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30 review for The Gender End

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eleanor

    Thank goodness that's over. I can't believe I read 7 of these books... There's enough plot for maximum of 3 books, all the battles are the same, and Violet and Viggo's voices are too similar - does she not have an editor?? Firstly - a book that is predicated on gender, and not a single LGBT+ character? It was such a perfect set up for an interesting trans story, or a gay character (at one point I thought Owen's "you're not my type" comment to Violet could have gone somewhere interesting) but no, Thank goodness that's over. I can't believe I read 7 of these books... There's enough plot for maximum of 3 books, all the battles are the same, and Violet and Viggo's voices are too similar - does she not have an editor?? Firstly - a book that is predicated on gender, and not a single LGBT+ character? It was such a perfect set up for an interesting trans story, or a gay character (at one point I thought Owen's "you're not my type" comment to Violet could have gone somewhere interesting) but no, it was a completely heteronormative story where all anyone really wanted was to be married to someone of the opposite gender. It was a superficial and frankly hugely outdated view on gender equality that amounted to "men and women are fundamentally, biologically different and gender roles make sense, but people should have equal rights under law". It made me sick to hear Violet and Viggo's (I guess reflecting the author's) fake feminism. Even without any LGBT+ characters, there could have been a bit of an exploration of gender roles. This series does not explore a world where gender divides people - it's a standard, trope-y, dystopian, YA. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against a fairly formulaic dystopian YA, I just like there to be a kind-of original premise to the world, and that wasn't here). For the first third of this book (in the Tower) I though it was just 4, 5 and 6 that were pointless and the ending was going to make up for all the problematic parts, and the boredom of 4-6. I was wrong, this was just a set-up for another series, which turned out to have no link to this story, and therefore is just shameless self-promotion of her next series. This might be the worst series ever.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katie_Living_in_Bookland

    Spoilers for the last few books and mild spoilers for this one. 3.5 star rating, maybe 3.75. I started reading the Gender Game series at the beginning of the year and loved them from the first page. I absolutely loved the first four books. They had a great storyline and the characters were wonderful. When one book was finished I couldn't wait to dive into the next. Now, while I did enjoy the last three books, I can definitely say they weren't what I was expecting and I was a bit disappointed. The G Spoilers for the last few books and mild spoilers for this one. 3.5 star rating, maybe 3.75. I started reading the Gender Game series at the beginning of the year and loved them from the first page. I absolutely loved the first four books. They had a great storyline and the characters were wonderful. When one book was finished I couldn't wait to dive into the next. Now, while I did enjoy the last three books, I can definitely say they weren't what I was expecting and I was a bit disappointed. The Gender Game series starts off with a girl named Violet. She's trying to find her brother after he was taken from her years ago, but things are hard for her, especially with her temper always getting the best of her. So, after all these years of always getting in trouble and looking for her brother, she's given an offer. Go to Patrus and retrieve a stolen possession of Matrus, she'll be pardoned for her past transgression and there's even the promise of getting her brother back. By the end of the series a huge war has started between Matrus and Patrus and Violet and all her loved ones are caught in the middle of it. In the first book I loved Violet. She was such a damaged person, but showed a lot of strength and wasn't going to give up trying to find her brother, no matter what. She was strong-willed and had a huge temper that always got her into trouble. She wasn't one to trust people easily and the assignment she's given is not an easy one, but she does try her best. I was absolutely in love with this character and couldn't wait to see how she would progress. Unfortunately, this was on of my biggest disappointments. By the end of the series Violet was a completely different character, and I'm not talking about character development or her just changing a little bit, Bella Forrest might as well have given her a completely different name and I never would have been able to tell who it was. I would have to say that by the end of the series I actually had a great disliking for Violet Bates and was ready to get done with the story so I didn't have to read about her anymore. I found her to be way to emotional and go by her instinct, rather than form a good plan and think through thing logically. Violet was always a little emotional, especially when it came to her loved ones, but she would never have put their lives in danger like she did in these last couple of books. She was a bit annoying and her and Viggo's relationship was horrible. I love having a great couple to ship, it's wonderful and in the first book there was definitely something there that I was looking forward to seeing, but once the series progressed I became very disappointed and found myself always cringing whenever they were around each other. Their "romance" felt so rushed and waaaaaaay too cutesy. It didn't fit their personality at all and I had really been hoping for a super slow burn romance. I thought that would have fit them much better instead of what we got. There weren't any moments where I just thought it was wonderful and I got the feels, instead, I didn't even feel like I could call it love between these two, it felt a lot more like lust and in the end I would have been happy if they weren't together at all. There were a bunch of other characters in here too who I had loved in the beginning and hated by the end. One of the reasons I felt this way is because by the end of the book anyone who was still alive had a love interest. It didn't matter if these two people had barely known each other for two minutes or if they completely hated each other, they still ended up together. I would have loved if there would have been a sibling like relationship or just best friends, but no, everyone had to be falling in love. I wanted there to be a lot more focus on the story instead of who would be falling in love next. The characters were pretty much the only thing I didn't like about this series and they are one of the biggest reasons it got such a low star rating. They had their better moments when the author was actually focusing on the story, but it didn't last long. If I were just rating the book based on the characters it would probably have only gotten a 1 or 2 star rating. The only reason I actually kept going was because of the plot and I wanted to see how it was going to end. Now, there were some plot holes, but I think her new series linking to this one will answer some of these questions for me, so I'm pretty sure I'll be trying it out. I feel like maybe if the author can focus on new characters and a new story maybe it'll do better. I want to at least try out the first book and see if it's any good. So, plot wise, I would probably have given it a four star rating, especially towards the end. Bella was able to pack in some awesome action scenes and I would have to say they made the book completely worth reading. So, all in all I did enjoy the series and I wasn't even disappointed in this book. I wasn't expecting a lot, so, for how I was starting to feel about the series it did pretty good. I think it would have been better if the series hadn't gone on for so long and I'm hoping this other series connecting to the Gender Game will be okay. For the age rating I would give it a 15+. There was a lot of lusting going on between Violet and Viggo and they do finally have sex. It's a whole chapter that can be completely skipped because it adds not even a drop to the story. There's also the mention at the end of the book that two characters had sex in the shower together, but doesn't say anything more than that and is easily skipped. There weren't as many violent scenes throughout the book as the others, but towards the end there are some pretty gory scenes. Spiders the size of horses eat people (YES, SPIDERS THE SIZE OF HORSES! I WAS FREAKING OUT!), lizard things that would hunt anything moving, ape like things are heard eating people, but not seen, and there are mosquito like bugs that will suck a person's blood out. The only scene that was really upsetting was the spider eating a man, but that could have been because I'm REALLY afraid of spiders. XD There were other scenes that were a bit bloody, but not near as bad as the ones I mentioned above. Well, I guess I'll end the review there. Sorry about my little rant, as you can tell there were several things that really bugged me. I would still recommend the series to those who I think would like it. The story is interesting and the characters are actually pretty good in the first few books. Thanks for reading and I hope you found it helpful! :)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aryana Parmar

