Review of The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

Title: The Pledge
Series: The Pledge Book 1
Author: Kimberly Derting
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

Synopsis:

In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It’s there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she’s never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.
Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime. 

Rating: I will be giving this book a 3 out of 5 stars. At first I was really into this book. It seemed very simple yet complex all at the same time. I have never heard of a book that had its social classes divided by language. It was very interesting. Then as the book continued I was getting a little bored with it. I ended up stopping the book for a little bit and then I later picked it back up. Due to the idea of the book I was determined to finish it. Even though this book has the label of dystopian, I personally would not call it that just due to the fact that it reminded me of Snow White with the evil queen and the prince. This is just how I viewed it due to reading Snow White and the Huntsman. This book did not leave the reader with a cliff hanger as most books in a trilogy do, however it did close somethings up but left a few loose ends so the readers would be interested in the second book. 

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Review of The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs



Title: The Dark Heroine 

Author: Abigail Gibbs
Series: The Dark Heroine Book 1
Publisher: Harper Voyager

Synopsis: 
The sexiest romance you’ll read this year…

One moment can change your life forever…

For Violet Lee, a chance encounter on a darkened street draws her into a world beyond her wildest imaginings, a timeless place of vast elegance and immeasurable wealth – of beautiful mansions and lavish parties – where a decadent group of friends live for pleasure alone. A place from which there is no escape…no matter how hard Violet tries.

Yet all the riches in the world can’t mask the darkness that lies beneath the gilded surface, embodied in the charismatic but dangerous Kaspar Varn.

Violet and Kaspar surrender to a passion that transcends their separate worlds – but it’s a passion that comes at a price…


Rating: I will be giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I truly enjoyed this book and the twists and turns that were presented in this book. I am going to say that I feel that this book is for older teens, I would even goes as far to say just adults just because of the language and some of the things that are in this book. With that being said, I still enjoyed the book and I am looking forward to reading the second book. The main character in this book, Violet, does go through a lot and she faces things that I didn’t see coming. The author in this book has two points of view, Violet and Kaspar. Between the two different views as a read I felt I was able to see a lot and yet not the entire picture at the same time. This is definitely a good read and if you have the time you should pick this book up. 

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August Book Club Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Hello Book Club,
I hope everyone is ready to start talking about our book for this month, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I will start by posting an overview of what I thought of the book. I will try not to give any spoilers away for the pople who have not yet read the book. With that being said, those who have not read the book I am warning you now that spoilers might come up in the comments below. If you do not wish to preview the spoilers avert your eyes from the comment section. Ok, now that some of the house keeping is out of the way lets start Book Club!

Title: Red Queen 
Series: Red Queen Series Book 1
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishing Group

Synopsis:  
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 center 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?

Rating: I will be giving this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I feel there was a lot of hype and excitement on this book, because of that I had very high expectations for this book and I almost feel as though I was let down a little. There were some twists that I did not see coming but overall, I saw most of them and had a hard time finishing this book. I kept picking it up and putting it down. In some cases I even got bored with it. Now that the cons of the book are out of the way I want to talk about the pros. I did like the fact that this book was told from one perspective and Mare was someone I felt that I could relate too. Her family was her world and what I liked the best was about her was her personality. I liked the fact that even though she grew up in poverty since her blood was “Red” it didn’t stop her from defying the Silvers and wanting more. I am still not sure if I want to read the second book to this series.


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