BLOG TOUR-Book Review + Author Interview: Samara’s Peril (Ilyon Chronicles: Book 3)

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Hey ya’ll!!! Today I’m posting as part of a blog tour for Jaye L. Knight’s new book Samara’s Peril!!!!! It is the third book in the series, Ilyon Chronicles, and absolutely one of my favorite series ever. You can see my book reviews for Resistance (Ilyon Chronicles: Book 1)The King’s Scrolls (Ilyon Chronicles: Book 2), and Half Blood (Ilyon Chronicles: Prequel Novella). A few of these were some of the first book reviews I ever posted on here.

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Book Description:

When news arrives that Emperor Daican has been in contact with his chief war strategist, it signals potential doom for the country of Samara. Determined to intervene, the resistance in Landale, headed by Lady Anne, embark on a covert mission in hopes of unearthing further information. However, a shocking discovery leads to complications no one could have foreseen.

Armed with their newfound knowledge, they set out for Samara to warn the king. War is inevitable, and they must face two desperate battles—one on the walls of Samara’s great stronghold, and the other on the battlefield of Jace’s heart, where victory might only be achievable through great sacrifice.

Available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks!

Author Bio:

JayeAuthor2015Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Etsy.

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My Review:

Rating: 5/5 stars.

I don’t know if I can convey to you how great this book, this series, is. It is absolutely amazing. I have loved every moment of reading this book, and I can not wait to see how this story progresses.

Finding out that Daican is planning something big against the country Samara, a group from the resistance led by Lady Anne goes on a undercover mission to get more specific information. There they discover something shocking that complicates things. But with the gathered information, they hope to head out to warn the king of Samara. There they will face a bigger battle than they’ve ever known, but maybe even more important, another battle is being fought in Jace’s own heart. One that could lose his life.

One of the best things about these books is the characters. There is such a great amount of amazing characters. Though a few may be similar, none of them are exactly the same. In this particular book there was so so so much character development with Jace. He has to fight so much darkness and heartbreaking fears. Kyrin is so amazing. She has this inner strength and bravery that is beautiful to see. I loved how Jace and Kyrin’s friendship is developing into something more. Anne had more of a part in this book, and it was fantastic. I love how she can give a harsh or scolding remark without sounding mean. She knows how to bring down people too full of themselves. Holden plays such a vital part in this book that I never expected. It has made me come to love him so much more. The brothers, Timothy and Aaron, I need more of them! Rachel, Elanor, and Charles were all great, new characters. I absolutely must know more about Elian and Balen. The Altair family is so fun and just enjoyable to see them all interacting together. Rayad, Warin, Trask, Aric, and Trev are all other characters that I love so much.

Let’s just talk more about Jace for a moment. He’s pretty much the central character in this book which I am absolutely happy with because he is my favorite character. Oh my goodness! In this book Jace stressed me out more than any of the earlier books. He is so broken and torn up inside. He has never been so lost before. His struggles were so real and frightening for him, I got very worried. He is going to be the death of me.

This felt so real. I connected with with the characters as soon as I began to read and I was just swept away into an amazing world where my heart was broken again and again.

The plot was exciting, intense, and totally not what I was expecting. The shocking reveal was very shocking. I literally screamed into pillow for like a minute. The battles were real, exciting, and so stressful. I mean with dragons and firedrakes and your favorite characters’ lives threatened with death, how could it not be?

It was surprising how allegorical this book was from its predecessors. It was something altogether neat and beautiful to see. I loved the parallels to Christianity, but it never really seemed like too much. It was smoothly blended into the story. This is not at all preachy like some books can be. The religion compliments the story and helps the characters answer some questions that many in our own world ask. It strengthens it without sounding unnatural.

I love this world. It’s fantasy, but not too much. The characters are so precious. The writing is amazing. And this series is going to kill me. Just go read it, alright? You shouldn’t need anymore convincing.

Interview:

Where is your favorite place to write? Why?

Outside. That is, if it’s warm, of course. In Wisconsin, that’s no guarantee. But I love the outdoors, so I like to be outside as much as I can. In the summertime, I write out on the porch a lot.

For you, what is the hardest part about everything involved in writing and publishing a book? How do you overcome it?

