Red Queen #1
by Victoria Aveyard
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (February 10, 2015)
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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.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.
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.
X-men + Gladiator + The Selection + something new. I can't wait to see what's next.
by Arwen Elys Dayton
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press (February 10, 2015)
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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.
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!
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.
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?