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review 2016-03-05 14:45
A Fabulous Debut...
Blood Red Road - Moira Young

Blood Red Road was an amazing book & it's going on my favorites list! The characters, the language & writing style and the world building were just incredible and they all came together perfectly to create this brilliant and very atmospheric story. It was really, very nicely done. Definitely top-tier in the dystopian genre and I think it deserved every reward it received. Can't wait to see how the rest of the series stacks up.

 

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review 2016-02-11 03:51
Review: Man Made Murder by Z Rider
Man Made Murder (Blood Road Trilogy) (Volume 1) - Z. Rider


I received a free copy of Man Made Murder from the publisher in return for an honest review.

 

One thing Rider does well is to tell a vampire story with a different twist without relying heavily on the actual vampirism itself. It's hard one to explain. There are vampires in the story but it doesn't centre around them like most stories do, it's an underlying storyline that justifies the more character driven story that is Man Made Murder. The characters being those who have been, or are being, affected by the vampires and the life changes that occur(red) from events involving them.

 

Man Made Murder was an unusual read for me. Normally I don't enjoy a book if I can't connect to the characters in some way and yet I found myself drawn into this one. Rider creates characters that feel like real people rather than just a name on the page and despite the fact that I didn't really have anything in common with them, or able to relate to them in the usual way I would like, I was drawn into their story.

 

There was a lot of internal dialogue which, although it gave a lot of insight into the characters, I felt was too relied on. How a characters mixes, reacts, converses and interacts with other characters is a huge part of what makes them relatable for me and I felt like that aspect was lacking here. Because of this I found it hard to connect with the characters but I was still drawn in enough to continue and finish the book.

 

The premise was an interesting one but there was something lacking and I can't quite put my finger on what it was. Perhaps it was me not being able to connect with the characters or the fact that it's the first of a trilogy and there is more to come. Or it's maybe that I am left feeling that I wanted it to start a bit earlier than where it did and include the earlier experience of Carl's sister. Could be a mix of all three but it just didn't feel like a story I could really get my teeth into as it is.

 

I'm kind of on the fence. I want to see where it goes in the next book but I'm not desperate to find out at the same time.

 

 

 

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review 2015-10-14 11:03
Blood Red Road by Moira Young - Audiobook Review
Blood Red Road - Moira Young

I remember holding this book in my hands when it first came out years ago. I remember how I thought that it sounded interesting but that it did not catch my interest enough for me to buy it. Now years later, when I saw the audiobook at my local library I had to get it.

 

Blood Red Road is about a young woman named Saba living in a very dry, dusty area when her twin brother gets kidnapped. Saba leaves the only place she has known all her life to rescue her brother.

 

What I loved about the book was the fast driven storyline and the strong heroine. Saba is not a weak little damsel in distress. On contrary – she is strong and becomes one of the best fighters in the brutal environment she is forced into. She is headstrong but empathetic. The writing flows easily and the story never gets boring. Until the very end, the story keeps the reader’s attention.

 

This is the first book of a trilogy and I hope to continue with the second audiobook soon.

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text 2015-06-02 00:12
My Reads for the Month of May
The Book of Ivy - Amy Engel
By Paula Weston Shadows (The Rephaim) [Hardcover] - Paula Weston
Torn Away - Jennifer Brown
Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1) - Moira Young
End of Days - Susan Ee
Ten Tiny Breaths - K.A. Tucker
Unleashed - Sophie Jordan
Don't Look Back - Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

4.7 Stars

 

Shadows by Paula Weston

3.4 Stars

 

Torn Away by Jennifer Brown

5 Stars

 

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

4.7 Stars

 

End of Days by Susan Ee

6 Stars

 

Ten Tiny Breaths by KA Tucker

5 Stars

 

Unleashed by Sophie Jordan (Review to come)

3 Stars

 

Don't Look Back by Jennifer L Armentrout (Review to come)

4.2 Stars

 

I read a lot  of good books this month, I finished up a fav series (Penryn and the End of Days) and I started a couple of promising series too ( The Book of Ivy and Dust Lands), and  I shed some tears with a couple (Torn Away and Ten Tiny Breaths).

 

2,905 pages read for the Month of MAY

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review 2015-05-17 01:27
“Did you know, he says, every time you make somethin, any time you make anythin, a little bit of yer spirit goes into it?” ― Moira Young, Blood Red Road
Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1) - Moira Young

Book Title:  Blood Red Road 

Author:  Moira Young 

Narration:  Heather Lind 

Series: Dust Lands #1 

 

 

❖❖Why I picked that quote:  Saba's got spunk, and so does Jack, and Emmi, Tommo and even Ike.  Seriously, they all do...the character's in this book really shine, and I think they stole my heart away.❖❖

 

 

 

 

My Rating

 

Plot:   5/5  There is always something going on.  It was sort of long, but it never felt that way.

Characters:  5/5  They are so multi-layered.

Theme:  5/5  

Flow:  4/5   This book is written in a unique way that not everyone would like.

Originality:  4/5  Very Mad Max feel to this.  It has land boats... 

Book Cover:  4/5  I find it confusing that the Series name is bigger than the title of the book. 

The Feels:  5/5 

Narration:  5/5  She has so many crazy voices she can do.  She is one the best I've heard. 

Ending:     4.7/5  Cliffhanger:  No, not exactly, but this has two more books in the series.

 

Overall Rating:  4.7/5 

 

Will I continue the series:  Yes! I just have to get my library to get the audio versions of them.

 

Synopsis:

 

Saba lives in Silverlake, a wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms where her family scavenge from landfills left by the long-gone Wrecker civilization. After four cloaked horsemen kidnap her beloved twin brother Lugh, she teams up with daredevil Jack and the Free Hawks, a girl gang of Revolutionaries.

Saba learns that she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Saba and her new friends stage a showdown that change the course of her civilization.

 

My Thoughts:

 

I decided, because of other reviews I read pertaining to this book, that I wanted to listen to this on Audio.  In hopes that the unique writing style would not deter me from enjoying this book.  It worked...I loved it.

 

It's funny, even reading through the quotes on Goodreads, it just wasn't the same as listening to it.  If you're on the fence about reading this, try it on Audio.

 

Saba is one of the most interesting characters I have read in a dystopian, she's not perfect and she knows it, she's more like a work in progress.  She's flawed, feisty and she can definitely kick some ass.  Jack is funny and rather loveable and really gets Saba going sometimes.  They are quite sweet together.  Hopefully, in the second book, I will get to know Lugh more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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