Raksha (Blood and Fire #1)
She has her knives; her training; her halo.
The first and second give her the tools and the skill to defeat the opponents she is pitted against each month. The third frees her from pain and fear. From any kind of emotion at all. Everything is as it should be. Everything is as it should be, until…
When a newly-named Kit ...more
The story starts out with a female warrior (Kit) fighting and eventually killing her best friend in the ring. Picture a Roman Colosseum with Gladiators, but in the future type setting. The warriors all wore collars around their necks to "regulate" their emotions. Right before killing her best friend, Kits collar is broken and she experiences a ...more
Can you imagine living in a world where you don't feel anything.Life just passes you by and do what your told and never ever question anything. Well welcome to K ...more
Yet Kit does it and he sacrifices himself to free her from her Halo and life as an emotional robot.. At first she doesnt understand the incredible gift Cai gave to her but with help from his siste ...more
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to beta read Raksha for the lovely Miss Frankie Rose and for those of you fortunate enough to share in the privilege of seeing a novel in its earliest and most vulnerable stages know that it's quite different from reading the final product! Sometimes there are minor differences in the plot, a character's motivation or the way we perceive different c ...more
This book was wayyyy out of my comfort zone. Dystopia novels is something I try to avoid like the plague. To this date I have only read a handful, and those were part of Bookshelf Bingo last year sometime, but this book...wow. It may not have been what I thought I wanted, but boy-oh-boy it was what I needed to re-ignite my passion for reading. I.could.not.put.it.down.
From the first page I was interested, invested, engrossed. Stuck like glue to my kindle, to the world Rose created and to the hi ...more
I have been dying to read this book for a while now. This book....... I just....... can't. This book...... There are not many scenes from books that are so emotional to me that I have to put the book down and not pick it up for a while. But when Asha..... I just. I didn't realize that I had gotten so attached to his character in such a short amount of time. Even so, I had to stop reading and mourn him for a bit. I was morning right alongside Kit throughout the book. The feels ...more
Imagine a world were your entire life is spent with a collar around your neck, injecting you with small amounts of drugs every time you feel emotions of any kind. Keeping you in a constant state of comfortably numb, keeping you in a constant state of comfortably controlled. You have no name, you have a family that only cares about what you can do for them, your life is spent fighting for your life, literally. Can you imagine it? Well, no probably not and that's fi ...more
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Halo is a YA dystopian that features the usual cliches: unique snowflake teen female protagonist, rigidly ordered dystopian society, wilds outside the walled safe civilization city, and romantic but rough love interest once outside. To be honest, it felt very much like I was reading Into the Still Blue once again - so many similarities in the world building and characters. But the inconsistencies kept this from being an ...more
I am a huge sucker for a Colosseum battle or in some cases in this story a pit fight, I love the gladiator type stories, ...more
Frankie Rose writes fight scenes in her fiction that bring us in so close we feel we're ho ...more
I downloaded this book primarily because it was free, I read the blurb and was intrigued but a couple of things held me back firstly, it was a series and I'm already locked in to so many that I'm reluctant to start another, so I decided before reading that the bar was set very high on this one and I would only continue if it was in fact really good. The second thing that held me back and this I know is going to sound stupid but here goes....the good reviews, I notic ...more
This novel is horriffic, the tasks the characters must endure and the way family and frieds interract is heartbreaking. This novel is written well, is easily read and each event flows smoothely into the next. A nice fluidity kees the reader engaged.
I can't wait to read the next installment in this novel, I fear something bad is co ...more
There were good parts and bad parts to this story. One thing about it is the English versions of words, (ex: realise/realize) which for some reason; I just cannot get past them. I try, but I just see typo's. It made this book hard to read for me. Which, in turn has made it hard to review for me.
The concept of this book; a girl who has had no feelings of any kind her whole life ...more
-Book Description: 3
-Simile Use: 4
-Show Not Tell: 4
The description of Halo caught me up, and I found myself one-clicking it; however, during the course of the book and at the end, I felt it didn't really describe what I was getting in to. I liked what I got into, but it left me with a totally different impression than what actually did ensue. That being said, the cover didn't draw me in at all. The original cover when the ...more
So if you lived you whole life one way then you free yourself just to find yourself in a similar predicament just different surroundings,would you go back to what you are comfortable with or would you explore the new?
In Lockdown,Kit has grown up not knowing emotions or pain.All she knows is ...more
Frankie Rose truly has a way with words. This was an utterly brilliant and captivating read.
Raksha is the story of a girls fight to gain control over her life. To choose how she lives and what she feels. To not feel like a collard animal. I loved the world we are introduced to in this book. Even though it does have similarities to The Hunger Games and is reminiscent of so many dystopian books it still stands out in its own way. Many people have described it as Hun ...more
Kit, who’s one of the best arena fighters in Sanctuary, wears a halo, which numbs it’s wearer from feeling any kind of emotion when it pumps drugs into her system at the first sign of any feelings. T ...more
I am so glad I was given the chance to read this book; it was given to my blog to review as part of a tour. Usually only one of our reviewers reads each book, and for this particular tour I wasn’t the reader. Once the tour was done, the tour host asked me if I wanted to review too, so I thought okay, I’ll give it a go. Again OMG WOW!
This speculative fiction does have a few similarities to ‘The Hunger Games’. The dystopian society, the b ...more
I was actually on Amazon looking to buy Angel of Mercy when the "recommended book" stream thingy ambushed me. I saw Raksha, and I was like, who the hell is Frankie Rose?
Now, I'm like:
Raksha could be the next Legend, Enclave or Divergent. The next YA dystopian novel to sweep Hunger Games off the map.
The world as we know it is long gone. Forgotten. We are introduced to two new words which sit by side but couldn’t be further apart. One where the government thinks its citizens “can’t be trusted, can ...more
She officially makes things up for a living, and when she's not doing that, she is generally making paper birds out of receipts and old lists or taking photographs that make her smile.