Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen

Victoria Aveyard

Published February 10th 2015 by Orion
4.15 of 5 stars at Goodreads

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?

I got this book on my way to NYC for holidays. I was going to wait for next year but as soon as I saw it I had to have it. My instinct is usually right when it comes to buying books compulsively. This time as well. I was expecting something entirely different. This novel was filled with political and conspiracy plots. More than just about division of races. More than just love triangles. I lived and loved every page. I was afraid of the hype, but it did not let me down.

The characters were perfectly imperfect. They betrayed me as well, I loved them and hated them as much afterwards. So twisted. All of them with their own motivations, desires and goals. They played their own games individually. Mare was perfectly imperfect, a bit more and she would have cross the line to unrealistic character. Thankfully she did not and it was awesome! Same with the others. Though she is your typically YA heroine, and you typical dystopian plot, of which I am more than often tired of, the twisted plots around her and the world building kept me reading.

It lives up to its hype. It is full with action and emotions. Emotions which will tear you apart or make you want to tear apart some of the characters. You feel the love, the longing, the betrayals. I read it quite fast as it keeps moving, making you want to read it all in one go. I highly recommend it and am definitely looking forward to the second book. Also, I see this book being turned into a movie eventually. Just hoping it does not disappoint me as the story develops.

“Many things led to this day, for all of us. A forgotten son, a vengeful mother, a brother with a long shadow, a strange mutation. Together, they've written a tragedy.” 

― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

My love: ♥♥♥♥♥


Reading Journal: April 2015

APRIL 2015

Holidays in NYC at the citizenM Hotel :D

If you follow me on twitter, you probably noticed I am a citizenM Ambassador. I love my hotel and take pride in our brand. This year, as part of my attempt to visit my family in the US once a year, I decided to stop by at our New York Timesquare hotel for 4 nights. It was a very very short trip for such a big city. Even though I am used to walking about 10 hours a day for almost 3 years now, walking this city was  a bit tougher than I expected. I haven't felt my legs that heavy since the first week I was ever working for on another hotel as housekeeper.

The days were warm and sunny and too lovely to just find indoor activities. So we explored the city like no tomorrow. Bridges, boats, buildings, Timesquare, Broadway. The only indoor activity we did was go see Doctor Zhivago in Broadway. I felt I was in a dream, like a little child finally seeing a musical for the first time. Because it was after all, my first time in a musical. Thankfully I have a wonderful boyfriend who appreciates arts as much as I do, so I finally had someone to go with. We loved it so much! (I even shed a tear at the end, mainly because it was over :( booh! ) I don't think I'll go back in a long time, but next time I am definitely stopping by at the National History Museum! 

What I read:

I bought Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard at the airport just before departure. I read half in the plane and half once I got to Chicago to see my family. No reading time while exploring New York baby!

After reading the Red Queen (review coming this Saturday) I moved onto my e-reader to pick up finally Body Electric by Beth Revis. I was in the mood for something easy and fun... yea. You can read my review on that one here. Afterwards I began reading Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel on the plane back home. What an amazing book! I am going to type my review as soon as I post this up!

What I watched:

 Grey's Anatomy:  I am not satisfied with the plot twist of Shepherd. I felt a lot was missing emotion-wise. Just monologues? It felt empty, rushed and pointless. It would have been better if they just divorced.
 Shine or Go Crazy (Kdrama): The ending of the drama was fitting, though sad and unsatisfying as well. But I would not have imagined Yool confined to the walls of a palace as the second bride. When they reunite soul-mates in the afterlife I feel sad, it is romantic, but very sad.
♥ Who Are you? School 2015 (Kdrama):  This drama just started and I am loooooving the mistery, the intrigued and all the plot twists. I believe Eun-Byeol has been the one taking care of Eun-Bi and this is the reason for all the trouble as she has been doing it in secret. The sweater was a nice detail touch. This is why I love kdramas, such good writers! (Until they always mess up the endings). Looking forward to next week's episodes!

What's next?

I need to finish reading Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers first. After I do that I read what I bought yesterday, Mosquitoland and Jackaby... both which I was planning on reading next year. But they were laying there, last few copies, so beautiful... they cost more than what I usually spend per book... but I wanted them so bad! I am also expecting to receive The Waking Engine somewhere next week from bookdepository.com and afterwards Magonia... ugh. I don't think I will manage to read that many but we will see.

How was your April?


