The Pledge- ARC Review

The Pledge
By Kimberly Derting
Published by Margaret K Elderberry
Published on November 15, 2011

Summary taken from Goodreads:

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.

This is the first book I have read by Kimberly Derting.  She is also the author of the very popular Body Finder series.  

I love the cover of this book!  It is so mysterious and creepy and I love the very faint letters across the entire cover.  It is a very enticing cover and is incredibly well done.  That being said,  I wouldn't say that the cover is directly related the book.  I think it just might be me (because I didn't read the summary first), but when I read this and the title "The Pledge"  I immediately thought of secret societies, maybe even witches.  I was absolutely wrong.  This is not a paranormal book- this is much more of a fantasy book.  I think it is important to know that because I can see how the cover is misleading.

The story starts slow.  I will admit that.  The author does a very good job introducing characters and setting up the plot- however, it doesn't move quickly.  I almost stopped reading this book early, and I am so glad I didn't.  The second half of this book was excellent.  The story had more action and was better paced.  
I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.  I feel like I didn't get to know the characters as much as I wanted to- but I have a feeling I will get to know them more in the next book.  The "final battle" in the book was excellent and I wish I could see it on TV or in a movie- I am sure it would be beautiful!

If you enjoy fantasy or Kimberly Derting- you will enjoy this book!  I did!

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