The Wine book tag

I was tagged by Lois@ mymidnightmusing to do this tag. You should check out her blog. 🙂 It is somewhat ironic that I’m doing this tag seeing as how I don’t like wine but I don’t think liking wine is a requirement. (At least I hope not!!)

Box Wine – a book that people will judge you for liking but you like it anyway!



Atlantia by Ally Condie

Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

This book gets a lot of hate on booktube and has many bad reviews but I liked it!

Organic Wine – a book that doesn’t have any added crap in it and is just written perfectly.

Just Listen


Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store.

This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.

Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.

This book was just so perfectly written and there was nothing unnecessary in there.


Gluehwein – a really spicy, wintry read.

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)


Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

I don’t know how spicy this book really is but it’s definitely wintery!

Sauvignon Blanc – a really sharp and aggressive read that you couldn’t put down!

Vicious (Vicious, #1)


Vicious by V.E Schwab

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

This book is about a villain fighting a worse villain and it is dark, brutal and super addictive.

Pinot Noir – a book you didn’t expect much from but ended up getting blown away!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)


Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Even with all the hype about how amazing this book is I expected to dislike it. It just did not sound like my thing, but I ended up loving it. It was just amazing.

Chardonnay – a good summer read that was super-zesty?

Caribbean Cruising


Caribbean Cruising by Rachel Hawthorne

The perfect summer story of a girl, several boys, and a cruise ship full of possibilities.

Lindsay has never been on a cruise, but she knows exactly what she wants to do now that she is: climb a waterfall, snorkel, meet lots of cute guys, and look for one perfect guy for a summer fling.

But her to-do list isn’t going according to plan, especially when she discovers that it’s impossible to have a fling-when you’re actually falling in love.


This book is just super fun and it totally made me wish I were on a cruise in the Caribbean.

Rose – a book that has a little bit of everything in it.

Revenge and the Wild


Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.

Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Nine years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes—and there’s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.

But Westie’s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold—which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There’s only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie’s kin. With the help of Nigel’s handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she’s not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now.

This thrilling novel is a remarkable tale of danger and discovery, from debut author Michelle Modesto.

This book has so many elements that really should not work together but somehow do. It is super unique and weird (in a good way) and I really liked it.

Shiraz – A full-bodied book that is dark and juicy.

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

I just finished this book yesterday and it was so AMAZING! Just prefect and juicy and dark and all things good.

Merlot – a smooth easy read with a soft finish.

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour


Amy & Roger’s epic detour by Morgan Matson

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.


This book is super fun, easy to read and low on drama.

Champagne – Your Favourite Book.

The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling.

I tag anyone that wants to do this tag! 🙂




My unfinished series part 2

I recently did a post about my unfinished series. Since then I have remembered a lot more series I have not yet read. In my last post I only included completed series but in this one I have decided to include unfinished once that I’m not caught up on yet. I hope you enjoy seeing how awful I am at finishing series and that maybe it makes you feel better about your own huge TBR piles.

The Diviners series by Libba BrayPictures40This series sounds interesting and somewhat scary, which is probably why I have yet to pick it up. I have a very low tolerance for ghosts; they scare the shit out of me. I do really want to read this series though because it takes place in the 20s in New York and has flappers and all that good stuff. This series is not completed yet and it looks like there will be two more books although there is no info about when these will arrive or what they will be called

The Remnant Chronicles Trilogy by Mary E. PearsonPictures42.jpgI read the first book in this series when it was released in 2014 and absolutely loved it. Then for some reason I never got around to picking up the second book and now it is almost time for the third book to be released. I have decided to wait until the third book is out and them marathon the entire trilogy because I don’t really remember much from the first book anymore. The third book comes out August the 2nd for those of you wondering.

The Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead Pictures43.jpgI have read four books in this series and plan to read the last two soon. I have no idea why but Richelle Mead series take me ages to finish, not because I don’t like them but because I just can’t marathon them for some reason. I did really enjoy the first four books in this series though. 

The Graceling Realm series by Kristin CashorePictures44.jpgI started reading Graceling about a year ago and then I got distracted by other books and completely forgot about it. I really did like what little I read and I hope to pick this series back up soon.

Snow like Ashes Trilogy by Sara RaaschPictures45.jpgThis is another series where I read the first book when it came out and never got around to reading book two. I have decided to just wait to read it until after September 20th when book three is published so I can just marathon book two and three.

The Malediction trilogy by Danielle L. JensenPictures46.jpgYet another series where I read the first book and then never got around to picking up the second. That really seems to happen a lot! I really liked the first book in this trilogy and I hope I can get around to finishing it soon. 

