the sting. And she stings a lot with the fierceness of a scorpion with dear Mare.

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And the Princes! Let me faint for a moment here. Both Cal and Maven are stunning and crush-worthy in their own way. I blushed more than once. But, there’s really only one thing for me to say. I love Cal. He’s always thinking and from every angle, even though Mare thinks otherwise. He cares so much and it makes him a cautious person, which is understandable. I love this and how it matches to Mare’s boldness and her willingness to do what others can’t (More to come about this in Glass Sword review. Promise.). I totally ship Mal or Care or Mcare or whichever their ship name is. I like them together. Such an epic team, if not a heartbreaking one too.

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Coming from the slums to the rich royalty, there was such a strong dynamic. There’s a darkness in both places. Each class struggles. The Reds because they live under the boots of Silvers. Silvers because they’re looking over their shoulder because they don’t trust each other at all and could kill each other for status. It’s really intense!

I also loved how the rebellion of the Scarlet Guard was born! Everything about it is so intricate! Like watching a plant poke up from soil and sprout and grow and spread. The rebellion just grew and grew and I was so enthralled! And this, because the war that has been waged for decades has finally broken the Reds.

Even in the beginning, The Scarlet Guard changed everything! Characters, places, the tone of the story. From this book, from the second Mare joins the rebellion, nothing will be the same. She’ll never be that same sixteen-year-old that just steals stuff. And I can’t get enough. For the guard!

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The world of Reds and Silvers rich and dark. While it glimmers like gems, there’s a dread and depression and fear around every corner. I could almost taste it. So well done both in the Stilts and in the summer palace of the Silvers. Each place also made me feel really uneasy and unsafe, which is pretty impressive. I wouldn’t want to be caught dead in either place, yet Mare and her princes are.

 

Overall

Such an awesome book! I’m hooked! The supernatural abilities aren’t unique, but the way they’re written makes them unique! The writing makes them as fantastical as fairies and gods. It’s beautiful and scary and I’m so enchanted. Such a surprising book that left me on the edge of my seat wondering, who’s not making it out of this? I couldn’t get enough, honestly. A fresh and stunning book. And honestly? What I imagine to be GOT in the far future when the dragons die and Westeros evolves into something so much more.

 

Quotables:

“The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars/ And they are no longer kind.” (Mare, p. 11)

“You are pretending to be raised Red, but you’re Silver by blood. You are no Red in the head, Silver in the heart.” (p. 95)

“We will rise. Red as the dawn.” (Will to Mare, p. 164)

“It’s our nature. We destroy. It’s the constant of our kind. No matter the color of blood, man will always fall.” (p. 227)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Dystopia Listopia – A Book List

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Hiya, Book Addicts!

Hope this has been an awesome week for you. If not, then have an epic weekend.

Every month I come up with a list of books or series to give you cool people recommendations because sometimes we get stumped on what too read next. This month, we’re going to the land of Dystopia. Maybe you’ve read a couple of these series or maybe all of them. Hopefully, you’ll find one you want to chomp down on.

Here we go:

 

Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
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Fair Play Toys

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The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
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Deadline

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Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver
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That’s Normal

 

Goodreads   Barnes & Noble    Amazon

 

Uglies
Author: Scott Westerfield

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Awaken
Author: Katie Kacvinsky
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Pintrest

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Matched
Author: Ally Condie
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Red Search

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Razorland
Author: Ann Aquirre
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Variety

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Gone
Author: Michael Grant
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Thornden Live

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Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
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Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
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Snowy Day Reads

Goodreads   Barnes & Noble   Amazon

 

There you go! Happy reading!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Reunions Taste Bittersweet (Sever – A Book Review)

Sever (The Chemical Garden Trilogy #3)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Published: 2013

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My Rating: Full boltFull bolt

Rated P for promising, but ultimately ending in disappointment.

 

I must lose myself in action. Lest I wither in despair.

Rhine is working against the clock and the virus as she works to find her brother, Rowan, and Gabriel, her friend. Though freed from Vaughn’s clutches and experiments, he’s still hot on her trail, determined to get her back so he can get closer to the cure. But like with his previous experiments, she doesn’t care about the cost or who he hurts.

Rhine is in for a shock when she finally finds Rowan. The reunion with her sibling isn’t as sweet as she hoped. Things she didn’t know about her parents and herself are revealed in this shocking conclusion.

 

Wither

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Review: here

 

Fever

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Review: here

 

This book started out so promising! GAH! Cue my frustrated growls. Book 1 and 2 had me hooked! Great writing that was unlike anything I’d read before. This one was the same until the beginning of the end.

