Time Travel Thursday (6): Riders by Veronica Rossi

Time Travel Thursdays

Did you miss Time Travel Thursdays? The last one was about a year ago! And today is a special day – not only because of another Time Travel Thursday post, but also because someone’s celebrating another blessed year!


I intentionally scheduled this post for today because it’s V’s birthday. ❤ I think it’s fate that it fell on a Thursday this year. 🙂 It’s also the fourth month of Riders’ release! Very timely, right?

Let’s travel back to February 16, 2016…here’s what I posted:

RidersRiders by Veronica Rossi

Publication Date: February 16, 2016 by Tor Teen

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

[Special thanks to the publisher for the review copy!]

Goodreads Summary:

Riders. A new fantasy adventure from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Veronica Rossi.

For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen–Conquest, Famine, and Death–are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

They fail.

Now–bound, bloodied, and drugged–Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for–not to mention all of humankind–he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.

But will anyone believe him?

First of all, I am so sorry for the abundance of uppercase letters in the post title – I’M JUST SO HAPPY BECAUSE IT’S THE DAY!!!


Six months ago, I finished reading Riders.

Two months ago, I posted my feels review.

Today, I can finally share my book review!

My thoughts:

Sixteen Reasons Why You Should #ReadRiders

  1. It’s written by Veronica Rossi.
  2. It features kick-ass horses…
  3. …paired with equally amazing horsemen, which means…
  4. …there are four book boyfriends. FOUR.
  5. There’s a mention of the Philippines!!! 😀
  6. It has a very strong and mysterious heroine who happened to be the youngest of the squad.
  7. It will take you to Italy…
  8. …and Norway…
  9. …plus it pays tribute to Army Rangers.
  10. It’s magical…the powers of both the squad and the Kindred were REALLY cool…
  11. …which made the book action-packed.
  12. It ends in a cliffhanger…
  13. …which means there’ll be a second book, Seeker.
  14. I will love you if you read it.
  15. V will love you if you read it.
  16. There are four book boyfriends. (Oh, wait, I already said that. But hey, you have four different guys to choose from. G, Bas, Marcus, and Jode. I belong to #TeamGideon! <3)

There you have it. 16 reasons why you should run to read Riders.

V noted right from the start that Riders is unlike the Under the Never Sky series – and while we miss Aria, Perry, and the rest of the UTNS characters so much, we have to accept that the series has ended…and we shouldn’t look for UTNS in Riders.

Riders is a new book from V, a new chance for her readers to see a world that needs saving.

It brings together five people (G, Bas, Marcus, Jode, and Daryn) with different strengths and weaknesses, a team bound to a responsibility, forming an unlikely friendship along the way.

The sacrifices that needed to be done to protect the key mirror those of our soldiers, our heroes, putting their lives at risk for the sake of peace.

Twists and surprises…we love that, don’t we? 🙂 Someone’s about to lose a hand. I won’t tell if you should take that literally or figuratively. It’s a little teaser. 🙂

As for the FEELS, V did not give us a book boyfriend. She gave us four – and she did pretty well on making me feel the longing and the pain brought upon by the right love paired with wrong timing. Ah, how I miss reading those swoony parts.

Reading the book was like getting on a horse, going on full speed as you feel the wind making you fly.

Four different horses. Four adventures with four book boyfriends wearing fourcuffs that are more important than you can imagine. That’s four fours…sixteen!

Riders. One book that you should pick up right now.

Five stars with the burning need for Seeker.

Final Rating: 5/5

Don’t walk. Run to #ReadRiders.

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Now we’re back in the present, and we’re going to talk about the quotes! ❤

All quotes are from Gideon unless otherwise stated. ❤ #TeamGideon

The beginning. Or the end, depending on your perspective. Death is usually the end.

Perspective is really important, you know. 🙂

I gave myself a goal to get to the front door because setting goals is how I do things and I needed to keep moving.

Me, too, Gideon. We’re meant to be. ❤

To me, patriotism isn’t a mood or a moment. It was so much more.

Gideon, our Ranger. Our hero. 🙂

I don’t think that incident necessarily defines you as bad. I think it makes you human. And I believe you would have stopped yourself. I think that’s what makes a person good. Not that you make mistakes, but that you recognize them. You feel remorse for them. You want to correct them and do better.

I REALLY LOVE THIS QUOTE. It has so much insight and it’s something we need to remember. I just don’t like the person who said it. You’ll get it once you have read the book.

Grief had a particular weight in a person’s voice that was too heavy for words.

This is so sad, but so true.

It wasn’t that I understood better, or that I’d made peace with anything. I still had that zero-gravity feeling, like all the anchors in my life had been pulled up. It was more that space had opened up. I realized I hadn’t even had the capacity to understand before. And that night, with all those stars over that open freeway, all I felt and saw and felt was endless capacity.

THIS. Shall I sing A Whole New World now? This quote made me feel like flying.

I learned that when bad things happened, my dad stepped forward first.
I learned he was a hero. A real one.
And that I wanted to be like him.
So much. I can’t even tell you how much.

You remind me of another book boyfriend, Gideon. Are you, in any way, related to David Charleston? ❤

With the desert glowing gold and amber all around, so much like her, it was a perfect smile. No secrets. No hesitation. Like she’d laid the full measure of herself on me.

This is the part when I wished I was Daryn. Kidding, I ship them. (Gidryn or Dareon?)

You know what’s really beautiful? Feeling what another person feels. Feeling all their love and their fears…It’s all just so beautiful, you know? Life?

This is why Gideon loves you, Daryn.

Five minutes feels like a long time when you’re counting every second.

If you want to make time longer, count every second. Cherish every moment.

I believed, down to my soul, that the uniform I’d wear as a Ranger represented the defense of liberty and freedom, and the country I love. I’d chosen to serve because I could fight and because until wars stopped happening, people like me were needed.

SALUTE. Salute!

…your eyes are my favorite. They’re amazing. So blue and direct sometimes. Other times, when you’re not being sarcastic or contrary, when you’re listening or when you’re just driving, there’s such humor in them. Such humor and kindness. Then there are the times I catch you watching me, and what I see in them makes me forget everything. What I am, and what I do, and…I’m just a girl again. A girl who gets a million butterflies in her stomach over a boy with the prettiest blue eyes. It feels so normal. So normal and so good.

I wonder how Daryn was able to say this, aloud, to Gideon. I mean, I can probably compose something similar to this, maybe even better if I really put my heart to it, but saying something this beautiful takes a lot of courage. I love Daryn for that. ❤

Favorite quote:

I’ve forgiven myself. I know it wasn’t my fault.

THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. Always, always, forgive yourself. ❤

Friendly reminder: Don’t walk. Run to #ReadRiders. ❤

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