Glass Sword- Victoria Aveyard

Rating:4.5/5

I have been reading this book for since February and FINALLY finished it last night. I tend to have trouble finishing a book if I know I’ll have to wait 6 months plus for the sequel, and seeing as the third book is set to come out some time in 2017, thus was the case with this book. It got to a point, however, where I just had to know what was going to happen next.

Note: For those of you who haven’t read Red Queen, the first book in this series, stop reading this immediately, and go find the book, a comfortable place, and about six to eight solid hours for reading. I ended up listening to this book when I had a terrible job that required me for drive for five hours straight, four days a week. I fell in love with the characters.

Glass Sword is the continuation of the story of a red girl from Norta who discovers she has special powers like the Silvers. She and Cal have been rescued from the Bowl of Bones. They end up on a submarine and then, eventually on an Island controlled by the Scarlet Guard. Things go bad there for Mare and Cal. They, Farley, Kilorn, and Shade end up leaving the island to find more Newbloods (reds with silver powers). They find more Newbloods, but so does Maven, who got the list of names from Mare in the first book (anyone can betray anyone). In the end, Mare ends up working with the Colonel.

The beginning and the end are fast paced. In the middle is where you learn the most about the Newblood powers and personal information on the characters, but it is slower paced. I loved learning about all the Newblood powers and abilities, however. I also loved learning more personal things about Kilorn, Farley, Shade, and even Cal.

I hated how Mare sometimes chooses to use her power. Not only that, but how she sometimes THINKS about her power. It’s easy to see why “normal” reds fear the Newbloods. They could easily become like Silvers. I didn’t want to see Mare choosing to use her power in the wrong way, but I do understand it serves a purpose for the entire story. I just hope Mare learns from her mistakes and doesn’t abuse her power.

At the end of the book, Mare’s heart and spirit are definitely broken (my heart was pretty broken as well), so maybe that will cause her to do some attitude adjusting.

About the heartbreak, prepare for it, because I don’t think you’ll expect it. I know I didn’t.

The thing I like the most about this book, is that I have no idea where the story is heading next. It left off on quite the cliffhanger. All I can say for sure is people are dead, and someone will have to pay for those deaths.

Happy reading!

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles Book 1)

My rating: 5/5

Cinder is a book written by Marissa Meyer about a cyborg living in New Beijing. She lives with her step mother and two step sisters and an android named Iko. Cinder works as a mechanic and all her money goes to support of step mother and two step sisters. Sound a little familiar?

It is a retelling of the classic fairytale, Cinderella. Which is why I have been hesitant to read it for so long. I know what happens in Cinderella, so why would I read a retelling. It was the book chosen for my book club’s monthly read in April, so I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. There are many elements that are different from the original Cinderella story (aside from the futuristic city and the whole cyborg thing).

Cinder is a likable, witty character, who despite her circumstances, is a nice, loving person. She may be a second class citizen because she is a cyborg, but she acts way more human than her monster of a stepmother.

The fact that this is a story loosely based off of a well-known fairytale, there will be parts that readers find predictable. However, this book is part of a series in which three more fairy-tales will be brought into the story. Therefore, I feel like the overall story will be different enough to keep readers interested. Even in this first book there is enough differentiations to keep readers interested. The mystery of Cinder’s past is sure to keep readers interested.

I have ordered the second book, Scarlet, and will be reading it as soon as it is delivered.

Happy Reading!