Published by Sky Pony Press on March 1st 2016
Genres: Young Adult, SciFi, Fantasy, Romance
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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 Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Amazing was an understatement when it comes to Beyond The Red. I honestly wasn’t expecting to really love it, because I guess the books I’ve read for the past few weeks didn’t really impress me. But Beyond The Red definitely did, and I would be totally lying if I did not say that Eros is now my current book boyfriend. He’s mine now, okay? No touching.
The book started off with us getting to know more about Eros, which of course, was the point of time when I fell in love with him, seeing the way he acted towards the little ones and all. I think what made me really love this book was the introduction-the part where Kora and Eros finally met, and trust me, it wasn’t under the best circumstances. And we get to see the underlying tension between the both of them. It’s like I want them to be together, but at the same time, we have to remember that she technically just massacred his family.
And then there was the whole debate about half-bloods being looked down upon by the pure bloods. I generally love these type of stories, because it kinda described what our society is like now, though of course we don’t have half bloods.
I wouldn’t comment much about the romance, because I think it wasn’t the main focus of the story, and that’s a pretty good thing. Both Kora and Eros had to save their own people, and that was their priority before their romance, though I actually do find their brief conversations of romance SO CUTE.
Y’all have to read this book, because it also shows how a woman wants to lead the world, but was constantly being looked down upon her people. And that makes me more eager for the next book. Like YAS, NEED MORE. HAHAHA.