Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Posting this. Because. Victoria Aveyard will be in National Book Store, Glorietta 1 at 2pm tomorrow, March 6. More info here for those who are interested in going.

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 …

Paperback, 383 pages
Published February 12th 2015 by Orion (first published February 10th 2015)
Original Title: Red Queen
ISBN 1409155846 (ISBN13: 9781409155843)
Edition Language: English
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My Review
Warning: Contains Spoilers
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 out of 5 stars

 

I LOVED the world author Victoria Aveyard built and I’m looking forward to reading the next book.Red Queen starts slow. At least for me. Normally, I’d drop books like that, but this is one of my niece’s favorites and she had been asking me for over two months about my progress. Lol. Although I must say it took me a while to get into this book, I’m mighty glad I continued reading it.

Mare Barrow is a simple Red girl from the Stilts working as a thief while waiting to get conscripted until fate intervened and her life, as she knew it, changed.

Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen has a “Cinderella” feel to it, that plus X-Men (because of the powers the Silvers possessed). If you’re someone who prefers these things in a book, then I recommend you read Red Queen. ❤

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Release Day Party: “Shadow People” by Alec John Belle

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About the Book

Title: Shadow People

Author: Alec John Belle

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Heather Hawkins, a newly changed Monster Hunter, thought life couldn’t get any more complicated after the incident at the tower one week ago. With Kadin gone, she thinks life will finally go back to the way it should be. Until The Council calls a meeting for her and Hayden to discuss the incident. Hayden Williams is released from the hospital and wants to put all of the things he saw that night to the back of his mind. When The Council decides to meet with him, his hope is that he can get it done and over with so he can finally move on with his life. That doesn’t happen when he realizes his family has a big secret; one that he is very much a part of. Other forces against the Monster Hunters have different plans. Heather, Hayden, and their friends start unraveling the truth about the world they live in, and dangers are lurking in the shadows. A danger that could lead them all to their demise. In the second book in this paranormal young adult series, secrets will be revealed, and enemies will join hands, leaving you with an ending that no one could see coming.

Author Bio

Alec John Belle resides in Carson City, NV, where he is currently attending high school for his senior year. At the age of 16 he wrote his first novel, Before I Break. His hobbies include reading, writing, and obsessing over Pretty Little Liars. He writes paranormal and contemporary young adult, but often blends real social issues into his paranormal works. Alec can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Links

https://alecjohnbelle.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/alecbellefanpage

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Everville: The Fall of Brackenbone by Roy Huff Free on Amazon Kindle 11/22/15 – 11/26/15

Critically Acclaimed 2015 IAN Book of the Year Fantasy Finalist! Ancient civilizations, parallel worlds, aliens, time travel, epic fantasy, dragons and college! Books #3 and #4 in the best-selling, award-winning Everville series can be read as stand alone novels
and have it all for teens, new adults, and all ages alike.

See what Brian Herbert of Dune called, “An imaginative story, a wild journey through portals into multiple universes.”

Two very different worlds, Easton Falls University and the magical realm of Everville are in dire need of a hero. Owen Sage embarks on an epic journey of monumental proportions to save these worlds all
while fighting to keep the world within himself intact. This quest is not for the faint of heart nor is it for the weak of mind—only the bravest will succeed. Discovering the well-kept secret of The Fourth Pillar of Truth is only part of the feat. Owen will have to outwit the ever-powerful villain Governor Jahal and overcome countless other challenges along the way. Amongst all of the dragons, giants and grand chaos, will Owen’s acquired skills and wisdom be enough to save both worlds or will peril be the ultimate fate of all?

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About the Author

Roy Huff is a research scientist, author, and teacher who overcame the hardship of a family plagued by severe poverty and mental illness.

After graduating high school as Valedictorian a year early, he moved to Hawaii at the age of seventeen with only $100 in his pocket to start a new life.