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Rhine is officially free. She reunited with her brother and even got on good terms with her ex-husband Linden and sister-wife Cecily. Even Reed, Linden’s uncle, was an incredible surprise. I really like him. Gruff, but a tinkering inventor and good man.

But so much unnecessary stuff happened! It made me so mad!

After getting so excited to meet Rowan, he turned out to be a character I couldn’t stand! I thought he was standing for something, but he was just being a petulant child. And when he and Rhine reunited he was nothing more than a follower that believed anything and everything anyone said.

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The ending is what destroyed this for me. And there’s nothing worse than a book being amazing, or a book series being amazing than for it to have a terrible ending. It was rushed and so incomplete feeling. Gabriel didn’t even come into the book until the very end. The young man she’d created such a beautiful connection with, that she even got feeling for, and it was like he got the F-U. Gabriel deserved SO much better than what he got.

It was just so disappointing.

However, one of the great things about trilogies, is that in the third and final insert (whether a book or movie or other) there are secrets that come to light about those closest to you. Secrets that some with some skeletons you never knew about. And that’s the case for Rhine. Not only were there secrets about her parents revealed, but about herself. Those secrets changed everything!

 

Overall

I hoped for so much more. I really did. There were major moments, some tragic, that felt pointless and didn’t have any real reason explained. As if they were meant to stun and shock, but just felt forced instead. This book just felt incredibly out of wack. What started out beautiful and dark turned into weird and desperate. I’ve got nothing but a frowny face for the pointless death, rushed ending, and the feeling of unsatisfaction this book left me with.

 

Quotables:

“To die trying would be better than to die without purpose.” (Rhine, p. 172)

“People need a leader. They need to feel that someone is in charge, that they’re in the hands of someone greater than they are. It’s far scarier for each of us to believe that we are the only ones in charge of our own destinies. We know our own downfalls.” (Vaughn to Rhine, p.268)

“Loss is a knowledge I’m sorry to have. Perhaps the only things worse that experiencing it is watching it replay anew in someone else—all its awful stages picking up like a chorus that has yet to be sung.” (Rhine, p. 318)

 

More to come soon…

  –K.

 

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Bringing 2018 to a Close – My Top Ten Reads of the Year

My bookworms!

2018 is coming to its official close. I don’t know about you, but it’s been one long ass year for me. I wish I could say it had been a good one, but more than anything it’s been a struggle. There have been many up and many downs.

The New Year is upon us though! Soo, I wash away 2018 and welcome 2019.

While doing that, I have my big wrap up of the year where I give you my top ten reads! There were quite a few good books, but here are the ones that drove me crazy, made my heart explode, made me rage in the cage, made me drink (and 1. I’m talking about you), made me fall into puddly love.

Starting at 10…

 

10. We All Looked Up
Author: Tommy Wallach

We All Looked Up

 

9. The Rules of Magic
Author: Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic

 

8. Summer of Fear
Author: Lois Duncan

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7. 1984
Author: George Orwell

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6. Children of Blood and Bone
Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone

 

6. Ender’s Game
Author: Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game

 

4. Smoke and Iron
Author: Rachel Caine

Smoke and Iron

 

3. The Darkest Star
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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2. Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber

Caraval

 

1. Dark Calling
Author: Kresley Cole
Dark Calling

 

My Year in books on Goodreads: Here.

 

2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

 

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When the Bees are Long Gone (Stung – A Book Review)

Stung (Stung #1)
Author: Bethany Wiggins
Published: 2013

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull bolt

 

There is no cure for being stung.

One minute Fiona is thirteen and being put to sleep for her safety and the safety of everyone else, the next she wakes up older and confused. There’s a strange tattoo on her hand, but these tattoos marked the infected, mindless, violent beasts.

Worse, she’s on the wrong side of the wall. She doesn’t know why or how, except that she’ll have to conceal her tattoo by any means necessary, especially after she’s caught by the militia. Now she’ll have an old friend and a new, shaky ally to stay alive as it becomes more obvious that she isn’t like the other tattooed beasts.

In this world, where a bee sting was more dangerous than anything else, Fiona may just help save it. That is, if she doesn’t end up dead first.

 

Fiona reawakens in a world that has completely crumbled because of the extinction of bees. People have to self-pollinate their fields. Women are scarce. Violent being that were once people roam the desolate world, destroying any living thing that crosses its paths.

 

How was this book? It is straight down the middle for me. It was good, but it wasn’t great. Call me psycho or morbid or anything, but I’ve always wondered about a world without the bees. It’s a real possibility. They’re going extinct and it sucks. I love bees. They help gives all kinds of things we need from food to beauty to life. So, I was pretty amped up. BUT. Yep, a but. Everyone has them and we all like to shake them. So, here’s a little shake-shake. There were pros and cons to this book.

