February 26, 2016 by ceresbooksworld
Beyond the Red by Ava Jae
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: March 1st, 2016
Source: eArc from the publisher
Rating: 3 hearts
Synopsis (from goodreads)
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.
Eros is a half-blood, half human and half alien, he doesn’t know who his parents are but his only family is the one who adopt him. He lives with his family in the desert, he’s trained by his brother to become a soldier and protect the camp of the aliens. The problem is as half-blood, the humans treats him like a monster and the aliens wants to kill him. When he’s captured by Aliens after the massacre of his family, he doesn’t have other choice than to become the servants of the Alien’s queen Kora.
Kora is an alien’s queen, she doesn’t have authority on her people and they want her dead, they want her brother as a king. Sadly her brother is a devil and she knows it, that’s why she doesn’t let him the crown. She ordered the massacre of the desert’s clan and now she needs Eros to protect her, because her own guards are working for Dima, Kora’s brother.
Eros is a good boy, he wants nothing more than be with his family until Kora changes that. He will try to protect her and he will discover who his father is.
Kora could be a good queen if she knew what happened in her city, it’s weird because she’s selfish, don’t go in town and see her people, she believes what her brother say her. But in the same time she doesn’t want to abdicate because she knows her people will suffer if it’s Dima on command. I don’t really like her, she doesn’t know what she wants, she likes Eros but doesn’t want him because he’s a half-blood, but she wants him and is attracted by him. She doesn’t act like a queen, she let her brother commands her, I would have put him in jail if it was me the queen. I’m sure that it’s Dima who ordered the massacre of their parents and put the blame on the rebels.
If you want a love story, there isn’t really one, the two characters wants each other but they are afraid and Kora is a stubborn girl.
This book had begun well, there was action, aliens, a new universe and the human beings. The setting was great and the sci-fi universe is good. I like the planet where there are red sands and two suns. Their blood is purple and their eyes have some different colors too. This book is full of actions so the reading was fast but unfortunately, the questions are not answered in the end. There is no end and that’s disturbed me a little because there isn’t another book planned yet. I would have wanted a real end, even if there is another book someday, this one let me with an unfinished part. Except that, the author style is good, the bad guys are really bad and the good one plays very well their role. There is no romance and a love triangle, how is that possible??
I’m not satisfied with this book so it’s up to you to decide if you want to read it or not, I like the story, the setting, and the male characters even the evil one. But the end is not finished and sadly I don’t like that. I would have really appreciated the book if there had been a real end and also if Kora had been less submitted to her brother.
About the author
Ava Jae is an author, blogger, YouTuber, college student, and assistant editor at Entangled Publishing. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a BA in English in April 2016, Ava will probably find a bookstore to live in, where she can write her next novel surrounded by the smell of new books and coffee. She can be found on Twitter at @Ava_Jae or at her website avajae.blogspot.com. She resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan.