Aeson: Blue (The Atlanis Grail Novella series) by Vera Nazarian

This is a novella from The Altantis Grail series.

Aeson’s secrets revealed at last!

Before Gwen won Aeson’s heart…
Before they joined forces to protect two planets and humanity itself…
Aeson faced death on his own.
And lost.

Young Imperial Crown Prince Aeson Kassiopei. Intelligent, well-educated, perfectly isolated in his lofty rank, responsibilities, and privilege of the divine Imperial Dynasty. He’s the most powerful boy on Atlantis and he’s going into the real world for the very first time. . . .

Now just another student in Fleet Cadet School, Aeson must learn everything other people take for granted—including the basics of how to look after himself, how to interact with others his age, how to laugh, and how to make friends.

As if that wasn’t enough to boggle the mind of a confident but shy boy who’s never had a real conversation with anyone but his mother, Aeson has one more lesson ahead . . . what it’s like to fall in love.

I enjoyed this novella. It was nice to get inside of a younger Aesons head, although, I would definitely recommend reading the entire Atlantis Grail series first.

Now I am completely in love with Aeson, so it was great to get in his head and see a younger him in fleet cadet school.

I loved seeing how he met his future Astra Damien, Oalla, Erita, Ker and Xel. He obviously isn’t used to social settings with his royal upbringing so I liked seeing him learn to make friends with them. It was interesting to learn Xel’s background.

We know Elikara was important to him from reading the series, so it was nice to get to know her. Obviously, we knew that tragedy was going to happen there.

I also liked the links to how he got his black armband.

Overall, this book was a great extension to the series. I’m looking forward to Aeson: black more, mostly because I feel a little bad being in love with him when he’s so young in this book. I prefer an older Aeson.

I would definitely recommend this novella after reading the rest of The Atlantis Grail series.

My rating: 5/5*

The Gender War (The Gender Game book 4) by Bella Forrest

This is the fourth book in The Gender Games series.

“For the sake of Viggo, my brother, my family in Patrus, and every single citizen of our God-forsaken nations, I had to stop the war.”

I’m enjoying listening to this series on audiobook as much as I first enjoyed reading it.

Violet is a great character. She wants to stop the war which is begining to rage between Matrus and Patrus. I love Viggo. He’s a fantastic. I love the romance between him and Violet. It is overpowering the story, nor is it cheesy. It’s just sweet.

I love all of the other characters. Owen, Melissa Dale, Amber, and the two boys. They’re all great. Thomas is a little frustrating though.

This book is full of action from the start, to what happened at Ambers mansion, to the ending at the Palace.

The world building is faultless. It’s brilliant and I love the dystopian feel with what’s going on between both Matrus and Patrus.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this series. It’s a fun and exciting YA series.

My rating: 5/5*

This book is filled with action.

The Gender Lie (The Gender Game book 3) by Bella Forrest

This is the third book in The Gender Game series.

“I’d want you to help me win a war…”

After discovering the shocking secret buried deep within The Green, Violet has a grave decision to make. Trust the woman who saved her, or not?

So far, everything about the woman has taken Violet by surprise. Her behavior has been honest and upfront – a refreshing change for Violet. Besides, with one of her loved ones hanging on life support, and the other close to falling completely out of reach, Violet doesn’t exactly have a lot of choice.

Her only way forward is to embark on a dicey excursion. For this, she knows she needs the Liberators’ help – and must be prepared to take whatever risks that comes with.

But what neither she, nor any of her new Liberator comrades can prepare for, is just how deep the lies of their homelands run…

I enjoyed this book. The storyline continues to develop well and the characters are great.

I love how Violet and Viggo. Oth have separate point of view chapters. It really adds to the story, especially with Viggo and his recovery.

Violet develops well as a character. Her and Viggo both know there’s something else going on.

I love the other characters introduced as well. Owen is great, and I love Melissa Dale. It’s good to see how things are with the boys as well. They’ve been trapped and experimented on, so it was only natural that there was going to be problems. Viggo is brilliant with them.

Desmond is an interesting character. She talks well, but you just know she’s hiding things. The last quarter or so is great. It’s fast paced and exciting. The ending was unexpected and it leaves you wanting to read the next book.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. This series is a brilliant YA adventure.

My rating: 5/5*

The Gender Secret (The Gender Game book 2) by Bella Forrest

This is the second book in The Gender Game series.

