Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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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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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)

 

Renaria Into the Adyton By, JL Wilson

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Synopsis: 

A small memento, a universal power… It’s the year 2126, post-World War V. Leda, age seventeen, bounds through the lush forested region of the Desintor Foothills as a regal, bow-wielding, High-Elf Scout. That is, when she’s logged into her favorite MMO game: Renaria.

One crisp fall afternoon, an unseasonal storm fractures the sky of Trinton, New Texas with splinters of emerald lightning and otherworldly songs. Oddly, no one sees the storm except her brother and their guild mate Travis.

She brushes off the event as a fluke, but she can’t seem to get the song out of her mind. Suddenly, a new quest appears in her game directing her to the blue sand dunes of the Sinare Desert to meet Caleb, a legendary Elf Diviner.

Now she has a choice: Ignore the quest and turn off the game, or dive in and risk everything for a shot at an adventure.


 

My Review:

Wow, just wow. The way the world of Renaria comes alive across the pages is unbelievable. I envy the imagination it takes to create something like that!

It’s set in Earth’s distant future you follow a set of twins and their friends as they play a seemingly harmless video game. The first thought that came to mind when I was reading, this is the Digital futuristic version of Jumanji.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but the story follows Leda and her brother Alex on their mysterious and twisted journey to Renaria. They experience and learn things they thought were only fantasy. They develop and grow as their video game characters would (super cool right?!)  but the stakes are higher than they could have ever imagined.

♥♥♥♥♥- 5 stars! Can’t wait for the next one!!

The Selection Series By, Keira Cass

Selection Series

 

Synopsis for The Selection: 

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


 

 My Review:  

I’ll be honest when I first read this synopsis I was like Eh, but it continually kept coming up in the “Things you may also like” and GoodReads “Recommendations.” Needless to say, I caved. It’s not the whole pretty pretty princess theme that I originally thought, (yes there are aspects) but America isn’t like every other girl. She doesn’t give two craps about the crown, she’s there for her family and her sanity. From the moment I started reading I was totally enveloped. It appeals to the little girl in me that always wanted to be a princess and the other part that wants to change the world.

You become enveloped in this crazy world of frilly dresses, backstabbing gossipy girls, and rebel attacks. Every day is something new and what drove me crazy yet I loved the fact that I never knew what was going to happen. Just when I thought I had it all figured out Keira threw me for a loop. I loved it, loved the ending and I see that there are other spin off novels I can’t wait to get my hands on!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ — Deff a series to check out! It’s a quick & awesome read!