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! IT'S OVER!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!! I absolutely loved this series... and all the characters... and all the heartfelt love... and maybe I even loved the hate because it's what brought all the spice into the story, y'know, the spice. (The 'spice' is supposed to be italicized, but Goodreads doesn't let me do that, it's supposed to emphasize the word, y'know?) Anyways, y'all should read the series, 'cuz it's pretty cool, y'know. Yeah. Bu AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! IT'S OVER!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!! I absolutely loved this series... and all the characters... and all the heartfelt love... and maybe I even loved the hate because it's what brought all the spice into the story, y'know, the spice. (The 'spice' is supposed to be italicized, but Goodreads doesn't let me do that, it's supposed to emphasize the word, y'know?) Anyways, y'all should read the series, 'cuz it's pretty cool, y'know. Yeah. But, really though, read the series because it is so gonna be worth it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bryn

    Well, this was an entirely unfulfilling experience. On the plus side, I'm finally done with this hell dimension of a series. On the minus side, I spent two weeks trying to read this stupid book and got nothing out of it. This entire series was a rushed, stretched out, virtually unedited dumpster fire. Christ, this sucked. The worldbuilding somehow got progressively worse. There's just a whole lot of genetically modified creatures now. That's a thing, I guess. The societies make less sense. The te Well, this was an entirely unfulfilling experience. On the plus side, I'm finally done with this hell dimension of a series. On the minus side, I spent two weeks trying to read this stupid book and got nothing out of it. This entire series was a rushed, stretched out, virtually unedited dumpster fire. Christ, this sucked. The worldbuilding somehow got progressively worse. There's just a whole lot of genetically modified creatures now. That's a thing, I guess. The societies make less sense. The technology is out of place and weird. There's an entire section (the blatant advertisement section) with a different society that has its whole host of problems. They speak normal English except for a few completely made up words. They have magic healing stuff for some reason, but don't know that there are helicopters/heloships/whatever. They're hostile against outsiders, but only to the level that is convenient to the plot at the moment. It just doesn't work. The writing is as bad as usual. In this one more than others, there was just no way to tell what was going on. Nothing was worded in a way that made sense. There were also a lot more issues with dialogue blocking than I remember in previous books. The dialogue itself is stunted and wooden. There's still a lot of phrasing errors. The plot is really, really bad. It's mostly divided into neat little chunks, which are basically just what the author thought would be cool at the time. Flying a ship? Sure! Fighting a bunch of scary creatures in a pseudo-jungle? Obvs! Car chase? Why not! There's no reason for things to be happening like they are. They just happen. The structure is terrible and the same action scenes just repeat over and over with a tiny bit of variation. The goals and motivations don't make sense. Multiple plot threads are just kind of dropped. And then there's the advertisement section. There's a sixty to eighty page bit where one of the main characters, for absolutely no reason, ends up in the society of the author's next series and just hangs out there for a while. Nothing happens. She's just there. Does it progress anything in a meaningful way? No, but it shows the readers that the other thing exists and they should buy it. On the plus side, this is the very first book where named non-antagonist characters die. The seventh and final book in the series. Nice one. The characters are, wait for it, still bad! Violet and Viggo are just action figures to move around and shoot bad guys. Neither has a semblance of personality anymore. The side characters have maybe one trait each, at the most. And there are so many characters! With this series, it's pushing sixty named characters, easy. Who's who? No idea, don't ask me. There's attempts at fleshing out side characters, but it just results in them infodumping backstory and then fading into the background. The character interactions are all cringy and stiff. Basically every single surviving character is forced into a relationship by the end, virtually all of which were completely unforeshadowed and unnecessary. One even goes against a trait established for one of the characters. And it's not like these relationships have any chemistry, because they most certainly don't. The villains still suck. They're flat and stereotypical. There's nothing interesting about them. Now, about this series as a whole. It's a waste of my time. I didn't expect much from straight-to-paperback, written in a month (yes, a month) each books, but this was worse than I expected. The quality steadily went down as the length of the books went up. The plot had enough worth for three books, maybe. That's pushing it. And the premise, too! It's not great, but you could do something with it. It's totally wasted. Normally, I don't care for overbearing political messages in most books, I think it's annoying, but this could honestly have benefitted from something. The premise basically exists to be like "oh-ho, look at this, it's a controversial topic", but nothing interesting is done with it. There's no commentary on anything. There's no talk about sexism aside from "uh, maybe treating the opposite sex as sub-humans is bad." There's no critiquing modern gender politics. Of the sixty+ cast members, there is not a single LGBT person, nor is any ever mentioned. It seems ridiculous to grab a topic that people immediately latch onto as being a political thing, and then do absolutely nothing with it. Overall, this book and this whole series was a total waste of my time. I did give my editor brain something to consume and be angry at, but otherwise, I gained nothing. These show lack of integrity, effort, and any care at all for the craft on the author's part. There was some potential with this series, and it's sad to see that, along with a significant portion of my time, just thrown away.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)