Fiona was an interesting character. She struggled with her new reality because in her head she still felt like she was thirteen. I found that to be one of the COOLEST things in this book. It was so unique and incredibly realistic. Fiona had to play catch-up really fast and she had some help from her old neighbor/slash friend, Bowen, who’s no longer thirteen either, but seventeen, nearly eighteen. While there’s a spark between them, the progression between them went from subtle and gentle to suddenly macho speed and was very weird. He was so guarded against her and by the end of the book it was as if he couldn’t live without her. Just the way it came about was too rushed for my liking.

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The plot of the story was predictable and reminded me of The Maze Runner, but I loved it anyway. The way it came about was unique and bleak. I was thriving to see more of it. Wiggins did such a great job creating this dead world. I could imagine the dead and barren, grey wasteland and the vibrant, tech city behind a great wall. The law and lack thereof in this universe were horrifying. You don’t want to be a girl here. Although, not going to lie, I wouldn’t mind reading a book where men are the rare ones alive. Just saying.

Some parts of the book came off as ridiculous and filler. Not good filler either, sadly. The flashbacks on Fiona’s life really added to her backstory, but it was some of the interaction between her and Bowen that felt like too far of a stretch. Like, it was forced. However, there were some lines that were so good they took my breath away.

As I said, this book was right down the middle.

 

Overall

I like and didn’t like this. It’s really a 50/50. I may read the sequel just to see how it goes for Fiona and see if she and Bowen could have a life together. This wasn’t a mind-blower, just a decent read to pass the time.

 

Quotables:

“I don’t remember going to sleep. All I remember is waking up here—a place as familiar as my own face.” (Fiona, p. 1)

“I will not die without fighting for a life I am not yet done living.” (Fiona, p. 253)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Summer Reads – Fiction Edition

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Happy summer, booknerds!

Hope you are all doing well and that the weather is beautiful. I told you I had a few extra lists this month. I’ve done the YA list already – which you can find here. This is the Summer Read Fiction Edition. I wanted to pick up a variety to attract a variety of you lovely readers as well as pique some new interests.

 

Circe
Author: Madeline Miller

Circe

This NY Times bestseller brings to life a new and more in depth tale about the daughter of the Titan, Helios: Circe, and how she became one of the most powerful witches in history. That she isn’t as evil as she’s made out to be and just wants to protect those she cares about. With the power to transform rivals into beasts and more, she’ll go against the gods and humans. I’m a big lover of Greek mythology, so this one is definitely on my to-read list. This also comes from the same author who wrote The Song of Achilles.

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The Outsider
Author: Stephen King

Outsider

If you’ve got horror in your bones and love a good paranormal-y twist then pick this up. On the NY Times Bestseller list, this story circles around the murder of a kid. While the authorities are sure they know who it is, the coach of the kid’s little league team, he has an alibi, and a good one, plus more people turn up dead. But, the killer looked like him? How? Get addicted to this brand new story by the King-man.

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Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

On and off the bestseller’s list, this action packed ride will have you hanging on. This is currently up on my reading queue and I can’t wait to read it. For gamers and anybody that loves clinging on to an adventure with a BIG endgame, read this. Exciting and fulfilling…so I hear. Also, a movie that’s recently come out this year.

Amazon

 

Noir
Author: Christopher Moore

Noir

If you love noir, dicks (private dicks…damn it, detectives, people), and hella good comedy then this is for you. I love Christopher Moore and I was really excited to hear about this novel. Love at first sight, a UFO, a plane crash, and the kidnapping of Cheese after a scheme gone bad. Sammy Tiffin, the bartender of a hopping gin joint, has his work cut out for him.

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Sinless
Author: Sarah Tarkoff

Sinless

Calling all dystopian lovers! Those who are good are graced with beauty while those who are considered bad suffer from disfigurement or death. When important information is stumbled upon battle breaks out and it becomes hard to distinguish the good from the evil.

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These are only a couple spanning the many genres to choose from as well as a few of the most popular I’ve heard about.

 

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Sundown Rundown – April 2018

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Good twilight, book nerds! Hope you had a great April!

It’s been a surprisingly long month. Anybody else feel like that?

It’s evening time. The sun has set on the month and I’m here to wrap it all up for you with the Sundown Rundown.

This month has been pretty busy. TV show binge this month was One Tree Hill. It’s my third time watching it. I still get sappy about Jake Jagieski and if you don’t know who that is then you’ll just have to go watch the show.  Him and Julian Baker are serious prince charmings. Now, it’s time to catch up on all the other shows I’ve been behind on, like Riverdale and Lucifer.

