Publication date: 1st March 2013
Paperback edition: -
Rating: 5 stars
Synopsis: She has no name.
She has her knives, her training, and 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? 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.
As soon as I heard about a Blog Tour for this book I signed up! I have to admit though that when I first started reading this book I didn't think that I was going to enjoy it! Reading the first two chapters I found it a bit confusing but after that I couldn't put it down! There was a bit where I just clicked with the book and I could understand what was going on! I fell in love with this book and the world that is created in it! The author does an amazing job explaining everything that's happening and making you feel like you are actually in the world she creates! I thoroughly enjoyed it! People are going to fall in love with the world that the author creates in this book as it is definitely makes the book stand out and I can guarantee that you haven't read anything like it before! As I said the plot was a little confusing to start off with but as soon as I got into this book I was addicted! I couldn't get through it fast enough! The plot was very complex and I had to read it all to make sure that I understood it and also to make sure that I didn't miss anything important as there was so much going on! The plot was very unique which is probably why I had a hard time understanding it at the beginning but once I did it felt like I was actually in the book! The characters were also amazing! Kit was the main character and Raksha is told from her point of view! I loved Kit! I loved that she kicked ass and she was very different to a lot of other female characters in books that I have read! She also didn't let anyone tell her what to do and she stuck to her guns! I connected with Kit instantly and at several scenes my heart broke for her! Ryka was the love interest of Kit and I loved him as well! I loved how determined he was to protect Kit and his sister! I also loved his relationship development with Kit as well! He was also hot and definitely one of my favourite characters! I have to say that I would have loved to have read some of Raksha from his point of view! The other characters in Raksha were just as amazing as Kit and Ryka! They all played major parts in this book and they were all written amazingly! I have just found out that this book is part of a series! I am seriously looking forward to another book with Kit and Ryka in it as Raksha was the beginning of a fantastic series which I thoroughly enjoyed! The cover also suits the book perfectly! It is exactly how I pictured Kit looking like throughout the book! You also notice things on it which make so much more sense to you after you have read the book! Big thank you to Frankie for an ARC of Raksha and to Amber and Mel for having me on the Blog Tour!
Frankie Rose is a British expat, who is currently enjoying the perks of living in Australia- her awesome husband, sunshine, and vitamin D. She spends her time creating fictional universes in which the guy sometimes gets the girl, the heroes occasionally die, and the endings aren't always happy. But they usually are.