Thursday, April 9, 2015

Rook by Sharon Cameron Review @Scholastic @CameronSharonE

Release date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: YA Dystopia/Romance

History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.

My Rating: 4 Roses

Dark, yet romantic, thrilling and packed with secrets, Rook was a fantastic YA read.  I absolutely loved this book. It kept me hooked with its twists and turns and I enjoyed every bit of it.

Sophia was a badass, to say the least. She was the type of person unable to sit around while others were being harmed and that led her to some trouble. But, she was strong and clever enough to find her way out of it. Not to mention, she was kind, loyal, and a genuinely likable character. I thought she was great.

Rene was definitely a match for Sophia. Just as clever and strong-willed, he could match wits with her all day. He had his own sense of loyalty, which he placed with those he felt were deserving of it. He could be charming, seductive, dangerous, or playful depending on his mood, so there was no getting bored with him around. I thought he was wonderful.

The romance was great. Though they didn't have a great start, Sophia and Rene had to quickly find some common ground and that led to each of them slowly coming to trust the other. It was always fun when these two were in a scene together, because their banter was clever and amusing. Definitely a well-matched pair.

The plot moved swiftly, for the most part. There were a few parts where the pace slowed down and that brought down the book a little. Also, I didn't mind the changes in POV, but, in some parts, it happened so rapidly and often within the span of a few pages that it was a little disconcerting. However, I still really liked the story. It was full of thrills, secrets, and surprising in store. I loved it right from the start and I thought the ending was just perfect.

Rook was a darkly brilliant YA read that I absolutely loved. With romance, secrets, and thrills along the way, this book was fantastic. YA lovers, you won't want to miss this book.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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