It’s probably the actual writing part that’s the hardest. I’ve been prone to bad bouts of writer’s block. The best way I’ve found to overcome it is, no matter how much I might hate and cringe at what I write, to just push through and put something down on the page. It can be just awful, but at least it can help me get past whatever part is hanging me up. Problem is, I’m also quite a procrastinator at times, so that makes it difficult as well.

What are you most excited about in Samara’s Peril?

All the many questions and issues that are finally answered and resolved. This book is a real turning point in the series, especially for a certain beloved character. 🙂 This book will answer most of the questions I get all the time.

What is your favorite part of the world of Ilyon?

I love the different societies. I had a lot of fun brainstorming what each of my different races were like. Even though the story has been centered in one country for the most part, the second half of the series explores more of Ilyon, and readers will get to experience more of the different cultures. I’d have to say my favorite of all of them is the crete culture. It’s kind of a mix of Native American, elves, and some of my own ideas. I’d love to be a crete and live in a crete city. They do have dragons, after all.

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-G. Paige

Book Review: The Scorpio Races 

Scorpio-paperback-websiteRating: 5/5 stars.

Oh dear… I’m in love. This was an incredible book. I don’t think words can tell you how beautiful this book is.

On the first day of November, something unique happens on the island: The Scorpio Races. People race dangerous water horses known as capaill uisce in hopes of winning. Many riders die in preparation for it and in the race. Sean has raced many times, and won most of them. If he fears anything, no one knows. Kate was never going to race; she never wanted to. Now she is given no choice. She won’t flee from what she has given herself over to do.

Kate Connolly is amazing. She’s tough, but that doesn’t mean that she’s not without fear. Kate, also known as Puck, doesn’t allow her fear to control her actions. She has a lot of stubbornness to her that gets her in and through bad situations. Puck is willing to do almost anything to keep her family together for a little longer. Sean Kendrick is quiet, unmoving. Every choice, every action is deliberate. He has this way with the capaill uisce that is so special. He is not afraid. Finn is so childlike. He’s scared, but so very brave. Gabe has dealt with something for far too long. Now he has made the decision to fix the problem. Even if it tears his family apart. George Holly is another interesting character. He’s not from the island, but he starts to feel the same way for the island as any native would.

It was a slow moving tale, but that didn’t make it any less interesting. The tale was woven perfectly at the pace it was at. I loved how Sean and Puck’s relationship developed. Puck’s relationship with her brothers is very neat. The race was intense, but everything that built up to it made my heart go so fast.

It was intriguing world, depicted so that it felt very real. The smell of fish. The wind against my face. The pounding of the surf. The sand in my eyes. I felt it all. Every time I read this, it was like I had stepped into another world. The island was amazing in its own unique way. The cliffs, the grass, the horses, the capaill uisce, and the stormy weather made the tale what it is.

This is the fourth book that I’ve read by Maggie Stiefvater and I will say it time and time again: I love her writing. Whether she is writing in first person or third person, it is gorgeous! It is so elegant and rich. It gives the story this sort of depth that is beautiful and resonates with your heart. She could probably write about the most boring thing and I would read it because her sort of writing style keeps you intrigued and interested no matter how “boring” it may be.

Now there was a bit of language, but it was spread very thin. There was a few inappropriate references to things too. The religion on the island was a mix of superstition, island’s spiritualism, and Catholicism. But the book didn’t get into much of it.

I’m recommending this to older teens. It is really a masterpiece. You must take the time to read this.

-G. Paige

Book Review: Glass Sword (Red Queen: Book 2)

imageRating: 5/5 stars.

This had a really different setting from the first book. I think I liked the first one a little bit more, but this was still great.

Mare and Cal are on the run. They’re wanted fugitives, framed for murdering the king. But Mare is something special. She is a Red, but she has Silver abilities, abilities to control lightning. She was a weapon once controlled by the royal court, but now part of a rebellion. And she has just learned something that may be key to winning this war: there are more like her. So she and a few others race to find them and ask them to join the rebels, before Maven comes and kills them. But treachery and betrayal have begun to harden her heart. Will she become the monster she fears?