    Fall of Queen Elena - 4.5 stars.... The Gender End is the seventh and final book in The Gender Game series. I've been following the series since book one so I've been waiting for this finale for a while and was glad to finally get some closure. Violet and Viggo along with their group of Matrus and Patrus refugees, head to Matrus to make a stand against Queen Elena to take her down once and for all. Going up against a psycho Queen though, means the fight was not without many struggles and sacrifice Fall of Queen Elena - 4.5 stars.... The Gender End is the seventh and final book in The Gender Game series. I've been following the series since book one so I've been waiting for this finale for a while and was glad to finally get some closure. Violet and Viggo along with their group of Matrus and Patrus refugees, head to Matrus to make a stand against Queen Elena to take her down once and for all. Going up against a psycho Queen though, means the fight was not without many struggles and sacrifices along the way but there were also several wedding celebrations thrown in to even things out a bit. All in all, I was pleased with the ending and how all the loose ends tied together. I was especially glad to see the cowardly, loud mouth, King of Patrus finally get what he's deserved for a while now. He's caused me much distress throughout this series so that was one of the highlights of the story for me. : )

  6. 4 out of 5

    lacy white

    Oh man. This is the end. The end of one of the most interesting series I have read in a long time. I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least. On my blog, I will do a Gender Game series review. But for now, this will be a review about just The Gender End. I struggled to rate this book. I really did. I went back and forth between 3 (three) and 4 (four) stars. I felt it didn't deserve three stars but I wasn't sure if it deserved four stars either. I loved parts of it. Like (view spoiler)[ Viggo Oh man. This is the end. The end of one of the most interesting series I have read in a long time. I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least. On my blog, I will do a Gender Game series review. But for now, this will be a review about just The Gender End. I struggled to rate this book. I really did. I went back and forth between 3 (three) and 4 (four) stars. I felt it didn't deserve three stars but I wasn't sure if it deserved four stars either. I loved parts of it. Like (view spoiler)[ Viggo and Violet getting married. I cried during this part. It was so heartfelt. (hide spoiler)] but other times, it was just kind of meh for me like the planning. Jesus, there is just so much planning. I don't know why the group bothered with planning. They end up winging it anyway. There were some deaths that happened that I didn't' really agree with and a POV that I enjoyed but it wasn't needed. Overall things finally happened in this book and I was glad. LIke I mentioned in some of the other books, this series could have been shortened by several books. But regardless, I'm glad things finally happened and when they did, they moved at a breakneck speed until the end. And I did enjoy the epilogue. It ended nicely. I felt closure and that was refreshing. I'm glad I read this series, despite the low ratings on the last few books. I am curious enough to check out the author's other works but not for a while. I'm a bit burned out with Bella Forrest. I cannot deny, though, she has talent in creating worlds that are just incredibly interesting.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Blaire Hammond

    THAT WAS AMAZING. I AM SO EMOTIONAL. I CANT BELIEVE THIS SERIES IS OVER. :"( BUT SERIOUSLY I AM SO HAPPY, SAD, SPEECHLESS AND AM JUST FULL OF LOVE FOR THESE CHARACTERS. WONDERFUL. Old Caption Before Reading: I don't want this series to end, I just love these characters so much. :( THAT WAS AMAZING. I AM SO EMOTIONAL. I CANT BELIEVE THIS SERIES IS OVER. :"( BUT SERIOUSLY I AM SO HAPPY, SAD, SPEECHLESS AND AM JUST FULL OF LOVE FOR THESE CHARACTERS. WONDERFUL. Old Caption Before Reading: I don't want this series to end, I just love these characters so much. :(

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    I do feel the authors writing has came a long way but that can't Shadow the fact this series went on far too long. Even with all these books in the series, some things felt rushed like the romance and the character development. I do feel the authors writing has came a long way but that can't Shadow the fact this series went on far too long. Even with all these books in the series, some things felt rushed like the romance and the character development.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Seriously....awesome series!! I felt like some of it could've been dwindled down to make fewer books but I realize that without all the extra, it wouldn't have been good world or character building. This is a first for me for this author and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this. Definitely check this series out!! Seriously....awesome series!! I felt like some of it could've been dwindled down to make fewer books but I realize that without all the extra, it wouldn't have been good world or character building. This is a first for me for this author and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this. Definitely check this series out!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Quietstream

    Amazing and happy ending to The Gender Game series!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Judy Lewis

