Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Red Queen (series) and 1,000 Pieces of You

Hey folks - back again with another "Two for Tuesday." This week I'm taking a gander at two YA novels that frankly, were awful. There's just no nice way to say this. I love YA - intriguing and well-written YA. Alas, I can't say that about either of these series (I understand 1,000 Pieces of You is a series - I'm baffled?????).

But just because they aren't my cup of tea doesn't mean you might not find them enjoyable, so here we go:

The Red Queen (series) by Victoria Aveyard

Novel Premise - The Red Queen:  

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

Aveyard, Victoria. "Red Queen Series" https://www.victoriaaveyard.com/red-queen-series

My thoughts: So basically this is the premise of only the first novel...and it'll stop there for me. I tried to read the second novel and simply did not care. Redundant battle scenes that took far too long to play out over and over and over...you get the point. The characterization is simply dull. Mare starts as a hero and falls faster than Katniss Everdeen in book three. Just. No.

1,000 Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Novel Premise: 

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmaticassistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. To accomplish her goal, she must learn how each world works, and confront the many people she has the capacity to become. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows — including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

My thoughts: I DNFed this book, so maybe my "review" is unfair. But it's predictable in an annoying way - I knew who was the "bad guy" and the secret about her father by the end of chapter one. The science involved is questionable, and the science fiction aspect of it falls flat. There's a magical piece of metal shaped like a phoenix that can allow a character to jump dimensions and time, but no one knows how it works, it just does. Another nope. Nope. Nope. YA love triangle - check. Annoying and whiny "heroine" - check. Writing that talks down to teens - check. No bueno all around, and it's a shame because her website is full of promise! I will tell you all - my students didn't like this book either. It was a Battle of the Books finalist and ALL of them gave this novel a thumbs down! 👎 👎 👎

However - I will say that both books have amazing artwork on their covers - a positive in a sea of bleh! 

Sorry today's reviews didn't bring better news. I still say happy reading folks!

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