Mare goes through some dark stuff in this book. At times, she seems almost evil and I feel so bad for her. She has learned to not trust anyone, but that is nearly impossible. She is captivating and heartbreaking and maddening all at the same time. I just hope that she doesn’t become the monster that she is starting to believe she is. Cal, I really like. I loved how he developed in this one. He is a soldier, a general, a leader. But now he’s broken and I don’t know where his allegiance lies. I just kept hoping that he’d never betray Mare throughout this book. Maven, oh Maven, where is the man that Mare fell in love with? He has become such and evil and twisted character, but it makes the book all the more intriguing. I’m excited to see how this will end for him. Shade has become a new favorite of mine.  He is much smarter and sneakier than he allows himself to appear to be. Oh, and his ability is so cool. Farley is a lady with a hardened heart, but I think she finally starts to soften up in this one.

This book didn’t have the intrigue that the first one had, but there was still plenty of suspense  and action and thrill. There were more betrayals, which just about killed me. Agh! This really has you always guessing on who to trust. The danger levels were heightened. There were so many moments where I thought: “How can this ever end well?” It scared me. It saddened me. And it was literally electrifying. That ending tore at my heart! Oh no!!!

The writing was just as fantastic as the first one. I love how the author writes first person. It was beautiful.

There were a very few amount of bad words. Some kisses were shared. Two people slept together, but not necessarily out of love, just because. It was implied that two people who had just come from a bedroom together were doing something sexually.

Overall, this was great. It wasn’t as good as the first one, but it was still amazing. Next book come soon!

-G. Paige

Book Review: Siren’s Song (The Storm Siren Trilogy: Book 3)

0cf35ac56baf78977dc953a81221bc67Rating: 5/5 stars.

Oh dear. What do I say? What an spectacular ending to an amazing trilogy! This was better than Siren’s Fury, but I still think Storm Siren might be the best one out of the whole trilogy. But they’re all great, let’s just say. I’m glad and sad at the same time. It was so good, but now it is over.

Now that Draewulf’s plan has been revealed, Eogan and Nym must race across the nations to warn them of the danger they’re in and the need for everyone to unite. They prepare to gather together an army to fight Draewulf’s ever increasing army, but it will be of no use unless they can discover the secret to defeating Draewulf for good. And they are running out of time…

It was so great to have the real Eogan back. I missed him badly in the last book. He’s tough. He worries way too much about the safety of others. And he is very protective of Nym which is perfect because she needs someone like that. This book displays her willingness to make sacrificial decisions. She is always getting herself in life threatening situations. Just because she has powers, doesn’t mean that she is invincible. Her past has broken her in a way. She needs someone who cares for her life, and Eogan fulfills that role. Rasha and Myles are growing characters in this book. They hold a lot of intrigue for me. Kel is a great fun addition to this story. He adds some humor to the story. Draewulf is so so so evil. He is quite a complicated character in and of himself.

In this book, Nym and Eogan’s relationship gets much more intense. So there was quite a few kisses shared or at least they say they want to kiss, but don’t. I feel like there is more to their relationship than physical attraction, but it is barely mentioned. Meanwhile the physical attraction is said every time they are together. That got a bit annoying at times.

There was so much action and anxiety. The battles kept you on the edge of your seat. You never knew when something was going to go wrong. It was bloody at times, but I don’t think it was too bad. The plot twists were great and terrible. There was a moment when I thought this trilogy was going to end worse than the ending of Storm Siren, but thankfully there were some more pages. It ended in a perfect way (Even though I’m still a bit confused about how it all worked out.), full with hope and tragedy.

I just love this writing style people. It is georgous! So raw and heart wrenching and beautiful. The breathtaking similes that can literally pull tears from your eyes. It is incredible first person. I need more books by this author.

This is an amazing! I’m recommending this to all fantasy lovers. Go read it! Don’t think twice, just read it!

-G. Paige

Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle: Book 3)

Blue-Lily-Lily-BlueRating: 4/5 stars.

Oh, oh…this was amazing and so intriguing. Agh! How is this series going to end?

Blue has become so close to these Raven Boys. Neither the Raven Boys or Blue could imagine one without the other. Among all the things she may have discovered with these Raven Boys, sadly the one thing she never wanted to come true is: she is finding her true love. But she is also learning that what you have you can lose so easily, like mothers, lives, friends, and certainties. Will she be able to find any of them again?