He has since earned five degrees in four different disciplines spanning liberal arts, history, education, and geoscience. He has worked on projects such as forecasting volcanic emissions from the Kilauea Volcano and training on geostationary satellites for NASA’s GOES-R Proving Ground. His co-authored peer-reviewed research has graced the cover of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS), but his foray into creative writing did not occur until the age of thirty-four when he began writing a creative paper for an English class while working concurrently on his fourth and fifth degrees. That paper later became the first chapter of his first book, which grew to be an Amazon number-one international epic-fantasy bestseller. Subsequent books in the Everville series have also gone on to become bestsellers and continue to win awards for both cover art design and content.

It was the success of his Everville series that garnered the attention and management of the “Literary Lion”, Peter Miller, who has represented such greats as National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize nominee, Ann Pearlman, the niece of renowned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Alveda King, and collaborated with iconic film stars such as two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks.

Roy Huff remains an optimist. He enjoyed weathering the eye of Hurricane Hugo at the age of twelve, skydiving, and marathon running but still dreams of climbing Mt. Everest, circumnavigating the globe, traveling into space, and discovering the secrets of the universe. His interests are eclectic and range from the arts, extreme sports, economics, hard science, movies, traveling, and the outdoors. Roy Huff remains committed to promoting education, applied science, individuality, and creativity. He grew up on the East Coast, but has lived in Hawaii for more than half his life where he currently resides and creates new worlds with the stroke of his pen.

Stay tuned to Roy Huff’s upcoming releases and promotions on his home page at http://www.owensage.com and on Twitter @evervillefans

Everville: The Fall of Brackenbone Free on Kindle 11/22/15 – 11/26/15
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Book Review: The Year We Became Invincible by Mae Coyiuto

ISBN13: 9789712731488
Publisher: Anvil Publishing, Inc.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 179 pages

Dear Future Reader,

If you’re reading this book, it’s either:

1. You’re my future partner

2. I’m famous and my writings have been immortalized

3. You’ve violated my privacy and these are not meant for you

Let’s hope it’s not the last one. Before this year, I had my life all planned out. This book contains the story of the year that changed my life (well, my life so far). It’s the year I learned how to be invincible. That wasn’t really specific, but I guess you have to read on to see what I’m talking about.

Love,

Camille

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About the Author

Mae, or more formally known as Samantha Mae Coyiuto, wrote her first story at the age of six. She learned to love the art of illustrating and writing for children’s books. She first released a series of three children’s books: Fantastically Funny Tales, Friendly and Magical Tales, and Hilarious Animal Tales.

In 2010, she released her first YA book containing a series of short stories in her book Flight to the Stars & Other Stories. But after publishing Flight to the Stars & Other Stories, she realized that she wanted to pursue writing for the YA genre. Thus, the birth of The Year We Became Invincible.

Currently, she flies back and forth between the Philippines and California, where she is currently finishing her degree in Psychology. She hopes to finish sometime soon and is looking forward to a life of constant surprise.

To learn more about Mae and her stories, you can follow her on Twitter @maecoyiuto or check out her website maecoyiutowrites.com.

You can buy Mae’s book here:

http://www.anvilpublishing.com/shop/the-year-we-became-invincible/

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My Review
Warning: Contains Spoilers
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟out of 5 stars

The Year We Became Invincible by Mae Coyiuto is one of my favorite reads this year. Admittedly, I got nervous after reading the blurb at the back of the book. Because I didn’t like it. I thought its beautiful cover was overcompensating for the book’s story or lack of it (Being an avid reader, I have learned that beautiful covers didn’t mean beautiful stories lol). 😀 Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised and I’ve never been so happy to be proven wrong.

This book, written in epistolary form, is an amazing read. It is about high school student Camille Li writing to her “Future Partner” about her daily life, her ups and downs, worries about the future, and her love problems. The story is realistic and highly relatable. Most of all, Mae Coyiuto’s writing style reminded me of the books shown below which I loved reading when I was sixteen. 😀 Heh. Mae was probably not born yet at the time. Lol.