Gliding over the treacherous Green in a shaky aircraft she has no idea how to land, Violet Bates is still in shock. The harrowing events of the previous night play over in her mind as she asks herself question after question.

Why did Lee Desmond Bertrand behave the way he did?

What is the truth about the mysterious silver egg stowed beneath her seat?

What happened to Viggo and where is her brother? Is either of them still alive?

When Violet manages to reach the toxic ground alive, she has landed in a world of unimaginable danger. She has barely time to catch her breath before she is sucked into a perilous journey at breakneck speed – to uncover secrets guarded for centuries and find the only two people that matter.

I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline developed nicely and I love the characters.

Violet is great, if not stubborn. She’s stuck in the middle of this mess with the egg with no idea what to do. She’s in the green with limited knowledge of it and limited supplies.

I loved Viggos chapters in this. He’s been betrayed and framed by her, and now sent to bring her to justice. His heart has other ideas though. He learns the truth and is unsure what to think. Is she telling the truth or is she lying? Ultimately, they both find themselves in the large research building fighting for their lives.

I love this series. The world building is a great dystopian one. We learn that both Matrus and Patrus have secrets which are messed up. The storyline is brilliant, and the ending really shakes things up. It leaves you hanging for the next book in the series.

I would definitely recommend this book.

My rating: 5/5*

The Gender Game by Bella Forrest

This is the first book in The Gender Game series.

A toxic river divides nineteen-year-old Violet Bates’s world by gender.
Women rule the East. Men rule the West.

Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus.

Ever since the disappearance of her beloved younger brother, Violet’s life has been consumed by an anger she struggles to control. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now she has been sentenced to death for her crimes.

But one decision could save her life.

To enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit.

Everything about the patriarchy is dangerous for a rebellious girl like Violet. She cannot break the rules if she wishes to stay alive. But abiding by rules has never been her strong suit, and when she is thrust into more danger than she could have ever predicted, Violet is forced to sacrifice many things in the forbidden kingdom … including forbidden love.

In a world divided by gender, only the strongest survive…

I read this series a while back but never reviewed it, and I’m currently listening to the audiobook and thought I’d review it this time.

I really enjoyed this book. The storyline was great and the characters were great.

Violet is a great character. The situation she’s in isn’t her fault. It unfortunate accidents which have happened. After agreeing to Matrus’ offer, she really doesn’t fit in over in Patrus.

I love how she gets to know Viggo, and I love the natural chemistry between them. Her feelings make her question why she’s doing what she’s doing with Lee.

Lee’s a sneaky bugger. He has the plan all ready for Violet and himself, and they execute it. Then at the end, he really surprises you.

I loved reading, and listening to this book. It an exciting YA dystopian. I love the characters and the storyline is good.

I’m looking forward to moving onto the next one in the series, and I would definitely recommend this book.

My rating: 5/5*

Legend (Legend Trilogy book 1) by Marie Lu

This is the first book in the Legend Trilogy

Los Angeles, California

Republic of America

He is Day.

The boy who walks in the light.

She is June.

The girl who seeks her brother’s killer.

On the run and undercover, they meet by chance. Irresistably drawn together, neither knows the other’s past.

But Day murdered June’s brother.

And she has sworn to avenge his death.

I’m rereading this series before I read the newest book in the series because I don’t completely remember everything that happened on it. And so, this is my second time reading this book. I never left a proper review last time so I’m doing it now.

I enjoyed reading this book. The characters are great, the storyline is good and the plot develops at a good pace.

June is a great character. She’s a strong and clever character who only knows what her upbringing has allowed her to know. She believes what she does because she doesn’t know any better. Her brothers death changes everything for her though. It leads her to Day, and from that, she learns the truth.

Day is also a brilliant character. He’s seen the truth. He’s been part of it. Considering his life and upbringing, he is such a good person. I absolutely love the connection he has with June and reading their relationship slowly develop is brilliant.

I really dislike Thomas. Everything about him. He comes across all caring, but his views are so for the Republic that he doesn’t question anything. It’s the same with the commander.

The storyline is brilliant. It’s a case of June slowly learning the truth. I love the way society is described. We learn about the different fractions slowly, and at the end, we still don’t truly know which one is right in their views. I’m intrigued to learn more about the Patriots and the Colonies.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. It’s storyline is great and with brilliant characters.

My rating: 5/5*

Rebel Rising (Cage of Lies book 1) by Susanne Valenti and Caroline Peckham

This is the first book in the Cage of Lies series.

