Monday, October 10, 2011

The Pledge by: Kimberly Derting

Synopsis: In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines what class you are, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place—looking a member of a higher class in the eye can result in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she’s been hiding her whole life. Her only place of release is the drug-filled underground club scene, where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she’s never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. Through a series of violent upheavals, it becomes clear that Charlie herself is the key to forcing out the oppressive power structure of her kingdom….


Thoughts: With its unique concepts, thrilling moments, and unexpected twists, The Pledge deserves all the fantastic praise its been receiving.

We start off with Charlaina, or Charlie for short, who is of the vendor class. In Charlie's world, language is everything... and each class has its own language. She's not in the lowest class and she's not in a higher class either, but Charlie has a secret: she can understand each and every language. A trait which if revealed, could be the death of her. One night, when Charlie decides to go to a club with her best friend Brook, she meets the mysterious and sexy Max. But, Max and his friends can speak a language she's never heard before, yet she can still interpret it. As she gets to know Max, and new secrets are revealed, Charlie begins to realize she's far more important than she's realized.

I have to give it to Kimberly Derting, The Pledge is very unique, and has many unexpected twists... some I saw coming and others that made my jaw drop. She created such a dark, and thrilling world that I loved reading about. I think it was Dee from Good Choice Reading that said "This should be a movie!" and I SOO, SOO agree. I think this book would make the best movie ever. Hey... I've got blonde hair, can I try out for Charlie?! Just kidding haha, but in all seriousness, this book is set up that if it was a movie, I'd see at midnight opening day. The details, the magic, the violence, the secrets, the imagery is just all set up so beautifully.

With the characters, I so adored them all. Each and every character had a role to play, and was important to the story somehow. Charlie, is a brilliant lead character. She's strong, and careful, and the love she has for her family is just so admirable. Speaking of her family, I just couldn't get enough of her little sister, Angelina. Next, Charlie's best friends Brooklynn and Aron... Brook was, well without spoiling anything, was a very surprising character. At first, I honestly didn't think she was a very good friend but throughout the book, she grew on me. And Aron, well Aron is the sweetheart best guy friend we all know and love. And... Max. Mmm sexy, mysterious, protective Max. What can I say without spoiling anything... but that I loved his role and his determination, and I'd take me a Max any day!

There are other characters that played roles too... Xander, Eden, Zafir, Claude, Sydney, Sabara, Charlie's Parents, and they all were enjoyable to read about.

Overall, The Pledge is a magical and mysterious story that I'm sure so many readers will enjoy. And, I have to mention the cover! I think the cover is beautiful and fits the book perfectly. Also, I'm SO happy that this will be a series because after that ending I need more! I need to know what happens to Charlie! I need more Max! I need more unexpected twists and another riveting dark story!


- 5 out of 5 stars -


  1. Yay! I am so happy you enjoyed it as much as me! I live this book and think we shouls cast the characters lol

    Great review chica!

  2. Aww, you're so lucky that you got this one! I LOVE Kimberly Derting's The Body Finder series so I can't wait until this book comes out!

    Awesome review, Jena! I'm SO glad that you liked this one -- it just made me even more excited to get my hands on a copy! :)

  3. Nice review! I haven't read the sinopsis of this book until now and it does sounds mysterious and unique. Now I really want to read it! Darn it lol another one to my list.
    The entire dynamic you described sounds soo good and I love all the names!

    P.S: Based on your review, this books reminds of Anathema by Megg Jensen, you should check it out If you haven't read it. Fast read and it's reaaally good.

  4. You always know how to convince me to read a book :D Well, not that I needed convincing because hello, it's Kimberly Derting!! (Still need to read Desires of the Dead, meeep!). Anyway, this sounds AWESOME and I'm so so so happy it lives up to what expectations. It's such an intriguing premise and I can't wait to uncover all the twists and to meet these fabuous characters! Fantastic review!! :D

    And re: your comment on my review: virtual hug is better than NO hug, right? *SQUISHES IN A HUG*

  5. I love that this has a lot of character names that are more unique. I get sick of coming across Nick's and Daniel's in nearly everything.

    Even with such an interesting plot idea, I love that it's the characters that impressed you. It makes me excited to read it.

  6. Oh this sounds so awesome. I just got it this week as well and can't wait to get into it. I love it when the characters all have a purpose and twists that are unexpected. Great review!

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  7. I'm so glad you like it, it was a book in my wishlist. I juste love the cover ! It's always so great to have a book different from others. Thanks for your awesome review

  8. I Love Derting! Her writing is wonderful to me. Glad to see that you enjoyed this one!

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  9. The book wasn't overly heavy on the romance, which is nice once in a while. It was a big part of the story without being overwhelming and taking over. I really liked Max. He was sweet and intriguing. I didn't know what to think of Xander, but ended up really liking him too. I look forward to getting to know the characters more in the next book. I am really hoping that I will get that connection to them that I really like to have while reading.


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