Book Review : RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard

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This book simply blew my mind away. Until now, I still haven’t figured out how to articulate my love and adoration for this book. Hence the delay in this review, but let me try anyway.

This started out SO GOOD. I LOVED the whole idea about being divided by blood, and the silvers having these awesome powers,

I loved (and hated) all the betrayal and the fact that you never really know who you can trust.. that ending. Man was I shocked…

Mare – the heroine – is incontestably fearless, rather reckless, badass enough but… not a ruler born. She wants the best for her people and tries to free them with as much power as she can muster, but her taking rash important decisions draws affliction to her person and people around her. A lot. Lot. If becoming a queen is her destiny, then she requires some character development. I enjoyed her and her vision of a better world for Reds, but couldn’t exactly connect with her. I’m more of a thinker, ponderer, while she’s definitely a combatant.

You know what? There is a love triangle – almost… square? – but it wasn’t a bother. It made sense and, here and there, was actually strategic. Oh, manipulation corners every chapter. If you think that there will be no sacrifices/collateral damages to getting the freedom desired, well then you might be quite shocked

Red Queen deserves everything it acquired thus far: thousands of five-star ratings and reviews from readers of all over the world, a discernible tremendous hype that got to me with much force and… its standing as #1 New York Times Bestseller.

Book Review | The wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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I’m a big fan of fairytale retellings, and I’m always looking for ones that are outside the usual western European stories. The Wrath and the Dawn is a retelling of 1001 Nights (sometimes called the Arabian Nights), a collection of traditional Arabic folk tales with a framing story about a murderous king who kills his new wives at dawn every morning.

In this version, 18-year-old Khalid is the Caliph (or King) of Khorasan. Every day, he takes a new bride, who is then murdered the following morning. After her best friend is killed, a young woman named Shahrzad volunteers to become the Caliph’s next bride. She want revenge, but to get it, she’ll have to make it past the first night. She tells him a story and he’s intrigued enough to keep her alive for another day. And thus begins an elaborate power struggle between the spouses, as Shahrzad begins to see that her husband is perhaps not the monster she assumes him to be.

I really enjoyed The Wrath and the Dawn. Shahrzad is an awesome heroine. Even with her need for revenge, she’s smart enough to take the long view and she finds ways to keep Khalid fascinated enough to spare her life each day. Khalid is an interesting character. A guy who kills a wife a day isn’t exactly appealing, but the author makes him compelling. It’s clear from the beginning that Khalid isn’t a just a psychopath and that there’s something more going on, but Shahrzad will have to break down a lot of barriers to get to the truth. Their game of cat and mouse is fascinating to read about, and I had moments of dread when Shahrzad was pushing at Khalid, wondering what might make him snap. And as she’s plotting her revenge, she finds herself developing unexpected feelings for her husband. It’s a tense, absorbing read.

I did have some small issues with the writing. There were times when the descriptions felt a bit overdone. For example, every time characters are eating, we’re given a detailed description of the food, which felt unnecessary after the first couple of times. And the reader is constantly reminded of the eye colors of the two main characters (hazel for Shahrzad and amber for Khalid). Eye color seems to be mentioned every few pages, and I found it annoying. But these are minor quibbles, and I’m sure many readers won’t be bothered by them. Also, I expected there to be more stories within the main story, given the source material, but there are only a few.

I highly recommend The Wrath and the Dawn, and I’ll be back for the sequel next year.

Cover Reveal : This Man of mine by J. S Cooper

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**This Man of Mine by New York Times Bestselling Author J. S. Cooper Cover Reveal**
 
This Man of Mine is a standalone novel by J. S. Cooper that will be released on April 26th, 2016. The cover was designed by Louisa Maggio of LM Book Creations!
 
How well can you know someone? What if the person you were closest to was the one you couldn’t trust?

Ellen 

 
I thought I met the love of my life. I thought he was my soulmate. I thought I could trust him with my everything. But at what point do you truly know a person?

I met Finn when I was a child. He was my best friend, my protector, my other half. Both of us had troubled childhoods, secrets we wanted to take to the grave, but somehow together we grew stronger. Our connection was the most important part of my life until he broke my heart.

With nothing left inside I tried to fill myself with my studies guided by inspiring Professor Bhear. Together we made a great team — his deep insights and strong directions coupled with my dedication uncovered secrets not only in our research but also connected to a local mystery. The lines soon became blurred as we delved deeper into the disappearance of local girls and I began to wonder exactly what Professor Bhear wanted from me.

Nora 


Life had no meaning for me until I met Rafe. He was serious, thoughtful and passionate. He was the antithesis of everything I believed in, yet I was drawn to him, like a moth to a flame. He excited me with his romanticism, yet, there was a frightening edge to him that I didn’t understand. His pursuit of me was ruthless, captivating, all-consuming and that excited me.

Then the emails started coming. And the calls. A dark mysterious stranger started wooing me. And something about our connection and his devotion to me ignites a yearning in me that can’t be quenched or matched. I find myself drawn to this man, even though common sense tells me to be cautious. Intrinsically, I know I can trust him. I know his devotion and love are real.

When do you know if you’ve met the love of your life? How do you know if you can trust someone. Ellen and Nora both find themselves caught up in a twisted web of deceit, love and secrets that they don’t know how to untangle. As they start to unravel the layers of all of the men in their lives, they start to realize that they are connected in a shocking way and that nothing is ever as it seems. Sometimes the ones we trust the most are the ones that can most shock us.
 
Coming to Amazon and Barnes & Noble soon.