Book Review- The Red Queen

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The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Published by Orion on February 12, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction
Pages: 383
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This is a world divided by blood-red or silver.

The poverty-stricken Reds are commoners, living in the shadow of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from the Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Then Mare finds herself working at the Silver palace, in the midst of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

After having this book recommended *ahem, shoved in my face* multiple times by multiple people, I decided I should probably just read it- so at least I could tell people to back off if I didn’t like it. But, I was actually really surprised by this one.

I’ve been trying to move away from the dystopia book, mostly because after a while they just all sound the same. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed this so much- because I haven’t read a dystopia in quite some time.

Anyway, I’d be lying if I said that this book doesn’t remind me of others. It reminded me A LOT of The Selection series (which I also enjoyed, so I didn’t mind that at all), and had some similarities to a bunch of other dystopias, like the Hunger Games (the whole area/fighting aspect), and pretty much any dystopia where the main character finds out they have powers.

I loved the characters in this book, and the depth they had to them. Yes, some of the *ahem* not as important characters were a little one sided *ahem* Evangeline *ahem*. But for the most part, the characters were interesting and some had some very surprising sides to them.

The one thing that really sets the Red Queen apart from other dystopias was the theme repeated throughout the book: Anyone can betray anyone. It was so relevant throughout the story, and I felt like it really tied the events of the book together.
BUT THE END. OH THE END!!!!!! I wont spoil anything, but that just threw me for a loop. UGH. WHYYYYYYYY.

Anyway, I would definitely recommend this book to people who love YA, The Selection, and/or dystopia (or are looking to get into/back into dystopia). But just be sure to have the second book on hand, because if you are anything like me then you’ll have about two seconds to breathe before your nose is buried in the Glass Sword!

I am going to give Red Queen four out of five hearts.

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The Pixar Book Tag

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I was tagged by Lauren @ Comma Hangover  to do the Pixar Book Tag! I grew up watching Pixar movies, and now that they have such a great bunch of movies lined up to come out, it is only right to participate in the Pixar tag! What better way to celebrate the amazingness?

So, without further ado, lets get down to business:


Toy Story

A book where you wanted the characters to come to life.

Am I allowed to say every great book ever? Cause I want more characters to come to life than people I actually know….

8112318So I decided on the characters from The Candymakers by Wendy Mass. I chose them because (1) that would mean there would be some pretty amazing candy made that just sounds so amazing and (2) there would be no force trying to end the world like in so many of the other books I read. So you go ahead and choose your reason.

Also, I have a feeling that the kids in this book would be pretty fun to hang out with… there would definitely be a lot of laughs and a lot of sugary fun!


A Bugs Life

A character that goes through a transformation.

Considering that in most books a character goes through some kind of transformation, I decided to go with an actual physical transformation… not just a change in personality, outlooks, or attitude.

13589580I am going to go with Brooklyn from What the Spell. In the beginning of the book, Brooklyn turns 16 and is finally allowed to use her powers (ya know, cause she is from a family of witches). So like any 16 year old girl, the first thing she decides to do is completely change her appearance. She goes from a shy mousy girl to a total bombshell overnight, and that is just where the journey begins.

Brooklyn also goes through a bit of a personal transformation, but it is all started by the change in appearance (and the powers obviously, but that’s not the point here).


Monsters Inc.

A strong/scary character that develops a soft side for someone else.

9378297This one was actually pretty easy. I’m going with Cas from Anna Dressed in Blood.

So Cas isn’t a bad character in any way (he’s actually the protagonist), but in the beginning of the book he pushes people away and refuses to get close to them. He just wants to do his ghost killing (sending off?) job and move onto the next one.

Then comes Thomas. And Caramel. And Anna. The rest is history. Cas learns to let people in, and when he does it’s beautiful. So I wouldn’t say that Cas develops a soft side “for someone else” per say, but he does develop a soft side, so that’s good enough for me!


 Finding Nemo

“P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way Sydney” A book that has an address or quote that’s burned into your memory forever.

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The first thing that came to mind was Harry Potter, because not only is 4 Privet Drive, Surrey an address I will never forget, the books have a lot of great quotes.

One of my absolute favorite quotes comes from Hermione: “Books! And Cleverness! There are far more important things-friendship and bravery…”


The Incredibles

Coolest book family.