    ABSOLUTELY RIVETING !!! Title: The Gender End Series: The Gender Game Author: Bella Forrest Designation: Book 7 & Conclusion to Series, Full-Length Novel (App 400 Pages), Not A Standalone, No Cliffhanger #fantasy #dystopian #action #adventure #romance #youngadult #comingofage Reading Platform: Kindle Edition My Rating: Five Divinely Entertaining Stars***** Oh my! Oh my! Oh my! I love, love, love this series! I've been a diehard Bella Forrest fan for several years and have read (and reread) every single ABSOLUTELY RIVETING !!! Title: The Gender End Series: The Gender Game Author: Bella Forrest Designation: Book 7 & Conclusion to Series, Full-Length Novel (App 400 Pages), Not A Standalone, No Cliffhanger #fantasy #dystopian #action #adventure #romance #youngadult #comingofage Reading Platform: Kindle Edition My Rating: Five Divinely Entertaining Stars***** Oh my! Oh my! Oh my! I love, love, love this series! I've been a diehard Bella Forrest fan for several years and have read (and reread) every single release in her international bestselling A Shade of Vampire Series. When I learned Forrest was debuting a new series, one vastly dissimilar to anything she has published to date, I immediately raced to Amazon to preorder my copy. I could hardly wait to get it in my hot little hands and Forrest did not disappoint. She not only met all my expectations, she surpassed them. After reading the first book of the series, The Gender Game, I thought I had a fairly good grasp of the series but once again Forrest did what she does best; she upped the ante, kicked up the heat, surprised me with a completely unexpected curveball, and totally blew me away - AGAIN! I'm addicted to romance, adore fantasy, completely smitten with action/adventure and obsessed with mystery, intrigue, and suspense, but give me the perfect combination of these elements in one great read and I'm in heaven! And that's exactly what Forrest has delivered in The Gender Game Series. Forrest is a truly gifted storyteller and has once again demonstrated her incredible talent, exceptional skill and unparalleled imagination with the creation of a vividly depicted and beautifully detailed world, populated with complex, well-developed characters and masterfully layered with mystery, suspense, and unexpected plot twists. If asked to describe this book in one sentence, I would simply say, imagine the melding of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Maze Runner into one extraordinary story and you would have The Gender Game. But make no mistake, the obstacles, adversity, and misfortune suffered by the characters in this story is no game as the title implies. It's a life and death struggle for not only their very existence but also for the fate of the nations of Matrus and Patrus, two societies divided by much more than a toxic river and a tragic history. The narrative was beautifully written with a first-person perspective primarily from the female protagonist, Violet Bates of Matrus. In Book Two, Forrest expands the points of view to include a perspective from the male protagonist, Viggo Croft along with an additional brief insight from the newly crowned Queen Elena of Matrus. In Book Three, the perspectives revert back solely to Violet and Viggo. This is one of my favorite aspects of Forest's style of writing. I love knowing the motivations of all the different characters in a book. It helps me to connect with them and the story. The dialogue is smart, well executed and flows effortlessly. But without a doubt, my favorite component is the cast of intriguing characters. They are captivating, realistic and engaging, literally exploding from the pages to capture my imagination as well as my heart. I fell in love with the heroine, nineteen-year-old Violet Bates, who has been branded by the Matrus legal system as a dangerous criminal. In reality, Violet is simply a victim of her own fate, forced into an untenable existence and desperately trying to survive despite the tragic circumstances of her life. I was in awe of Violet's strength, tenacity, and sheer will to live. But despite the adversity, she remains innocent and naive in matters of the heart and the opposite sex. The fact that she has never known any men other than her younger brother combined with the tragic events of her life has caused Violet to harden her heart, not only to men but to everyone and as a result has become uncharacteristically jaded for someone her age. It quickly becomes apparent that Violet is an incredibly complex character with multiple layers of emotion and feelings she discovers and explores for the very first time throughout the story. Violet is a remarkable young woman and truly a worthy heroine. This story came to life for me. I felt as if I were there with Violet through every step of her perilous journey. I cried for her, sympathized and empathized with her, my heart even broke for her. I desperately wanted to wrap her in my arms and console her. I have such high hopes for Violet, wanting so badly for her to find happiness. I can hardly wait to continue the heart-wrenching coming of age adventure with this brave young heroine in the next book of the series. In the premise for this story, the two neighboring sovereign states of Matrus and Patrus are the only remaining survivors of the once great country of America whose land was devastated and population very nearly destroyed during The Last War centuries earlier. Originally they were one group, but as the result of political discord between genders, the two factions became divided into two very different nations, Matrus with a matriarchal government ruled by a queen and Patrus with opposing patriarchal beliefs and governed by a king. The female party was convinced the political viewpoints of men combined with their aggressive behavior were directly responsible for the war, blaming them for the annihilation of the once great America. They believed women should be allowed to govern society using a peaceful doctrine as the basis for their new civilization with the national motto of 'Freedom In Peace'. The men refused to address or even acknowledge the concerns of the female party giving the women only two options: remain and keep silent...or leave to form their own society. Quite obviously they chose the latter. Thus, the two opposing nations of Matrus and Patrus were born. Both now attempt to exist on a small strip of territory located in Appalachia separated by the toxic Veil River but with very little interaction between the two. As you can imagine, there's extreme prejudice and gender discrimination against the few males residing in Matrus and in turn, the same holds true for females in Patrus. Men have no rights in Matrus, but neither do women living in Patrus. A woman cannot live in Patrus unless she is owned by a male citizen, and must have a male guardian with her at all times. I found the concept and premise for this story to be new, unique, original, fresh, imaginative, exciting, fascinating, and actually quite realistic. With the current political climate in our country, I can truly envision this happening in our society today. The Gender Game: Book 1 Violet Bates has never had an easy life and, consequently, has found herself always battling her anger. Growing up as an orphan, she was constantly taunted by others and called Violent instead of Violet. At only nineteen, she has already been marked as a criminal in Matrus. Sadly, she lived the majority of her life in orphanages after her mother died giving birth to her brother Timothy when she was only three. At eleven, she was caught trying to help her then eight-year-old brother, Tim, escape to Patrus, and charged with obstruction of justice. Then at fourteen, she was convicted of woman-slaughter when she tried to defend herself against a young woman who was accidentally killed by a fork during the struggle. She was sentenced to seven years of confinement along with hard labor and bounced from one horrible detention center to another. Now at nineteen, with only two years remaining before she can claim her freedom and reenter Matrian society, another tragic turn of events results in Violet having to once again defend herself, and in doing so, another young woman has been accidentally killed. This would be her third and final conviction, for in Matrus, three strikes and you're out...permanently...as in dead. The death of this bully, no matter that it was unintentional, would cost her everything, including her life. There would be no more second chances. Fortunately for our young heroine, fate intervenes and she is offered an opportunity to serve her country by accepting an undercover mission in Patrus where she is expected to recover a mysterious object stolen from a Matrian lab in an act of espionage by a Patrian sympathizer. If she can successfully complete her assignment, she will be granted her life, her freedom, and finally allowed to see her brother with whom she's had no contact at all for eight long years. But women residing in Patrus have no rights and must be owned by a male citizen. They must submit to men and are only allowed out of the home when accompanied by a male guardian. A woman in Patrus is in constant danger with perils at every turn, especially a Matrian woman like Violet who is unfamiliar with the laws and customs of Patrus. No self-respecting woman of Matrus would ever allow themselves to be owned, subjugated and treated as chattel by any man. Yet, if she is to complete her mission, she must acquiesce and submit. It seems either way, Violet is at risk of losing her life; so clearly, her only choice is to accept the assignment and become a pawn in the centuries-old struggle