Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Title: Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: 978-0-06-231063-7

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver Elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army, she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a superhuman ability she didn’t know she had.

Except… her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard — the leaders of a budding Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince and Mare against her own heart.

Review

Red Queen is just… wow. My mind was blown by the plot twist. I bought this book mainly because of the hype and so far, I do not regret reading this read. Each character has their own skeletons in their closet. The one with the worst skeletons will blow your mind. Anyone can betray anyone.

 

Red Queen is set in a world with evolved humans. A world divided by blood. Those with Silver blood, live luxuriously and safe behind their supernatural abilities. Reds on the other hand, are peasants, the servants of the Silvers. They are forever bounded and limited by their blood. Mare Barrow has the best and worst of both worlds. Continue reading

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Book Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I accidentally bought and read the second and last book in the series and had just read the first book, so I’ll pretend to not know how it ends.

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Title: Shatter Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: 978-0-06-208550-4

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction

Synopsis

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

 

No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time–and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.

 

Review

This was an amazing read. It started out beautifully and the first chapters of the book opens up many intriguing questions. The story is fast paced with interesting characters and an ample amount of romance. Continue reading

Book Review: Percy Jackson & the Olympians The Lightning Thief

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Title: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

ISBN: 0786838655

Genre: Fantasy, Greek Mythology

Synopsis

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

Review

This is another book I read because it had a movie adaptation and I want to judge the movie for what it did to the plot development of the story.

Let me be very honest with all of you. When  I first saw the movie, my 10 year old self was very impressed, considering I had (and probably still have) low standards then and got fascinated by the simplest movie tricks. Also, I hadn’t known about the book series, then. A friend of mine mentioned how he hated the movies for its injustice to the books, and boy do I agree with him. Continue reading

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

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Title: Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

ISBN: 0-06-202402-7

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fiction

Synopsis

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris, and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together, they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes-fascinating, sometimes-exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret: one she’s kept hidden from everyone, because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly-perfect society, she also learns that her secret might be what helps her save those she loves . . . or it might be what destroys her.

Review

This was one of those books I read because a movie adaptation came out and I want to know what crucial parts of the book they took out. So expect a lot of comparing the book and movie in here.

I didn’t entirely like the book. There were some parts that felt unnecessary, but I can’t do anything about that, can I?

I have no problem with the way the books starts, I think it started out smoothly. Direct to the point. The way how they’re being put into the five factions bothered me though. They have this aptitude test that works somehow like the Sorting Hat because it determines which faction you belong in, but it’s you who’ll make the choice of which faction you will join. So what exactly is the point of having a test to tell which faction you belong in, when in the end, you’re the one who chooses your faction? Continue reading