Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Halo by Frankie Rose

Author: Frankie Rose
Publication Date: 11/12/2012
Published By: Indie Inked
Audience: Young Adult, 16+
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Please note: this book was previously titled RAKSHA
She has no name.

She has her knives. Her training. Her halo.

The first and second give her the ability to defeat the opponents she is pitted 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…

Fear… Pain… Anger… Happiness… Desire… Guilt…


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 blond boy, whom she refuses to let save her. The sights and sounds of Freetown are new, yet one thing is familiar: the matches. The only difference? 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.

Without her halo, the inhabitants of Kit’s new home consider her saved, but is that really the case? The reality of her old life is paralyzing. Would she be better off free of the guilt associated with 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. It is the rumbling chant for fresh blood from the other side, the demand for sacrifice. The Colosseum is behind Kit. The fighting pits await.

Warning: due to graphic content, Raksha is suitable for readers 16 yrs and up.
**I received an eARC through Netgalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  In no way does that effect the thoughts and opinions expressed here.  I did not get paid in any way for posting this review.**

So much amazingness in one book.  Where do I even start?  How do I adequately express my love for it?

First off I just want to say how much I love a badass heroine.  Seriously, my favorite parts were when Kit proved she could hold her own against the toughest of men.  She has to go through a lot in just a few chapters.  Imagine feeling nothing your whole life then bam feelings start to trickle in and you're left feeling guilty and dirty.  She handles it well and I love that she doesn't really rely on anyone to get her through it.

Of course she had her weak moments but that was okay because it gave Ryka a chance to be a sexy he-man, which he does incredibly well. The chemistry between Ryka and Kit is the best, especially since Kit doesn't fully understand how she feels.  All I hate your guts one minute to I think I might kiss you the next.  Ok, maybe not that quickly, I don't consider it insta-love people!

The world building and character development is amazing.  In fact we don't get to know one character very well before they meet catastrophe but yet I still felt for them.  The author did a really good job showing how overwhelming it was for Kit as she started to experience emotions for the first time, but I loved that she didn't let Kit turn into a puddle of depression.  Kit kept her backbone.

The ending, oh that ending.  Such suspense!  While I'm content with how it ended, it still feels as if I've been cut off from a drug.  I'm having a serious book hangover here.  I'm dying to know what's going to happen next with Kit and Ryka, with Freetown, with JAMES (I'm sensing an unwanted claiming...NOOO)!  I hope publication is like SOON but if not I really, really hope Frankie Rose is writing the next installment, like right NOW.

Let's see, what did I not like?  Hmmmm... Nope there isn't ONE thing I would change about this book!

Halo has everything, action, suspense, gritty fight scenes, and unbelievable chemistry.  From page one I couldn't read fast enough, I HAD to know what was going to happen.  What are you waiting for?  Go get it now!




Frankie Rose was born in the United Kingdom, but now lives with her husband in sunny Australia.

She officially makes things up for a living, and when she's not doing that, she is generally making paper birds out of receipts and old lists or taking photographs that make her smile.

(Photo and Bio from Goodreads Profile)


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