Red Rising #1 – Book Review and Hunger Games comparison

15839976Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

Source: Goodreads

Warning: contains spoilers

To everyone who reads this book, it will bring a lot of similarities with the Hunger Games books. And in fact, Hunger Games might have inspired this author to write this book, since it was published 4 years after the first one.

In Red Rising, people are divided in castes by color. Red being the slaves, and the Gold being the government. This can be compared to districts, were every district has it’s function in society, there are poor and rich districts, and in the main one are all the people who live by other’s afford.

What changes: 

In Red Rising, we are invited to vision a world in the future were Earth Colonized another planets, and that was the start to re-organize the world the same way as a hundred years ago. The first people to colonize Mars, were there to prepare the grounds for the others. What happened is that years passes and the “others” came to Mars, but these people never knew about it. Generations passed and the Red caste became more and more incult and ignorant about history and the world they never knew.
Until 1 Red was chosen to become a Gold one, so he could rise in society and claim what is right for all the people. So he infiltrates the Golden society to study with them in disguise.

And then we have the “Slavery Game”

At school they are all put in a ground to play a game. The Golden ones are divided in houses, and each of them a banner. They have to use the banner of the house to enslave the other houses. The last house not enslaved, wins.
They allow them to use any tools they have. They fight, there are murders, rape, torture. Even tho they have “inspectors” watching the game, and it is on TV (just like Hunger Games), the show is not live, the inspectors can edit the clips, show what they want. So they use it to manipulate the game. Help who they want to win.

And what you’ll read on this first book is from the mines of the Red people, till graduation of Darrow after the game.

My thoughts

Although this being very similar to Hunger Games, I don’t have a favorite yet.
Darrow character seem to be more full of real emotions, most of the time he knows what is right and what is wrong, still chooses to do wrong because it’s the person he is pretending to be, he needs to act like a Gold one.
I loved the fact that Darrow, in the game, also has a little bit of Daenerys Targaryen on his blood. He did what no Gold one had thought to do. Free the slaves, and let them help you instead of commanding them.

The Movies

Yet, this is another book series waiting for the releasing dates on the movies.


The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)

After many request from my godfather (from college), I’ve finally read this book called The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

Rating ☆☆☆☆☆


At first glance, I didn’t know what to expect from it, I didn’t got any background or tip of what it was about, so I just dipped in and embrace the adventure that was about to begin.

warning: may contain spoilers

The whole book is about a men named Kvothe that, at the time of the story, is living as a common man named Kote. One day a Chronicler comes to town searching from him and wants to tell his story.
At this point we know some weird things are happening in their town, we know Kote has some secrets and that he was known in the past for being the kingkiller.
Kote agrees to tell his life’s story that will take three days to be finished.
From there we are took on a trip that starts on the memories from his parents and plans for the future, then the death of his parents and all his hope shattered. He was forced to live on the streets for years until he to overcomes the death of his parents and goes to university in hopes of being the man his parents wanted him to be.
His main interest on there was to learn the name of the wind, but things wasn’t easy for him. My feeling were shifted between joy and sadness through the whole process of it. He was bullied, he had achievements, he was betrayed, he loved, he was hurt, he received kindness and he was punished.

At the end of the book, when a colleague of his destroys the only precious thing he ever has, he was able to call the wind to revenge him. And then the first day passes and we still don’t know why he’s the kingkiller, why are this weird things happening in town, what happened after. Because there are 2 more books after this one.

I really enjoyed it. Tho it’s 900 pages long, it has a good rhythm. The thing that most surprised me was that this is no ordinary story, there are no straight line to the main character’s destiny, there is no conquer without some loss, there is no realism without some pain. The book describes a man’s life, not a fairytale. I can’t wait to start the second that has 1200 pages, and the third is yet to come.


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Red Queen – Book Series Review

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.

During this summer I had the opportunity to read the trilogy of Red Queen.

