Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Trap (The Hunt #3) by Andrew Fukuda


From author Andrew Fukuda comes The Trap, the explosive finale to The Hunt trilogy—perfect for fans of The Hunger Games!

After barely escaping the Mission alive, Gene and Sissy face an impossible task: staying alive long enough to stop an entire world bent on their destruction. Bound on a train heading into the unknown with the surviving Mission girls, Gene, Sissy, David, and Epap must stick together and use everything they have to protect each other and their only hope: the cure that will turn the blood-thirsty creatures around them into humans again. Now that they know how to reverse the virus, Gene and Sissy have one final chance to save those they love and create a better life for themselves. But as they struggle to get there, Gene's mission sets him on a crash course with Ashley June, his first love . . . and his deadliest enemy.
Hardcover, 320 pages  Published November 5th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin 
 
I loved this entire series, as a huge fan of vampires in general the twist to how these creatures came to life and took over the land was a great addition to the vampire reading world. I would absolutely love if this series became a movie or two, fantastically fast paced, dangerous and thought provoking. 

Everything so far was building up to this last book in the trilogy. And everything wraps up with an all out infested blood fest and revelations. I was even caught off guard a little with the ending and still having to ponder how the story left off. 

Ashley June was fantastic in the climax to the story. Her character being one of my favorites overall. The vampires are manipulative, hunt by the thousands (millions) and blood thirsty. The majority of them on a mindless feeding hunt. Driven solely on the need to feed. They also have a very intelligent, driven hierarchy striving to survive in a world diminished of food.

I really loved this series and highly recommend it. Amazing characters and fast paced with a domino effect of destruction throughout. It also ended with an unpredictable ending for me that I still find myself thinking about.

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Thank you for stopping by today and happy reading! 
Krista

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Wild Queen: The Days and Nights of Mary Queen of Scots (Young Royals #7)

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Mary Stuart was just five years old when she was sent to France to be raised alongside her future husband. But when the frail young king dies, eighteen-year-old Mary is stripped of her title as Queen of France and set adrift in the harsh world, alone. Determined to reign over what is rightfully hers, Mary returns to Scotland. Hopingthat a husband will help her secure the coveted English throne, she marries again, but the love and security she longs for elude her. Instead, the fiery young queen finds herself embroiled in a murder scandal that could cost her the crown. And her attempts to bargain with her formidable “sister queen,” Elizabeth I of England, could cost her her very life.
Hardcover, 420 pages  Published June 19th 2012 by Harcourt Children's Books
ISBN  0152061886 (ISBN13: 9780152061883
 

When I was sent a copy of this book for review by the publisher I had not heard of this series before and was very excited to read it. I was mesmerized by the cover and the title. When I did jump into it I did have my hopes up for a wild adventure, causing uproar, fun antics. 

This story does have a lot of factual history and at times there is uproar and political escapades. It was not as rambunctious as I suppose I was hoping for, but it is very clear that a lot of research went into the story and very well written. 

The book covers her whole life from birth to death. It gives an inside look to the opinions of the times and how the royalty looked upon what is best for the people and their role, not only as the decision makers but their own lives as well. 

I admit that I did not know hardly anything about Mary Stuart before picking up the book. And it was a fun way to learn more about her and the time she lived. I did look into the other books of the Young Royals series and found other titles that I find appealing and looking forward to reading. 

Overall the story is enjoyable, a historical young adult read that is very well written and an entertaining way of learning.