between Matrus and Patrus. Violet quickly realizes she must use her keen intelligence along with every skill she possesses if she is to complete her mission and survive. But never having known a man other than her brother, the one thing Violet could never have anticipated is the effect of meeting the ruggedly handsome Viggo Croft, a natural born male citizen of Patrus who stirs her blood and clouds her senses with emotions unlike anything she's ever experienced. And even worse, Viggo is a warden of Patrus, an enforcer of the law, and should be her enemy. Despite the risks, Violet finds herself with conflicting emotions regarding the handsome Viggo. But whom can Violet trust? What does the future hold for Violet, Viggo and the two opposing nations of Matrus and Patrus? The Gender Secret: Book 2 Our story resumes with Violet once again running for her life and struggling to survive. She is wanted for crimes against Patrus which resulted in dozens of Patrian deaths but even worse, she has been betrayed not only by Lee Bertrand in his attempt to frame her for the murder of Queen Rina and Professor Alistair Jenks but also by her own mother nation of Matrus. Violet finally realizes that she has been manipulated by the very people she trusted and used as a pawn in an elaborate conspiracy. Now both nations want her dead. Knowing her betrayal has probably resulted in Viggo's imprisonment or, even worse, his death, Violet battles her inner turmoil as well as her conscience and struggles to find the strength to continue. Every step of Violet's journey brings more secrets to light which unfortunately results in even more perplexing questions. With nowhere to go and no one to trust, Violet battles to persevere, vowing to find her brother Tim and somehow rescue him. But will Violet be prepared for what she finds? Facing unimaginable perils, harrowing danger and insurmountable odds, can Violet defy fate and once again find a way to survive??? We'll see! The Gender Lie: Book 3 Not only did Viggo survive, he has now been tasked with the job of capturing Violet and returning her to Patrus to answer for her crimes. Thanks to Lee Bertrand's implanted tracking device, Viggo tracks Violet to The Green but once again must save her life. Despite his anger at being used as a scapegoat by Violet and Lee in their plan to steal the egg, Viggo quickly realizes he still has feelings for the lovely brave Violet and after hearing her story, knows there's no way he can return her to Patrus which would most likely result in certain death. Violet is now a wanted fugitive by Matrus and Patrus so where will they go? What will they do? That question is soon answered when they discover an abandoned underground secret facility located deep within The Green. They take refuge inside only to discover Viggo was not the only one searching for Violet. Elena, the new Queen of Matrus has sent Violet's former mentor, Melissa Dale, to capture Violet and return her Matrus to face the charge of murdering the former queen. Oddly, Queen Elena is not content with sending only Ms Dale; she also enlists the help of her genetically enhanced twin sisters in capturing Violet. Viggo and Melissa Dale find themselves in a precarious unexpected alliance. They must work together to eliminate the twins but Viggo makes a critical sacrifice that may cost him his life. This time, it's Violet's turn to save Viggo but Violet quickly discovers in order to save his life, she must accept help from a new player in this perilous game of life and death. A new rebel faction calling themselves The Liberators has suddenly appeared and Violet quickly learns that the Desmond to whom Lee Bertrand's letter was addressed, is so much more than Lee's middle name. Desmond is not a dual personality of Lee as Violet originally suspected but is, in fact, a real person.... and he is a she. Not only is she a woman, Desmond is Desmond Bertrand, Lee Bertrand's mother. Huh? Oh yes, and that's not all. She's also the leader of The Liberators rebel faction! What? Yes, she's the mother of the same Lee Bertrand Violet killed in self-defense. Oh my! And without Desmond's help, Viggo will die. Oh dear? With limited options and no other viable choice, Violet must choose to trust Desmond but as even more secrets are revealed including the fate of the missing boys of Matrus, Violet begins to recognize the true complexity of her situation. Both nations have perpetuated a tenuous web of lies and the loyal citizens of Matrus and Patrus are nothing more than innocent victims to be used as pawns in an evil cabal. Regrettably, Violet learns too late that Desmond is more than she portrays herself to be and so much more than Violet ever suspected. With Viggo, Tim and Melissa Dale's life in jeopardy as well as her own....again... it appears the time has finally come to pay the piper, and the price may be their lives. Is Desmond Bertrand the Pied Piper or is she merely a puppet being controlled by another puppet master in a much more sinister 'game'? Will Violet, Viggo, Tim and Ms Dale once again find a way to survive? We'll see! Oh my! This story continues to get even darker and more convoluted... and I can't get enough! Buckle up, my lovelies! It's a wild ride! The Gender War: Book 4 The adventure continues in a race against the clock with even more pulse-pounding thrills, chills, lies, deceit, betrayal, action, suspense, heartwrenching angst and gripping emotion as Violet and Viggo are forced to face the true depth of their feelings. And with the help of their small but mighty band of followers, our group of unlikely heroes square off against Desmond, King Maxen, Queen Elena and Princess Tabitha in a no-holds-barred struggle for the fate of both nations. Loyalties are tested and lives hang in the balance. Who will live and who will die? Oh my! This just gets better and better! The Gender Fall: Book 5 Our story resumes after Viggo once again rushes to save Violet after she is badly injured during her confrontation with Princess Tabitha. The explosives used as a distraction aids in their escape but the palace in Patrus is destroyed, Violet's brother Tim is missing, and she's in critical condition. At only twenty years of age, Violet Bates has become enemy number one in both nations and is now hanging to life by only a very weak thread. To save her, Viggo must seek help from the very people who tried to kill them, the Liberators, and unless he can somehow convince them to turn against Desmond and join his and Violet's cause, all will be lost, including Violet's life. Join Viggo, Violet, and their band of courageous ragtag misfits as they battle to the death for not only their lives but also the lives of every citizen of both Matrus and Patrus. Love will be tested, loyalties questioned, causes doubted, friendships challenged as even more evil machinations are revealed. Not everyone will survive. Lives will be lost. Who will live and who will die? And who will be left standing? We'll see! The Gender Plan: Book 6 Outmanned, outgunned, overwhelmed, and possibly outmaneuvered, a still recovering Violet, Viggo, Melissa Dale, and their ragtag band of patriots for humanity continue their fight against the monstrous atrocities of Queen Elena and her co-conspirator, Desmond Bertrand. Yet despite the impossible odds, our brave rebels continue to gain ground in the battle to secure freedom for the citizens of both Matrus and Patrus. But will the ultimate betrayal cost them everything? We'll see! The Gender End: Book 7 In the long-awaited conclusion, our courageous heroes risk everything in their final showdown with malevolent Queen Elena, but not everyone will survive. Who will make the ultimate sacrifice in their quest for equality, Justice, and peace? We'll see! Nonstop pulse-pounding action, agonizing heartache, and gut-wrenching loss kept me on the edge of my seat, totally captivated, alternately sobbing and shaking my fists in anger, but I loved every single word and never wanted it to end! Absolutely spellbinding! Did I like this book? No, I LOVED it! Once I started reading this story, I simply could not stop. I was riveted to my seat, white knuckling my ereader with my heart fluttering wildly in my chest while the hours passed as quickly as the pages, and loved every single minute. It was magnificent! Would I recommend this book? You bet and I am, for a wide variety of ages. Although there is some violence included, it's not gory or graphic, but this book does contain a teeny, tiny bit of mild profanity. There is a heartwarming romance but no explicit sex. I would probably give this book a PG rating, ages thirteen to one hundred. Will I read this author again? Abso-freaking-lutely! Just as soon as she releases her next book! And finally, was I entertained? Good gracious, YES! I was completely captivated! No spoilers from me, but I will say, if you're looking for an intriguing, well-crafted, post-apocalyptic, somewhat dystopian, fantasy/science fiction saga featuring a gutsy, troubled but compassionate kick-butt underdog heroine perfectly paired with an intense, gruff, yet surprisingly sensitive, ruggedly handsome unlikely hero, and filled to the brim with perilous danger, compelling drama, pulse-pounding action, edge-of-your-seat adventure, impossible hardship, agonizing angst, extraordinary bravery, unwavering loyalty, heartbreaking betrayal, spinetingling suspense, enthralling intrigue, unconscionable espionage, mind-blowing plot twists, sweet romance, and the hopeful promise of forever love, then this book is definitely for you! OMG! Best action scenes ever! Fabulous entertainment and an awesome read!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Trista