The 5th Wave Trilogy by Rick YanceyPictures47.jpgThe last book in this trilogy is being published this month and I have yet to start book one. This series has so much hype and the first book has even been made into a movie so yeah I need to get to it. I do plan to read the 5th wave this month and if I like it, I’ll probably read the infinite sea as well.

I’m sure that there is still a ton of series that I’m forgetting but for now, these are the ones I can think of. I would love to know which of these you have finished or are caught up on, and what you thought of them. I would also love to know which series you haven’t finished yet so comment and let me know! 🙂




This month I have decided to participate in the May book pool hosted by the goodreads group crazy for young adult books. The book pool works by everyone participating contributing three YA books to the pool and whoever reads the most books win. You don’t get a price or anything but it’s fun. Most of my TBR books for May are from this pool but some are not. If you want more information about the book pool click here.

Here is my TBR: Pictures35Wicked lovely by Melissa Maar . This book is part of the book pool so maybe this will be the month I finally move past book two in this series.

Golden Son by Pierce Brown . I read Red Rising in April and I loved it so much I added book two to the book pool myself.

Morning Star by Pierce Brown . When I borrowed Golden Son from the library and saw that they had this one as well, I just had to borrow it. Turns out this was a good decision since someone has now added it to the book pool.

Pictures36.jpgDorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige . This is one of those books that I really want to read but never seem to get to. Hopefully I will this month seeing as how it is in the book pool.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. This book has been on my TBR for ages and I need to read it. It is also in the book pool so I will get a point for reading it.

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter. I’m not going to lie I mostly want to read this because of the cover and because it’s in the book pool.

Pictures37.jpgCarry On by Rainbow Rowell. I am a bit hesitant about this book but I have enjoyed Rainbow Rowell’s previous books so I will give it a chance. It is also in the book pool so I will get a point for it.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. This book is my most anticipated May release and I am so excited to read it. It is in the book pool to which is a bonus.

The Rose & The Dagger by Renèe Ahdieh. This book was one of my most anticipated April releases and I actually entered this into the book pool myself.

Pictures38.jpgWhen We Collided by Emery Lord. This book was also one of my most anticipated April releases and I can’t wait to read it. The fact that it is in the Book pool is a bonus.

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver . This book was my last contribution to the book pool and I want to read it because it sounds really intriguing and good. I am nervous though because Lauren Oliver’s books tend to be a hit or miss for me, hopefully this one is a hit.

Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales. I started reading this book months ago and never finished it because other books distracted me. When I saw it in the book pool, it reminded me of the fact that I want to finish it so that’s what I’ll do.

Pictures39.jpgThe Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. I love Morgan Matson’s books and I am pretty sure this one won’t be an exception. It just sound super cute and fun and I can’t wait to read it.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. I picked this one up on a whim when I saw it at the library. It looked beautiful and sounded intriguing so I figured I would read it.

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead. I am currently on page 98 of this book and so far, I am enjoying it.

There are a lot more books in the book pool that I want to read this month but these 15 are the ones I’m prioritising. I don’t know if I will get to all of them because I am moving into a new apartment this month and that will probably take up a lot of my time, but I can always hope.

What are you planing on reading in May?




April wrap up

This month I read 19 books, which I am really pleased with. In terms of sticking to my TBR, I did not do to well… I only read two out of five which is not great. I did manage to write more reviews than I normally do this month though so April has been a great reading month overall.

Here are the books I read this month:

Pictures27.jpgRed Rising by Pierce Brown. This is one of the books I wrote a review for so if you want to check that out just click on this link .

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury. I have a review for this one as well so feel free to check it out. My review.

Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children by Ransom Riggs. This book was amazing and if you want to know more about my thoughts I do have a Review. My review.

Pictures28.jpgLove and other Theories by Alexis Bass. I have a review for this one so feel free to check it out here.

A study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. You can check out my review for this book here.

Pretending to be Erica by Michelle Painchaud. This is the last book I have a review for this month and you can check it out here.

Pictures29.jpgRebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes . This book was even better than the first book in the series and it really got me hooked.

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes . This book is probably my favourite book in this series so far. It was just so good!

Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes. This book was just as good as the rest of the series and I am now all caught up on it. Unfortunately, this means I have to wait a long time for the fifth book…

A book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes. This is the first book in a Falling kingdoms spin off series and personally I like this one more. I just connected more to the characters in this one and I found it more interesting, but I still love both series!

