Beyond the Red seemed like it was right up my alley, I mean epic science fiction, alien races, and a love story to match? Count me in! I couldn’t wait to read this debut! I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Beyond the Red by Ava Jae
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: March 1st, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.
Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.
When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide. (Goodreads)
My Bookish Thoughts:
I read this book in nearly a single sitting. I’m not sure if that was good or bad. Because as much as I was drawn into the story, I wasn’t devoured by it. I, personally, needed a day just to read and get lost, so I think that’s why I kept turning page after page… not because of the story or the characters, but because I needed a day to escape, which in my opinion, was a bit of a let down.
Okay… so the writing was not really up to par. It was lacking a lot of ways, especially where it concerned some of her characters. I felt like the most fleshed out character was her MC, Eros. Out of everyone, he was my favorite, and I use that term lightly. He was a full-blooded (no pun intended) male complete with many boy actions, which I found entertaining; however, Kora, the MC female, was supposed to be this badass queen, but she totally wasn’t. She didn’t even do anything when she saw her city dying and when her brother showed up with a coup d’état of the ages, which apparently was supposed to be super surprising…. Hint, it was egregiously obvious.
Not only that, but somewhere in the mix, there was suddenly a love triangle that came out of freaking NO WHERE. It had no substance but apparently it was enough to make Kora fall in love in three days (INSTALOVE ALERT!).
Overall, I will give Ava Jae this: I did want to know how everything was going to go down. And though that may have been because of the place I was mentally in when I started reading this book, or maybe it was actually how she wrote the story; either way, I really wanted to know what happened. So for that I felt like I couldn’t give this book a one star rating, because I didn’t absolutely hate it like most of the books I give that rating to.
I gave this book 2 stars.