In my opinion these books are worth to read but they are not that awesome.
The story is similar to hunger games with a bit of X-Man background. So, the main character, comes from a poor family where her older brothers were sent to war and her destiny was to go to war too when she’s 18, but, the King and royal families found that she had a power to control electricity and a puppet show begins. She has red blood, and in a world where only people with silver blood were known to have powers, she was forced to play a role of a lost daughter of a royal family that were raised as a red blood but never knew who she really was, and now, soon to be married a prince.
Mare Barrow, sick of having to relate to people whom she hated the most, who sent her brothers to war, she joined a rebellion and became, like Katniss Everdeen, a Mockingjay.
They found out there were other like her, which blood were red and they too have powers, more powerful than the silver blood, and formed an army to fight the king.

Then the second book is more of a show off of all the powers and training. X-Man action. The third book was the one I loved the most because it describes the oppression of the king under his mother’s power (which was the power to go inside a person’s head and also manipulate his mind) and how he became so evil. This makes Mare Barrow think weather she wants to kill him, or save him. An answer we still don’t have.

There’s a fourth book released this year and by the comments on it it’s all about Maven. We’ll see how it goes.

Some people told me about a movie called The Darkest Minds… I think this might be similar to The Red Queen series, it also has book versions, I have to get them also. Have you read them? What do you think about them? Let me know…

The Algorithm of Power

At the end of last year I’ve received a book that I won from a Goodread’s giveaway from the author Pedro Barrento and it’s called The Algorithm of Power.

A society run by an operating system…
A world without politicians…
Digital Alternative is a new movement that intends to revolutionise politics… by doing away with politics.
From its humble origins as a buggy strategy game developed by a geeky teenager, Epochs evolves to become The Network, the operating system that will rule over the whole planet with chilling efficiency.
Split between the 21st and the 24th centuries The Algorithm of Power is a new type of dystopia. One in which the future that awaits us is not democratic and where the government has no use for torture, gulags or a secret police – because no one even notices there is a government.
Welcome to the reign of software!

The History

In the year 2307, Julia Koch, a nurse from the region of New Shangri-La faces with a problem that messes with her conscience and emotions. A man needing surgery and the operating system that runs the world denies this man any care because he’s an illegal immigrant. Before dying, he made Julia promise that he would tell his wife what have happened to him. This causes Julia to move to a new region called Integralia where the costumes are very different than she was used to and she has difficulty to adapt.

In the year 2031, Carla Rodrigues is involved in a political movement that is against having politicians as government instead of an operating system. She believes an operating system would be impartial and always satisfying people’s needs. She’s developing an algorithm that identifies patterns on people’s behavior so that she can contribute to this new world.

Her Friend Paulo Fontana is the man behind this new world idea. After a childhood incident where, tricked by his cousin, he watched how humans can be cruel to defenseless animals, he decided to dedicate all his life into protecting nature. With the help of one great developer, they manage to make an AI that simulates the tactics of governments to make earth recover and human race survive. The answers they got where not what they expected, but the results were better.

Julia Koch lives in this world that Paulo Fontana and Carla Rodrigues helped create and that no one knows about. As the story goes on, our mind gets blown out.

My opinion

This book is amazing. I am a person who loves historical books, and reading this futuristic one made me fell in love with the author.
The story has so much detail and very well thought of an alternative future that may or may not happen, having the ideals of different type of people, technological advance and politics. Also all this happening on my country, Portugal.
This book really got me thinking on what’s the best solution for survival and it will be placed on my favorites’ shelf.
Can’t wait for the next book.



If you’re interested in knowing more about this self-publish author, feel free to visit his page.