    I finally finished this freaking series! It took me forever, mostly because I only half wanted to finish it. The other half of me wanted to give up on it because it was TOO. DAMN. LONG. Seriously, this series could have been whittled down to about three books' worth of content. There was so much back and forth, twists and turns, and random developments that it made me wonder if the author really knew what she wanted to do with it, or if she just thought she'd throw in every last idea she could t I finally finished this freaking series! It took me forever, mostly because I only half wanted to finish it. The other half of me wanted to give up on it because it was TOO. DAMN. LONG. Seriously, this series could have been whittled down to about three books' worth of content. There was so much back and forth, twists and turns, and random developments that it made me wonder if the author really knew what she wanted to do with it, or if she just thought she'd throw in every last idea she could to keep it going as long as possible. Sure, there was enough of a hook to keep me reading for seven books, but barely, which is why it took me 7 months to read them all. The first book was so good, but then the rest were just more of the same thing over and over. Similarly to what many other reviewers have said, I found no difference in the narration between Viggo and Violet, and more than once had to go back to the beginning of the chapter to be reminded of who was narrating. I even noticed an error in narration when it was Viggo's chapter but a line of dialogue was finished with "Viggo said". However, even with all of the issues I had with the series, I can't deny that the author is extremely imaginative. The world she created and the people and creatures within it were fascinating. I just wish it was pared down a little... make that a lot... more. (view spoiler)[Oh, and I thought the adventure into "The Outlands" and the discovery of the Tower was an absurd addition to the SEVENTH book of the series. If you're going to introduce it, why now? Why so late, when it can do little to nothing to the story? Save for miraculously healing the badly wounded (before trying to kill them anyway... which was even more ridiculous) so they could traipse off to battle once more. Then I finished the book and found the three sneak peek chapters for the new series, which explores the world of the Tower, and it all clicked. Promotion of her new series. How classy. (hide spoiler)]

