ARC Review: Rook by Sharon Cameron

ARC Review: Rook by Sharon Cameron
by Sharon Cameron

Genres: Adventure, Retelling, Young Adult
Publication date: April 28th, 2015
by Scholastic

Format: ARC


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History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

When I read the blurb for this book, I knew I would love it. It sounded like such a Rashika book and I could already imagine how much fun I would have with the book.

We are thrown right into the action so it was, at first, quite hard for me to keep up. I was confused about what was happening and as I progressed, the initial confusion made it so that I would have to flip back to the beginning to understand what was happening. So yes, that did become a problem for me (to the point where I wasn’t sure of a character’s approximate age until the end of the book, and I was off by a LOT) but, once you get into this book, it will suck you in and have you flipping pages and looking at the clock, hoping that you still have plenty of time left to read.

The identity of the Rook surprised me a little (you find out early on but the only reason I won’t mention it is because it’s fun to find out for yourself) but I am glad the author chose that character to be the Rook because they are so strong and clever and just so fantastically themselves.

Sophia is a great main character. She is badass in the actual sense of the word. There are so many things she pulls that made me want to high five her. She is the kind of character I love in spite of her faults. Never once did I want to shake her, even if she did something I wasn’t completely okay with me because I was a 100% on her side.

Rene was a beautiful creature and I beg that you keep your slimy little paws off of MY RENE (yes I just laid my claim to a fictional character in my review for the book). He is just so fantastic and I imagine that had this been an adult book rather than a YA, there would be cold showers involved. He is a swoon worthy character AND I LOVE HIM. He is more than just a love interest. He is a fishy little creature who is clever and won’t fail to charm your pants off.

Their relationship is also a thing of beauty. They get off to a rough start and once the sparks start flying, the lack of relationship drama is actually surprising. There are so many ways the author could have made their relationship a hot and cold thing yet it was never that. It was  just pure gorgeous development with one major bump. They trust each other, she confides in him and she actually, for the most part, doesn’t have secrets from him. ISN’T THAT BEAUTIFUL?

This book also had a very enjoyable plot line even if I wanted more in terms of action. It isn’t that there isn’t much going on — the stakes were pretty damn high – but I just wanted a little more in terms of what they were doing and how they were doing it, and just some more of ass-kicking ya know?

I also found the plot to be pretty believable considering that the Rook isn’t actually old. The Rook doesn’t do all the things on their own, the Rook actually has a group of people they trust to help them and I also really liked the way things worked out. With the people taking charge of their situation instead of the Rook. The Rook, while having seen their suffering and the pain, cannot possibly take leadership for something like that since they haven’t had to put up with it and I really liked that.

I also really liked the secondary characters! My favorite being Tom, followed by Benoit. I love that none of these secondary characters are just there, they actually play a part, and they have stories that we get to know. They have miniature arcs and along the way, we get to learn more and more about them which just made me love them all the more.

I was a little disappointed by the world building. This book is set in such a gorgeous location and I wanted to see that explored a little more. This book is also set in a post-apocalyptic world but we only get minimal information on that, just enough for us to understand the world some and while I was upset we didn’t get more, it was also understandable since there are other things going on in this story for everything to be fit into one standalone novel.

This was such a spectacular read and I loved almost every minute of it.  It does take a while to get into but once I adjusted to the situation, I devoured the book and had lots of fun. It is definitely a read I’d recommend to all you readers who is looking something adventurous set in the future.

Rating Report
Overall: 3.9
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Rashika is a mysterious creature who likes to hide in the shadows. It's impossible to get to know her but if you must know, she is a huge bookworm. She also happens to have a huge sweet tooth so you can always lure her over the dark side by offering her something sweet (or bribing her with books).


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  1. says

    This sounds like it wasn’t quite executed to its full advantage which kind of sucks because I hate being confused but I’m glad that you did still really enjoy it after you got over your initial confusion.
    Have a great weekend and lovely review as always!! :D
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  2. says

    I do like the sound of the romance in this novel although it’s a bit let down about the actual plot though – the characters all sound wonderful though, I know you have called dibs on Rene but I would still like to meet him xD I do like that the characters don’t keep any secrets from each orher, now that is something unique! Wonderful review overall.
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  3. says

    I’ve just started reading this and your review has made me want to hurry hurry hurry! I LOVE the way you describe their relationship, I can’t wait to get there. I’m so tired of relationship drama that stretches on and on, even when it’s necessary. So it’ll be nice to finally read something different; hopefully it’s a little more peaceful for me, for lack of a better term.
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  4. says

    Kara snagged my attention when she submitted this one for a contest. I’m a bit leery, but I am keeping my thoughts open for this one. Plus, I would like to read a few more Scholastic books – they seem to get overlooked so often.
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  5. says

    OMG the blurb got me so excited for your review Rashika! It sounds a little like V for Vendetta with all the ‘justice’ themes but in a YA setting. Too bad the world-building is a little lacking, but I’m so hooked by how much you love the characters! I want to experience this epic romance. It’s times like these that I wish more authors would be brave enough to embrace the NA genre and age up their characters for some sexy times. :P Wonderful review lovely, I think I’m going to have to check this one out!
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  6. says

    I’m also really intrigued by this one just reading the blurb, the fact that you enjoyed it is even more incentive! It is a little off-putting having to flip back because I can see myself needing to do that as well but I’m glad it wasn’t a huge issue. The characters sound really fun, I’m really curious about Rene ;)
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  7. says

    Oh, yes yes yes for characters you love despite their faults, Rashika! You covered that section so well, and I agree with it wholeheartedly. They mightn’t do what you would advise or wish, but you can’t help loving those characters because what their doing… well you just root for them from start to finish. It’s so fantastically wonderful when you meet one of those, and I’m glad you did in Sophia!
    This sounds like it was such a great read for you overall, and I’m really happy you enjoyed it so much! You wrote a really great review. Xx
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  8. says

    I’m so excited for you to find a book that you really enjoyed! I like how Sophia sounds like a realistically flawed character and Rene sounds completely swoony. I’m actually really eager to see who Rook is now, after your review. And yay, a standalone novel, even better! Too bad about the world building though, but sounds like there was plenty to enjoy regardless.
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  9. says

    I’m glad this ended up being a good read for you after all! I’ve seen a bunch of very positive ratings, and now I can add your pressure to read this to the mix. I never got a chance to read the author’s first book, but I remember that being very well reviewed as well. I need to get on it. BUT WHERE IS THE TIME, jeez.
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  10. says

    Damn, I was hoping for really strong world building in this one, you know I love my post apocalyptic, but it sounds more character driven and the world as an afterthought. But the characters sound incredibly thankfully, and I know they must be awesome if you’re laying claim to one. What’s drawn me in most, is the missing romantic angst. I’m absolutely sick of unnecessary drama and this sounds like a pretty awesome read. Brilliant review as always Rashika <3 So glad you enjoyed this one.
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  11. says

    Ooohhh, this is one I already had my eye on, but you may have just pushed me into the buy-it-read-it-NOW zone. I LOVE a good badass female, and really all of these characters sound great (and I can handle meh world-building for great characters) . . . BUT . . . know that the only way I’ll promise to respect your claim to the delightful-sounding Rene, is if you give me Clay once and for all. What say you? DEAL?

    *snickers* Lovely review, Rashika. I’ve missed you ;)
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  12. says

    I didn’t know much about this book before I read your review, but I had seen the cover and was intrigued.

    I do like kick-ass characters (and swoon-worthy characters). I also like to be surprised by secret identities — I’m going to be constantly wondering about who the Rook is when I finally read this. :)