I also have to say-I’M SUPER EXCITED TO SEE AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR!!! One of the biggest movies of the year. Lots of squeeeing here.

Anywho,,,

Grab a glass of wine (or a can of soda if you’re not 21 lol) and kick back. Enjoy the sunshine. Summer is finally creeping around in my neck of the woods. I can’t wait until the fireflies and crickets start coming out. Here’s a list of everything I’ve been reading during April, so if you’ve missed a review you can find it here.

 

Tidal

Tidal – here

Author: Amanda Hocking

Sirens, not mermaids. Both may have fishy tails, but one is basically a sociopath and the other just wants to be a part of your world. Okay, bad joke. Funny, but terrible. I know. But hey, if you love dangerous sirens that want nothing more than to suck you dry, this is for you. One siren never wished to be like that and will do anything to protect her friends and family.

 

JTCE

Journey to the Center of the Earth – here

Author: Jules Verne

A great and adventurous classic, filled with so much probability and things one can only dream of. Certainly better than the movie. Sorry, Brendan Fraiser and Josh Hutchinson.

 

Alchemy of Forever

The Alchemy of Forever – here

Author: Avery Williams

Girl is dying. Girl is given elixir. Girl lives. Forever. Every couple decades Sera get a new body and after doing it for hundreds of years, under the control of her boyfriend, she’s done. This next body is her last. After saving a girl from a fatal crash, she works to fit into the girl’s life, but didn’t count on falling in love with the boy next door. Love paranormal drama? This is for you.

 

Thanks for the Trouble

Thanks for the Trouble – here

Author: Tommy Wallach

Parker can’t talk. Zelda has been alive for over 200 years. Both are searching for ways to feel alive and didn’t expect to find in each other. Touching, wonderful and eye-opening. Also, funny. Make your gut hurt funny and sweet.

 

Possession

Possession – here

Author: Elana Johnson

A dystopian world where baddies get sent to the Badlands. The smallest infraction will turn you into a baddie. Funny and strange. Definitely unique. I’ve never read anything like it.

 

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1984 – here

Author: George Orwell

This book actually scared me. Slow build so it took me a little while to get into it, but when I did I couldn’t pull my eyes away. It’s one of those books where you don’t realize what’s happening until it’s too far too late.

 

Paranormalcy

Paranormalcy – here

Author: Kiersten White

A girl that can see the true face of paranormals which makes her good at her job: bagging and tagging. But with a fae ex-boyfriend and strange dreams and then sudden deaths of paranormals, life takes a turn down a dark road. Witty and legally blonde fun with a side of sarcasm and trouble.

 

20,000 Leagues

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – here

Author: Jules Verne

Held hostage in a submarine that sinks ships, three men are taken on adventures that they can hardly believe. Dark and cold and dangerous. The world int eh water is one to behold. Completely fascinating.

 

We All Looked Up

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Author: Tommy Wallach

An asteroid named Ardor is coming in two months. What would you do? This book made me laugh and cry. It was life expanding. It’s a book that makes you realize you never know what you’re capable until the world is ending. Heavy hearts. Beautiful art. A book that says everything you need to say when there’s not enough time. Truly moving.

 

FITA

Flowers in the Attic – here

Author: V.C. Andrews

The Dollangangers are trapped up in the attic of Foxworth Hall until their mother can get her father’s fortune. Dark, twisted and seriously effed the eff up. This book will make you really uncomfortable. I really enjoyed it though. It was unlike anything that I’ve ever read.

 

POTW

Petals on the Wind – here

Author: V.C. Andrews

Following Flowers in the Attic, the Dollangangers have escaped the attic and are grown-up and revenge is on their mind after everything that happened to them at Foxworth. The lasting effects of tragedy echo and stain the Dollangangers. Thrilling and twisted, this book was chilling.

 

So there’s been a bit of reading there.

 

Favorite book this month: we all looked up.

This book hit me really hard. I didn’t expect it to be THIS good, but it was. I was thinking about the world in a completely different light and from a whole different angle. I guess that’s likely when the world is ending. My heart ached and yearned and broke and melted and there’s was just so much. I need to reread it sometime. It was so beautiful. I actually cried about it just the other day when I thought about the book.

 

Least favorite book this month: The Alchemy of Forever.

I could get into this book to save my life. The idea seemed pretty good, but when I started reading it I was immediately put off. There was just not enough depth to pull me in and I the flow wasn’t strong enough to pull me in.

 

That’s for April and on to May! I know that there’ll be some Rachel Caine and Judy Blume coming up. I’ll also be starting my summer read books!

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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