Thursday, February 4, 2016

Review - Red Queen by: Victoria Aveyard

This is a world divided by blood - red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart...


Red Queen grabbed my attention right from the beginning of the book. I was intrigued by the world built by Victoria Aveyard. You are pulled into poverty, royalty, magic, fantasy, and everything in between. I absolutely loved getting lost in the lies and danger that this amazingly crafted world offered.

The book starts off with Mare Barrow who is a Red. Being a red in her society is not a pretty thing. It is not glorious, special, and some days not something worth living for. On the other side is the Silvers, who rule society because of their blood. Being a Silver comes with not just wealth and healthy living, but also a magical talent of some sort. When Mare gets thrown into the world of the Silvers in the least expected way, everything clashes and everything she knows changes.

As far as our characters, I admire that Mare came from nothing and refused to be swept up in the new world offered to her. There were also times when I wanted to slap her for missing things that were, a least to the reader's eye, obvious. With Mare, I do not think we even scratched the surface with her story and I am curious to see how it will end up.

On the other side, this story is stacked with fellas galore. There are some that you like right off the bat, like Prince Cal and Mare's best friend Kilorn. Then there are others that you have to grow to love like our other prince, Maven. The "romance", if you can even call it that, drove me up a wall sometimes. I feel like the whole story Mare really was not interested in any one and there were no real tension moments that made me want to root for any couple. You know the moments I'm talking about... the melting, the gut-wrenching, and the sighing moments that just get you during a story. I didn't really feel any of those and that disappointed me slightly. However, there was one guy I leaned towards purely because of his heart and actions.

With that being said, the world building in this book is what gets you. The story is so cruel in the most addicting way. I loved seeing all of the abilities that the Silvers have and how the story twisted and turned in such a gripping manner.

As I got the end, I was a little disappointed that the predictions I made were correct. I had to contemplate a little bit if I was completely blown away by the story or if I wanted a little more. I will say, there is one twist at the end that I was extremely happy about and I cannot wait to see where Victoria Aveyard will take it.

Overall, I truly enjoyed this story. Red Queen was a yet another cruel beauty of a book that I could not put down.

- 4 out of 5 Splatters -

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Review - Nexis by: A.L. Davroe

In the domed city of Evanescence, appearance is everything. A Natural Born amongst genetically-altered Aristocrats, all Ella ever wanted was to be like everyone else. Augmented, sparkling, and perfect. Then…the crash. Devastated by her father’s death and struggling with her new physical limitations, Ella is terrified to learn she is not just alone, but little more than a prisoner.

Her only escape is to lose herself in Nexis, the hugely popular virtual reality game her father created. In Nexis she meets Guster, a senior player who guides Ella through the strange and compelling new world she now inhabits. He offers Ella guidance, friendship…and something more. Something that allows her to forget about the “real” world, and makes her feel whole again.

But Nexis isn’t quite the game everyone thinks it is.

And it’s been waiting for Ella.


When I started reading Nexis, I thought I was going to get a dark dystopia. At least, that's how A.L. Davroe sets up the story. Before you know it though, you're delved into a magical world full of adventure and deception. I could not put this one down, I constantly needed to know what was next and had questions I wanted answered at every turn. Nexis is just brilliantly weaved and creative throughout. 

Our protagonist, Ellani, makes it so easy to want to follow her story. She's down to earth and relatable on every level, yet at the same time has a strength to her. She is forced to grow up in so many ways on so many different levels through this story, and watching her come out on top makes you constantly root for her. I am so intrigued to see where her story will take us next.

Next, you're introduced to a slew of fellas in the beginning of the book, and once in the game of "Nexis" any one of them could be the mysterious Guster. Guster is simply, for lack of a better word, perfect. I genuinely loved his role in this book and everything he was made to be. I was literally so surprised at the end of the book of not only who we find out he may be in real life but also of how many times this story was able to whip my brain back and forth. Every time a hint was revealed, I would scroll back to the opening chapters for clues...but A.L. Davroe did a very good job of covering her tracks to keep you guessing.

Once I got to the last quarter of the book, it was impossible to put down. I honestly kept feeling like I was in a tangled spider web as much as Elle did. One moment I was believing one thing and in the next I was questioning my own thoughts. This debut is a fantastically written sci-fi, fantasy. I kept having the, "Wait, maybe I should put the book down and go do something else so I don't finish." That thought didn't get too far, considering I'd do a task and want to pick it right back up.Overall, I'm blown away by Nexis. This story is everything I want in aa book and with how it ends, I am dying for the next book in series and cannot wait to see what happens next!!

- A million stars out of 5 -

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Review - Illusions of Fate by: Kiersten White

Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare in this lush, romantic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.

“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray. 

