Review- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Book Description

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 .

My Thoughts

A good read, but not something I would go nuts over.

I hate to say this- It´s another bold duplicate of past popular stories I´ve read before.

The only difference was the writing style, which was (in my opinion) rather great.

Victoria Aveyard´s storytelling ability is remarkable and so catchy… I really had no troubles what-so-ever with anything. The complete story was well-balanced.

So what was my problem with the story? Well, for one- I´m not a huge fan of dystopian. I have to be completely convinced before I even go near anything sci-fi-ish / dystopian book. The synopsis sounded great, though, and the hundreds of instagram features convinced me enough. so I thought I´d give it a go. And the story was…okay. But not okay enough for me to give it a full rating.

`Red Queen` ( Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard wasn´t my cup of tea.Red Queen

I liked everything except nothing tickled me senseless. Nothing about the story flashed me nor did I feel the moments that were supposed to be nail-bite-worthy. I didn´t like the story enough.

Maybe the reason for that were the main characters and how they were portrayed. Mare / Mareena ( Heroine ) felt an awful lot like Katniss from The Hunger Games. Not a complete unlikable character but there were definitely moments when I was thinking „Okay Katniss, time to reel it in. Let Mare take over again“ . Mare was strong, foolish and in sometimes even a little annoying.

Mare, the Red, became some sort of a prodigy. Not human nor Silver. Something in between. Something everyone feared because no one understood what Mare was but they knew she was powerful, more than some of the other Silvers who carried special abilities ( and there were quite a few Silvers who had some badass moves ). But then again, the Silvers knew what Mare was. They used her. Tricked her. Played her and everyone else. By „they“ I mean the Royal family and by „everyone else“ I´m referring to the many Silver Houses, Silver folk and Reds.

Yes. The `Red Queen` is political. Lots of mind games, upholding etiquette, keeping secrets, lies, spies and everything else. And in the middle of politics you can even spot a romance. It´s subtle, but it´s there and it´s also good.

The story as a whole is more of a „this is an unfair world and I´m going to play the chosen one and try to make everything better again.“ story. Right the wrongs and create peace.

As I´ve said- It´s a good story but not really what I was hoping for.

`Red Queen` is the first installment in the Red Queen series. I think it´s safe for me to say that I won´t be continuing the series. For me- The story ends with book #1. There isn´t enough interest on my part.

Would I recommend this book? Yes. I would. I can see many YA, dystopian fans gushing over this story. It has a strong Heroine and great Hero(s).

Would I reread this book? Probably not.

The Cover – 5 stars ( Absolutely brilliant. Love the crown & blood and the stark contrast of the white and red. Very eye catchy.)

The Story – 3 stars ( an okay read.)

The Characters – 3 stars ( Practically perfect but a little too similar to other popular fictional figures. Cersei= the Queen, Mare= Katniss, etc. )

My emotional state after finishing this read: Indifferent.

I´m giving `Red Queen` ( Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard 3 out of 5 stars.

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Book Review- A Court of Wings and Ruin ( book #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Book Description

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

My Thoughts

This trilogy accomplished one thing: It made me rethink my standards because I´m slowly convinced that my standards are set too high.

Why? I´ll get to that after I release the ball of energy from my brain via dramatic rant.

A quick rehash – I avoided this series for a long time. I discreetly kept my distance and watched hundreds of bloggers throw out posts after posts about the ACOTAR series.

I caved in. I bought the books. I wanted to see what the fuss was about.

1.739 (!!!) pages later… I´m wondering why I keep ignoring my gut feeling.

Honest to God, I have no idea where to begin with my review here as there´s so much going on in `A Court of Wings and Ruin` book #3 by Sarah J. Maas.ACOWAR

I will start off by shouting out the fair warning about spoilers in this review. Simply saying that this book wasn´t good just doesn´t cut it. I will have to go in-depth with explaining my thoughts and reasons as to WHY this wasn´t my cup of tea. Not even my cup of coffee / hot chocolate or glass of ice-cold coke.

Book #3 starts off with Feyre being back at the Spring Court. Yupp. She tricked the evil enemy and decided to live with Tamlin ( the other supposedly evil enemy ) to save the ones she loved and to possibly find a way to win the war that´s threatening the world.

This is where I have to interrupt because this part just proved I was right before in my review for A Court of Mist and Fury. Tamlin wasn´t the bad guy. He was painted out to be one but wasn´t. He wasn´t Rhys. That was the problem. He loved Feyre and acted out of love. Continued to act out of love and acted like a normal jealous guy/faerie.

