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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 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 a lot of spirit, 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 your 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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review 2015-01-29 00:00
Blood Red Road
Blood Red Road - Moira Young Wow.

Great premise. With probably the worst execution possible.

The writing style reminds me of the Chaos Walking trilogy, but it's almost an insult to Patrick Ness, because while the two styles share similarities in misspelled words, lots of dialect, etc., Moira Young's writing is just . . . really poor. She uses her style as a crutch to mask her very simple and awful prose. An example:

As written in the book:
"I ain't doin nuthin fer you, I says.
You ain't gotta choice, she says.
You cain't make me do nuthin, I says.
Oh you'll do ezzackly what I tell you, she says."

Now, without the "spice" of her misspelled words, it's just:
"I ain't doing nothing for you, I say.
You ain't got a choice, she says.
You can't make me do nothing, I say.
Oh you'll do exactly what I tell you, she says."

I don't really know if it makes a difference, but according to the high praise and 5-star reviews, it must. It's 459 pages of writing that reads like a first draft: barely readable writing, way too much that needs to be cut, underdeveloped characters, and random, aimless events plugged in for drama but that don't further plot/characters/etc.

So many things happen at breakneck speed, but it's all one pace. It's all without depth. No action has a consequence. People get hurt--they're miraculously healed so they can do something the story requires them to do. And then they remember they're injured when the love interest comes back into play. All plot points end with a feeling of "well, that was easy".

This book also wins an award for the most cheesy and sickening romantic device ever to be used in YA history: the heartstone. A rosy pink stone that heats up around the wearer's true desire.

:|

Not to mention, Saba (the MC)'s love interest is this cliche, cocky fellow who teases Saba relentlessly--but no, this book is so original, a breath of fresh air!! (and if Moira Young writes "My lips is tinglin" after a kiss one more time . . .)

But I need to give this book SOME credit. I mean, who doesn't love a teaspoon of ableism with their crappy YA post-apocalyptic romance? Enter the villain: the King. The King who is present in maybe 1/16 of the novel, who is always talked about as being "crazy" and also "the devil" but is never actually . . . there, until the end. Where you find out he actually probably does have some sort of mental problem, referring to himself in the third person and spitting over everyone when he talks. Don't you just love negative representation!

After finishing the book, I have a couple thoughts:

1. The entire 7/8 of the book was about finding Lugh. Saba wouldn't sleep, wouldn't eat, wouldn't bathe until she found Lugh. Well, she found him, and after a brief hug, she basically went, "Ok, now that that's taken care of, what's next??" I don't . . . understand.
2. I also don't understand Emmi. Was she just in the book to be beaten up in order to hurt Saba? It's ridiculous.

This review turned out a lot more sarcastic and cruel than I intended. But, as you can tell . . . this really wasn't for me.
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