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Red Queen

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Synopsis:

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart …

Review:

This book was so incredibly hard to put down. I did not want to adult. I wanted to lock myself away and not come out until I was done… oh, wait, I did that.

I loved that this novel, while still following the dystopian formula, had some surprising turns. Just when I was ready to accept something at face value… Boom! The tables were turned.

I am a fan and I will be purchasing Glass Sword on its release date in just a few weeks!!

Favorite Quotes:

“The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.” 
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

“Anyone can betray anyone.” 
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

“Rise, red as the dawn.” 
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

“Words can lie. See beyond them.” 
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

“In the fairy tales, the poor girl smiles when she becomes a princess. Right now, I don’t know if I’ll ever smile again.” 
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

“I told you to hide your heart once. You should have listened.” 
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

“If you know someone’s fear, you know them.” 
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

“The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.” 
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

“A lie will raise me up, and one day another lie will bring me down.” 
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

“It’s our nature. We destroy. It’s the constant of our kind. No matter the color of blood, man will always fall.” 
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

“I’ll make the others scream for you, Mare, every last one. Not just your parents. Not just your siblings. But every single one like you. I’m going to find them, and they will die with you in their thoughts, knowing this is the fate you have brought them. I am the king and you could’ve been my Red Queen. Now you are nothing.” 
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

“I’m a Red girl in a sea of Silvers and I can’t afford to feel sorry for anyone, least of all the son of a snake.” 
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

“I’m an accident. I’m a lie. And my life depends on maintaining the illusion.” 
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

“I can’t believe I didn’t see him for what he was from the beginning: a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And now I’m the sheep pretending to be a wolf.” 
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

“Red in the head, Silver in the heart” 
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

“Mare?”
“Are you afraid, Maven?”
“I am. I’m afraid of failing. I’m afraid of letting this opportunity pass us by. And I’m afraid of what happens if nothing in this world ever changes. That scares me more than dying.” 
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

Recommendations:

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Cinder – Marissa Meyer

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

The Young Elites – Marie Lu

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2016 in Book Reviews

 

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The Uninvited – Cat Winters

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Synopsis:
Twenty-five year old Ivy Rowan rises from her bed after being struck by the flu, only to discover the world has been torn apart in just a few short days.

But Ivy’s life-long gift—or curse—remains. For she sees the uninvited ones—ghosts of loved ones who appear to her, unasked, unwelcomed, for they always herald impending death. On that October evening in 1918 she sees the spirit of her grandmother, rocking in her mother’s chair. An hour later, she learns her younger brother and father have killed a young German out of retaliation for the death of Ivy’s older brother Billy in the Great War.

Horrified, she leaves home, to discover the flu has caused utter panic and the rules governing society have broken down. Ivy is drawn into this new world of jazz, passion, and freedom, where people live for the day, because they could be stricken by nightfall. But as her ‘uninvited guests’ begin to appear to her more often, she knows her life will be torn apart once more, but Ivy has no inkling of the other-worldly revelations about to unfold.

Review:
While I loved many aspects of this book, I did not even like the main character. The book was written with no true form. It seemed to go off on as many random tangents as it possibly could.

I read this book as it was nominated as Book of the Month for my Goodreads group, The Gothic Novel Book Club. While it fulfilled many of my wants from a gothic novel, it left me so frustrated with the main that I couldn’t even finish it.

So disappointed

Favorite Quote:
“I can’t believe we’re even using the words ‘That’s better than a lynching.’ What’s wrong with the world right now”
“What isn’t wrong with it?”
– The Uninvited, Cat Winters

Recommendations:

Life After Life – Kate Atkinson

At Water’s Edge – Sara Gruen

A Great and Terrible Beauty – Libba Bray

Ink and Bone – Rachel Caine

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2016 in Book Reviews

 

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