Review: The Pledge by Kimberly Derting (Audiobook).

Thursday, April 12, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-



In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines what class you are, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place—looking a member of a higher class in the eye can result in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she’s been hiding her whole life. Her only place of release is the drug-filled underground club scene, where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she’s never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. Through a series of violent upheavals, it becomes clear that Charlie herself is the key to forcing out the oppressive power structure of her kingdom….

From Goodreads.

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Get the audiobook from:  Audible.

The cover:

I usually prefer UK covers. But when I started this book I noticed the similarities between Charlaina in the book and the model in this cover. So, yep, this is the one for me! And oh do I like it ^___^

The storyline:

This book wasn’t what I expected at all.

I’ve become a fan of Kimberly Derting after reading Desires of the Dead and when I heard about The Pledge, I was hesitating because it’s the 1st in an upcoming trilogy, and The Body Finder which is the first book in The Body Finder series wasn’t good.

I read the blurb and then found out it’s dystopian, which is a first for me :), so when it got my interest I decided to give it a try. And I’m glad I did!

The story itself is unique and the world Kimberly created is really amazing. I can’t say anything more because I’m 100% sure I’ll spoil the review, so here’s the sum up Winking smile.

What I loved:

  • From the beginning, I was intrigued by the world and the characters Kimberly created. There wasn’t a single familiar thing about them.
  • The story itself is unique and interesting with a world were people are classed and each class has her own language and they’re forbidden from speaking others’ languages. And I thought it was pretty amazing how things developed.
  • Having chapters with particular characters’ points of views was great. It didn’t occur every chapter but only when we needed to know what the other character, that Charlaina was dealing with, was thinking. They were accurate and in the right place at the right time.
  • The characters were unique and distinct. Each time Charlaina described who she was talking to or seeing, you could know exactly who he/she was. Even Sabara was unique and intriguing.
  • Unlike other readers of this book, I found that the ending had an opening for a sequel. It was good not great but it left me hoping for what to come. Oh, and the sequel, The Essence, is just a fitting title for the next one Winking smile.

What I disliked:

  • What I do agree on with some other readers however, is that Max’s character felt like it had to be there for Charlaina to have a love interest. It wasn’t a bad thing but I would’ve loved to see Max earn his place in her heart and do other things in the story rather then just always be around Charlaina pledging and protecting her. To me, he didn’t play an important role at all. Xander was much better…

The audiobook:


  I chose to listen to the audiobook for two main reasons:

  1. I have no time for reading. I’m busy studying for my finals so listening to the audiobook at night before sleeping is awesome. Especially when my eyes are already hurting so I can’t read anymore…
  2. I heard a sample on Amazon and fell in love with the narrator immediately. I think that Casey Holloway did a great job narrating the story and the characters’ voices. She’s my new favorite narrator Open-mouthed smile.

The audiobook overall was great.

The characters:

Charlaina/Charlie is the female protagonist of this story. She’s loveable from chapter one; she’s strong, smart, brave and would die for her friends and family. Especially her little sister, Angelina.

Max is the Queen’s grandson. He falls for Charlie before knowing who she is or what she can do because for some reasons she “intrigues” him (his own words).

Xander is…. well, I just can’t spoil this one!! He leads a revolution to get rid of the Queen and her deadly rules and classing system.

Queen Sabara is the ruthless queen of Ludania. She has magic and her secret is deadly.


This is one amazing first book. I can’t wait until The Essence is out next year!!

I recommend you go check it out if you’re into dystopian novels and unique stories.




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