Veronica’s Best of 2015


Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
About: Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood–those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own–an ability she didn’t know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red (taken from Victoria Aveyard books).
Why I recommend it: This book had an interesting take on Dystopian societies; the masses are divided according to the color of their blood. Yes, the characters in this book actually have “red blood” (the lowly of the low) and “silver blood” (the elite) which makes for an interesting read and lots of arising conflicts especially when a Red Blood proves to be more powerful than any Silver Blood. Lots, of action and great world building this first time author creates a story that for me was hard to put down.

Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis   
About: Princess Snow is missing. Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back-but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.
Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.  When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. (taken from R.C. Lewis Books)
Why I recommend it: Yes, another dystopian book but I have to say this book and Red Queen are proof that this genre is not dead or going away anytime soon. This book also has lots of action and characters that you will love but the best part is it’s a book that blends two different types of stories together (dystopian and fractured fairytales) and makes it work. Snow white is a character that you despise at the beginning because who runs away from their duties in a time when your country needs you the most?? Well, she does but she grows with the story and you have to decide if she redeems herself in the end.

A Conspiracy of Princes by Justin Somper  
About: The newly crowned Prince Jared, ruler of All Archenfield, has inherited a kingdom in crisis. The murder of his older brother has revealed a traitorous plot in his court, calling into question who, if anyone, Jared can trust as he ascends the throne. Now the realm is on the brink of invasion from the brutal princes of Paddenburg and Jared must travel to neighboring kingdoms in search of allies to defend his throne. Little does he know that an even more dangerous plot is hatching in the Archenfield court–one that threatens to remove Jared from power. One put in motion by the very people he left in charge. (Taken from Hatchette Book Group).
Why I recommend it:  This is the second book in the series and just as good as the first, Allies & Assassins. Justin Somper is the author of the Vampirates who has delved into this new adventure, fantasy series. He creates a world where young Prince Jared can’t trust anyone but must somehow figure out how to rule a nation that is on the brink of war. This is a book that keeps the reader constantly guessing and once you think you have everything figured out, the enemies and the allies, Justin throws in another twist. This is an author who gets over looked but his writing is just as good if not superior to some of the popular authors that everyone knows about so, give him a try and get lost in a world of deceit, lies, and lots of mayhem.

About Audviral, Mistress of the Stacks

Teen Services Librarian for the Rita & Truett Smith Public Library of Wylie, Texas.
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