By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. 

When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape–before her time runs out?

Together with one of Linden’s servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?

This is one that has been on my shelf for almost a year but I wanted to wait till I was 20 to read it. I was surprised to find that I really quite enjoyed the book. I have read a lot of dystopian over the past couple of years and I wasn’t how this would stand up to some of the more high action ones but I found the idea quite relatable. What really make this story is the relationships Rhine builds with the other girls who have become her sister-wives. They really do begin to act like sisters and I think that because girls do come together when they start living closely with one another it brought that bit of reality a good dystopian needs. It also added a level of emotion to the story. Although it is a story about love, and a dangerous romance blossoms between Rhine and Gabriel, the feelings she develops for the girls are stronger and although she is missing her brother she finds herself in a situation that may not have a happy ending either way. However nothing can prevent Rhine from remember the live and world she has left behind, particularly when her father-in-law is about. As she discovers more about him she is fueled even more to try to return to the freedom she longs for but she doesn’t want to go alone. I’m a bit nervous about the rest of this trilogy now though, because the ending of this one was a little perfect but there is still an imperfect dystopian society to be discovered.


Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

All though we have snow on the ground spring is just around the corner and so this weeks topic from The Broke and The Bookish is our Top Ten book on my Spring TBR list. This was easy for me because I have a plan for my reading over the next few months. I need to catch up on my Dystopian Challenge Reading so with new book in series around I’m going to be doing some re-reading but I am also trying to catch up on John Green reading as a recently joined Nerdfighteria.

  • Matched, Crossed & Reached by Ally Condie                                                                                         
  • Slated & Fractured by Teri Terry                                                                                                                   
  • Looking For Alaska by John Green                                                                                                             
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green                                                                                       
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan                                                  
  • Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire                                                                                                             
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak                                                                                                                   

What Books Are You Excited About Reading This Spring?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2013

This week The Broke and The Bookish have continued the New Year theme and given us the topic of Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2013. I have to admit I have struggled to decided on an angle for this post. I wasn’t sure if it should be almost like resolutions, to just put up my challenges I’m signed up for or to include my blogging goals. However I think I am just going to include a bit of them all and it might not be quite ten this week.

Reading Goals

Read more Classics – I think I am going to aim for 6 as I have lots of other reading challenges to get through this year.

Re-Read Harry Potter – Every time I watch the films I want to re-read the books so I plan to do it this year.

Blogging Goals

Set up a rating system – I feel after a year of blogging some work needs to be done to improve my reviews and this is the first step.

Keep notes while reading – I have found that this helps me blog because I have almost a list of things I want to include.


Goodreads Reading Challenge 2o13 – this year I have upped my goal to 80 books

Project: Fairy Tale –  The Cheap Reader is hosting this event for February and it is a month all about Fairy Talee, mine is The Elves and the Shoemaker

Dystopian Reading Challenge – Getting my teeth stuck into what I think is my favourite genre and set myself a goal of 24 books for this event hosted by  Blog of Erised

Off The Shelf 2013 – I am only going for the first level of this which is to read 5 books on my TBR pile that I already own because I know that I am planning re-reads and new reads for my other challenges.

What Are Your Goals for 2013?