One of my favorite books of all time is Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I love how whimsical, outrageous, funny, and weird it is. It makes me want to visit Wonderland. Whenever I go to Disneyland my two favorite rides are the Alice in Wonderland ride and the Teacups! Since I love this so much I have taken to finding books that are a take on Alice in Wonderland. There are many of them and I will most likely post about them in the future. For now I am going to focus on one series. It is the Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard (https://www.victoriaaveyard.com/red-queen-series).
What I love about these books are the ways it can connect to society today. They are obviously fantasy and fiction, there are elements to it that can be seen in our own society. It is a story of finding yourself, learning how to stand up for yourself, and learning that you cannot trust everyone just because they are nice to you. The storyline is captivating, and the descriptions are very good. Each chapter can be from a different character’s point of view, which is nice because sometimes you want to see a situation from someone else’s side. The characters are very interesting. The author is very good at making you love some characters, then hating them, then loving them again. You can flip flop about if you love a character or hate them. The third book in the series is a little bit harder to read because of the situation. I would say what it is but that would give a major spoiler away.
Below are a description and link to the books from Amazon. NOTE: Spoiler in book three description. So read at own risk!
There are three books in the series, right now, with a fourth scheduled to be published in 2018. There are also two short stories.
Red Queen: Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. There, before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess, and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays the only certainty is betrayal. This sweeping story of palace intrigue, class hierarchy, and deception will keep readers hurtling along, desperate to find out Mare’s fate. Her honesty and determination, quick wit, and no-holds-barred attitude will surely make readers fall in love with her. (https://www.amazon.com/Red-Queen-Victoria-Aveyard/dp/006231064X/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1497042285&sr=8-5&keywords=victoria+aveyard)
Glass Sword: Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind. Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever? (https://www.amazon.com/Glass-Sword-Queen-Victoria-Aveyard/dp/0062310666/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0062310666&pd_rd_r=A5EC5299341YE2S60P4R&pd_rd_w=lG0Gg&pd_rd_wg=HM1M4&psc=1&refRID=A5EC5299341YE2S60P4R)
Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner. As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back. When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down. (https://www.amazon.com/Kings-Cage-Queen-Victoria-Aveyard/dp/0062310690/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0062310690&pd_rd_r=3G36TPVDBMZV0Z3C21P2&pd_rd_w=03VIs&pd_rd_wg=6z3ff&psc=1&refRID=3G36TPVDBMZV0Z3C21P2)
Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead for her in royal life.
Captain Farley exchanges coded transmissions with the resistance as she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital. She was raised to be strong, but planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected—until she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation: Mare Barrow.
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Let me know if you enjoy it!!