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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Morning Star (Red Rising #3)
by Pierce Brown
Random House
ISBN: 9780345539847
Buy from Indigo

Description: Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied - and too glorious to surrender.

The Good Stuff
  • I don't think I have the words to express how much I loved this bloodydamn series.  Quite frankly if you didn't love all three books, I am afraid you are a pixie and we cannot be friends
  • So many twists and turns I was constantly on the edge of my seat - you never know what is going to happen.  Honestly my heart hurt at times and I was constantly shouting out loud while listening to this one. I even talked to Jeff about the book and I rarely ever talk about books to my hubby who doesn't like to read
  • The scene between Darrow and Cassius was brilliant
  • As always the dialogues between characters are marvelous
  • I love Sevro - that man gets to say the best stuff
  • Sevro's speech (Hard to write this review as I don't want to give away anything) and what he does is one of the best scenes I have ever read
  • I fell in love with each and every character,  they felt like they were friends
  • So many universal truths brilliantly woven into a fictional tale 
  • My favorite book used to be The Stand by Stephen King - it has now been overtaken by the Red Rising series - this my friends is epic
  • I love reading this series but I gotta tell ya even better is listening to Tim Gerard Reynolds read it - god I could hear him say Helldiver over and over
  • Fabulous satisfying ending
The Not So Good Stuff
  • The book ended
  • My heart was ripped out and I don't think I can recover from that one death 
  • Scared the shit out of the dog when I bawled out loud or was shouting at certain plot points (won't let out any spoilers)
  • I hate writing reviews for books that mean so much to me - I wish I had Pierce Brown's gift with words to express my love for this series
Favorite Quotes/Passages

“And I wonder, in my last moments, if the planet does not mind that we wound her surface or pillage her bounty, because she knows we silly warm things are not even a breath in her cosmic life. We have grown and spread, and will rage and die. And when all that remains of us is our steel monuments and plastic idols, her winds will whisper, her sands will shift, and she will spin on and on, forgetting about the bold, hairless apes who thought they deserved immortality.” 

"If the need arises I got a goblin-sized fighter jet"

“I’m a bloodydamn Helldiver with an army of giant, mildly psychotic women behind me and a fleet of state-of-the-art warships crewed by pissed-off pirates, engineers, techs, and former slaves.” 

“I said it once. Now I’ll say it twice. If there’s two things in this world that can’t be killed, it’s the fungus under my sack and the Reaper of bloodydamn Mars. Haha!” 

“It’s a man I would die to protect even as he dies to save the soul of this rebellion.” 

“Go on. What about her? Come on, man. You killed my brothers. I killed Fitchner. It’s already awkward.”

"What kind of parent would want their children to have servants? The moment a child thinks it is entitled to anything, they think they deserve everything."

5 Dewey's

I purchased this book and no one is making me write a review - I just gory damn love this book and the whole brilliant series

Brief Review: The Widow by Fiona Barton

The WidowThe Widow by Fiona Barton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Intriguing psychological thriller with lots of twists and turns. Characters were damaged and some had questionable morals but you found yourself fascinated by them and also wanting to smack them upside the head for being so stupid. The story is disturbing but I appreciate that the author didn't go graphically into details. This one is pretty fast paced, but not in a heart stopping way, but you still didn't want to put it down because you wanted to know what really happened. This would be a great story for a book club and also a good one for cold Calgary nights or sitting on a beach somewhere (damn I wish I was on one right now). Heads up, none of the characters are very likable, which usually turns me off a book, but in this case it works.

Have heard it marketed as similar to Gone Girl and Girl on a Train, but cannot tell you if that is accurate as I have not read either. It is a character fault but when a book is hyped like those two, I just do not want to read. Also another character flaw is if my non book obsessed friends (yes they are people too and I loves them) recommend something, I shy away from it too. I am somewhat shamed by this fact, but I have to be honest.

Favorite Quotes Passages

"Kate suddenly shouts, "Fuck Off!" and I stare at her. Glen would never have allowed a woman to say that word in his house. She looks at me and mouths, sorry, and then puts her finger to her lips. And the telly man does fuck off.
"Well that obviously works," I say.
"Sorry, but it's the only language they understand," she says, and laughs. It's a nice laugh, sounds genuine, and I haven't heard much laughter lately."

"But then monsters rarely look the part. You hope you'll be able to see the evil shining out of them_it would make police work a damned sight easier, he often said. But evil was a slippery substance, glimpsed only occasionally and all the more horrifying for that, he knew."

Received this one in a evidence bag with skittles with them which I wont lie, made me more intrigued to read the book. (Brilliant marketing job folks) Also not sure how I feel about skittles now - did not eat them while reading just in case & now still not sure if I want to eat them.

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