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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Super Quick Reviews on RED QUEEN and SEEKER

Reviews by Andye

Red Queen #1
by Victoria Aveyard
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (February 10, 2015)
Language: English
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Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play 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 everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal. 
This book is on everyone's radar, and I'm going to just say, yes. buy it. When I heard all the hype, a couple of months ago, I decided to pick it up and see what the fuss was about. At first I didn't really get what the big deal was. I mean, it was good, but very similar to other books that I've read. But about half way through this book started making turns and twists that were kind of awesome. I absolutely loved where Aveyard took this story. I was practically screaming, "YES!" at the book as I was reading.

X-men + Gladiator + The Selection + something new. I can't wait to see what's next.

Seeker #1
by Arwen Elys Dayton
Series: Seeker
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press (February 10, 2015)
Language: English
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The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor.

As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world.

And she'll be with the boy she loves--who's also her best friend.
But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes.
Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought.

And now it's too late to walk away.
Guys. I don't even know what to say about this book. At first, I was really loving it. It was different, and exciting, and really well written. It was in the future, but read like a medieval fantasy. The audiobook narrator was fantastic, and really helped to bring the story to another level!

But then I started seeing everyone I know DNFing it. I was determined that I would be THE ONE who "got" this book. This book and I were going to be besties. Us against the world! But then I started getting bored. I wanted to pick it up less and less. I kept fighting to stay with it. Then, the book took a super strange turn and just got SO weird. I don't know. I ended up finishing it, and I was interested in the characters, but they were all just so frustrating, and so, so strange.

Do I recommend reading it? 

It's definitely a big risk. I'd say get it from the library, or from a friend, and if you like it, then buy it. I haven't decided if I'll be continuing with the series or not. If you ARE going to read it, I highly recommend the audiobook!

Have you read either of these books? What did you think?


  1. I read Seeker a few weeks ago. I think I know exactly the part you're talking about where it was like, wait, what?! Did not see the story going there. The whole story was way darker than I expected. I guess I was kind of thinking Disney's Brave meets Wanted (that weird movie with James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie about assassins with powers) and I guess it kind of sort of maybe is??

    For me, the strange twist in Seeker gave this opportunity to see characters who weren't previously central to the story. I was super disappointed in Shinobu's choices but absolutely loved that he redeemed himself.

    I'm not sure if I'd keep reading the series, but I was glad I read this first book.

  2. So I really ended up enjoying Red Queen, though I had some issues with back story, the romance, and predictability. In the end, I really want to read the next one for sure and see where it goes! I just hope the romance part takes a back seat or fleshes out better and the world building dives in. As for Seeker, I DNF'd at 65% last night. I just had no connection with the characters and found the plot confusing, what was the point of it all? If I still didn't know this by 65% then I was pretty sure I wouldn't be happy in the end. I think it's a bit mislabeled, as well. I think it should be MG not YA. IMO.

  3. Yay :D Great reviews Andye. <3 I'm so glad you enjoyed Red Queen sweetie :) I had some issues with it, but I really liked it too :) I do not think Seeker is a book for me :p heard such awful things, lol. But glad you managed to enjoy both books :) Thank you for sharing your thoughts sweetie. <3

  4. i'm reading RED QUEEN right now. OMG. i'm only like 30 pages in but i'm LOVING it. :) and i have SEEKER on my Kindle!

  5. Whew! I am glad you liked The Red Queen. I haven't read it yet, but I am really hoping I like it. I did pick up Seeker at I think it was the New York Comic Con. You are not the first person to have a difficult time with it. AS a result, it is moving lower on my TBR pile and I am glad I didn't actually purchase it.

    Tammy @ Bo's Book Nook

  6. I've heard a few people ended up liking SEEKER so you never know. But it's definitely not for everyone. I'd say maybe not even for most?

    But RED QUEEN! Yes!

  7. I'm glad you're loving it already! JUST WAIT!!! And you'll have to let me know if you end up reading SEEKER and what you think about it!

  8. Yeah, it definitely wasn't perfect, but I think I was so happy with the direction that she took it that I didn't care anymore, haha! Yeah, I don't think you'd like SEEKER, honestly. But if you ever decide to try, you'll have to let me know! :D

  9. I actually kind of liked the romance because it was never clearly defined. There was attraction, but nothing decided or jumped into. Also, since my daughter is 20 now, I'm seeing how these love triangle/square/pentagon things actually happen. hahaha

    Seeker? Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's going to be a bust for most people. And if you didn't like it at that point, I don't think you'll end up liking the rest. Plus, it's not over...

  10. OH I still haven't seen Wanted!! You've just reminded me that I borrowed it from Amy and need to watch it. hahaha

    I did like Shinobu's character arc. I was SO FRUSTRATED with John!! He's such an idiot!! I'm really curious to see where the story goes, but I don't know if I have the patience to keep following it...

  11. I don't know, I just thought the romance was too much. Why did there have to be three guys involved? I have a hard enough time with love triangles. I don't mind them if they are done well, I just thought the romance in this one could have taken a back seat. BUT I really loved it otherwise and I cannot wait to see what happens. The ending definitely reminded me of Catching Fire, though. As for Seeker, I really want to try to finish it at some point. I hate that I got so far and just stopped. But I have so much other stuff to read that I know will be more to my liking.


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