For such a fast read, The Year We Became Invincible is packing with a lot of life lessons. I loved a lot of one-liners unfortunately I was reading this on a moving bus on my way to an orphanage so I couldn’t jot down the quotes. But here are some I found during my quick scan:

“Imagine emptying the contents of your garbage can. Then, pile on another hundred pounds of trash. Pour buckets of the nastiest leftovers you can think of. Finally, top it all off with a layer of crap. Then, imagine being underneath that whole pile. I guess that’s the only way I can really describe how I feel right now.”

“Don’t let the disillusion of your dreams ever stop you from dreaming.”

“You know when you’re a kid, a lot of people keep telling you ‘you’re the future’ or ‘you can do anything’. I started to doubt all of that when I grew up. Reality becomes clearer when you grow up. You start to set these limits — these limits that dictate who you should be and what you should do. These limits build up over the years, and you don’t want to think beyond them. You don’t want to go beyond because it’s terrifying. You don’t know who you become past these limits, and that’s really terrifying. I felt that fear during our adventures, but I learned that it’s okay to be scared. Fear is okay if you don’t let it take over. When I did things despite that fear, that’s when all these limits didn’t matter. For the first time, I actually believe that I can do anything… I’m INVINCIBLE.”

“I’m the type of person who likes planning. When you have a plan, it says if you follow this one direction, everything’s going to be okay. The problem is life doesn’t have one direction. Sometimes, you never know where to go or even how far you’re going. Maybe instead of planning my life, it would be better to add life to my plan.”

“There are some people who know exactly who they want to be, and there are some people who have no idea. I’m still trying to figure out which one of the two I fall under. I don’t have all the answers right now (I actually have more questions than answers), but what I do know is that I’m lucky to be loved. ”

“Some whole families are not that whole, and some broken families are not that broken.”

Okay so these last two quotes… I love it because it reminded me of my sister and me and how we look out for each other. My elder sister is refusing to undergo an operation (she’s very, very scared) and I have to remind her that I, too, have her back.

“Your little sister will always look out for you.”

“I’m looking out for you, too.”

We may not realize our goals in life the way we envisioned it to, but it’s not the end of the world. Every time we stumble and fall, we can just get up and try walking again. Or, in Camille’s case, dancing. 🙂

Five stars to The Year We Became Invincible. It’s a book I’m sure I will reread. ❤ Shout out to Mina for my copy of this book. Thank you again! 🙂

Book Review: All I’ve Never Wanted by Ana Huang

My Review
Warning: Contains Spoilers
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟out of 5 stars

This book is long but somehow it didn’t feel like it. That’s how much I had fun reading All I’ve Never Wanted by Ana Huang. I’m really glad I chose to read this. Admittedly I had hesitations because it’s a retelling of Kamio Yōko’s best-seller manga titled Hana Yori Dango and my reading experience of its many other retelling I encountered previously had been less than savory.

All I’ve Never Wanted however, is far from that. Although the book follows the plot of Hana Yori Dango [scholarship girl Maya (main character) meets rich boys who are heirs to business moguls (F4), MC stands up to them, gets bullied by the entire school populace, endured her situation like a “weed,” became friends with them, became the gf, gets kidnapped etc.], the book still came out as an enjoyable read for me.

I loved the characters in this book, Maya’s grandmother being my most favorite. ❤ Oh, she was hilarious, I tell you. That nickname she gave Parker (Peewee) was the best. 😀

The main character Maya on the other hand, is a strong, intelligent, loyal girl who is not afraid to speak her mind. Her love interest Roman is lovable in spite of his shortcomings (jerk, snob, asshole, etc.) because the author was able to show Roman’s soft side and who he really is beneath the surface.

I thought the characterization is excellent, so much that I found myself rooting for Carlo as well. I loved the other characters too, Parker, Zach, Venice, Adriana, Rico, and yes, even James (at the start of the story at least).

Then there’s the, er, sex. I mean the characters were only seventeen (am I the only one who freaked out on this?). It was not explicit but it was mentioned so yeah. Suddenly I feel positively ancient lol. ❤ I wish Daria was written more instead but other than that, I enjoyed every bit of this book.

