on March 1st 2016
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.
I received this book for 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.
Let me start off by telling you that I went into this book knowing pretty much nothing about it. Every time I looked at the synopsis, I read the first three words, “Alien queen Kora,” and then I stopped reading. That was really all I needed to read to know that this book intrigued me. So I went into this book without knowing anything about the plot, except that there was an alien queen named Kora. 🙂
I knew I was intrigued, but this book really surprised me. It isn’t often that a book grabs me right from the beginning and has me wondering what is going to happen next. But Beyond the Red did just that. It was fast-paced and action-packed right from the start. I found myself very interested in the world that I was thrust into, inhabited by humans and an alien race with multicolored eyes and swirling patterns on their skin. This world was nothing like anything I had ever read before and I wanted to know more, more, more.
One slight disappointment I had when reading Beyond the Red was the love triangle. It wasn’t introduced until about halfway through the book, and I just found it to be unnecessary. I was totally hooked on the story without the love triangle, and it didn’t seem to serve much of a purpose in driving the plot line. That being said, it wasn’t an overbearing and annoying love triangle like those we can sometimes encounter in YA literature. It was definitely a love triangle that I could handle, and I liked all of the characters involved, but I didn’t really see the point of having it in the story.
I have seen a lot of people talking about the ending of this book and how it was a major disappointment for them. I can totally understand where they are coming from, because as the story ended, I found myself thinking, “That can’t be it! I need more! What happens now????” But upon a bit of reflection, I am ok with the ending of the book. Yes, I would love some more answers, but I won’t deduct stars from my rating for the ending. However, if a sequel is ever released, I will be snatching it up because I really want to see what happens to all of the characters. Right now it appears that Beyond the Red is a standalone, but I would definitely pick up a sequel if Miss Ava Jae ever decides to write one.
All in all, I really enjoyed Beyond the Red a lot more than I thought I would. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into with an alien book, but it destroyed any preconceived notions I had and really impressed me. I would absolutely read another book set in this world or following the same characters after the events at the end of the Beyond the Red. So, will you write another book, Ava Jae? Will you????
Meet the author!
Ava Jae is a writer, an Assistant Editor at Entangled Publishing, and is represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency. Her YA Sci-Fi debut, BEYOND THE RED, is releasing March 2016 from Sky Pony Press. When she’s not writing about kissing, superpowers, explosions, and aliens, you can find her with her nose buried in a book, nerding out over the latest X-Men news, or hanging out on her blog (http://avajae.blogspot.com/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/Ava_Jae), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AvaJae), tumblr (http://avajae.tumblr.com/), Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9011987.Ava_Jae), Instagram (https://instagram.com/ava_jae/), or YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/bookishpixie).
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