Percy-Jackson-The-Lightning-Thief-Original-CoverPercy Jackson. He has quite possibly the coolest family ever.

First of all, his father is POSEIDEN. That is awesome. But that also makes a bunch of the Olympians (and other gods) related to him in some way, and all their kids… which kind of makes the biggest, most powerful extended family of all time.

Oh, and not to mention the monsters. I mean, not all of them are good, but there are a few like his Hell Hound and Tyson the Cyclops. Oh! and don’t forget the horses! And Pegasus (pegasi?). And all the other cool horse things.


Cars 1, 2, and 3

A book that keeps getting sequels you feel are not needed.

10507293For all the great books that don’t get sequels, there are all those books that don’t need sequels and get them anyway.

My choice for this one is The Selection Series by Kiera Cass.

Don’t get me wrong here, because I absolutely loved The Heir (I still haven’t gotten to read The Crown), but the original three books didn’t need a sequel. They ended really well.

That being said, in this instance I am really happy we got more of these books! And the covers… oh the covers!


Ratatouille

A book featuring a non-human/humanoid.

1183379Hmmmmmmmmmm. Now that I’m thinking about it, I haven’t read a lot of non-human/humanoid books lately. That’s pretty sad on my part.

I think I am going to have to go back to my middle school years and say The Warrior Series by Erin Hunter. Or rather, the Warrior Series’ (plural).

These books were my life for years. I had every single one all the way up to the third or fourth series when I started to grow out of them. But man those cats were a lot of fun to read about. They had some amazing adventures in there!


Wall-E

A book that made you lonely.

41zlOSzTsuL__SX331_BO1,204,203,200_For this one I’m going to say Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay  Asher.

This book made me so sad and heartbroken and empty inside. I mean, I did really love the book-it was amazing-but it was so deep and it just made me want to be around all my friends and never let them out of my sight.

I have to admit, the first name that came to mind for this question was Gayle Forman, because her books kind of have that same effect, but I think Jay Asher wins on this one.


Inside Out

Name a book that could be one of your core memories.

*low whistle*

18879761A core memory. That’s a tricky one. There are a lot of really deep books out there (like the above mentioned Thirteen Reasons Why) that could all be core memories just because of how emotionally jarring they  are.

I am going to go with a Gayle Forman book for this one: I Was Here. This book starts out with a suicide, and ends in the most beautiful way possible. It’s definitely a book that is going to stay with me forever, so I guess it could be one of my core memories.


And there you have it! The Pixar book tag!

I’m not going to tag anyone specifically (mostly because I have no idea how many people have already done it), but if you haven’t done it and you want to, then consider yourself tagged and don’t forget to leave me a link so I can see your answers!

Book to Movie Wishlist Tag

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I saw the Book to Movie Wishlist tag over on twistinthetaile and immediately knew I had to do it! There are so many great books that I would love to see turned into movies.

The rules of this tag are simple: list 5 books that you would like to see turned into a movie. So without further ado, lets begin!

1. Those Girls by Lauren Saft

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I think Those Girls would be an amazing movie. There is so much drama, revenge plotting, and emotions that it would keep audiences transfixed until the end. Also, all the characters are so realistic that bringing them to life would be amazing.

2. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

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Anna Dressed in Blood would be one of the most amazing horror movies ever. Seeing Cas, Anna, and the rest of the crew on screen would be magical. I feel like the movie could be a disaster if it were made poorly (just like any great book turned movie), but with the right crew and cast, it would be amazing.

3. Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

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Unraveling might just be my all time favorite book, so turning it into a movie is definitely a dream of mine. Janelle and Ben would kick some serious behind in this fast paced action/sci fi movie. I’m certainly keeping my fingers crossed for this one.

4. The Selection by Kiera Cass

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Actually, I think the whole Selection series would make an amazing movie series. The reality TV style setting of the books would translate over very well to a movie (in my opinion, of course). The characters are all so well created that bringing the to life is not hard to imagine. I really would love to see this one happen!

5. I Am The Weapon by Allen Zadoff

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There is so much action, mystery, and excitement in I Am The Weapon that it is hard not to want to see it as a movie. I kind of imagine Boy Nobody as a cross between Ethan Hunt and Jason Bourne. This is another one I will definitely keep my fingers crossed for.

So what do you think of my list? What books would you like to see as movies? Let me know in the comments below! Also, if you decided to do this tag on your blog, leave me a link so I can check it out!