Saturday, December 26, 2015

{Review} Queen of Tomorrow by Sherry Ficklin

Queen of Tomorrow by Sherry Ficklin
Published: July 14th, 2015 by Clean Teen Publishing
Series: Stolen Empire #2
Source: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA, Historical Romance
Pages: 280

Sophie—now Catherine, Grand Duchess of Russia—had a tough first year at Imperial Court. Married at sixteen to Grand Duke Peter, heir to the throne, and settled in their own palace, things are finally looking up. As a new day dawns, she thinks only of securing her future, and the future of their country, during one of the greatest political upheavals of her time. Fighting desperately against forces trying to depose the Empress Elizabeth and put the young Prince Ivan on her throne, Sophie soon finds herself in the middle of a war brewing between her beloved Prussia, and her new empire. But even as she navigates the fragile political landscape, she quickly realizes that she has only begun to discover the tangled web of deceit and infidelity woven over the lavish court of Oranienbaum Palace.

When a strange and delicate alliance forms between the young couple, she glimpses a future of happiness, only to see it lost in a moment at the hands of those who still seek to end her life—and prevent her reign. Out of favor with the empress and running out of options, Sophie will have to sacrifice her own innocence on the altar of Russia if she is to save the nation, and herself. To survive, she will have to do the unthinkable, betray those closest to her and become something greater and more dangerous than she ever imagined she could be… a queen.

This book was just as great as the first.  This was the book series that got me addicted to reading historical fiction.  After having read the first book in this great series, I ran out and bought as many YA historical fiction books that I could get my hands on.  I can’t wait to see what happens in the concluding book in this series.

The writing in this book was amazing.  It was full of beautiful descriptions without being too wordy.  The book flowed so perfectly, with fast-paced thrills and dark intense scenes.  I can’t believe that Ficklin was able to squeeze so much plot into such a short book.  I felt like so much happened in this book, which was great because there was no fluff that didn’t drive the plot forward.

I really love the setting of this story, although I know very little about the real Catherine.  I really liked the politics in this book, but I got confused several times because the book was written as if the reader already should know the history of the countries.  I wish that there was more set up so that I could have fully been absorbed into that aspect of the book.     

I loved the character development in this book.  This book has some of the best character development that I have ever read.  Catherine’s personal character growth is inspiring.  I love how gracefully she is able to navigate court politics and forbidden romance.  I also liked that this book gave a little more insight into Price Peter’s character.  In the first book, I really didn’t feel anything toward Peter other than distaste, but this book made me feel more empathetic towards what he has had to endure.   

Overall, I really liked the second installment in this wonderful series.  I think that this book series would be a great introduction into YA historical fiction.  I am also really excited that Ficklin has other books she has written that I am planning on picking up. 


Check out the other books in Stolen Empire Series! 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Published: February 10th, 2015 by Orion
Series: Red Queen #1                                                                                    
Source: Library
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 383


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...

The first thing that caught my eye about this book was its gorgeous cover!  I have to say, I was a little hesitant going into this book because I have heard either rave reviews or ones that absolutely hated it, however, I am happy to say that I was one of the readers who loved it!  I would not say that this book is the most original story, but I highly enjoyed it. 

I liked the world that Aveyard created; however, I wish that it would have been a little more intricate.  I never really felt immersed like I wish I would have.  I felt like this book just scratched the surface, but I am hopeful that the next book will explore the world more in-depth. 

I really enjoyed the plot, even though I realize that it was not the most original.  I thought that it was fast-paced and action packed.  I also thought that the plot twists were really good.  I think that a lot of people could see them coming, but they were still fun.

The romance in this book was good.  There is a love triangle and forbidden love in this book.  I felt like the love triangle was only slight, but I still think it might irritate people who hate them.  I liked that there was no inst-love and the feelings felt genuine. 

Overall, I really liked this book and will continue on with the series.  I think that readers who loved The Selection series or Throne of Glass will enjoy this book.  I am also hoping that this book gets picked up to be a movie and look forward to continuing on with this series.


