*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review*
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
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 …
Holy Moly! I LOOOOOOVED this book! seriously! LOVED! Don’t let the cover scare you cause the cover is creepier than the book but so PERFECT for the story. I will own this book!
It’s a dystopian of sorts, where there are two types of people, Reds-which are the poor lower people with no powers and are meant to live in squalor and serve the other type of people Silvers-power people who are strong and rich and live on the backs of Reds.
This story we follow Mare a poor Red girl with no talents in order to find work to help feed her family. Her brothers have been shipped off to war and Mare knows that is what’s next for her. When Mare accidentally tries to pick pocket a noble he lets her go instead of having her punished. Next thing Mare knows she has landed a job at the palace to where she serves the very people she hates. When an accident nearly kills her in front of all the Silver nobility including the King & Queen, Mare finds out that she is something else entirely, something special. Though she is a Red she also has powers.
Due to this accident and a discovery of a Red having power, Mare finds herself in the middle of a very dangerous game, where anyone will betray anyone. During all this there is a group of people who are trying to set off a revolution, people who are tired of slaving for the Silver’s to be treated less than animals. People who are fighting back. Mare finds herself in the mist of it all.
I enjoyed everyone’s powers and the houses and name and colors that went with each power this was super fun to read about.
There is a love triangle but it wasn’t overwhelming it wasn’t raging hormones, it was gentle soft and it kept you guessing. It was just the right amount of overall romance.
The book is harsh, romantic, action packed, fast paced, with twists and turns that it literally kept me up all night so I could finish it. LOVED it.
Sexual Content: mild (some kissing)
Language: mild (1 or 2 B words, 2 Hells)
Violence: moderate (magical torture-no graphic, death, murder all not graphic)
She tries her best to combine her love of history, explosions, and butt-kicking heroines in her writing. Her hobbies include the impossible task of predicting what happens next in A Song of Ice and Fire, road trips, and burning through Netflix.