Thursday, November 10, 2011

Review: The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
Release Date: November 15, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA

About: In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

My Review: I'm not entirely sure where I should begin this review. What if I just said, "This book is amazing in every single way. Go buy it now." Would that convince you? Because seriously, it is. It's amazing. Once I started reading The Pledge, I couldn't put it down. I was walking around my house with my Nook attached to my face and staying up well past my bedtime to find out what twists and turns Kimberly Derting had for us next.

Charlaina (Charlie) has a very dangerous secret. In her world, no one should know a language but their own. And any acknowledgment of another's language is a guaranteed death sentence. The problem is, Charlie can understand all of the languages being spoken around her and one little slip could destroy her family. No one knows her secret, not even her best friend.

In Ludania, the Queen rules everything. She's all knowing and all powerful. No one would dare to overthrow her. It's been tried in the past and the results were devastating to everyone. Charlaina knows this, but very quickly she learns that there are a lot of secrets being kept around her. Even those she is the closest to, those she's known her whole life have their own dangerous secrets. And when those secrets begin to unravel, everything Charlie has ever known will be put to the test.

The secondary characters didn't feel secondary at all. They each had such a pivotal part of the storyline that their existence was absolutely necessary to create such a vivid, intense world. Through the underground world of clubs, Charlie meets some very interesting people. Max is one of them, and well, he's mysterious in all the right ways. You never really know who he truly is, or if he can be trusted. You really want to trust him, but should you? To find out if Charlie does, you'll have to read the book for yourself. You won't be disappointed.  

The Pledge is an incredibly written thrill ride from the very first page. It's non-stop action and suspense and I could not get enough of Charlie's world. The story comes to life in your hands, the characters are sincere and each twist leaves you begging for another. It's an absolutely brilliant novel and I am already counting down the days for book two. 

So back to my original statement: This book is amazing in every single way. Go buy it now! 

My Rating:


  1. I love your review. My only complaint about the entire book was Max. I felt that he was way too underdeveloped. I like how you spin it to be a positive. I do hope we get information on him in the next book.

  2. I often wish I could write reviews that consisted of your first couple of sentences. Sometimes it's hard to write a review of a book you love because I feel I can never do it justice.

  3. I'm reading this one right now and there are plenty of twists and turns, like Max for instance, just found out about him and I can't believe it! I never saw it coming.

    Thanks for the great review, I can't wait to dive back into this one later tonight once I'm home from work. :)

  4. I loved Derting's The Body Finder series and felt sure, when I first saw this cover, that I was going to absolutely fall in love with this book. My suspicions are confirmed(:

    - Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)



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