Operation Hail Storm – Book Review

Brett Arquette emailed me his book in exchange for a honest review and I do not refuse to read any kind of books. So I started reading this book on March 17th and finished it on April 1st. I don’t have much time to read books as I had last year, so it took longer than usual. Here’s my review on it:

RATE *** 3/5

The book’s theme is new to me. I haven’t read anything like it. I did not like the first 100 pages, at all. The book starts with giving too much information about the characters and their past. Sometimes it’s useful to get to know what a person went through to get where they are, but when the person it’s not crucial to the story, it’s just too boring to read. And when the person is, in fact, important to the story, it just ruins the mistery of its acts since the beginning. Also on those 100 pages had too much detailed drone activity that I couldn’t visualize it.
The part that I liked the most was when Marshall Hail went to see the memorial for victims of “The Five”. That was when the whole book started to make sense to me and got my attention.
Through the rest of the book I liked the care that the author had on researching all this technologies, the way that they work, and improve them with his creativity, he showed how the world could be affected with them.
I rate a 3, out of 5… I would definitly read the next book of Operation Hail Storm.


Goodread’s review


My name is Daniella, and I kick and bite


2017 Reading Challenge

Hi there, today I’m gonna show you my list of books I’ve read through the year 2017 and my rating on them. If you’re interested on a deep opinion about the books, please comment bellow. Also I’ll leave my Goodreads profile, feel free to add me.

My challenge this year was to read 34 books, I actually read (till today) 37 books.

5* Rating


4* Rating

3* Rating

2* Rating

1* Rating

Humans of New York – The Series

“Insanity to me means being able to make choices that are not harmful to the next person or individual. (…) Insanity is having a dollar knowing that is worth a hundred times, and not being able to use that money to its fullest. Insanity is being a young wanna grow up too fast. Insanity would be knowing where the gold is and not going to get it, knowing where the diamonds are and not going to get them (…). Insanity would be knowing what love is and not passing it on to the next friend, family member, loved one. Insanity would be having a gift and saying “ohh it’s not worth anything”, and then you find out that the gift was worth something and you spend the rest of your life trying to get it back, and then you find out that the gift that was given to you is life, and once you’ve kinda give your life away, it’s not easy trying to get it back (…)”

This is how Humans of New Yorker – The Series begins his first episode. The famous facebook page that shows a little piece of a person’s life as encounters this journalist on a street is given to us through a deep interview where we get to know that person’s thoughts and mind.
As we listen every story that comes up, we get wiser, we see reality, we acknowledge that individual that we do not know, but now it’s important to us for some reason. He’s not invisible anymore. Some people feel the urge to do something, to help others, or just to get to know more of the other. There’s a connection of both worlds, we can identify ourselves in them, the person we are, the person we will or would be.
I do appreciate all the work this journalist did just by listening to other individual and let them be visible to the world. We all pass our lives looking at the same people everyday, the mailman, the bartender, that lady across the street, that man who’s waiting for the bus… and sometimes we don’t even know their names. It’s important to communicate, create relations, or just acknowledge they are there, and you see them.
As Fernando Pessoa says:

“Nostalgia! I even feel it for people and things that were nothing to me, because time’s fleeing is for me an anguish, and life’s mystery is a torture. Faces I habitually see on my habitual streets – if I stop seeing them I become sad. And they were nothing to me, except perhaps the symbol of all of life”


Your Way

Fate has been traced
With a charcoal pencil
It can well be erased and changed
And it's not written in the hands

Fate does not hide
Behind any door
You need to search
And deserve

Following this road
It's you who decides your way
If sometimes at a crossroad
You find out you're never alone.

It is a choice that you make
And you can never go back

In the painting that you are going to paint
You quickly realize it
It's you who draws the draft
You choose the colors you want

Fate does not hide
Behind any door
You need to search
And deserve

Following this road
It's you who decides your way
If sometimes at a crossroad
You find out you're never alone.