Pictures30.jpgBirthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien. This is a dystopian and unfortunately, I did not like it much. I felt like I had read the story before and it just fell a bit flat.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. This book was amazing! Heart breaking but great. You should definitely read it.

Lying out loud by Kody Keplinger. This was a fun contemporary and we get to see Bianca and Wes from the DUFF so that was nice. It was a good book and I enjoyed it.

Pictures31.jpgSuicide notes from beautiful girls by Lynn Weingarten. I have no idea how to explain this book without spoiling anything so I won’t try. I can say that it was an interesting read that I liked.

My heart and other black holes by Jasmine Warga. This book is about depression and suicide so it is not a light, fluffy contemporary. It was good though and I enjoyed it.

Mosquitoland by David Arnold. This book deals with some serious topics as well and is definitely a heavy read. I don’t know quite how I feel about this story because it was a bit weird. I guess I liked it though.

Pictures32.jpgThe Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead. This is the forth book in the bloodlines series and I enjoyed it. I did like the first three books more but I still found this really good.

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth. This book was sadly not for me. It wasn’t bad but I didn’t connect with any of the characters or the plot.

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins. This book was great and I am so glad that it lived up to my high expectations. I just wish I could have the second book right now!

That concludes my wrap up for April. What did you guys read this month?




Book Fangirling Award

blogawardbuttonI was nominated for this by Carrianne @ cuppacritiques. You should go check out her blog because it is awesome!


  • Create a post to accept your reward.
  • Answer the questions at the end.
  • Nominate 5 – 10 bloggers who you think also deserve this award.
  • Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees.

The questions:

1) If you could steal a character’s clothes, whose would you steal?

I would steal Celaena Sardothien’s clothes because she has a lot of pretty dresses and I really want her assassin suit.

2) If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?

I would just die if I could only read one book ever again! Seriously, I don’t think I could handle it. #myworstnightmare!!

3) What trope would you like to see more in books?

Platonic male/female friendships. I feel like this trope is almost non-existent in YA and it is ridiculous because boys and girls can be just friends.

4) Favorite bookish loot? If you don’t have any, then favorite book cover?

My platform 9 3/4 cup. It is beautiful and has an incorporated spoon. I would include a picture but it is currently in a box somewhere since I am moving at the moment.

5) Which scene would you like to be apart of and in what book?

The jule ball at Hogwarts or a transfiguration class. Anything ordinary at Hogwarts really. The jule ball is in Harry potter and the goblet of fire so let’s go with that one.

My Questions:

  1. What new release are you most exited to read in May?
  2. Do you prefer hardbacks, paperbacks or eBooks?
  3. Do you own any signed books?
  4. What was the last book you read?
  5. What is your favourite book cover?

I nominate:

Mosope and Hannah @ Ourreadsblog

Raven and Beez @ Ravenandbeez

Cat @ theyusedtodance

Yasaman @ followingmusesblog



Most anticipated May releases

There are many great books being published in May and just like in April, I think I need to win some money in order to buy all of them! This month there are 16 books I am super excited for so let’s just get on with the list.

P.S To get to the books goodreads page click on the cover pictures.

On Sale May 3

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)This is probably the book I’m most excited about getting my hands on. I just want it now!

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan MatsonThe Unexpected EverythingI love Morgan Matson and I am so excited that she has a new book! This one sounds like it will be just as great as her other books and the cover is so pretty.

Ruined by Amy TinteraRuined (Ruined, #1)This will be a new author for me but the story sounds great so I have high hopes.

Queen of Hearts by Colleen OakesQueen of Hearts (Queen of Hearts Saga #1)I really enjoy retellings and reading about how villains became the way they are, so this sounds perfect.

The May Queen Murders by Sarah JudeThe May Queen MurdersI don’t normally go for horror stories because I get scared easily but this one sounds too good to pass up.

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter HapgoodThe Square Root of SummerThis book sounds really intriguing and different and I can’t wait to read it.

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreightThe OutliersLately I have been loving thrillers and this one sounds fantastic.

Traitor Angels by Anne BlankmanTraitor AngelsThis is a historical fiction and it sounds really good.

Night Speed by Chris HowardNight SpeedThis book sounds really interesting and action-packed.

On Sale May 17

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn SkyeThe Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)I have been anticipating this for so long and I can’t wait to have it in my hands!

Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephanie PerkinsSummer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love StoriesThis book contains short stories from some great authors so hopefully it will be a good book.

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. ArmentroutThe Problem with ForeverI love Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books and this one sounds amazing.

