* I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Publish Date: February 9, 2016
Goodreads Rating: 5/5 stars
Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.
The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.
But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.
Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
Thank you for the following…
1) amazing writing
2) consistency in characters and plot
3) consistency in pacing
4) those raw moments that made me ache
5) swoon worthy moments that made my heart flutter
6) good character development
7) moments I cringed and felt sick
8) moments I held the book tight with anxiety
9) an ending that left me breathless and in pain
Seriously…this author and her writing are phenomenal.
In this book we get to see the hunt for newbloods and how they can change the world. We see the divide between the Reds and Silvers change. We see more into the Lakelanders. We see more into the evil of Maven and the queen. We see more abilities and meet new characters. We see alliances that have to be made and broken.
I mean this book is filled with everything.
I hate to compare this but it was kinda like Insurgent by Veronica Roth. Now don’t freak out. What I mean by that is, we are dealing A LOT with Mare’s feelings and emotions. Emotions of guilt, pain, loss, betrayal, homesickness, love, anger, hate, etc. Which is what we read through with Insurgent. A LOT of emotion. I get it, they both had traumatic experiences and have to deal with that. I will be honest and say there were times when I wanted to move on from Mare’s emotional wreckage, but I get it also. There were times when I got annoyed and I wanted to smack her or kick her butt…seriously. But at the same time, I get it. Anyway I felt she was a lot more like Tris in this book BUT when I got to the end, I am beyond curious to see how this and her will all turn out. This just better not end like Allegiant or I’m going to have to punch something. Or have a book burning session. No joke, this is serious stuff. 😉
I loved Cal throughout this whole book. I hate how he was treated by Mare in Red Queen. He seems to be one of the few SOLID characters. I loved how that even though he is a guy without a country he is still…himself. A soldier, a leader. He knows his stuff and I appreciate the fact that the author didn’t make him change into something else. He is still Cal.
Overall I loved this book and recommend it to those fans of book one. Just be prepared for emotion overload. And be prepared for an ending that will leave you dying for book 3 and 4.
Sexual Content: mild