These characters are really growing. Ronan is turning over a new leaf. He is slowly learning to be a bit more like he was before his dad died. He is a bit more kind and caring, especially to Blue and Adam. Adam is ever changing and I don’t think I’ll ever truly know him now, but he’s learning not to take every as charity and pity. He’s is accepting truth and friendship for what it is. Gansey and Blue’s relationship grows, but their differences may also break them apart. Gansey is struggling and is fearful in a way his friends haven’t seen before. I love seeing this new side of him, even if it is terrible and sad at the same time. Poor, poor Gansey! Blue is tired of holding her secret from Gansey any longer. She misses her mom and she wants to be able to kiss someone. Then there’s Noah. What is going on with Noah?! I’m freaking out over here! Don’t leave please!

This series never ceases to surprise me. Every book I’m learning some new secret, whether it is about someone’s past or about a person’s being in general. I probably could read this whole series and find out so many things that I missed the first time.

I felt like I could tell what the plot was in this one, so that was a relief. But I still just can’t comprehend it all. There is so much underneath the surface that you can miss if you’re not looking close enough. It’s beautiful in that way. The buildup leading to the end was very intense. The end was even more intense and exciting. Oh my goodness,  I can’t believe everything that is happening.

It is funny how normal this world feels at one moment, then how magical and supernatural it feels in the next moment. I have loved it. It is so paranormal. Ronan’s abilities are so interesting. Adam’s connection to Cabeswater is hard to decipher. Noah, strange things are always happening to Noah. Blue I think we’re still learning more about.

There was plenty of language again, including: f***, d***, s***, a**, and a few others. Though there definitely wasn’t as much language as the last book. So that was good. There were some gay references, but without anyone ever saying the word gay. So at times I couldn’t tell when they were talking about it or what the intention was. A married couple in this book were mentioned as hardly wearing any clothes while in their house, but nothing came of it. It was just said and that was it.

I really enjoyed this. The writing is stupendous! I need the next book now! How is it all going to end? It can’t end happily, and it’s worrying me like crazy. If you can handle the language, go read this now. This is so unique.

-G. Paige

Book Review: Jackaby (A Jackaby Novel: Book 1)

9781616203535_zoomRating: 4/5 stars.

This was quite good, but very strange and weird. If you were expecting Sherlock Holmes, well you’ll probably be a bit disappointed. So if you can get over the weirdness and strangeness and how it’s not really like Sherlock Holmes, then I think you will really enjoy this.

Abigail Rook arrives in New Fiddleham, New England just about broke. On her search for a job she meets R.F. Jackaby, an investigator who is in need of an assistant. On their first case together they realize that there is a serial killer on the lose. With Jackaby’s keen “sight” to see supernatural beings, he believes that the killer may be more than just an ordinary man.

Instead of being this really smart guy R. F. Jackaby is a person who has this special “sight”. He can “see” things that normal people can’t. So he specializes in unexplainable phenomenons. Abigail Rook is an impulsive girl who ran away for college and her family to go digging up dinosaurs. Jackaby is so like Sherlock in his personality, but there are some differences too.. He talks to himself. He clothes are horrendous and mix matched and his hair is unruly. His house is just a wreck. Of course Rook is supposed to be like Dr. Watson. Rook is brave and willing to do much to get her way. But at times, she is afraid that she is making some unwise decisions (which maybe she is).

The plot thickened quickly. Actually, I think this book went a bit too fast and was a bit too short. I felt that it could’ve been drawn out a little more, but it was still great. That conclusion was amazing and terrifying. I wasn’t expecting it.

The world is so 1890s. I loved that it had such a historic feel to it. I was just swept up in that beautiful and classy world. Jackaby’s house was a separate world in itself. The ghost, the duck, and the room that shouldn’t even be possible was so intriguing. I can’t wait to see more of it all.

The murders were a bit descriptive and very bloody so this would probably be best for older teens to read. I don’t remember there being anything bad in this book except for maybe a litt bit of language. It was a great book.

This was a different book from what I’ve been reading lately, but I really enjoyed it and am excited to read the next one. Take time to read this strange and unusual book.

-G. Paige

Book Review: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle: Book 2)

dream-thievesRating: 4/5 stars.

I loved this book!  But I must say, I’m not sure if I got the plot (or the point) to this book. Maybe I’ll get this as I read the rest of the series.

Ronan has secrets. Some he keeps from others and some he keeps from himself. One secret is that he can bring things out of his dreams. What comes out is not always what he wanted, but there are others who want those things. Blue and the Raven Boys are on the search for the Welsh King Glendower. Gansey’s obsession with Glendower has infected all the boys and Blue. They feel that they are getting closer to finding Glendower. The secrets and the way to Glendower are now coming out of the dark. The only thing that’s certain is that this will bring change.

