Hi my hot cute girly and boy geeks of course. A while back I participated in the Raksha blog tour, but due to some technical difficulties and me getting sick, this post is a bit overdue. But I’m back and here it is. A review and a character bio for you guys. Enjoy! Oh and as always, there might be some spoilers in this review.
About the book:
Synopsis according to Goodreads:
She has no name.
She has her knives; her training; her halo.
The first and second give her the tools and the skill to defeat the opponents she is pitched against each month. The third frees her from pain and fear. From any kind of emotion at all. Everything is as it should be. Everything is as it should be, until…
When a newly-named Kit escapes the Sanctuary after killing her best friend, the last thing she needs is another knife in her hand. Or Ryka, the damaged, beautiful blonde boy, who she refuses to let save her. Still learning how to process the onslaught of her new feelings, the sights and sounds of Freetown are overwhelming and strange. There are a hundred differences between her old home and her new one, but one thing remains starkly similar: the matches. Yet where the blood in the Sanctuary landed only on the colosseum floor, Kit will quickly learn that a river of red runs through Freetown’s very streets.
Freed from the oppression of a society who stole her right to feel, the true horror of her old life leaves Kit wondering if she really has been freed at all. Would she be better off without the crippling horror of all the blood on her hands, or is the love of one boy worth living through all the pain?
Raksha is the call of the dead. The rumbling chant for fresh blood from the other side, the demand for sacrifice. The colosseum is behind Kit. The fighting pits await.
You have been called to the fights.
Wow. I don’t often come across books that keep me in their grip and that urge me to keep on reading, forgetting to eat and sleep. But this one did. At first I was a bit skeptical. The first few pages felt like I was reading a hunger games rip off. But I was so wrong.
I mean, Frank Rose the author, did such an amazing job with the characters, describing this dystopian world, the feelings and emotions, that I was sad I was done reading. I want a second part and fast!
We follow Kit, a young girl, being oppressed by years and years of cultural behavior, making her the ultimate fighting machine, thanks to her halo. No emotions, no pain, no free will. Until the damned thing stops working and it turns out something is really wrong with the world around her.
Following the instructions of her best friend and fighting partner who gave his life for her. Talk about a guilt trip, she escapes and finds herself with the rebels. And also her emotions. Filled with all these strange feelings and people being nice to her, it’s for the first time she needs to own up to her own decisions. Making friends and enemies along the way.
Sometimes you just wanna slap her and scream to grow up, and I think that’s a good thing, that an author is able to write in such a way, you bond with the characters on paper. To feel with her on her journey to growing up, into her feelings.
To find out the two different groups of people, two different cultures, have a lot of similarities. And how to deal with everything you know that feels like home isn’t anymore. Again wow.
Oh and don’t get me started on Ryka. And I won’t. As a treat for you guys, I have a character bio:
Hey, my name’s Ryka, but most people call me Ry. I’m eighteen years old, and I’m a member of Freetown. The leader of Freetown, Grandfather Jack, actually IS my grandfather, and people kinda think I’m next in line to run the place when he steps down. I’m not so keen on the idea, though.
I found Kit half-drowned in a river just outside the Sanctuary boundary fence. She was stubborn then, wouldn’t let me help her, and not much has changed. Well, some things have changed…but we won’t go into that.
- Name: Ryka
- Age: 18
- Current Residence: Freetown
- Talents/Skills: Exceptional fighter.
- Siblings: One sister, Olivia. Close relationship.
- Spouse: Now that would be telling 😉
- Grandparents: Jack, leader of Freetown.
- Height: 6 ft.
- Weight: 185 lbs
- Race: Caucasian
- Eye Color: Brown
- Hair Color: Blond
- Skin color: Tanned
- Distinguishing features: Counter tattoos that run up the backs of his arms.
- Greatest flaw: His quick temper.
- Best quality: Fiercely loyal and protective of those he loves.
- Intelligence Level: Very smart
- Ruled by emotion or logic? Emotion
- Would be most embarrassed by… Losing a fight in front of Kit!
- Strengths/Weaknesses: Strengths would be his determination and kindness. Weaknesses would be his hubris and his pride.
- Introvert or Extrovert? Definite extrovert.
- Wants out of life? To rebuild his family and to keep them safe.
- Motivations? Making sure Kit stays free of her halo, trying to free others of theirs.
- What frightens Ryka? Losing his freedom, being restricted by a halo. Losing his family and Kit.
- What makes Ryka happy? Training and fighting, protecting Kit.
Ryka’s looks would be hard to attribute to just one actor or famous person. I’d think he’s a combo between these two guys:
There’s a lot of Chris Hemsworth in Ryka. Obviously Ryka is younger than Chris, but the hair is pretty much perfect, scruffy surfer blond pulled back into a ponytail. The body is pretty much spot on, too 😉
I came across Evan Peters to in the first series of American Horror Story, but apparently he was in The O.C and Kickass as well. Anyway, the hair…the eyes… perfect. Evan’s 26 but he has a baby face, so he could pull off being 18.
I don’t often give high ratings for a book, but this is a well deserved 5 out of 5 stars indeed. I compliment the writer Frankie Rose on her work. She is a writer to keep tabs on and I suspect to hear much more from her in the future, and please, please, give us the second book asap!
Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy