The Crown by Kiera Cass

TCPages: 279

Goodreads Rating: 4.07 / 5 stars

My Rating: 2 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance

Publication Date: May 3, 2016

Publisher: Harper Teen

Summary:

When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

Note: This is a SPOILER REVIEW. I repeat. SPOILER REVIEW.

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

GSPages: 444

Goodreads Rating: 4.13 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3/5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia

Publishing Date: February 9, 2016

Publisher: Harper Teen

Summary (Goodreads):

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

RQPages: 388

Goodreads Rating: 4.12 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia

Publishing Date: February 10, 2015

Publisher: Harper Teen

Summary (Goodreads):

Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

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TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Favorite Diverse Characters

It’s October? What? Time flies by too fast and I’m here to do again the Top 5 Wednesday. This tag is created by Lainey of gingerreadslainey. For the Goodreads Group: Top 5 Wednesday to check for every week’s topic. I skipped the previous topic which is the Top Graphic Novels because I haven’t read that much of it but I’m planning to get into it soon. So, feel free to leave me some recommendations. Going back, this week’s topic is Favorite Diverse Characters! These characters maybe a person with color, have different race, LGBTQ, characters with disability and mental illness, etc. Just not the typical ones we see in books.

Here are my favorite diverse characters:

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Sephy Hadley – Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

  • Sephy is a dark skinned lady. In their world, dark skinned people (Noughts) rule the government and majority of them are rich while the white people (Crosses) are the laboring class. In their society, they must stick in their own kind or they suffer on the consequences. I love Sephy because she treats both kinds with respect and she wants equality on their society. She couldn’t stand how other Noughts treat the Crosses and she stood up for them despite carrying her family name (his father is part of the government).

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Will Traynor – Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

  • Yes lovely people. I love Will Traynor so much. He is a quadriplegic man who determined to end his life. Before his accident, he is a successful, rich, businessman and an adventurer. I love his sarcasm, and boldness. He is a motivator to Louisa Clark. I just love this man, okay? ❤

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Alex Ridgemont – Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

  • She is an interesting, unreliable character. Alex suffers from Schizophrenia, so there are times she doesn’t know the difference between the reality and hallucination. Despite of battling a mental illness, she tries her best to be normal and get along with other people.  Aside from that, I like her wits. I am seriously entertained with her character.

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Moses Wright – The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

  • Another favorite character of mine. Moses is a person with color. He’s dark skinned and flawed.He’s a crack baby (being left by his drug addict mother on a laundry basket). Growing up on a small town, people are scared of him. He wasn’t a type of person who gets along. He’s just messed up but his ability? it’s special. Really special artist.. (I can’t tell you about it because that will be a spoiler.) I am amazed by his talent.

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Magnus Bane – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

  • Oh yes friends! How can I not resist my favorite Demon Warlock? The sexy Magnus Bane!! YES! He is charming, witty, attractive, powerful and sexy . Alec, you one lucky bastard! He’s somewhat Asian as well. (as far as I can remember)

How about you? who are your favorite diverse characters? what are the characteristics you like in them? feel free to share on the comments! 🙂

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The Heir by Kiera Cass

Pages: 342TH

Goodreads Rating: 3.91 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance

Publishing Date: May 5, 2015

Publisher: Harper Teen

Summary (Goodreads):

Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

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