 Check out the second book in this series, as well as the novellas. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Most Anticipated Book Releases {October}

These are my most anticipated book releases for the month of October.
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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Alive by Scott Sigler

Alive by Scott Sigler
Published: July 14th, 2015 by Del Rey
Series: The Generations Trilogy #1
Source: Library
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
Pages: 368

A young woman awakes trapped in an enclosed space. She has no idea who she is or how she got there. With only her instincts to guide her, she escapes her own confinement—and finds she’s not alone. She frees the others in the room and leads them into a corridor filled with the remains of a war long past. The farther these survivors travel, the worse are the horrors they confront. And as they slowly come to understand what this prison is, they realize that the worst and strangest possibilities they could have imagined don’t even come close to the truth.

When I read the synopsis from this book, I knew that I had to read it!  I did think that this book was going to be a stand alone, which is one of the reasons I wanted to read it so soon, however I am kind of intrigued where the next books are going to lead.  I don’t want to say too much in this review because I do not want to give any of the twists away.

I thought the writing of this book was good, but average.  I thought it was an easy and fast read.  The beginning was kind of slow, but it was the time where the readers were discovering things along with the characters in the book.  I was very intrigued from the very beginning and kept trying to figure things out.  I do have to say that I did not see a lot of the reveals coming, but I was not really shocked at the twists.  I guess that I was just taking it all in and I really wanted to be knocked off of my seat from the reveals. 

I like the characters in this book.  I don’t want to say too much, but I really like the psychological aspects of the characters and plot.  It was interesting trying to put the puzzle pieces together along with the characters.  I also liked delving into the social chemistry between characters and seeing the dynamics between them.

After reading this book, I didn’t really know how I felt about it. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t dislike it either.  I feel like I built it up in my head and then was a little disappointed that it was not what I thought it was going to be.  I also am a little disappointed that it is a trilogy rather than a stand alone.  I don’t like ready mystery books that drag out over multiple books, unless I wait for the entire series to come out and then binge read them.  I feel like there will be a lot of things I will forget before then next book comes out.   

Overall, I am on the fence about whether I will read the next book.  There were a lot of loose ends, but I don’t know if I will continue on with the trilogy.  I think this book will be liked from individuals who like The Maze Runner series.


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: August 5th, 2014 by Entangled Teen
Series: Lux #5
Source: Purchased
Genre: YA, Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 352

Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can't believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

Talk about bitter sweet! I bought this book the week it was released and held off reading if because I did not want this series to end.  However, lucky for me, Jennifer L. Armentrout is a writing machine and I have plenty of books of hers to become obsessed with. 

This book was amazing!  The writing was great and the dialogue was funny.  I liked the dual perspective between Katy and Daemon because it made me feel how strong their relationship was.  I thought this book was fast-paced and full of action.  I was really sad that this was the last book, but after reading this book, the series did feel complete.

The characters in this book were just as good as they are in all the other books.  I wish we would have seen more of Luc and I felt like his story line was a little incomplete.  I am somewhat wondering if we will see a spin off series focusing on Luc?  I guess time will tell.  I really like Dee and Archer and their romance.  Beth and Dawson were not in this book very much and I wish they would have been in it more.  I did like that the characters from her spin-off series, Obsession, made appearances. I feel like it might have been good to read Obsession before this book so I would have been more familiar with these characters. 

I thought that Katy and Daemon’s romance was taken to the next level.  I always knew that they loved each other, but it was so much deeper in this book.  I like that there relationship was strong and not full of any teenager angst.  They made decisions together and were unselfish with their choices.  This book has a few steamy scenes considering it was YA, but I did not feel like they were inappropriate.   

Overall, this book was a great ending to the series.  The only negatives I have are that I wish it would have been longer and although loose ends were tied up, I wish they would have been flushed out more.  I kind of felt like there were puzzle pieces that were missing that should have been included, but were taken out for whatever reason. This series is the series that I recommend to readers the most.  It is addicting, and because Armentrout writes so many books, there will always be something else to read from her.   

Check out some other books written by Jennifer L. Armentrout!

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