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Raksha (Blood and Fire #1)

4.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,206 Ratings  ·  173 Reviews
She has no name.

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
Kindle Edition, 355 pages
Published March 1st 2013 (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sep 08, 2015 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of dystopian
Shelves: ya, romance, dystopian
I wish I could've written a review of this when it was fresh on my mind. It was a fantastic dystopian read and I wish I could remember all of the details.

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
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First I have to say that Frankie Rose is an incredible writer. Lord knows when I am reading anything from her I close my world off and it is just me and the reading and nothing else. In Raksha I could not put it down. Lord I was hooked right from page one and kept reading. I have a new book boyfriend Ryka, blond and totally swoon worthy!

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
May 11, 2013 Autumn rated it it was amazing
I was basically promised by the universe that I would love this book.. Congrats universe you were right AGAIN! Raksha started off pretty emotionally intense.. I dont know if im the only one but if someone told me I had to fight to the death against my best friend, Halo or not id probably mess my pants..

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
Mar 13, 2013 Jordan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have had the good fortune to read an advance copy of this amazing distopian novel and can't wait for others to read it. Rose writes in tight, electric prose that never gets in the way of her story. The powerful character of Kit is both cut off from her humanity, but more deeply human than most. Rose reveals an assured hand as a storyteller as Kit makes a hero(ine)'s journey that will be as beloved as the Hunger Games. Don't miss this one!
Carmen Jenner
Review first published at Book Me! visit the blog for a Character Interview with Kit and Ryka from Raksha!

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
Jodie & Bree - Fab Fun & Tantalizing Reads

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 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.

From the first page I was interested, invested, engrossed. Stuck like glue to my kindle, to the world Rose created and to the hi
May 09, 2013 Ren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
WOAH GUYS!!!! This book had me doing my happy dance. I literally thought my heart stopped. This was one of those books that will have you on the edge of your seat, desperately trying to hold on...white knuckles and all. Have you even watched a really suspenseful movie and you have to stop breathing for fear of what's to come? Yeah, that was me the entire time! I almost felt that if I let my breath out, something bad was going to happen. I'm surprised I still have nail beds at this point. Franki ...more
Jamie Turner-norton
Apr 26, 2013 Jamie Turner-norton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
So it took me a couple pages to get into this book, but once I did I couldn’t put it down. I don’t know how I would react having no emotions and then all of a sudden getting them.. I loved Ryka. And lets just say I can’t wait for the next book. I don’t want to give away too much so all I’m going to say is y’all need to get this book when its released on April 30th, 2013!!
Ash Reads
May 05, 2015 Ash Reads rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-kindle-read
this book was pretty much amazing! I loved it. There was never a dull moment, and once I was actually able to sit down and read it, I couldnt put it down! Im SO FREAKING GLAD THAT I STUMBLED UPON THIS, and I'm really excited to get into the sequel and see what happens to Kit and my newest book boyfriend, Ryka. I HEART THEM SO MUCH!
May 28, 2014 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars! Really great book that I got for FREE on Amazon. One-clicked book 2!!
Ashley Finnegan
This book gets a solid 3.5 stars from me and would have been even higher had the ending just not completely baffled me. Ms.Rose throws a very interesting curve ball right at the end and then just leaves us hanging. I have so many unanswered questions now. Common sense would tell me that with an ending such as this the author has to be creating a second book but is she? I haven't seen anything about a second book and there was no mention of one at the end of this one. I have to know. I want to kn ...more
Ryan Snyder
Aug 18, 2014 Ryan Snyder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Book- Marks The Spot

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
Ali *The Black Heart*
Originally posted at GingerRead

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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
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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
Apr 30, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, kobo
I was gifted this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Now the first thing I am going to say is you need to go out and get this book and then read it immediately, and yes as I am sure you can tell I LOVED this book and I have to say if you get it and don't like it that is not my fault you are just crazy :), now for my reasons why I enjoyed this book so much.
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,
Kendall {Book Crazy}
As soon as I heard about a Blog Tour for this book I signed up! I have to admit though that when I first started reading this book I didn't think that I was going to enjoy it! Reading the first two chapters I found it a bit confusing but after that I couldn't put it down! There was a bit where I just clicked with the book and I could understand what was going on! I fell in love with this book and the world that is created in it! The author does an amazing job explaining everything that's happeni ...more
Rebecca Lawton
Oct 14, 2013 Rebecca Lawton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's no turning away from a good fight in fiction and film: the thrill of the coliseum in Gladiator, the clash of north and south in Cold Mountain, the clash of class in Atonement, the battle of wills in The Great Gatsby. Even when we think we know who's going to win the day, a well-staged battle will pull us to the edge of our seats, fingers crossed that the outcome isn't too painful to watch or accept.

Frankie Rose writes fight scenes in her fiction that bring us in so close we feel we're ho
Apr 15, 2014 Deborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting concept 4.5 stars.

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
May 16, 2015 Tamara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Could have been better.
Allana Kephart
May 06, 2013 Allana Kephart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every. Frickin'. Body. EVERYBODY.
THIS deserves a .gif review. Must find the perfect ones.
Dec 02, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, loved
Firstly, I love that this novel came out of Australia, secondly I love how different this novel is from other distopian novels. The female protagonist adds to the draw.

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
I'm really behind on my book reviews because of this book. So here goes...hopefully it's not too choppy and disorganized.

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
Cassandra Giovanni
Aug 06, 2014 Cassandra Giovanni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebies
Overall 4 Star

-Book Description: 3

-Cover: 3

-Plot: 4

-Creativity: 4

-Grammar: 4.5

-Simile Use: 4

-Description: 3

-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
Halo is one of my favourite books this month and to be honest, probably one of my favourites for the whole year. Frankie Rose originally named this book 'Raksha' and I'm not really sure why she later renamed it to 'Halo.' This book has been everywhere on the iBooks app store lately and I actually downloaded it when it was the Free Book of the Week and I'm surprised that more people don't know about this book. Halo is part of a new series called Blood and Fire which will soon include the second b ...more
May 03, 2013 Candy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness,it you want some non-stop action then this is the book for you.My heart started racing from the beginning and hasn't stopped even after I finished reading it.I sit here trying to process it all.
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
May 03, 2013 Justine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. I love this cover!!! It definitely makes a statement. This book was kick- ass!!! Frankie Rose wrote an amazing dystopian story where the characters come face to face with life altering decisions, either to help themselves or to help others. The world that was created was so detailed yet contains so many mysteries that I can't wait to unfold completely. Book one is just the tip of the ice berg, I feel like Frankie Rose h ...more
Yvonne (The Shadow Realm)
Blog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm

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
Alexia Purdy
Wowzers! Absolutely amazing! Frankie Rose has outdone herself in this tantalizing story of what it’s like to be a gladiator style fighter in the post-apocalyptic world. The city of Sanctuary is painted out for the reader in mesmerizing detail down to the dirty details of slavery on a whole new level.

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
Raksha (Blood and Fire Series) by Frankie Rose

5 Stars


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

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
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