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mummy's Naughty Corner

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well that's it. I feel like I've lost a friend. I really enjoyed this series. I liked the world and the constant fighting to try and change it. We finally got a wedding and the Queen is gone, although it didn't need the sacrifice. Plus the scapegoat got to me. That was mean she saved them all then takes the fall. It seems like the new Queen will be better. i really hope all the boys will be alright and hopefully healed in some way. it was a good end to the series just and true. I'm not sure I lik Well that's it. I feel like I've lost a friend. I really enjoyed this series. I liked the world and the constant fighting to try and change it. We finally got a wedding and the Queen is gone, although it didn't need the sacrifice. Plus the scapegoat got to me. That was mean she saved them all then takes the fall. It seems like the new Queen will be better. i really hope all the boys will be alright and hopefully healed in some way. it was a good end to the series just and true. I'm not sure I like that Hugo was made such a high profile person.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Robbi Leah Freeman

    Entire series read before review. 3 1/2 stars This series was a fun distraction but way to unrealistic. Basically there are two sides the male and female. Gender relations bad and several groups fighting throughout books. The author has a firm grasp on fighting scenes but love/relationship scenes are forced. Characters are well done. But these characters get the crap beat out of them, including one with a fractured skull but are out fighting almost immediately, even though they are supposed to s Entire series read before review. 3 1/2 stars This series was a fun distraction but way to unrealistic. Basically there are two sides the male and female. Gender relations bad and several groups fighting throughout books. The author has a firm grasp on fighting scenes but love/relationship scenes are forced. Characters are well done. But these characters get the crap beat out of them, including one with a fractured skull but are out fighting almost immediately, even though they are supposed to stay home and recover. I just could not suspend my mind that much. Now her spin off series “The Girl Who Dared to Think” is great!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Doug

    It's time for me to say goodbye to Violet and Viggio. I enjoyed this entire series. Throughout the series I experienced a love-hate relationship with Violet mainly and sometimes Viggio but overall it's hard to not root for the main characters. The gender game series will always be one of my favorites. It's time for me to say goodbye to Violet and Viggio. I enjoyed this entire series. Throughout the series I experienced a love-hate relationship with Violet mainly and sometimes Viggio but overall it's hard to not root for the main characters. The gender game series will always be one of my favorites.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lavender Mystique

    4 stars!! The series is awesome! Full of twists and turns! It's just...not there yet. The writing is average, nothing too special. The plot is pretty similar to "Divergent", and although there are lots of intriguing details, the series is just a bit too longg. Okk the romance...Viggo and Violet are AMAZING!! They understand each other, go through soo many things together, and their respect for each other is just soo admirable.The characters in the books are not perfect, they make mistakes. But t 4 stars!! The series is awesome! Full of twists and turns! It's just...not there yet. The writing is average, nothing too special. The plot is pretty similar to "Divergent", and although there are lots of intriguing details, the series is just a bit too longg. Okk the romance...Viggo and Violet are AMAZING!! They understand each other, go through soo many things together, and their respect for each other is just soo admirable.The characters in the books are not perfect, they make mistakes. But they always surprise me by keep on trying, trying and trying. One more thing I love about the series is that it talks about gender equality. Women, men, they are all humans, all the same, then why treat them differently?? The series is so meaningful i almost cried. ALMOST! Anyway I would totally recommend the series, although let me warn you, you'll have to be patient!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Monroe

    3.75 stars- I am happy that despite not really enjoying book 1, the cliffhanger made me read on to book 2... and now I have completed book 7. This series was filled with an unbelievable amount of twists and turns, and although they were sometimes hard to keep up with, they made me want to keep reading. Also the character development was amazing in this series. My top 3 characters were probably Ms. Dale, Jeff and Thomas. - Also, I now really want to read The Girl Who Dared to Think, thanks to a st 3.75 stars- I am happy that despite not really enjoying book 1, the cliffhanger made me read on to book 2... and now I have completed book 7. This series was filled with an unbelievable amount of twists and turns, and although they were sometimes hard to keep up with, they made me want to keep reading. Also the character development was amazing in this series. My top 3 characters were probably Ms. Dale, Jeff and Thomas. - Also, I now really want to read The Girl Who Dared to Think, thanks to a storyline that seemed random to me while reading this, until I realized it was to introduce a new series- I am intrigued.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    The emotions of this story is one of many things that has drawn me into it. Vego and Villots story....the trials they had to come across to not only be togeather...but to live. To unit people and a world fallen apart far in the future from our own. The plot was amazing, the twists aganizing to picture. But along the tears I shed I laughed as well. All the way around (the whole story) mind blowing and consuming. I have definitely added Bella Forrest to the list of authors I admire and love. And p The emotions of this story is one of many things that has drawn me into it. Vego and Villots story....the trials they had to come across to not only be togeather...but to live. To unit people and a world fallen apart far in the future from our own. The plot was amazing, the twists aganizing to picture. But along the tears I shed I laughed as well. All the way around (the whole story) mind blowing and consuming. I have definitely added Bella Forrest to the list of authors I admire and love. And plan on reading the spin off to this story. 5 stars. #2nd time round. Still a 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  19. 5 out of 5

