Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Standing Ground by Alice Rachel

- Goodreads Synopsis -
When the authorities strike to regain control over the riots in Eboracum City and use drastic measures as retaliation against the civilians, the citizens are forced to fight back to survive. A virus has spread through the Underground, taking down the refugees one by one, soon contaminating the rebels. If Thia wants to save the ones she loves, she will have to retrieve the cure, quickly. But certain decisions are costly, and not all actions are free of consequences.

"In life and death, I will cherish you for all eternity. For my heart will always find you, my sweet, wherever you might be."

Alice Rachel blew my mind. It took me so long to finally read the second book of this series and now that I have, I find myself wondering why the heck it took me so long! This series is truly something special and like I said last year, there is no other series like this one.

Thia and Chi are now a major part of the rebellion. The two of them are an amazing team! Both are so selfless and will do anything to protect each other and the people around them. In book two, the rebellion is faced with a virus, killing the people they love, and a poisonous river, making food hard to come by. The rebellion is forming a plan to get medicine for the sick. Their plan works the first time... but not the second time.. or the third. People are dying and others are being captured. What happens when Thia and Chi find themselves surrounded by officers? What happens when Thia can't tell if she is with Chi or Stephen? How could she possibly be with Stephen? This book is fast paced and full of surprises. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time! I had no idea what was going to happen next but I couldn't stop reading until I found out.

I absolutely adore Chi and Thia's relationship. They are not only a couple, but are the best of friends. These two will go to the end of the earth and back for one another. Another thing I really loved was the short stories in the back of this book. We can always count on Alice Rachel to give us a bunch of amazing extra material! Her characters are so complex and full of life. As a reader, her short stories really help me understand the characters on a whole different level. Each character has a huge background story of his/ her own. 

This series has an awesome meaning, and I will forever hold these books close to me. I love that Rachel wrote a series about people fighting for what they believe in and women standing up for themselves and their rights. I could only imagine how terrible arranged marriages could be. Once again, this story really is something special and so unique! I can not wait for book three!! I am super anxious to find out what happens next! 

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