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ARC Review: Beyond the Red by Ava Jae!!!

Posted July 25, 2016 by Nori in Book Reviews / 3 Comments

ARC Review: Beyond the Red by Ava Jae!!!Beyond the Red (Beyond the Red, #1) by Ava Jae
Published by Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: March 1st 2016
Pages: 360
Purchase Links Amazon

A story of betrayal, love, and loss—all on a technologically advanced alien planet where monarchy reigns, but lies rule.

Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.

Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. But that doesn’t stop him from defending his people—at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He is given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.

When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.


Wow, I can’t believe that I never posted this review! Ah well, better late than never, right? 😉

I was a bit surprised when I started reading BEYOND THE RED, because I didn’t expect it to be written from multiple POV’s. Meet Eros, a half-blood who is trusted by virtually no one, and Kora, a queen to her people. They are complete opposites, and never should have met. But, after Kora gives the order to kill most of the red bloods, aka the humans, Eros happens to escape the bloodshed, and ends up becoming Kora’s personal servant instead. Mind you, he takes an oath to protect the girl who basically killed his family. Yeah, it sounds wrong to me too. But don’t worry- Ava Jae, the author, figured it all out. While the characters do have many conflicts, she brings them together in a way that is perfect.

One of the things that I love about Ava Jae was that she took details from normal, everyday life, and altered them slightly so that they would work in a sci-fi setting. To me, sci-fi can be hit or miss, depending on whether I can visualize the details, or whether it all goes over my head due to the science-y details. I’m happy to report that I was able to understand what was happening, and all new concepts were explained thoroughly, allowing me to read the book without confusion.

In terms of the characters, I enjoyed them, but they didn’t stand out to me as being incredible. I found the most vivid characters to be the villains, and I was happily surprised to see that there were multiple villains with separate agendas in BEYOND THE RED, which was very unique, and it definitely made the plot more interesting. As far as the romance goes, there is a love triangle, and it was fine. I have no complaints- and the ending was perfect.

Overall I enjoyed Beyond the Red and give it 4/5stars.


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ARC Review: Firstlife by Gena ..

ARC Review: Firstlife by Gena Showalter!!!

Firstlife (Everlife, #1) by Gena Showalter Published by Harlequin Teen Publication Date: February 23rd 2016 Genres: Fantasy Pages: 480 Format: Physical ARC Source: Conference Goodreads ONE CHOICE. TWO REALMS. NO SECOND CHANCE. Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she […]

Posted February 26, 2016 by Nori in Book Reviews / 8 Comments

August SST: What You Left Behi..

August SST: What You Left Behind Review + GIVEAWAY!!!

What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi Published by Sourcebooks Publication Date: August 4th 2015 Pages: 358 Purchase Links Amazon Goodreads It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant […]

Posted August 23, 2015 by Nori in Book Reviews, Giveaway, Street Team / 1 Comment

ARC Review: A Little in Love b..

ARC Review: A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher!!!

A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher Published by Chicken House Publication Date: August 25th 2015 Genres: Historical Fiction Pages: 288 Format: Physical ARC Source: Conference Purchase Links Amazon Goodreads Paris, 1832. A girl lies alone in the darkness, clutching a letter to her heart. Eponine remembers being a child: her swing and the peach tree, and the baby brother she loved. But mostly she remembers being miserable. Taught to […]

Posted August 21, 2015 by Nori in Book Reviews / 3 Comments

ARC Review: Last Year’s ..

ARC Review: Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca!!!

Last Year’s Mistake Last Year’s Mistake Gina Ciocca Release Date: 06/09/2015 Publisher: Simon Pulse Received From: Edelweiss Synopsis: Before: Kelsey and David became best friends the summer before freshman year and were inseparable ever after. Until the night a misunderstanding turned Kelsey into the school joke, and everything around her crumbled—including her friendship with David. So when Kelsey’s parents decided to move away, she couldn’t wait to start over and […]

Posted June 5, 2015 by Nori in Book Reviews / 7 Comments

ARC Review: The Devil You Know..

ARC Review: The Devil You Know by Trish Doller!!!

The Devil You Know The Devil You Know Trish Doller Release Date: 06/02/2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens Received From: Netgalley Synopsis: Eighteen-year-old Arcadia wants adventure. Living in a tiny Florida town with her dad and four-year-old brother, Cadie spends most of her time working, going to school, and taking care of her family. So when she meets two handsome cousins at a campfire party, she finally has a chance for […]

Posted May 29, 2015 by Nori in Book Reviews / 5 Comments

Book Review: Whole Life Makeov..

Book Review: Whole Life Makeover by Shealy James!!!

Whole Life Makeover Whole Life Makeover Shealy James Release Date: 12/01/2014 Received From: Author Synopsis: Because being pretty isn’t enough… Katherine “Kitty” Peters is done doing what Daddy says. She wants freedom, and she wants it now. When her father gives her a month to take the life he offers or find her own way, she takes full advantage and makes over her whole life. It doesn’t take long for […]

Posted May 17, 2015 by Nori in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

May SST: Kissing in America by..

May SST: Kissing in America by Margo Rabb Review + GIVEAWAY!!!

Kissing in America Welcome to the Sunday Street Team!!! I am pleased to have Margo Rabb as one of May’s featured authors. Kissing in America Margo Rabb Release Date: 05/26/2015 Publisher: Harper Synopsis: In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels—118 of them, to be exact—to dull the pain of her loss that’s still so present. Her romantic fantasies become a reality […]

Posted May 10, 2015 by Nori in Book Reviews, Giveaway / 6 Comments

ARC Review: Rules of Seduction..

ARC Review: Rules of Seduction by Jenna Mullins!!!

Rules of Seduction Rules of Seduction Jenna Mullins Release Date: 04/21/2015 Publisher: The Studio/Paper Lantern Lit Synopsis: The first rule of seduction is: don’t fall in love. Fresh out of college, Dani Young heads for the LA sun to chase her dream of becoming a screenwriter-director. So when her former BFF turned actress Elise offers Dani the opportunity to work on the hit teen show Vamp Camp, Dani can’t refuse, even […]

Posted April 13, 2015 by Nori in Book Reviews / 3 Comments

ARC Review: The Pretty App by ..

ARC Review: The Pretty App by Katie Sise + INTERVIEW + GIVEAWAY!!!

The Pretty App The Pretty App Katie Sise Release Date: 04/14/2015 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Received From: Edelweiss Synopsis: Poor Blake Dawkins! She’s rich, she’s gorgeous, and she’s the queen bee of Harrison High. The girls want to be her; the boys want to—okay, enough said. But it turns out Blake’s life is not so perfect—just talk to her dad, who constantly reminds her that she’s not up to par, […]

Posted April 10, 2015 by Nori in Book Reviews, Giveaway / 4 Comments