I live in a cage.
This city is a lie.
And I’m done following the rules.

No one knows what lurks beyond The Wall.

Only criminals are sent into the wastelands to face the Lawless Trials and I never thought I’d find myself fighting amongst the ruthless convicts who live in the shadows of society.

But the more rules I break, the more secrets I unveil.

Like the fact that not everyone beyond The Wall was killed by the contamination a hundred years ago.

Some of them became something…else.

I got too close to the truth and now I have no choice but to play their twisted games or else risk the contamination beyond the borders of the arena.

So when a wild man offers me the possibility of a new life in the ravished world, I have to take it.

Coal Carson is like no man I’ve ever met. He’s strong, savage, fierce and the freedom that shines in his dark eyes calls to me like nothing I’ve ever known.

A life with him is wrought with danger, but also hope…and maybe even love.

But the Guardians won’t let me run for long. They’re coming to destroy me before I uncover the truth they’ve spent so long disguising. And I’ll do whatever it takes to stay ahead of them.

But with the full force of the city coming for me, I might just have to find a way to fight back

I loved reading this book. It had a brilliant storyline, the plot developed well and the characters are brilliant.

I loved this series when it was initially released as Chained and I can’t wait to read it again and see what changes have been made.

Maya is a great character. Her personality shines the whole way through. She’s not quite able to defend herself like Laurie, but she’s not totally useless either. I liked seeing here learn new skills before the trials and I loved seeing her learn about the world outside of the city. Her and Laurie’s reaction to the outside initially is brilliant.

Coal is brilliant. I love his character and I loved seeing his relationship with Maya grow. He’s strong and fierce, but he also has a caring side too. I also love Alicia and Laurie. They’re both brilliant characters. I love how the four of them gel together. Hunter is also a great character. However, with Taylor, there’s something about him which annoys me. If I recall, I felt the same way with the previous release too.

The storyline is brilliant. I love the post-apocalyptic setting and I love the idea behind the creepers. After reading the Tainted Earth series, I loved the little link at the beginning to that. I felt it was an added treat.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book. The characters and storyline were brilliant and I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series. I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

Quell (The Flow Series book 4) by Clare Littermore

This is the 4th and final book in the Flow series.

One battle. One chance to change the future.

Having survived the deadly virus that endangered her new community, Quin is devastated to learn that the same sickness threatens The Beck. With Adams and his Shadow Patrol in charge, Cam and her friends are in mortal danger.

The rebels know they’re not strong enough to take on The Beck’s government alone. The only way to succeed is to join forces with The Ridge. But their alliance is built on tenuous threads: one wrong move could destroy their hopes forever.

As Quin steels herself for the final battle, a shocking revelation leaves her wondering what she is willing to sacrifice in the name of freedom.

I loved reading this book. The storyline is great, the characters and great and I liked the ending.

Quin has been a brilliant main character throughout the series. She’s developed so much since the start and turned into a brave fighter. It’s been great reading her character.

I’ve loved all the characters through the series and with the final battle, some deaths definitely made an impact.

The storyline in this book developed well. We got a glimpse of life on the Crags and the Ridge. We saw alliances be made and we saw everyone fight for a free and fair life.

The final battle was written well. It was long enough and detailed enough to do it justice. Everything was building up to it and I was glad that it wasn’t rushed. It was definitely exciting to read. I liked how everything turned out, although a certain death was a little bit of a stab in the chest. I see why it happened and it definitely had the impact it intended, but still, I would have loved for it to not have happened. I also enjoyed the look to the future that we got.

Overall, this series is brilliant. The characters are great, the storyline is brilliant and I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

Redemption (The Sophisticates Book 3) by Christine Manzari

This is the 3rd book in The Sophisticates series.

The hunted have become the hunters.

Cleo finally has the freedom that she’s always craved, but it’s come at a terrible price—the Program wants to terminate the Deviant Dozen and now she and her friends are on the run. To make matters worse, she’s finally learned to use her deviation—except when she’s around Ozzy. Even an innocent touch or kiss can cause her skills to spiral out of control. He’s the last person she’d ever want to hurt, but he’s also the one in the most danger if she can’t learn to master her skills and emotions.

Ozzy’s duty has always been to protect the Dozen, but now he must make the difficult choice between laying low to stay safe or starting an all-out war so that the Dozen can truly be free. He knows that if they have any chance of outsmarting the Program, they’ll have to look for help in unlikely places—even if that means trusting their enemies.