I liked his character and would have loved for him to have a happy moment. Besides, Feyre playing the Martyr twice…. uhm…. Let´s say once is enough. Twice is just silly.

Feyre returned to the place that ruined her and acted as Rhys´s spy, gaining all the info on Tamlin`s plans for the war that was near.

When she felt her job was done she practically dusted her hands off her skirts and left the Spring Court, taking Tamlin´s best friend, Lucien, with her.

That scene was a bit more colored out with more deception and mind games but it still had no purpose other than to create more drama and to introduce more characters ( because this book, too, could have been at least 300 pages shorter ).

After a few hurdles Feyre and Lucien made it back to the Night Court where alot of war plotting took place.

It was time to look for alliances and gather them to create a force that would eliminate the evil King for good.

That spanned throughout 699 pages.

And somewhere inbetween all the plottings a reader got a glimps of the romance, the saving of cities, and readers also got to witness how Feyre´s human sisters were dealing with their new lives as faeries.

Here´s the thing- A writer creates a world with 7 realms and only 2 get full attention throughout 3 books.

The Courts of Prythian

Spring Court

Winter Court

Summer Court

Autumn Court

Day Court

Dawn Court

Night Court

After finishing this trilogy the Night Court felt like it was the size of Russia and the Spring Court felt like Area 51 in Nevada. A fenced in piece of land, abandoned and lifeless where the Night Court was full of sparkling stars and rainbow rivers and cities filled with happy people…. ( you get my point).

A reader does get a small glimpse of the Autumn Court but only because Feyre and Lucian pass through it. The Autumn Court could have used a little more details and love because I can imagine that place being truly beautiful.

The Summer Court- well, Feyre, Rhys and Co. visit that place / or had business to take care of there but it wasn´t enough. The author gave the sub characters more attention than she did the Summer Court.

The rest of the courts felt non existant. Sure, they were mentioned and if I remember correctly… a meeting with all the high lords was held at the Dawn Court ( I could be wrong, though. It could have been the Day Court as well).

Back to the story:

After alliances were made the war began.

Now, I´m no expert on the arts of war. I will admit, though, that I´ve been spoiled when it comes to reading about war. I want it to be graphic, I want to feel the character’s pain, I want to see worlds crashing to the ground and people fighting for the greater good. I want to see some crazy shit happening because magic is involved.

I wanted to FINALLY see super Faerie Feyre go all bad ass on the battlefield with her 7 different powers. I wanted her to unleash her beast and wipe out all evil. Maybe even have a one on one stand-off with the evil King and battle together til the bitter end. After all, her character had been worked up to that point. Feyre, the deadly Faerie with the abilities to turn anyone to dust ( I´m being dramatic. No, I´m actually not being dramatic. That´s how she was portrayed).

Instead, I saw none of that happen. Absolutely nothing. Sure, she went off and dealt with a few issues but there was no unleashing Capt. Planet. Why create a character like hers if the author doesn´t intend for her to do anything with her powers? It´s pointless.

There were beings more badass than Feyre was. Faeries that unleashed their inner beasts and slaughtered the evil. Even Feyre´s own sister hid something super powerful inside her and released her unknown powers against the King! Why wasn´t Feyre able to do that? Disappointment at it´s finest.

Tamlin entered the picture in between. Even Feyre´s father. Some long-lost, hidden away Faeries and Faerie hybrids entered the war. But what did it take to end the war? Someone who knew they had the power but waited until enough died to go ape-shit.

When the war was over history repeated itself ( the ending scene from book #1 repeated itself). Someone was dying and only through the help of all the High Lords from all 7 courts was it possible to bring that being back.

My over all opinion? No. Not everything was God awful. There were a handful of scenes that were definitely great. But a handful doesn´t make up for the rest.

Right now, I don´t understand the appeal. I have a good head on my shoulders. I even think myself intelligent enough to understand events that happen in a book. I do not understand how this book was so successful. I do not understand why people haven´t picked up on the stuff the author obviously stole from other books. I cannot wrap my head around the fact that ACOTAR is a bestseller. Because there´s nothing genius about it. No twist in the story. No surprises. Nothing that made my heart skip a few beats.

Feyre was a super strong Faerie but the focus was on how she needed to be independent and become Rhys equal. Feyre´s independence was stressed out to a point where it became eye roll worthy. There is a shadow of 2.0 Social Justice warriors in this book and it´s annoying.

