Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

Charlie has grown up hiding a heavy burden. In the country of Ludania each social class has their own language and one common language. Citizens are only allowed to know or speak the language belonging to their class. Charlie is special. She understands all of them. Her country is in a state of revolution with harsh laws, and this is a crime punishable by death. The Revolutionaries are tired of living under the harsh laws of Queen Sabara and are ready for a new regime change. When the revolution reaches her town everyone’s lives are at stake. The Queen demands complete control, loyalty, and is on the hunt for a replacement queen. Charlie’s life is turned upside down when a young soldier, Max, enters her life. He makes her wish for things that could lead to her death. That’s not all, keeping her secret has become harder and Max seems to be keeping secrets of his own. Ludania is about to see a revolution centuries in the making. Will Charlie survive long enough to see what happens? Will she have the courage to embrace her destiny?

I really liked The Pledge by Kimberly Derting. I was a little leery at first, because The Body Finder wasn’t really my type of book. I am so glad that I decided to give this author a second try. I read The Pledge in one day! I ignored my thesis paper, read between classes, in class, and waiting for a ride. I just couldn’t put it down.  I am a sucker for a tough, selfless, and compassionate heroine. Charlie fit my ideal character perfectly. I didn’t really like Brook at first, but she grew on me as the story went along and more insight on her character was revealed. I wish that Aron’s character had been developed more. He seemed interesting and I thought he would have had a bigger role, but the story just didn’t go there.  As far as Max and Xander; I really liked them. Max at times got on my nerves. I couldn’t always understand his level of devotion/love he felt for Charlie so soon.  Finally I get to Angelina. She was so precious and I absolutely loved her. She was my favorite character after Charlie. She might even give her a run for favorite. I also have to complement on the simplicity and beauty of this cover. I love how understated it is and actually fits the character. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and hope there is a follow up. I give this book a 4 STAR rating.

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The Pledge by Kimberly Derting has approximately 336 pages and was release on November 15, 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry  Books.

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