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Title: All I’ve Never Wanted

Author: Ana Huang

Genre: YA

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The Scions were the four richest, most powerful guys at Valesca Academy, and they ruled the school with iron fists. Everyone wanted to date them or be them…everyone, that is, except Maya Lindberg, who just wanted to avoid them until she could graduate.

She almost succeeded, until an ill-advised outburst on her part put her right in the Scions’ path. Just like that, one became her fake boyfriend, one her unwanted matchmaker, one her guardian angel, and the one she couldn’t stand the most? Yeah, he’s her new housemate.

Author Bio

Ana Huang, better known as ACRL37 on Wattpad, primarily writes Young Adult and Romance. She started writing her first novel, All I’ve Never Wanted, when she was sixteen; it was originally inspired by the Asian manga Hana Yori Dango. Her second novel, If We Ever Meet Again, was loosely based on her own study abroad experiences in college. Her stories currently have a combined view of over 20 million on Wattpad.

Besides reading and writing, she also enjoys shopping, brunch, and traveling.

Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/All-Ive-Never-Wanted-Huang-ebook/dp/B00WY2WU50

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/all-ive-never-wanted-ana-huang/1122059657

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/all-ive-never-wanted/id1001710587

Wattpad: http://wattpad.com/acrl37

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ana_huang37

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25464015-all-i-ve-never-wanted

Author Interview: Ana Huang author of All I’ve Never Wanted

Hi Ms. Ana, thank you so much for granting me this interview. Happy to have you here at Cinderella Stories.

To our dear readers, Ana is better known as ACRL37 in Wattpad where she has over thirty seven thousand followers. She posted four stories there that garnered a combined views of over twenty million! How did she do it?

Without further ado, here is Ms. Ana to share with us how her writing experience had been so far:

1. First of all, would you please tell us what All I’ve Never Wanted is all about? What led you to write this book and how long did you write this?

All I’ve Never Wanted is about Maya Lindberg, an ordinary girl who attends a school for wealthy students that’s run by the Scions, a clique of four very popular and powerful guys. She has an unfortunate run-in with them and gets sucked into their world of drama. Even though she dislikes them at the beginning, she gradually starts to realize that her original assumptions about them may have been wrong. There is romance in this book, but it is primarily a story about friendship, and it was inspired by a Taiwanese drama called Meteor Garden. I loved the show’s general plot, so I decided to write my own story based off it.

2. I understand you first posted this story in Wattpad? How long have you been writing in Wattpad?

Yes. I finished AINW when I was seventeen but didn’t share it until I discovered Wattpad two years later. I started writing on Wattpad about five years ago, but I haven’t been as active as I’d like recently since life has gotten really busy for me, but I’m hoping to change that once I figure out how to have a healthier work-life balance!

3. Are you cross-posting your stories in other websites? If yes, in which site did your stories garner more views/reads? If no, what made you choose Wattpad out of all the other writing communities?

When I first joined Wattpad, I did cross post one or two chapters of my stories on other sites like Fictionpress and Figment. However, it was quite time-consuming and I decided it was better to just to post on Wattpad. Plus, I thought Wattpad had the best format and the most active and supportive community. It was really easy to share and discover new books, and to comment/like stories, which isn’t as easy on some other sites.

4. Let’s talk about your writing experience in wattpad. How are you liking it so far? How long have you been writing before your stories have gotten the attention of the readers?

I love Wattpad! I was pretty lucky in that my stories–especially All I’ve Never Wanted–gained attention pretty quickly. I would say it started really gaining attraction after a month or so on the site. I really have to thank my readers and fans for that, because they are so amazing, supportive, and patient.

5. What do you think are the factors that led to your success in Wattpad?

There’s a lot of factors that lead to success in any field, not just writing on Wattpad. However, I did try to interact with readers as much as possible by replying to their messages, comments, etc. and I think that helped a lot. It got a lot harder to reply to every message and comment after my stories got really popular but I do read all of them and I take all of their suggestions and constructive criticism to heart when writing my next chapter or story. Of course, it’s important to write a story that engages and entertains readers, but a large part of it is also luck. There are some fantastic stories on the site that don’t gain as much attention, so sometimes it’s just about where the dice falls.

