Iron Gold: Bloodydamn Brilliant

iron gold-3From the day that it was announced, to the day I had it in my hands, Iron Gold built up its own hype in my mind with little to no outside influence.  I was excited because obviously I loved the Red Rising trilogy, and returning to see some of my favorite characters was sure to be an adventure.  But also more than a little nervous because, well, have you read the Red Rising books?!  Pierce Brown has no issues with bringing unmentionable pain, or killing off his characters, beloved or not, and the odds of my favorites surviving another three books seemed slim to none.

Warning before picking up Iron Gold:  If you liked the ending of Morning Star, or if you would prefer a happy ending for your favorite characters, than it is probably best that you pretend that Iron Gold doesn’t exist.  Because some people will undoubtedly be uncomfortable with the way Pierce Brown makes them feel in this 600+ page monstrosity.  Pandora’s box has been opened, all hell has been unleashed, and picking up Iron Gold is most certainly a commitment to emotional pain.  Isn’t reading fun?

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Top 5 Tuesday

I am so relieved that the Broke and the Bookish are putting out Top 10 Tuesday prompts again because LORD KNOWS I am not creative enough to come up with my own prompts!  For more information about this awesome list making meme (and I know you like lists because honestly, who doesn’t?) head HERE!

Today I am going to do a little bit of fantasizing about meeting some of my favorite authors!  I have met a couple so far, mostly at BookCon last year, but I have recently discovered how amazing it is to see authors on their book tours!  There is usually a bad ass Q&A session before the signing, and it is way more intimate than simply standing in line to meet an author at a convention.

Anyways, here are my top 5 authors that I am dying to meet and will definitely try to get to a signing in the future!

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Morning Star

Pierce Brown

Published February 2016

Red Rising #3

18966806I am doing it.  It is happening.  I am finally going to review Morning Star, after finishing this dang book over two months ago.

With the ending of Golden Son being the most bat-shit insane ending / cliff hanger to a book I have read possibly EVER, it wasn’t long before I picked up Morning Star.  And by “wasn’t long”, I mean it was approximately 7 and 1/2 minutes.

While this final installment in the Red Rising trilogy wasn’t my favorite of the three, it was a solid ending to a fantastic series, and I highly recommend the series to any fan of science fiction.  I think Morning Star left much to explore and possible situations unexplored, but for the most part, I finished the book satisfied, so it’s a weird line to walk.

Please, beware that while this review will not have too many spoilers for Morning Star individually, it is EXTREMELY difficult to review the finale in a trilogy without spoiling some aspects of the previous two books. You have officially  been warned.

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war.

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Golden Son

Pierce Brown

Published January 2015

Red Rising #2

18966819 I have put off writing this review for too long.  What can I possibly say that hasn’t been said about this book before?  Also, I think I was intimidated by how much I enjoyed the book.  I didn’t want to write an incoherent review where I flailed and fangirled and ranted.  I wanted this to be concise and well thought out, but for some reason the words would not come.  After being read for two weeks, I decided I needed to stop procrastinating and just push forward.  So here we go.  Pushing forward.

“For seven hundred years, my people have been enslaved without voice, without hope. Now I am their sword. And I do not forgive. I do not forget. So let him lead me onto his shuttle. Let him think he owns me. Let him welcome me into his house, so I might burn it down.”

Second book syndrome is supposedly a thing.  The dreaded situation where, especially in trilogies, the second book in a series acts as more of a plot builder and character developer for the upcoming finale, rather than being a strong independent book able to stand on its own.   While I have no doubts Morning Star will blow me away when I get to it, I can tell you right now: Golden Son does not suffer from any syndrome other than kick ass syndrome.  (Not sure if that is a real thing, but I am rolling with it.)

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Red Rising

Pierce Brown

Published January 2014

Red Rising #1

red risingSo, some of my bookstagram followers may already know this story, but for the sake of this post I am going to tell it again.

My wonderful father listens to a lot of audio books.  Out of the 60 books that I read a year, he listens to 60.  It is absolutely insane how he finds the time to listen to so many books, but I love it.  It has taught me that readers come in all forms: there are no specifications or qualifications to be an avid reader, only the love of books in general.

Recently, he listened to the entire Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown, and told me that it was one of his favorite series ever.  I thought that this statement spoke volumes: I mean, damn, on his audible account alone there has got to be at least 30 different series.  He was actually so excited about it and wanted to share the experience with me, that he bought me the hardback of Red Rising, shipped it to me via Amazon Prime so I received it in two days, then promptly began to accost me with text messages and snap chats wondering if I had started and where I was in the story.img_3649

I’m not lying.  Accost. Anyways, I finished Red Rising in two and a half days and loved it.  Commence the *mostly spoiler free* review! Continue reading “Red Rising”