Thursday, December 29, 2011

Review: The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

Title: The Pledge
Author: Kimberly Derting
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Audience: Young Adult
Format: ARC Copy (borrowed from Kristen Growing up YA)
ISBN#: 1442422017

In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed. Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

First of all I want to say Thanks to Kristen over at Growing Up YA, for letting me borrow this amazing book.  If you haven't checked out her blog its a must! 

Now onto my thoughts for The Pledge... So lets see where to start, hmm lets just start with this OH MY GOD...this is an incredible book. From cover to cover I was enthralled and as soon as I read the last word I needed more.

I feel in love with the idea of the main character not only being able to talk her language, but being able to understand every other language even if she hadn't heard it before.  The main character in this book is so much stronger then she realizes and is way more than she realizes and I love that in a main character. I also loved the powers and abilities in this story.  I loved how things caught me off guard, they weren't predictable like so many book's I've read lately.  

I loved her parents throughout this story as well, they try so hard to keep her secret and the main character has no idea why well, not the real reason.  (that was one thing that I didn't see coming ) I was so pissed at them when they kept pushing their only daughters out when the sirens went off signaling a battle has started, but when I found out why I totally understood.

Then there is Max, yummy yummy Max!!! Love him so much.  He is so protective and I love the way he falls for her.  I also loved how mysterious he is and when his secret comes out I was like OMG seriously.  I didn't see it coming. But Max is my new book crush.  I need more of Max! 

There is a lot of different secrets in this book being kept from everyone!!! I loved reading all of the characters secrets, but the one I loved the most was Brooklyns.  I pretty much knew something was off with her, but I wasn't sure what it was.  (no I'm not going to say what it is, that will give away way to much.) 

I loved how different this book was from what I've read lately, the idea's behind it was amazing and I can't wait to see what's next. 

I love how this book shows girls that no matter how hard it is in live things can change and turn better! You just have to believe in yourself and work really hard for your dreams.  Never Give Up!!!

The cover of this book was stupendous as well, I loved the design and it made me want to jump into the book and read right away as soon as I looked at it.

I need more of The Pledge, their story isn't over and I need more of it! I could go on and on about how wonderful this book is, but I want to know what you think.  If you've read it, tell me your favorite part! Leave me a comment and let me know!

Here is my overall rating of this amazing book:

Plot: 20/20
Characters: 20/20
Creativity: 20/20
Writing: 20/20
Cover: 10/10

100 out of 100 = 5 puppy rating. 


F said...

So glad you enjoyed it!!! I can't wait for the sequel!!!

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