Book Review: The Body Electric by Beth Revis

The Body Electric

Beth Revis

Published October 6th 2014 by Scripturient Books
3.79 of 5 stars at Goodreads

Ella Shepherd has dedicated her life to using her unique gift—the ability to enter people’s dreams and memories using technology developed by her mother—to help others relive their happy memories. Ella starts seeing impossible things—images of her dead father, warnings of who she cannot trust. Her government recruits her to spy on a rebel group, using her ability to experience—and influence—the memories of traitors. But the leader of the rebels claims they used to be in love—even though Ella’s never met him before in her life. Which can only mean one thing… Ella’s gift is enough to overthrow a corrupt government or crush a growing rebel group. She is the key to stopping a war she didn’t even know was happening. But if someone else has been inside Ella’s head, she cannot trust her own memories, thoughts, or feelings.

Ella lost her father and is losing her mother. Both brilliant scientists. She works at a research facility where therapy is provided through the induction of dreams where they relive their favorite memories. Ella however is able to enter their dreams which allows her to spy on those dreaming.

I have to say the plot was not what I was expecting. It has nothing to do with dreams. Everything to do with electric bodies and memories, hence the title. I should have seen that one coming. It is a very simple novel filled with action and some intrigue. Though a bit predictable once you get into it. I did saw the big revelations coming pages in advance. It started slow for me, then it picked up.

The characters were as simple as the story line. I did not really connect to any of them. They were perfect cookie cut heroes. But the mystery of themselves kept me reading. The relationship between Jack and Ella was quite real though, simple young intense love gone wrong.

It was not what I expected and I found myself skimming a lot of over detailed scenes. It did not felt I was reading Beth Revis. Though Jack and Ella were a lot like Amy and Elder in the Across the Universe series. Hence my cookie cutter feeling. I was excited at some points and disappointed in most. It was a quick read. But if you expect something as amazing as Across the Universe, then skip. It won't be. If you still like her stories, go ahead, it is an interesting story. Just lacking on the emotional side for me. I do like how she touch on the humanity concept.

“If I can only see him in madness, is it worth trying to hold onto sanity?” ― Beth Revis, The Body Electric

My love: ♥♥♥○○


Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Latest Books in my TBR List

Top 10 books I've added recently to my TBR list.

Most of these books are on my 2016 TBR list as this year my list is full :P

1. Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2)

Rachel Hartman
I read Seraphina #1 last year and though I was not impressed, it was very well written. This is one of those few books I give second chances to. It is a high fantasy novel borderline YA fantasy. So I had very mix up feelings about it. I am hoping to find more character development in this book and more conflict.

2. Jackaby (Jackaby #1)

William Ritter
"Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre." Marketing department has done its job. I'm sold.

3. Mosquitoland

David Arnold
I am a fan of contemporary coming of age novels. I found this novel through a book tour post (sorry forgot where) and I had to add it to my list. Deals with mental illness and self discovery. Plus according to the reviews and high score, beautifully written. I am looking forward to this one very much. I've been missing such books ever since The Age of Miracles.

4. Dreamland

Robert L. Anderson
Dreams are one of my favorite things of existence. So it is only normal for me that whenever I see a book with a good score on dreams, I add it to my list. This book deals with dream-walking and something that goes wrong with it. I am hoping it is good after all. :)

5. The Wanderers

Kate Ormand
I forgot how I came upon this book. But again, it sounds amazing. The complexity of the plot drags me to it. Far more than just a circus, a whole different world revolves around it. I am not sure about it being told trough a 16 year old's eyes, with all the angst and hormones, but I am still very curious about the world constructed around it.

6. The rest of us just live here

Patrick Ness
Another book which I have high expectations for. End of the world, ordinary life, finding your way. It also reminds me of The Age of Miracles but then different. I have read great things about it and am really looking forward to reading it.

7. Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)

Brandon Sanderson
Again, world construction and awesome characters. Or so I've heard. I have to at least try the first book and see how it fits me. :)
about the world constructed around it.

8. Red Queen (Red Queen #1)

Victoria Aveyard
This is a book I am actually afraid of. I am not sure if to take it as over-hyped or just plain awesome. Ever since Divergent's hype, I am weary of dystopian fiction. Specially if the main character is, again, a teenage girl with all the angst and hormones... I am getting bored of those stories. But at the same time the world building seems attractive enough for me to give it a chance.bout the world constructed around it.

9. The Girl with all the Gifts

M.R. Carey
A post-apolitical story about a mysterious girl. I am hoping she is not vampire or zombie...
"Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh."

10. Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2)

Diana Gabaldon
I can't stop thinking about Outlander... I can't. Though it is not what I typically read, I can't stop thinking about it! Why? No idea. Must be that good. So just now, as I write this, I added it to my list.