book reviews · young adult

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Source: Bought
Series: Red Queen Series
Edition: Paperback
Publication: HarperTeen
Pages: 383 pages
Category: Fantasy, Young Adult, Dystopian, Magic

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.


I appreciate this book which could mean that I either like or love it. However, I gave it four hearts because it did not make me swoon or emotional. It just made me feel hollow and irritated with Maven. The main character who is Mare was your typical main character so with  Maven and Cal.

What made me love Red Queen is the unexpected turn of events. The novel kept me awake and wondering what would happen next. The pace of the novel was slow at first then became fast at the last few chapters. I think Cal is hot (not pertaining to his fire powers). I don’t know but compared to Maven i’d pick Cal right away.

I started reading the  Glass Sword which is the second book of the Red Queen series. However, I stopped reading  it because I’m currently busy with school stuff and others. I definitely want to drown myself in the story and give my full attention to it. Who knows, maybe the author has another plot twist coming up and I’m definitely looking forward to it


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