Thursday, January 15, 2015

Victoria Aveyard's debut novel "The Red Queen" is awesome for readers of Hunger Games and Graceling

*******************Thank you Edelweiss for a review copy of this title!**************
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Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn't know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.
To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.
From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

Holy. Cow. So, if you like.. Hunger Games.. Throne of Glass.. Graceling.. this is a book for you. I absolutely loved this book. Reds are pretty much slaves while Silvers are royalty. Reds bleed red and do all the grunt work while Silvers bleed silver and have magic.

Mare is taken on as a maid but during a Kings banquet, she unleashes a magic power that she shouldn't have. She is a red, and red's don't have magic. The King and Queen force her into being a "Silver Princess" a long lost silver lady to hide the fact that she is a red with power. She is also betrothed to the King's younger son. 

She knows that everything is just wrong. She meets with the rebels and comes up with a plan to try to help the Reds. In the meantime she trains to be a lady and trains to use her magic. She has to master it or she will end up dying in the training ring. If anyone sees her Red blood, chaos will happen. 
This book was absolutely awesome. I haven't read a book this good in awhile! And oh my gosh, there is such betrayal at the end! I'm going to go nuts waiting on a second book, and this book isn't even out yet! I won't elaborate more on this, just go read it ! 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Patience Griffin returns with a new Kilts N Quilts novel, Meet Me in Scotland


You can run from your problems, but you can’t hide from love in the Scottish seaside town of Gandiegow....

When a video of her calling happily ever after a foolish fantasy” goes viral, marriage therapist Emma Castle is out of a joband off to Scotland. The tiny town of Gandiegow is the perfect place to ride out the media storm and to catch up with her childhood friend Claire. But also in Gandiegow is the one man she hoped never to see again.

She’s successfully avoided Gabriel MacGregor since Claire and Dominic’s wedding, only to find he’s now the village doctorand just as tall, dark, and devilish as ever. Claire and Dominic’s blissful marriage, however, is not what it used to be. Soon Emma and Gabriel find themselves taking sides even as the sparks begin to fly between them. Can Emma help her friendsor regain her careeras she struggles with her own happily ever after?

Emma has never liked Gabriel and his womanizing ways. He left their friends' wedding with several bridesmaids! Her parents are world reknowned marriage and sex therapists and they have huge shoes they expect her to fill, but a scandal breaks out so Emma runs to Gandiegow to hide. Little did she know that Gabriel is now the town doctor and Claire sends him to get Emma at the airport. Which frustrates Emma to no end.
On top of that, Claire and Dominic are having major marriage issues because Claire wants a child desperately and Dom refuses to cooperate. Claire gathers the town to support her and shun Dom until he changes his mind, but that certainly doesn't help the financial reasons Dom has for not having a child right now. Gabriel has sided with Claire on the issue and eggheaded Emma sides with Dom. Then Dom and Claire get it into their heads that Emma and Gabriel belong together...
On top of that, the town decides that since Emma is a therapist, she should be helping the people of the town, as well as forcing her to learn to quilt the Gandiegow quilt.  Life is getting alot more complicated than Emma thought it would in the tiny, coastal town of Gandiegow.

I really liked Emma. She was smart and funny with just enough spunk. I'm glad she finally stood up to her parents, it would have driven me nuts if she didn't lol. I like Gabriel. He always seemed to know the right thing to say at the right time. It was great to see Deydie and Mattie and Caitie again! And all the quilters. I never had an interest in quilting before now. I don't see myself picking up the habit, but I love to read about it, lol!

I had the opportunity to meet Patience Griffin at my local library not to long ago. I have to say, not only is she a fantastic writer, she is an awesome person. She was very nice! I've met some nice authors and some not so nice authors, but Ms Griffin is my favorite by far! I can't wait for the next Kilts n Quilts novel.This has been my favorite series since Fools Gold by Susan Mallery!