Stephanie's books

Clockwork Angel
City of Bones
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Golden Compass
Night World, No. 2
Thirst No. 2: Phantom, Evil Thirst, and Creatures of Forever
Thirst No. 3: The Eternal Dawn
The Iron Daughter
The Iron King
A Discovery of Witches
A Great and Terrible Beauty
The Hunger Games
The Host
City of Glass
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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Sunday, 5 April 2015

Book Review- Red Queen (Red Queen #1)

Title: Red Queen (Red Queen #1)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Format I Read: Hardcover
Rating: 5/5

Goodreads summary:
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?

My Review:
This book is definitely my favorite of the year. I'm a huge sucker for a royal court and all the lies and espionage that goes along with it and this book delierved on all the drama I had hoped for, and to deliver that drama is an interesting court indeed, two princes both different and both untrustworthy in their own way, a cold and heartless queen with a deadly power determined to control everyone and everything, a hardcore king that I never really got a full read on, and most dramatic of all the members of the high houses fighting for wealth and power. The backstabbing and fight for survival was so exciting and my favorite thing, and the betrayals suffered were terrible but also oddly satisfying and I hope to witness some revenge soon and it also taught me an important ... "Anyone can betray anyone." 
I hope this review is not just on big ramble I loved it so much I'm finding it hard to get my feelings out, I just had so many of them and it's hard to get them in order but onward we go anyway.
I touched a bit on the royal court, which is full of characters I loved to hate and even a few that I just loved but Mare, the girl who is different and a threat to the Silvers way of life was my favorite she had a strong will and right or wring she knows what she wants and what needs to be done, I really hope she uses the lessons she learned while staying at the palace to help her win, I am rooting for her and her band of warriors:
"We will rise, red as the dawn." 
My biggest regret is that now I have to wait for the other books in the trilogy, but on the plus side I have time to reread this one before I get the others and get a great adventure once again.
I'm extremely glad I fed into the hype because it worked out really well for me, I was shocked, I cried and I sat on the edge of my seat in anticipation when things got dicey, it was a wonderful journey and I can't wait to spend more time in this magically twisted world full of greatness. 

"Iam the king and you could've been my red queen, now you are nothing."

Friday, 3 April 2015

Book Review- Sapphire Blue (Ruby Red #2)

Title: Sapphire Blue (Ruby Red #2)
Author: Kerstin Gier
Translated to english by Anthea Bell
Format I Read: Paperback
Rating: 4/5

Goodreads summary:
Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.
 At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.

My Review:
I have to admit I did not like this one as much as book one, there were lots of drawn out parts and I'm sure that a lot of the things mentioned or talked about will come into play later but it made for a longer reading time than I expected since I flew through book one in a single sitting.
I love the idea behind this story and the time travel aspect is very well done, I can't wait to see why everyone is so nervous or excited about the circle closing and how the prophecies will play a part. I really enjoy how complicated things have become and I'm interested to watch it all play out.
Gwen bothers me a bit, I understand Gideon is gorgeous but I feel like she wastes to much time on him when much mire important things are going on, she travels through time people are after her and other things I woukd like to think a boy would not be so distracting but I'm not 16 anymore so maybe I'm wrong. Gideon has also started to bither me a bit... what is he up too? I hope I get answers in book 3.
the last quarter if this book was exciting and I hope that continues cause im anxious for the answers I need.