Blood Red Road is a fabulous piece of dystopian fiction. Moira Young's first novel is packed with action and adventure; there's no slowing down once yBlood Red Road is a fabulous piece of dystopian fiction. Moira Young's first novel is packed with action and adventure; there's no slowing down once young Saba sets off on her journey! Saba's twin brother is kidnapped and in order to get him back she'll have to cross the dessert, protect her little sister Emmi, and most importantly, survive. There are so many obvious reasons to pick up this novel: it's dystopian, it's original, and most of all, it's intriguing. Young's writing style is fluid and the narration flows evenly, even though the characters have a peculiar way of speaking. The way the characters express themselves is so real and humorous that you'll find yourself feeling as part of the conversation or action.
The suspense of Blood Red Road is subtle, but there are little movements, looks between characters or phrases, that gives you the feeling that there's more to the story than Young is giving. Saba's world is set in the future where cities lie abandoned and technology is but a novelty from the time of the Wreckers. It's revealed that people are ruled by a ruthless king who has the monopoly on a highly addictive drug and the world is incredibly dangerous. Saba's task is daunting, but her strength and stubbornness leads one to believe that she can handle anything.
Saba is a female protagonist readers love to root for. She's fiercely independent, not always right, but you love to watch her grow into a better person. Saba's journey is physical and emotional and it takes the people she meets along that journey to help her through it all. Dust Lands is a series worth continuing because there's so much more to discover and Saba surely has an exciting future.
Switched is a bright beginning to Amanda Hocking's Trylle Trilogy! The republished edition of Switched is enhanced witAlso posted on Lovey Dovey Books
Switched is a bright beginning to Amanda Hocking's Trylle Trilogy! The republished edition of Switched is enhanced with new scenes and a faster pace in the plot. The story jumps right in by setting up the characters and their roles. Readers realize that Wendy isn't the average teen early on in the story, and don't have to wait long for confirmation. Amanda Hocking has a way with words. Having her characters say much in the span of a few words is a big part of why the plot of Switched moves right along.
Wendy is a very subdued character, but readers will be able to feel her compassion and strength right underneath the surface. She's sarcastic and sometimes quick tempered, but she grows as the story continues. Wendy falls in love pretty easily, but it seems she'll have to fight to stay in love. Her relationship with her mother may very well be the highlight of the novel. Elora is hard and cold, the complete opposite of Wendy, so it'll be something to watch the relationship evolve in the series.
The story ends at just the right place. There are no loose ends, though readers may be struck with a case of severe curiosity. The never-before-published short story, The Vittra Attacks, somewhat fills that curiosity while, at the same time adding more depth to the Trylle and Vittra societies. Switched is an amazing beginning and Torn is bound to be just as delightful!...more
Angel Arias takes fans of Marianne de Pierres’s Night Creatures Series one step closer to the end. Burn Bright was a dark, fantastic opening for the sAngel Arias takes fans of Marianne de Pierres’s Night Creatures Series one step closer to the end. Burn Bright was a dark, fantastic opening for the series and Angel Arias follows with all of de Pierres’s sinuous style and flair for world-building. Retra, now called Naif, is determined to discover the secrets that bind together the mysterious island of Ixion and the home she ran from – Grave. Since leaving Ixion with the pirate Ruzalia, Naif’s been unsuccessful in convincing her to take her to Grave to investigate. Unfortunately, life on the pirate’s home isn’t as far removed from Ixion and Grave as everyone believes. As tensions rise between Ruzalia and her unruly rescues, the only hope for Naif’s friends, caught in the war between Ripers, is the answers on Grave.
Marianne’s world-building is by far the most impressive aspect of this novel. The way she introduced us to Ixion and the system the runaways had to follow under the Ripers in Burn Bright was astounding. Now Marianne’s given us so much more from this world to make it even more believable. Extending the scenery to Grave, a place we’ve caught but just a brief glance and about which we’ve read the horrible tales, enhances the dystopian theme. It’s as if she’s plucked an underlying layer from the plot and brought it to clearer focus with tones of dread, fear, and hope. Marianne is excellent when it comes to creating scenery, then describing that scenery to life. Naif’s exploration through Grave was extremely daunting and readers will be able to feel the tension of discovering secrets that could either help or hurt Naif, and her friends, the worry about Naif and Markes getting caught, and the nagging sense that danger is just around the corner.
