Red Queen

Red Queen, By: Victoria Aveyard
Mare Barrow is a “Red” raised in a poor village. She detests the silvers with their powers and their money and their inability to see reds as human. While pickpocketing at a bar, she lands herself a job at the palace. However, some deeper secrets about her become known. She has an ability, just like the silvers. Is she silver? No. Is she Red? Not completely. To cover up a secret, she becomes betrothed to one of the princes, and falls for the other as well. Be careful, according to Julian, “Anyone can betray anyone.”

I really liked this book, this is the third time that I am reading this, and I always seem to get lost in their world. I love fantasy novels and this was one of my first YA reads, so it was like AMAZING!

Rise Red As The Dawn

I’ve Been Thinking… Reflection, Prayers, and Meditation for a Meaningful Life

I’ve Been Thinking… Reflection, Prayers, and Meditation for a Meaningful Life, By: Maria Shriver
Self help books are not typically what I read. I am a cozy mystery junky. However, when I was perusing the online library the other evening after my latest novel had concluded and the protagonist had solved yet another mystery, a book by Maria Shriver popped up on my kindle screen. It was a newly acquired e-book that the library was advertising entitled, “I’ve Been Thinking…Reflection, Prayers, and Meditation for a Meaningful Life. Maria Shriver has always intrigued me. She is smart, beautiful, and a Kennedy. I decided to read just the introduction to the book, which was a few pages long and that is all it took. I soon found myself checking out a copy and downloading it to my kindle. I have gone this far with other books not in the mystery genre, but I seldom continue reading on and before I know it 21 days are up and the library has repossessed the copy I downloaded to my kindle. This book was different. I found myself drawn to reading it before bed, telling others about it, and reading it on my lunch breaks when I subbed at school. It is very well written and insightful. I like how the chapters start with a quote and end with a prayer. This book was exactly what my soul needed.
–Contributed by my Mom

The Gender Game Series

The Gender Game Series, By: Bella Forrest
Violet Bates’s world is turned upside down on a mission that reveals a despotic world’s true intentions. Will she survive?
I would say that this series was pretty entertaining. I had a hard time with the fact that Violet Bates could take down someone who was genetically enhanced to be stronger and faster than she was, among other people she fought. Also, the fact that hardly anyone close to Violet perishes, in the middle of a war. So overall: 4 star. Believability: 1.75-2.5 stars.

A Tale Of Magic

A Tale of Magic, By: Chris Colfer

When Brystal Evergreen stumbles across a secret section of the library, she discovers a book that introduces her to a world beyond her imagination and learns the impossible: She is a fairy capable of magic! But in the oppressive Southern Kingdom, women are forbidden from reading and magic is outlawed, so Brystal is swiftly convicted of her crimes and sent to the miserable Bootstrap Correctional Facility. 

But with the help of the mysterious Madame Weatherberry, Brystal is whisked away and enrolled in an academy of magic! Adventure comes with a price, however, and when Madame Weatherberry is called away to attend to an important problem, she doesn’t return.
Do Brystal and her classmates have what it takes to stop a sinister plot that risks the fate of the world, and magic, forever?

This book has a rather low reading level but was entertaining. I absolutely adore Chris’s writing. It was a bit different than the YA books I’ve been reading.

Ninth House

Ninth House, By: Leigh Bardugo
Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?
This, overall, was a very interesting Novel. I had originally gotten it because it was by Leigh Bardugo. Her other books were YA, but this one was definitely Adult. I think that the character was really well developed. It was a murder mystery with dark magic mixed in, the best of both worlds!