Girl Against the Universe by Paula StokesGirl Against the UniverseThis sounds like a fun, light contemporary and I tend to enjoy those.

On Sale May 24

Outrun the Moon by Stacey LeeOutrun the MoonI mostly want this because of the gorgeous cover. It is just so pretty!

Please Don’t Tell by Laura TimsPlease Don't TellThis is a mystery thriller and it sounds really intriguing.

On Sale May 31

Wanderlost by Jen MaloneWanderlostThis sounds like a cute summer romance type story and I love those.

Are there any May releases you are eagerly anticipating that I did not mention on this list? Let me know in the comments! 🙂



The Friday 56X8

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Fredasvoice.


Grab a book, any book.

Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader

Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)

Post it.

Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.’

The book: Vanishing GirlsVanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver


New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

The 56:

We don’t talk about the accident, or Dara, or about the past at all. And suddenly it’s three o’clock and the first  shift of my new job is over, and it didn’t totally suck. 

Waiting on Ruined

waiting on” wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by  Breaking the spine, that spotlights  upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. Ruined (Ruined, #1)


By: Amy Tintera

Expected publication: May 3rd 2016 by HarperTeen

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.

Why I’m waiting

  1. It sounds like a great story.
  2. It is a fantasy and I love fantasy.
  3. It apparently has deception and I like reading about that.

What are you guys curently waiting on? :)




The Book Sacrifice Tag

I was tagged by Vivian @ Inked in pages to do this fun tag! Thank you for tagging me! 😀

If you click on the book covers, they will transport you to goodreads where you can learn more about them.

An over-hyped book

Situation: You’re in a store when the zombie apocalypse hits. The military informs everyone that over-hyped books are the zombies only weakness. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you disliked do you start chucking at the zombies?Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)











Everyone seems to love this book but personally, I found it a bit boring. It is also a pretty big book so it would hurt the zombies.

A sequel

Situation: torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

   Insurgent (Divergent, #2)










I really like divergent but Insurgent was a letdown. I would feel bad about using any book as an umbrella but at least I would not miss this one.

A Classic

Situation: You’re in English class and your professor raves about a Classic that “transcends time”. If given the opportunity to travel back in time, which Classic would you try to stop from ever publishing? 

I have only read a few classics and I liked all of them so I really don’t have an answer for this.

A Least Favourite Book

Situation: apparently global warming = suddenly frozen wasteland. Your only hope of survival for warmth is to burn a book. Which book will you not regret lighting? Immortal (Immortal, #1)











This book was so full of stupid and instalove and I really disliked it. It would still feel bad to burn a book but I would not miss this one.

I tag:

Heather @ thesassygeek

Samantha @ mybooksense

Fadwa @ wordwoonders

And anyone else that wants to do this! 🙂






Red Rising Review

Red Rising (Red Rising, #1)

Red Rising (Red Rising 1) by Pierce Brown

Publisher: Del Rey (Random House)

Publication date: January 28th 2014

Genre: YA, Science Fiction.

My rating: 5 stars

“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”

“I live for you,” I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

This book takes place on mars and follows Darrel. He and all the other people living underground on mars believe that they are there to make the planet liveable for the rest of humanity by mining a substance called (insert). Life on mars is hard, there is just enough food to survive, they never get to go above ground and men die all the time in mining accidents. They endure it because they believe they are saving humanity. Then Darrel discovers that everything he believes is a lie, because the other humans are already on mars and his people are nothing more than slaves. He joins the rebellion and gets a mission to join the gold academy and graduate whit high marks so that he becomes important in society.

In this, book colours divide humans. These colours reflect a person status and worth. The Golds have the best reflexes and physicality and are therefore at the top. The reds are basically slaves and most of them live underground in mining cities, although a few lucky ones get to be servants in the city. When joining the rebellion Darren learns that not only has mars been liveable for a long time but most of the other planets are as well, and the moon is where the people in charge lives.

I found the world in this novel so fascinating. I loved how there were all these colours and the fact that it takes place on mars. This book was violent. There is a lot of killing happening but it is written in such a way that you really don’t think about the violence until after the book is over. The gold academy is brutal and the only rule is that you can’t kill a classmate on purpose although the teachers realise that accidents can happen.

When I was reading this book I really felt like I was right there with Darrel, enduring everything with him and that’s why a lot of the violence didn’t register because it felt like the only thing to do. There were also a lot of humour in this book that help make the violence fade and not seem so serious.

In conclusion, I loved this book. The world, the writing and the characters were all fantastic and I recommend that everyone (over 15) read this!