Red Queen- Victoria Aveyard

Review of the Red Queen

Rating: 5 stars

To sum up the Red Queen I would say the hunger games meet Games of Throne.

Mare Barrow reminded me of Katniss living in the slums. She stole to survive and her family and best friend Kilcorn come first. But when Mare gets a job in the palace her powers are ignited and she’s brought into the world of Silvers. This is where the story reminded me of Games of throne. The lies deceit and the game the royals played were hard to keep up with and Mare is a pawn in the game, which she doesn’t even know she’s playing. She starts to fall for Marven her betrothed yet she still has feelings for Cal the future King. Her feelings make her judgement off and for it she pays the ultimate price.

The world building was breath-taking and the author’s ability to keep us blind to the truth was very well played out. I didn’t trust anyone and when I did I would second guess myself but I couldn’t have fully predicated who would betray mare.

The rebels add to the tension already in the story and I found my hands clammy in fear of certain rebels been found out, yet once again nothing could have prepared me for the ending

I look forward to book two and mostly Cal. He’s strong, fierce and his loyalty to the crown is to be admired. He is a warrior, his abilities had me transfixed on him. Just loved him no matter where he stands in this war.

I would highly recommend this to all fantasy lovers.  

The Watcher-Lisa Voisin

Review of The Watcher

3.5 stars

The Watcher is story about angels and demons, but I love how it’s different than others I have read. It’s not your simple forbidden love, but the seven deadly sins come into play and for me I just loved that. I know we only see two in play in this book, but I loved the angle the author came from making it stand out for me more than other books of its kind. 
I loved some of the descriptions that Mia gives us while she is in awe of Michael’s wings, or the sound of his voice. I could almost feel what she was saying, it was very well explained. 
The plot itself was really good it wasn’t just forbidden love, but the twist at the end with Damiel was just brilliant and one I didn’t expect, and Mia’s understanding of how envy worked really blow me away, it was great thinking and I loved it.

But in saying all that the reason I gave this book only 3.5 stars was the characters. I just for the life of me couldn’t connect with Mia or Michael. Mia was understanding in so many ways, that I found myself disagreeing with her. I couldn’t picture her at all, and I felt nothing really for her. As for Michael I felt he was weak and his love for Mia overshadowed everything else. The one Character I loved and she wasn’t in it much was Michael’s sponsor Arielle, I found she had a strong voice, she was willing to get the job done, and most of the explaining of what was going on came from her. She was a character that I could connect with and see. Also Heather and Fiona just seemed selfish to me. But this is just my opinion and mine alone.

While reading some of the other reviews I see a lot of people compared this book to Hush, Hush and I didn’t like that book at all I think I rated it like two stars. So for lovers of Hush, Hush and Forbidden love with Angels – you may love The Watchers.

I received this book from the Author for an honest review. 

Fractured Immortal- E. L. Wicker

Review of Fractured Immortal

Rating: 4.5 star

Firstly I have to say that this book brought up more emotions then I expected. Fractured Immortal is a dark tale. It’s all told from the perspective of Ilia, a vampire whose life has been pretty sad. Often in stories like this you get to hear what they lost, but this book goes deeper into details and I found myself on more than one occasion fighting the tears. 
When Ilia was mortal she was unmarried and pregnant, her mother had two butchers remove the baby from Ilia’s body not really caring for her daughter’s life, the detail was gruesome and so very sad, but overall extremely well written. This is what started to shape Ilia into the vampire she ended up being. 
Her existence is in isolation as she searches the globe for the man responsible for killing her family and loved ones. Yet she carries her pain with her never letting it go. She is broken yet a fighter. When she gets news that Sol maybe returning to her hometown, she returns there, and we get to see more of her life, and it’s all very painful. From the person she loved, to the memories of her childhood, it’s dark and sad. 
Yet when we get introduced to Lana and Lucas, we see a kindness, and a little bit of weight seems to be lifted off her shoulders, until Kyle steps into the picture.

Now Kyle he is an onion – he has layers upon layers, upon layers, upon layers …. Complex character. Kyle had me hating him, and then loving him. As the story went on I felt so sorry for him, then went back to loving his sarcasm, he threw me so much throughout the book, that even now that I’m finished, I realised I wanted a happy ever after ending for him. He really deserves it. His relationship with Ilia is funny at the start its push shove and fuelled with anger and love, yet once again as the story progresses it just becomes another complicated aspect to Ilia’s life. The part when he takes Ilia to see Julia’s resting place, I cried. It was the saddest moment in the book and it made me look at Kyle once again in a different light. 
Nat is the other love interest and from the moment Ilia bumps into him you see an attraction, but their attraction has a reason behind it. Don’t want to say too much on that, you just have to read the book to find out. But I loved it.  And as for the ending…. It had my mouth gaping wide open, while I shook my head cursing the author when I realised the second book isn’t out yet. I needed to get to Ilia and tell her… well I can’t tell you what it is, but it’s pretty huge.

Maggie the witch. I just LOVED HER, every moment she was in the book she had me grinning from ear to ear. She’s quick with her words, she doesn’t think just acts (that is referring to what she did to Nat) couldn’t believe it yet I couldn’t stop laughing. I just loved her. 
There was so many great characters even down to Max and Kate the two young witches, and Alex who’s Nat’s friend and kind of side kick. Each character had their own story and each one was interesting. I think the author developed them very well.

The character I hated the most wasn’t Sol funny enough or Seleana for that matter, it was Victor he’s vicious and cruel, yet I know in book two we will be seeing lots of him.

Overall the book was very well written, it flowed well, and kept me engaged the whole way through. I loved each character and found them well developed. I would recommend this book to all paranormal, fantasy, romance or dark fantasy readers.

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.