Rune and the Others have always been anonymous, hiding in the shadows as they carried out acts of terror and revenge. That all changed the moment the Program discovered they existed. To survive, Rune and the Others will be forced to make an alliance that is just as likely to kill them as it is to save them.

Program officials are determined to erase their mistakes, but when they terrorize innocent civilians and Sophisticates in an effort to flush out the Dozen, they discover a harsh truth—the weapons they created are fighting back.

I enjoyed reading this book. It led on well from the last, the storyline was good and the characters are great.

Cleo is a great character. She steps up and does what needs to be done in this book and plays to her strengths. Ozzy is a brilliant character too. I’ve enjoyed reading their relationship develop and enjoyed having both points of view. I think having them both, added to the storyline but also towards their character development. It was great to see what they both thought of eachother.

Rune was another great character and very much the voice for the Others. His point of view was very much needed and allowed us to get a wider picture of the plot.

Persephone had a brilliant character development. She doesn’t get along with the others and has caused a fsir amount of issues for the Dozen, but what she does is very redeeming. I also loved Queenie. She developed a lot as the storyline progressed and I actually grew to like her. All the Dozen and the Others became brilliant characters and each one had a part to play.

I enjoyed how the story developed and found the end satisfying. The ‘in the future’ chapters were brilliant additions to round the story off, especially the little twist at the end.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this series and would definitely recommend it. The characters are great, the story is great and it ends well.

My rating: 5/5*

Survive (The Atlantis Grail book 4) by Vera Nazarian

This is the 4th and final book in The Atlantis Grail series.

Gwen Lark knows how to Qualify, Compete, and Win…
The time has come to Survive.

The Games of the Atlantis Grail have come to a ground-shaking halt and Gwen Lark, nerd, geek, and awkward smart girl, survived the remarkable ordeal, for the time being.

But the worst is yet to come!

Now, both the colony planet Atlantis and Earth are under a threat of annihilation, and everything is up in the air, including dire and stunning wonders in the Atlantean skies.

Will there be a Wedding? Will there be a future for Gwen Lark, her beloved, and all their families, friends, and loved ones?

Is Gwen’s rare and powerful talent, the Logos voice of creation, enough to resolve the greatest mystery of the Kassiopei Imperial Dynasty and its role in the events of deepest antiquity since the dawn of time?

The fate of the entire human species is at stake, and now there can be no respite, not a moment to lose. The final battle is here, and Gwen, and everyone she knows and loves, are in for the greatest fight of their lives.

It is time to survive.

This book was an intense emotional rollercoaster and I absolutely loved it.

I try and make my reviews spoiler free, but it’s going to be a little tricky for this one, but I’ll try.

The storyline was brilliant and the plot developed well and not in the way which I’d expected. I’m sad that this was the final book.

I love the characters. Aeson is the best thing to come out of this series. I absolutely love him. He’s my number one book boyfriend.

Gwen has been through so much in the story and each time she has come through the other end stronger. This book was no different. Ultimately, she played a big part in the end.

I was so excited to read the wedding and it definitely lived up to my expectations. The build up and events happening beforehand were brilliant, and also the things which went wrong were well placed. I kept saying to myself that nothing better get in the way of this wedding. It was exciting to read.

I loved all the other characters. We really got to know all of them in their own ways. The Astra Daimon, Aesons family, Gwens family and her friends. Each person was relevant in one way or another and played a part.

I felt like the Imperator had a massive character development from what he was like at the beginning of Win, to the end of this book. It definitely surprised me and I was actually quite happy with how it all turned out.

The interactions between Aesons family and Gwens family were brilliant to read.

The descriptions are brilliant and you can’t fault them. You can really picture the planet and even more so the space parts. It’s brilliant.

The storyline towards the end was nothing like how I’d expected. I loved the role the Pegasus played. It was imaginative and exciting to read. The whole ending in general was great, yet not how I expected. They were definitely not what I expected them to be.

All loose ends were definitely cleared up, although I would have liked a little more to the Epilogue, but that might also be me not wanting it to end. I’m actually glad that this book was super long. The little moments were necessary within with overall plot.

I savoured every part of this story from Qualify to the end of this. It’s my favourite series and I’d definitely recommend it. I’m quite sad that it’s over because I could read about Aeson all the time.

This series is just absolutely fantastic.

My rating: 5/5*