Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Blurb: This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

Age: 13+

Price: £2.00 (on amazon)

My friend made me read it and I am glad she did. This book is about a girl from a poor family who becomes a servant in the Silver Palace. Suddenly she finds out that she has an amazing power which I thought was a bit out of the blue, but then again, there wouldn’t really be a story without her possessing her power. And then she works with the Red Guard to bring down the Silvers. In a way, this book is like the last Hunger Games book, ‘Mockingjay’ with a rebel force fighting against a dominating race/capital, so if you liked the Hunger Games then I think you will like this. However it is different in the way that there are a lot more plot twists and not so many people die.

My favourite characters were definitely Maven, Kilorn, Cal, Elara and Mare. Elara was so evil and very clever, she can read minds which makes her even cooler than she already is. The other 4 are the standard main characters in most books, the main character, Mare, her best friend Kilorn and then the two love interests/friends, Cal and Maven. Even though Victoria Aveyard didn’t have the most original characters, I still really liked all of them and couldn’t imagine the book without them. I give this book a 9 out of 10 stars and recommend it to both genders. If you have read the Hunger Games and enjoyed them I would definitely consider reading this and if you didn’t like them, give them a go anyway. Sorry I haven’t posted in so long, but I have a new policy now and will be posting at least 3 times a month so you won’t be left with no review for months. Anyway, happy summer and comment what book you are currently reading.

Spy for The Queen of Scotts by Theresa Breslin

Blurb: As lady-in-waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots, the beautiful Ginette – known as Jenny – is the young queen’s closest childhood friend. Growing up in the elegant but ruthless French court, surrounded by enemies and traitors – not least the jealous, manipulative Catherine de Medici, and Mary’s own scheming half-brother, James – Jenny has always been fiercely loyal to her mistress. But when she overhears a mysterious whispered plot, closely followed by several unexplained deaths at court, she puts her own life in danger and turns spy for Mary.

Jenny quickly realises not a soul at court can be trusted, and when she and Mary return to their Scottish homeland for Mary to claim her throne, they face even greater peril. Desperate to protect her friend from those who would slit her throat to steal her crown, while battling her feelings for the charismatic nobleman Duncan Alexander, Jenny becomes embroiled in a dangerous web of secrets, betrayals and lies.

Age: 12+

Price: £4.95

I’d heard that this book was really good, so when I saw it in the library, I picked it up and gave it a read, and it was definitely worth it.

This book is all about Mary Queen of Scots life who ruled Scotland from 1542 to 1567 and her made up childhood friend Lady Ginette. This book cleverly mixes history and fiction to create an amazing book about Mary’s tragic life story. This is very much a spy book and has plenty of deceit and lies in it, so if that’s the type of thing that you enjoy then I highly recommend this to you. The only thing I would say is that the author could have put in more details about Mary’s real life rather than making some of it up. And there some parts of the book where nothing was happening and that could have been made much more interesting. However, I really enjoyed this book on the whole and give it an 8 out of 10. Sorry there isn’t much to say about this one as saying anything else would give away the book and I don’t want to ruin it for you. This book is suitable for both genders and hope that those of you in the UK are having a great May half-term! P.S. What books are you reading currently?

 

Breaking Dawn (Twilight Saga #4) by Stephenie Meyer

Blurb: Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating and unfathomable consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella’s life – first discovered in Twilight, then scattered and torn in New Moon and Eclipse – seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed… forever?

Age: 14+

Price: £6.99

I have finally read the Twilight saga. If you didn’t know, this is the last book in the series of 4. I have reviewed all of them as I read them, so if you are interested, the links are here.

 

Book 1: http://larawhitfield.co.uk/?p=423

Book 2: http://larawhitfield.co.uk/?p=492

Book 3: http://larawhitfield.co.uk/?p=505

Anyway, I really enjoyed this book, much more than all of the others. The last books never tend to be the best, but this series was different. There was a lot more going on than the other 3. There were so many more characters, about 20 new vampires were introduced to you and several other ‘normal’ characters. The only problem I had with the characters was Jacob. Don’t get me wrong, I love Jacob, he is one of the best characters but in this last book. Stephenie Meyer kind of ruined him for me. He was much less cheeky and funny and was suddenly very mature. Where as I liked it when he was immature because he contrasted with the others and made the book more interesting. Besides that, I really liked it, Jasper became much more interesting and Bella actually did something for once. I also liked the plot twists and the secrets in this book which made it more appealing to the reader. Renesmee is really cool, but you will have to read the book to find out who that is, because I’m not going to tell you. If you are considering reading the Twilight series, I would say that you should, partly because the last book was good. But don’t just skip straight to the last one without reading the others. Because that’s cheating. I still wouldn’t give this a 10 but I will give it a 9. This book is aimed at girls, but I think that boys should read it too. Enjoy!

 

Born Scared by Kevin Brooks

Blurb: Elliot is terrified of almost everything.

From the moment he was born, his life has been governed by acute fear. The only thing that keeps his terrors in check are the pills that he takes every day.

It’s Christmas Eve, there’s a snowstorm and Elliot’s medication is almost gone. His mum nips out to collect his prescription. She’ll only be 10 minutes – but when she doesn’t come back, Elliot must face his fears and try to find her. She should only be 400 metres away. It might as well be 400 miles…

Price: £5.99

Age:12+

This is not the type of book I would normally read, but I really enjoyed it. This an adventure book about a boy called Elliott who is scared of pretty much everything and his twin Ella-May. I got given this book by my mum’s friend as a present and she thought I might like and I did, I loved it. There are some quite scary and violent parts so I suggest that if you are sensitive to violence, this is not a good book for you. I would recommend this to people who love adventure books (and violence) because this brilliant. It’s even won an award, the Cilip Carniege Medal which is a big prize awarded by librarians. My favourite character was definitely Ella-May and the evil Santa’s because they were so good at being evil. I read this book at just the right time as it is Christmas Eve and there are only 8 days to go!!!! I give this book 9 out of 10 stars and hope you enjoy, I will see on the 24th of December to wish you a Merry Christmas!