Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Review ~ The 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.

Jewelz Review~
I purchased this book a couple years ago and just now got a chance to sit down and read it. I'm so glad I finally did, but wish I had been able to read it earlier. The Red Queen is a dystopian novel that has elements reminiscent of popular reads such as The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Selection. The subtitle/tagline "Power is a dangerous game" is perfect for this intriguing tale.

Mare Barrow is part of a society where your blood literally determines your destiny. Those with blood of silver are the ruling and upper class; those with blood of red are little more than slaves, destined to a life of servitude and poverty. When fate seems to smile upon her, despite her red blood she is swept into the life of a Silver - in fact, a life of a royal.

But, the seeming life of privilege is nothing more than a different cage. Mare is forced to become someone she isn't - forced to lie about not only who she is, but what she believes. She desperately tries to hold on to her true identity while attempting to navigate this new life. However, Mare doesn't realize she is only a pawn in a dangerous game where anyone can betray anyone.

From the first page, Aveyard pulls you into Mare's world of red and silver - a world where power corrupts, trust is fragile, and the line between truth and lies is often blurred.

FYI~ Clean read. Some violence.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New Release by Colleen Houck ~ Tiger's Dream

A tiger left behind.

A goddess in need of an ally.

Stranded in a time and place he never wished for, Kishan Rajaram must carry out his destiny of assisting the beautiful yet extremely irritable goddess Durga. This daunting task is not made easy by the fact that he must also face the truth about the girl he loves and the brother who stole her away.

When the wily shaman Phet appears and tells Kishan that Kelsey needs him, he jumps at the chance to see her again. In his efforts to save her, Kishan discovers that the curse he thought was over is just beginning. As time unravels around him, Kishan realizes that the fates of all those he holds dear lie in hands.

The goddess’s power hangs in the balance. Kishan has no choice but to sacrifice the unthinkable to fight the dark forces swirling around the woman he’s charged to protect. As he does, he discovers that love and loyalty create their own magic and accepts that he must decide his destiny once and for all.

Tiger’s Dream is the conclusion to the epic Tiger’s Curse fantasy romance series that left you breathless.

~Get the rest of the Tiger's Series Here~