Glass Sword, by Victoria Aveyard

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Reviewing sequels is always a mixed bag … especially because I realized that even though I made a marry date or dump post (remember those?) about the characters in this series last year, I never got around to reviewing it. But I had a few feels and wanted to see what other readers thought, so onward! I’ll try to keep the spoilers for the first book at a minimum, but there are some spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.

To give some basic premise the book takes place in a world with two types of people silver bloods (who all have some kind of magical super power) and red bloods (who don’t). You can guess who is in charge. When red-blooded Mare Barrow develops a power usually reserved for the Silvers chaos ensues. She’s the object of intrigue of two princes, Maven and Cale, along with her childhood best friend. She’s the object of intrigue of two armies. She’s trying to figure out how to use her powers and her fame (from the first book) to overthrow her oppressors, but as the back of the book says Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Dumplin’, Everything Everything, & Red Queen

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I was a little stumped trying to find a topic for today’s marry date or dump and so I looked at the top three YA books on the New York Times YA best seller list. Can we all just take a moment to be excited about the strong, diverse female characters written by female author that appear at the top of this list. At first, I thought I’d give you the love interests, but the protagonists of all three books seemed so much more interesting – so the choice is up to you if you want to do the boys or the girls, but I’m going to pick between Willowdean, Madeline, and Mare Barrow. Try to keep spoilers out of your comments, especially because I haven’t read Dumplin’ yet!  Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Characters from Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard

Aveyard-01-700x394Despite being so squeamish about blood as a kid, that I would even let my mom say the second grade spelling list, I made it through Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard last week. Let me tell you there is definitely a reason this book is getting so much hype and appearing on all the best seller lists. It is suspenseful, chilling, and romantic all at the same time. Since there are three potential romantic leads (because the only thing better than a love triangle is a love rectangle), I thought it would be perfect for marry, date or dump. So if anyone has read the book or just wants to venture a guess today’s choices are Kilorn (Mare’s childhood best friend), Cal (the king’s first born son and leader of the silver army), or Maven (the king’s second son). Please no spoilers for people who haven’t read it.  Continue reading