Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Mare’s world is divided by blood.  People with silver blood are gods with abilities that make them higher than the common population of reds.

Mare has a silver gift ,despite the fact that she came from a dirt poor red family, that cannot be explained.  As a result the King makes her a silver princess to hide who she truly is.  As a rebellion rises like a new dawn Mare must figure out who are her friends and enemies are and how to survive court intrigue while hiding her identity at every turn for fear of discovery.   With the two princes pitted against each other Mare must decide whose side she is on and if the sacrifices made are worth it in the end.

This book was phenomenal and I would definitely read it.  I loved Mare, the main character who continued on against all odds.  She never knew what to expect around the corner where death could be lurking but she still persevered.

I can’t wait to read the sequel and see how Mare’s story continues.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Hannah Baker killed herself but before she died she sent out tapes to thirteen people telling of how their interactions with her led to her demise.

Clay liked Hannah and when he recieves the tapes he is shocked and saddened.  He soon dives into the complicated people around him and how Hannah was negatively impacted by their actions amd how maybe just.. maybe he could of saved her.

 

This book is absolutely terrible.  We learn nothing of the main character ,Clay, except that he has a garage, his mom likes milkshakes, and he learns how to ride the bus.  Hannah turns out to be a selfish girl who sends out tapes for revenge.  In the end we hate all the characters and never ever want to read this book again.

I would not suggest reading this and I sincerely hope this helped.

Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

An Ausaseer feels people’s emotions around them. Sonya is different she feels the emotions around her both emotionally and physically.

Sonya is an Ausaseer. One that has hidden from the empire for seventeen years.

After a tragic incident she becomes Soveriegn Ausaseer whose job is to read the people around the emperor so that he is not assassinated.  But it is hard for Sonya to decipher the difference between her feelings and the people’s around her.  ” As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in the charming-yet-volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Prince Anton.  But when threats of a revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust- and which to betray.”( inside cover).

The Princess and the Hound

George is a Prince with animal magic. He is forced to marry Princess Beatrice of the neighboring kingdom for the good of both their realms.

Princess Beatrice lives in a world where she is scorned and looked down upon.  Her only comfort is her loyal yet wild hound, Marit.  But there is more to this inseperable pair than meets the eye.

These three will take you on a wonderful yet heart wrenching journey.

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

The second book in the series, The Rebel of the Sands, continues Amani’s story.   She has joined the rebellion to bring down the Sultan who killed his own father for the throne. Amani accidentally infiltrates the Sultan’s palace. She is determined to spy on the Sultan from the inside and bring him to justice for all of his bloodthirsty crimes.  Distractingly she is still a prisoner under the constant supervision of guards.   There she learns secrets that should never of been unearthed.  Questions arise as to whether her cause is true.  But will she survive the trials of the palace?

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

A sharpshooter and a dreamer living in a back- country town where there is no escape.  That all changes when she meets Jin, a foreigner at a shooting contest.  She leaves Dustwalk, her town on a mythical horse and finds through Jin the true heart of the desert  and her own blooming power.

” Rebel of the Sands reveals what happens when a dream referred explodes- in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all- consuming inferno of a girl finally, at long last, embracing her power.”( Inside cover)

The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood

The Shakespeare Stealer opens up the world of a boy who is forced to steal a play written by the famous Shakespeare himself.

Widge is ordered by his master to steal the play Hamlet all because he can write in a unique coded shorthand.  Widge worms his way into the Globe Theatre where he meets the players who take him in and treat him as one of their own.  Torn between orders and blooming friendships Widge must make the choice of his life.

The Star- Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

 

The Star- Touched Queen tells of  Maya who is cursed with a horoscope that tells of a marriage of death and destruction.  For political convenience she is to choose a husband. She chooses a strange yet compelling man named Amar who offers something never before imagined.  As truth is revealed and secrets uncovered Maya must decide between her heart and what may be true.

Tips from Authors

I recently went to a conference for authors.  At this conference authors told their stories and tips on how to write.  The number one thing is patience.  You’re not going to write a book in a day, but doing a little bit every day helps you achieve your goal.  Second, don’t give up.  Keep trying and don’t let those little fails bog you down.  One day you will do it but you miss one hundred percent of the things you don’t try to do.