Hey guys! Crystal here. I haven’t decided if this post is a cry for help or just a chance for me to fangirl over Outlander to anyone who will listen. I don’t know if “My Name is Crystal and I’m an Addict” is going to be a semi-regular thing where I tell you guys what I’m currently obsessed with but I just had to write up this post because I have fallen down an Outlander rabbit hole and I can’t get out (not that I want to either!). I, like some fans, had read part of the book by… Read more »
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Gray is a promising student at Merlin College, studying the ancient art of magick, when one night changes his fate. When a midnight errands ends up with one of his classmates dead and Gray shouldering the blame, Gray is sent to spend the Long Vacation at the home of Professor Callender. There is no love lost between the two but Callender’s home is the safest place for Gray while he tries to find out what really happened that night and clear his name. The upside to his mandatory stay is that the Professor has a smart, inquisitive daughter who is intrigued by Gray. Sophie Callender and Gray become fast friends, though they must hide it. Sophie’s father has some antiquated ideas about women studying magick, so she must hide her association with Gray. However, as the two become closer they discover a sinister plot that they must stop. Along the way they discover secrets about their own pasts that make their mission even more dangerous.
Red Queen is the story of a society divided by class and war. Reds are the commoners, the poor, working class who, because of their genetic makeup are forced to live under the rule of the genetically superior Silvers. Reds are forced into conscription when they turn 18 and must fight a war on behalf of the Silvers – a war that has been going on for a hundred years with no end in sight. Silvers are the elite of society. They are born with different powers to control the elements and the mind. Some are more powerful than others but they all rule over the Reds. Mare Borrow is a Red and is destined for war in a few months.
I have so many mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, at the core of it, I think that there are some interesting ideas and the seeds of what could be a really fun world. On the other hand, the execution of this novel left a lot to be desired. There is little world building despite the fact that the book is set in a very different world than ours. Instead of slowly introducing the reader to the history and nuances of this new world in engaging and subtle way, the author crams hundreds of years of history into large sections of info dumping. We barely begin to get to know one world when Paige is suddenly taken away to a completely new world. The excessive use of nicknames and slang was also confusing. There is an extensive glossary at the back of the book to help with this but it makes it hard to read a book when you have to look up a word every few sentences.
I am not usually a big fan of novellas and short stories unless I know the author well and know that they can write a good novella. This collection includes stories by Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews, two of my favorite urban fantasy and paranormal romance authors. Having already read some novellas by both of them before, I knew that they could deliver the goods in a shorter format. I did not know much about the remaining two authors before this but, after reading their stories, consider myself fans of both.