Thursday, April 2, 2015

Qualify Review

600 pages

The year is 2047. An extinction-level asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and the descendents of ancient Atlantis have returned from the stars in their silver ships to offer humanity help.
But there’s a catch.
They can only take a tiny percent of the Earth’s population back to the colony planet Atlantis. And in order to be chosen, you must be a teen, you must be bright, talented, and athletic, and you must Qualify.
Sixteen-year-old Gwenevere Lark is determined not only to Qualify but to rescue her entire family.
Because there’s a loophole.
If you are good enough to Qualify, you are eligible to compete in the brutal games of the Atlantis Grail, which grants all winners the laurels, high tech luxuries, and full privileges of Atlantis Citizenship. And if you are in the Top Ten, then all your wildest wishes are granted… Such as curing your mother’s cancer.
There is only one problem.
Gwen Lark is known as a klutz and a nerd. While she’s a hotshot in classics, history, science, and languages, the closest she’s come to sports is a backyard pool and a skateboard.
This time she is in over her head, and in for a fight of her life, against impossible odds and world-class competition—including Logan Sangre, the most amazing guy in her class, the one she’s been crushing on, and who doesn’t seem to know she exists.
Because every other teen on Earth has the same idea.
You Qualify or you die.

Review:

It's hard to describe the feelings invoked in me while reading this book, but one thing is certain, by the end I absolutely wanted more. I think I can safely say that this is one of the most enjoyable novels I have read so far in 2015. The storyline was pleasantly different and original when it comes to the story of Atlantis. Imagine Atlantis as a super advanced part of the ancient human race who destroyed themselves and had to flee the planet and settle on a distant one. The Atlanteans eventually come back to save humankind from impending disaster. Enter, the Qualification trials. Although the majority of the book is taken up with the training for this competition, the action is not at all lacking. This story is told from Gwen's point of view which at first I found annoying, because she isn't very strong, seems very insecure, and is preoccupied with bullies. However, as the story went on, I could see Gwen growing and becoming the type of heroine you can't help but root for. Gwen isn't perfect and good at everything but she goes out of her way for the people that she loves the most. There's a little bit of a love triangle, although I don't think even Gwen has realized it yet, between herself, an Atlantean and a human.It doesn't completely develop so I'm interested to see where it goes in the next novel. The brutality of the competitions were actually a total shock to me and it seems like the Atlanteans are prepping these teens for something more. I cannot wait for the next book to be released in this seriesso that I can see what else is in store for the Qualify competitors. I definitely recommend this novel if you love exciting dystopian and science fiction books.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Red Queen Review

320 pages
Release Date: February 10th, 2015
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers. To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change. Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control. But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

Review (ARC):
This book was one of those rare 5-star reads for me. I had a truly amazing experience reading it! The world of the Silvers and Reds is one of those dystopian stories that pulls you in expanding the imagination. The Silvers are the nobles of this society, with god-like powers that gives them both superiority and the ability to oppress the Reds. The Reds are the commoners, the people who live in general poverty, never expecting a better life. Mare is the main character and she is just phenomenal. Mare is a strong and capable heroine who discovers that she may have the power to topple the Silver hierarchy. This power sucks her into the intrigue of the Silver royal family and the court that surrounds them. Cal and Maven are the two princes of the royal family, as well as Mare's love interests, and neither are what they seem. There is a lot of action since the Silvers use their powers to battle one another in an attempt to better their status in their royal world. This novel is ripe with secrets that go beyond what readers might expect and all kinds of twists that make it an exciting and surprising read. I absolutely recommend this novel to those who like dystopian novels and superhuman. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ms Book Queen's Books Read in 2014

Here's a list of all of the books I read in 2014. It was a pretty good year for books! Have a great New Year!
  1. A Feast For Crows- George R.R. Martin
  2. Into the Still Blue- Veronica Rossi
  3. These Broken Stars- Amie Kaufman
  4. Independent Study- Joelle Charbonneau
  5. The Offering- Kimberly Derting
  6. Let the Storm Break- Shannon Messenger
  7. Defy- Sara B. Larson
  8. Warrior- Ellen Oh
  9. Infinite- Jodi Meadows
  10. Tempest Revealed- Tracy Deebs
  11. Killer Frost- Jennifer Estep
  12. Taste of Darkness- Maria V. Snyder
  13. Ignite Me- Tahereh Mafi
  14. Lady Thief- A.C. Gaughen
  15. Three- Kristen Simmons
  16. Renegade- Debra Driza
  17. Cruel Beauty- Rosamund Hodge
  18. Strikeforce- Nick James
  19. Cress- Marissa Meyer
  20. Burn- Julianna Baggott
  21. Red Rising- Pierce Brown
  22. Flame- Amy Kathleen Ryan
  23. Revelations- J.A. Souders
  24. The Shadow Throne- Jennifer A. Nielsen
  25. Prince of Shadows- Rachel Caine
  26. Firebrand- Antony John 
  27. Fire & Flood- Victoria Scott
  28. The Emerald Tablet- Victoria Scott
  29. The Forever Song- Julie Kagawa
  30. Bewitching: The Kendra Chronicles by Alex Flinn
  31. Toxic Heart- Theo Lawrence
  32. Creators- Tiffany Truitt
  33. The One- Kiera Cass
  34. Frozen- Erin Bowman
  35. Mortal Danger- Ann Aguirre
  36. Raging Star- Moira Young
  37. Death Sworn- Leah Cypress
  38. Messenger of Fear- Michael Grant
  39. Deliverance- C.J. Redwine
  40. Stolen Songbird- Danielle L. Jensen
  41. Wings- Elizabeth Richards
  42. Graduation Day- Joelle Charbonneau
  43. The Eight Day- Dianne K. Salerni
  44. The Murder Complex- Lindsay Cummings
  45. The Kiss of Deception- Mary E. Pearson
  46. Midnight Thief- Livia Blackburne
  47. Illusive- Emily Lloyd-Jones
  48. The Fire Wish- Amber Lough
  49. Scorched- Mari Manscusi
  50. Shattered- Mari Manscusi
  51. Silver Shadows- Rachelle Meade
  52. Opposition- Jennifer L. Armentrout
  53. Storm Siren- Mary Weber
  54. Talon- Julie Kagawa
  55. The Revenge of Seven- Pittacus Lore
  56. Heir of Fire- Sarah Maas
  57. Princess of Thorns- Stacey Jay
  58. Island of Legends- Lisa McMann
  59. Perfected- Kate Jarvik Birch
  60. Crown of Ice- Vicki L. Weevil
  61. The Bone Whistle- K.B. Hoyle
  62. The Young Elites- Marie Lu
  63. Stray- Elissa Sussman
  64. The Blood of Olympus- Rick Riordan
  65. Snow Like Ashes- Sara Raasch
  66. Red Queen- Victoria Aveyard
  67. In The Afterlight- Alexandra Bracken
  68. Dearest- Alethea Kontis
  69. Empire of Shadows- Miriam Forster
  70. Crimson Bound- Rosamund Hodge
  71. Under My Skin- Shawntelle Madison
  72. Everblaze- Shannon Messenger
  73. Captive- Aimee Carter
  74. Zodiac- Romina Russell
  75. Dreamer's Pool- Juliet Marlier
  76. Gathering Darkness- Morgan Rhode

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