Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Dystopian fiction.
Series: The Red Queen series. The second book, Glass Sword, is due to release in mid 2016.
Yay or Nay: Yay! A massive one!
Movie adaptation: No. However, there are lots of movie requests. Who knows? There might be an amazing movie adaptation in the near future...
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. (Amazing, but there are better books out there, Queen!)
Synopsis: Mare lives in the Kingdom of Norta, which is cruelly divided into two categories; the Reds and the Silvers. While the hard-working and poor citizens live as Reds, the rich and arrogant citizens are Silvers, the Royal Family of Norta, lords and ladies and dukes and duchesses are all born as regal Silvers. Mare (a Red, who steals to help her family survive) has no option but to join the army at the age of eighteen, like every other Red, unless she finds a job.
When Mare lands herself in a job at the Royal Palace, she and all the Silvers around her, are shocked to find Mare in possession of a rare, unusual but dangerous power. While only the Silvers in the kingdom have powers, the discovery of Mare's gift threatens to destroy the reputation and balance of the world the Silvers have created. Taken in as a long-lost Silver princess, Mare is aware that one false move could mean the difference between life and death. Mare has to find a way to bring down the rule of the cruel Silvers. Will she be able to succeed?
Review: Red Queen is an amazing book. As a fan of dystopian fiction I had every reason to love it. Nevertheless, I'm sure even someone who is uncomfortable with this genre would love Red Queen. Not only is it gripping, but it also envelopes you in a mix of emotions that make you feel you're living alongside Mare in her world. The plot twists and the beautiful prose Aveyard has penned make you imagine every inch of Norta. Aveyard has won lots of fans with just one book. Red Queen is a unique blend of Divergent, The Selection Series and The Hunger Games. It is impossible to put down. It is well set out and easy to understand. This book is immensely enjoyable whether the reader is young or old ,a bookworm or a movie buff. Everyone should get a taste of Red Queen. Aveyard ended the book with a cliffhanger that left me yearning for more. I absolutely can't wait for the sequel of Red Queen. Truly fantastic!
Title: Four - A Divergent Collection *
Author: Veronica Roth.
Genre: Dystopian fiction, teenage fiction.
Series: A Divergent Series.
Yay or Nay: Yay! It's a big one!
Movie adaption: Not yet. However, this series has two movies out, with one in the making. Hopefully this one will be here soon!
Rating: 4 stars out of 5. The last star? Let's just say Four's fellow books let it down.
* Please read the other books in the series before reading Four. For more details on Divergent, please read my Divergent book review further down the blog posts. For the review of Divergent, click here.
Synopsis: Four is the final book in 'The Divergent Series', told completely from the character, Four's, perspective. ( No, Four is just a nickname, how he got it? That's for you to find out! ) The other three books in the series are Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant. With Divergent and Insurgent told from Tris's perspective and Allegiant told from both, Tris and Four's perspective. Four is quite different.
Extra information: Four is about how Four transitioned into the world of Divergent and chose his faction. ( Read about those in my Divergent review. ) As Divergent is about Tris's journey, Four's journey has major differences. Four's journey is full of fear, yet full of leadership and being the best. Four is all about Four's achievements, feelings, enemies and friends, but most importantly, how he and Tris met when he got the job of being her initiation instructor. ( He refused the job of the Dauntless faction leader.) The book only feautres Tris toward the end, but fully talks about her in the last few pages.
Review: Four is one of the best books in the series, I highly recommend it. It was a fearful, yet gripping book. It would deserve 5 stars had Insurgent and Allegiant been slightly better. However, not taking heed of the other books in the series, Four is a touching book. The feelings have been vividly described by Roth, making the reader feel just the way the character feels. If you don't like sad, heart - breaking and action - packed books then Four is going to change your mind.
Title: The Fault In Our Stars
Author: John Green
Genre: Young - adult fiction, novel.
Series: No series. (Although, John Green has written other similiar books that are amazing!)
Yay or Nay: Yay for me! (However, it could be a nay for those who don't like emotionally charged novels.)
Movie adaptation: Yes. The Fault In Our Stars.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars. (Just wasn't my favourite. Sorry, TFIOS!)
Synopsis: Hazel Grace Lancaster has been suffering from cancer since the age of 13. Knowing her death is near, her outlook on life is very different, frequently remembering that not everyone lives forever, a long time maybe, but not forever.
Hazel meets Augustus 'Gus' Waters, who helps her follow her dream, discarding his own. One step at a time, Hazel starts to lead a whole new life, one she never thought she would...
Review: I quite love this book. The sadness, happiness, anger and humour make you feel what Hazel is going through and make you thank your stars you're not going through the same thing. After reading this book I couldn't believe this wasn't on my shelves the day it was out. It's a beautiful book, making you feel every emotion deep in your heart of hearts. If you haven't already read this, I definately think you should.
Although the plot was quite hard to comprehend, it was very original.
The motto of the book? Make every moment of your life count.
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: The Divergent Series. (Trilogy)
Genre: Science fiction, young - adult fiction, dystopian fiction, action, thriller. (Fiction)
Yay or Nay: Yay!
Movie adaptation: Yes, Divergent, as well as it's sequel, Inurgent. The sequel of Insurgent, Allegiant, is being made.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars. (Way to go, Divergent!)
Synopsis: A world divided into a group called factions, each specialising in a particular trait such as honesty; Candor, bravery; Dauntless, selflessness; Abnegation, peace; Amity and intelligence; Erudite. However, each also with a flaw. The book, based on the story of sixteen year old Beatrice 'Tris' Prior, who was raised in 'The City', is about the world where factions rule.
Extra information: Beatrice, who was Abnegation born, had a choice to change factions at the Choosing Ceremony, like all other sixteen year olds in other factions. After changing to... (you'll want to find that out yourself!), Beatrice adopts a new name in order to re-invent herself: Tris. Go through the ups and downs, sacrifices and betrayals and lives and deaths with Tris, in the wonderful world of The City, in Divergent.
Review: I love this book, even though I call lots of books my favourite, this has to be my genuine favourite. It made me sad, scared, anticipated, happy, relieved, angry, regretful and all sorts of other emotions. A must read, I recommend every young adult to read this, you have to, you'll be missing out on SO MUCH if you don't. It's going to make you feel better. Guaranteed!