Oh man, I just have fallen in love with these characters. They are each so different and so special in their own uncommon way. Blue just defies the world with her style of clothes and by just being herself. She is so torn in this one. Ah, I’m heartbroken for her. It was so sweet what Noah did with Blue, but I don’t think it was the most appropriate thing, but it was done out of kindness and curiosity. Adam’s changed and I don’t even think I know the half of it. Those choices that Adam made…I think they are starting to have an impact. Gansey you’re trying to keep the gang together, but sometimes you just have no clue. Other times, oh my goodness you’re the best person ever! Then there’s Ronan which was who the book mainly focused on. Learning about his past and his gift was so intriguing.

I love how this is written. I love the way things are said and not said but understood all the same. It is just so neat. The character development is perfect. These characters might just be the death of me.

Because it did focus on Ronan, there was more language than the last book. F*** and s*** were probably the ones most used. There was a bad hand gesture thrown in about two times. The use of God’s name in vain was there. Ronan drinks until he’s like drunk while trying to accomplish something important. One person I think was asking another if he was gay without really saying the word gay for a moment. There were a few kisses shared (not gay kisses). One time it was said that two people (not married and not central characters) were laying in bed together before a phone call and then it moved on from there.

This one didn’t have much psychic stuff in this book, but there was plenty of intrigue and action. It had a few really intense and crazy moments (What just happened to the normal world?). There were these creepy night horrors (scary monsters pretty much) and just a few fight scenes that I could tell were bloody, but it didn’t go into detail.

Even with its faults, I just loved this. I’m recommending this series to older teens. It’s such a unique read that you won’t find anywhere else.

-G. Paige

Book Review: Dreamlander

Dreamlander-coverRating: 5/5 stars.

What an amazing book! I was expecting something great, but not such a prodigious book (Yeah, go look up that word.).

There is another world that we see glimpses of in our dreams. We lives two separate lives: one in this world and one in the world we only dream about. Chris has dreams of a lady begging him not to come to her right before shooting him in the head. They are only dreams until he wakes up in that world. He has a strong belief that he is going insane. Then Chris makes some very bad mistakes and realizes that this may all be real. But the consequences of his mistakes may destroy both worlds if he doesn’t find a way to fix it.

I started this book and it seemed pretty good, but nothing special. Well it didn’t take long for that to change. The characters were memorable. I loved Chris and Allara! Chris was a average man who was running away from facing his family problems. He makes some major mistakes, but he’s willing to do whatever it takes to fix it. He was determined once he set his mind to something and brave to the point of recklessness. Allara was tough and fearless on the outside, but underneath all that armor she was fearful and worried. She wanted peace but didn’t know how to get it. Quinnon was a hardened warrior. It would take awhile to earn his respect. He was willing to follow through hard decisions. Orias was a Cherazim and an heart wrenching character. At times I liked him, other times I didn’t. Worick I didn’t see enough of. But I loved that parts I did see of him. He was such a father figure. A good and trusting friend Mike. Brooke was just crazy. She’s one of those characters who you need to look out for. She’s out for an adventure…and trouble.

Once you get past the first few chapters this was a really fast paced book. There was action left and right and it just never slowed down. Oh, it had me worried so much! The battles were so intense and felt very real. There were a few instances that felt a little rushed and maybe a tiny bit easy, but for the most part it flowed smoothly.

The world building was fantastic. The Rievers and Cherazii were so cool and fit the story like a glove. I loved how there wasn’t just medieval weapons, but canons and different sorts of guns. It made the story stand out more. The skycars were another unique feature to this world. All of it was awesome.

I’m recommending this to older teens because it was bloody in some of the battle scenes, but otherwise anyone could read this. It was such a good mix of modern world and fantasy.

-G. Paige

Book Review: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle: Book 1)

81iFWnYVpTLRating: 4/5 stars.

My first thoughts on this was that this was not what I was expecting, but I don’t really know what I was expecting.

Every year Blue Sargent and her mother watch the dead walk past and for the first time Blue sees a boy. Blue has always been told that she will be the cause of her true love’s death, but when she sees the dead boy, she must find him. His name is Gansey and he is a rich student at Aglionby. He and his three friends are on a search for something amazing. Their Raven Boys, which means trouble. But Blue is drawn to these boys and their search. She never believed in true love, at least, until now.

