Blog Feature-Baria

Baria and I have decided to feature each other’s blogs. She has a great, fresh blog for you all to check out!

Baria’s Blog: http://bariasreadingcorner.blogspot.ca/

Baria’s Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/24845364-baria

Baria’s post featuring me: http://bariasreadingcorner.blogspot.ca/2016/04/blog-feature-sean-kingdom-books-site.html

 

Compulsion Review:

http://bariasreadingcorner.blogspot.ca/2016/04/compulsion-by-martina-borne.html

Sypnosis (from Good reads):
All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead—a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.
Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.
My Review — 4.2/5 stars!
A beautiful story with Gothic setting. This novel was a mix of fantasy and a little bit of dystopian. I got this book randomly when I was wandering through chapters and just thought it was nice. This is one of those books that I thought the story is good so I’ll read it. I didn’t know I would actually enjoy it. Plus, who doesn’t like fantasy mixed with people who are using cell phones.
Barrie and Eight’s relationship in this book was satisfying. I think if there was a love triangle in this book it would made my rating go from 4.2 to 5.
The perspectives in this book is told by the protagonist, Barrie Watson. I would have liked the perspective of Eight in this novel, just to see what he was witnessing and thinking. Thats also the thing that would changed my rating.
Barrie’s life is really messed up because of the situations that she was put in and also the situations that she witnessed. I think that would spoil the book so I’m not going to say more.
All together, Barrie and Eight make a really good team in terms of working together and finding stuff. Barrie had her own problems that she would share with him. The most I liked about their relationship was that they first became good friends and then they became lovers.
As everything goes about at the Watson Island, I was really happy that I picked this book and read it. I just want to pick up the next book to see what happens next.
If you liked my review I would love to hear what you thought of it, so comment below!

Dystopian Recommendations:

http://bariasreadingcorner.blogspot.ca/2016/04/dystopian.html

Dystopian. Not one of my favourites but definitely enjoy reading it. My reviews for these books below will be hopefully up any time in the future, so stay tuned!
1. Legend by Marie Lu
I read this series back in 2015, and I remember loving every single book and the world building. This is perfect dystopian for people who liked Hunger games but loved Divergent.
Description: What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
 
2. The Selection by Kiera Cass
 
I read the first book and I wanted to get the second book from the library but someone took it out. I was really eager to finish the series so I downloaded copies on my iPod and read the whole series on iBooks. This is the series that made me a reader!
Description: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
3. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
 
Now don’t hate me for this but I haven’t actually read the whole series in the series, just the first book. I never got to it. But I’m hoping to re-read it, which I’m really excited about.
Description: Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In just a few weeks she’ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she’ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.
But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world– and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally’s choice will change her world forever…
 
4. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
 
This book’s plot twist was mind blowing. This is one of those books that made me want to read a couple pages back to see if I missed anything that it came down to this plot twist. I have to Applaud Victoria Aveyard for this amazing Dystopian.
Description: This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.
But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart …
 
5. The Program by Suzanne Young
 
I don’t recall why I put this book down. Like it was really good but then I put it down when I got half of it. I’m hoping to re-read it.
Description:In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.
Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.
Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.
Well, thats it for my recommendations. Please comment below if you will read one of the books I recommended above. I would love to hear if you liked it or not. Also, I would love to hear feedback so that I can make it better for the next time!
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-Sean, kingdombookblog
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