Red Rising – Pierce Brown


Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.


Page Length: 382
Publication Year:
Dystopia/ Fantasy/ Science Fiction
Characters: Darrow (The Reaper), Cassius au Bellona, Virginia au Augustus (Mustang), Sevro au Barca (Goblin)


I am ashamed to admit it, but I have had this book on TBR list for over 2 years! I don’t really know why it’s taken me so long to get to it, but after reading it, I’m so mad it did.

Story/ Characters

I imagine that people will compare this to the Hunger Games, but personally, I think that’s a bit of an insult to this book because it was so much better. The storyline is better, the characters are better and the bad guys….. 100% more brutal! There are some scenes where I had to remind myself that this book is Young Adult because of the sheer ruthlessness and violence!

It’s told entirely in the first person from Darrow’s perspective. I loved that the setting of this book was Mars! I really enjoy books that are set in space and on other planets so this really appealed to me. The writing was exciting and captivating, and descriptions so rich that I had no problems imagining Darrow’s surroundings.

I don’t want to say too much about the details of the story because I don’t want to give anything away. What I will say is that you should prepare yourself. The catalyst behind this story is really sad and I didn’t expect it all. Some may find the beginning of this book slow going and if this is you, I urge you to preserve because the action doesn’t really start until chapter 13.

I really enjoyed Darrow’s journey. From the start of his transformation, I really felt his rage, anger, and sadness.

I thought Darrow’s determination was really admirable even when the situation seemed really dire he managed (with some help) to turn it around. I thought the way he actually learned from his mistakes when something didn’t work he would try something different, even when it wasn’t necessarily the done thing.

The only negative for me was that there is like almost no romance in this book, but I went in knowing that so it wasn’t too much of a shock to the system.

Favorite Quote:

Red Rising Q


This was a very enjoyable story and I will defiantly read Golden Son. I’m really intrigued to see what’s next for Darrow.

My Rating:  4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟


BR: Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard


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.


Page Length: 383
Publication Year:
Characters:  Mare, Maven and Cal


I’ve read a lot of hype about this book so I was expecting a lot from this book before I even started. I did enjoy the story but I don’t think it really lived up to the hype and I’ll explain why a bit further on.


This story is written in the first person and is told from Mares POV. I thought the writing was mostly good, I felt the tone of it came off as a little juvenile at times though. I felt the length of time the war had been going a bit unrealistic if I’m being honest. I mean how were there so many Reds left if they are the ones doing most of the fighting? Surely their numbers would be dropping steeply?


To being with I really liked Mare, I felt for her cause and I really wanted her to triumph over the Silvers. But then she started trusting Maven way to fast. Just because some is kind to you doesn’t mean they are on your side, from that point on I started feeling frustrated with her character. I thought she was very naïve believing everything that was coming out of his mouth. Especially when he was blatantly jealous of his brother and his mother is a heinous bitch. I could see his deception coming a mile away.

I liked Cal way more than I should have, even though he was let’s be honest an ass for 3 quarters of the books. I really feel there is more to him than what we see from Mare’s perspective. I also think that he and Mare are a better fit for one another. – If I read the next books I’ll be interested to see where this goes.

Favorite Quote:



This was an entertaining read but as said before I don’t really get all the hype that surrounds this book. I would recommend this book. I’m fairly certain I’ll read the 2nd book just to see where the story goes.

My Rating:  3/5  🌟🌟🌟

FIRSTLIFE – Gena Showalter



Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…


Page Length: 467
Publication Year: 2016
Genre: Fantasy/Dystopia/Young Adult
Characters: Ten, Killian and Archer (aka Bow)

Story/ Characters

I liked the concept of this story, I thought it was different. However, I find it very slow going some chapters felt like they went on forever. The story seemed like it was dragged out far longer than it should have been which made me feel a little disconnected to the story. Halfway through the book, I was reading it more to get it finished and not because I was enjoying the story.

To begin with, I liked Ten’s character, she is ballsy and can look out for herself. But towards the end she really started to annoy me, with the whole I don’t know what side to choose, I need more time to make my decision blah blah blah. She has been locked in an asylum for the last 13months surely that’s more than an enough time to make a choice.

I much preferred Archer when he was a girl (Bow), I have no problems with the gender switch but they felt like two different people after the switch.

I can honestly say I felt nothing for Killian. He was an ok character he had a pretty sad background but I didn’t really understand or connect to him at all.

Favorite Quote:

“You saved me from the worst kind of death, as if you breathed into me my very first breath. You, Archer Prince, oh, how you shine. Now and forever, you’ll always be mine. I’ll miss you, dear Bow, for the short time we’re apart.” My chin trembles as I say, “Take care of this gift…for I give you my heart. You are loved, I love you. Because of you, I’ve been made new”


This wasn’t a bad book, I felt it was actually really well written. I just don’t think it was 100% to my taste, I do like my books to have a bit more romance in them and I think that’s what I missed the most. So if you enjoy a story that focus’s more on the action and drama side of things that this is defiantly for you.

My Rating:  3/5 🌟🌟🌟

The Jewel – Amy Ewing


The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence… and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.


Page Length: 358
Publication Year: 2014
Genre: Dystopia/Young Adult/SciFi
Characters: Violet, Ash, and Raven


I think the blurb for this book really undersells it. My main motivation for reading this was that I was looking for something different and this defiantly hit the spot. It’s told from Violets POV in the first person. I found the writing style very easy to read and I was quickly sucked in by the storyline.

Violet was taken from her family at the age of 12 to be trained as a surrogate for Royalty. This is because the Royal blood line has become damaged, babies are either born sick or deformed if a royal tries to bare a child themselves. Surrogates are used as they have an ability called The Augries, these Augeries help repair the damage in the royal embryos.

I found the concept of this book fascinating. There are lots of secrets and lies surrounding the Royal people. There are 5 families (if I remember correctly) and it seems they are in competition with each other. The Duchess that Violet is a surrogate for comes across as a bit unhinged, she wants to have Violet to use the Augries to speed up her pregnancy so that she gives birth within 3 months of getting pregnant. 1 month per trimester, from what can gather this is so she can secure a more advantageous marriage for her daughter.


Violet, I spent the vast majority of this book feeling sorry for, she has had all of her choices taken away from her. I liked that she was quite strong-willed and that she took some huge risks especially when it came to Ash. I also liked that she was fiercely loyal to Raven, to the point she sacrifices her freedom to save her. I can’t wait to read whats next for her!

Ash, his character is introduced quite late in the story, he is a “companion” aka escort for the royal family that Violet is with. He chose this way of life to help pay for his sick sister’s medical treatment. Like Violet, he has no freedom and has not seen his family since becoming an escort.

I can totally see why they fall in love with each other and why they continue to see each despite the risk of them being caught.

Favorite Quote:

“I want you forever, Ash, but that’s not going to happen and I get that. But I’ll take you for as much time as I can have, and I won’t waste a single second of it.”


I didn’t really fall in love with this book until the last few chapters, up until then I wasn’t convinced that I would continue with the trilogy, but ending definitely made me want to read more about Violet and to find out what happens next.  If you enjoy dystopian/fantasy books with a little science fiction thrown in I would recommend this to you.

My Rating 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

The ebook version is free on Amazon UK at the moment