Reading Illusions of Fate is like taking a stroll through a magical chapter from an older time in London except add tangles and twists and a little bit of suspense. At least, that's how I felt while reading this story. I adored reading this historical fantasy and each story line that was in it. 

Kiersten White has a way with creating snarky, strong female leads and I absolutely love that. Jessamin is as strong as they come in this story. I love how much she respects friends and family, however I do wish she would have given into Finn a little quicker. There was a lot of pushing away when he clearly adored her. 

On the fella side, I adored our leading boy Finn. He's charming, self-sacrificing, and truly does everything for the good of others. With Kelen, I almost thought at first we would get a love triangle. As the story goes on though Kelen, as a character, kept me guessing. I kept trying to figure out his role...and man, I was shocked when it was revealed. Plus, I love his name! 

The only thing about this book is I wish they delved a little deeper into the magic part. I wanted to know the ins and outs and all the secrets, however the book focuses more on the story line of main characters which isn't a bad thing! Other than that, I thought Illusions of Fate was a magically-weaved, fanatically written historical fiction. 

- 4 out of 5 splatters -

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - Enslaved

Enslaved by N.W. Harris
Genre: YA, post-apocalyptic
Publication: December 29th, 2015 by Clean Teen Publishing

If he loses her, he’ll lose his will to fight.

Shane and his friends survive the first major attack against the enemy, destroying the alien ships that came to harvest the children of Earth and turn them all into slaves. However, one ship escaped, and the aliens have captured Kelly. Shane will do whatever it takes to save her, but turning his back on his friends could jeopardize the whole mission.

The enemy invades Kelly’s mind, turning her into a slave soldier. She’ll follow their orders, even if it means murdering her friends, including her little sister and Shane. She is helpless, trapped inside her body while it performs heinous tasks under the direction of her new masters, while her sanity and desire to live fade.

Shane returns home to make a rescue attempt, only to find Kelly commanding an army of human slave soldiers, and she’s determined to make him join her ranks. Will Shane save Kelly before she gets to her sister, or will she help the enemy enslave the rest of humanity?

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Book #1

The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris
Genre: YA, post-apocalyptic
Publication: October 9th, 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing

One horrifying day will change the life of sixteen-year-old Shane Tucker and every other kid in the world.

In a span of mere hours, the entire adult population is decimated, leaving their children behind to fend for themselves and deal with the horrific aftermath of the freak occurrence. As one of the newly made elders in his small town, Shane finds himself taking on the role of caretaker for a large group of juvenile survivors. One who just happens to be Kelly Douglas—an out-of-his-league classmate—who, on any other day, would have never given Shane a second glance.

Together, they begin their quest to find out why all of the adults were slaughtered. What they find is even more horrifying than anything they could have expected—the annihilation of the adults was only the beginning. Shane and his friends are not the unlucky survivors left to inherit this new, messed-up planet. No, they are its next victims. There is an unknown power out there, and it won’t stop until every person in the world is dead.

A spine-tingling adventure that will have you gasping for breath all the way until the last page, The Last Orphans is the first book in an all-new apocalyptic series.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Review - Under His Skin by: Stacey O'Neale

Earth girls are never easy. But they're worth it.

Bakery owner Annabelle Sparks' business is booming ever since she won reality TV's Cupcake Wars. The one thing deflating her happy soufflé? The extremely sexy Kaden Chance only sees her as a best friend-and Annabelle wants so much more. After waiting a year for him recognize their chemistry, she's giving up and dating other people.

What she doesn't know is Kaden's heart doesn't actually beat. He's not human. Heck, he's not even from Earth. To retain his intergalactic immunity, no one can ever know he is an extraterrestrial. But when Annabelle starts dating, something strange happens to Kaden's unmoved heart: it begins to beat. Now he faces an impossible choice-tell Annabelle the truth and be deported-or lose his last chance at love. 

Under His Skin is a super sexy romance with a fast-paced plot and I just loved it.  Entangled never lets me down, and this one is no exception!

There's so many elements thrown into this story that make it so loveable. Firstly, I love that our protagonist, Bells, is such a sweetheart. It's nice for once to see a girl so kind who actually gets everything she ever wanted. On top of that, she bakes! Score for the yumminess!

On the other side, we have always got to have our sexy hunks and Kaden is no exception to that. Not only is he one of the best friends you could have, he's also got the body and looks to drool over. Oh and not to forget, he's got two good-looking hunk brothers, too. With our main fella, I adore how committed he is to Bells. Gotta love a swoon-worthy sweetheart.

Overall I thought this book was a super cute story with a side of fantasy and siracha! Yes, siracha...because it's more than just spicy. The only reason I knocked it a star was because I thought a few parts seemed rushed, otherwise I would definitely suggest checking this one out!

- 4 out of 5 Splatters -