    Evan Burnside

    The Desire to read is real

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Hart

    I loved the way the series ended. There were moments during the series I lost interest but it was a great series overall. I would recommend it. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shannon White

    So good Omg i didn't want it to end!! I'm going to miss Violet, Viggo and the gang! Not gonna lie i cried at the end!! can't wait to read the other series Bella has out there! So good Omg i didn't want it to end!! I'm going to miss Violet, Viggo and the gang! Not gonna lie i cried at the end!! can't wait to read the other series Bella has out there!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carol Rewick

    Love the series!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    So sad to see this series end.....on the the spin off series next!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shaun

    This is a good series. For the last two books, I was starting to feel like it was dragging on too long. But now that I'm finished, I miss it. I remember rolling my eyes at the beginning of the series about the overly simplistic notions of gender ("Matrus" and "Patrus"??). I certainly wouldn't come to this series expecting thought-provoking philosophical epiphanies. You'll be disappointed if you do. But it's action packed. There's never a dull moment. And it teaches young readers good values with This is a good series. For the last two books, I was starting to feel like it was dragging on too long. But now that I'm finished, I miss it. I remember rolling my eyes at the beginning of the series about the overly simplistic notions of gender ("Matrus" and "Patrus"??). I certainly wouldn't come to this series expecting thought-provoking philosophical epiphanies. You'll be disappointed if you do. But it's action packed. There's never a dull moment. And it teaches young readers good values without being preachy or obnoxious. My favorite example is that (view spoiler)[ the main characters choose to abstain from sex before marriage because that's what's right for their relationship but they never judge or condemn others who don't make the same choice. (hide spoiler)] Sometimes, the author's ideas about gender are laugh-worthy or cringe-worthy. For example, (view spoiler)[Viggo LOVES to remind the reader that he's an alpha-male. It's very important to him that you know that. You must not think otherwise. He will tell you three or four times a book that he's an alpha-male. I think the most ridiculous instance of this was when he made some comment about how he ought to spank Violet -- not because he's a Patrian, mind you, but because he's just such a badass alpha-male. I laughed out loud. It was just...silly. (hide spoiler)] But overall, I think the message about gender is a positive one. Men are different from women but that's ok. A male individual is sovereign and can be anything he wants to be. A female individual is sovereign and can be anything she wants to be. For interested parents: expect PG-13 violence and extremely limited sexuality until (view spoiler)[the last book, after the wedding night. (hide spoiler)] I will definitely read Bella Forrest again.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jaimie

    This whole series was great. As good as it was, I feel like 7 books is too much. I feel like the story could be accurately told in maybe 5 books. It was still a great series though and I am sad to see it end. You know when you are so involved in a good book you grow so attached to characters as if they were actually your friends. That's how I felt with these characters. Going into a war you know you're going to lose some people and you're dreading it but it needs to happen because not everyone c This whole series was great. As good as it was, I feel like 7 books is too much. I feel like the story could be accurately told in maybe 5 books. It was still a great series though and I am sad to see it end. You know when you are so involved in a good book you grow so attached to characters as if they were actually your friends. That's how I felt with these characters. Going into a war you know you're going to lose some people and you're dreading it but it needs to happen because not everyone can live. Full disclosure, book 7...I cried. I haven't cried at a book in a while but this one got me! I don't want to give too much away for the people who haven't read the book yet but my god...my heart aches. Loved the series and so glad I decided to dive in. I was contemplating it for a long time. I read somewhere that this series was compared to The Hunger Games so that made me pick it up. So so glad I did! :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    This was a wonderful ending to such an engaging series. I love the characters and I hate when some of them are killed off. I loved that this book brought together all the my favorite couples. I enjoyed reading about them falling in love. I don't miss King Maxen, Queen Elena or Desmond. I am curious out the people in the Outlands. There is a story there that really wasn't told. I am looking forward to reading other series by this author. This was a wonderful ending to such an engaging series. I love the characters and I hate when some of them are killed off. I loved that this book brought together all the my favorite couples. I enjoyed reading about them falling in love. I don't miss King Maxen, Queen Elena or Desmond. I am curious out the people in the Outlands. There is a story there that really wasn't told. I am looking forward to reading other series by this author.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Siddeeqa

    I was really disappointed with the ending of this series, the last two books were so monotonous and boring I could literally guess the characters next moves. Sorry not sorry. The beginning of the series was great, really intriguing and I couldn’t put the book down, I really wished the ending would be just as enthralling...☹️

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Finally the end. Ok I have to admit, some of this book was really an enjoyable adventure. Unfortunately, some of it was boring as heck. I am sad that they didn’t fully explore their world in this book. I wish the author had continued on this track. All wrapped up in a neat bow endings always disappoint me.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lily Marie

    I've been halfway through this book since it was released. I'm having a really hard time getting into it. I've been halfway through this book since it was released. I'm having a really hard time getting into it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    16DunkleyL

    This was a thrilling end to the series full of action heartbreak and justice. It became very tense at points but others were heartfelt moments of family reunions. It also included links to the sequel series which I had already read which was a good build up and had a well rounded ending where most of the characters had completed their story arcs and the countries were at peace and united and the infrastructure was being rebuilt.

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