Burn Bright had quite a few frequent characters that lightened the story: Suki and Rollo, mostly. This time around the new secondary characters we’re introduced to are a mix between humorous and serious. Angel Arias brings forth more insight into secondary characters like Markes, for example. He’s also a previous Grave resident, but he carries a heavy past that actually comes in handy during his and Naif’s brief time there. Naif acknowledges the new side of her that's freer and embraces it. Going back to her home that is filled with strict, oppressive rules puts a slight blip in her steps, but Naif keeps a brave face to meet her goals. Even as Naif and Markes are away from the action on Ixion, Marianne keeps us in the loop. Lenoir has a few moments to shed light on his motivations and thoughts and I love that he’s still a big mystery. Even after reading this second book in the series much of what I think I know about Lenoir is made up of assumptions.
Shine Light, the third, and sadly last, installment of the Night Creatures series will be an epic conclusion. I cannot wait to see how Naif’s new persona handles the raging war ensuing between Ripers and the rebels on Ixion. Then, there’s the matter of Naif and Lenoir’s shadowy connection that is romantic and potentially dangerous all at once. Angel Arias is the perfect bridge to reflect Marianne de Pierres’s ingenious storytelling!
I loved the relationship between Beth and Aztos. I thought their marriage was going to be a complete wreck and she would leave him for Malaichi, but tI loved the relationship between Beth and Aztos. I thought their marriage was going to be a complete wreck and she would leave him for Malaichi, but that was pretty far out. The raw emotion displayed by Beth was brillant. Whatever she was feeling was very easy to pick up on and made her and the other characters seem so real.
Also, I loved how faithful Beth is to Aztos given how difficult of a person he is. Malaichi was a bit of a weird character to me and I didn't get him too well but I did appreciate his friendship with Beth. I wish the book was a little longer because it was fast-paced and took me a little over 3 hrs to read it. But i really can't wait until the next book comes out!...more
**spoiler alert** Destiny Binds was not what I expected at all-it was so much better! The first line, "John Davis smells like Play-Doh", put a smile o**spoiler alert** Destiny Binds was not what I expected at all-it was so much better! The first line, "John Davis smells like Play-Doh", put a smile on my face and raised my expectation for a humurous read.
There were quite some funny moments throughout the story but the ending just made me cry my heart out. Although, the last chapter was full of pain and emotion the very last sentence, "My heart stalled as the wolf's grey eyes met mine for the briefest of moments before he ran into the forest", gave me hope that Scout won't be heartbroken for long.
I really liked Scout too. She knew who she wanted and didn't try to drag that love triangle out. She gave it a chance but she knew what was best for her. I really love when the female leads aren't so down on themselves or hopeless. Scout did have her moments of self-doubt but she got over them.
The action of the story seemed to have started right from the beginning. The pace was continuous and the story never lost my attention. There wasn't a lot of summary in between all the major events,that is usually boring and makes me not want to finish reading a story, which kept the story flowing and easy to read.
Quite the novel and I am definitely looking forward to book 2! =)
I really liked this book and normally I don't like flashbacks but the ones in this book were interesting. I liked Lenah's history and it showed what kI really liked this book and normally I don't like flashbacks but the ones in this book were interesting. I liked Lenah's history and it showed what kind of person she was. It was hard to understand how she made the transformation from ruthless to timid but that didn't completely throw me off the story.
The ending was by far the best ending of a book I've read and it suprised me and left me really wanting to read the next book in the series....more
Maxim's devotion to Oddily is adorable. I loved how Oddily is becoming a stronger character and how her world is changing so rapidly. This 2nd book inMaxim's devotion to Oddily is adorable. I loved how Oddily is becoming a stronger character and how her world is changing so rapidly. This 2nd book in the series has taken a turn I didn't expect and I'm hoping Held in Secrecy will be just as fabulous....more
This book was awesome!! I really liked the whole going between worlds situation. It reminded me of the books i've read where the character goes back iThis book was awesome!! I really liked the whole going between worlds situation. It reminded me of the books i've read where the character goes back in time and everything is completely different from the present day life.
The ending of the book was great. Throughout the book I was hit with powerful emotions that made me really understand the characters better. I was starting to tear up as I read Sofie's letter to Evangeline. BTW, i really like the names Caden and Evangeline, they were probably the most interesting names to me in this book.
The excerpt from Asylum has me itching to read the next book in the series. I can't wait to see how Evangeline deals with exile and how Sofie handles the lot of vampires at the New York home. Leo's starting to grow on me so I hope we get to learn a lot more about him!...more