BOOK REVIEW: Red Queen – by Victoria Aveyard

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Title: Red Queen
(Red Queen #1)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Dystopia
First published: February 10th 2015
Finished reading: April 11th 2015
Pages: 383
Rating 4,5

“I’m a Red girl in a sea of Silvers and I can’t afford to feel sorry for anyone, least of all the son of a snake.”

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There has been a huge hype around Red Queen ever since it was published, and to be honest I wasn’t sure whether I should read it or not. Hyped books in general let me down, but I’m glad this novel by Victoria Aveyard turned out to an exception to that rule. The general plot of Red Queen might not be the most original one when you compare it to other YA fantasy novels, and the existence of yet another love triangle made me frown, but the story itself is still awesome enough to deserve the 4.5 stars I decided to give it. I love the fierceness of the main character Mare. Even if the fact that various boys seem to fight over her made me cringe, her personality and special power seriously kick ass. The world building is interestingly done and I loved the many details and descriptions Victoria Aveyard incorporated into her story. Red Queen is an interesting read with a fast pace, supernatural powers, a kick ass heroine and a lot of action. Definitely recommended for YA fantasy fans!

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It’s the blood that sets them apart – the Reds and the Silvers. The Reds are living in the shadow of the Silvers, forced to obey and work for them. The Silvers are different; with their supernatural powers they form the elite of the society and treat Reds as their servants and slaves. Mare Barrow is a Red girl without an interesting future, or so she thinks. When one night she meets a mysterious guy, she finds herself shipped off to the Silver palace the next day. The stranger saved her from her terrible fate by getting her a job as a servant at the palace, and suddenly she is surrounded by those who she hates most… Soon after that, something spectacular happens that will change both her life and those of the Silvers forever. Mare Barrow then becomes Lady Mareena Titanos as the Silvers try to disguise who she really is and maintain their control over the Reds… But will it be enough to keep the Red population calm and the Scarlet Guard rebellion under control?

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This novel definitely lived up to my expections. The dystopian world Victoria Aveyard created an interesting setting for this story, and I loved the prose she used in the Red Queen. I have highlighted so many sentences with my kindle! While not all characters were exactly to my liking, they fit in perfectly in the story. So many plot twists and betrayals! The Queen reminded me of Cersei Lannister (Game Of Thrones), especially how she treated the King and her son… And Arya could be a good Mare. (Does it show I’ve recently watched the first episode of the fifth season?!)  To go back to Red Queen, I was pleasantly surprised with this novel and I will be waiting anciously for the sequel to be published next year. I’m sure the wait for the sequel will drive me crazy at some point!

WWW Wednesdays #35 – April 15th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

thestorytellerI’ve finally picked up my copy of The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult yesterday. This novel was first chosen with the help of my TBR jar a while back, but at the time I wasn’t in the mood for a historical fiction read… I guess right now I am. 😉 I’m not too far into the story yet, but so far it’s definitely good. I will have to check out more of her work in the future if The Storyteller stays this good!

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

redqueenandthentherewerenoneI managed to finish And Then There Were None yesterday, and I must say I instantly became an Agatha Christie fan. I don’t know how I’ve managed to not read her work for so long, but I will definitely be starting to read more of her novels in the future. I also finished Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard a few days ago. I was afraid this would be yet another overhyped book, but I ended up loving the story. Hopefully I won’t have to wait too long for the sequel! (Although the estimated publish date is set for 2016 and there isn’t even a title yet; sigh…)

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

evensongSince I will have only three months to complete my Ready For Spring Bingo chart, I decided to pay more attention to the empty squares when deciding my next reads. I picked Evensong by Krista Walsh for the Plants On Cover square… It’s an Amazon kindle freebie I found thanks to the BookBub page. Access at your own risk; this page is dangerous! 😉 Credit goes to Ashley @ Dear World… for first introducing me to that page… Make sure to check out her blog. 🙂

WWW Wednesdays #34 – April 8th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

ataleoftwocities???????????I’ve put A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens temporarily on hold because I wasn’t in the mood to read classics and I didn’t want to end up hating the novel because of that. I’m currently reading Funereal by Giacomo Lee, an ARC provided by the publisher that I’m really enjoying so far.  Fingers crossed it stays that way!

  • What did you recently finish reading?

ruinandrisingwewereliarsI finished Ruin And Rising yesterday, and with that I have completed yet another trilogy! I love Leigh Bardugo‘s writing and I’m definitely looking forward to read more about Ketterdam in Six Of Crows. It will be a long wait until september… I’ve also read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart during the long weekend, although I didn’t end up enjoying it as much as I would have hoped. I guess it’s another case of a seriously overhyped novel… Full reviews of both titles are probably up before the weekend.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

thestorytellerredqueenMy TBR cup got me The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult last week, but I haven’t been in the mood so far for a historical fiction WWII novel. It sounds like a great read so I will probably read it next though! If not, I will most likely end up reading Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.