THEY DESTROYED HER WORLD. BUT SHE'S THEIR ONLY HOPE... Avry’s power to heal the sick should earn her respect in the plague-torn land of Kazan. Instead she is feared. Her kind are blamed for the horrifying disease that has taken hold of the nation. When Avry uses her forbidden magic to save a dying child, she faces the guillotine. Until a dark, mysterious man rescues her from her prison cell. His people need Avry’s magic to save their dying prince. The very prince who first unleashed the plague on Kazan. Saving the prince is certain to kill Avry – yet she already faces a violent death. Now she must choose – use her healing touch to show the ultimate mercy or die a martyr to a lost cause?
I give it - 5/5
My review - Maria has done it again! I read her previous trilogy, The Chronicles Of Ixia, and fell in love instantly and then I found out about this book. I love Maria's style of writing, it really makes the story more gripping.
I really enjoyed this story and all the characters, you know a story is good when it has you loving even the bad characters. This story made laugh, gasp and even shed a tear, it is so fantastically written!
I love fantasy stories, I love how Maria basically made up this entire world and wrote such a brilliant story!
I really enjoyed Avry's character in the book. She was so strong minded and was able to stick up for herself and even though she was strong in the beginning she was able to grow throughout the story and I love character growths.
What I loved about this story was how it went straight into the story-line, after a few chapters you basically get to know about the main characters and what they need to do.
I have to admit one of my favourite quotes from this book was, 'Kerrick was as subtle as a thunderstorm,' I laughed way too much at that.
Kerrick was such a fantastic character, he's such an arse in the beginning but you can't not love him and I loved his pride and his commitment to his plan.
All in all this was such a fantastic fantasy story that had me gripped from the first page and once I started it I couldn't put it down at all, I cannot wait to read the next book and read more about Avry!
The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity's last hope.
Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it's all al lie. That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.
Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda.
Break the chains. Live for more.
I give it - 5/5
My review - People who know me, know I am a big fan of Sci-Fi and when I got recommend this book I couldn't wait to get stuck in!
Red Rising is such a brilliant story! I got lost in the book in the first few pages and my partner had to literally throw a pillow at me to stop me reading as it was getting late.
I was that stuck into it.
I love this story mainly because of the character growth, at the start Darrow is only a teenager and he's made to grow up so fast that he really didn't get a childhood. But throughout the book he becomes more and more a man and it was great to read.
Some of the deaths in this book had me tearing up, I couldn't cope.
I know quite a few people have read Red Rising but for those few who haven't I suggest you go and read it. I love authors who make up entire worlds and fantasy/sci-fi names. It just makes the story feel more creative and that's what I loved about it.
Pierce has written such a spectacular book that I cannot wait to read Golden Son and probably have my heart teared out in that book as well.
I cannot recommend this book enough! Go grab yourself a copy!
The day Martha Winter decided to tear apart her family began like any other day.
So opens A Place for Us by Harriet Evans, a book you'll dive into, featuring a family you'll fall in love with ... and never want to leave. If you devour Rosamund Pilcher and Maeve Binchy and have discovered Jojo Moyes, you'll be thrilled to add Harriet Evans to your collection of favourite authors.
The house has soft, purple wisteria twining around the door. You step inside.
The hall is cool after the hot summer's day. The welcome is kind, and always warm.
Yet something makes you suspect life here can't be as perfect as it seems.
After all, the brightest smile can hide the darkest secret.
But wouldn't you pay any price to have a glorious place like this?
Welcome to Winterfold.
Martha Winter's family is finally coming home.
I give it - 5/5
My review - This has to be one of the best stories I have read this year (considering it's the first month of 2015, this book will be hard to beat).
Harriet is such an amazing author that I was addicted from the very first page.
What got me into this story was the synopsis, 'The day Martha Winter decided to tear apart her family began like any other day.' Because that got me questioning already what was going to happen, why did she decide to tear apart her family? And I'm so glad I read this book because I got to find out what was happening and it was so shocking.
This story is basically about a family who are very well known but keep secrets from each other and then finally everything is out in the open, some make matters worse, some make matters better.
This story had me gripped from start to finish that I didn't want it to end at all! The characters where fantastic and how they grew in time.
Well done to Harriet for writing such a spectacular story that I cannot wait to read more from her!
The future world has been divided into sectors—each the same as the other. Surrounded by thick steel fences, there is no way in and no way out. Yet a cyborg army penetrates each sector, picking off its citizens one by one, until no one is left. Behind the sectors’ thick walls, the citizens wait to die. Few will be chosen to survive what’s coming; the rest will be left behind to suffer. A new world has been created and its rulers are incredibly selective on who will become a citizen. They want only those with important roles in society to help create a more perfect future.
Sixteen-year-old Sia lives in one of the sectors as part of a family that is far too ordinary to be picked to live. According to the digital clock that towers high above her sector, she has only fifteen days to live. Sia’s seen the reports and knows a horrific death is in store for her, but she is determined to make the most of her final days. Sia refuses to mourn her short life, instead promising herself that she’ll stay strong, despite being suffocated by her depressed mother and her frightened best friend. Just when Sia feels more alone than ever, she meets Mace, a mysterious boy. There is something that draws Sia to him, despite his dangerousness, and together, they join a group of rebels and embark on an epic journey to destroy the new world and its machines, and to put an end to the slaughter of innocent people.
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