I have to say that these characters were some of the most unique and well written characters that I have ever read. Oh my word, these characters are so gripping. I loved them all for different reasons. Blue was bold in a way. She stuck out as different purposely. Her style of clothes was so her. Once she set her sights on doing something, she followed through with it. The Raven Boys were so great. Gansey was a person you just liked right away. He had two sides. One was vulnerable and fearful and worried. The other excluded confidence and showed just how rich he was. Adam, oh I loved him. He worked so hard to be where he was. He was poor, but he was his own man. He was quiet, but not really shy. Ronan was gruff and angry (I don’t think I really knew a moment when he wasn’t in some way angry), but he had this surprising kind and protective side. Noah was quiet and shy. He was kind of in the background of the book for a bit more than halfway through then you find out something shocking. Woah…I wasn’t expecting it at all.

This was set in our own world, but it had some very fantasy and mystical elements. There was a lot of psychic stuff (well, it seems all of Blue’s family are psychics) like predictions and fortune telling and even a few rituals. There was a little bit of speaking with the dead (or more like ghosts) and much discussion on ley lines. So I advise caution for those who don’t like to to get into magic and the like.

It was such an exciting book. I loved every moment of it. There was always something new to learn and discover either about the characters or the “quest” the Raven Boys were on. There was also a fair share of intense and shock moments especially towards the end. Ther was some violence and it was a bit bloody, but I didn’t think that it was really described. This was just one of those books that held your attention even if it wasn’t an exciting moment.

I loved the way this was written. There was a ton of times when the boys would say something and you knew there was another underlining meaning to it. Then you’d have to think for a moment to get it and sometimes you didn’t get it until later. It switched the points of view and I loved it and was frustrated by it when it cut off an exciting part.

The only thing that I didn’t like was the language. It was probably the most bad language I’ve read, though I haven’t read many books with bad language. It had f*** a few times along with d*** , s***, and a** among a few other choice words. There was a few mentions of really bad cursing, but they didn’t say the language. There was also a bad hand sign or two and the book also included use of God’s name in vain which quite disturbed me.

I will still definitely be reading the next one! All things considered, it was fantastic! This is great for people who read fantasy and contemporary. I’m recommending this for older teens and up.

-G. Paige 

Book Review: Red Queen (Red Queen: Book 1)

imageRating: 5/5 stars.

This was great. I loved it so much! I need the next one so badly. The story just can’t be left like that.

Mare Barrow’s world is split into two classes: those with Red blood and those with Silver blood. Reds are commoners and are treated almost as slaves by the Silvers who rule with tyranny over them. Silvers have ruled over them ever since they found that they have superhuman abilities, whereas Reds are normal. Mare is a Red who gets pushed before the king and all the nobles and finds that she has an incredible ability too. To hide that she’s a Red, he proclaims that she’s a lost princess of a dead Silver general and betroths her to one of his sons. While she’s forced to live a lie, she secretly helps a Red rebellion known only as the Scarlet Guard. Only one thing is true: anyone can betray anyone.

This book swept me up into it’s world from the first page. It was a beautiful world to read about. The difference between the Reds lifestyle and the Silvers lifestyle was stark and drastic. It was fantastic world building. I want to know more.

The characters were the best. I loved Mare with all her thieving history and how much she cared for her friends and family. It felt really real. All the men were fun and interesting too. It is hard for me to choose which one I liked best and which one I’d want Mare to be with, but the end of the book kind of made that decision for me. Kilorn was great. I loved his teasing and bickering. Cal was just amazing. He cared, but still put duty first over his feelings and emotions. It was frustrating, but I at times loved him for it. Maven was quiet, but smart and seemed to point his heart in the right direction. There are so many other interesting characters, but I won’t go into talking about everyone.

There was so much intensity in the plot. There was so many jaw dropping plot twists that just kept surprising me. Certainly, this book did not let me go until the end. Though it hurt at points (Oh, the betrayals and secrets!), it was fascinating. I need more! The bit of romance included was sweet, but tough.

I’ll recommend this to older teens who love a beautiful dystopian and fantasy mix. I’m sure you’ll won’t want to miss this!

-G. Paige