Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 2.27.21 PMThe Red Queen 

By Victoria Aveyard

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?


 My Review:

First of all can we all have a moment of silence for the beautiful cover. Now, I’m a firm believer in less is more because this cover is absolutely gorgeous!

(Totally judging based on the cover right now, but it paid off)

Victoria had me at red and silver blood– like what?! Mind Blown!

You follow Mare who was born a red blooded peasant with nothing to look forward to but dying in the silver bloods battle

With a crazy turn of events she displays powers of her own and she even ends up in the running to be a Princess.

Victoria blew me away especially for this being her first novel! I’m completely hooked and anxiously awaiting the next book… very impatiently!

♥♥♥♥♥ –  5 shocking stars 🙂 

 

 

 

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Never Hurt Me By Shawn McGuire

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Synopsis:

Everyone has a wish. Desiree’s just got real.

For forty-five years, eternally-eighteen-year-old Desiree has been in a sort of limbo, granting wishes for others while never receiving her own. Now it’s the hippie-genie’s turn, and she’s finally going to get what she asked for so long ago. A second chance at life.

She has two options: go back or start fresh. Going back means a do over. Returning to 1968 to when her best friend, brother, and parents are still alive. But will anything change and is it worth the risk of reliving all of the pain for a second time? Maybe starting fresh is the better option.
Both of her choices take her away from Kaf though. And that’s a huge problem because falling in love with her chauvinistic, exasperating, gorgeous boss was the last thing Desiree ever expected.

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For more information visit the author here: www.Shawn-McGuire.com

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The Infernal Devices By Cassandra Clare

Infernal Devices

 

The Infernal Devices Series 

Synopsis from Clockwork Angel:

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.


 

My Review: 

This Series totally gutted me. I had an idea of what would happen because I had read the Mortal Instruments before I started this series– but I had no idea it would hit me so hard.

The story revolves around the mystery of Tessa and her heritage and why does everyone want her special gifts? But it’s the love triangle that brought on the tears. Is it possible to be in love with two people at once? What do you in that case? The epitome of the best (& most emotional) love triangle I would’ve ever hoped to have read/imagined.

The way Cassandra ended this series– perfection. I laughed, I cried and in the end I sobbed like a baby. The quotes in this book are too awesome for words. I can’t even express in words what this series did to me, it’s something you have to experience for yourself. Everything I read from Cassandra is just awesome, at this point I think I would read her grocery lists. 

♥♥♥♥♥- I have no words other than it’s a Must Read!

The Mortal Instruments Series By Cassandra Clare

Mortal Instruments

 

The Mortal Instruments

Synopsis from City of Bones: 

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.


 

My Review:

Okay, I have to admit I’m slightly obsessed with this series. You are fully emerged and invested in this new shadowhunter lifestyle. The whole love triangle thing definitely was what kept me going through the first three books, I had to prove that this wasn’t true. I love the sarcastic humor and banter between all the characters. It was everything one is looking for in a book —  hilarious dialogue, hint of mystery, some romance, and action packed.

The last three books is when the story really evolved. I love the way it just tied everything up in the end yet left it open for more to develop– it was just perfection.

I found it beautifully written, but I have to say sometimes the description got too much for me. I found myself skipping paragraphs of description to get to the dialogue. But the way that Cassandra hooks us in will make me read all of her other books. I wish I could un-read them so that I could read them all over again!

♥♥♥♥♥- 5 Amazing stars! Must Read Series!  

 

The Annihilation of Foreverland by Tony Bertauski

ForeverlandSynopsis:

When kids awake on an island, they’re told there was an accident. Before they can go home, they will visit Foreverland, an alternate reality that will heal their minds.

Reed dreams of a girl that tells him to resist Foreverland. He doesn’t remember her name, but knows he once loved her. He’ll have to endure great suffering and trust his dream. And trust he’s not insane.

Danny Boy, the new arrival, meets Reed’s dream girl inside Foreverland. She’s stuck in the fantasy land that no kid can resist. Where every heart’s desire is satisfied. Why should anyone care how Foreverland works?


 

My Review:

Holy Inception Batman! I found this little gem off of Goodreads and I’ll tell you I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. I don’t even have the words to describe it. Just know that you have to read it. It’s crazy and twisted and it will keep you guessing and thinking long before you stop.

♥♥♥♥- 4 stars check out this bad boy!

The best part is he released a second novel :

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I went into it thinking I knew what was going on because I read the first, but turns out I was sooooo wrong!

The second novel is a stand alone from the same world, but this one had me like whaattttt ! for that I give it:

♥♥♥♥♥- 5 stars for keeping Sheena up at night!

 

The Hunger Games Series By Suzanne Collins

Hunger GamesSynopsis:

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.


 

My Review:

I read these books in a weekend after I saw the first movie. (Yes one weekend, barely any sleep… I needed to know what happened) In honor of the third movie being released I re-read Mockingjay to refresh my memory. I loved this series. The Hunger Games themselves was a brilliant refreshing new idea that struck a cord in me. Book 1 & 2 had me flipping pages, by Mockingjay I found myself a little disappointed that Katniss kept hiding in a closet and shying away from all the action. It’s understandable any normal person would probably have PTSD or something, but this is a work of fiction! Man up and Mocking-Jay the crap out of the capitol already!

Also, the ending. I didn’t feel fulfilled. I wanted more closure. But I still give it an A+ for originality and capturing all my attention, I must have watched the first movie a zillion times. (literally)

♥♥♥♥♥- 5 Stars! Must read especially if you loved the movie! the books are of course so much better 🙂

 

 

Maze Runner By, James Dasher

Maze Runner

 

Synopsis For Maze Runner:

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.


My Review:

Okay, if you haven’t heard about this series you must be living under a rock. With the movie being released I figured I’d hop on the bandwagon and see what all the fuss was about. I’m damn glad I did!

The way the author built up the suspense, the fear of the unknown– it’s indescribable. The way the characters reacted to situations was so believable, raw, and real. It’s just awesome how they came up with their own slang & how the whole story played out across the three books was just genius.

Needless to say, I devoured all three books within a week. (( I’ll get around to the prequel soon))

#TeamTeresa all the way. 

♥♥♥♥- 4.5 stars. (.5 star reduction for my statement above^ .. you’ll have to read them to find out)