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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Midnight Thief Review

368 pages

Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.
But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.
Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.
When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.

This novel is an absolute amazing combination of action, adventure with underlying mystery! Set in what seems to be a medieval time, this story is told in third person from Kyra and Tristam's point of view. Kyra is the focus and main character of this story, and she is an amazing heroine although she's also a thief. Kyra hasn't had the best life and enjoys living on the edge to survive. Tristam has had an easier go at it, and has been raised to become a knight and serve the Council. Kyra and Tristam, despite their different upbringings, have something inside them that just wants the people of their city to be treated better. I love the fact that Kyra doesn't let her background or others influence her to do something that she knows to be wrong. I also love that Tristam will do what's right for anyone no matter how he has to find a way to do it. The true nature of the Demon Riders is a definite twist in this story, as is finally figuring out why Kyra has the abilities that she does. There is a bit of romance in this novel but it doesn't distract from the action. This story is explosive, exciting and culminates into a decisive end. I absolutely loved this story and can't wait to see what's next for Kyra's future adventures. I definitely recommend this book if you like fantasy fiction.


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