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Halo

(Blood and Fire #1)

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4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,575 ratings  ·  204 reviews
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She has no name.

She has her knives. Her training. Her halo.

The first and second give her the ability 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…<
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Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published January 10th 2014 (first published January 1st 2013)
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Gab I have been wondering the same thing! I hope she is okay. Loved this series so much, it's genuinely stressful seeing no word from her anywhere. She…moreI have been wondering the same thing! I hope she is okay. Loved this series so much, it's genuinely stressful seeing no word from her anywhere. She released a book called Summer in Feb 2016 and that was kind of overdue at the time I remember, but yeah no word from her on any socials since 2014 and nothing since the early 2016 release D:(less)

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 Stacy
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 ex
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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
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Ren
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
CasPerfitz~SLiTsReaD
5 Stunning Stars!!!

I say "wow". I never thought I'd be completely mesmerized with this book, but I was! From start to end. Brilliantly written with great world building in a dystopian setting and fascinating storyline. If you like the Hunger Games, you might just like this one too!

She has no name.

She has her knives; her training; her halo.


Being a Falin, she is trained from a young age to become a fighter, to fight in the Colosseum. She also wears a "Halo" around her neck, it rele/>
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Autumn
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 fr
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Jordan
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Ash
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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!
Teigan
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not a fan of dystopian books, but Halo was a pleasant surprise.

From the very first page, story pulled me in with its grim introduction and begins at a very pivotal, heart-wrenching moment.

The world, or the Sanctuary, is a very lonely, very detached place -- most inhabitants wear a Halo around their neck, a unique device that suppresses the experience of emotion in its wearer, even eliminating pain altogether. Falin Kitsch is a renowned fighter having never lost a match against her opponents. After all
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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 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 highs and lows that is Kit, Ryka,reading.
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Ali
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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
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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 engaging read and plants it firml
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Helen
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
The story had a lot of potential and I liked the original concept but the novel was dragged down by the very one-dimensional characters and predictable love story. The dialogue was some of the most awkward I have ever read and very cliche, especially between the two romantic interests, who, I hasten to add, had zero chemistry. I would have preferred it if the heroine hadn't been immediately flung into the arms of the nearest guy and the whole plot with her discovering herself and her emotions wo ...more
Jamie Turner-norton
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!!
Zoe
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ibooks
This book started out slow but quickly picked up
Paula
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars! Really great book that I got for FREE on Amazon. One-clicked book 2!!
Nicole

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:
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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’t be civilised enou
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Kendall {Book Crazy}
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc, blog-tours
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
Stephanie
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 sto
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Deborah
Apr 15, 2014 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 revi
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Ryan Snyder
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
Rebecca Lawton
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 f
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Clara
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved that even though the book was filled with action, she was still trying to learn how to be human.
Tamara
May 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Could have been better.
Allana Kephart
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every. Frickin'. Body. EVERYBODY.
THIS deserves a .gif review. Must find the perfect ones.
Laura
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

It was hard to rate this book because I loved it at the start and hated it by the end.

Kit lives in a compound-like city known as the Sanctuary. It's a pretty crappy place in which there exists extreme inequality between the various classes of people. Kit belongs to a group of individuals whose sole purpose is to fight in a series of death matches for no other purpose than to serve as entertainment and gambling fodder for the holier than thou upper classes. The fighters all wear a me
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Raven Reviewer
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mature audiences
Recommended to Raven by: Author
Falin Kitsch has been raised to be a fighter and fights in the Colosseum nearly every first Saturday of the month. Since she turned 13 every one of those matches has been a fight to the death and because she’s still alive, she’s one of the select few who is undefeated. Being collared like all fighters, she’s completely void of emotion. Then one fateful day, it all changes.

Hunger Games and Gladiator fans, get ready. You are in for quite a ride. Reading this book is like a raging river
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S. Policar
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First things first.. This book is amazing. It puts me in mind of the movie Gladiator, except our hero is a female instead of a male. The way the people live reminds me of a cross between the districts from the Hunger Games and the Soul Society from the anime Bleach. The fact I can see either in my head is a testiment to this author's writing ability.

The only problem I found was that I not bothered to read the blurb for the book, it would have been two chapters before it was made known that our main charact
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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 des
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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 feel
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