6. Do you have other works you would like to plug?

Lol not plug exactly, but I am rewriting my study abroad romance If We Ever Meet Again–based off my own study abroad experiences–and I hope to publish it sometime next year, so keep an eye out for that!

7. Your tips for aspiring authors? 

Don’t give up, don’t take it personally, and do other things you enjoy. I love writing, but even when I had time to work on my stories regularly, it wasn’t the only thing I did. I hung out with my friends, traveled, watched movies, etc. and I got a lot of inspiration from what happens in daily life. Putting your work out there is hard, especially when you read a negative comment, but it’s important for writers to know how to take constructive criticism that will improve their writing (and to learn how to ignore others that are simply attacking the writer out of spite or some other non-relevant reason, because those types of people will always exist, especially on the Internet). It takes a lot of patience, courage, and hard work to finish a story and put it out there for all the world to see, but it’s all worth it in the end.

There you go! Thank you, Ana, for answering my questions! ❤ Readers, I hope you enjoyed reading her answers. I hope you’ll check out her book All I’ve Never Wanted below.

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About the Book

Title: All I’ve Never Wanted

Author: Ana Huang

Genre: YA

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The Scions were the four richest, most powerful guys at Valesca Academy, and they ruled the school with iron fists. Everyone wanted to date them or be them…everyone, that is, except Maya Lindberg, who just wanted to avoid them until she could graduate. 

She almost succeeded, until an ill-advised outburst on her part put her right in the Scions’ path. Just like that, one became her fake boyfriend, one her unwanted matchmaker, one her guardian angel, and the one she couldn’t stand the most? Yeah, he’s her new housemate.

Author Bio

Ana Huang, better known as ACRL37 on Wattpad, primarily writes Young Adult and Romance. She started writing her first novel, All I’ve Never Wanted, when she was sixteen; it was originally inspired by the Asian manga Hana Yori Dango. Her second novel, If We Ever Meet Again, was loosely based on her own study abroad experiences in college. Her stories currently have a combined view of over 20 million on Wattpad.

Besides reading and writing, she also enjoys shopping, brunch, and traveling.

Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/All-Ive-Never-Wanted-Huang-ebook/dp/B00WY2WU50

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/all-ive-never-wanted-ana-huang/1122059657

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/all-ive-never-wanted/id1001710587

Wattpad: http://wattpad.com/acrl37

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ana_huang37

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25464015-all-i-ve-never-wanted

Blog Tour: All I’ve Never Wanted by Ana Huang

About the Book

Title: All I’ve Never Wanted

Author: Ana Huang

Genre: YA

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The Scions were the four richest, most powerful guys at Valesca Academy, and they ruled the school with iron fists. Everyone wanted to date them or be them…everyone, that is, except Maya Lindberg, who just wanted to avoid them until she could graduate. 

She almost succeeded, until an ill-advised outburst on her part put her right in the Scions’ path. Just like that, one became her fake boyfriend, one her unwanted matchmaker, one her guardian angel, and the one she couldn’t stand the most? Yeah, he’s her new housemate.

Author Bio

Ana Huang, better known as ACRL37 on Wattpad, primarily writes Young Adult and Romance. She started writing her first novel, All I’ve Never Wanted, when she was sixteen; it was originally inspired by the Asian manga Hana Yori Dango. Her second novel, If We Ever Meet Again, was loosely based on her own study abroad experiences in college. Her stories currently have a combined view of over 20 million on Wattpad.

Besides reading and writing, she also enjoys shopping, brunch, and traveling.

Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/All-Ive-Never-Wanted-Huang-ebook/dp/B00WY2WU50

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/all-ive-never-wanted-ana-huang/1122059657

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/all-ive-never-wanted/id1001710587

Wattpad: http://wattpad.com/acrl37

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ana_huang37

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25464015-all-i-ve-never-wanted