The author made a point out of Rhys giving her the power and to put Tamlin down for wanting to keep her safe. Communication would have solved the Tamlin / Feyre problem. I guess powerful orgasms are gold and talk is overrated.

I´m far from being hateful with my opinion. I just…don´t understand. Do readers ignore the faults in a story when they read? All I know is that I will definitely listen to my gut feeling because I´m spending far too much precious time with this read.

Would I reread this book/series?

No.

Would I recommend this series?

It reeeaaallllly depends on the reader. But if I were forced to give a quick answer I´d say no.

The Cover – 2 stars ( Same style, different color. Green. My opinion on the cover hasn´t changed and I don´t think it ever will. Although, the german book cover is truly beautiful. )

The Story – 2 stars ( please reread my review.)

The Characters – 2 stars ( It´s a sad thing when a reader finds the MC´s and 90% of the sub characters rather dull. The only two characters I truly loved were Cassian and Nesta. Whatever they had going on got me interested and I would really like to find out more about them, together…in a book…hopefully. And Tamlin. Despite how the author let him develop… I liked him. He sure did have a temper. Lol)

My Emotional State After Finishing This Read / The Trilogy Fed up.

I´m giving `A Court of Wings and Ruin` ( A Court of Thorns and Roses #3 ) by Sarah J. Maas, 2 generous stars.

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I´m giving the `A Court of Thorns and Roses` Trilogy ( in my opinion ) solid, well deserved 2 stars.

This book is available everywhere.

Review- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Book Description

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

My Thoughts

You know it´s a sad day when a book lover thinks the movie was better than the book.
I think this book and I didn´t have a great start to begin with. 
It all started when a good friend of mine gifted me `Gone Girl` by Gillian Flynn as a Christmas present. That alone is a tricky thing to do because I think gifting books is nice, but it gives me the chills. Especially when the person who gifts me a book says „ The lady at the bookstore said you might like it.“ If my friend doesn´t know what I like…then how would a stranger know what I like? * shaking head* To my friends credit…he´s a guy. I forgave him and thought the idea was still cute ( and still creepy).

It´s hard to say if I just didn´t enjoy this book or if I hated it. I´m a bit torn about the whole thing. First…it took me ages to get into the story. The first half of the book was slow and I found myself putting this book down more often than I would have wanted. The second half was a total clusterfuck. I was just as „ emotionally bent“ as the characters were ( God, that was mentioned so often in this book that I now dislike that term ).

Did I like the mystery in this book? No. Did I like the characters? Not really. Why?

I don´t know if it was the characters or their story in general… but I couldn´t understand this book. There was nothing I could relate to at all. There were some things that were mentioned where I understood Amy, but other than that….I disliked her and thought she was just a bored psycho. Nick, Amy´s husband, did nothing for me, either. I couldn´t sympathize with him at all. I didn´t see him as the good or bad guy. He was twisted in his own special way.

My biggest concern was: If a couple is happy on the outside, but can´t stand each other within their own four walls….then why not split up? Happens everyday….the characters should have tried it out.

As for the story…..Well, Amy disappears on their 5th anniversary into thin air and ….the main suspect becomes Nick. Did he really kill Amy or did Amy, the UBER PSYCHO/ WEIRDO / bored housewife ( who thought it would be funny to cause a shitstorm) want attention?

I have no clue because now I´m confused, but only because I don´t know why this story would be a book of the year.

The dual POV`s ( Amy´s POV came more from the diaries she wrote before ) confused me and when I finally „ got it“ I didn´t like it.

The end was…..dull. I expected a huge firework ending to make up for the crappy story. That did not happen. After the last page I couldn´t believe I spent my time reading this book.

The only thing I really liked was the writing style. But that didn´t make up for the rest.

On a positive note- I did like the movie a tad bit better. I thought Ben Affleck nailed Nick 🙂 

`Gone Girl` is a typical love or hate book. You´ll either think it´s brilliant or you´ll be as aggravated as I am.

The Cover- 4 stars ( I like the cover alot.)

The Story – 2 stars ( what a royal clusterfuck.)

The Characters- 2 stars ( Seriously, both deserved each other. Such nut-jobs)

My emotional state after finishing this read- I´m just going to repeat my statement above about it being a sad day when a book lover thinks the movie was better. That should sum it up.

I´m giving `Gone Girl` by Gillian Flynn 2 out of 5 stars.