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The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

Sorry for not posting in a while, but things have been hectic these last few months. I’m preparing for my next step in life by attending Young Harris College in the GA mountains. It’s taking a lot including going to orientation which was an amazing experience. I’m going to continue writing reviews every now and then, because I love sharing my thoughts about the books I obsess over.

Today, I will be reviewing the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima. It came out a few years ago but recently came into my hands. The books in order go: the Demon King, the Exiled Queen, the Gray Wolf Throne, and finishing with the Crimson Crown released this year.

The first book follows a guy named Han Alister, nicknamed Cuffs for the ones on his wrists and a girl named Raisa, the princess heir of the Fells. They live opposite lives, but one day, they run into each other unknowingly.

Han lives between two towns, one being Marisa Pines with his friend Dancer and the other being Ragmarket with his mom and little sister. He’s dirt poor and being the man in his household is hard to deal with considering how food is in such short supply. He tries to escape his reputation as a street lord and murderer when it threatens his family’s lives. One discovery will change Han’s life forever.

Princess Raisa is known to be headstrong and somewhat rebellious due to her mixed blood from her mother, the Queen, and her father, the patriach of the Demonai (warriors who kill wizards when they step out of line). These warriors were created during a time called the Breaking where a corrupt wizard named the Demon King nearly destroyed the world. Princess Raisa’s ancestor, Queen Hanalea the warrior, stopped the wizard and saved the world. She created a document called the Naeming which set rules for wizards and queens in the future. Raisa lusts to know the darker side of her kingdom so she can help people when she inherits the throne.

This book series digs into each characters’ lives, exposing their deepest feelings and fears to the audience. The reader sides with Han and Raisa as they push their ways though darkness that has been festering ever since the Naeming was created. There’s love interests around every corner, leaving you wondering who loves who. Their stories provide two perspectives of how people live in the same kingdom, and it only gets better when Raisa and Han meet for the first time!

The Seven Realms series is similar to Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore.

Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on May 12, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

Anyone heard of the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth? It’s only the most popular, most anticipated movie to come out this year. There’s two books in the trilogy currently, Divergent and Insurgent, with another coming out October 22, 2013 to be named Allegiant.

The series follows sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior who lives in a society where people are divided into factions. There’s Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent). When Beatrice takes the aptitude test, she finds she doesn’t fit into just one faction, but three (Abnegation, Erudite, and Dauntless). She is called a Divergent and to never tell  anyone. When Choosing Day comes around, Beatrice must leave her dull life in Abnegation and Beatrice decides to join the Dauntless. Nicknaming herself Tris, Beatrice tries to fit in and survive the hardcore, dangerous initiation of a Dauntless initiate. Tris must push herself to place higher in the ranks of initiates so she doesn’t get cut before being named a full-fledged member. Along the way, she must keep her secret hidden even from the boy she falls in love with. Tensions heighten between the factions, and Tris sees what being divergent really means.

The divergent trilogy is one of the best apocalyptic series out there right now. I love the action scenes that Tris and the Dauntless bring to the book. It keeps the reader begging for more but also worrying for Tris’s safety. The relationship between Tris and Four is unstable but sweet nonetheless. Despite all the obstacles, their love survives. Likewise, the enemy faction  in the book definitely threatens the main characters of the book, but Roth creates an amazing ending filled with loss and love.

Anyone who likes the Divergent Trilogy would like the Matched trilogy and the Hunger Games trilogy.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , on May 4, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

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I have been reviewing a bunch of series so far, but for this post, I am going to talk about a book that was recently put in stores, and I rather enjoyed it! It’s by Rachel Hartman, and it’s named Seraphina.

The book follows Seraphina, a young woman living in the city of Goredd, where dragons take human form inside the city under a peace that has lasted 40 years. Eventually, she decides to leave home to get away from her father, a lawyer who defends dragons in court. The two never really got along, but Seraphina finds herself a position in the royal household as a court musician. But just as she joins the court, Prince Rufus is murdered in a draconian fashion. Tensions are high between the two races, and Seraphina has a secret that makes her fear both sides. With the help of her dragon teacher, Orma, she keeps her secret under wraps as long as she can. Seraphina walks a dangerous path as she befriends and eventually falls in the love with Prince Lucian Kiggs, the captain of the guard. He’s naturally curious and skilled in interrogating, and Seraphina interests him deeply. The two work together closely to find out who murdered Prince Rufus.

In this book, I was very pleased with how Hartman created essentially two different worlds. The physical world that Seraphina lives in, seems medieval in nature and defiantly fits the setting I have created in my head. The world inside Seraphina’s head is even more interesting because it makes Seraphina who she is while it also risks her life. The relationship between Kiggs and Serpahina made me smile because of their sarcastic, curious spirits. They work well together despite the many fights they get in. Overall, I was pleased with the book for its adventure and mystery. The dragon aspect of the book just made me extremely happy!

Anyone who likes this book would love the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini. Both have dragons in them! Where could you go wrong?

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