Let’s take a look at Beyond the Red!
About the Book:
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
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.
Tawney’s Review: I love Sci-Fi books, movies, tv-shows. I’m a geek to the bones. Ava’s book caught my attention because it sounded so unique. I was lucky to be part of the Rockstar Book Tours and read the book early. I’m so glad that I did!
It was a fun read with great characters and a fantastic setting. I couldn’t tear myself away from the book. I had to finish it. Told in two point of views, one from the alien queen Kora and the half-blood Eros, we are immersed in a world of an alien planet with court intrigue, deception, and romance.
I usually don’t like more than one point of view, but Ava did a wonderful job at keeping each character unique and there was no confusion at who I was reading. Kora and Eros had a chemistry which was great and you root for them throughout the book. But sometimes their attraction to each other come at the wrong time. I loved Kora’s determination to keep her throne. She wouldn’t let anything stand in her way, not even Eros or her evil brother. Eros wanted to be more from what people saw him as, neither an alien or human. No one wants him because of who he is. He faces such a complex subject because no one would accept him. When Kora comes along she treats him no differently than others. That was a Queenly thing to do!
Ava did a wonderful job at world building with courts and royalty that blended fantasy with Sci-Fi phasers and transporters. A fast pace, action book that you can’t set down.
Should you read it? Yes! If you love Sci-Fi and are looking for a great book to read, Beyond the Red is for you! If you like the Red Rising series or Starflight, pick up this book. You won’t want to put it down!
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, Twitter, Facebook, tumblr, Goodreads, Instagram, or YouTube channel.
10 winners will receive a finished copy of BEYOND THE RED!
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