It is a choice that you make
And you can never go back

O teu caminho - Polo Norte

Top 100 Romance Novels

Goodreads Romance Week

  • Addicted – Zane
  • Always been Mine – Elizabeth Reyes
  • And Playing the role if herself – K.E. LANE
  • Angels’ Blood – Nalini Singh
  • Archer’s Voice – Mia Sheridan
  • Backstage Pass – Olivia Cunning
  • Bared to You – Sylvia Day
  • Beautiful Bastard
  • Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire
  • Beauty from Pain – Georgia Cates
  • Beyond the Highland Mist – Karen Marie Moning
  • Born in Fire – Nora Roberts
  • The Bride – Julie Garwood
  • The Bronze Horseman – Paullina Simons
  • Bully – Penelope Douglas
  • Captive in the Dark – C. J. Roberts
  • The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden – Jessica Sorensen
  • Collide – Gail McHugh
  • Cut & Run – Madeleine Urban, Abigail Roux
  • Dark Lover – J. R.Ward
  • Dark Prince – Christine Feeman
  • The Darkest Hour -Maya Banks
  • The Darkest Night – Cena Showalter
  • Delaney’s Desert Sheikh – Brenda Jackson
  • Dmitry’s Closet – Latrivia S. Nelson
  • Down to You – M. Leighton
  • Dragon Bound – Thea Harrison
  • The Duke and I – Julia Quinn
  • Edenbrooke – Julianne Donaldson
  • The Edge of Never – J. A. Redmerski
  • Fallen Too Far – Abbi Glines
  • Falling into You-Jasinda Wilder
  • Fantasy Lover – Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Flat-Out Love – Jessica Park
  • Gabriel’s Inferno – Sylvain Reynard
  • Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  • Hot Head – Damon Sued
  • I Can’t Think Straight – Shamim Sarif
  • In Flight – R. K. Lilley
  • Into the Wilderness – Sara Donati
  • It Had To Be You – Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Jacob – Jacquelyn Frank
  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brönte
  • Katherine – Anya Seton, Philippa Gregory
  • A Kingdom of Dreams – Judith McNaught
  • A Kiss of Shadows – Laurell K. Hamilton
  • A Knight in Shining Armor – Jude Deveraus
  • Lethal -Sandra Brown
  • Lick – Kylie Scott
  • Love Comes Softly – Janette Oke
  • Love Unscripted – Tina Reber
  • Maybe Someday – Colleen Hoover
  • Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
  • Memoirs of a Geisha -Arthur Golden
  • Mighty Storm – Samantha Towle
  • Mine Till Midnight – Lisa Kleypas
  • Mr. Perfect – Linda Howard
  • My Favorite Mistake – Chelsea M. Cameron
  • Mystery Man – Kristen Ashley
  • Naked – Raine Miller
  • Naked in Death – J.S. Robb
  • Nine Rules to Break when romancing a Rake -Sarah MacLean
  • North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami
  • The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks
  • On Doublin Street – Samantha Young
  • On the Island – Tracey Garvis Graves
  • Once Burned – Jeaniene Frost
  • Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
  • The Perfect Game – J. Sterling
  • Playing for Keeps – R. L. Mathewson
  • Pleasure Unbound – Larissa Jone
  • Pride and Prejusice – Jane Austen
  • Promises – Marie Sexton
  • The Proposition – Katie Ashley
  • Real – Katy Evans
  • Redeeming Love – Francine Rivers
  • Realease Me – J. Kenner
  • The Rosie Project – Grame Simsion
  • Rule – Jay Crownover
  • Seduction & Snacks – Tara Sivec
  • Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  • Slammed – Colleen Hoover
  • Slaveto Sensation –  Natini Singh
  • Sugar Daddy – Lisa Kleypas
  • Tangled – Emma Chase
  • The Tea Rose – Jennifer Donnelly
  • Ten Tiny Breaths – K. A. Tucker
  • This Man – Jodi Ellen Malpas
  • The Thorn Birds –  Colleen McCullough >>>>>>>>(my recommendation)
  • Thoughtless – S.C. Stephens
  • Twisted Perfection – Abbi Glines
  • Undeniable – Madeline Sheehan
  • Vision in White – Nora Roberts
  • Wait for You – Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • A Walk to Remember – Nicholas Sparks
  • Wallbanger – Alice Clayton
  • The Warlord Wants Forever – Kresley Cole
  • Whatever You Like – Maureen Smith
  • The Winter Sea – Susanna Kersley